Or hockey season. Whatever. All I know is when the puck dropped today to signal the beginning of danger on ice, it meant to me another year of watching Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby dazzle me with his extraordinary gameplay and fantastic bone structure.
Since I know hockey tends to be the redheaded stepchild of the 4 big US sports, allow me to tell you a little about Sidney (and why you shouldn't tear your eyes off him until the ice melts.)
First, the facts. Sidney is an adorable (yes, that is a scientific fact) Canadien who was selected number one in the 2005 NHL Draft which was actually referred to as the "Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes." Crosby finished his rookie season with the Penguins' rookie record for both assists and points (previously held the great Mario Lemieux.) He was also the first NHL rookie to accumulate over 100 points and 100 penalty minutes.. which is hilarious. Last year he was named captain of the Penguins, making him the league's youngest ever team captain. At 21, he's already won the Art Ross Trophy (for points), the Hart Memorial Trophy (as MVP for the Professional Hockey Writer's Association) and the Lester B. Pearson award for MVP as determined by the NHL PLayers Association.
And if that's not enough for you, feast your eyes on this:
Bam. I love hockey season.