The 115th in our 118-part series.
The Hockey Blogosphere
For the last 12 years or so, we’ve been living in a veritable Plato’s Cave when it comes to hockey. We’ve been watching the projections on the walls — games, playoffs, championships, highs and lows, great plays and great players, bone-headed mistakes and disastrous trades, everything that’s made up the NHL over that span — but for all we knew these events were only shadows, and nothing more. By dint of having almost no friends who like hockey, and by dint of having so little faith in the MSM’s ability to correctly and interestingly analyze the game, we’d been reduced to watching our favorite sport in a vacuum. And then a beautiful thing brought us out of the Cave and into the brave new world of engaging in and interacting with the hockey universe — the hockey blogosphere.
We gave up on the Hockey News when we realized if Richie Chere was the Devils correspondent; why were we trusting what the other reporters were saying about the rest of the teams? We gave up NHL2Night when we realized John Buccigross was killing our souls. We gave up on caring about what NHL talking heads had to say when Al Morganti declared Patrick Roy was going to Philadelphia. So it was with much glee, relief, fascination and joy that we discovered there was a huge community of smart, clever, witty, interesting and thought-provoking hockey fans publishing commentary all over the wondrous interwebs. From the sublime to the ridiculous, hockey blogs deliver all the goods — humor, insight, analysis, game recaps, injury reports, trade rumors — but all in an environment that embraces and encourages fan dialog. No more are we at the mercy of beat writers who hate their teams, anchors who have no knowledge of the game, and talking heads whose ivory tower keeps their heads firmly rooted in the clouds. We now have more access to hockey writing than ever before, where everyone who is passionate about hockey has equal say, from newbie fans to insiders.
We’ve written that the past season rejuvenated our love of hockey; a big part of that hockey renaissance was having a community to belong to that understands hockey like we do, approaches it like we do, and loves writing about it as much as we love reading about it. Thank you, hockey bloggers, all of you, for your tireless work to forge one of the most energetic, intelligent and vibrant corners of the internet.