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.
(photo taken from this SI gallery)
I’m sorry Canada, I love you, but I just can’t root against Jaro. Halakomania is running wild here (and by “here”, I mean in my living room). Go Jaro!
I just wanted to post a little something here. So here are some random thoughts that crossed my mind since I left you.
1. I loooooooooooove the Olympics so much. And not only the hockey part. It’s not very original, because everyone has been saying the same since it started, but I’m in love with watching random sports at random hours.
2. Sports I really enjoyed: Snowboard and ski cross. Fast paced, spectacular, really tense, and very easy to follow. Perfect.
3. Sports I really enjoyed, part 2: Biathlon. The fact that France won some medals there probably helped, but I’m fascinated by this sport. I’m amazed by the way these athletes are able to control themselves to shoot with accuracy at tiny targets, in the middle of their race. The concept of this sport is brilliant. Miss some shots and you have to do more skiing. But ski too fast, and you’re likely to miss some shots. Really outstanding.
4. Something that bothered me: The way people pretend not to understand curling, and make fun of that sport. Seriously, we know it’s a weird sport, we know it’s slow and odd. But pretending you don’t understand how it works is just ridiculous. It’s waaaaaay easier to understand than baseball for instance. (Or maybe that’s just because pétanque is a national sport here, and it’s basically the same concept, just not on ice. Baseball on the other hand… let’s just say it took me some time to figure it out!)
5. Hockey has been wonderful so far. One of the things I really liked about the hockey tournament: watching games that are not constantly interrupted by commercial breaks. And It’s getting even better tonight, with THE big game, USA-Switzerland. Just kidding. I’ll root for Switzerland, Finland (sorry Pleky), Slovakia (Go Jaro!), and I’m really torn between Russia and Canada…
6. Time zones blow, episode 3245478 : Tonight, Russia-Canada starts at 1.30am, Finland-Czech Republic starts at 4am, and Slovakia-Sweden at 6am… It’s going to be tough.
7. French announcers are butchering hockey names too: Ingila (and it’s not a slip, they say it that way EVERY time), Mowow (that’s Morrow), Tornton (to be fair, pronouncing “TH” with a proper English accent is a nightmare for most of us…). And I’m not even speaking of Russian or Scandinavian names!
8. Just because this is technically still a habs blog, go check this out: it’s a gallery of habs players drawn by children, posted on the Montreal Gazette website. They love their goalies in Quebec!
Carey Price by Cate Paterson, 8
(That’s an interesting concept of enlarged nets, by the way… :P )
Now just a last word, the issues keeping me away from the blog are still there, so I’m not sure when I’ll be back to posting more regularly. I hope things will get back to normal soon. Sorry I’m not more specific, but that’s a family thing, so yeah, that’s personal… See you soon!
There is still some nhl hockey to be played before the olympic hockey tournament begins, but the olympics start today, and I’m already excited about it!
(Yeah, I left Andrei K and Konstantin Korneev out, but Andrei is still hurt, and Konstantin is probably never going to wear the bleu blanc rouge. And there are only 5 rings anyway!)
En attendant, dear habs, please beat the freaking flyers. Twice.
France Télévision, le groupe public de chaînes qui va diffuser les Jeux Olympiques de Vancouver en France, a annoncé qui allait être le spécialiste recruté pour commenter le tournoi de hockey.
Attention les yeux…
Aaaahahahahahaahahhahahahaaahahhahahahahaaa! Oh mon dieu…
Alors là ça va être inoubliable.