One thing that most American folk agree on, right or left, is that we have an overly-marketed culture. Last night put that in stark relief for us all.
Seriously, I thought the world was coming to an end when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. For Christ's sake, we're talking about *HOCKEY*, and a team from ... TAMPA ... wins the big prize? Give me a break and pass the heart meds. But wait, it gets better!
Imagine a world where an entertainment industry corporate giant envisions a truly heroic tale of underdogs standing tall on the ice. They present such a yarn in a movie, and as sports flicks go, it was pretty standard fare. But then, this corporate megalith underwrites a professional hockey team, playing on the movie's well-merchandised success. Seriously, I thought to myself that the Mighty Ducks was just a well financed corporate joke.
'Guess the joke's on us, because the Anaheim Ducks are your new Stanley Cup champions. It is rumored that Death, War, Pestilence and Famine attended the game, and enjoyed their pre-ride show, though Death's pale horse has taken ill from consuming bad beer and brats with sauerkraut.