The NHL made a really cool decision regarding its Jan. 30 All-Star game in Raleigh, N.C. -- the captains of the two teams will pick their teams from among all the All-Stars selected. Just like when they were kids on the schoolyard (or rink in this matter).
Why this hasn't been done until now is baffling. All-Star games are meaningless (save for baseball's dopey rule giving World Series home field to the league that wins the All-Star game) and this adds a fun wrinkle. The draft will also be televised two days prior, and it will be funny to see who is picked last.
The L.A. gay flag football league is now in our pickup part of the season and this is how we do it. I wind up, with two captains, picking the sides each week and it's always interesting to see the thought process behind it. Imagine an Ovechkin or Crosby continually bypassing a teammate to favor someone else, and then being asked about it.
The NHL is the fourth banana in U.S. team sports, but they do try interesting things, like this and the Jan. 1 Winter Classic. It's one way to get more people to talk about the sport in November.