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.