I was going to title this post "Wake Me Up When the Regular Season Ends," but I wanted to be a little more original than that, and besides, everyone loves a little Wham!. The point of this post has to do with the endless regular season and the incredible parity that exists for playoff positioning. While it would seem an avid hockey fan like myself would love having more games and exciting competition for the postseason, I am not happy about it.
I long for the days when I only had 2 or 3 races to watch. When there were 3 teams battling for 2 spots and when there was only 1 division race I could follow. I long for the days when I didn't have to monitor the games played both of the stinkin' New York teams because both are in the hunt. Now I have to read every box score in the morning and see where the teams stand after the previous night's games. Now I have to look at the "games remaining" column to see how many more games the Canucks have in hand.
In the past I was able to have a pretty good idea of 'who was matched up with who' a couple of weeks before the playoffs started. To go through the anticipated match-ups and decide which ones would be good series and so forth. Now that will have to wait until three days before the playoffs begin because all of the matchups will probably come down to the last weekend.
I know, get over it, this is very exciting and blah, blah, blah. For me I'll be feigning interest a bit and counting the days until April 11th.