Merci Vancouver!

So that’s it. I loooooooved those olympic games so much.

I’m feeling a little nostalgic and hungover today. What an amazing last night that was. We will still talk about that gold medal game in 20 years from now. That was a special moment for hockey fans all around the world, and I’m really happy I could watch it on my tv,  at a reasonable time, chatting with another (very anxious) hockey fan.

The images of Canadians celebrating everywhere after the win reminded me of the France football world cup win in 1998. Winning a major tournament of your national sport in a dramatic fashion, against a great team, at home, is unbelievable. 1998 was 12 years ago already, but I’ll never forget that summer night, and it still feels just like it was yesterday. The whole country was celebrating at the same time. I’ve never seen anything like it. I assume many Canadians will feel the same way 12 years from now about last night.

As for the Americans, I have to say they were never my favorite team during that tournament. I actually consistently rooted against them. But I have to say they had an unbelievable tournament. I would never have thought they would come this close to win gold. Major congratulations to them and Brian Burke. I was really happy for Canada yesterday, but the images of Miller and Parise during the medals ceremony were sad. But that’s sport.

But there’s one thing I hope will remain from those games: I hope most people now agree that NHLers should keep on playing in the Olympics. I hope no one is still complaining because the NHL had to stop for 2 weeks to allow this.  If you would rather have watched games between Columbus, Florida, Calgary or Atlanta instead of this, I can’t help you. Yesterday’s game was a fantastic showcase of hockey on the world stage. That game was talked about everywhere, including in France, where hockey is never seen on tv normally. Look at the atmosphere yesterday and over the last 15 days, look at the fans, and look at the players. They were all thrilled to be in Vancouver. Snubbing the Sochi games would be a terrible move by the NHL.

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Posted March 1, 2010 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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