Do we really care about the announcement of next Jan. 1’s Winter Classic? First of all, pretty much everybody is saying it’s going to be in Pitt’s Heinz Field, with the NHL’s darlings playing against each other?
We know it isn’t the new Yankee Stadium, and thankfully (hopefully) the NHL didn’t try to put it in Citi Field (which might be a better ballpark overall, but just doesn’t have the jam of the new Yankee Stadium, much less the old one). The new Stadium has football in January, so they can’t build the rink.
And this idea of having a separate one in Canada, that works for me. Canadian teams started this whole thing — Edmonton and Montreal — and their fans deserve it. But it won’t do squat in terms of ratings here in the U.S. without two U.S. markets involved. So have two. Knock yourselves out.
Here’s some video from Cup finals media day yesterday. From my new favorite guy. Hint: Monster. And here’s a link to today’s Rangers’ 20 Prospects in 20 days series. It’s Ryan Bourque today.
Now onto the Boneheads Stanley Cup Finals Extravaganza Contest (and picnic) No. 2.
BSCFEC(ap) No. 1 closes at the puck drop tomorrow night.
BSCFEC(ap) No. 2 is going to be more complicated to execute, but much easier to judge.
This is going to be kind of like a draft. I will put up a post this evening, which will begin the contest (DO NOT BEGIN SUBMITTING YOUR SELECTION BEFORE I PUT UP THE POST THAT SAYS “IT’S GO TIME!” )
Here’s how it works. The winner of John Halligan’s book “100 Ranger Greats” will be the person who correctly picks the player who scores the Cup-winning goal. That means, in the deciding game, if the final score is 3-2 or 5-2 or 10-2, the third goal for the winning team is the Cup-winner.
Here’s how we’re going to do it, so you have to be on your toes to play.
Once I put up the “It’s Go Time!” post, you get one pick of a player from either team (it’s Chicago and Philly, for those who aren’t paying attention). Once a player is picked, he’s gone. In other words, if you want Dustin Byfuglien, you’d better get in early. And check to see if he’s been picked before you pick him.
ONE PICK PER BONEHEAD. That’s it. I will check IPs, etc. So we could have a total of 38 or 40 or so names in the pool. The game is closed when all the skaters on both teams have been picked.
Don’t be afraid to pick the obscure fourth-line guys, or the goons or the defensemen. Those guys score goals in the playoffs.
Got it? Any questions before we get going tonight?