What with all the cool things happening in interesting sports this weekend, I barely noticed that the NHL kicked off its season in London. The Ducks and Kings ended up splitting the first two games of the season, with the Ducks regaining their championship form in last night's 4-1 win. Not surprisingly, Londoners were mostly ambivalent, getting excited only when players (like Scott Thornton and George Parros, pictured) dropped their gloves and beat the crap out of each other.
I think it's a great idea for the NHL to branch out to other countries. I mean, hockey's insanely high level of popularity in America has reached a critical mass; it only makes sense to branch out to other nations now that it's conquered the good ol' U.S. of A. In fact, I say move the whole NHL to Europe. I think I could appreciate it more from afar. I mean, I'd appreciate it if someone made it farther away.
It's nothing personal. I don't dislike hockey. I even understand and respect that a lot of people really love it. I just don't want it living in my neighborhood, driving down property values and taking our jobs.