The Winter Classic was just that for Toronto Maple Leaf fans as the Blue and White came out on top with a 3-2 shootout victoire in front of 105 000 or so frozen fans at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As per usual my lack of writing acumen can’t do this game justice, nor can it paint an accurate picture so I will defer to the real professionals and fine folks at the THE BIG LEAD for you to peruse some wonderful snapshots of the Winter Classic. Not to be outdone here is a great recount of the game via the fine folks at GRANTLAND (they can actually put words into sentence unlike yours truly).
This hockey game was quite festive in nature at both the Big House and our humble abode as well (many thanks to Mr. John Sleeman for producing the sweet barley and hops that helped keep me warm). Unlike in years past, I am not a huge New Years eve kind of guy in terms of going out on the town to ring in the New Year (being a father of 2 young boys who aren’t quite proficient at telling time deters me from having too many late evenings) so the Winter Classic was a perfect way for me to ring in the 2014. The First Lady, the Association, the Merger and I hosted a little Winter Classic viewing shin dig yesterday and we were joined by a future McMaster Hall of Famer along with his fantastic family plus another great buddy in Paddy McSweenz.
Being a life long Leaf fan has provided me with more than my share of heart-break and ridicule. Their Stanley Cup drought is a constant (and may not end anytime soon). So having the Blue and White being on a the winning side of a hand shake line at the Winter Classic might be as good as it gets for me. Sharing this game with some great friends, their kids, the First Lady and my boys was pretty a decent way to start 2014.