But speaking of hockey...the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced hockey was invented due to a game of mad libs. Consider: the game consists of a) finding a consistent, regulation, ice-covered, slippery surface, b) wearing skates to move around on said-slippery-surface that was intentionally found, c) finding a small hard puck, d) carrying big sticks with which to smack the puck, e) wearing pads so not to injure oneself on the slippery surface or with the puck smacking, and f) allowing the players to freak out as they attempt to put the puck in a small area while defending their own.
While soccer, baseball, basketball, and football can be described in silly ways as well, hockey seems to combine the strangest parts of each. Baseball is primarily about throwing and catching (normal things to do with a ball) with the strange element of smacking the ball really hard with a stick. Soccer is about running and moving the ball around...with the weird element of not being allowed to use your hands. Basketball is about running, jumping, planning, with the strange requirement that you have to launch the ball in hopes of scoring. Football involves running, throwing, catching...and the odd requirement to knock down other people to make sure nothing happens. Take a look at the list, and you'll realize hockey is the some of the odd qualities of the all the other sports...on ice.
So let's go Baldwin! But as for hockey...as much as I like the Highlanders and the Penguins, I can't help but wonder if its creator is looking down on us and laughing that we took his prank so seriously all these years later.