This is a feature that I’ve been meaning to write for weeks…but haven’t been able to do so.
No, the post-Super Bowl hangover did not help. Seeing the team of my youth finally win the big one pushed a lot of other considerations aside, for sure–but that didn’t really last this long.
Nor was I taking my own advice, from a couple of years ago, and indulging in a well-timed sports sabbatical during the deadest period of the calendar–though that idea remains wise.
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The USA women’s Olympic team: the best thing in hockey this season. The NHL–not so much.
No, I haven’t been able to write this hockey-centric feature post for almost a month now because, frankly, I haven’t been able to make the necessary confession–not even to myself. But I guess the time has now come:
Hello, my name is Stephen, and I am no longer a hockey-holic.
Continue reading The NHL In The Penalty Box
A lot has been happening lately–so much stuff, in fact, that it’s been difficult to pick one sports story to think much about, let alone write a commentary about it. One thing that has stood out, just enough, in these recent, active days has been the unusual immediate success of the NHL’s expansion darlings, the Vegas Golden Knights.
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The Golden Knights: they’re having quite the time in Vegas
At 9-4-0 with 18 points, the GK’s are sitting in second place in the Pacific and breathing down the necks of the division-leading Los Angeles Kings. It’s pretty remarkable that an expansion team would shoot out of the gate with such winning ways. Clearly, the Vegas ownership has done a sparkling job of putting together a team that can compete right away with the NHL’s established squads.
But you have to wonder: is this really a case of the Knights being that good…or everyone else not being all that great?
Continue reading Knights And Daze
Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
With the NHL trade deadline now in the rear view mirror, it’s worth taking a quick look at a few of the notable points to come out of all the activity—including a possible warning sign about what might lay just over the horizon.
The weirdest part of the deadline had to be seeing the Detroit Red Wings selling for a harvest of draft picks. I guess it’s safe to say that Hockeytown’s latest era has well and truly come to an end. How did Detroit do in their quest to reinvigorate the franchise? Only the most devoted hockey scout could even guess at this point. Continue reading Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
Remembrance Of Posts Past
Since we’re here in the doldrums of February, and there’s really nothing of particular importance going on, now would be a good time to revisit certain past topics of discussion for expansion, edification, or clarification.
Let’s start by expounding a bit more on one recent post topic, NHL Network’s On The Fly. Continue reading Remembrance Of Posts Past
Cleaning The Glass
I have been watching more hockey this season. Certainly more than last season.
This has at least a little bit to do with the local San Jose Sharks’ success last season. After all, a Stanly Cup Final run will get your attention.
However, I think my willingness to tune in and give over my valuable time has as much to do with what I’m not seeing as it does with what I am seeing. Simply put: I’m more willing to tune in because–mirabile dictu–those damn ads have disappeared from the glass at the ends of the rink. Continue reading Cleaning The Glass