Winter Classic: A Dull and Boring Affair

Joseph CosentinoCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2008

The 2007 Winter Classic was as dull and boring as the Ralph Wilson Stadium ice surface.

The game lasted more than three and half hours, which brought me back to the days when all games lasted that long. There was stoppage of play every five minutes, as the Zamboni ice cleaning crew smoothed over the ice. I don't know about you, but I found this annoying and boring.

The game started out fast for the Penguins, with Colby Armstrong netting one past Ryan Miller for the opening goal. After this came what for me was a grueling and painful viewing of Zamboni stoppages. As the snow kept falling, the game kept stopping.

Once things started flowing again, and I woke up from my New Year's hangover nap (or perhaps because of the lack of flow to the game), Brian Campbell responded for the Sabres early in the second period to tie the game.

After Campbell knotted the score at one, we knew what was to come: More painful stoppages of play. This time it was because the teams had to switch ends midway through the third because of the way the wind was blowing.

What was next? Another encore performance by Sam Roberts just before the start of overtime? Do half the people who attended the game in Buffalo know who Sam Roberts is?

After overtime ended and the game was still unsettled, Sydney Crosby scored the winner in the shootout. Pittsburgh wins 2-1.

Thank goodness, the game was over.