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The Silliness of Summer

Beyond the madness of July 1, some time round about, oh, now each year, things tend to taper off so far as action in the hockey world goes.

In the absence of actual news, much like what no beer and no TV once did to Homer Simpson, people tend to go a bit nutty. For instance…

*The consistent wave of rumors du jour that usually go in one ear and out the other might stick with people a while longer, against their better judgment. (Test yourself: 3-way deal between Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay involving all of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and [the rights to] Steven Stamkos. If you threw this out the window before finishing reading “Sidney”, your faculties are still intact. If not, seek help.)

*Staples of the web, like KK’s own The Confluence, might just pack it in for good. Tony has done just that and that makes us sad. But best wishes down the road and thanks for years of solid material.

*Patience gets much thinner during the summer and Twitter (which I believe will one day be deemed largely responsible for the collective depletion of the attention span of mankind) certainly doesn’t help. With very worth writing about for most, rather than drumming up a painful article in long form, folks will turn to 140 characters or less to make their point and I’ve noticed it’s around this time that a lot of that comes across as snooty. I’m guilty of this as well and, with that, I remind anyone following me that whatever I post after the sun sets should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Hell, maybe that’s good advice for Twitter in general. In this “everyone’s an expert” era, maybe that would cut down on folks getting their feelings hurt.

*Common sense seems to dissipate as the temperature increases as well. Case in point here, as was made clear to my by a buddy over the weekend: The bit I put out last week regarding the lack of a contract for Steven Stamkos just yet. My aim there was to get people to think a little bit differently than perhaps they had been. I thought that was pretty clear. Apparently, not everybody got it. Some got angry with me. Whatever. Take a nap or something, folks. My two cents are only that.

*Finally, the last example of what a midsummer’s lull can do to any one of us: I actually watched soccer yesterday. Not only that, I watched women’s soccer. Not only that, I DVR’d the game and watched it on delay. And you know what? It was fantastic. The wrong result, of course, in the end but scintillating drama nonetheless and the US ladies did themselves proud, even in defeat. That was some show.

Now then, I’m going back to changing diapers for much of the day while we all await some semblance of forthcoming hockey news. At least I have that to keep me busy.

Hang in there, hockey-starved people. Only, what? 60-something days to training camps?

JJ
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*Finally, the last example of what a midsummer’s lull can do to any one of us: I actually watched soccer yesterday. Not only that, I watched women’s soccer. Not only that, I DVR’d the game and watched it on delay. And you know what? It was fantastic. The wrong result, of course, in the end but scintillating drama nonetheless and the US ladies did themselves proud, even in defeat. That was some show.

If you can take one hockey related tidbit from that travesty yesterday it is this: shootouts suck and have no place in any serious/goal oriented game.  You wouldn’t end an (American) football game by having the teams kick field goals until somebody missed, nor would you end a basketball game with a free throw shootout, nor would you end a baseball game with a home run derby.  Why do we do it in hockey and soccer?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/18/11 at 10:50 AM ET

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This complete lack of interesting sports news (other than soccer) is ridiculously frustrating, though I somehow never got quite bored enough to watch the women’s World Cup. It’s not that I don’t like soccer - actually, I love it - it’s that I don’t find women’s soccer particularly entertaining. I kind of wish I hadn’t missed the game, though. I heard it was amazing.

Posted by Tom on 07/18/11 at 06:37 PM ET

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bezukov: I can’t say that I have a specific reason but as much as I can’t stand the shootout in hockey, I didn’t mind the penalty kick finish in that soccer game. (I’m guessing it’s because for the most part, I wouldn’t pay soccer much mind in the first place and that Sunday was a special occasion…)

Tom: It really was quite good. And my brief, totally non-expert observation is that the women (at least in that particular game) haven’t gone the way of soccer men (and certain hockey players), flopping and diving all over the place to draw whistles. That may be largely responsible for my satisfaction in the contest!

JJ

Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 07/19/11 at 09:23 AM ET

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