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The Baltimore Ravens found some amusing trouble recently when they tweeted about the "small" turnout for the Heat's victory parade, even though estimates said Miami had 400,000 people at the celebration -- twice as many as Baltimore for their Super Bowl parade. Here is a shot from Chicago's celebration for the Hawks. Safe to say there is no problem here.
We wind up on a lot of e-mail lists, and somehow we wound up on a communications list from an adult web site. They must have the wrong idea about us.
In any event, we found the graphic they sent us amusing. So now we are sharing it with you. The upshot: Boston residents watched a lot of online pornography shortly after the end of the stunning Game 6 of the NHL finals last night. We will make no attempt to link the events, nor is this an endorsement of online pornography. Here is the graphic, sent to us by Pornhub:
We flipped on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals late in the third period last night. Boston had a 2-1 lead; by no means is that guaranteed to be safe, but our general thought was that the Bruins, at home, would cruise to the finish and force Game 7. We walked into the kitchen to put a few groceries away, and all of the sudden it was 2-2.
"Wow, cool! Overtime. Perfectly timed," we thought.
We re-watched the pretty tying goal, then walked back into the kitchen. Again, we heard a commotion and saw Chicago players celebrating. Were they showing the replay again?
"They scored another [redacted] goal!" we shouted.
And there it was: One of the most stunning, rapid-fire sports comebacks we can remember in a big game, particularly by a road team. A few minutes of real time later, and Chicago was hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Depending on where you sit, it is either one of the great clutch performances by the Blackhawks or one of the all-time chokes by Boston. We imagine most of the world will remember it as the latter -- particularly the good people of Toronto, who reveled the ultimate sports schadenfreude after their team coughed up Game 7 to Boston earlier in the playoffs in similarly stunning fashion.
We'll leave you with this image of today's front page of the Toronto Sun.
This link is about a week old, but it comes courtesy of commenter Fasolamatt. This would only happen in Canada, of course -- an entire school building academic curriculum around the sport of hockey. Oh, and the district in Nova Scotia is in Sidney Crosby's hometown. Oh, and here is what the principal said: "In Canada, if you're going to pick a vehicle to have a cross-curricular program of study, hockey has to be it because that is our passion," principal Debbie Roswell said.
Genius? Disturbing? Both?
You decide. Here's the video from CBC:
Only now he plays for the Brewers.
Near the forefront of the loves we lost list has to be David Ortiz, the slugger who had some decent early seasons in Minnesota and then became one of the best sluggers of the past decade with the Red Sox.
Nick Leddy and that gruesome Cam Barker trade also comes to mind. Leddy is logging major minutes for the Blackhawks and looks like a long-term puck-moving defenseman. Leddy hurt extra bad because he is a local kid.
Wolves fans of a certain ilk will always be haunted by Brandon Roy/Randy Foye, while others STILL lament how Ray Allen, albeit briefly, was one of us.
Rich Gannon fought for playing time with the Vikings; in Oakland, he was an NFL MVP.
As a diversion from complaining about the weather ... we ask for your other great Minnesota sports regrets -- players who went on to stardom after failing to stick or last here -- in the comments.