Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 12/10/07 at 05:29 PM ET
Top 10 Reasons Why Hockey is Better
Than Other Major League Sports
10. No one notices when you have a labor stoppage.
People say that it’s particularly bad for the NHL, of all sports, when they go off the air for an extended period of time. Well, that’s rubbish. The only people that even know about NHL labor stoppages are hockey fans themselves. But if NFL goes on strike? People are liable to get genuinely freaked out about that.
The NHL is much better at keeping such things under wraps…
9. Everyone can agree on one thing: Detroit Sucks.
Sure, there might be those who say the MLB has the Yankees for a similar unity in their sport, but we all know the NYY organization actually has fans —the Red Wings can’t fill a building.
And as one ranting anti-fan summed it up:
“I have to say, all Red Wings fans suck - fictional or real. Detroit sucks. Their fans suck. Octopi suck. And their arrogance of calling themselves “Hockey Town” most definitely sucks.”
Who doesn’t enjoy that??! Good times are had by all.
8. NHL Television Commentators are… “Special”
In no other sport but hockey would anyone who sounds this insane actually have a job.
For contrast, MLB’s Joe Morgan creates more excitement buying himself a hot dog than broadcasting on the air.
7. Because Hockey players do their fighting on the ice…
6. Fastest to the Last
The final 30 seconds of a hockey game generally lasts about… 30 seconds.
But for basketball and football fans… they have to plan on getting comfortable for at least another 30 freakin’ minutes.
5. Lack of Recognizable Stars…
...means no one notices when you’re in the police blotter. At least until Sean Avery starts committing crimes.
4. Colder Temperatures
The relative chilliness in a hockey arena makes the NHL the only major sport nearly guaranteed to make your girlfriend “perk up”. So to speak.
(And no, I can’t believe I just wrote that, either…)
3. Hockey is (Usually) Quite Civilized
I mean, you’ve got 12 guys on the playing surface armed to the teeth with sharp blades and big sticks… It’s a miracle people don’t actually die every weekend.
2. NHL Players Actually Like to Talk to the Media
They’re just excited someone gives a crap.
For comparison, can you imagine asking Terrell Owens what he thinks of global warming? I’m pretty sure Owens can’t even answer a question about football without sounding like a douche.
1. Gary Bettman
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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