Stanley Cup/Cubs

This is the time of year when my allegience is divided.  There is nothing more exciting than the Stanley Cup playoffs.

That’s right, I said it.  Here’s my reason.  During the regular season of hockey, it gets pretty stale.  Unlike baseball, there’s no series play.  I wish there were because that’s what is so unique to baseball.  It creates drama, excitement and if I were visiting let’s say Chicago; Mary Beth and I could stay a weekend and go to the series instead of one game.  It creates that atmosphere and rivalry.  Plus, it’s great for tourism.

In hockey, some teams play each other 8 times a year.  Now, there’s only 80 odd games in hockey versus well over 100 in baseball. 

Since the lockout a few years ago, teams have played more, but how cool would that be to go to Montreal and watch them play Boston for a three game series?  On a weekend, broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada.

We have to wait until the playoffs to see that kind of series and rivalry.  There is something so thrilling in sudden death playoff hockey. 

However, by the time the post season comes in baseball, I find it gets boring because it’s a long season.  Not that I’m knocking it, but there must be something they could do to ramp up the excitement.

—Mark Gauthier



  1. raysrenegade · April 17, 2011

    Mark you might remember in 2010 after the Blackhawks won it all, the Rays actually wore hockey jerseys for one of their “themed road trips”. Most of the team chose to wear speacially made Blackhawks jerseys, but a few die-hrads like BJ Upton, Andy Sonnanstine and Evan Longoria wore their Tampa Bay Lightining colors with pride.
    I love watching hockey on television. It is one of those sports where skill definitely outweighs speed and power.
    To be able to stop on a dime, fire a wrist shot towards a determined target, then avoid a jarring hit while standing on thin blades of steel is amazing to me.
    But then again, I do live in snow barren Florida.

    Rays Renegade


  2. The Cub Den · April 17, 2011

    The world stops come April. It’s a canadian cliche, but it’s true. The playoffs border on ritual and religion. The sad part is that it’s been almost 20 years since a canadian team has won.



  3. robsanto · April 17, 2011

    I’ve been watching hockey almost as long as baseball… it keeps me sane during the off-season. And I’ve had a chance to live a couple of years in the Unofficial Holy Mecca of Ice Hockey: Southern Ontario. Go Knights!
    I try to explain this to my friends who haven’t had a chance to live in Canada – I usually tell them to imagine the popularity in America of Football, Baseball and Basketball. Combine them, and you almost have the Canadian passion for Hockey. Almost.


  4. The Cub Den · April 17, 2011

    The London Knights!!!! John Tavares. I grew up an Ottawa 67 fan, but I cheer for the Kingston Frontenacs. Ok, a word to the wise; anyone who wants to see a bad representation of hockey, watch YOUNGBLOOD with Rob Lowe. The portrayal of the sacred OHL is abysmal. Patrick Swayze was almost 30 playing an 18 year old and the guy who played Racki for Thunder Bay? Don’t forget the classic jousting of hockey sticks!



  5. Michael David · April 17, 2011

    Mark, I love April and Cup playoffs, too. The first round is great, with a game or two almost every night. I live in the original Hockeytown USA where they actually apreciate the sport, and we have the Soo Greyhounds right accross the ditch from us. Go Wings!!!
    ‘Minoring In Baseball’


  6. Michael David · April 17, 2011

    BTW-I love Youngblood…’the only thing better than a cold beer, is tea with Ms. McGill!’


  7. The Cub Den · April 17, 2011

    The Soo Greyhounds! Wayne Gretzky’s old stomping grounds. Well, the Red Wings are the team to love and hate. They’ve been so good for so long it’d be interesting to see if The Coyotes win. They’ll be in Winnipeg next year.

    My dad used to work with Stevie Y’s brother, Gary. Man, Stevie’s a legend!!!!



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