Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/05/05 at 08:53 AM ET
We celebrate the NHL's return from a 15-month absence on Wednesday afternoon in my driveway. You provide the sticks and skates. I'll supply the pucks and nets. FEMA is supposed to bring the ice. On second thought, everybody might want to bring a few bags, you know, just in case they can't find the place. Everyone is welcome. I've called Barry Melrose, Don Cherry, Gordie Howe. I sent an invitation to Gov. Bob Taft, although the papers say he already has tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The more people in attendance, the better chance someone will know where to find the Outdoor Life Network on the cable box. Dropped from ESPN after three decades, the NHL makes its new television home on a network better known for Babe Winkleman, Buckmasters and the Tour de France. Perhaps Lance Armstrong will drive the Zamboni for the New York Rangers-Philadelphia Flyers season opener. That's OK, because hockey is back. Gazing at my inflatable Stanley Cup and listening to the old Hartford Whalers fight song, Brass Bonanza, I realize everything is right in the sports universe. Go ahead, poke fun. Laugh it up as we run back to a league that locked out players and fans a season ago. Yes, our numbers are shrinking. We aren't a fan base as much as a secret society.
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