Word around the office cooler yesterday was that Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals received less viewer ship than NCAA softball airing at the same time on ESPN 2. My response? “I’m a writer for the most cutting edge sports blog on the web, and I didn’t even know the Finals had started.”
Walk up to someone on the street and ask them if they’re going to watch tonight’s NHL finals game between Edmonton and Carolina, and you’re guaranteed to get one, if not both of the following responses:
- Isn’t it June?
- There’s a hockey team in Carolina?
Seriously, hockey is a great sport, I’ve got no problem with it. But as soon as the NHL decided to become the mullet wearing competitor of the NBA, they killed it. They’ve over expanded, both in teams and schedule.
They aren’t the fourth big sport, and they shouldn’t try to be. They ought to stay closer to their roots, cities in which kids can actually play ice hockey for at least a month out of the year, and keep the schedule limited to the months in which one associates winter sports.
That being said, I’ll try to take time to watch game 2 tonight. And come to think of it, “The NBA with mullets!” would make an amazing marketing strategy . . .