Looking out my window this morning... and it's still morning for ME, Gentle Reader...I'm struck by the remarkable similarities between the weather and the way I feel today. That's to say gray, overcast, dark, and cold... but with the occasional ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds every so often. We didn't have a good night last evening. But this too shall pass.
SN1 sent along a link to an excellent article by Michael Rosenberg, writing in Sports Illustrated. Here's an excerpt:
So this Olympic experiment falls into the same category as Gary Bettman's southern strategy and cutting down on fighting and messing with important components of the game ...
Except for one thing:
EVERYBODY LIKES THIS.
Well, maybe not everybody. You can't get everybody to like anything in this world, not even pizza or the Rolling Stones or sunshine. But damn near everybody of consequence likes having NHL players in the Olympics.
The diehards who claim they own the sport and understand it better than anybody else love it. I have coined a term for these people -- "Canadians." They love the chance to show they produce the best hockey players in the world. They love watching so much talent on the ice at once. In a country of 34 million people, I believe only one guy opposes NHL participation in the Olympics. They took that guy ice fishing. He was the fish.