Canada/Germany, America Cares, Easton Z Shock HelmetShareThis
Canada vs. Russia, the widely predicted gold medal game, has shown up wayyyy too early.
But still, aren’t you kind of glad it’s happening? If the Olympics are only every fourth year, you’d hate to go through the whole thing and not play the American and Russian squads, and sure enough, we’re getting that wish. What’s that saying? Watch what you wish for?? Seriously.
Last nights rout versus Germany was just what the boys needed. No mental stress, let everybody feel good about where their offensive game is at (Joe Thornton and Rick Nash scored!), and have Luongo get back into the swing of things (tough couple goals against, really).
I’m sensing from blog reader reactions we’re all having fun scrutinizing each and every guy, especially the bubble ones, but it really wouldn’t be fair to say something like ”Niedermeyer really turned it around last night” when his brother could have played D in last nights game and been fine (but I will say that his breakaway goal was suspect, to say the least. A no-move, on-the-ice five-hole shot. Really, Greiss? Those stopped going in around the late 80′s).
I have to think when Babcock was making the lines, he had Russia in mind, not Germany, and was giving the guys a day to gel. Well, (I always wanna write “welp”, because that’s kinda how I say it, but I’m afraid people will think it’s a typo. Lets try it again, no typo)…. Welp, it all comes down to this: Lose and you’re out, and we’re playing a top three country in the world at the sport.
The bad news for them?
WE’RE A TOP ONE COUNTRY, RUSKI’S, HERE WE COOOMMMMEEEE!
(Legitimate question: Is “Ruski” derogatory? I hope I didn’t just write some horrible slur. If I did, my bad, it was ignorance not hate.)
You know what the US win over Canada has done for all of us? Made the rivalry better, for one simple reason: the reaction to the win showed that American fans actually do care about hockey (or at least Canada vs. US hockey).
The common reaction to Canada’s 2002 gold in the US was “well, whatever, we win everything else and don’t care about hockey anyways”.
“We’re a football country” (or baseball, depending on who you ask).
Whatever the response, it was usually some derivative of “meh”. But the second the buzzer went that solidified the US win over their northern neighbors, the true colours came out. Non-sports news shows, MTV, you name it, the Americans were right jazzed about that win. It was great to see and hear, not only because Americans loving hockey is GREAT for the game, but you always want your opponent to care.
So now we know. The next time a loss hurts the US, don’t turn to the other sports and not-caredom. You clearly do. So if your hearts get broken in the next week, just say so. Say it hurt, and you’ll get ‘em next time.
You lost the tool of “meh”, and that’s fun for everyone.
Easton has come out with their new “Z Shock” helmet that’s “lighter than a cup of coffee”, as the tag line goes. They sent them out to a bunch of media people for reviews and a little publicity, and I happened to be included in that group. I gave it a go at rec hockey last night (by the way, we’re one win away from league champ status, weeeee), so here’s a review:
First things first, it’s light. Crazy light. And I was thinking, well, I don’t get hit much in rec hockey, so I could definitely sacrifice a little protection for a lighter lid. But as it turns out, the helmet has better protection statistics than every other current helmet out there. So they got that goin’ for ‘em.
As for looks, it’s pretty sharp. Nothing can compare to the low-pro look of the old Bauer 4000′s for my money, but style-wise, this one is as nice as the RBK’s most guys wear now. I’m pretty sure Iginla is wearing it, actually.
The ear pieces snap out easy and quick, so you don’t have to look like Crosby for long, and like all new lids, is adjustable in size without needing a screwdriver.
Long story short, thanks to Easton for sending me the helmet. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna take over the number one spot in my helmet rotation, based purely on being comfortable and really, really light.
They’re comparing it to being as revolutionary as when they came out with the Synergy sticks, which is hardly true, but they did make a good product here, as Easton always does. If you happen to see one, at least pick it up and give it a look. After all – it’s lighter than a cup of coffee.