Friday, June 26, 2009

The NHL Draft

So here we are, on a Friday in late June, and I'll be watching the first round of the NHL draft tonight. And the thing about that is that the NHL draft makes for truly tedious television. Last year I paid a little bit of attention beforehand since I was going to be at the draft and all, but this year I haven't bothered. My draft prep has pretty much amounted to reading the Interchangeable Parts ladies' Not On the Road with IPB series. Still, there's a lot you can predict without knowing more than 10 names:
  • About 30 18-year-olds, all excited, most awkward will get up on stage and put on a sweater and a cap to pose for pictures.
  • Gary Bettman will be booed. Loudly.
  • Pierre Maguire will make people all over North America uncomfortable. And he will do so with enthusiasm.
  • When Darcy Regier gets on stage Sabres fans will be crossing their figures and toes, hoping that he drafts someone who could not be described as small, or short, or as another member of the fucking midget brigade.
  • I'll spend most of the show wondering what possessed me to spend my Friday night watching this crap.
This prediction gig is easy. You just have to set the bar low.

2 comments:

Pookie said...

I'll spend most of the show wondering what possessed me to spend my Friday night watching this crap.

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I suspect there will be a lot of hockey fans wondering that tonight! :D

I'm a little sad I won't have anyone trying to sell me on Gionta tonight.

Meg said...

I'm a little sad I won't have anyone trying to sell me on Gionta tonight.

If it helps I'd be delighted to enumerate Gionta's good points for you. I probably won't be able to muster the sincerity of that Ottawa fan though. :D

And yes, I think the draft will slot nicely into the misery-loves-company category.