Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why NHL playoffs are better than NBA's

The Philadelphia Flyers made the Stanley Cup playoffs on the final day of the regular season this month in a shootout and now they have home ice advantage in the Eastern Conference finals.

Go figure.

The Flyers, a No. 7 seed, and the Montreal Canadians, a No. 8 seed who also made this year’s NHL playoffs, are playing in a best-of-seven games series for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Look at it this way: It would be like the Oklahoma City Thunder playing the San Antonio Spurs of the Chicago Bulls playing the Charlotte Bobcats to get the NBA Finals.

That’s the beauty of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Its unpredictability. The stars in the NHL playoffs are not necessarily stars during the regular season. And that’s why I like the NHL playoffs better than the NBA playoffs. There’s no comparison.

The NHL playoffs have SUDDEN DEATH overtime. The NBA playoffs just have overtime, with commercial interruption.

The NHL playoffs have history. The NBA playoffs have histrionics.

For the NHL playoffs, the players grow beards. For the NBA playoffs, the players grow weed?

In the NHL playoffs, the best players don’t always start. In the NBA playoffs, the best players always start.

The NHL playoffs have Doc Emrick, the best announcer in sports. The NBA playoffs have Doc Rivers.

The best goals in the NHL playoffs are the most difficult. The easiest goals in the NBA playoffs – slam dunks – are the most watched.

News of injuries in the NHL playoffs is limited to “upper body” and “lower body.” News of injuries in the NBA playoffs is limited to “LeBron” and “Kobe.”

In the NHL playoffs, players wear helmets. In the NBA playoffs, players wear tattoos.

In the NHL playoffs, players go to the penalty box. In the NBA playoffs, players go to jail.

In the NHL playoffs, the spotlight is on the teams. In the NBA playoffs, the spotlight is on
LeBron James no matter if he is playing in the playoffs or not.

In the NHL playoffs, they SCORE! In the NBA playoffs, they score.

There are mullets in the NHL playoffs. There are shaved heads in the NBA playoffs.

There are power plays in the NHL playoffs. There are power trips in the NBA playoffs.

In the NHL playoffs, goaltenders are known to stand on their head. In the NBA playoffs, the goaltenders are known to block the ball on its way down.

In the NHL playoffs, it takes about two minutes to play the last two minutes of the game. In the NBA playoffs, it takes about 20 minutes to play the last two minutes of the game.

At the end of series in the NHL playoffs, the players line up to shake hands. In the NBA playoffs, they hug and shake hands before and after every game.

At the end of the season in the NHL playoffs, the winning team hoists a Cup that has the name of every player on every championship team on it. In the NBA playoffs, the winning team gets a trophy with only one name on it … and he never played a game in the NBA.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the NBA winning players thank The Lord (because with everything going on in the world, she really cares if the Lakers win). Then they thank their agent and publicity crew, and then they give all greater glory to themselves.

In the NHL players thank their team mates, their goalie, the coach, and the fans. I have yet to hear an NHL player thank the lord on TV.

-Alfonso Bedoya ST2

May 18, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

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