Do you know the way to San Jose?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Do you know the way to San Jose?

My Pens pal Joe had a thought this week about a potential pairing in the Stanley Cup finals:

"If it ends up being Vancouver/Tampa Bay, that has to be one of the biggest geo­graphical disparities in sports history. I imagine the home team will have a huge advantage, especially later in the series. That's a helluva long trip."

(We often discuss minutiae such as this when our teams have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.)

Fodder for further thought, and a visit to the 'Net to research the matter.

The driving distance between Vancouver, BC and Tampa Bay, Florida is 3,066 miles, but by air it's "only" 2600 miles.

That's not so bad by 737 in 2011, considering what three teams once involved in "Subway Series" (just 15¢ back then) had to do to meet in the Fall Classics of 1962 and 1963.

The Yankees and San Francisco Giants were 2,582 miles apart as DC-6s flew in '62, and 2,462 miles distant when the Yanks and Los Angeles Dodgers met a year later.

(Those piston-powered airliners had a cruising speed of 315 mph... do the math: that was "a helluva long trip.")

But back to the present... let's suppose that the two other teams meet in Lord Stanley's finals, commuting in Boeing 737s with a cruising speed of 485 mph.

The distance between Boston, Massachusetts and San Jose, California is actually a longer schlepp at 2,685 miles.

The Sharks and the Bruins would each be in for a six hour flight!

I am reminded of a DC-6 flight I took from New York to the Bay Area in March 1956... from the time we boarded to the time we touched down at San Francisco Municipal Airport, was 13 hours, including a touchdown in Los Angeles on the way.

It didn't help that we were three hours on the tarmac of LaGuardia as they de-iced the air­craft and plowed the runway... stewardesses1 were going up and down the aisle removing sharp objects from passengers!

I found out later that ours was the last flight out of New York as a blizzard closed down everything for several days.

When I flew back East 20 days later, my flight disembarked in Washington, D.C. and we were handed vouchers for train travel the rest of the way because New York City airports were all closed from flooding due to the thawed snow.

  1. Which is what Flight Attendants were called then, damnit!


1. Crabby said...

Whoa! Remind me to stop scan reading. I did a quick double-take after I read that the stewardesses were plowed?!...I've heard of pilots in that condition, but the stewardesses?

Honi soit qui mal y pense.smiley

2. Hampton West said...

After today looks like Vancouver vs. someone on the East Coast - I still think the Bruins will take Tampa Bay even though Tampa Bay is on a good run - after that - I still like the Bruins to end a drought - I think they have more depth than Vancouver but a seven game final is a real possibility.

I dunno... the Vancouvers have genuine skill players, and that counts for a lot!

Of course, that's what I thought in '94 and the Detroits were swept by the New Jerseys.

3. Gordie Howe said...

Hey Dean -

Look at all the ex-NYIslanders in the semis - pretty good team they could have fielded!


[sigh] Yes, Bossy, Trottier, Potvin and Gilles are retired and the glory days are gone.

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