the other day one of the hubs' customers gave him four tickets to a hockey game. i will wait while those of you who know me well laugh.
you see, we are not sports people. i did not intentionally set out to marry a man who doesn't watch footballbaseballgolfbasketball etc. it was just icing on the cake.
i have never been interested in watching sports of any kind. i've never had a favorite team, i don't root for anyone. i've watched boxing and find it interesting for a little while. soccer, eh, it's ok. the holy trinity (baseballfootballbasketball) bore me to tears.
the kids wanted to go to the hockey game and the tickets were free so we went. i sort of screwed it up a little. i took the tickets out of my purse when i got home and laid them on the table. when we got to the coliseum--a 25-30 min drive? yeah, the tickets were still on the table. dear sweet hubs drove home and got them, even though up until that time the kids were being totally freaking obnoxious.
we missed the first 15 minutes, but omg! that was fucking cool! i'd seen one hockey game before but it was long ago and i didn't remember it being so much fun! wow. and, i sort of caught on to what was going on, though during the last 10 seconds or so i noticed our goalie was missing and the hubs had to explain why.
i personally think that hockey has to be one of the more challenging sports because not only are they trying to score they are speeding around on skates. not just running down a field or a court and throwing a ball or hitting something w/ a bat or a racket, but all of those skills PLUS the ice skating. awesome. and even though it's violent (i didn't realize how cool THAT part was) it's also so fluid and graceful.
i do have questions though.
this is what i know:
you can body slam someone against the wall and that doesn't get you fouled out
however, if you and the other guy start beating the hell out of each other and it turns from hockey into a boxing match you get a time out (i love that part) 2 mins in the box
up to six players can be on the ice at a time but if you're bad you can lose a player for awhile
there are three time periods
if you are REALLY bad the ref takes 5 mins off the clock (not sure if that's right or i just misunderstood something and lost track of time)
what DOES get you fouled out if it's ok to body slam someone?
is there ever anything like the free throw in basketball (it is called the free throw right? when a player gets three tries to make a basket w/ the other guys lined up beside him?)
it seemed like players just came and went on the ice as they wanted, like the team was together but separate. how do they know when they have to get off the ice and someone else comes on?
it seemed like the coach wasn't much involved, like in football or basketball the coaches are more obvious, more active. in hockey the players would argue w/ the refs not the coaches
tonight the twin city cyclones lost 3-4 to the richmond renegades