Thursday night our Hawks get to sit back and watch (most notably, rest) while the Scum take on the Ducks in a do-or-die game seven. While the majority of us, and the hockey world, would like to see the ol' Norris division rivals mix it up in the Conference final...Steve Rosenbagger, Runamucker, Gardenhoser, whatever...would like to see the Ducks. Big time. And those of us who want the Scum, are crazy.
Although I understand his points...and we all know, though we don't like to admit, the Scum are good, very good. Experience, goal scorers, puck handlers, blah blah blaaaaaaaah. But, lest we forget, the Ducks are also pretty good, especially lately. Of course, home ice advantage, beating them three out of four times this season, are solid reasons to want the Ducks. However, you and I know the regular season means ab-so-lute-ly nothing. Ugh! Say it again! See: last two regular season Hawk/Nucks games. Also, they've booted the President's Trophy winners, and have now taken the Wings to seven in these playoffs. Which, if they win, at the Joe, they just miiiiiiight have a touch of confidence? They have gentlemen who want to and, more importantly can hit, guys who find a way to score, a hot netminder, and um...they're only two seasons removed from a title. Also, as far as traveling, I believe our boys would prefer to stay in the midwest.
Finally, I don't want the boys to think, and it's tough not to think, "This is an eight seeded team, they'll fuck up at some point" creep even the slightest bit into their heads. Our Hawks have shown they can do anything in any situation in these playoffs. But don't you think they won't let up for one second against the arch-rivals? I prefer this thought of "These guys will make us pay if we let up", over the other thought slipping in once in a while.
Basically, my contention is the Scum or the Ducks will be a very tough matchup, no matter what. So, the tiebreaker for me, I choose to go after our nemesis, our Green Bay Packers of teams, the Scum. But, Rosenbloom thinks I'm nuts for wanting that.
What do you guys think?