Thoughts on All-Star weekend, the new Hockey world Cup format, and my second half all-regression team.
The NHL doesn't always host an All-Star game - there have only been three All-Star events in the past six seasons - but when they do, they schedule it conveniently on the same day as the Pro Bowl.
I also find it fascinating to look at how the other major professional sports leagues in North America are forced to plan around the television juggernaut that is the Super Bowl. It's like the Super Bowl is a black hole that sucks up all light, but for television ratings.
It's not just the NHL that is busy working a marquee league event into a short NFL-less dead zone this weekend. The NBA is also aggressively counter programming the NFL today, as they've got some huge matchups due to tip off on Sunday (including LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant).