Some of you who have been paying attention to this blog have probably figured out that I am a hockey fan. Guilty as charged, I love the sport. In fact, next to baseball, I think hockey is the best sport to see in person. So, you may be wondering how I could have missed commenting on the start of the NHL season last Saturday.
The answer is, I took this idea to heart. Well, almost I guess. I don’t know exactly how many games the Rangers didn’t play as scheduled after 12/21/12, but I skipped the first five games of their 2013 schedule in retaliation. I can hear the cries now, it was an empty gesture. You are probably right, but I really have no idea what else I could do to try and send hockey a message that they have behaved insanely over the last 18 years. So, I haven’t been a part of the first five Rangers games, but I am coming on board now. (Full Disclosure- My wife, who is the biggest Rangers fan I know, didn’t join me in this boycott so I have heard a lot about the Rangers’ uninspired play despite the fact that she is a girl.)
So yes, I know the Rangers are 2-3, Lundqvist looks ordinary and they can’t score unless the Gaborik-Richards-Nash line is out there. That’s ok, these 48 games are not about proving who is the best team, they are merely about qualifying for the playoffs. In 1995 the Rangers were the 8th seed, but knocked off the #1 seed in the first round. I would prefer they took an easier path to the playoffs, but barring injury, this team can play with anyone and that’s what matters.
43 games to go, I’ll be here for the duration.