Well, as of this moment, we have about 16 hours to game time. Is it over tonight, or do we wait another 48 hours after that? I'm sure hoping that I don't have to write a game 7 BBB, but I'm here for you if it comes down to it. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... this has been one hell of a series. Loving every minute of it.
Let's talk about Pronger. We have pictures of him in a dress... we have youtube videos of him getting stuck by Big Buff and a history will be made with a pretty unflattering tagline... we have people b@tching up and down the message boards how he's a thug etc. It's just like I said to some Yankee fans a while back. We only hate because they earn it. If a player or a team sucks, there would be no need to hate on them. Pronger has been fantastic. Yes, he gets away with more than your average player. Why? Because he is a superstar. In other sports, the best players get away with more than the rest. It's just the way it is. Pitchers get wide strike zones; NBA players travel or push off. Is it right? Not exactly, no. But it is the way it is. The guy has been a stud for years. Hate on him. He doesn't care. I'm sure he considers it a compliment. But I have to say... it was AWESOME seeing Mr. Dustin Byfuglien dump him on his ass and into the boards.
Speaking of Byfuglien, before game 5, some Flyers fans were talking smack on Buff on the "official stanley cup thread", saying he was a big oaf; a slow, worthless player who didn't even belong on the ice. I defended him, saying that he's never been one of the Blackhawks best players... he's just been really clutch in the playoffs this year. The reason he has gotten all the love is partly because of all the big goals, and partly because he doesn't look like an amazing athlete. He looks like he should be sitting next to you on the couch, drinking some beers and cheering for Toews and Kane. Not sure if everyone feels as giddy over the Buff as I do, but I'm a definite fan. If I had to get rid of him to keep Toews, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook, Sharp, Bolland and Niemi, then I probably would. It would make me sad, because I have grown rather fond of the big galoot in these playoffs, but I'd probably say goodbye. He's just been a great story, and a clutch performer for most of the playoffs. And I'm so glad he got the 4 points in Game 5.
As I said in the last installment, there will be no predictions from me in here anymore. I'm going to take the easy way out and say that while game 7 looks like a solid possibility, I hope to God it doesn't happen. Get it done tonight Hawks. Bring home the big hardware. It's been far too long.