B Diddy’s a big Canes fan. Me, I could take ’em or leave ’em, but I certainly don’t say that callously.
Don’t harbor any ill will towards Frump’s hometown team — North Carolina’s only major professional sports franchise east of Charlotte — it’s simply a matter of my inability, try as I might, to get into hockey.
I just find it utterly uncompelling, honestly, but to each their own.
Unfortunately, the apathetic ignorance highlighted by our local NBC affiliate’s questions on “the big game this weekend” — let alone the Hurricanes franchise itself — suggests I may not be the only Raleigh resident struggling to find a place for hockey in his heart.
Sure, maybe the overwhelming majority of North Hills shoppers surveyed above don’t fit nicely into an NHL-targeted demographic, but does that necessarily detract from the overarching point?
Let’s face it: with extremely few exceptions, anyone that grew up here, and also happens to be over the age of 12, has never played the sport — even recreationally. Mere exposure to hockey prior to the Canes’ arrival suffered from a sufficiently similar condition.
With that in mind, is it really all that surprising that locals, in general, wouldn’t be eagerly anticipating and/or acutely knowledgeable about the “big” NHL All-Star game in town this weekend? I don’t think so.
And that’s not to say there isn’t a market for hockey here. Thanks to the Triangle’s remarkable diversity infused, in large part, by the Research Triangle Park, the Hurricanes have experienced an enormous amount of success and support despite the aforementioned hurdles of the native landscape.
Still, as eventually alluded to in the above video, we all know the Triangle’s bigger sporting event this weekend is Saturday’s N.C. State – UNC basketball game over in Chapel Hill. There’s no shame in acknowledging that, right? That we’re not exactly in “hockey country”? Yeah, I didn’t think so.