Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Cup final is set and the Riders get hitched

From where I sit it looks like a great match-up in the Stanley Cup Final.

This is the first final featuring an Original Six rivalry since the Canadiens thumped the Rangers 4-1 in 1979. They haven't met since 1978, when Don Cherry's Bruins swept the series in 4. In 6 all-time meetings the Bruins have a 5-1 lead. With the lone Chicago win in 1975, 2-1. All of that proves...nothing. As useless as any stats you can ever see. It's a couple of teams that can play aggressive, exciting, tough hockey. I'm looking forward to it.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are getting into the wedding party business.

Let's get one thing clear right off the hop: these are not weddings! They are parties to celebrate marriage, any marriage, of any length. So, no, nobody will be getting hitched during the Riders game on August 17th. It's a cute idea. Also a typically unique CFL-style promotion. At the same time, since when does Saskatchewan need help selling tickets? This is the kind of idea used by minor league teams in a desperate attempt to drum up interest in a moribund club. Not, the kind of thing needed in the CFL's most stable market. The Riders generate sell-outs the vast majority of the time. And I've got no doubt this will sell out too. No matter how screwy an idea it is.

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

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