Well folks, the Olympics are in the books and from what I've seen my hat goes off to the city and the people of Vancouver. From all accounts, besides the obvious odd crack, the 2010 Winter Olympics were a hit. The fans were great, as they showed up and cheered ALL COUNTRIES, in all sports. It was great to see the Country rally around our athletes and even better to see the athelets show up and succeed.
As for Canada's hope to OWN THE PODIUM, I have split thoughts. First off, I think that it was great to see our Country (financially) get behind our athletes in hopes that they would succeed on our home turf. The problem I have with the whole concept is how Canada went about handling it. Canada went out of their way to announce the plans to OWN THE PODIUM, and in my opinion that was a mistake. Give some money, start some initiatives and give our athletes every chance to succeed, but please don't announce to the rest of the world, especially the Americans that we plan on OWNING THE PODIUM. I really think the American took offence to this whole thing and really went out to put it to Canada. The old "waking the beast" concept that happens all the time in sport. You talk about motivation! I would have kept the Countries support in house and under wraps and just allow the athletes to succeed with their help. When it is all over, the athletes could have done their part to repay our Country by thanking them for all their support. The OWN THE PODIUM platform was a successful idea poorly handled in in my opinion! For what it's worth.....
We could learn something from the Americans in this regard. Make it an expectation that these athletes get some financial help in order to succeed, don't make it an ordeal. I think we can learn from the outrageous support that our friends south of the border lend their athletes.
On the other hand, Canada has much to be proud of. After having some early troubles we battled back to win an unprecedented amount of gold medals and most importantly we won the ONE medal that counted more than anything else to this Country. Of course, I am talking about the gold medal in Men's hockey. What a great game, and it is a shame (as I've said before) that we don't see more of this. Hats off to the USA for making one hell of a run and congrats to Canada for making a Country believe in its roots! Well done fella's, way to make us all proud!
You may or may not be wondering why I haven't talked any lax yet. Well, anyone who saw the game against the Titans on the weekend probably knows why! With a promising 2-0 lead after the first quarter, all things fell apart and we were beat handily by a better team. They got very strong goaltending and some very opportunistic offensive play to beat us, at the ACC 16-11. We trailed from the second quarter on and really never got back into the game. A very tough loss indeed. We are now trailing them in the Eastern Division, but do get to enjoy a week off to re-group. That is exactly what we plan on doing....REGROUP! Get our game plans back in order and begin the process of turning our season around for the home stretch. I still think a 10-6 record will get us first or second, so that has to be our goal. We will have our work cut out for us, but we have a good bunch up for the task!
Anyway, just before I leave you I wanted to let you all know that I called Crosby's winner right before overtime started. He had been too quiet for too long. Great players play big on stages like that, and he is just that. It was only a matter of time!