When does easy become too easy? It's surely our nature to relax when the path ahead seems clear; when the light shines bright because you're close to the end of the tunnel. We're all victims of leaning back a bit when things are good.
Over the weekend, the Kings lost their first playoff game in nine tries, and the first in their Western Conference matchup against the Coyotes. Not only was it their first loss of the series, but it was the first time they've been held scoreless in these playoffs. Pretty impressive stuff from a team that finished the season ranked 29th in goals scored for the regular season.
But the real question is: what does this loss tell us? We've been trained by the NBA and baseball to believe that once you hold a 3-0 lead, the series is a lock; with the Red Sox being a one-in-a-million exception. But in hockey, we've seen this phenomenon 3 times, the most recent being in the 2010 with the Flyers over the Bruins.
We have few details.
It's all speculation.
But, of course, the 24-hour sports cycle can't stop debating over the potential advantages of eavesdropping on opposing coaches' conversations during the course of the game.
Mickey Loomis, the GM of the New Orleans Saints, a team already embattled with scandal, disruption, and the failure to sign the franchise's most important player, Drew Brees, is embroiled in yet another scandal.
An ESPN "Outside the Lines" report and the U.S. Attorney's Office have implicated Loomis in a multi-year wiretapping scheme that allowed him to listen in on opposing coaches from his seat in a box high above the field. The original purpose was to listen to his own coaches, using a toggle to switch between offensive and defensive signals, but according to the source, this was switched to receive the visiting teams signals instead.
I listened to countless "experts" argue over the potential benefits of being able to hear these conversations. Consistently, the argument was that a GM, who had never been a coach or player, could not decipher another team's proprietary play calls beyond possibly run or pass.