Now that's a bold claim, but I think I can back it up. After all, I'm the guy who wrote this. And this. And this and this and this. I named my blog after a long-forgotten fight from that season. I once showed my future wife a game-used Bill Berg stick to try to impress her. My infant daughter learned to identify Wendel Clark in photos before she recognized her own grandparents.
And please note that I didn't say I "loved" that team. No past tense. I still love those guys. Every one of them.
And that's why it's so difficult for me to publicly humiliate one of the members of that team.
Here's the deal: The Score has organized a "bloggers vs. experts" challenge that will see their Sports Federation bloggers go head-to-head with their Hardcore Hockey Talk experts to see who can do the best job of predicting the playoffs.
And I'm calling out Mark Osborne.
Now make no mistake, I plan to win the entire challenge. I mean, who's going to beat me, Al Strachan? But like a crazed Patrick Roy during a minor scrum, I'm skating out to center ice and singling out the one guy I want.
It's you and me, Ozzie.
Visit Fantasy Hockey Scouts for the full details of the challenge. You can see my picks here. Osborne's are here.
As you can see, Osborne and I had the same picks in the series that opened last night, except for one: I have the Penguins, he has the Flyers. In other words, I'm already stomping him. If he wants to just concede defeat now, I'd be fine with that. If not, then it's going to get ugly.
Down Goes Brown vs. Mark Osborne. Stay tuned for updates through the post-season1.
1Unless I'm losing, in which case you'll never hear about this again.