Well, ‘the boys’ just lost the game against the Americans. You know what I think lost the game? Too much bravado, too much hype, too much ego. It was a good game, though, for the most part. The last five minutes were pretty intense, anyway. In the end, it’s important to remember that it is, after all, just a game. I believe — yes, I really do — that they can come back and win the Gold.
This ‘upset’ begs the question: is hockey really Canada’s game, anymore? It would seem not so much.
Like all these sports at the Olympics the players are not necessarily from the country for whom they’re trying to win medals for. And, truly, not many of them could honestly be said to be amateurs — many of these athletes have ‘returned’ from retirement, or, they have sponsors with deep, deep pockets which allows them greater opportunities and gives them what I consider an unfair advantage over the true amateurs.
I know that this has probably been said more times than can be counted, but I’m going to say it again: what happened to the original ideal of the Olympics? If it’s not really about that, why do we pretend that it is? It’s really about the medals and the endorsements, so why don’t we just let the professionals compete without making them pretend to retire? Aathleticism is athleticism regardless of how much someone is or is not being paid. And, maybe it would level the playing field a little.
Of course, that would effectively mean that all the smaller countries would be eliminated from the competitions, but, so what, right? It would be about the world powers — well, and Canada, too, of course.