They Gotta Win Four of These?

Saturday, April 26th, 2008, 9:51 am

I went to Game 1 of the Pens-Rangers game last night. From all the screaming, jumping about and frantic worrying I’m hoarse, I feel like I fell down a flight of stairs, and my ankle is killing me. That’s what it’s like being a mere spectator of a Stanley Cup playoff game.

If you think of yourself as a sports fan, and you don’t watch the Stanley Cup playoffs, get out my face. It’s a tragedy the NHL is so badly run that only about 3% of U.S. households can see all the games. Because the games are unreal.

When Avery scored to make it 3-0, despair. When Ruutu scored to make it 3-1, hope. When Dupuis buried one 14 seconds later, pandemonium. When Crosby (well, Malkin) scored to make it 5-4, euphoria. And when Jagr rang one off the post with five seconds left, one of the biggest mass episodes of the OOOOHHHHGGGGs in U.S. history. Seriously, I think 95% of the people in the Arena though the shot went in, because the place fell silent for a second, and even after it was apparent the puck was still live it wasn’t until the final horn that everyone recovered.

The whiteout was pretty cool, just as it was at Penn State. Odd that in both cases, the home team was wearing dark jerseys. Is this so the opposing team can’t see their teammates amidst the white-shirted crowd. Could be.

The sick thing is, after riding that emotional roller-coaster, these teams gotta play again TOMORROW. No rest for the weary. Players and fans.

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One Response to “They Gotta Win Four of These?”

  1. Pauly Says:

    Rangers blew a 3-0 lead. Unacceptable. Nice catch, btw.

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