Finally, the second season of professional hockey is set to begin and I am as giddy as a school boy; the anxiety, the anticipation mounts then finally the brackets become clear! Channels that cover the games are checked and rechecked, the rewriting of personal schedules, nothing matters in the world but the next two months, who will lift, kiss, and parade The Stanley Cup. In hopes of building on the excitement the great experiment of listening to a game as opposed to watching continues however, the games broadcast on NBC I will watch no matter how tall the grass is or how uneasy the dog paces. The Detroit Redwings
have drawn the President’s Trophy winner Boston Bruins in the first round, which will be a nail biter as the Wings have been finding the back of the net not to mention Detroit dominated the Bruins in the first season but many side with the best team in the NHL; the juju beads will be in hand.. Since 1988 I have become a big fan of the David and Goliath thing in sports that year saw a first place team, albeit heavily the underdog, slay the heavily favorite team and has been marked one of the greatest upsets in sports.
Whom do I refer to? Well baseballs 1988 World Series that pit the mighty Oakland A’s against the lowly Los Angeles Dodgers of course a series that will live in Oakland A’s infamy! Now the Dodgers fielded many a good team in the past but the 1988 version, although taking first place in the Western Division of the National League, was earmarked to go not far before elimination but coach Tommy Lasorda had other plans. The Dodgers got into the World Series and in that first game won the series, I mean what kid doesn’t place themselves in that Kirk Gibson role (a former Detroit Tigers player by the way): 4-3 the score in favor of Oakland, bottom of the ninth, 2 outs, and the count 3 balls 2 strikes and only one more pitch, just one more pitch. Oakland fans, myself included, could taste sweet victory but Mr. Gibson, replaced by unheard of Mikey Hatcher, was put back into the game, bad knees and all, for the improbable. The rest is baseball history.
These stories don’t happen every day and when they do they are cherished and long remembered I BELIEVE Detroit will take down Boston. Would it not be FANtastic if the Stanley Cup finals read: The Detroit Avalanche against the Colorado Redwings, oops I mean The Detroit Redwings against the Colorado Avalanche. If this came true the series, I feel would be better than the blood baths of past games.