Being the social media votary that I am, I felt compelled to congratulate Tigers fans on their recent successes on my facebook and Twitter pages. Likewise for Lions fanatics.
This won’t sound like anything of note to say, unless you are cognizant of the fact that I absolutely cannot stand watching either of these sports. Both are total antitheses to hockey, and seem to require the virtue of patience to enjoy that I simply do not possess.
Football looks like it should be called “go for two seconds and then stop for half an hour.” I’m not even sure that I have watched an entire football game in my life.
Baseball looks like a bunch of people standing around waiting for something to happen, which is exactly what it is. I tried to give the World Series a chance, and looked around at everyone else and said: “This is PLAYOFF baseball? You gotta be kidding me.”
Now, this is my opinion mainly because I know basically nothing about either game and don’t care to, but it is my opinion nonetheless. I’ve always believed that once hockey gets in your blood, there is no going back.
On the other hand, I have gotten less irritated by these other games as I’ve grown older. I won’t say more mature.
I am not a heartless man, and I have dear friends and family members that care very much for the other Detroit clubs, so I wish them well, even though I am completely baffled as to how someone could enjoy hockey as much as any of the “ball” games.
The Wings are on most peoples to do lists for the the time being, the puck snobs like myself notwithstanding. This is understandable, and fine for now. But when the season gets into high octane mode, which it will very soon, do not forget about the champion of all Detroit teams.
I am aware of how spoiled we Red Wings fans are. Our team has given us everything we could ever want, and more. Tigers fans have had little to cheer about since the early 80’s. Lions fans have had to endure humiliations bordering on the masochistic that I could not possibly imagine, let alone suffer through.
So, taking all this into account, I again congratulate the devotees of the Lions and Tigers, and we in Hockeytown welcome you into the epoch of prideful and pleasurable fandom. I’d be surprised if any of this recent surge in excellence lasts longer than a season or two though, I’m sorry to say.
Whether it does or not, the Red Wings will continue to carry the banner of victory for our city, and our state.