Monday, February 20, 2006


Like most Canadians I am a hockey nut. Partly because our live of the game leaves our neighbors to the south shaking their heads as they anxiously await the next Superbowl, and mostly because it is our sport. Not our national sport, which is a far superior game known as lacrosse (for those of you that don't know what it is, check it out whenever you get the chance), but definitely the sport that we as a nation love.

Every Olympics we look forward to rooting for the best Canada has to offer delivering a strong game and bringing home a medal, the preferred coloring of which is obviously gold. This Olympics has come and the games have been rolling on. Our team came out of the gate strong but here they are flopping around like a fish on the shoreline. While the media and the public at large all wonder what went wrong and how we can fix it, I can't help but think that maybe if the Olympics would pull rank and not allow professional players in the Olympics then the team would be able to play together more than just once in a while. Why is it hat in all other sports but hockey, the athletes can have no professional income from their sport , but in hockey we are allowed to send multimillion dollar per year players to fight against one another?

Caroline Ouellette Jayna Hefford celebrate another win.And a more accurate question is how come we are all moaning and wailing about our men's team when the poor womens' team go relatively unmentioned, despite an undefeated performance with only a single goal scored against them? At the last Olympics they won the gold and the whole country basically went "Oh that's nice, but when do the men play?" Let's focus on the women's team, who don't make millions of dollars a year in professional leagues, who are truly producing the results. They are truly a product of our national hockey program and deserve the attention that their performance should be earning them. While our women go on to battle for the gold this afternoon, the country will still likely be too busy moaning about mens' failing to notice. Good thing the news will mention it or they would go unnoticed.


Blogger ms. creek said...

Good for you, Pete, for noticing and talking about it. I think it is still part of the woman's suffrage!

10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Gimpy Mumpy said...

I found it frustrating that NBC wasn't airing the hockey games on their regular channel. Without cable-tv I've missed all of the great games.
I guess you're right, here in the states the powers that be don't find hockey good enough for prime time. Oh and did you hear they aired Nascar all freakin' day yesterday instead of the Olympics?! They even had a commercial with a Nascar driver running over a skier with the moto that in America Nascar is more important than the Olympics.
grrrr...Can I move to Canada? please?

12:21:00 PM  
Blogger JODSTER said...

Now now Pete.. don't make me revoke your citizenship....

1) Lacrosse is Canada's national SUMMER sport. Hockey is the official sport of winter. It's the law.

2) The pro-men go to the olympics because they are teh very best we have to offer. Those non-professional canadians that would make up our national team help fill out the rosters of hockey power houses like Switzerland, Italy and Germany. We have enough top players for many teams, thus there are more than the US and Russia to contend with.

3) Many of the women play of professional teams in the Natial womens league. they may not make millions, but they are teh equivalent to the National Lacrosse League players that would be making up Team Canada if lacrosse ever becomes a Summer olympic sport.

There. I'm done. I think I've made my point(s).

Wanna go for a drink and watch the women this afternoon?

2:45:00 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

The womens hockey team are doing great but the mens hockey team is drowning.
They will be golfing soon with our mens curling team.

3:13:00 PM  
Blogger L said...

wow! I didn't even know that there WAS a women's hockey team! that's cool

8:04:00 PM  
Blogger Minerva said...

Absolutely right...

Interesting coming here from Curbed Enthusiasm another Canadian with a very different point about the hockey...

Go, go and see...


9:01:00 PM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

What is the deal with hockey, anyhow? hehe

9:40:00 PM  
Blogger Carol (Smiles and Laughter) said...

Did they win?

5:55:00 AM  
Blogger glomgold said...

I used to play lacrosse and like the game a lot, but I thought curling was Canada's official sport.
Yeah, because of the lack of ridiculous sums of money, women's sports are often more fun to watch.

12:16:00 AM  

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