Saturday, January 07, 2006

Ah, Hockey Day in Canada...

All 6 Canadian teams playing each other...doesn't get much better than that.

Although it brings to mind one major problem I have with the new NHL: the terrible, terrible schedule.

The Leafs are on the Western Canada road trip right now...Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver...they don't go back until 2008. What the hell is that about? You'd think it'd be a no-brainer that they'd be there every year. And we don't play Detroit or Chicago at all this season. That is just plain wrong. Original Six teams have to play each other. Instead we play the likes of Minnesota and Anaheim. That simply won't do.

And I think they're going a bit overboard with the new rivalries...Vancouver played Colorado three times in I think 5 days...all in Denver. That's just stupid...and don't tell me it's got nothing to do with the Todd Bertuzzi/Steve Moore incident. There's manufacturing rivalries, and then there's just overkill. After the Leafs resume their, um, heated feud with the Wild *cough* on January 18, they don't play a single game against the Western Conference for the rest of the year...sheesh, let's get some balance for Christ's sake.

I can understand building new rivalries and such, but that shouldn't come at the expense of killing old ones. Just because it's the "new" NHL doesn't mean that previous seasons' traditions should be overlooked.

For those of you who care, here are my NFL playoff predictions for this weekend: Washington over Tampa Bay, New England over Jacksonville, Cincinnati over Pittsburgh, and Carolina over the Giants.

And thanks to Corey Koskie for the half-year of subpar, injury-riddled baseball. You were the odd man out, and you quickly found out that just being Canadian doesn't give you the benefit of the doubt. Just ask Paul Quantrill, Paul Spoljaric, or Rob Ducey. Have fun in Milwaukee, if you can find any.

Enjoy the hockey and football.

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