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Sports Equation #28

(8 +  great)experience  = Stanley
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I Smelled a Rat

One of the nice things about writing a sports blog is that there’s always a certain amount of predictive quality to what you choose to put in a post. And that means that, sometimes, you can turn out to be very, very right.

Like, for instance, the recent post here about how the Vegas expansion draft worked, and why–contrary to what some observers were saying–the NHL was unlikely to feel much in the way of regret about giving the Golden Knights a bit of a boost.

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Gary Bettman: as happy as a rat with a wedge of gouda

Now league commissioner Gary Bettman–a.k.a. Old Ratface–has come along and kindly confirmed for us that everything I wrote in that piece was dead on. Continue reading I Smelled a Rat

Knights Storming the Castle

And now, a rebuttal to my recent post about the Jets possibly winning the Stanley Cup:

“Hell no.” — Vegas Golden Knights, May 20, 2018

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There’s plenty of rooting interest in the Vegas Golden Knights. Is that a good thing?

So much for Canada getting its next, long-awaited Stanley Cup.

The next time the chalice is raised, it will be particularly galling for the True North, since the Cup will be lifted by a team that either a) represents the capital of their neighboring country, or b) just started playing hockey last Friday, and does so in a desert, of all places. This might be a good time to hide all the belts and shoelaces to be found north of the border.

It’s hard to imagine too many Canadians having a rooting interest in the Stanley Cup Final when the series begins on Monday. That leaves the question of whom should the rest of us root for? I suspect most hockey fans outside the District of Columbia media market will be rooting for Vegas–and that makes a certain amount of sense…but I’m not quite sure I can go there myself. Continue reading Knights Storming the Castle

A Country Ready For Take-off?

An addendum to the latest Feature on the success of the Golden Knights:

The Vegas thrill ride has so thoroughly captured the attention of much of this country’s hockey-loving community that hardly a word is being heard about the fact that the Winnipeg Jets are starting to look like a very good possibility for ending Canada’s 750 year Stanley Cup drought.

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The Winnipeg Jets: more celebrating to come?

Continue reading A Country Ready For Take-off?

Thinking, Expansive And Otherwise

With the Vegas Golden Knights all set in their Western Conference Final matchup against the Winnipeg Jets (puck drop set for tonight), now is probably a good time to sIt and ponder the significance of the team’s nearly unprecedented success in their first season.

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Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights: Successful by design?

Note that it’s “nearly unprecedented” success. Longtime puckheads know that the St. Louis Blues–under a young Scotty Bowman, no less–made the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. True, they were in a division with all the rest of the league’s initial expansion teams, so some new team had to make it all the way to the Final in its first season–but they did it before the Golden Knights, so the current darlings of the NHL are not really breaking new ground.

There is, however, a minor undercurrent that seems to believe that, as with that first expansion season, Vegas has benefited from a “rigged” situation. According to some, the league made it too easy for the GK’s to achieve their rapid success–and that the NHL, ostensibly horrified at how far Vegas has taken their puck and run with it, will make sure that such lightning-quick success will “never happen again.”

So the pundits may say. However, if you think about it, the most likely scenario says that the exact opposite will be true. What we’re seeing on the ice in Las Vegas may, in fact, be the wave of the future. Continue reading Thinking, Expansive And Otherwise