Ducks Migrate To Detroit From London
Hello hockey fan(s?).The Anaheim Ducks are fresh off an exciting two game series against the LA Kings in the great city of London, England. Today, they find themselves in Detroit Michigan, another city replete with history and gore, er, I mean lore.
Watching Game 1 of the 07-08 NHL Season, made me proud to be a fan of this great sport. I mean, what other professional league can claim they have no idea how to turn on the bloody arena lights? That's right, it took them half an hour to find the light switch. Can you EVER imagine this happening at an overseas NFL game? Hell, this wouldn't happen at an overseas goat carcass match in Afghanistan.
They eventually got the lights turned on in the O2 Arena, but someone failed to mention that to the Ducks. The Disney-rejects turned in a performance worthy of a 4-1 loss. The best part of that first game was that even the Brits started booing Chris Pronger. Gotta give those sneaky imperialists credit there. I suppose it's pretty easy to hate the guy who is 6' 6" and likes to destroy everyone in sight.
The second game was an epic awe-inspiring world altering 4-1 win with Corey Perrey going lights out against Marc Crawford's charges. Why was this win so significant? In the grand scheme of things it really isn't. But this is sports so everything gets blown out of proportion. I love watching Football Night in America (hello rip off of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada). The way NBC presents these sports stories makes it seem like the fate of the world hangs in the balance. I'm pretty sure the majority of Americans believe foreign policy is crafted by Bill Belichick.
Anyways, back to Correy Perrey. Why do I care so much about his high scoring exploits? Simply because I drafted him in my hockey pool. If I win the $180 (Canadian, so that's like $48 American) I will buy every SoCal hockey fan a beer. I will then take the remaining $175 and invest it in stocks or bonds or bookies.
The other highlight for the hooligans in the crowd was the George Parros-Scott Thornton tilt. Not surprisingly, this event garnered the loudest cheer of the weekend. Those of you who would like to see fighting eliminated from the game should step out of the tampon aisle and grab a brain from the brain aisle (it's two over from the tampon aisle). A hockey fight is nowhere near as dangerous as a blindside blow to the head. Ask Troy Aikman. The calls of "hockey is too barbaric" is quite laughable coming from the nation that embraces a sport that paralyzes a player every other week.
Soap box aside, tonight's game starts at 4:00 pm Awesome Standard Time (previously known as PST) on the ever elusive Versus. 4:00 pm. You guys should be home from work in plenty of time right? Traffic can't be that bad in the LA area. Also, if someone actually has Versus, I truly wouldn't mind knowing what channel it is on and who your carrier is. I hear with the aid of quantum mathematics you should have no problem tuning in this evening.
What should you be watching for in tonight's game? First and foremost, can Corey Perrey continue his torrid pace and win you guy(s?) a beer Also, Bertuzzi returns to Joe Louis as an opposition player once again. Bertuzzi and Chelios have had some great battles over the years, and tonight we should a renewing of the rivalry.
Other than that, let's be honest, it's game 3 of the season. Not a whole lot on the line here, despite what the sports pundits might tell you. You probably won't miss much.
Then again, you never know...
Photo courtesy AP Photo/Tom Hevezi