|This needs to be Jonathon Quick's goalie helmet.|
The best part of this is now I have ammo to drag She$ to the Motley Crue Farewell Tour. Deal with it, woman. Anyway, let's do a good, bad, and ugly thing to recap what turned out to be a really fun sports weekend.
GOOD: USA Hockey! Look, I'm not going to sit here and say "this is why hockey is so great and you are a fool to think otherwise". If you don't like it, then you won't ever like it. But if you are on the fence then you saw on Saturday morning why it is INCREDIBLE. Especially in international competition. USA/Russia was hyped as being an ELITE game and it lived up to it and then some. I watched the first period before having to run baby-related errands with my horrible wife (widely chronicled on social media) but I did tape the replay. THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE. Folks, I'm not going to make any wild predictions for gold medals or anything, but there isn't any other country playing better than we are. It sure as shit isn't Canada who is pure dog shit (much like their coach).
I think that Olympic Hockey is so fascinating to the public because it is the one international team sport that we aren't and never will be the favorite. Ever. America will always be an underdog and America LOVES underdogs. We also cherish athletic fat guys and Phil Kessel is a lardo. Either way, this next week should be a lot of fun and I hope that we can keep this up. If all goes well, Friday we could be playing those underachieving Canucks in the semis and, yeah, that's going to be intense. Just know that I did not take a lot of joy after beating Russia on Saturday because of how many hurting Jackets were in that locker room. In America, Bob shits bigger than TJ Oshie. He came up short on Saturday, but Bob is still a pimp. He is so fucking good at his craft.
Also, shootouts in The Olympics are DUMB. You're playing a team game for gold medals so why are you deciding games with one on one competitions? And why is the same guy allowed to go multiple times? Just play 4 on 4 until someone scores. Christ, even Bettman finds that rule dumb.
BAD: BBVA Compass! I spent my Friday night watching the Shining Stars Game or whatever the hell they call the Rookie/Soph game now. Grant Hill's team beat C-Webb's (like usual) and this game continues to be the crown jewel of NBA All Star Weekend. Andre Drummond battled illiteracy and barely any defensive challenge from domestic violence aficionado, Jared Sullinger, to record a 30/25(!) game and win the MVP. Granted, it should have went to Dion Waiters as his ELITE play was the reason that they won (Drummond did most of his stat accumulating in the first half although a goddamn 30 and 25 is pretty impressive). The Dion/Tim Hardaway Jr duel was really fun to watch. Anyway, the sponsor was handing Drummond the MVP trophy, dropped it, and it shattered all over the place. Andre had to hold up a wood block with shrapnel as a reward. Basically, the MVP was given garbage for his efforts. Which is really fitting because he lives in Detroit. I LOL'd hard at this.
UGLY: The Dunk Contest! I didn't watch this. I saw the highlights (weren't many) and read the Twitter backlash though. It seems like everyone HATED this. And they hate it more and more every year. Team dunking? No real structure regarding who wins? Someone on ESPN Radio had a good idea on fixing this since it will never go away: up the money. No one good is going to do this when 25K is at stake. Get some company to offer up 2 million for charity (or something...at least seven figures) and then the LeBrons and whatnot come off like assholes if they say no. I like the 3 point shootout usually but when Marco Belinelli wins it, yawn. Who the fuck invited that guy?
I'm just so happy that hockey interest is growing rapidly at the moment. It's a great game and deserves more sustained exposure. Well, except for Mike Milbury who is a fucking idiot and should never be listened to. He is pretty much the Islanders answer to Matt Millen. Oh, who am I kidding, Gary Bettman will do something to fuck all of this up again. How about another pointless lockout? AMERICA FUCK YEAH!