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I was not born yet when that all went down so I've never quite understood the whole Miracle on Ice obsession. I think Al Michaels' call of, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" is extremely corny.

I'll miss the Stanley Cup playoffs, which are good entertainment every spring. College hockey is good too, if you happen to live in New England, the Great Lakes, or Colorado, which are the only places with decent teams.

At least the Mets will be better than my Nationals this year, cheer up.

Not everyone is suffering from hockey withdrawal. Here in Portland, Oregon we have the Western Hockey league Winterhawks, one of 20 teams from cities all over western Canada and the northwest U.S., midway in the season with playoffs scheduled for early May. Granted, these aren't the NHL stars, but both home and away games are televised and attendence is adequate.

Hockey lives in western North America!

We're excited about Beltran - mostly because Minaya (sp?) likes him.

I bet the minor league hockey is fun. I watched a lot of minor league baseball in the years right after the strike because I was ticked off at MLB. On the other hand, minor league baseball is so depressing if you let yourself pay attention to how bummed out the guys are to be there. Unless they're 17, they're miserable.

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