So we tried. We really, really tried to bring some semblance of hockey coverage here that was, if not entertaining, at least offensive to the casual reader. We had some fights, some sweet goals, we made fun of Martin Brodeur banging his sister-in-law. Apparently, making fun of people is totally cool with you guys. Unless they’re dead, and then everyone’s all, “Show some RESPECT.” This baffles me. But that’s a conversation for another day.
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings in a fantastic Game 7 on Friday night. Evgeni Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy, which goes to the playoff MVP. And yeah, despite suffering a knee injury in the second period, S*d the B*tch hoisted the cup at center ice in Joe Louis Arena. As if the people of Detroit didn’t have enough to be depressed about.
One of the more fun (if overdone) storylines was that of Marian Hossa, who, for the second straight year, found himself on the losing end of a Stanley Cup Final. But the Game 7 telecast itself was a ratings winner, at one point drawing over an estimated 9 million viewers. We fully take credit for the gain in hockey’s popularity. My kids are embroidering a baseball cap to commemorate the turnaround as we speak. What’s 9,000,000 in Roman numerals?