The 2012 NHL play-offs are shaping up to be one of the most unsuspecting ones ever. The LA kings (8th seed) is leading their series currently, 3-1 over the Vancouver Canucks (the number one seed). If that wasn’t enough, the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series has combined for over 45 goals in JUST the first 5 games! Also, the NHL has seen one of the longest suspensions handed down ever. Raffi Torres got TWENTY-FIVE games for a COMPLETELY illegal hit on Marian Hossa (former Winterhawk, so I might be just the tadest bit biased). Marian was rushed to the hospital only to be released under his own power a short while later.
This is something that you never want to see happen. This is Marian Hossa being carried off on the stretcher.
Also, in the WHL the Winterhawks are currently holding a 2-0 lead over Tri-cities (a TOTAL surprise), both wins coming in overtime and during or a after a penalty on them (the hawks were down a man for those of you are not hockey fans).
Please share your thoughts below on either the NHL or any other sport play-offs.
Let me just start off by saying that I am not a NBA fan. I used to be a fan of basketball, but, in the past few years and since I’ve become a fan of hockey, my liking the sport has just sort of stopped.
Hockey is so much better
So, with the work stoppage going on, I know a lot of people are upset by it, but, I’m not. I can live without basketball. Here’s why:
the sports team that should be the number one sports team in Portland
maybe the Oregonian and other newspapers will feature something other than the blazers on the front page of the sports section.
maybe the sports TV/radio broadcasters will talk about something other than the Blazers, you know, like the Winterhawks (who made it to their league finals last year, and will look to go to the Memorial Cup, the Stanley Cup of Canadian Major junior Hockey)
We won’t have to deal with the crazy antics that the giant ego-ed basketball players (Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, just to name a few) seem to bestow, or the things that they would have said (Lebron)
Along with more fans paying attention to hockey, equals a boost in TV ratings. For instance, the Stanley Cup finals last year were apparently just as interesting as the NBA Finals (I don’t know, I didn’t watch the latter.) Guess which one got move views in the U.S.?
I know of a lot of people who will be disappointed if the NBA looses it’s season due to the lockout. I’m glad that I was not a hockey fan when the NHL had it’s lockout, even though only the NHL was locked out. I don’t know how I would have lived through it.
Part two is coming tomorrow, don’t worry basketball fans, it will be arguing the downside of the lockout.