I picked up a copy of The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan at the English department’s used book sale ($1!). It’s a favourite of my mother’s, and I read it in high school, but I thought I was due for a refresher, and our copy is really beat up anyway. This, naturally, gave me a hankering for Chinese food, and no Chinese meal would be complete without… a fortune cookie.
This is a fortune cookie, if you were unclear on the concept
So what pieces of ancient Chinese wisdom did I recieve?
Don’t take life too seriously; laugh and smile at it once in a while.
Okay, that sounds pretty apt to me. I take playoff hockey extremely seriously. OT especially makes me a nervous wreck: my heart starts beating faster, I get nauseous, I start to think I’d rather not watch the game than deal with the pressure. So maybe it’s a hint to lighten up and to realize that it’s not the end of the world.
But how can we apply this wisdom on a broader level? I think it’s a sign that the Caps will play a game that is looser defensively, but more effective offensively. On home ice, maybe they will feel comfortable enough to score more than 1 goal. I don’t want the Ovechkin Offensive Blitz Superstar at the expense of the final score, but Holtby has shown himself to be (more than?) competent at the playoff level, and if the Bruins don’t actively try to mitigate him (he is far too confident for a guy with 2 whole games of playoff exp, for one), he could easily keep playing at the level he does. And wouldn’t that be a shame for the Bruins? I don’t think the defense should loosen up, but this fortune seems to imply that Ovie, Backs, and Semin should play like they’re having fun out there.
And on the flip side:
Learn Chinese – South
Lucky Numbers: 25, 19, 55, 26, 27, 29
How auspicious! The “south” is easy enough to interpret: the action is moving south to DC, where we’ll have home ice, uh, “advantage” (not a huge deal this postseason!). But the numbers? Oh Lord, the numbers…
Chimera is the king of creating breakaways, thanks to his mythical speed. Bäckström was already the OT hero last game, besides being one of the best set-up men in the league and absolutely deadly with Ovechkin. Schultz has been pretty much invisible during the playoffs, not that he’s ever all that visible anyway: maybe he shuts down the Bruins when they’re on the power play, maybe he blocks some shots, maybe he throws a hit with his 6-6/230 body!
Okay, that just sounds silly. Too bad they are no shootouts in the postseason, because Hendricks is money. No, I’m kidding. I don’t care how good he is, nothing makes me want more shootouts. Alzner has been great this whole time, so I can’t ask more of him than what he’s already doing. Keep on keepin’ on, Alzner. Maybe play extra-defensively so Carlson can show off his sexy laser beam shots.
And 29? Well, 8+21=29, so I predict that the first goal of the game is scored by Alex Ovechkin off a pass from Brooks Laich! That’s foolproof logic there! Let’s go Caps!