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Craig’s Corner: Living in the Past

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Craig’s Corner: Living in the Past

I’ve never been one to live in the past.

Sorry, that’s a fairly bold statement without any context. What I mean is that I have never been one to PVR a big game and watch it at my earliest convenience. Whether I’m watching the game or not, I’ll always be checking for updates on my phone to make sure I’m getting as close to live information as possible. Even if I have the chance to watch the game in its entirety at a later time, I lose interest because I already know what happens.

So, what has happened to me lately?

Rogers Sportsnet keeps airing old Jets playoff games, and I just can’t get enough of them. As I’m typing this, I am watching Winnipeg vs. Nashville in Game 3 of the 2018 Western Conference Semifinal. Let’s just say I’ve experienced almost every emotion I own in the last hour as the Jets just came back to tie it after being down 3-0.

But why am I enjoying this so much? I already know what happens.

Well, we haven’t had a live NHL game in over two months. Maybe it’s an addiction and this is the only way I can get my fix.

Maybe it’s the nostalgia of this 2018 team. The Jets were good.. really good. After the disappointment of last year and a season currently waiting in the wings, remembering the good times feels good.

Or maybe, just maybe, watching this game brings me back to simpler times. In 2018 I watched the first period of this game at my parents’ place. Down 3-0, I went to watch the rest of the game at a friend’s house. 4-3 Jets after the second. To all you superstitious Jets fans, yes, I do feel responsible for this comeback win. You’re welcome.

This is what I remember to be my biggest problem at the time. My mood was based on whether or not the Jets won the previous night. I was focused on how changing locations would assist the Jets to a comeback win.

Boy, what I wouldn’t give for that to be our biggest problem. Maybe living in the past isn’t so bad right now.

And there it is. Wheeler. Game winner. A couple empty netters. Jets win 7-4.

Looks like I’m going to be in a good mood today.

Craig Neufeld is a passionate hockey writer and fan and has dedicated much of his life to playing and working within the sports world. From rural Manitoba, when Craig is not working, he enjoys playing hockey and curling in winter, as well as being on the golf course or baseball diamond in summer.

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