I wrote 90% of this before the the All-Star Game started last night, and changed very little afterward. My opinion was the same: Best ASG weekend ever. Sure the setup is wonky, the events kind of hokey. Who cares? It’s supposed to be fun, and dammit, it was really fun!
Thanks to the players who really came to play – not play like they do in competition every day, but the fun kind where the fans get to play along. Specifically, thank you because:
You looked great.
Like “This Foxy Friday will be used against you in a court of law” great.
You made new friends.
You saw old friends.
And trolled them.
You talked a lot of trash.
You took a selfie.
You got drunk.
You forgot your new friend’s name.
He forgave you. Mostly.
You took more selfies.
You didn’t win a car.
Then you did win a car! But you weren’t the only one.
Either way, you won our hearts.
Even if just for a moment.
Even if you weren’t the MVP.
Most of all you made us forget all the guys who weren’t there, from the Subban-type snubs to the Crosby-esque casualites. Maybe the weekend could have been even better… but we didn’t miss them. So thanks for this weekend, and see you next year in Nashville. 😉Tags: aaron ekblad, Alex Ovechkin, brian elliot, Drew Doughty, jakub vorachek, john tavares, jonathan toews, NHL All Star Game, nigk foligno, Patrice Bergeron, patrick kane, ryan johansen, ryan nugent-hopkins, steven stamkos, Tyler Seguin