Yes, cheap, easy headline, but true nonetheless. Today we’re talking NHL-level hockey. I think if the prime minster of Canada went on air tonight to say the country was seceding to Russia, nobody would turn the channel up north.
It’s old news that USA is being declared the underdog — underage, underskilled, undersized — but hey, not to get all parochial here, but as the great American philosopher John Winger once said (adapted here for theme purposes), “We’re all dogfaces, we’re all very, very different, but there is one thing that we all have in common: we were all stupid enough to join the NHL. We’re mutants. There’s something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us. Something seriously wrong with us – we’re hockey players. But we’re American hockey players! … Now we don’t have to worry about whether or not we practiced. We don’t have to worry about whether Captain Clutch wants to have us hung. All we have to do is to be the great American fighting hockey player that is inside each one of us. Now do what I do, and say what I say. And make me proud.”
Here’s your line-up for today:
Russia v. Czechs, 3 p.m. NBC (network, wow!)
USA v. Canada, 7:40 MSNBC (of course)
Hank v. Findland, midnight MSNBC
Here’s some pre-game reads.
• From nhl.com
• Two pieces on the “teammates become opponents/enemies” theme.
Perhaps I’ll be shown to be totally wrong (wouldn’t be the first time), but a part of me just doesn’t buy that one teammate is going to take out another in any serious way. Do you think a Ranger would really go for Gabby if it meant posing any risk? Well, we’ll see later I suppose.
And last, but not least:
Eleven, count ’em, 11 curling games today! At noon, USA v. Canada women’s curling (MSNBC), the day’s underrated North American duel on ice. At 5, men take on Great Britain (CNBC)
I’ll probably put up a clean slate before the game tonight. Later…..