Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Tuesday, June 8, 2004

If you've been reading this for awhile now (all 5 days that it's been up that is) you know that I was going to be happy no matter who won game 7 last night. We were at Legendz last night to watch it, and we got there too late to find even a bar to rest our drinks on. It was PACKED. I wish I had my camera with me to show you how packed it is. In June. In Cayman. The island is dead right now. There's not even too much traffic on the road (and I mean road in the singular, Im not making a generalization) in the morning or at 5:00. Of the 12 big-screen TVs and 2 projector screen TVs, 11 of the TVs were showing the game, and one lone TV had the World Championship of Poker, or something like that on it. When Tampa scored the bar was pretty quiet. When they got the second goal, it was quieter still. I got some pretty dirty looks when I said “man... that was a beautiful goal though” (because it WAS) and when Calgary scored, the place went nuts. Bottom line though, it was a good game to watch, and the third period was unbelievable. If Stillman had scored 34 goals, I might have had a chance to place in the money in the hockey pool. :)

I was talking to my brother last night, and he was pretty anti-Calgary. This is coming from the guy who picked Iginla and Conroy in our hockey pool. He was pissed off about the whole “Canada's Team” BS that been hyped and shoved down everyone's throats during this playoff run. After listening to him rant, I have to agree with him. Take this for example: The Tampa Bay Lightning's roster. 2 Russians, 2 Czechs, 1 Slovakian, 1 Swede, 1 Ukrainian, 3 Americans and 15 Canadians. Calgary has 18 Canadians on it's roster but really. Where is the cup going to be going in the off-season as each player takes his turn with it? Mostly to Canada.

Next up, the World Cup of Hockey in September. That may be the last hockey we get to see for awhile, because of the CBA running out on Sept 15th. I don't have a lot of faith that there won't be a stoppage, given the huge gulf between the positions of the NHLPA and the NHL. Bettman needs to go. He may have been the wonder-boy of the NBA, but he hasn't succeeded in doing anything for the NHL except perhaps to focus more attention AWAY from it.

Tuesday, June 8, 2004 7:25:10 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Rants | Hockey#
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