Ovie's Car, Penguins Dolls
I'll be honest, Game 1 felt slightly anti-climactic. or maybe pre-climactic. Maybe it was because of the sheer joy from Game 7 of the last series, which was tough to match for a Game 1, even against the Pens. Maybe it was because simultaneously dealing with a broken laptop and a broken BlackBerry makes me want to tear out my eyeballs using nothing but a USB cable and some mouthwash. Maybe it was because once you've passed out hundreds of pacifiers to taunt an opposing team, there's not many other places you can go. Maybe it was because everything feels a half-note flat on a Saturday afternoon, with fans perhaps sharing some of Alex Ovechkin's chronic afternoon sleepiness.
"It is a very unusual time for any hockey player," Sergei Fedorov said, according to OFB. "We just got used to playing in the evening."
(That's why hockey players say "tonight" to refer to games that were played in the afternoon, as in, "at least we got the win tonight, during this hockey game that ended at 3:30 pm.")
Also, I think I made a strategic mistake in looking forward to a new wave of Crosby Crying merchandise. Sure, there were some "Can't Spell Crosby Without Cry" t-shirts, and there was the baby in his Crosby jersey. The incredible Empty Netters blog has dozens of compelling photos, including these three below: a Crosby jersey innovation, your blurry author laughing with Pat Sajak (who criticized the color of your blurry author's blazer) and Ovie's car.
Either way, I'm anticipating more anticipation for tonight, and not only because Jim Zorn (and Danny Smith) will be hip hip hooraying away from the glass. Oh, and Jason Campbell compared Pens-Caps to Cowboys-Redskins.
(Oh, and I also watched all of Crosby's press conference. Not one moment that, in any universe, could have been construed as a whine. He was pretty likable, all in all.)
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