Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/26/06 at 10:19 AM ET
As far as I can tell, 99 percent of Carolina residents wouldn't know Cam Ward from a cam shaft.... So I'd like to thank my esteemed colleague from Raleigh, who wrote a piece in our paper on Wednesday that actually made me feel like a hockey sage. Ol' Ned ripped Sabres fans for being pseudo-experts, while rationalizing his lack of insight by suggesting that hockey is no more complicated than, say, a typical episode of "Mayberry RFD." Keep in mind, this is the perspective from North Carolina, where the burning intellectual question is how swiftly a bunch of guys in overalls can change four tires and fill up the gas tank without getting run over by a stock car. ...But I don't mean to belittle the good people of Carolina. Given another 30 years, they'll learn to love hockey, as I have. It's not my favorite sport. But living in Buffalo has taught me to appreciate the game's elemental beauty, its subtle strategic shifts and, above all, the transporting thrill of a Stanley Cup run.more
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