Hockey

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins on their Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Game seven wasn’t what I expected. The home team had won every game prior, but the Bruins came out with a fire in their collective belly that the Canucks just didn’t show. A tighter game was anticipated but it was still exciting. How can a game seven not be exciting? How can any game of Hockey not be exciting? It’s the fastest, coolest game on earth.
Tim Thomas, the Bruins goalie, was amazing. A brick wall. The Great Wall.
Do a search on the Boston Bruins, if you’re so inclined, and you will find Hockey history to the extreme degree. Just look at Bobby Orr! How about Eddie Shore? The Iceman. The Machine on Skates. Picked up in 1926, two years after the Bruins became the first American team to join this Canadian game. If you ever wondered who Eddie Shore was while watching the best Hockey film of all time, Slap Shot, he was a Bruin.
Am I spouting off on the Bruin’s victory because I’m a fan of theirs? No. I haven’t ever been a Bruins fan and it has nothing to do with Hockey. Back in the day, the 1980′s, I was a Los Angeles Lakers fan. It just seemed right back then that the Lakers would play the Boston Celtics for the title. Kareem, Magic, Green, Rambis, Worthy, and was Wilkes in there, too? I’m sure I’ve forgotten some names but it was “Showtime.”
And Boston had Parrish, McHale, Bird, and others; remember, I wasn’t their fan.
That was some exciting time in basketball. I slowly moved away from the round ball game and into the frozen biscuit game. My team was, and still is, the L.A. Kings. They’ve let me down every year. After a rebuilding year the last year or two (or twenty), I thought they had a good chance to gel and advance this year. They lost in the first round of the playoffs. Being the eternal optimist (and don’t chat with anyone I know because they may laugh at that phrase) I’m thinking the Kings can win the Cup, FINALLY, within the next three to five years. Hopefully before Bob Miller, their announcer, retires. I never want him to retire (like Vin Scully or Chick Hearn (R.I.P.), the best broadcasters in the business), but if he must, he needs to have a victory for the team he’s been working for for 38 seasons.
Major digression hopefully forgiven, a heartfelt congratulations, again, to the Boston Bruins for winning the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup; the toughest trophy to win.

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