Urging faithful HOT BLAST subscribers to read a story about hockey in Alabama is like asking my dachshund to piddle in the backyard when it rains. Not gonna happen.
But trust me. This recent story at ESPN.com -- "Southern-fried hockey: How Alabama has made the sport its own" -- has several reasons why you should grab a cup of coffee and click away.
--Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban, talking about Southern hockey.
--Crimson Tide radio voice Eli Gold, talking about Birmingham hockey.
--A discussion about the difference between sports fans in Birmingham and Huntsville.
--Comments about the negative aspects of Huntsville losing its seven-days-a-week printed newspaper, The Times. (That caught my eye, obviously.)
--The number of north Alabamians who drive to Nashville to watch NHL games.
--And Birmingham fans' love of seeing guys on skates pummel each other.
Did I mention the Nick Saban reference? Can't go wrong with that. Especially with what happened out in California a few days ago.
-- Phillip Tutor