1.The Spelling Bee, while wonderful, is getting a little too big for its britches. Erin Andrews? Silly “use it in a sentence” examples? I dunno. The Spelling Bee is supposed to be a celebration of nerds, not some preteen hipster event. Get off my lawn, Spelling Bee!
2. I’m PSCHYED about a Stanley Cup rematch. Last year I went into the finals with an open mind, and I wound up cheering vehemently for the Red Wings. This year, even though I still genuinely like the Wings, I’m pretty certain I’ll be Pens all the way. I think they’ve got a shot this year, and I ADORE them for picking up the Prince of Wales trophy and skating it all over the place. I thought Sid looked like a badass with his mitts on that thing.
3. One factor that might make me lean slightly towards the Red Wings is Marion Hossa. Now, hear me out for a second. I don’t really care about the fact that he dissed the Penguins to sign with the Red Wings. I don’t think Hossa was obligated to be loyal to the Pens. He was traded to them as a rental. It’s not like, oh say, Chris Drury who ditched us as a free agent after years of being a Sabre. Hossa had the right to do what he wanted. (So did Chris Drury, of course.)
The reason I’m a little sympathetic to Hossa is because he passed on the opportunity to sign a multi-year contract last summer. No matter what you think of his decision, that took balls. The dude risked many TENS of millions of dollars to sign for one year with Detroit. Yes, it’s kind of dumb, but it’s also kind of gangster. Most athletes just take the money and run. It’s a bit puzzling and amazing to see a guy do something other than take the money and run.
I don’t really like or dislike Hossa himself. I’m “meh” on Hossa, but I guess I wouldn’t mind seeing his gamble pay off.
4. The other day I heard Bulldog ranting about how awful it is that the NHL was having to schedule its Finals around the debut of Conan O’Brien’s new show. From a scheduling standpoint, I totally agree. The potential ten day break between the Conference Finals and the Finals was THE DUMBEST THING EVER, but, I also understand why NBC wouldn’t want the headache of trying to deal with a triple overtime (it could happen!) on the week they’re planning to unveil the new Tonight Show. I think Bulldog was really missing the point by harping on the Conan thing. It makes perfect sense not to schedule the Finals and Conan’s new show on the same night. That’s a GOOD decision if we want to avoid another Preakness situation (and I think we all can agree THAT WE DO).
I’ve said this before, but it’s worth saying again. I’m really starting to think the NHL should just say “eff it” to network television. Seriously. Network television is simply not a good format for the NHL product. It’s okay. Let’s embrace our niche-iness.
And you know what else? I kind of like Versus. I think they do a decent job. I think they do a WAY better job than NBC. They’re not perfect, but Versus treats hockey with respect. At least they want the NHL.
Love the one you’re with, yo.