Thursday, April 28, 2005

Hockey Games & Funeral Homes

Note: I wrote the following article several days ago while my blog was down. Since then the Petes lost 3-2 in overtime to lose the series 4 games straight. I was in Ottawa for the game and was there afterwards when the players were coming out of the dressing room.

This is what I wrote the other night:

My Peterborough Petes lost tonight, 4-3 to the visiting Ottawa 67's. We're down 3 games to 0 in the best of 7 series with the next game in Ottawa on Wednesday night (April 27th). As I waited for the players to come out of the dressing room following their loss, I likened the experience to being at a wake at a funeral home. What do you say that will be meaningful and not trite? So many cliches are mouthed at funerals and sports events. Things like "he's in a better place", "she won't be suffering anymore", "go get 'em the next time", "good effort", etc.

I've found, over the years, that often the best thing to say is NOTHING! Just being there speaks volumes. A smile, a pat on the back, a hug. Those gestures mean a lot!Hopefully I won't have to worry about what to say in Ottawa on Wednesday.


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