I had the pleasure of sitting in Scotty Bowman’s office during the playoffs a couple of times when he was in Pittsburgh.
And he said this to me one day, although he probably said it a bunch of times:
“This is the only business where the worse job you do, the more vacation you get.”
Not much more needs to be said about Game 7, although I was thinking that I’ve been lucky enough to cover three of them with the Rangers (all home-ice wins), and as a kid I saw the one in 1971 at Chicago and the one in 1974 in Philadelphia (both road losses).
So I’m pretty excited tonight, even as a neutral observor.
I’m sure you guys are much more excited that I, and probably a lot more nervous, and maybe we ought to hire a cardiologist to be on hand here at the Festivus Blog for tonight.
Here we go, one hour and counting.
Try to enjoy it.
(Just a side note, in case it doesn’t go as you hope, please try not to use profanities. Thank you.)
PS, I don’t buy this whole thing about how important the first goal is based on the rest of the series. First of all, if you put all that importance in the first goal and don’t get it, then what? Do you quit?
Also, Game 6, the Caps scored first, the Rangers came right back with one. It was the third, fourth and fifth goals that were biggest.
In Game 5, the first goal was big because the Rangers didn’t score all night. Ditto Game 3. And just the opposite in Game 2, when the first goal was the only goal. Washington scored the first goal in Game 1 and lost. The Rangers scored first in Game 4, and that wouldn’t have been enough if they hadn’t added another one.
First goal: overrated.