Some folks can’t wait until Christmas. Some look forward to enjoying summer activities like traveling, backyard barbecues, and fun in the pool or ocean. But for me, early spring is my favorite time of year, and not just because of the weather.
If you are a professional sports fan, you may agree that this is a great time of year. The Major League Baseball season is underway. The National Basketball Association’s playoffs are happening. And for a guy like me who has been a hockey fanatic since I saw my first New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden when I was 9 or 10 years old, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are what makes this my favorite time of year.
I especially love the first round of the playoffs. There are sixteen teams who are each playing for one of the most prized trophies in the world of sports. They all think they can win it, but only one team will carry it around the ice in June.
Unlike some other sports, the favorites do not always win the Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Kings were the lowest seed in the Western Conference in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs and ended up winning the championship. In 2010, the Philadelphia Flyers were the number 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. And in 2017, the Nashville Predators were the 8th seed in the west and made it to the championship series.
I look forward to days like this Saturday when there will be four televised first round hockey matches, starting with our Vegas Golden Knights taking on the Winnipeg Jets in Canada. Whether you enjoy watching the action at home on your sofa, in your “man cave,” or at your favorite hangout with your friends, it’s going to be a day of hard-hitting, exciting, NHL playoff action.
I’ll think I’ll grab a cold one (or two) and hope for lots of overtime…except for the Golden Knights game. I’ll be rooting for them to win big in regulation. Enjoy!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.