Hockey fans, the dreaded day arrives soon.
The day when no matter what beautiful goal Rick Nash scores, or what great shutout Roberto Luongo makes with 48 dazzling saves, or what huge hit that Alexander Ovechkin throws—it will never see national television in the United States.
Super Bowl Sunday. Ugh.
The fact is, a record number of people will tune in to see Tom Brady and Eli Manning's teams duke it out to see which is the best football team in '07-'08.
They'll tune in to see if the Patriots can go 19-0, and go undefeated.
The fact of the matter is, most of the time in the Super Bowl, one team blows the other team out. It's best of one. The losing team doesn't get a second chance. The game is boring. The halftime show and commercials are debated more than who won, and why.
Aren't you glad for the Stanley Cup Finals?
They won't be watched by as many people. The NHL's brass will probably find a way to get it shown on the least amount of televisions in the United States possible.
But how many Lombardi trophies have been made?
Forty-two, it seems.
How many Stanley Cups are there?
Ok, so there are three, if you want to get technical.
No trophy in sports is more recognized. No trophy has more stories about it.
How many times has the Lombardi trophy been punted into a river? How many times has it had champagne drank from it? How many times has it found its way into an alley, or into the bottom of a pool?
Fact of the matter is, the Stanley Cup means more.
And deservedly so—it's harder to win than any sports trophy there is.
Football players can play 19 games, and they get their rings. Baseball players have to play 162, and then maybe 19 more. But you only have to beat three teams in the playoffs. Basketball, it seems, you just need to get traded to a contender.
Playoff hockey is unlike any other sport, including hockey from the regular season. Holes are gone. Players get hit harder. Games can stretch on until 2 A.M. on Easter morning. And the tension in sudden death overtime? Oh, it's there.
To top it all off, you play a best of seven series against the other conference's best team.
The last time there was a blow-out in the Stanley Cup Finals, it was 1998. Four games of dominant hockey by the Detroit Red Wings, led by the honor of Vladimir Konstantinov.
Sure beats the Super Bowl, no?
Look on the bright side, hockey fans. From Super Sunday, there's only two months to go.