Well, we're less than 30 day s a way from the debut of a brand new hockey season, and I gotta tell you, I'm starting to get excited about it. As a Bruins fan, I 'm falling into the usual pattern of hoping for the best, yet wondering whether this year will be any different.
And then, for some reason, I thought about the NHL and how far it has come. There was a lot of hype over the past few seasons about Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, and like I am pre-disposed to do, I doubted and waited.
But now, after each of these two extraordinary players have had two seasons to stretch their legs, work through the hype and expectations, I gotta say, I'm a believer.
This is the year to watch these guys.
Year one was the "which one will be rookie of the year" thing.
Fun, but ultimately not that big a deal.
Year two was "OK, are either one of these guys just a flash in the pan?"
A resounding no. These guys are not just here to stay, but the future of the game.
So what does this year bring from Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby?
This year brings all the gifts that all of them have offered, plus one mammoth, huge factor- confidence. Neither one has a damn thing to prove to the league as individual players anymore. Now we see how they can lead a team. Just for fun, here are a couple of YouTube Clips of Ovechkin, who I've praised in the past, and Crosby.
Now here's Crosby, in a clip that is kind of awesome, if only to bring people into the mind of a Penguins fan who thought to himself- "You know what would make people understand how great Crosby is? I know! The music of Foreigner!"
Either way, I saw both of them live last year, and I hope to do it again if I can.
This is the year of confidence.This is the year that the boys become men.
I say this now, before my love for the Bruins blinds me to enjoying any success that their Eastern conference rivals might achieve.
Seriously. This is the year.
Get your tickets as soon as possible.
Buckle your seatbelts.