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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


After the astonishingly depressing posts of the last couple of weeks, I am happy to turn my attention to a topic that makes me smile. Hockey. Pretty much any hockey. NHL, Olympics, high school, you name it.

Last night I attended a very hard-fought high school floor hockey game. My son's school (MSS) played its cross-town rival (CTR). CTR team was undefeated while MSS had suffered (and I do mean suffered) a brutal overtime loss to a far inferior school (the less written about that game the better) and a tie to another school they should have beaten.

After going ahead 1 - 0, MSS gave up two late first period goals on two mistakes (one, a rare mistake by my own flesh and blood). The second period was hard fought with no further scoring. Then, with about three minutes to go in the third, my son took the face off on a power play, put it back to his teammate who blasted a shot past the goalie. The game went into overtime and just 27 seconds into the extra frame MSS won on a poke in a of a loose ball. After all the wonderful plays, great moves and excellent defernse by both teams, the game was won on a fluke play. But a win is a win and we'll take it.

The teams play again next Tuesday night and the winner (all other things being equal; i.e., no further silly losses) gets home court advantage in the playoffs.

What's great about these games is that these kids know each other very well and have played together and against one another for years. They play very hard and very physically but when the games are over there are no hard feelings. (I don't mean to suggest that the losing team members are happy; they are just not sour towards the other team).

Tonight starts the Olympic hockey schedule, perhaps the best hockey the world gets to see. The US has virtually no chance but it is awesome watching the wide open, skillful play of all the great teams.

Many of the Olympic teams are represented by members of the New York Rangers. The Rangers, after being horrible for most of the past ten years, are having a wonderful season, based mainly on stellar goaltending and the amazingly talented Jaromir Jagr who is a joy to watch. And, fimally, after importing a raft of over the hill, overpaid underachievers, the Rangers have surrounded Jagr with a cast of hard working overachievers. They appear to be on the right track.

All in all, a great year for hockey.



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