Remember a few days ago when I bitched that, “I hate the playoffs this year,” all pout-y like?
I was out gallivanting last night, so I didn’t watch either of the games, but when I saw the scores I got sucked right back in. I think that’s one thing I should try to remember about the playoffs. They take a million years to unfold, so there’s plenty of time to lose and then regain interest as the rounds progress. I was so grossed out by the Sabres that it took me a few weeks to get back into “casual observer” mode, which is necessary if you are going to attempt to watch games played by teams that you largely hate. Now that I’ve had a little period of time to recover from the Sabres, I’m pretty amused by the goings-on with the rest of the Eastern Conference.
What the heck is going on here?
Habs: I’m a Sabres fan, and a decent person, so I don’t really like the Habs, but dang it, those little guys are scrappy! Unless you hate the Habs with a burning passion (I don’t), I think you have to be at least a little intrigued at this point. I’m incredibly jealous of Canadiens fans. Cheering for a team that is massively overachieving seems like one of the most appealing things in all of sports fandom. What could be more fun than that?
(I feel compelled to make a small but totally embarrassing confession here. This is DEFINITELY might just my playoff goggles talking, but I loooove me some Hal Gill. He’s gigantic and handsome, and I know his nickname is “No Skill-Gill,” but I don’t care. I like it when Hal Gill is happy and doing lots of interviews. I also have a soft spot for Brian Gionta, which I’m not even TRYING to curb because I think a crush on Brian Gionta compliments a crush on Hal Gill very nicely. It’s as if my playoff goggles are practicing Feng-shui.)
Flyers: Look, I know you guys hate the Flyers, and I’m certainly not in love with them or anything, but COME ON, you HAVE to be rooting for them at this point. I know it burns to see the Flyers succeed, but try not to focus on that. Just focus on how uncomfortable, freaked-out, and nervous the Bruins must be right now- poised at the precipice of complete collapse. Don’t think of it as “cheering for the Flyers” think of it as “cheering for the humiliation of the Bruins, specifically Chara.”
The great thing about the situation in the East is that no matter who emerges victorious, it’s safe to assume they’ll be completely demolished in the Finals. So, while it feels dirty and wrong to cheer for any of the remaining teams, I think there’s very little risk of permanent psychological damage here.
So, fuck it. Go Flyers!