Thursday, April 19, 2012

Has There Ever Been A More Divisive Hockey Series than this Penguins v. Flyers One?

Let me preface this by saying this; I'm not a hockey fan. I'm not a pink hat bruin fan, I don't pretend to care once the playoffs start, and I never will. Hockey's not my thing and I'm not going to just pretend it is because the home town team is on a nice uptick. I root for the Bruins, sure, but I don't get involved in discussions about them, and I don't lose sleep over them. For true hockey fans experiencing this resurgence to relevance in recent years, I'm certainly glad for them, but I'm never going to pretend to really care. 

Now that that's out of the way, let me also say this: This Flyers vs. Penguins series is one of the most entertaining things I've ever seen on television, period. It's all the best parts of hockey for a nonchalant observer like myself. Hitting, fighting, genuine disgust for their opponents, and ample scoring.  It's everything I hope for when I watch a hockey game, and it's delivered every game so far. 

Now this is where actual hockey fans, radio hosts, talking heads on tv, etc...break in and say its been a disgrace, the league has lost control of the series etc, etc...Boo-fricken-hoo. 

You want some purist hockey, go watch the first two games of the Bruins series. 1-0 and 2-1. Yea they went to overtime and yea sudden death hockey is the most riveting format for all the major sports, but beyond that they were total yawners. I just can't get behind that, it simply doesn't interest me. 

You know what does interest me? 8+ goals, continuous fights out of spite, and a promise of more the next game. Traditional and old school hockey fans can say what they like, sports radio hosts can take the holier than thou role, I don't give a shit. I know that for those 60 minutes of action I am absolutely glued to the TV and that's more than I can say for just about any other hockey series in my life.