Olympic Hockey: Day OneShareThis
Ahhh, that Canadian hockey rap kills me. I used to love that Tupac song. So much so that I just YouTubed the actual song and realized how much I miss the “Westsiiieeede!” sign. I lived in Kelowna’s Westside growing up, so I didn’t actually play for “Kelowna”, I played for “Wesst-siiddde!” – I was straight hood throwing up that gang sign.
On to the puck.
USA: 3 – Switzerland: 1
There just wasn’t a whole lot to be gleaned about the quality of the American team from watching this game. Nothing changed in what I think of their team – they’re talented, young and fast, but probably not quiiite as top-tier-dangerous as Russia, Sweden or Canada. Granted, this tournament boils down to one game eliminations, and they have the best goalie, so don’t rule ‘em out.
Switzerland played a pretty defensive style for the first half of the game (which, frankly, was not exactly a thrilling spectacle of hockey), but when they did fall behind, the game opened up and made it infinitely more watchable.
The one the thing (aside from Ryan Miller) the US does have going for them, is that Patrick Kane is officially one of the ten best players in the National Hockey League. For the first time in his career, you start getting that “oh… oh… oh crap” feeling when he gets the puck in the neutral zone and starts winding it up, the same way you get it when Ovechkin has the puck against your team. (They also have Bobby Ryan going for them. I’m fantasy hockey stalking him for next year.)
Canada: 8 – Bosnia & Herzegovina: 0
Why doesn’t Norway have a better hockey team? I mean that seriously.
They’re one of three Scandanavian countries that are at the same degree of latitude as Alaska, and the other two (Sweden and Finland) rip shit up on frozen ponds. To top it off, it’s not like Norway doesn’t rock the party that rocks the party at winter sports. They cross-country ski the crap out of the Olympics every year. And are you kidding me with the biathalon? Those MF’ers can snipe a squirrel out of a tree in Oregon after skiing the Iditarod, but we can’t strap a set of Bauer 60′s on some of these guys and make them NHL’ers? Baffling.
Canada got what we needed – the blowout that alleviates the media vultures (hey look, it’s me!) who are dying to Stamkos/Spezza/Green poor Yzerman to death the second the team under produces.
Canadians score in a totally different way than Russia. Russia does talented fancy stuff until the net is crazy open, or wait to shoot until it’s almost a guarantee (generalization, of course). Canada creates by throwing the puck at the net, shooting through screens and tracking down rebounds. We’re far less prone to puck possession. Get it deep, go get it. Shoot it, find the rebound. One way isn’t better than the other (unless you’re a coach, in which case you love Canada’s style – far less risky), I’m just pointing out the difference.
Bourne’s Bloggers from Phoenix. Lets watch Canada/USA Together.
The “Hoser Hut”, as Cactus Jacks was affectionately dubed by a BB reader (Elliot and 48th, off the 101, near Walgreens and Safeway), will be host to a number of both Canadian and American hockey fans (okay, largely American) on Sunday, and the bar has accomodated us.
The game starts at 5:40, I’m told, and they’re doing this for us from 2:00 til 8:00:
$1 pints of Canadian (love the concept, the beer is vile)
$1 pints of Coors Light (as a result of my complaining about the Molson – and actually, they’re listing it as pints of Canadian VERSUS pints of Coors Light, so maybe I have to drink the Canadian. Should I mix the two since I’m a duelly?)
25 cent wings
$1 Chicago Dogs
So bring a ten dollar bill (a $20 if you’re crazy), your TEAM CANADA apparel and let’s have some fun!
Random Q: New Yorkers, when I visit, do I say I’m ”in” Long Island or “on” Long Island?
Last and least, a link to the Latvian hockey roster, because I’m obsessed with their names. It’s like they went with plural forms of muppet names, right? Oskars Snufalufagus. Gonzos Cookiemonsters.