The puck dropped at 7:22 p.m. local time to begin last night's opener of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Blackhawks and Bruins. By the time Andrew Shaw blasted home the game-winner at midnight to lift Chicago to a 4-3 victory, the triple-overtime tilt -- spanning four hours and 32 minutes in real time -- had become the fifth-longest game in the history of hockey's championship series. Here are 10 things you could have done with that time instead.
1. Watch Serena Williams' first four matches at this year's French Open.
The eventual champ needed just four hours and four minutes to beat Anna Tatishvili, Caroline Garcia, Sorana Cirstea and Roberta Vinci and advance to the quarterfinals en route to her second title at Roland Garros.
2. Listen to the Velvet Underground's full studio discography plus Live at Max's Kansas City.
Combined length of The Velvet Underground & Nico (48:51), White Light/White Heat (40:13), The Velvet Underground (42:56), Loaded (40:35), Squeeze (33:30) and Live at Max's Kansas City (38:21): just over 244 minutes.
3. Watch Gone With The Wind ...
At 234 minutes (including overture, intermission, entr'acte and exit music), it's the longest film to ever win Best Picture.
4. ... or the entire Naked Gun trilogy.
The complete screen files of Police Squad -- Naked Gun, Naked Gun 2½ and Naked Gun 33⅓ -- clock in at a combined four hours and 12 minutes.
5. Beat Paul Ryan in a marathon.
Maybe. OK, probably.
6. Make boozy cupcakes.
7. Reach the kill screen in Donkey Kong.
If you're really good.
8. Watch The Marriage of Figaro in its entirety.
Mozart's comic opera -- at first banned by the emperor -- typically runs around three hours, depending on the production.
9. Get enough sleep.
Eight hours per night is a myth.
10. Watch an average Red Sox-Yankees game.
Yes, really! According to a 2011 story in the New York Times, the average Boston-New York game -- while consistently above the American League average -- clocked in at just over three-and-a-half hours.