Thoughts From A Hockey-Centric MindShareThis
Hockey-centric, because “boob-centric” isn’t generally considered class “a” journalism.
I’ve decided to spare you my weekend golf tale of woe, because you have zero reason to care about my double bogey on the par 5 18th to shoot a +1 (73) after making seven birdies as a six handicap. Oops, so you got the Coles Notes version. I’m still rattled.
Hockey’s gettin’ good, and here’s what’s on my mind….
Yesterday, I had a friend of the blog send me a gambling tip – as in, he’d found an extremely fair line to bet. I misunderstood the bet at first, but now I’m wondering….
Gamblers of the world, unite! Have you seen any great odds for the playoffs or rest of the regular season? Let’s track ‘em down for each other. I haven’t bet online since last season, but I’ve followed way too closely this year to not put a couple down before playoffs.
And if you haven’t seen good odds…. confident in your team? Care to make a bet? I’m sure it’s illegal, so we won’t bet money (wink), but chuck it out there and see if someone else’s team wants to take the other side of the bet. For example, I bet the Islanders don’t lose a single game in playoffs this year. Any takers?
Mouthguards, you may know, are spit-out-able. To be sure you always have one amongst all the travelling, misplacing and chewing on them, when you go get a custom mouthguard in professional hockey, they make you up a couple. In the NHL, I’m sure they have stacks of them on backup. And when they do come out of your mouth, you can pick them up.
So why was Sidney Crosby jawing at Jimmy Howard after the whistle with that stupid clumsy thing in? Afraid he was gonna get suckered? Or just prone to really awkward looking confrontations?
You guessed it. Angry-Faced Sid (AFS from here forth) is awkwaaaard (but not super awkward, like it must be every time Tiger’s phone vibrates for a text, and he and Elin look at it, then at each other, then back at it…. and he grabs it).
Is it just me, or is “hockey is for everyone” the most obscure slogan ever coming from a sport played predominantly by upper-middle class largely white kids from cold-weather climates?
I like “history will be made” a lot though, because, frankly, (hockey) history will be (Max Talbot!). Legends are built, as demonstrated by how nobody scoffs when you imply Ruslan Fedetenko is an effective player – because of all his game winners in playoffs with the Lightning (jokes, jokes, he’s a great person and good depth guy).
I still think overtime should go to three-on-three before the shootout. In that 3 on 3, penalties are penalty shots, it’s 2-on-1 after 2-on-1, and wins come by a more hockey-like and awesome fashion. Haters be damned, if they saw it in action, they’d pee their old wooden Montreal Forum seats they bought off eBay and sit in to watch road games on their old bunny-eared no-def TV’s.
I’d like to see a stat on which team has played the most back-up goalies in the league this year. Gotta be Toronto or Edmonton, right?
In defense for some bad looking hits: it’s really hard, if you’re forechecking a defenseman going back on the puck with intent to finish your check like your coach wants (and get the puck), to pull up or recognize he’s put himself in an unsafe spot. It just is. Just ask my no-longer intact sternum & clavicle, sometimes you’re just gonna. get. hit. hard. in hockey.
Recently added to the list of things I never knew existed but I now co-own by the rules of common-law living: “Sconces.”
Happy Tuesday – it’s pouring here, a perfect day for writing. Expect a flood of articles in the near future.