It’s almost over—finally

There’s no reason for NHL hockey to last until June. And then the regular season starts up again in October? That’s nine months of televised hockey—and nine months too long if you ask me.
Even Alex Cruickshank, the sports reporter here, as much as he likes hockey, agrees the season is too long. “They should cut it back to 72 or 65 games and start the playoffs in March,” he said.
Mel thinks once the ice melts outside, it should melt inside, too—making April the very latest hockey should run.
Our problem with NHL hockey is the amount of TV time it takes up—and takes away from other shows.
Living with my boyfriend, who was convinced this was the year for the Sens (he was wrong), there is a constant battle as to who has control over the TV. There are times I win, but I never have a chance during the NHL playoffs.
And it always seems the games are scheduled on the nights when “my shows” are on, such as “Deal or No Deal” and “America’s Next Top Model.”
Those of you who have seen these shows know it is crucial to see each episode in order to know what’s going on. The reality game show, “Deal or No Deal” usually doesn’t conclude in one episode, but continues on with the same contestant for at least two shows.
And how will I know who gets kicked off “Top Model” if I miss an episode?
I must say I definitely enjoyed the year the NHL was on strike. I never missed a show. And it was probably good for my relationship with my boyfriend because there weren’t many fights over the TV.
By the time June rolls around and hockey is over, I never want to be inside anyway because it’s so beautiful out (and, besides, most of my TV favourites no longer are airing new episodes).
Mel doesn’t have the same battle over the TV as me—her roommate is much more willing to be accommodating, but she shares the same dislike of NHL hockey.
She has absolutely no interest in the sport whatsoever. And while she doesn’t watch too much TV, the NHL playoffs bumped one of her favourite shows—“Coronation Street”—to air only on Sundays and not throughout the week.
With Sundays being the best sleep-in days, Mel has missed weeks of the show all because of hockey. And while I try to catch a few “Corrie” episodes on Sunday morning, I can never quite fill her in on everything that has happened.
What a pain in the butt!
Now, I don’t want people to think I hate hockey altogether because I don’t—I just don’t like to watch NHL hockey on TV every night. Mel, on the other hand, doesn’t like it at all and claims she never will.
I mean, I’m proud of Canada and would love for Edmonton (or any other Canadian-based team) to win the Stanley Cup. I was happy when I was told they made it to the final.
I even went to a barbecue on Saturday where we all gathered to watch the third game of the series. And while I found ways to distract myself from actually staring at the television all evening long, I must admit, I did get excited when Edmonton scored and then when one of their goals was disallowed.
Mel was at La Place Rendez-Vous when that game was on and was quite annoyed when her conversation constantly was broken up by cheers, applauds, and boos.
There’s a pretty good chance Edmonton won’t win, but it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is by Monday (at the very latest), Mel and I will be able to watch our TV shows without the interruption of NHL hockey.

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