As longtime readers know, I’m a big hockey fan, though tonight the sport made mincemeat of my nerves and left me, in the end, sad and wistful. (Thanks for the consolation call, Dad. I have the best dad.)
As longtime readers also know, I occasionally smuggle in hockey content here, though I’m usually decently artful about dressing it up as arts content. Not today. This one’s nakedly a sports post, though it does offer links to a number of good writers–on hockey, natch. But beyond the aesthetic attractions of words strung together nicely that include “goon” and “icing,” this post is in no way arts-related.
Because the vast majority of sports writing is so banal, good sports writing gives me more pleasure than perhaps any other kind of good writing. There’s an element of happy surprise attached to finding something smart and interesting in a desert of hackwork, and there’s a luxury as well to great writing about inconsequential things. At least as much as in the arts, I think, the invention of blogging has enhanced the quantity and quality of worthwhile sports writing out there. Something about the combination of the ephemerality of sports and the passion they inspire makes them a subject perfectly suited for blog coverage. For a hockey fan in this country where we’re considered quaint curiosities, hockey blogs have become nothing less than a lifeline for me to like-minded souls. And since the end of the lockout and the game’s return, it seems to me that the hockey blogging scene has grown especially vibrant and fun. So I share with you a few of the essential stops in my daily hockey blog tour:
– The original: Eric McErlain’s Off Wing Opinion is the granddaddy of hockey blogs, and covers notable news from throughout the sports world. Because Eric’s one of the best known bloggers in all of sports and has a puck and a red line bannering his site, he does a great service to our sadly neglected (in the U.S.) sport, every single day.
– While not, strictly speaking, a hockey blogger, Colby Cosh earns a place on this list because when he does blog hockey, he does it unbeatably. Colby knows a ton about everything, so his hockey posts tend to be, shall we say, broadly informed and inspired.
– Jeff and Alanah at Vancouver Canucks Op-Ed are booksellers and hockey fans. What more need be said? I will say, too, that they’re better than anyone I know at the art of the good-natured insult. This is a formidable skill, and their blog is a delight.
– Dour is one word for Tom Benjamin, who runs the Canucks Corner NHL weblog out of Canucks Corner. Authoritative is another. Smart is another. Half the time you see his name on other blogs, it’s attached to the word “cranky,” but no one who says so would think of skipping his site.
There endeth today’s recruiting effort. Enjoy your weekend.