Monday, August 29, 2011

You Can Roll a Hard Six or an Easy Eight, but Nothing Beats a Lucky 7

Well valued reader, as you can see there have been some changes. A couple of days ago the creator of another Hard Six Hockey blog let me know that she had been blogging under that name at since January 2010. Now I could point out that I had gone to the trouble and expense of registering, and that when I do a Google search for hardsix hockey I have to go four pages in to see a link for her blog, but I can’t really argue that she was there first. Possession is 9/10ths of the law and she had staked a claim on that little piece of Intellectual land before I had, so I feel I have to back off and try to come up with something new.

Now when I came up with hard six, I basically just thought it sounded cool. I had heard the term used loosely before and when registering the name I realized it was a term used in the dice game of craps. It’s basically a hard way to win, and since the Jets in a previous life always seemed to get their wins the hard way, it sounded perfect to me. Now in choosing a new name for the site I went back to the game of craps and was intrigued to find out that the number seven carries big value. The number seven in new Jets history also carries significant value as the Jets now become the seventh Canadian team in the NHL. 

To get back into the NHL, the Jets took a long and winding road that was really mostly due to the hard work and perseverance of True North Sports and Entertainment, but you can’t deny there was an element of luck. A perfect storm of circumstances began to brew in 2010 that saw two US based NHL clubs on the brink of relocation, and the NHL in need of a big favour. It’s true you have to make your own breaks , and if TNSE had not been so very, very ready for the opportunity it may have slipped by, but you can’t deny an element of good fortune. It’s these elements, luck and the number 7 that I have mashed together to create a new title for the same old blog.

Lucky 7 Hockey is probably not as sexy as Hard Six hockey, but in my mind it's somewhat better in its symbolism. Personally I don’t want to go back to the old days of winning by hook or by crook , and continually having to roll the hard six. I would rather see our team rise to the top on the merits of a well run organization, I would rather roll a seven.

After all you know the old saying. You have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good.


  1. Actually, a search for "hardsix hockey" brings me in at 5th... only because you registered the domain name. :) That said, I have to take my hat off to you and give you thanks and respect for doing what you have. I'm excited about the NHL being back in Winnipeg, too, and you've got a nice site here. In all honesty, your new name and theme is much better, IMHO. And I love the tagline. Good job. :) The symbolism can't be beat, either.

    I'm no big fish in the hockey blogging world, but I do have a link or two on a decent higher traffic site, so I'm going to link to you as my favored Jets source on the internet.

    Take care.

  2. Right you are, my mistake! I must have had my search keywords misspelled or something. Anyway have fun at hard six.