Playoff truly is a wonderful time of the year
|Toronto Star 16 Apr 2019 at 09:20|
And, man, I wish I could stay up late on nights there aren’t any games I have to cover.
That way, I wouldn’t have missed one of the more miraculous events of the past few years – the Los Angeles Clippers coming from 31 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in Oakland – and it would have been a continuation of a thoroughly enjoyable sports evening.
Every sports fan loves this time of the year because of what’s at stake and what unexpected thing might happen. The hockey and basketball playoffs are reminding us once again how different they are from some run of the mill period in regular season and how delightful intense competition void of any shenanigans can be.
It was up and down and intense and everyone was playing hard but relatively clean and fast and not once did you think the game would be ruined by some scripted fisticuffs meant to “send a message” or somesuch nonsense.
Guys just made big plays, or tried to make them, with only winning on the mind.
It was the same the other night when I caught a bit of Islanders-Penguins Game 2; I see my Hurricanes ran roughshod over the Capitals and even the Ovechkin fight in that one didn’t deter from the overall enjoyment, mainly because I only saw it in quick, highlight form.
The Sixers-Brooklyn game was much the same – although Joel Embiid’s crushing and intentional elbow to Jarrett Allen’s jaw was absolutely a Flagrant 2 foul that should have a resulted in an ejection – and then the Clippers-Warriors was historical and shocking.
I can’t speak to any other pucks game, and the Milwaukee-Detroit Game 1 evoked thoughts of the worse, most lopsided regular season game you can recall but, overall, playoffs are crazy good animals that remind us what every game should be.
And I supposed the drudgery of the regular season is understandable, games come fast and furious and don’t carry the same nightly importance but I guess we sit through them often solely so we can be reminded at this time of year of how good the post-season is.