Finally, it's my Parting Shot for the first one of these sports commentaries...or editorials, if you prefer...in a month. The easy excuse is because of Rider Reports that you haven't read one of these. It has nothing to do with giving you a break...and all to do with just not realizing that they could have been done!
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.