Last year I wrote a good list of the things I am thankful for and because I am swamped at work, I think I will just cop out and republish that. The only addition that I have is that I am thankful for all of you. This blog is getting four times as many page views per day than it was a year ago and I just want to say thanks to everyone who was reading then and everyone who has joined since. Here is to another year of growth, another year of good hockey and another year of health and happiness. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Originally posted on Nov. 22, 2007:
So I figured I would do something nice while watching the Sens Pens game tonight and list some of the things that I am thankful for:
*First off, that when I google hockey and turkey, I come up with pictures of the Turkish National Team playing Iceland. It just goes to show that there are people who love the game as much as we do all over the world.
*More importantly, if that's possible, my friends and family ... *awwwwwww* ... whatever, I can be mushy sometimes.
*The New York Rangers, of course. Need I explain?
*Madison Square Garden and the other New York Rangers fans. I couldn't be happier forking over four grand a year to spend time with strangers in a building an hour away from home.
*That Cindy Crosby is as good as she is. It makes it so much more fun hating her. And that Tom Poti and Marek Malik are as terrible as they are. It makes it that much easier hating them.
*The lockout. While it did nothing to fix the financial problems of the league, it did make it a lot more exciting (this Pens Sens game is 5-5!) and it also exposed me to even more international and minor league hockey (RIP Danbury Trashers).
*Hockey Fights Cancer, Athletes Against Autism and the countless other charities that hockey teams and players are involved with. Using their power and popularity for good!
*50/50 raffles and other in-game fundraisers. I never win them, but the feeling of anticipation of hearing the numbers is so great every time. At the least, I'm glad my money goes to a good cause.
*The Original Six jerseys. Say what you want about the Yankees pinstripes or the Celtics green, hockey's Original Six sweaters are the best uniforms in sports and each one is iconic.
*My loyal readers and commenters, without you guys, I would just be wasting my time.
*Hartford, the Whale, beating Hartford once, maybe twice in a lifetime and making Wayne Gretzky's head bleed for super fan No. 99. The old EA NHL games were great and made for some hilarious cinematic moments.
*Speaking of which, Slap Shot. Greatest hockey movie, greatest comedy ever!
*Roller hockey. So shlubs like me that can't ice skate can still play the greatest game on earth.
*That every arena sells hot soft pretzels. Its a great snack and a pregame ritual.
*Players that throw pucks over the glass to kids, making souvenirs and memories that last a lifetime.
*Idiot superfans like the moron on Long Island with the gold confetti wig. The passion is admirable, if incredibly misplaced.
*Joey Kocur's bloody knuckles and other the other war wounds sustained by the tough guys of the NHL. They do it all for the team.
*The Hockey News. Sixty years of being the best sport-specific publication on the newsstand and my favourite thing to read.
*Owners like Ted Leonis and Charles Wang, who are willing to try new things to advance the game and increase its appeal.
*Vintage NHL gear. I'm wearing my Nordiques Joe Sakic player-tee right now. How cool is that?
*Olympic hockey. Every four years the best take on the best playing for pride. Simply incredible.
*And I think I will wrap this up with the Stanley Cup. I've been around it four times and the sheer amount of awe it inspires every time is amazing. Truly the greatest trophy in all of sport.