The National Hockey League played its second annual outdoor "Winter Classic" game yesterday, and by all accounts it was an overwhelming success. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4, so there was a lot of offense for the fans to watch. Adding to the atmosphere, the players wore throwback jerseys, the Detroit coaching staff wore retro black fedoras, and the fans sang the national anthem en masse - something which, in the NHL, typically only happens Vancouver Canucks games.
One can only hope that the NHL continues this new tradition. If future "winter classics" are as entertaining as the first two, and if the BCS continues to mess up the college bowl system, the NHL will begin to make serious inroads into the American tv audience.