Organized Sports: Grading the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals and Additional Thoughts

Even drunk Patrick Kane can do the math that two 5s equals one 10.

Even drunk Patrick Kane can do the math that two 5s equals one 10.

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

Another late update, following the beginning of free agency. Unlike my NBA finals recap, though, I didn’t watch nearly enough of these Finals as I should have. As a Blues fan, I was down in the dumps and angry about hockey, especially because either the Blackhawks would win or the Bruins, and both of those teams have won in the past couple of years. As we all know now, the Blackhawks won, and that sucks for Blues fans but is great for everyone else, because they were the best team all year and their style of play deserved to be rewarded.

Grading the Stanley Cup Finals Prediction

(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (4) Boston Bruins
Prediction: Bruins in 7
Actual Result: Blackhawks in 6
Just as it looked like the Bruins were going to force a seventh game, the Blackhawks got two quick goals and killed those dreams as abruptly as the Bruins did to the Leafs’ hope for a second round berth earlier in the playoffs. Patrick Kane was the playoff MVP, but any number of Hawks could have taken that award, including their captain (and the guy the Blues passed over in order to draft Erik Johnson, who it must be written over and over again missed an entire season due to a drunken golfing incident) Jonathan Toews. Am I bitter? Sure. But the Blackhawks and, sadly enough, Joel Quenneville deserve the win.
Grade: C-

It’s really hilarious to observe the salaries of NHL players during the free agency period in comparison to NBA players, who are also being signed at a rapid rate right now. But hey, a lot more people in America watch basketball, so that’s life, right?

Also, there are Cardinals middle relievers who make more than anyone on the Blues.


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