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March 4, 2010 - Seth Staskey
As more and more basketball teams check out of the Ohio postseason, I fall into a bigger Olympic withdrawl. The Winter Games were quite entertaining. I know some of the sports aren't mainstream, but that's part of what makes them interesting. It's neat to follow the athletes for two weeks who you seldom hear about. They are the best in their profession much like NBA or NFL players are the best in their profession.
There's not one person I've talked to who wasn't absolutely captivated by the gold-medal hockey game with Canada. People were absolutely glued to their television sets. It's a shame that the U.S. didn't come out on top and it's also a bigger shame to hear people say things like, "Well, if the U.S. had to lose, at least it was Crosby who scored the goal." To me, that's a bunch of hogwash. Crosby was playing for the other team. His NHL connection has nothing to do with it. He was a member of Team Canada and it was the opposition.
I definitely hope the NHL and its union allow the players to continue to participate. I was impressed when I saw that Alex Ovechkin said on the record that he'd skip the NHL season in 2014 if they weren't allowed to compete. See the next Olympics are in Sochi, Russia, which is the home country for Ovechkin.
I do wish, however, that NBC would have shown more of the hockey tournament on mainstream television. Not hidden it away on MSNBC. Maybe in 2014, the peacock will split USA's coverage between curling and hockey. Curling is something that's actually fascinating (if you understand the game). My girlfriend -- who compares curling to bocce or shuffleboard -- spent countless hours trying to explain it to me and by the time I fully understood it the gold medal had been decided.
I guess it's time to turn our attention to London and the 2012 Summer Games.
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