I realize New Year's Day is the customary day to sit on the couch and watch college bowl games. For me, I usually have had a sermon "due" the following Sunday, so sitting home all day, any day, to watch games hasn't been an option in my recent life. Still, I try to take in one game on January 1. Hmmmm...which game should I watch ?
NO QUESTION WHICH GAME I WILL WATCH THIS YEAR!
In less than 30 minutes I will turn on my T.V. to watch the most historic game to be played in a U.S. football stadium during my life time. It's not even a football game. You guessed it, today, for the first time at the professional level (NHL), a hockey game will be played outdoors in an 80,000 seat stadium. To make matters more glorious, the game will be played in my home city of Buffalo, New York with my beloved Sabres hosting the always-exciting Pittsburgh Penguins.
Why on earth would someone opt for a slow, stop and go, football game, when they could watch the manliest of all sports- true modern day gladiators- be played in front of 80,000 fans with snow careening down and the play ripping back and forth on the ice? Man, this is the way hockey was meant to be played! There's nothing like the speed, hitting, and scoring of hockey.
For the record, if the hockey game wasn't on, I'd probably choose to watch Mizzou play Arkansas. Since the hockey game is on, watching a football game today would be a slow-motion let down.
Let's go BUFFALO!
Postgame update: Pittsburgh won in a shoot out, which means Buffalo still salvages a point for their efforts. Great, fast-paced, heavy-hitting, snow-blowing, game. It brought all us pond-playing players from the NE back to our childhood. What an awesome event.