Canada v. USA: Media edition
Oh boy — let the sniping begin.
What began with a column by the L.A. Times' respected hockey guru Helene Elliott drew a response from the Toronto Star's Damien Cox on his hockey blog, and a follow-up from the venerable Globe and Mail scribe Roy MacGregor.
And, who knows, others may be lining up as we speak. (Given the mass of puck pundits north of the border, Ms. Elliott is probably going to be outnumbered in this war of words.)
So, is California "cool" to the Stanley Cup finals being played in its backyard?
Probably. But to me, the bigger story would be if a statewide hockey party suddenly broke out in the midst of Orange County.
That no one — or at least the large majority — cares?
That's not a surprise. Or a story, even.
But here is what's worth noting from all of this:
- The Ducks have sold 14,000 season's tickets for next season
- Tickets for the Stanley Cup finals sold out in a matter of minutes
- Despite the fact that the Anaheim Ducks romped through the Western Conference and have been one of the best teams in the NHL the past year and a half, more than 90 per cent of the so-called hockey 'experts' in this country picked the Ottawa Senators to win this series — and most said they would do so in fewer than seven games.
Let's give the market and its team the respect they're due — while also realizing that this is the land of palm trees and Hollywood, and even if the Ducks win the next 48 consecutive Cups, there will always be a majority of the population that's indifferent to hockey.
Finding and quoting those misguided souls isn't going to get you a Pulitzer.