Hockey is one of those games I’ve always wanted to get into but never could. Mainly because any time I’d watch well… I wasn’t sure what was going on. Oh sure, you can watch and keep your eyes on the puck, but it’s those greater subtleties of the rules and the game play. Often it’s best to learn games by watching them with other people who know the game, but that’s been hard to come by for me — I don’t know a lot of hockey fans. At my last job I worked with a bunch of Canadians, all Leafs fans (natch), and they tried to explain the game to me but it just wasn’t enough to take.
We watched the Texas Stars win 5 to 2 over the Milwaukee Admirals. We had pretty good seats (row F, behind the Stars bench), and gosh if it wasn’t more interesting to watch the game in person than it was on TV. W also fielded all of my questions, not to just explain the “what” of the rules, but the “why”… like why icing is an issue, the method to the madness behind all the constant line changes, and so on. I came out of last night’s game not only having really enjoyed it, but with a better understanding of how the game actually works. I feel that if I watch a game on TV I won’t feel so totally clueless now.
Most enjoyable stuff.
Oh, the Stars’ goalie was pretty damn good. Stars needed to play a bit better defense (W said they needed to be more aggressive); a lot of time was spent in Stars territory. Still, offense was good enough to score 5 points and defense good enough to only allow 2 points, but again I attribute that low score to the Stars’ goalie.
BTW, the Cedar Park, Texas event center? Nice place. It’s like a mini arena. Seats maybe 5000 people (I don’t know, we did a rough estimate), looks and feels just like a large arena, but shrunk down… and that includes the seats. The seats were cramped. I had a hard time getting out of the seats, and W is a bigger guy than me and the seats were no fun for him. Still, it felt like even the cheap seats in the “nosebleed” section aren’t even that horrible given the size of the arena.