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All You Wanted to Know About the Stanley Cup

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It’s the most important time of the year to NHL fans of the world. The Stanley Cup Playoffs is something all hockey fans get excited about.

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1. NHL Divisions

The NHL is divided into East and West conferences, within each conference are two divisions. The Eastern conference consists of the Atlantic Division (Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, and the Detroit Red Wings) and the Metropolitan Division (Pittsburg Penguins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Columbus Blue Jackets). Both divisions have eight teams each. The Western Conference contains the Central Division (St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Minnesota Wild) and the Pacific Division (Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Phoenix Coyotes). Seven teams are on both the Central and Pacific Division.

2. Qualifications

The top three teams from each division qualify for a spot in the opening round of the playoffs. There are two wildcard spots per conference. The best team will play the worst wildcard team, while the second best team will play the best wildcard team. The division leaders always secure home ice advantage in each match up (7 game series).

3. Playoffs

The first round is the division semi-finals. The winner of this game will go on to play the second round; the division championship. The winner of the third round becomes the champions of their conference and goes on to the fourth and final round. The Stanley Cup Final determines who becomes the champion of the National Hockey League. The team with the best regular season record in the matchup takes home ice advantage.

4. Prediction

My prediction is a grueling Stanley Cup Final between the Blues and the Bruins with the Bruins coming out on top in 7 games. The Bruins have proven they have the endurance to last through an exhausting series while consistently wearing down the other teams – not to mention the impressive offensive efforts of Jerome Iginla, David Krejci, Carl Soderburg, and Riley Smith will likely rack up substantial points. But on top of all this, the Bruins are represent my hometown team and I have faith that my boys will bring the Stanely Cup back to Beantown.

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Some people don’t understand the fervor that comes over hockey fans during the Stanley Cup. Fans will get excited, angry, depressed, and nervous – but only one team will be able to celebrate victory. So if you wonder why your college friends are acting erratic or if you still don’t know how someone can get so excited over a game, allow me to answer you with four simple words: because it’s the Cup!

Who do you want to win?

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Legendary Concession Stand Food

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By guest blogger Kelsey Bradshaw
Kelsey is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism and Facebook (wait, that’s not a real major?!). Originally a track star from Medford, Oregon, she now enjoys going for runs with her friends and working out at Eugene Crossfit. She also enjoys visiting National Parks, playing in the snow, and hanging out at the beach…double points if they’re all at the same time.

Baseball, Hockey, Basketball…what do these things have in common?

Apart from millions of fans, nation anthems, and a circle(ish) shaped ball or puck, these sports all have some of the best—and weirdest—concession stand food you’ll ever have.

Take, for instance, the Meat Lover’s Hot Dog served at the Great American Ballpark, home to the Cincinnati Reds: a deep-fried quarter pound hot dog, which is then coated with chili and topped off with pepper jack cheese and fried salami.

If you’re up for a challenge, the next thing on your ‘To Eat’ list is the Big Boomer, offered at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Measuring 24 inches long, it weighs in at a full pound and is topped with spicy ketchup, jalapeño mustard, Baja relish, beef chili, melted cheese, and raw onions.  If hot dogs aren’t your thing, try the three-pound pretzel they also offer—so big it’s served in a pizza box.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though. The Miami Marlins stadium offers a helmet full of nachos with all of the toppings—salsa, jalapeños, chili, cheese, and green sauce. Wearing it after eating is not recommended.

While it's a staple of Canadian cuisine, poutine is not for the faint of stomach! Photo by Ken Yu.

If these all sound a little tame, stop by the Louisiana Superdome and try alligator sausage or jambalaya.  Or, if your stomach is up for it, try the Rocky Mountain Oysters that Coors Field in Denver offers. These deceivingly named “oysters” are not of the seafood variety, but rather deep-fried bull testicles, served with fries and dipping sauce.

Canadian Hockey fans have it really good, however; many of their stadiums sell poutine, or fries covered with cheese curds and gravy. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ concessions include not only poutine, but hot dogs coated with the heart-stopping concoction, as well as bacon-wrapped hot dogs. But BMO Field belonging to the Toronto FC Major League Soccer team takes the cake with the Triple Pork Poutine: the typical fries, cheese curds, and gravy, then followed with pulled pork, bacon, and sausage.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten at concession stands? Would you ever try any of these?

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