First off, I am not a fan of the Anaheim Ducks whatsoever. I am more of a fan of the sport of hockey than anything (and a big fan of the home team as well). But I must say some things about the NHL playoffs that no other sport playoff series has.
Whenever I watch the playoffs and the finals no matter who wins the whole process brings a tear(s) to my eyes. Hockey is the only sport that has the hand-shaking thing. Reminiscent of little league games it’s great to see opponents shake hands and hug (as manly as possible)after a rough series. Especially after contentious moments.
It’s hard work and whoever ends up winning gets my respect. One of my favorite teams to have won the cup was the Carolina Hurricanes. I had the pleasure of working in the RBC Center and for the ‘canes before it was the RBC Center. Always a fan even though I have since moved from Raleigh and am in Nashville and am a fan of my home team.
Congratulations to the Ducks. And to the Predators, there’s always next year.
I’m very greatful for the decision by Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority to approve the proposal* by the Nashville Predators to drop the name that has caused people all over Nashville to spew spittal in my face when pronouncing GEC(H). I have always had a problem with that abbreviation since before I moved here. Even more so lately, when the Elder Extroverted Holy One is working on her Hebrew pronounciations.
When working for the, what was once, Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (now the RBC Center) we never called it the RESA (reesah). We just simply called it the Raleigh Arena or the arena. Affectionally also known as ‘hell hole’ because it seemed like that the first year we opened but now I reserve that nickname for my current place of employment.
Hopefully, the nice residents of Middle Tennessee won’t resort to shortening the Nashville Arena down to NA (nah). You could even just say ‘arena.’ Because, hey, it’s the only real arena in town. At least the only place the Preds play.
So, I wish I could say I’m running down to the Nashville Arena to watch a hockey game tonight but I have to work. Sigh. In honor of the most appropriate, even if it’s temporary, name I’m going to say that I am going down to the arena to catch a hockey game soon!
*read the article here or here