Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Think Yanni was Bad?

Remember how the Caps/Pens had to play back to back games because Yanni had a string of concert dates planned in Mellon Arena? Well, this is worse. In between games 2 and 3 of the AHL's Calder Cup finals between the Manitoba Moose and BanginPanger endorsed Hershey Bears, there will be a 4 day gap. Why? High School Graduation ceremonies.

Yes, that's right people. Last night I was laying in bed, thinking, hell, why in the world is there such a long break in between games 2 and 3? Is Winnipeg actually that far away from the rest of the world that these teams need between June 2nd and 6th to travel? Why would they possibly want to play 3 games in 4 nights? It makes no sense.

That is, until it hit me. My very own younger brother graduates, in the Giant Center, on the 4th, while another local high school will have it's student take their processional through the building concourse (classy, I know) on the 5th, and so naturally, Game 3 of the Bears/Moose series will be on the 6th. Hell, that ice will be covered and trounced on by high schoolers from the 2nd through 5th, how can that possibly be good for the ice conditions there? The Rink Rats will certainly have their hands full.

Why is this funny? This is the league championship for Christ's sake! These were 2 of the top teams in the league (Manitoba had the most points with 107, Hershey had 106). Not to mention the fact that these are the top 2 teams in attendance in the entire AHL (Ok, I mentioned it). Hershey averaged 8,987 over the course of the season, and Manitoba 7,769. Both lead the playoffs in home attendance as well. But still! They get bumped back a night or two for bratty, snot nosed piss ants and their parents, who will now have a false sense of entitlement since their kids somehow managed to get diplomas. See, I'm allowed to rag on these kids, since, you know, I graduated in the Giant Center too.

But in reality, this will be good for the league, and these teams. Weeknight games can be tough enough for NHL teams to fill the building (looking at you Phoenix, Detroit, New Jersey, Long Island, Florida, Tampa, etc.), let alone minor league hockey in mid-major markets. So by making these weekend games, it's making this Calder Cup schedule much more fan friendly, as in, I'll be able to go to games 3 and 4 now. Think the NHL could learn a thing or two about making a schedule a little more fan friendly? Yeah, thought so.

You know, if the price was right, I bet Charles Wang would push back a game to fit in some Graduation ceremonies, but then again, that would mean the Isles would have to make the playoffs. Obviously, we won't ever have to face that conundrum.


Teka said...

As one of PSU Harrisburg's unwashed masses who was scheduled to graduate at the GC after writing my thesis on female hockey fans, I'm still regretting my decision not to walk. Give the kids a break.

Vance said...

Haha the harshness is solely for the fact that I'll be in attendance for both one of those graduation ceremonies (namely, I want to get a rise out of my little brother) and then the Bears games.

I can tell you, you didn't miss much. I walked in the Giant Center and unless you wanted a backscene look at the Arena's basement, you didn't miss much.

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