I haven't been following hockey a lot, I started falling out of love with it ~2017 and this season I only occasionally read the headlines or some Pens news (Sid with 100 points and Guentzel with 40 goals on the same goal was great.) I was still invested enough to shake my head at some trade deadline trades (though those seem to have worked out better than expected for the Pens, while Jack fucking Johnson was predictably awful, whyyy is this guy on the team and for so much money.)
Then playoffs started and I thought that maybe I'd at least follow how the series in the East are going. Only to be immediately reminded why I stopped watching. There were, what, three suspensions because of dangerous illegal hits to the head already? And those are just the ones so bad that the DoPS couldn't look away, and it's just a few games for each. It's just no fun to watch a game when I'm worried the whole time that players will get seriously injured, and it's considered a normal part of the game, wtf. And then Ovi fought a 19-year-old rookie and it looked like he got a serious head injury and way too many fans still cheered for that fight and I just don't get it.
And then yesterday Tampa was swept by Columbus xD And the Pens by the Islanders, but at least the Pens just recently won two Cups. Tampa won the President's Trophy with I think a record number of points and got swept in the first round, and not in close games either. I love it when real life reminds me that "too unrealistic" is a stupid complaint about fiction.