Good post Don. I found myself thinking about that last night; the Penguins crowd was awesome! They were loud and into the game. Even at 6-0, there was hardly an empty seat in the arena at the end of the game! I think it was one of the guys on either the intermission report, or on the postgame NHL Network show who said something like: "I know the crowd in Nashville was good, but these Penguins fans are absolutely rocking it here tonight!" I've tried watching bits and pieces of the NBA playoffs, and it doesn't come anywhere near the excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Every game has so much excitement to it for the most part. No team is a "sure thing" to advance, anything can happen, and the players play at a whole new level, and it's awesome. I've managed to get a couple of my friends watching Penguins games from time to time these playoffs as well! I've also gotten into them a lot more this year. Most of the years, I'd watch as many Penguins games as I could, but not many others. It was fun getting to watch a few more this spring. At the start of the playoffs, I saw a lot of hockey jerseys and shirts around - more so than the last few years it seemed like. I do think the popularity of hockey is growing, and I hope it continues. I agree on your media point as well.