Stanley Cup Finals: Tribute to a Prediction That Just Might Come True

Chris MillerCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09:  Tyler Kennedy #48 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shoots a goal past goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

I have to admit, I don't do this often, and quite frankly, I don't condone it either.

Ah what the hell, why not?

I look back at the NHL season and playoffs and think of all the people that predicted this and predicted that. I look back on those who said it right and those who made presumptions that never panned out.

Then I look at something that was said that, at the time, I thought was bold, outlandish, and a definite uncertainty at least to me.

At WIUP-TV Channel 20 in Indiana, PA, I have helped produce and host a sports show for quite some time.

On September 30, 2008, myself and good friend Dan Fabrizi(currently an idle B/R writer) had a quick segment of hockey talk. One of the questions asked for a predicting of the Stanley Cup matchup and winner for this year.

Dan and I frequently make our predictions, then make sure they are remembered for when they pan or don't pan out, and we sometimes use them for bragging rights.

I believed Anaheim would come out of the Western Conference this year and face the Penguins in the final. Anaheim would then defeat Pittsburgh.

Wow, that didn't work out too well.

Dan, on the other hand, came out with his prediction.

Pittsburgh and Detroit, the rematch.

Not only would they face off again, but they would play a seven game series. The last game would be in Detroit, and Pittsburgh would win it on the road.

This was last September.

How ridiculous that I didn't post this segment on Youtube when it was first aired, where I've posted many of our other NHL segments. Skip to 1:45 of the video.

Dan, if you get this right, the only piece you left out was the final score.

I'm sure we can look past that.