A cruel wind blew through my inbox on Friday.
The release of the NHL's regular-season schedule is always a big moment. The details of the 2013-14 games were great, of course -- it's going to be an exciting season, what with the full schedule, all teams playing home-and-homers, the outdoor games, the Olympic break, realignment and the new division names ... And that's where I was gobsmacked.
The Metropolitan Division?
It's bad enough we still have the Pacific, Central and Atlantic divisions, the latter of which, for example, has a mere two of eight teams actually touching the Atlantic Ocean (and Florida counts only because it's an entire state).
Now we have to deal with a Metropolitan Division that includes Carolina, which, last I checked, was more of a regional concept than a metropolis. Also in the Metropolitan Division is New Jersey, which has its metropolitan components, sure, but some folks living in the appropriately named "Garden State" might take issue with that.