There are two kinds of people in my life. People who understand why this:
And people who don’t. The first type understands what this means, even if they prefer a different jersey.
They understand how I can love someone:
While at the same time wishing to crush their lifelong hopes and dreams.
They know what it’s like to be this guy:
And dream of being these people every damned summer.
They’re the ones (Americans) who gasped upon noticing this clip in the new Sports Center commercial:
They love sassy interns:
And are the kind of people responsible for this early birthday present designed specifically for me:
They know why this picture of Matt Niskanen under a tree holding what I first thought was a turtle set me off laughing for half an hour.
These people understand that today (until 6:59 PM ET), we are all one. We’re thrilled to have a whole season in front of us in which all of our favorite teams all obviously win the Cup. Love your fellow hockey fan right now.
Because when the clock strikes 7 PM:
Some people don’t get it: the love, the fear, the four-letter words and wearing the same outfit, how a fight can change a game or a shift can make 45 seconds seem endless, the mullets and missing teeth. I can’t hold that against them. Today I simply tell anyone who isn’t a hockey person:
To all you hockey people, we’re very glad to know you. Now, stop checking out cute boys on other teams, wondering if you’d look better in another color scheme and cursing your management for doing everything wrong. Remember every cheap shot and blown call from last year, how you felt when it finally started and how you felt when it ended way too soon.
It’s time to focus. Or at least try.
Happy 2013-2014 NHL Hockey Season, everyone!