By DAVID HUNTER
I admit I need to do a better job of managing my money, especially working at two jobs right now. However, I wind up spending some of it on Amazon, including finding documentaries and classic sports games that I cannot find anywhere else. For example, the college basketball season just ended, and we are in the middle of the greatest postseason in professional sports, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
As I write this week's column, the Nashville Predators are one game away from pulling off on the biggest upsets in recent NHL postseason history as No. 8 seed maybe sweeping the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, and three time Stanley Cup champion, this decade, the Chicago Blackhawks.
However, I will type my "eat my words" column when the series is over, if the Predators hang on for the series win and advance to the next round most likely against another Central division rival, the St. Louis Blues.
I have always been a huge hockey fan, especially in middle and high school during the late 90s, early 2000s, when I would be caught up in the Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche heated rivalry. I was a fan of the Avalanche, including watching classic stars like Joe Sakic with his twisted wrister shot which was always on target and hard for a goaltender to stop, and defensemen like Adam Foote, who was a great two-way star on both ends of the ice. Oh, they also had the best goalie in NHL history in Patrick Roy, who made big saves during important moments, even though Roy always got beat up in goalie fights against different Red Wing goaltenders.
Watching the Avalanche back then helped me fall in love with the NHL, especially during the playoffs. However, times have changed and the star power has traveled to Chicago as their collection of stars like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and goalie Corey Crawford have helped lead the franchise to three Stanley Cups in seven seasons, but the Predators might shut the door on their dynasty
Another championship dynasty, the Tennessee Lady Vols, helped me fall in love with women's basketball. Of course, everyone knows about the legendary career of the recently passed head coach Pat Summit with eight national titles along with over 1,000 career wins with all on Rocky Top.
So, now I can relive all those moments either on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray, which most I have bought on Amazon. I know, I have no life, but I was a history minor at MTSU graduating in 2006. These classic games or documentaries has helped me relive those historical moments.