did i spell enthusiast right? i don't feel like asking the googley.
so i don't really follow sports, i recall very few players names, i don't know which team is leading or losing in their league, division and i'm crap with stats. but it's the playoffs, each game means something and therefore its fun to watch.
yes i'm talking about hockey and i'm watching montreal. i'm a habs fan.
from what little i know about the currently nhl playoff system is this, the higher you are ranked at the start of the playoffs (seeded), the better your chances are by always having to play a lower team and vice versa. ok. lemme poorly explain. sixteen teams enter the playoffs, 8 to each side (east & west conferences).
team one of each side will play team 8 initially, team two will play team seven, etc etc.
the montreal canadiens were the eighth team (16th overall) and washington capitals were the first team (i think first overall). montreal seemed doomed. and the washington capitals fans were very arrogant. they thought they'd win the first series in four straight. (i forgot to mention, each round or series is best four out of seven games).
then montreal won the first game, huh?
all the habs fans (montreal fans) became hopeful and the washington fans were not impressed.
series: mtl 1 - wash 0
the next game i think montreal was winning but then lost horribly,
series: mtl 1 - wash 1
next montreal lost even worse than in the previous game.
series: mtl 1 - wash 2
the next game washington again defeated the habs, hope was pretty low. one more win for the capitals and it's goodbye playoffs hello golf for montreal
series: mtl 1 - wash 3
right around now in a hollywood movie is where a new musical montage showing them training or learn a lesson and then follow that up with a win, but this isn't hollywood so we don't have music or a montage, so we'll just have to settle for a win.
series: mtl 2 - wash 3
with shakey hope i watched mtl fight off the league leaders and dammit they did it again.
series: mtl 3 - wash 3
game seven, this is sort of embarrasing for the capitals and to me already a victory, first off to come back like that is pretty huge, second it made the capitals not seem so tough which was good enough for me, winning the playoffs doesn't have to be the only goal.
game seven took place the one time my dad was coming by the city and he really wanted to see a ballgame, the jays vs the redsox. both games were on simultaneously. but i have an iphone and i can check the scores, also i can relay the scores to him aswell since he's a massive habs fan too.
two innings in and i'm checking the scores every few minutes but no change, zero-zero. suddenly a guy a few seats over and a row down says aloud for everyone "montreal scored!" and a lot of people smiled. apparently most people had pre-planned this baseball outing without thinking there would be a game seven, and they were following or wanting to follow two games at once, so we all were filling each other in on our smart phones or texts from friends who were watching it at home, the texts were more reliable since most sports sites are delayed on reporting time left in periods or scores.
a text arrives "ONE GOAL CALLED BACK ON CAPS, PROBABLY COULD'VE COUNTED". i think he meant the caps scored but it was disallowed. phew, that could've really ruined everything.
the next while no score change, then a text from my brother comes through "HABS SCORED 2-0" i repeat it aloud and everyone is in a really good mood, even though the jays are loosing horribly and we're ten rows from first base, its still a wonderful ballgame.
its the third period and we're now just counting down how much time is left, it'll be great to win with a shut out, everyone is CONSTANTLY checking their phones for scores or texts, on of my texts about the montreal goalie is just "HALAK IS STANDING ON HIS HEAD" meaning he's stopping everything like a brick wall. i'm nervous, my dad is nervous and giddy, everyone is nervous, we're this close.
the sports sites are really slow and my brother picks up the pace and keeps us informed with constant texts, another text arrives "CAPS SCORE 2-1"
only minutes left and we just want to win this one, i no longer care about the stanley cup, dad agrees, this was a good series and it's all we really need.
the jays are still losing, we don't care.
every thirty seconds i'm refreshing the browser on my phone, time is slowly ticking away. another text arrives "CAPS GETTING POWER PLAY, 1:44 LEFT IN GAME". dammit, so caps have more players on the ice and it's the very end, one quick goal can turn to overtime, and thats all the caps need to squeak a goal in and it's all lost.
refresh, refresh, refresh, we're not even watching the jays play, we're watching the status thingy on my iphone animate as it reloads the mobile nhl.com webpage. it's delayed, it doesn't show 1:44 left, it shows 2 minutes and something, damn delay.
another text arrives "HABS WIN"
i repeat it aloud, "HABS WIN"
others repeat it to those next to them "HABS WIN"
our small section cheers "GO HABS!"
i went to a baseball game in toronto, to cheer for a montreal hockey team.
series: mtl 4 - wash 3. final.
we left in the eighth inning, jays haven't scored a run all night, we didn't care, dad was in a great mood, "to come back like that, three straight and win it..." apparently it was the 5th biggest upset in nhl history or so my brother explained while we were both drunk on the phone days later.
now remember all that seeding/team rank mumbo jumob i mentioned earlier? yeah, that again. so the eigtht team defeated the first team, does the eighth team become the first team? nope, its the eighth team, it'll now play the next highest team that makes it to the next series, they play the pittsburg penguins, who have sydney crosby, who some call "the next great one".
so it's an uphll/long road/something else thats also difficult journey etc for the habs. doesn't matter, i'm not that big of a sports fan, afterall i cheer for hockey teams at baseball games.
end of weird rant.