I play in an adult league and it is fun to watch some of these guys that are so good it makes you wonder how they didn’t go somewhere with that kind of skill. Every now and then we get up against a team that has a player who can really tee one up and that is what you have to watch out for because that can be pretty scary.
Its hard to be the players advocate on here with so many people posting comments and more then valid points that seem to compromise the integrity of the players as a whole.
I should not have said that you shouldn’t go to see the hockey hall of fame. I think ever hockey fan should go there even though I have never been I go to the website quite frequently to find out something of hockey history that I didn’t know. The most fascinating thing about hockey is its history and how before there was an NHL there was hockey and a Stanley cup.
I think most people in todays era of sports tend to see players as being like that budwieser beer commercial guy named Leon. If you haven’t seen the commercials which are like a mock post game interview. he is this self glorified football player who says stuff like ” Leon can’t do everything” or “Leon doesn’t have a bad side”.
Being a hockey player in a beer league puts into perspective just how gift these NHLers are and how watching them to me presents a deep admiration of such skill.]]>
If I danced around the question, it certainly wasn’t my intent. I thought I was basically agreeing with you, in my own particular way. I see plenty of people base their “favourite teams” on where they are on the standings. The bandwagoners we all know and hate. What I was trying to get across is that for the team that I have followed since I was a kid, it wasn’t about what they did last season or are doing this season. It was about where they were trying to get. There were guys that didn’t score a lot, didn’t get a lot of attention, but they were trying to make the team better than they were. Guys who played every shift with the same energy, the same intensity. There are players in the league that I respect for that kind of play who don’t play for Montréal and never have. And there have been players to wear that uniform that I don’t feel lived up to the tradition of the team, its history or the current spirit of the team.
As to your original question. As hard as this might be to believe, I wouldn’t have a problem watching either one. Beer leagues and rec leagues are filled with guys who play for fun, with nothing else involved. The NHL guys have skills in spades, and it would nice to see them display those skills on a regular basis. But if you took the names off the backs of the jerseys, and just let them play, it’s still hockey.
I was also a huge Barry Sanders fan. As is often said, he ran the most exciting 2-yard gains in football. And I think it will be a long, long time before you buy another Lions jersey. Barry was the best pure runner I have ever seen.]]>