Wednesday, February 24, 2010
That's More Like It
Mike Babcock and his Canadian mens hockey team has shut up their detractors(including me) after one of the best efforts I have seen from a Canadian team of NHL'ers. It was a complete and total annihilation of Russia at "Canada Hockey Place" as the host nation moved into the semis with a 7-3 win.
This game was Canada's right from the opening faceoff. They had an intensity they didn't have in the first three games and it showed. They took it to the Russians from the opening puck-drop and they simply couldn't match it.
Alex Ovechkin was neutralized. He was a non-factor. When he was slammed into the boards by Drew Doughty midway through the first, it seemed like he didn't want to do anymore. He was taken out of his game.
Several Canadian players stepped up to the plate when they had to. Some still left a little to be desired, but many came through and played hockey the way Canada wants it played. Those that were critical (including me) can't be critical now. They have gotten to the final four and all of a sudden one wonders if there is a rematch against the Americans on Sunday.
The Vancouver Giants beat the Pats 4-3. Regina got some help as Chilliwack beat Prince Albert, but Moose Jaw earned a point as they lost in overtime to Saskatoon. Here's how it looks this morning...
7. Moose Jaw 10gr 67 points
8. Swift Current 8 gr 66 points
9. Prince Albert 9gr 65 points
10. Regina 8gr 59 points
The Rider Nation is ecstatic over the acquisition of Prechae Rodriguez from the Ti-Cats. Why shouldn't they be excited! I'm guessing Darian Durant is smiling from ear-to-ear after he learned of this deal. Rodriguez makes the Rider offence even more dangerous than it was last year. I don't think there is any doubt that this team has the best group of pass-catchers in the league. According to Sportsnet's Perry Lefko, you can credit Jason Clermont for making this deal happen. Lefko says Clermont was willing to take a sizable pay cut from his salary of 110-thousand dollars to make this happen. If this is true, what does it say about Clermont who I think we all agree had a frustrating 2009. You know he wasn't happy with the way things went down last year, but he just kept playing and will apparently be playing with a reduced role in 2010. He could have laughed off this request, but he was more than willing to do what had to be done to get this team to a GC championship.
Curling is getting a lot of attention in Vancouver, but its not for the "hokeyness" of the sport. Curling is getting a lot of attention because of the competitors looks. Several American websites have talked about the "hotness" of competitors on both the mens and womens side. In fact, one website had John Morris as the sexiest male athlete at the games. Could this be what the sport needs to increase its profile?
How can they call it the two man bobsled when women are competing. It doesn't matter because we OWN that sport. OWN it I say!
I'm still contemplating the Twitter thing.
As you go into your Thursday, I ask you this question.
Should vegetarians eat animal crackers?