Top 3 Tuesdays: 3 Reasons to Love Hockey
I'll be honest - I wasn't a hockey fan until about three weeks ago. Since I follow basketball, football, and baseball pretty closely, I'd never made time for hockey. But after spending a week in Chicago and being around hockey fans, I now understand why people love it so much. Today's Top 3 Tuesdays post explains why I'm now into hockey.
In an age where professional sports are becoming less and less physical, hockey continues to be incredibly physical. Compare the NBA Finals to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Spurs and Heat flopped and complained on nearly every play. The amount of whining and positioning to get a call in an NBA game has become embarrassing. In the Stanley Cup Finals, there were punishing hits between both teams and the players went after each other instead of complaining to the referees. What other sport can a guy get hit in the face with a shot and nearly knocked out cold and the fans boo when play is stopped to check on him?
Hockey is not a sport for the casual observer. If you're not paying attention, you probably have no idea what's happening. Even when you are paying attention, it's still tough to follow the puck and know what's going on. The lack of commercials and speed of the game make it easy to understand why many people can't get into a hockey. But if you're all about watching incredible athletes play at an unbelievable pace, give the NHL a chance.
It took 17 seconds for last night's game between the Blackhawks and Bruins to completely change. It usually takes more than 17 seconds between pitches in an MLB game. 17 seconds is a quick possession in the NBA. Unless your team is coached by Chip Kelly, you usually never see anything happen in 17 seconds.
Plus, there's nothing like overtime hockey. The sudden death nature of it is unlike any other overtime in professional sports. Soccer could have something like this but they inevitably screw it up. Typical soccer.