There’s not much to be said about the upcoming game six in Montreal. Hell, there’s not even much the Canadiens coaches can say. The players know what needs to be done. They know they have to do all the right things if they’re going to take this to a game seven. They know they have to play the game of their lives, not make any blunders, and don’t do anything to make us mad at them.
All we can do is wait. It’s like sitting in the muddy trenches, waiting for the enemy to appear so we can ruin their day.
So while we wait, I thought I’d just blabber on. And today I’m blabbering about Seattle.
Seattle presently has a team in the Western Hockey League – the Thunderbirds, and of course, back in 1917 when you were just a tot, the Seattle Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup. And between the Thunderbirds and the Metropolitans have been many amateur and minor-pro teams, including the legendary Totems which featured Guyle Fielder, maybe the best player to never play in the NHL. (except for 15 games).
It almost seems like a good hockey town, this birthplace of Jimi Hendrix. And it’s only a couple of hours south of the Canadian border, so it should be a real good hockey town. You’d also think it would make a terrific and natural rival for the Vancouver Canucks if it had an NHL franchise.
But I was reading the Seattle Times last week and the sports page consisted of this:
Page 1 – Mariners news, Seahawks minicamp report, and a column about Oregon college basketball.
Page 2 – Fishing report, and a continuation of the stories from page 1.
Page 3 – NFL news
Page 4 – Baseball boxscores
Page 5 – High school baseball boxscores
Page 6 – Mini report from the Associated Press wires about the NHL, just above Public Notices.
So the question is – if an almost-border city with an area population of 4 million, which has a WHL junior team and once won the cherished Stanley Cup, shows no interest in the NHL playoffs, then why would Gary Bettman think hockey would take off in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and other such places?
I’d also like to switch gears and wish Bret Michaels a complete recovery. The charismatic rock star, who is such a big part of this year’s Celebrity Apprentice, suffered a brain hemorrhage last Friday in China and is in critical condition.