You know when you hang out with a kid and he has a lot of things about him that you find annoying. Sure, you guys are friends and you have some interests in common, but he has a lot character flaws that seem relatively inexplicable. Then you meet his father, and it all starts to come together. Pretty much the "oh, THAT'S where he gets it from" situation. That's how I feel about this completely unnecessary comment made by Joe Thornton. All this time I was projecting my hatred at hockey fans that couldn't respect the traditions of other sports, and it was apparently stemming from the athletes themselves. It's players like Joe Thornton that have spread this notion that hockey is the end all, be all of the sports world. He's taught all these hockey fans that are running around bashing other sports that the way hockey does things is the right way, and that it's basically impossible to derive any pleasure from sports that aren't played with a puck. Thanks Joe, thanks a lot.
Now, I am not saying I am a baseball fan. I'll tune in sporadically during the postseason. I will most certainly take every opportunity to go to the ball park and suck down a handful of hot dogs and some ice cold beers in the sun, but no - I am not a fan. I find the games - and the season itself - to be long, tedious, and boring. That doesn't mean it is boring. It means that I - personally- feel like it is. That's why I don't fault teams for celebrating playoffs berths with champagne showers. It might be a little much, but so is having a 162 game season followed by only three rounds of playoffs, one of which is a short series. All I'm saying is that if I was playing a professional sport every goddamn day for however many months then I would be quick to dump a bottle of bubbly on my head too if it culminated in being one of only 8 teams (fuck the one game playoff) to have chance at winning a championship. Do I think it's necessary to do it after every series win? No, not really, but as a hockey fan - and former hockey player - the last thing I am going to do is hate on a sport because it's athletes find reasons to drink and waste alcohol at an alarming rate. In fact, I think it might be the only tradition in baseball that I can wholeheartedly get behind.