I feel like somebody needs to defend the All-Star Game event. Everywhere I go, it’s criticized for not being meaningful, not being competitive, not having hits, not having the right players, not being in the right town, not being on the right channel, not having the right superskills events, not having the right players in each event, and more and more and more.
I just don’t get it. It’s an exhibition game. It’s for effing FUN! I don’t know why people can’t relax and just enjoy it. There’s plenty of things to watch, plenty of things to enjoy about it.
I watch a huge amount of hockey over the course of a season. I have the Center Ice package, so whenever there’s no Stars game on, I’m watching hockey anyway. But even for somebody who just watches their own team’s games, that’s 82 times a season where you can watch a game that has hits and defense and makes a difference in the standings. There is nothing wrong with one game a year that is just for fun.
I admit, my problem with everybody hating it would be eased quite a bit if I didn’t read so much about it. The same thing is true of hockey in general. It seems everybody that works in the hockey media hates hockey. And even more so the All-Star Game. I should probably stop wishing I had a job in hockey, because apparently I’d end up hating it.
I’m going to watch the game tonight and enjoy it* because it will be fun. I’m not going to pick apart the defensive lapses or the joking around on the bench or the players laughing with their pals on the other team or the 12-10 score (which, by the way, is what I thought we’re supposed to want). And I’m not the only one.
*Full disclosure, though: I have watched All-Star Games before that I didn’t enjoy that much, but now that Jeremy Roenick is unlikely to be there any more, I think I’ll be fine.