Every time a host, who like Windsor is ousted early in the playoffs and uses the rest to help win the Memorial Cup, it causes an outcry to change the format to only allow true champions the chance to play for the Canadian Hockey League's top prize.
Well...it isn't going to happen. There is simply too much money at stake and it takes a full year for host committees to put on the type of show that is worthy of the quality of hockey the Memorial Cup produces.
Windsor simply priced itself out of the market with a ridiculous 75 dollar walk up ticket. But you can't blame organisers, it costs a pile of dough just to win the rights.
That will make for an interesting ticket pricing decision in Regina next year considering the Brandt Centre is small by tournament standards with a sardine packing capacity of 65-hundred. However, as long as the major junior game continues to be governed by greed, ticket prices are likely to remain high.
On the ice, the Windsor example suggests the Pats best chance at success might be an early exit from the WHL playoffs given the physical and mental grind of a four-round playoff run, after a 72 game regular season marathon filled with long bus trips and multi-game weekends.
I got to see my first Rush game Saturday after hearing the rave reviews from several others who have taken the plunge into the world of pro lacrosse as a spectator sport and it lived up to all the expectations from those before me.
The pregame pumping of music followed by an enthusiastic Canadian crowd actually singing our national anthem set the stage for things to come.
The loud music during play, especially when the Rush had possession of the ball and the public address announcer assisted chants of "stone cold Aaron Bold" every time the Rush goalie made a big save, added to the atmosphere.
It continued to build to what you would think was a scripted ending, as the Rush rallied to win by a single goal despite some anxious moments before the final buzzer.
There was also the blind-folded between periods fan who ran head first into the open penalty box gate, only to be outdone by the fan who climbed the glass to do his likely alcohol induced and ill-fated dash to allude security in the final minute of play.
There was a lot to talk about around the water cooler. It's no wonder, everyone, I've talked to have said: "I'll be back".