Sunday, February 28, 2010

I love being wrong!

YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Holy smokes that was hard on the nerves!

Ticket to watch the Men's Hockey Olympic Gold Medal Match: Section A, $775

I don't want to be cynical, but I think the Americans are going to win this one. Halfway through the first period, they're pretty well dominating the game. Though the Canadians are doing a pretty good job at passing and stuff, which you don't always see. Could you imagine how nervous they must be?!? I mean, earlier in the week, there was so much speculation that they wouldn't even be in the final! But during an interview with Sidney Crosby (one of many--poor guy! It must be hard to be so talented and good-looking!) just before today's game, he was talking about how it's gold or nothing, since "Canadians are proud of their hockey." Yep, our pride is on the line! They say a lot of hockey players come from Peterborough, Ontario. Sidney Crosby and Brad Richards are Maritime boys, though :)

Period 1, 1:31 left: Just heard that Sid the Kid broke his stick.

Haha, Coach Mike Babcock is wearing his lucky McGill tie. Walking down Ste. Catherine's the other day, we found a tie shop. Ties are expensive!

So I was thinking about it: something like curling, the older teams are better because they have more experience, especially those teams like Kevin Martin (Cheryl Bernard had never played internationally). Experience means lots of strategy-smarts. But for something like hockey, now, the way they are pounding on each other and skating so hard they get subbed every 30 seconds, you have to be young and strong. That's where the coach comes in. He (or she) maybe can't keep up with the young'uns so well anymore, but they got the brains. Even choosing the players for the team: you may have the top scorer in the league when he's playing on a particular team, but if he's suddenly playing with all new people and they don't jive, then you don't have anything. So a huge part of choosing the team must be deciding who will play well with who, to bring the best out of everyone.

Shout out to Cheryl Bernard and team! The 9th end was brilliant, the 10th disastrous, but congratulations on getting so far on your first time out!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ahh! I have a blog! I always said to myself that I never would--because why do you want everyone to know what you're thinking all the time? Then again, what do you call Facebook? Or, God-forbid, TWITTER??? I really do not care if you're taking a shower right now. Or if you're at work. If you are my friend, I KNOW when you are working. If you aren't, then I really probably don't care...

I just got off an week-long obsession. Then I realized that all these people are in highschool or first year of college and think they are really, really cool. They probably spend hours and hours thinking of something interesting that they can write about--something witty-yet-understated, unique-yet-common enough that they feel they have joined a community of fellow-mlia-er--I even read one where the person wrote that they were obsessed with trying to think of something to submit and found out that there was a word for it!

I am sitting next to Corinne, who is here visiting me for reading week. She just said that she wants to write about new socks in her next blog. Well, I love new toothbrushes. So there. Beat that. I also like new jars of peanut butter and finally finishing the last bowl of cereal in the box so you can start the new one.

The men's hockey team is playing Germany for a spot a little farther along in the Olympic standings--I think they have to win the next four wins to get the gold! It's so weird that all these players on all the different NHL teams have returned home to their respective countries, put on their country's colours, head back to North America to play a few games--and next week, they'll head down south to their American-owned franchises and play against the same players, this time on their own teams. Ok, they got their starts when they were kids, playing in their backyards--but they were PERFECTED here on American soil (Canadian-Schamadian--they're all owned by Americans)--so how can they be showcasing "home-grown talent"? They are showing the results of NHL coaching. At least the women's teams actually play more or less in their own countries--it seems like Canadians and Americans play wherever--and that's probably why it's always them in the top two. I like to watch curling :)