The Playoffs Are Quite Possibly Going to Kill Me

A full house rocking the red at Verizon Center.
A full house rocking the red at Verizon Center.

It occurred to me tonight that this year’s NHL playoffs might actually kill me. It’s not just the Cardiac Caps winning – or losing – by one goal every game. (Though it’s not, like, helping.) It’s also the fact that more than a few of the series’ currently underway are so entertaining that I can’t stop watching. Whether it’s the absolute shitshow that is the Flyers-Pens (45 goals in four games!), the feisty Nashville-Detroit matchup, or the near-miss chance of the Kings sweeping the Canucks, I cannot stop watching. Problem is, though, not all of these games are on the East Coast, and a 7:30 start in Cali makes for one late night in DC. I don’t think I’ve slept more than six hours a night since the playoffs started – and this is just the first round!

Should the Caps advance (pretty, pretty please, hockey gods) and the next round matchups prove as enjoyable, well… I may not make it.

Yaaaaaay, playoffs!

4 thoughts on “The Playoffs Are Quite Possibly Going to Kill Me

  1. Eileen April 20, 2012 / 12:34 am

    This could be a bad post season family wide as I’m right there with you in the DOA column. And even though I’m a time zone behind you, it’s not making much difference.

    Let’s go Caps!!

  2. susan April 20, 2012 / 6:43 am

    Because of your rabid fandom, I check the scores of playoff games. Good luck…and drink caffeine. That’s my solution to pretty much everything! 🙂

  3. Common loon April 20, 2012 / 7:51 am

    The first round is always rough (’cause that’s when we finally get to see hockey). The next round gets better since there half as many games, but withdrawal happens in that conference round. The other thing…for the past couple of years your hockey devotion has petered out once a certain ROCK THE RED team has been eliminated, and your interests immediately turned to baseball. So I’m currently grateful for your “misery.” This is a GREAT dilemma to have!

    • Sarah April 20, 2012 / 4:09 pm

      Oh, I wouldn’t say I “immediately turn to baseball.” What’s happened the last few seasons is that I take the next round off to lick my sad Caps fan wounds, but I’m always back by the finals, because eventually, “OMG, soon there will be no more hockey at all until fall!” trumps my depression. This year, though, I probably won’t even need to do that. The Caps had a bad regular season and for quite a while, we all thought the playoffs weren’t going to happen at all this year. So, getting bonus hockey – and not getting steamrolled by the reigning Stanley Cup champs as pretty much every hockey pundit predicted – doesn’t feel so bad as, say, getting swept by the Lightning in the second round.

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