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.
It is mid-June, and the National Hockey League is done until October. Let’s re some cap after the jump.
Grading the Stanley Cup Finals
(2) New York Rangers vs. (3) Los Angeles Kings
Prediction: Kings in 7
Actual Result: Kings in 5
Many pundits will say that this was “the closest blowout series in NHL history” or things like that, which is not too far off the mark as the Kings won the first two games in overtime, never holding a lead in those first two contests while heading to New York up 2-0. There were times the Rangers were dominant—there were other times the Kings were dominant and the reason the result wasn’t even more one-sided was Henrik Lundqvist in goal. When it came down to it, the Kings got some bounces, sure, but the better team won, and now they have two Cups in three years, after none for their first forty years of existence. Jonathan Quick and Justin Williams are the Stanley Cup heroes of the Kings franchise. Hopefully at least someone from this team will get a statue that stands in front of Wayne Gretzky’s outside of Staples Center.
Hockey has, for much of my life, been my sport, the one I watched the most intently. As a St. Louis Blues fan, though, it was hard to maintain interest this year after yet another disappointing yet predictable self-destruction at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs. Some of my friends ask me what the Blues can do to change things. Perhaps, move to Saskatoon.
See you next year, hockey, when I’ll say I won’t get caught up again but I do anyway. Because sports.