The 39th in our 118-part series.
Being Hockey Fans
The other night on “The Daily Show”, in a report on the Iraqi national soccer team, John Oliver quipped, “I’m a soccer fan first, and a person second.” This rang so true with us, being that we consider ourselves hockey fans first and human beings second. Being hockey fans means we’re a part of a really cool community of sports fans who aren’t afraid to swim against the currents of the mainstream sports scene. We’re members of an exclusive club of people who get it. Yeah, yeah, this is a pretty conceited and self-referential reason to love hockey, but the fact is we like that, here in the States at least, being a hockey fan means being willing to take the effort to find coverage of your sport, and to find other people who get it. Sure, that means hassling with VS, dealing with NBC cutting away from playoff games, and seeing more and more newspapers dropping hockey writers left and right, but that just makes the rewards of being a fan that much sweeter.