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by Paul on 01/02/14 at 01:03 PM ET
Katie Baker of Grantland wraps up the Winter Classic,
They arrived in waddling droves, bundled in their winter warmest so that they all looked twice their size. They hopped off yellow school buses and emerged from SUVs dusty with salt and snow and trudged toward a college football stadium, in the heart of bowl season, for a professional hockey game.
These hundred thousand hockey fans had waited almost two full years to make this walk. The NHL first announced in February 2012 that the next Winter Classic would feature the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. In November of that same year — thanks to the lockout — the league's much-trumpeted event was officially postponed.
But that all seemed like a distant memory on a cold and snowy New Year's Day that Detroit coach Mike Babcock, even in defeat, would later call "a home run for hockey." Before a reported 105,491 in attendance and beneath photogenically inclement conditions, the Maple Leafs edged the Red Wings in a shootout, 3-2.
FYI, George is taking care of getting a rental car, checking on the repair of his car after sliding into a ditch yesteday while driving to the Winter Classic.
He will return tomorrow.
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