The B's were sent packing last night by the Carolina Hurricanes in the most excruciating way possible, so now I am left without a rooting interest in the NHL playoffs. If you have ever taken a look at Nielsen Ratings for the Boston market, you know that most Boston sports fans could care less unless their team is in it. I have always been one of those fans. Unless a team from New England is involved or I have some sort of vested interest, I could care less. This year, I am going to try my hardest to stay interested in the playoffs now that my B's are booking tee times. So, I thought I would breakdown the four teams left and see what team deserves my half-hearted support.
We'll start in the East with the Carolina Hurricanes while the wounds are still fresh.
I can't muster up too many positive feelings for the Hurricanes after this series. It is safe to say that Scott Walker has a new middle name in Boston. The Canes won the Cup in '06. The "Caniacs" don't deserve to be spoiled with 2 Cups in 4 seasons after only 11 years of existence. They need to suffer a little bit first. Trust me, it makes victory that much sweeter. Sorry "goobers", I'm not drinking the Canes' sweet tea this year.
I have a hard time rooting for Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Has there ever been a more unlikeable superstar in the history of the National Hockey League? Can you really trust a captain that can't even grow a playoff beard? Their fans aren't smart enough to figure out that the road team wears white now. Their owner is a manipulative bastard who played everyone (including his own fans) for fools in order to get an arena deal. A lot of people have been saying some pretty nasty things about Western Pennsylvania and I couldn't agree more. Sorry Pens fans, there is only one team that wears black & gold that I root for.
Detroit Red Wings
I have a lot of respect for the dynasty that the Red Wings have built in Detroit, but I'm tired of seeing players take a hometown discount to play for the Wings. They must be a great organization to play for because nobody wants to live in Detroit. I mean really, have you ever been to Detroit? Sorry Wings fans, it's you against the world.
An Original 6 team that was owned by one of the worst owners in sports that hasn't won a Cup in close to 50 years. Where have I heard this story before? It sounds so familiar, but I can't quite place where I have heard it before. The Hawks have a good mix of talented young forwards and guys with a bruising physical presence. I think I have found my team (at least until I inevitably lose interest a few games from now). Good news, you can even watch them on TV this year!
Who are you rooting for now that the B's were knocked out?
Carolina (136 votes)
Pittsburgh (99 votes)
Detroit (88 votes)
Chicago (183 votes)
Providence Bruins (41 votes)
Who cares. The B's are out. Screw everyone else. (65 votes)
612 total votes