NHL Winter Classic 2012: 4 Reasons It Will Be Better Than BCS Title Game

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: 4 Reasons It Will Be Better Than BCS Title Game
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The 2012 NHL Winter Classic has been moved back to a 3pm start today.

As if the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers haven't waited long enough for this game with all of HBO's coverage through "24/7."

This game has plenty of story lines behind it.

The Rangers Sean Avery being sent down through minors, the numerous injuries to the Flyers — Chris Pronger and and Claude Giroux (who will be playing today), and finally the battle for first place and playoff positioning in the Atlantic Division.

But story lines aside, the Winter Classic is just another chance to promote the sport.

Now holding hockey and college football so near and dear to my heart, I find it hard to choose normally between watching college bowl games and watching the Winter Classic, the obvious exception being 2009 when the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks played in the Winter Classic.

However, normally myself and other fans forget about the Winter Classic because of the normal New Year's Day bowl games scheduled at the same time as the Winter Classic.

Not today.

As a hockey fan, I know that there is no more active rivalry in hockey on American soil than the Rangers and Flyers.

It is for that reason that I give you, the reader, four reasons why this 2012 Winter Classic will be more worthwhile to watch than not just any bowl; but the BCS title game itself.

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