This is not going to be your usual game recap and analysis. Yes, the Anaheim Ducks finally righted their sinking ship by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in regulation. All season long the Ducks have bested the Blackhawks.
But in the end, does the game really matter? Or are there other things that matter more?
Being a sports fan means you are a little bipolar. You are really up and elated when your team in winning. Conversely, you are really low and depressed when your team gets into a losing funk. It is easy to get caught up in it and let it take over your sensibilities. It isn't just hockey. They don't call it March Madness for nothing.
However, today is a time to step back, take a breath, and say, is it really all that big a deal in the broad picture of things?
I will admit that I did not watch the hockey game. My life is usually scheduled around games. Not yesterday. I did not even care that I missed it.
That had nothing to do with how the Ducks had been playing. It had to do with the fact that I was in Mexico for a funeral for an 8 year old child.
Our church has an education sponsorship program in Mexico. Leyla was one of the children in the program - we have over 500 children that we sponsor from kindergarten to university.
Two weeks ago Leyla was a healthy, active, bubbly joy of a child, running around happily. Today she was buried after suffering complications from meningitis.
You think it is awful when your team is on a four game losing streak and playing horribly? Think again.
That is a minor annoyance and years from now, really will not matter one iota. The loss of a precious child is another matter.
To see two older brothers, utterly grief stricken at the loss of their sister, a mother distraught beyond imagination, a father who never left his only daughter's side in the hospital in a week and a half except once to go get a shower. Those are images that are forever seared in your memory.
Those are the ones that matter. Not whether or not your team wins or loses.
So hug your loved ones, don't take them for granted, and the next time your team has its ups and downs, take a breath and no that in the end, there are other things far more important and worthwhile to fret about.