With all the hubbub, humdrum, and drumbub about Tampa's 1-3-1 Trap against Philly dying down, it made me think:
We all saw how boring, passive, and decidedly "bad for hockey fans" that trap looked in those videos.
But, if you could have a better shot at winning a Cup playing that trap, being boring enough that you'd rather not watch your own team, than by playing the open, freewheeling, end to end action we all prefer, do you play it?
Keeping in mind we'd basically never see the freewheeling, end-to-end games we see now, we'd have to harness in our energy and sit around playing a boring trap-dump-trap game. Games that you'd barely want to watch. Games with no memorable moments.
Do you play that trap you don't want to see, if it pushes you to the top three or four teams that have a shot to win a cup?
Or would you rather take that chance and watch the exciting games we've seen lately, knowing that likely your team would be middle of the pack right now, with an outside shot at success in the playoffs?
Obviously, I'm hinting at St. Lou. But as a fan of any team, would you rather see
Terribly Boring Hockey = Probable Cup Appearance
Exciting Rushes, Hits, Highlight Reel Goals = First or Second round exits and a further drought?
Which brings me to my next question: How much of the act of being a fan, the passionate experience, and day-to-day joy would we be willing to lose in order to win a Cup?