Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/01/12 at 08:58 PM ET
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
This is the NHL’s Little White Lie.
At least the league better hope the so-called Winter Classic is white this year after the rainy debacle in Pittsburgh last Jan. 1. (More on that later.)
The NHL’s New Year’s Day Game (Except If The NFL Is Playing Because We Don’t Mess With Those Bad Boys) offers much to admire—even if none of it is, you know, related to the actual playing of hockey.
The outdoor game is a technological and logistical marvel, a triumph of ingenuity and engineering. It is a marketing machine for a league that, post-lockout, seems driven by events. And in the jammed sporting bazaar, it is the most powerful an attention-grabber that hockey has to offer outside of the Olympics, a game that has induced a surprising number of rheumy eyes to tune in.
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