I went to a boxing match and a hockey game broke out!
It always seemed weird to me to have hockey teams in places like Texas and southern California. I mean, on the NHL teams the players are all Russians and Finns anyway, but there are actually minor league teams of local guys too. That impresses me. Where I live it's one thing, but in the southern half of the the country... wow.
Now Olympic women's hockey... /there's/ a game! Those girls are something else!
Speaking of Olympics, I must say I was disappointed by the decision to award gold to the Canadians pair. The Russians were technically and artistically better, their routine was much harder. Why don't the Canadians just accept the judges decisions and prove themselves at the next Olympics or Wold Championships? The Russians have been victims of dubious judging decisions in previous tournaments, but they just shut up and skated better the next time. Who said it's just a game eh? Canadians are sore losers...boo!
I love that Aussie short track skater who won the gold after all the fast skaters wiped out, BTW. What a lucky guy! And such a cutie, all tanned and bleach-blond and pierced. He looks more like a surfer than a skater.
A friend of mine went to a local game in northern Ontario where one of the players got a finger and a half sliced off. Through his gloves and all. I wasn't really sorry to miss that game, I admit. Although I did almost get trampled by Tie Domi in a bookstore in Toronto.
I am very happy that I was privileged to watch that hockey match on TV.
Girly moment- I had the hugest crush on Wayne when I was in, oh, fifth grade or so. He was soooo dreamy. Actually, he's still pretty cute, but he looks old now. Oh well.
And boy was he ticked at the press conference he gave today about the Canada- Germany game! Wow. He was all set to go off hunting down that German player for cross-checking Theoren Fleury (he- the German guy- speared someone too, don't remember who). It was a really vicious move, but Wayne was breathing fire! (in a relatively calm, Canadian way ) I think the German guy plays for the Islanders, though, so I'm not surprised. They're jerks.
I was kind of annoyed that he decided that the American were somehow responsible for an anti-Canadian bias that he feels exists. Come on, we don't all hate the Canadians. I'd be happy to see them win. Bad day for Wayne Gretzky, I guess.
If they don't get their act together, though, I don't think much of Team Canada's chances against the Finns.
LA's one of those places that just seems like it shouldn't have a hockey team, to me. I know, they're an okay team (sometimes) and there are all sorts of "warm weather teams" since it's not like they play outside, but I've lived on the Canadian border almost all my life (and in New England or Canada for the rest of it), and it just seems strange that you can have hockey and palm trees (or mesas, or tumbleweeds, or...) in the same place. What a kooky world. Cool though. Hockey for everyone!
[Edited on 20/2/2002 by Jehanne]
It's not a bad thing that hot places have hockey teams, it just strikes me as weird. It seems weird that the Stanley Cup games go for most of the summer, too, so it really wasn't meant to be an insult.
And it's not like being someplace cold guarantees good hockey, either. Just look at the Habs for proof of that!
I really didn't mean to insult teams in Texas and California and Arizona. They just seem strange to me.
That is classy. See, Ungoliant, Canadians are nice.
Yeah, to their own kind.
Sorry, couldn't resist that. Yeah Jehanne I know that most Canadians are nice. It's just I was so disgusted with those two skaters...totally unsporting, shallow behaviour. And they were rewarded for it.
Too bad there weren't any nice Australian pairs that could have had a suprise win. So far Australia's two medals have been my favorites.
I think it's pretty wierd to have hockey teams in Arizona too... LOL... I mean here in Houston, we are practically in the swamps and yet, they are building three more ice rinks and one more hockey arena. We have like 3 arena's. It is wierd.. but hey, I love hockey, so I try not to complain too much. I can't believe that NASHVILLE got OUR (houston) hockey team... not fair. It's Nashville for cripes sakes! We even have better Rodeo's than they do... I want a hockey team!!! waaaaaaaaaaaah! I hate driving for 4 hours just to see the Stars play the Kings (Dallas sucks as a city to visit, BTW). Houston rocks...
Very exciting games in the Olympics the past couple of days! The gold medal women's game was a killer. Sharp, sharp play on both sides, with Canada killing 9 of 11 powerplays from the Americans (which ticked me off after a while. I like Canada, but I wanted our girls to win. oh well). And the Canadian goalie (Kim St-Pierre) was just amazing. But my favorite player was Hayley Wickenheiser, who ended up being MVP. It freaks me out that this girl is a little younger than me, and has a gold medal from these games, a silver from Nagano, and a cute little baby boy. What the heck have I been doing with my life?
And the Canadian men squished Belarus (Belarus?!) while the US beat Russia (nyah nyah ), so the men will be a rematch of the women. Cool. I didn't watch the US- Russia game (I was at the computer, of course) but it sounded pretty exciting. One of the CBC commentators made the crack that, with the Russians talking about pulling out of the games and all, it loked like they had done just that for the first two periods. They caught up a little in the third, but not enough.
