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  1. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Did anyone bother to tell him how much of a doofus he looked like?
     
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    I read an article yesterday about how a lot of NHL fans are screaming bloody murder because he actually touched the cup during his private meeting there.
     
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    If you take all the emotional furor of American football, baseball, & basketball and mash it all together, that's what hockey is in Canada. People get very excited about Lord Stanley's Cup, as it has been around for a hundred years. Not only the championship, but the actual cup itself. Touching it is akin to a sacred act. But if you know anything about the sordid history of the cup itself, having the beiber touch it might be a step up.
     
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    Is the Beiber that well respected up there? And is the Stanley Cup cursed or haunted or something? I don't know much about Canadian social order, socialites and priorities except for Terrance and Philip really.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Canadians are less forgiving of Beiber because he is Canadian and expected to know better. The outcry would be less if he were a foreigner.
     
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    Which, in turn, is getting close to rivalry between The Crimson Tide and the barn.
     
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    So which team do you think will win the Stanley cup, I feel this may be the Washington Capitals year, seeing how well they've been doing, though their game against the Blackhawks today gave me some doubt, as they seemed to struggle in scoring without a powerplay against the defending champions, but even the best teams have their bad games, who knows, we'll have to wait and see. On a sidenote, I'm glad that my Red Wings got out of that losing skid and won their last 2 games, hope they build momentum out of this and make it to the playoffs for the 25th year in a row. Lets go Red Wings! :)
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    To some hockey fans the Stanley cup is sacred. (Expanding on my previous post) It is definitely a special thing in terms of a trophy compared to other sports. In north America winning the Superbowl, the world Series or the NBA Championship are all great accomplishments, but the trophies are made new each year. The Stanley Cup is the same actual trophy awarded since the 1800's, hoisted by the winning team each year, with the winners names engraved on it. It has its own history, lore, and even a round-the-clock guard. Hockey is a sport infused with history and traditions, the Stanley Cup is its Holy Grail. The tradition is that if you play in the NHL you do not touch the trophy until you have won it, but this is more of a superstition in that they do want want to jinx themselves against winning it, rather than a wholesale sign of respect for the Cup. Fans are generally fine to touch it since they will never actually win it in competition.
     
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    What Otto says is true. I'm a hockey lover. A number of years ago, my wife along with my cousin and his wife, went to Toronto to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Somewhere, we have pictures of us each posing with the Cup. What a great experience,

    Just a quick story of how Canadians view the Cup. When we went to Toronto, the Flyers were playing the Rangers in the opening rounds of Cup play. When we got to the border crossing, I was driving. The ranger asked the purpose of our visit. I replied that it was for vacation. The guard was ready to allow us to pass, when my cousin said we were going to steal the Stanley Cup and bring it back to Philadelphia. We were immediately told to pull over so they could search the car. No sense of humor, those Canucks.
     
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    The games in play-offs are a different world..Chicago seems pretty strong but then again...
     
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    I'm a Montreal supporter. No joy since 1993.
     
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    The season started well for Montreal but at the moment up and down they seem to go. Too bad as Saku Koivu was their skipper for ten years so we have a special place in our hearts for Montreal in Finland.
     
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    Yeah, they've been in a real funk now, every team has its share of losing skids, yet the Canadiens just cannot seem to get things straighten out, is Carey Price' absence really affecting them that badly.
     
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    Red Wings got a much needed win last night, despite Dallas being all over us and getting more shots on goal, giving Jimmy Howard(#35) his first win since early December, and Andreas Athanasiou(#72) alone counted for 2 of the 3 goals scored, he's showing alot of promise, wish we had played him more often earlier in the season.

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=400815805
     
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    As good as the Capitals have been, hockey is a tough one. Unlike other sports, sometimes it comes down to a myriad of lucky breaks: a bouncing puck, a deflection, bad penalty, losing an edge on defense. However, the Caps have the best team right now and Ovechkin is playing out of his mind.
     
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    Yeah, the playoffs in particular are a whole other ball game, but seeing how far ahead the Caps are from everyone already, they may have the team to win Stanley Cup this year.
     
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    Many moons ago, the Caps were a bit of an anomaly. Mike Gartner was a sniper. Rod Langway, Don Beaupre. That was when hockey was interesting (to me). A lot of guys didn't wear helmets, plenty of fights. Talking bench clearers.
     
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    Your right the ate definitely the cream of the crop.
     
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    Florida has been a big surprise all season. Barkov and Jagr are excellent and the whole team seems to play well both home and away.
     
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