A Golden Thought: Do We All Win With a US Victory?ShareThis
This is just a thought, Canadians, so take a xanax, have a glass of wine, and give the logic a chance:
We love us some hockey north of the border. Air, ball, bubble, floor, roller, dome, knee, tonsil, ice, field, whatever, the prefix isn’t important, as long as it ends in “hockey”, we’re down.
So when our sport gets disrespected, by say, ESPN, 300 days a year, we get testy. Our franchises have been moving south, the ones we have left aren’t doing so hot, and in the sports community, we’re treated as fourth-class citizens.
So naturally, we all want the game to grow. And just for a piece of breaking news, that means we want it to grow in the US, because as you may know, we’ve pretty much gotten through to everyone in our own sparsely populated land mass.
So maybe the best thing for the game is if the US wins the gold medal in Vancouver.
I said it before the Olympics – it would be the best thing for everyone who loves the game too, including a guy like myself, who could stand to prosper from an extra media outlet or two getting involved. I can’t exactly start ESPN’s rival network if nobody gives a damn about one of the sports I plan on featuring, and success tends to breed damn-giving.
When Canada won Olympic gold in 2002, the nation went banonkers, which is a combination of bananas and bonkers. It was just another stitch in the fabric of Canadian make up, which may as well be fashioned into some masterpiece of denim-on-denim crime covered by a red and black plaid lumberjack – with the hat to match. Enrollment in hockey swelled, TV ratings went up, and coverage went from lots to tons.
But the US hasn’t had that piece of handiwork sewn into who they are since the Miracle on Ice in ’80. And that helped get people into the game back then. The Islanders were the toast of Long Island when they were winning cups early that decade – apparently, some American fans would even go so far as to admit they liked the game (calm down everyone from MN, WI and ND, we know you love the game like Canadians).
Now that we’ve slogged through a strke, followed by a decade of hook-and-hold hockey and made it out the other side, we’ve got HD TV to show people what this game really looks like. We don’t even need fluorescent lights to leave a trail behind the puck when it moves anymore.
The game is perfect for taking on new American fans right now. The hockey bandwagon is spacious, the game is fresh, and it’s the right time. Hey football fans – it’s really fast and physical, only it’s a tad more reactionary than route-running, so sometimes things get weird. You’ll see.
But the thing is, the only way they will see is by Team USA accomplishing what could only be forever dubbed as the Somewhat Suprising Result on Ice.
So whaddya say, Canada? Maybe it’s the right time for an American gold again. You on board for that?
Okay good, I’m not either.
Thanks to Madeline for the picture: