Sometimes it's good to get an outsider's perspective.
No one knows exactly how tonight's game (or the series as a whole) is going to go, but I wanted to see what other people thought. Neutral people. So I did what any other rational person would do: I sent a text message to 30 random phone numbers belonging to a cell phone carrier in Dupree, South Dakota. The message simply read:
I picked South Dakota because I wanted to ask people outside of California (who would be less likely to have a team bias), and even better South Dakota doesn't have its own team so I wouldn't have to go through any smart ass remarks about their own stupid unrelated franchise.
I only sent 30 messages because I imagine there can't be much more than 30 people in South Dakota who are caught up enough with the times to actually own a mobile phone. Without actually calling all 30 numbers, I don't have a way to know how many of the 30 were actually valid lines with active subscribers, and unfortunately I didn't get the response volume I was looking for. Part of that might be because they recieved these texts around 10:30 PM their local time, way past South Dakota's bed time.
Anyway, here are the three responses I actually received:
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Man, these South Dakota jerks are real assholes, and they can't even answer simple questions.
If people start replying throughout the day as they wake up, I'll make sure to share anything worthwhile in the comments to this post. Unless it's exceptionally amazing and warrants a future post to itself.
Stanley Cup Playoffs, Divisional Final
Los Angeles Kings
Kings lead series 2-1
Some brave person actually calls my phone number instead of just texting back, but hangs up without leaving a message. I'm not answering it you guys, they might be really mean to me.