Lord, I love the NHL.
Right when they lure me back, almost all the way back, they do something stupid like float realignment.
Fine, except the move would send the Detroit Red Wings back to the Eastern Conference.
OK, I can put up with the huge ticket prices, all the modernity, all the newbie Blackhawks fans who never saw a game at the old Chicago Stadium, all that good stuff.
But, I need my Original Six.
Sorry, as much as I complain about Detroit, with all its fans walking the streets whenever the Wings come to town, we want them on that wall. We need them on that wall.
Do you know what this is like? I'll tell you. This is like taking the St. Louis Cardinals out of the NL Central. Yes, we rip those fans too, but can you possibly imagine life without them?
Let's try this one. It's the equivalent of taking the Packers out of the NFC North.
Imagine life without them to haunt you on a regular basis. Actually, that might be pretty good. Bad example.
Yeah, it's that big. In fact, if Detroit heads back to the Eastern Conference, here's how many Original Six teams the Blackhawks would face on a regular basis: Zero. A couple of times a year to see Toronto, Boston, New York … forget it.
And all that so the NHL can expand into more bizarre places like Mexico and Seattle and Alaska and Guam and New Guinea and Guadalcanal and others.
Sorry, I went Island hopping there.
Anyway, Blackhawks-Red Wings means something. Blackhawks-Toronto meant something, but those days seem far gone.
Epic historical note: When people got their NHL Table Top Hockey game, it always had the Flyers and Rangers. Well, not good enough. A buddy and I immediately ordered the Blackhawks and Red Wings players. And that's what got us through sophomore year!
SO while the NHL weirds me out some more, I'll look to the ever-mediocre Bulls for a release and continue to find: Sad, sad news of a team being distracted by a player who isn't there.
Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.
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