Stanley

Here follows my opinion. It may not match yours. Fair play.

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I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. This means, like everyone else like me, that we are long-suffering as we watch one of the most talented teams in one of the most expensive markets lose every year. We keep faith and hope that THIS YEAR will be the year that they toughen up and make it happen. Every year since 1967. Still waiting. I know, I know.

But I still love hockey, and I have watched highlights of every game of every series in this weird, bubbled, piped-in crowd noise no-crowd playoffs. I just want to see the best team win.

Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in game 6 of the finals to win the 2020 Stanley Cup. Congratulations to them on their victory (I had them picked as winners at the beginning of the season, I should have bet money. Anyway).

It was a hard-fought series, with plenty of injured players and dramas, big hits and rivalries, amazing plays and many examples of solid hockey.

However, many times the Dallas Stars played with what my son calls sour grapes – when the other team is better, you find ways to hurt them and bring them down instead of digging in, playing it right, and finding victory in virtue and that nth factor.

I know it is play-off hockey, and the referees put their whistles away and just let them play (though they did call many penalties this series, many others were let go). Despite their talent, I just cannot respect Radulov, Benn, several others, I’ve never been a fan. I know that Tampa was rough too, and gave as good as they got but, ultimately, I feel the right team won the Cup this year. Dallas, despite playing well enough to get that far in the finals, did not (in my eyes) deserve it.

Looking forward to the 2020-2021 season!

 

35 thoughts on “Stanley

  1. stephen1001 says:

    It was strange, this year I watched the play-in round around the clock, but then was only vaguely aware of the playoffs for the rest of the way.
    As an Yzerman fan, I’m glad to see the team he built finally win – the Wings may still be a couple years away!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I know several people who grew bored of the quarantine hockey, no fans in attendance, the piped-in crowd noises, etc. And the play-in round got watched because people were just glad hockey was back at all. But, on reflection, we all knew Tampa ought to win it this year (though I didn’t count out Vegas or Colorado), and I don’t know anyone who actually likes the Dallas Stars, so once ‘your team’ went out, if they were in the play-offs at all, it would be easy to lose track of it, I get it. But I watched highlight videos of every game of every series – it was a sanity break in my day, to catch a short video here or there – and the hockey was still (for the most part) very good. I didn’t mind anything else about it – I just wanted to watch hockey! All of it! 🙂

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Man I haven’t watched baseball since the 90s, it was a thing I did with my grandfather. I probably couldn’t name any players on the team this year. Hockey’s my thing, but sure, go Blue Jays? Do the thing!

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              They actually beat you up? That’s awful! The hockey guys in our high school were lunkheads with puck bunnies on their arm, sure, but I don’t think there were too many cases of actual physical violence (they saved that for the ice, I guess).

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              1. BuriedOnMars says:

                Yep, I have stories. A few have served or are serving time now. Small Northern Ontario towns can be rough. Every time I see one of those CBC specials tor Tim Hortons commercials showing hockey bringing people together, I vomit in my mouth a little, lol. But that’s just me. I know it isn’t the same for others.

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                1. keepsmealive says:

                  Man, I’m sorry you went through that. People suck. I know I got out of hockey as we got old enough to allow body contact. At the time, I was 5’2″ and about 95lbs. There were enough meat-heads who grew up tough on farms that were going to break my skeleton, so I thought it better to be ambulatory in later life. I still love the game, I still watch our local team when I can, I still watch the NHL, but that aspect of the whole culture that goes with it is shite.

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                  1. BuriedOnMars says:

                    My Father in-law asks me everytime I see him how the local Stouffville time is doing. I couldn’t even tell you the team’s name, lol. I think they are the Clippers or Spirit. Something like that.

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                    1. keepsmealive says:

                      I love that you struggle to even remember the team’s name. You can connect with your father-in-law in other ways, and I recommend it. It’s over a year now since mine passed away and it’s a weird, sad, empty hole in our lives.

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                    2. BuriedOnMars says:

                      Oh, we do. He likes baseball too. He just keeps asking me because he thinks it is hilarious that I don’t have a clue. He has season tickets to the Sudbury Wolves and would be at the arena every day if he had a reason.

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                    3. keepsmealive says:

                      I don’t know about being there every day, but I do really love going to an Attack game and taking it all in. And we used to stick around after public skating and watch the kids teams play hockey games at the Y. Turns out I don’t mind the level, I just like the game!

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                    4. keepsmealive says:

                      I even got invited to play in a beer league one year, but I never got to find out how that would have gone because the nights they played clashed completely with our house schedule. Alas.

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                    5. BuriedOnMars says:

                      You haven’t seen me play! I always got picked last for teams. I was on the cross country ski team in high school. They liked having me on it because no one else would worry about coming in last. I would have them covered.

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                    6. BuriedOnMars says:

                      Anyone who signed up “made” the team. They just needed warm bodies as the program was about to be cut. Which it was the following year, lol.

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  2. jprobichaud says:

    Hahaha. Go Habs! (I’m kidding here. I grew up watching the Canadiens but don’t really follow hockey anymore.)

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      No worries! I know from living in Montreal for two years that there are many who take that team seriously. It’s all good. I just like hockey. Yeah, I’m a Leafs fan but that is probably just some need in me to cheer for an underdog. The thing with them, though, is that they needn’t be an underdog. They have lots of talent. Ah well. As for the Habs, we’re big fans of Nick Suzuki in our house. He used to play here for our local OHL team, and he was always exciting to watch. My son even got to meet him one time during a team skate, get a picture and an autograph, a highlight of my boy’s young life! Suzuki looks poised to become a star, anyway. And his brother is out there, somewhere, playing too. Right on.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      ’75, I wish! Lol Well, let’s just allow this convo to be proof that Leafs and Flyers fans can actually get along… historically, not so much, especially in those ’70s… Let us be the ones who forge ahead into hockey nirvana!

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