America is desperately in need of a new pastime. Baseball is a beautiful sport, but kids these days have no patience for it. The millennials just aren’t into it. Football is plagued with numerous player safety issues that have drastically changed the game over the last decade. Who knows if it will even be around 10 years from now. So who are we supposed to rally around as a country? The NBA? Please. Nobody gives a shit about basketball. NHL? I could get on board with that, but unfortunately the majority of the country hasn’t. Soccer? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Get out of here… So, in my mind, that just leaves one option: curling.
If the NHL ever wants to gain some traction on the other Big 4 professional sports in the United States, they may want to take a page out of the U.S. Women’s team’s book. During a preliminary match against Team Canada, Gigi Marvin squared up against a referee and laid her out with a beautiful check. That’s the type of badassery that the NHL is missing. Sure, there’s plenty of fighting in the NHL and there’s no shortage of bone crunching hits, but most players don’t have the balls to take a run at an official. That may be just what they need to grow the fan base though. The hardcore hockey fans are going to love the sport no matter what, but the average idiot that knows nothing about hockey would be enthralled with it if you had players taking out referees left and right (hell, they’d probably even blog about it). After all, if there’s one thing every sports fan hates, it’s a referee. Continue reading