I am a baseball fan first.
I love it. I find it magical and beautiful.
However, lately the magic which should be there in the playoffs has been lacking as of late.
I am also a hockey fan. My love for this game has been building over the last five years or so. This is mainly due to the Penguins' rise to hockey greatness.
I have found that the hockey playoffs have brought back the magic that should be in the playoffs. The magic that should happen in the Finals.
So tonight, when Penguins and Red Wings take the ice in Detroit, they will be playing in the greatest game in sports. A game that doesn't happen often, but a game that captures you because you know when it is over, it is over. That game is Game Seven.
I have always been captured by the allure of a Game Seven. The lights, the do-or-die mentality. The fact that anything and everything can and will happen. You know at the end of the night there will be a winner. The six games before have basically never happened and the only thing to do is say "let's play" and leave it all on the ice.
Game Sevens show the passion and the love that these players have for the game. That's why a Game Seven in hockey is so much more fun than baseball or basketball.
These hockey players know how to play with passion and love, and not money. They'd rather win the championship and take less money for that chance. That is what makes the game so special.
By the end of tonight there will be a champion. It will either be a group of kids with a hunger to taste it for the first time. Or the veterans going for the back-to-back title. Whatever the case, it should be magic, and we should all be thankful to have seen this amazing finals, because you never know when it might happen again.