2012-13 NHL Season…Minus That Whole 2012 Thing Of Course – Sprint To Lord Stanley’s Cup

Even though the Philadelphia Eagles have yet to pin down a successor to Andy Reid, believe it or not the airwaves here today are balanced equally between that chase…and the announcement there will indeed be a chase for the Stanley Cup.

A regional sport for those who live in the U.S., nonetheless if you happen to live within one of those regions that live for hockey today is a special day.  You can already hear forgiveness in the fans’ collective voice.

All sports fans should be used to this by now…money complicates and changes everything.  Business is fluid.  Sports is business.

One thing about hockey in America is while the fan base is much smaller than in other sports…it is hard to equal the supreme passion puck fans have for their beloved game.

A compressed regular season with all games likely to be played within a condensed radius.  Lots of contests against bitter rivals.  Every one with an increased sense of urgency opposed to play within the standard, elongated, bloated regular season.   This season promises to be relentless and rowdy…and roar straight into the sport’s always fascinating playoffs.  This season may indeed be a framework for future ones.  Solidifying of franchises, another view of scheduling, etc.  Who knows what good might rise from the simmering ashes of the ice sport’s latest labor…over labor?

If you are a person who loves hockey the sky’s the limit if you can set aside the sins of the business side…and get on board for what should be a fascinating, frantic flight…and fight…for the Stanley Cup.

Game on.

Finally.

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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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10 Responses to 2012-13 NHL Season…Minus That Whole 2012 Thing Of Course – Sprint To Lord Stanley’s Cup

  1. No truth to the fact that the NHL hierarchy and NHLPA (union) sought inspiration from the dexterity shown between Boehner and Obama , as those two idiots …… solved their differences over the “fiscal cliff debacle” .

    On the one hand , you had the government dealing with a $16 trillion debt ($16,000,000,000,000) and a budget deficit that runs into the tens of billions . The NHL and players’ union (NHLPA) by comparison had pi$sing contest over a $2.5 billion piece of pie ! Where is the common sense to be shown by all of the parties involved ?

    Tophatal ………….

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  2. As someone who “loves hockey the sky is the limit.” Waiting for ‘Stanley’ to come to St Louis for 45 years, what difference does another 113+ days make?

    There are no casual hockey fans, you’re either all in or your not in at all. That is what is so unique about us hockey fans. The passion by the fans is only matched by the passion on the ice. Sure, the players change over the years for every team, but the passion of the fans continue year after years.

    Hockey may be a regional sport in the U.S. but you’ll never find as passionate or dedicated core of fans than those who support their team. Strike or no strike, there is nothing like NHL hockey

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    • Perfectly said Chris. Either all in for hockey or not at all. And I think both “parties” are OK with that. With the nation itself either “Red” or “Blue” on the most serious of issues…it certainly is acceptable for the U.S. sports fan to love…or hate any sport. I have heard many current and former athletes in other sports say of all sports to watch in person – including their own – they pick hockey as their favorite.

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  3. Big winners are those folks who work at the arenas…and at the business establishments nearby. They get a chance to pay their bills and salvage some of their expected income/revenue. Big losers…players and owners alike lost an awful lot of coin. The NHL was in a fairly good place with sponsors, who will now admittedly be “healthy scratches” for the short-term until they see exactly how loyal fans actually are.

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  4. No futures out yet for which team will win the Cup but I imagine in a shortened season, one could make some money on a nice underdog if one were so inclined.

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    • That’s one of the topics of conversation in a hockey-happy region…how easy it could be to find yourself on the outside looking in come playoff time if you don’t bring it every game. Hockey has been a sport where teams barely making the post-season wind up in the Finals as it is. It will be interesting to see what the odds are and how “deep” they go with the “longshots.”

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  5. Speaking of hockey, have you caught “Goon” yet with Seann William Scott?

    If you haven’t, it is well worth the watch.

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    • “Goon” was spoken of very highly among some of the folks I listen to on the radio. I have not seen it yet but will try to check it out in the not-to-distant future. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  6. Though not a huge hockey fan, I’m glad to have it back and a shortened season is a blessing in my eyes. Wish the NBA, MLB, and NHL would permanently shorten their season that drag on and on as everyone simply waits for the playoffs to start.

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    • Yes Jed! There is more than enough money being passed around that the position of having to have all these regular season games to “keep revenues up” can be retired once and for all now. These sports would be best served with reduced regular seasons. We saw it with the NBA and we will again with the NHL. Excitement abounds with shortened, more meaningful campaigns. A more reasonable number of games is in order for all three leagues. For that matter, if they raise the prices on the tickets for the “remaining” games to achieve their “balance” my bet is they all get bought…and if contraction is needed in a couple of cities, so be it. That’s a time which has come also.

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