Gaucho wrote:Hardcore fans need to set aside their hubris for a moment and recognize this for what it is. It is indeed a great story that creates interest in a sport that could use some positive headlines.
It's impossible for me to judge the actual impact, but the headline *is* ridiculous hyperbole.
Really, the headline may as well have been, "record point streak by iconic NHL team in one of the most popular sports markets in North America ignites interest." If the Rangers win the cup, that'll be really good for hockey too, but I'm not going to give them kudos for it. Had this been most other teams in the league, no fans outside of hockey would have batted an eye. We're talking about the market that keeps the Cubs relevant every year no matter how bad they might be.