Friday, May 3, 2013

Why I Love (Hate) the Playoffs

On the website there is a Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge that one can enter every year just before the puck drops in the first game of the first series.  I ALWAYS play it.  I ALWAYS think I know absolutely positively who is going to win each series.  Well, except for a few wild cards that is.


The Blues are up two games on the LA Kings! Last years Stanley Cup Champions look surprised out there.  Their supermagical must-have-signed-a-deal-with-the-devil-goalie, Jonathan Quick, gave the first game away.  Last night?  Was close and the Kings have a history of coming out ahead on close games.  But they didn't.  Surprise!

Detroit beat Anaheim last night.  That's a series I believe could go either way.  The Red Wings are a mere ghost of what they once were but they still have a coach who knows how to win.  And they still have that faith that comes of being on a team that makes the playoffs every year and frequently wins the cup.  That counts for a lot in a fast and hard sport. 

Minnesota's goalie was out during warm ups so Josh Harding, who is currently struggling with MS, had to step in at the last moment.  Chicago barely beat them.  Good for Josh!  

I think Toronto should just be allowed to go home quietly.  The Bruins are going to kill them out there.  BUT I COULD BE WRONG.  A miracle could happen.  Toronto could suddenly find the pride of all Canada somewhere deep in their guts and rise up and thunk them.  Wouldn't that be something to see?

And that's what I love about the playoffs.  ANYTHING can happen.  It's as exciting as Basketball, as romantic as Baseball and as brutal as any sport can get.  I may not win that danged Bracket Challenge but so far it's looking like a really awesome playoff year.

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