One of the many reasons I appreciate sports is the opportunity to put anything in life aside for 2.5 hours a night to enjoy the simple unfolding of a story in the spirit of competition.
In other words, it traces back to a simple quote once heard from the late Howard Cosell:
“Sports is the toy department of life.”
We enjoy this game for many different reasons:
- The evolution of a hockey centerpiece in downtown (Everett is now 14 years relevant within).
- The opportunity to share with a friend, “I knew him when …” (Hamill/Mueller/Gudas/Juulsen?/Hart?)
- The surge of “good feelings” through your veins as you walk into XFINITY Arena with anticipation.
- Seeing friends from the seats you’ve come to know well over the years (I’m not shilling at all, but this happens a lot with season tickets).
- How different the game looks, feels, sounds, on an upgraded experience compared to just merely watching it on television. It’s that more vibrant, it’s that more vivid, it’s that more effervescent.
You may have more reasons why you enjoy this game. Or a moment from this past season that will stay with you forever.
I’ll always remember my first experience at an NHL game: 1993-94 at the Great Western Forum, behind the net, and watching Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings take on 18-year old Jason Arnott and the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky scored his 803rd career goal that day. Arnott belted a slapper from the left circle for the game’s first goal.
I’ll always remember the 5 overtime record marathon: searching for word economy amidst a water shortage, feeling a surge through my body while delivering the goal call, and balancing a schedule that
threatened killed the 9pm ferry that night … with my wife and son on the trip (more on that soon).
I shared mine, so I’d love to hear yours.
I want to reward your input.
I want to hear from you.
I’ve got a Carter Hart autographed hat on hand (trust me, he signed it right before my very eyes the day after the season ended) and will save that for a lucky friend who chimes in. How you do it:
- Comment below
- Tweet a reply to me from this story post
- Comment on the Tips Facebook page: we’ll have it posted there.
Your awesome answers coming later this week, in a “top moments of” post.
And as always, thanks for keeping in tune (and for listening!).
Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton recently completed his second season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 12th in the game. Tweet at him here.