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Congratulations, Duck Fans

05/04/2007 at 4:10pm EDT
imageI'm going to keep this brief in an effort to avoid being a sore loser. I'm not a sore loser, really... just a Canucks' fan with a bitter hatred of hockey at the moment. This shall pass, as it always does. The Ducks earned that series and I wish them well.I'll confess to being fond of that team before we faced them in this playoff round. I love scrappy hockey players and I'm a huge fan of Brian Burke. (Plus the mere fact that Edmonton hates Pronger so much sort of compels me to like him). So I didn't go into that series with my usual bitterness, though I did manage to summon enough hockey-hate to get by.But now they've kicked us out.So here is the tricky part. I usually dream of horrible, unpleasant things happening to teams that knock the Canucks out of the playoffs, as evidenced by the special places of hatred in my heart for the Avalanche, the Wings, the Wild, and so on. But not this time.I won't go so far as to say I'm going to be cheering for the Ducks, but I won't pray for a comet to slam into their home arena and incinerate them, either.Perhaps this is a sign I'm "maturing"? Not really. I still wouldn't mind them all getting food poisoning... I'm just holding off actually wanting to attend their funerals.Yes, that's mature enough for now. Good luck, Anaheim Ducks.Hockey coverage will continue here, year round as always. Just give me a day or two to shake the bitterness. And for those of you who won't be back till October, I'll hope to see you then...

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