Hockey is the Best Medicine…Even When the Coyotes Are Not At Their Best
Last week was a tough one for The Phoenix Coyotes and for me as well. It started out great, the NHL bought the franchise with no opposition and very little negative hoopla. That’s when the trouble started. I came down with bronchitis. Now I am not saying, by any means, that my bronchitis brought on the following events but it didn’t help.
The boys lost 3 out of their 4 games (but that was a beauty of a win against the Chicago Blackhawks)
Mikkel Boedker was sent down, once again, to the AHL. We really need his speed or am I the only one who sees this?
Both Zybnek Michalek and Ed Jovonovski are out with “lower body injuries” Note to the organization..it’s ok to say “groin” we are all grownups here!
Michalek is listed “week to week” which is really bad because Z is a major part of our defense and a complete maniac who throws himself in the way of every puck that comes his way..a real trooper.
Jovo is listed “day to day” which is a little more optimistic sounding. In the meantime they have brought up Shaun Heshka who showed great promise in rookie camp, plus he’s an alum of the ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings which I think is the most hilarious hockey team name EVER. So that’s not all bad..
Saturday nights game against the Ducks was radio only which really stinks because I hate listening to hockey. I like it to be a feast for all the senses, seeing the plays, hearing the roar of the crowd, the cold glass against my palms as I pound like a booze soaked dude…
And we lost said game even after an amazing 3rd period rally.
So, by now you are probably asking..where is the bright spot in all of this? I give you one word “Slapshot”.
Now I have never seen this cinematic masterpiece..wait before you get all righteous on me declaring “how could you be a hockey fan having never seen that..blah blah” you have to remember that I am a new-ish hockey fan who was raised in a football household. And I have seen Miracle, Mystery Alaska and Youngblood (what an Oscar winner THAT was..)
The 1977 classic starring Paul Newman has been heralded as one of the greatest sports movies of all time. So, a good hockey friend lent me his copy while I was bed ridden, phlegmy and wearing 2 day old pajamas…a pretty picture for sure. And yes guys..I am single!
The movie, in a word, is hilarious. Even if I wasn’t a hockey fan, I would still find it hysterical. And better yet, I now understand the mystique and wisdom of the Hanson Brothers..not bad for having bronchitis.
The Yotes get a bit of a rest before they meet the Canadiens here at home on Thursday and I am looking forward to being there in person Saturday against the Stars. Here’s hoping the week is better for all of us!