I was beginning to think hockey season took place year round these days, but I've happily discovered that it could end tonight if Ottawa loses to that other team. I used to enjoy football, and hockey too, but such contests have since come to represent a kind of madness to me. I still recall that as a youth, I would know how the Boston Bruins were faring from the shouts or crashes coming from my brother's room. Then I moved from the country to the city where fans spill out into the street and disturb the public peace by honking their horns and obstructing traffic should their team win. Soccer cultists are more menacing, but it's a soap opera nonetheless when people take a game so seriously they are inclined to smash in a face or expend senseless amounts of carbon.