What about HockeyBuzz is so special?
Having been away for two weeks and not having a working internet connection - kind of like the Stone Age - caused me think on this question.
Is it just the rumors? The chase for something elusive before it happens? The anticipation of potential moves your club might make to make them better? Of knowing something before the rest of the world does?
Yes to all of the above. But that is not all...as there are many other "rumor" sites out there. You all know them and some of them are quite good. So what is it that makes THIS place special?
For me the answer is really quite simple: It is the people.
I missed Scoop's trivia and unfathomable knowledge of the game at all levels. I missed the lunatics in chat - you know who you are and are too many to begin to mention. I missed the excellent blogs by some of the most insightful writers in hockey - Howard, Timmy P, Garth, BD, Kevin, etc... I missed the blogs by you and me who love the game and take our personal time to write about it. Last, and not least, I missed EK's unique finger on the pulse of the hockey world and his willingness to share what he is able.
The sum is truly greater than its parts.
We are a weird bunch. John Winger, played by Bill Murry from one of my favorite movies "Stripes," says it best,
"We're all very different people. We're not Watusi, we're not Spartans"
But we all love the game of hockey and are willing to talk and write about it. That is what makes this place so special.
p.s. - Rookie camp is coming up...woooo hoooooo!