Here’s the thing about the news in papers: to be newsworthy all too often means something has gone wrong. Not always, of course. But natural disasters, man-made disasters, crime and villainy all too often make the front page (“if it burns or bleeds it leads”), and you so rarely see headlines reading:
“Analysts Are Unanimous — Economy Couldn’t Be Healthier”
“Weather Nice Everywhere! Slight Pre-dawn Rain Good for Gardens”
“Rice Apologizes at UN — GOP Admits Unilateral Militarism Was Self-Defeating”
“Perfect Commute Yesterday — Even Baby Turtles, Frogs and Crabs Crossed Roads Safely”
“Peace Breaks out Everywhere”
“Hell Freezes Over: In Same Year, Clippers, Cubs & Vikings are Champs!”
“Everything Going Well!”
“Hell Thaws Out — Blackhawks win, too!”
Which is what makes the sports page so nice. On any given day your team has a 50/50 chance of winning or losing. And even if they lose, there’s always tomorrow. Or “wait till next year” as the baseball axiom so popular on Chicago’s north side goes.
Which is why the Sunday sports page was so nice yesterday morning. For me, anyway. Perhaps not so nice for my blogging friend up in Vancouver, but for me to open The Sporting Green to the NHL standings and see this for the top five spots in the NHL western conference:
Team ………. W – L – OTL points
Nashville …… 48 – 21 – 7 … 103
Anaheim …… 44 – 19 -12 … 100
Minnesota … 45 -24 – 7 ….. 97
Detroit ……. . 45 – 19 -11 … 101
Vancouver … 45 – 23 – 6 ….. 96
was as nice, in a sports way, as reading about Nancy Pelosi getting the House speaker’s gavel was this January. Hopefully, both are turning points.
But these are times where I hope that, for now, we realize that calmness, steadfastness, and stoic resolution have their virtues, and our friends from the northland will realize that:
A mild disposition can mean strength under fire. Oh, yes.