Saturday, May 31, 2008

Immigrants ( I Love the Swedes)

Detroit Red Wings rely on heavy Swedish contingent to reach Stanley Cup final

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings would be in rough shape without Sweden. In fact, their general manager insisted the Western Conference champions would've been knocked out of the post-season long ago - if they even made it - without their seven Swedes. Thanks to Nicklas Lidstrom and several countrymen, Detroit is set to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final at home in Game 1 on Saturday night. "It's a big deal back home," Lidstrom said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "They call us the Swedish NHL team because there's so many of us. "As we get deeper in the playoffs, more people are staying up late and going to work after watching us play." Sweden is six hours ahead of Michigan's Eastern Daylight Time.

(You can read the article in it's entirety by clicking on the title link. It's interesting, but I do appreciate that not everyone is all that interested.)

While driving home late (again) from work tonight, it struck me how unfair it is to only play the U.S. National Anthem at the beginning of the game. I was listening to the start of the game on the radio and sure enough, only the Star Spangled Banner was sung. I realize these days that it would be hard to play the anthems from all the countries that NHL players come from; there wouldn't be time for the game.

Instead (and in honor of the Swedish contingent), I propose the NHL institute the playing of this song at the beginning of all hockey games. Immediately. I'll go first.


WT said...

So what's new? You guys wouldn't be able to sustain two baseball leagues without the Dominican Republic, Cuba and South America.

PS. I saw Led Zeppelin perform that nearly 30 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I second the Immigrant song as the national anthem....


PS. I saw Led Zeppelin in 1977 at the Pontiac Silver Dome. I'm saving my quaters dimes; nickels doelers and looney's(canadian $) to see them if and when they go on tour again(rumored Fall of 08)