Saturday, May 25, 2013

More goals needed in the NHL and a great weekend of racing

From where I sit it looks like there's hope for the NHL.

To over simplify an explanation, the NHL has 1 champion and 29 copycats. If one team can make their system work everyone else will follow suit. Thankfully, the Pittsburgh Penguins are reminding fans how exciting scoring can be in playoff games. The Pens are averaging 4.2 goals a game. To put that in perspective the L.A. Kings are at a pathetic 1.9, the Red Wings aren't much better at 2.2. Both those teams are a win away from the West Final. Boston is at 3.2. Let's hope Pittsburgh or even Boston can lead the rest of the league back to the beauty of lighting the lamp.

It's a fantastic weekend of racing with F1, Indy and NASCAR all with major events.  The weekend got opened with a scintillating finish in the Firestone Freedom 100.


My favourite without doubt is the Monaco Grand Prix. The track is an anachronism. A throw back to a long gone era where the race was simply a narrow strip of pavement plunging around corners, through tunnels at break neck speed. Both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 see cars running flat out in a purpose-built facility. As of Monday, Monaco goes back to being city roads. The margin of error is nil. An on-board camera manages to do some justice to the complexity of the track. 

Monaco is a wonderful reminder of the classic pre-war Grand Prix. It's also serves as a simple lesson: you can't do this.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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