|Zdeno Charo hoists Stanley Cup|
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Bruins end drought, win Stanley Cup
I grew up on the border of
Texas and , where we could barely grow enough ice to chill our sweet tea. The thought of playing ice hockey… Well, we never really thought about it. Mexico
I went to a preseason game in the late 80’s in
between two teams I don’t remember. The Stars didn’t make it to Dallas until 1993. What I do remember is that it seemed much easier to follow the action by being there, as opposed to watching it on television (at least, low-def TV). Dallas
The pace of the game is absolutely insane. And the collisions are awesome. Seems like the players are a combination of
Hulk Hogan, Brian Boitano, and Errol Flynn.
I don’t pretend to be a hockey fan, but I am starting to appreciate the nuances of the game. I even researched “icing” and the myriad reasons that it’s not called, even when the puck crosses two red lines. Never once did I see why offsides was called, though I have that same problem with soccer.
What I do understand is that real fans have been frustrated for decades and, like when the Red Sox broke the Curse, there was as much a feeling of relief as jubilation; made that much better by the big talking Luango playing his second game in a row doing his dead-on impression of a sieve.
Without a doubt, Tim Thomas deserved to be the Conn Smythe trophy winner no matter the result of Game 7. If he was sun block, he’d be SPF 940.
The Stanley Cup is coming home to
. Congratulations to the entire Bruins organization and every die-hard fan who never stopped believing. Boston