For most of you (not counting our friends near the equator or in the southern hemisphere), fall is creeping in. Cooler weather, leaves falling, football on the tv….but here in central Texas, it’s still damn hot. The Dog Days linger here, and we won’t feel like autumn until, well, winter.
But I’d like to take a moment to toot our own horn, as it were. People still complain that hotter cities are not the place for hockey. No fans, no tradition, no hockey culture. With the exception of Phoenix (which is a whole different conversation), warmer venues have embraced and supported hockey. Tampa Bay, Sunrise, Dallas, Anaheim, and certainly now LA are legitimate hockey towns. And so are we! Here is an article from a tiny local paper (FYI, Cedar Park is a suburb of Austin):
Yup, that’s right. Nikki and I did that. Okay, with the help of a few thousand of our friends (right Maki?!). I refuse to believe we were all just looking for a cool place to escape the heat. We are building hockey culture here, one cowboy at a time. So, way to go, y’all!
The New York Rangers were experiencing their own Dog Days today, courtesy of the first annual New York Rangers Dog Walk in Riverside Park, to benefit the Westchester Humane Society and other organizations dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals. It was the brainchild of NYR coach John Tortorella, and if you would like more information on his foundation or would like to contribute, click here. Now, doggie and Ranger pictures!
Nikki and I were there in spirit:
This makes our mascot dog Nash “Noodles” very happy! Arf!
Remember people, have your pets spayed and neutered! Help control the pet population, and please think rescue first.