Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/04/06 at 04:44 PM ET
For all the talk of this state shedding its image as a college basketball state or a stock-car racing state or a golf state in lieu of something new and global, we know deep down it's just not going to happen anytime soon. Still, you have to wonder just what effect a Stanley Cup championship will have on North Carolinians. To get a hint, you have to wander into the RBC Center on game day, walk from the parking lot heat with the music blaring in your head and into an icy environment with Ric Flair staring at you like Big Brother. If this seems odd, you'll need some more time to process the event that's about to take place. If this seems natural, then maybe we're not in North Carolina anymore. The really strange thing is, the Hurricanes are catching on with our kids. They tell us hockey's cool. That suggests this thing's bigger than we realize. That suggests this thing will be with us long after we're gone.more
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