Well, this was going to be about the amazing NHL playoffs solely, but soccer makes a surprise appearance with almost certainly the largest sports scandal in world history.
Starting with the NHL though, these are a couple of historically great conference finals series. The Rangers and the Lightning are going to game 7 in an incredibly wild series. So many momentum changes. It started in game 2 when the Lightning destroyed the Rangers on the road and followed it up with a game 3 home victory. It looked like the Rangers were going to be crushed but they came back and won 5-1 vs the Lightning to tie the series. Then the Lightning win game 5 but when attempting to close it out at home they get crushed 7-2. So here is game 7 in a complete coin flip game.
Anaheim vs Chicago…. If this was a Stanley Cup series it would likely be considered one of the greatest if not the greatest series of all time. The greatness was evident in Game 2 when Chicago won an amazing game in triple overtime in a game that took over 110 minutes of game time. The goalies made a combined 113 saves. Game 3 was another incredibly tight game Anaheim won 2-1. Then in game 4 Chicago won another overtime game. This time in double overtime. And finally game 5 Anaheim got their revenge and won in the first overtime. Anaheim can close it out tonight as they lead the series 3-2, but with how this series is going, it seems destined for game 7.
That was going to be the end of the blog but then Tuesday came a bombshell in international sports FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, had most of its executives arrested and extradited to the U.S. to face corruption by the Department of Justice. FIFA does most of its business in regards to organizing the World Cup, in which they were bribed to place it in 2022 in Qatar. The tiny Middle Eastern incredibly rich country which literally is building its stadiums with slave labor. And has countless other issues just within the World Cup project, and obviously tons of other ones.
Obviously soccer is not the largest sport here, though it’s gaining traction, probably 5th most popular now. However, the World Cup is huge here and especially everywhere else around the world.
While on the surface it seems odd that the Department of Justice is going after sports, FIFA is a huge international business itself and is essentially a direct cause of the human rights abuses in the stadium construction in Qatar.
This could get real interesting real fast as details come out.