And what is with the Russians anyway? I can understand them being upset over the pairs skating, but they're wrong if they say the women's figure skating was rigged so Irina Slutskaya would lose. She deserved a silver, but she had an off night and wasn't good enough for the gold. It wasn't fixed. And the hockey game with the Czech Republic that they're complaining about... they won! Why are they mad? And now South Korea and Lithuania are all mad too. You'd think they could just stop sniping at each other for two weeks.
ooh, and right this second, Canada is leading the US 2-1 in the 1st...
or the Bruins, despite them being drunken, unwashed, atheist, Communist thugs who eat babies, kick puppies and tear the wings off butterflies... (they're still from Boston and I always root for Boston)
oh well, Canada beat the US. Too bad for us, but yay for Canada, since it means a heck of a lot more to them. I bet Toronto was chaos after the game. Well played, fellas (and maybe this will get Wayne to stop whining.)
and the Olympics are over again. No more good hockey for a while...
Most of their complains have some merit and they do have a history of being unfairly treated, but they're usually quiet about it. It's just that after the sickening Canadians Sale & Pelletier successfully whinged their way to a gold, the Russians chucked whatever good sporting sense they had & jumped on the bandwagon. Can't blame them.
But they really have no cause to complain about the women's skating (and they won the men's). Irina had an off night and made several mistakes. Minor ones, but minor errors really count in a close contest like this one was. And Sarah Hughes skated a more difficult routine cleanly and with enough energy and artistry that it really shouldn't have surprised anyone when she won. It was a star-making skate. And even though Irina looked upset when she first got her scores (she hadn't seen Sarah skate, after all), her interviews since haven't implied that she felt cheated at all. So I think this one is trouble from the officials (revenge for S&P) rather than a legitimate excuse. I like Irina, but it just wasn't her night.
As for Lazutina- what bothers me is that she was DQ'd for abnormally high hemoglobin levels, but she insists she hasn't been doping. Okay, well, if that's true, why hasn't her team gotten her to a doctor? There are other, non-drug-related reasons for her hemoglobin to have been that high, and they mostly aren't good. If they love her so much (and I know she's a hero, so they must), why immediately assume everyone else is lying? I'd at least get a second opinion just to make sure she's okay.
They aren't the only ones to complain about the hockey refs- the Canadians did too, and other may have (I stopped keeping track). But it's a bit disingenuous of them to insist that the refs were all North Americans and therefore more familiar with the North American players (poor Mexico, btw). In the Russia- USA game, for instance, the refs were two Canadians (okay) and a Finn (oops), and they were familiar with several of the Russian players from previous international meetings and even NHL games.
I know that they're also bitter than they won so many fewer medals this time than in the past. But the Russian sports machine is no longer what it once was. In the Soviet days they had their pick of athletes from all the republics and the state eagerly paid for it all. Now all those republics are competing against them (how the heck did Belarus get in the hockey finals anyway?) and the state doesn't have as much money to prove its ideological superiority through its healthy sporting types. So while some of their complaints have merit, some don't, and overall their timing was off. It wasn't fair to threaten to pull out of the games when Irina had to skate in a few hours, the skiers were on the mountains already and the hockey players were a day from playing the hometown heroes and medal favorites (Canada and the US had almost even odds going in).
That "too much blood drawn from the skier" thing is just weird (and creepy). Not sure it's a plot though. Sounds more like plain old malpractice. Unfortunate, but probably not deliberate.
It's just too bad that so many others (not just the Russians- the other Canadians to an extent, the South Koreans, the Lithuanians) decided to follow S&P's example. If a team publically expresses outrage at how they (S&P) acted, they probably shouldn't emulate them ten minutes later. The American public isn't that bright and they'll just think the team is being whiner-copycats, no matter how legit their issues.
I told my husband that if the US had to loose in Hockey, it's good to loose to Canada. I don't begrudge Canada the gold.
I blame IOC - the speed with which they capitulated to the media/S&P's demands didn't help either - nor did their reaction to other countries' complaints. "This is not as important" said one IOC bloke when the Russians complained about the individual skating results. That, I think, more than any other incident, stung the Russians. Is it only important if North American competitors were involved? Or only if NBC said so? Like after the pairs skating - if the Russians (instead of Canadians) were 'cheated', would the North American press raise as much fuss? Don't think so - I don't believe in Pravda's favourite 'North-American conspiracy' theory anymore than you, but it does seem terribly unfair to the rest of the world.
Well, the Games are over now so it doesn't matter anymore. Bring on the World Cup! Let's see if the French can get away with poisoning their opponents' star strikers again...
Bring on the World Cup! Let's see if the French can get away with poisoning their opponents' star strikers again...
Wow. Really? That's pretty extreme. Soccer's waaaay more interesting off the field than on it, as far as I'm concerned. I don't mind watching it, but I love all the world-wide psychosis it seems to engender. I mean, no one tries to poison hockey players, or assassinates baseball players when they lose the big game (no matter how much we might want to...). Soccer, though- now that's a religion!
I'll retire and leave you in peace now. :grin
Now the Pistons have to beat the Lakers and my gloating will be complete!
(If you don't already know, I'm from Detroit )
*even if it seems like bufallo gonna win...snap*
Edit: well even i can't close it. CMs we need help
Edit:OOps now its working.