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For the life of me, I can’t understand why any sports fan wouldn’t like hockey. Baseball? Sure, I get that. Baseball is probably my favorite sport, but I’ll admit that it’s basically just 45 minutes of action surrounded by two hours of pauses and crotch adjustments. Football? Sure, I get that, too. If you don’t have an appreciation for the strategy, it just looks like a bunch of guys in helmets lining up and then falling down play after play, with a handful of exciting moments sprinkled in.
But hockey? Hockey is nonstop action. The skill the players have is apparent, the premise is simple, and it’s every bit as violent as football. On top of that, and perhaps most importantly, hockey might just be the last truly selfless team sport where players care more about winning and not letting their teammates down than their next contract.
For this reason, the Stanley Cup Playoffs is the greatest competition in sports. Is that a bold claim? You bet. But I stand by it. Guys play through painful injuries, sacrifice teeth, and do pretty much anything they have to do to get a chance at having their name engraved on that gorgeous silver chalice. It’s an ethos like no other in all of sports.
Why do I bring all this up? Well yes, because the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs are now underway. But also because all of the stuff I just wrote is captured perfectly in this awesome montage that serves as the opening for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada playoff coverage. Take a look:
I don’t think you need to be a huge hockey fan to get goosebumps from that. It’s probably not quite as good as that “No Words” commercial from last year, but it definitely got me pumped up for the NHL’s so-called “second season.”