ronjohn, we both bleed hockey blood. alas, i too did not bother to watch the cup being raised this year.
my cup addiction go back to '74-'75.
back then, my older brother used to take old couch cushions and a bunch of my dad's old belts and "suit me up" to play goalie so he could practice his shot. our goal was a coupla garbage cans stacked up, a 2x4 for the crossbar, and the net an old beadspread. sometimes, they weren't that old...
i was really excited the christmas he bought me a jacques plante style mylec mask and my very own stick.
(i got him back years later when i broke my goalie stick and the only one i could find in the house was his eddie giacomin signed stick, so i used it and got it well marked up...
getting back to depressing times: i noticed a tremendous lack of the normal advertising about the finals this year. very few promos on nbc, espn, and versus about when the games were on. it's like they gave up.