Yawn

- May 9th, 2012

I’d like to be different than the rest of them and write about how great the world championships are – but I can’t.
I gave it a shot. I watched parts of a couple of games. What better way to spend the morning, right?
But there’s just not enough desire there. From the players, I mean. But because of that, from the audience, too. At least this member of it.
I find the freaky, flexible finger tricks ex-New York Giant Michael Strahan can do as he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa more interesting. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, well, get your mind out of the gutter and just trust that it’s a more intense TV segment than watching Duncan Keith defend in front of his own net.
The problem, of course, is that we’re too spoiled by NHL playoff hockey. Those guys care. The protect their net like its their home. They take all sorts of abuse to help create a scoring chance.
When their team puts the puck in the cage, they celebrate like they’ve won a lottery.
None of that can be said about what’s going on in Sweden and Finland right now.
Can’t blame the players, either. For the most part, they left their hearts and souls on the ice surfaces of North America. They are in Europe to represent proudly their countries, yes, and as pro athletes, they are born with a high level of competitiveness.
But, generally speaking, they are there on vacation. And it shows.
Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 this afternoon, I hear. That’s right, Switzerland. The Canadians have 23 NHL players in the lineup – a collection Jason Spezza asked to join but was rejected – and all they can do is squeak out a one-goal victory over a Swiss team that has Mark Streit, Roman Wick, Nino Niederreiter and Luca Sbisa as its only recognizable names?
I don’t know, maybe things will heat up a little when the preliminary round finally finishes. But right now, my interest isn’t even luke warm.
Give me Kelly and Michael and his deranged digits any time.
And if its past 10 a.m., I’m going to opt for a nap over the world championships.
Gotta rest up for Round 3 of the NHL playoffs anyway, especially the late starts we’ll be getting in the Western Conference final.

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4 comments

  1. Bobby Goodman says:

    Right on Don…again this year, it is a complete bore. It looks like many players have had their fill too. Some have offered the exuse they need time to heal wounds (real and fictitious) whereas others where simply dismissed because they didn’t fit the “Hokey Canada mould”. There are 82 games in the regular schedule and when you count pre-season (and preparation for pre-season) and playoffs, there can be over well 100 games and to most (some play it very soft) it is a very long physical grind. It takes a special player(s) to want to go and participate. So team Canada beats teams like France and struggles to defeat Switzerland, so what. As you suggest, the 2012 NHL playoffs have been spectacular and unpredictable. Why eat hamburger when you could be eating steak?

  2. OD99 says:

    These games so far are yawners…I haven’t watched even one that I PVRed so far…just skim and delete.

    Usually these rounds are lame but when you see completely empty buildings to boot it somehow makes it worse. There are plenty of guys that didn’t make the playoffs on team Canada though so I fully expect the intensity to pick up when the games count.

    Already looking forward to the draft and the potential moves on the FA market for the Sens. I think it would be amazing if the Sens could somehow get Ceci but not sure what they would have to give up to move down enough to get him.

    Expecting to see Silfverberg make the team and impress all season long and really interested to see how Regin will be able to perform. He has the tools but hasn’t been able to put them together yet but if he can be our 3rd line center with Foligno and ? with Z. Smith, Condra, Greening or something like that as the 4th line suddenly the Sens are a very deep team.

    D has to be focus though – tougher to play against for sure without losing the point production.

    Don’t want to ruin any future columns for you gents but if either of you have an opinion is there even a snowballs chance in Hell that the Sens can land Suter? Or are we destined for a 3rd pairing guy?

  3. Mike8888 says:

    I think the Sen’s should take a shot at either Parise or Suter. Why not Ottawa? :A guy can dream can’t he?

  4. Bobby Goodman says:

    I agree with Steve Buffoonery of the Ottawa Sun, the milquetoast Maclean was wrong to compare hockey players with firemen and policemen who were the first responders in the aftermath of 911. And, I am not suprised the Baffoon Dum Cherry would jump to his defence. For a few decades these clowns have delivered nonsense and only find employment because of the CBC. But, shockingly, most in Canada think they are great and many selected Dum Cherry as one of Canada’s greatest Canadians!!!???

    But, we shouldn’t be surprised with Milquetoast and Dum Cherry, announcers and the media have been glorifying hockey players for years and the intensity is increasing with each passing year. Hockey players are “warriors” and “heroes”. Some are Kings and others Gods and should be “praised”. For playing a game they love, they are made multi-millionaires and retire decades before the average citizen. For that luxury, we fans need to thank them for their “loyalty”. Shouldn’t that be the other way around? I can remember when Sundin was making 9m for scoring 30 some odd goals and when it came time for him to do something to help out the organization and thank them for making him gaudy rich, he chose not to.

    Yes indeed, some…many are brave…brave that they can show up in public collecting the money they get paid for doing diddly squat (Gomez for example). Milquetoast has been pontificating for years now and Steve Buffoonery is right one calling his rants “mellow dramatic”. Running into a burning building and running in the direction of gun fire is bravery. Playing hockey is not. Hockey players don’t have egos? Are you kidding me? They have to! Anyone who is great at what they do have egos. You certainly have an ego to equate winning hockey games to saving lives! Get real Milquetoast; 99.99999 percent of the players do it because they are playing a “GAME” they love and they, like hockey players at any level, love the competition.

    The price they keep on paying? What is that price they keep on paying. Staying in shape? Playing the game hard. Being competitive. Representing the team with dignity and following the organizations policies, procedures and protocol for behaviour. Most Canadians do that in our 9-5 jobs but no one every called me a heroe. Pick one red blooded Canadian boy who wouldn’t work out every day all year and do what it takes to play in the NHL. The only difference of course, all the Heroes, Warriors, Kings and Gods are blessed with talent. For that devine given gift, they lift our hearts…in the same way that Ryan Gossling, Kiera Knightly do in movies and The Killers do in song. Are they heroes too?

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