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Friday, May 04, 2007

Nothing compares to hockey

Yeah, hockey gets lower TV ratings than bowling...women's college bowling, but there is no sport I'd rather watch in person or on TV. In fact, I'll go so far as to say in terms of excitement, drama and pure athleticism, hockey is the best sport out there.

It's better than football, better than baseball and better than basketball. It's better than NASCAR, better than boxing, better than soccer/football.

How can I say such a remark that could be considered heresy in the heart of SEC football country? Anybody watch the Game 4 of the Detroit-San Jose series?

The Red Wings are trailing 2-1 with less than a minute remaining when they tie it up with 33 seconds on a quick strike. Early into the overtime, bam, they score the game-winner and head back to Detroit with the series tied at 2-2.

In no other sport can a game change so quickly. In football, baseball and basketball, you can see a rally coming.

Your team is down a run in the bottom of the ninth? They've got to have runners on the bases before you have a shot at winning.

Your team has got to drive 93 yards with less than two minutes for the winning touchdown? They've got to string together some first downs before they can come close to the endzone.

Your team is down a goal in the closing moments of the final period? All it takes is a bounce of the puck or an odd-man rush, and you could be looking at a tied game. You don't see a rally coming in hockey. You can hope for it, you can pray for it, you can dismiss your team's chances, but a game-tying/game-winning goal can happen out of nothing.

Plus, I don't think there's another sport where emotions can change in the blink of an eye. The Sharks were ready to go up 3-1 in the series, but with the Wings' quick goal, San Jose was a different team. And when Detroit scored in OT, the Sharks were a dejected, heartbroken team.

Detroit skated off the ice a confident, enthusiastic team ready for Game 5. Moments earlier, they were staring at two-game deficit.

What other sport can match all that?


Blogger Top Ramen said...

how bout 'em. them redwings.

could they go all the way? it sure looks like this year could be another octopus chucking year for the detroit redwings.

9:38 AM  

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