I'm going to come right out and admit it: I'm not a Detroit Red Wings fan. In fact, I'm about the exact opposite - as far away as one can be. It's not the Blackhawks, not the Maple Leafs or any other O-6 team. Not even, though I grew up in South Florida, the perennially-terrible Panthers.
Nope, through a weird quirk of fortune, I'm a Colorado Avalanche fan. So naturally, given that our most hated rivals are in the Stanley Cup finals, you'd think I'd be rooting for Pittsburgh, right?
Not a chance. And the reason for that is not because I've forgotten the overreaction to Claude Lemieux's hit or because I've flaked on my childhood hockey heroes.
Instead, I'm cheering for Justin Abdelkader, a Spartan hockey alumnus who was part of the great 2007 national championship team.
Same story in the NBA finals, where Shannon Brown, he of the thunder dunks back in his Spartan days, helped his LA Lakers squad reach the NBA finals.
So, in honor of Brown and Abdelkader, go Lakers and (as much as this pains me to say) go Wings. Most of all, Go State!