Imagine being a UFC fighter. I know, it’s already not a fun thought, but stay with me for a second…your first fight of the year is against Brock Lesnar on opening night in Las Vegas. Guess what, you knock him out. Next five fights, you travel on the road to face, George St. Pierre, Randy Cotoure, Kimbo Slice, Thiago Alves, and Michael Bisping. It wouldn’t be the easiest road trip you’ve ever taken in your life. In fact, you might get knocked down or out a few times, but if you were a true competitor, you’d make it through.
The Colorado Avalanche didn’t have to face any “Arm-bars” or “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu cross chokes”, but they did face some of the best teams from the eastern conference right out of the gate, and from what I see, they are going to be a lot to handle for the rest of the NHL.
Already, seven more players have scored since taking down the champs on Opening Night at Pepsi Center. David Jones looks like he might get 30 goals this year. Craig Anderson has already stole a game for his club (New Jersey). Chris Stewart might actually have a chance in the UFC after watching the first 3 minutes of the Islanders game on Saturday, and John Michael Liles leads the team in points (as of Monday at 3:30). Here’s a little checklist for all you Avalanche Die Hard fans:
Are they fast? Check.
Are they physical? Ask Zenon Konopka. Check.
Can they score? 14 players have registered points. Check.
Can they win on the road? Check.
Against…good teams. Check
I realize it’s mid-October, but I’m pretty fired up about this team. You should be as well.