Well, the Olympics certainly ended on a sour note – didn’t they? Not only did our hockey team lose to Canada, they then went on and lost to Finland in the bronze medal game as well. This means no Olympic medal at all for me to celebrate in what is certainly my favorite Olympic event. I can’t say I was surprised by the American loss to the Canadians. Canada’s Olympic team is an all-star team while our team is, well, not. While the score was just 1-0 the Canadians really dominated our boys, not letting them get many second chance shots and that was pretty much that. I suppose we could all find some comfort in the fact the score was only 1-0.
I think the loss to Canada fueled the letdown in the game against Finland. It certainly wasn’t going to be an easy game. The Americans were facing the best goalie in the world in Tuukka Rask, but I didn’t expect it to turn into a 5-0 blowout. This leads me to believe Team U.S.A. didn’t really have their hearts in the game, which is why it ended the way it did. Such is life, I suppose. I guess I’ll have to wait another four years to hopefully see the Americans finally beat the Canadians in the Olympics.
Until that time I suppose I can pass the time by watching some basketball. It is actually an interesting time in the NBA. The trade deadline just passed which means, as usually happens, lots of stars were rumored to be on the way out of their respective towns only to have the deals fall apart at the last minute. Yes, Rajon Rondo is still a Boston Celtic, Kevin Love still wears a Timberwolves jersey and Pau Gasol is still a Laker. Andre Miller on the other hand got traded for Denver and now plays in Washington which I guess serves as a consolation prize for those of us who love a good trade. There are so many considerations in making a deal in the NBA that I’m not surprised that deals involving huge names rarely happen, but it’s fun to think about it when the possibility is still out there.
We are just a few days away from March, which means this is a great time to watch some college basketball. March Madness will begin in earnest on March 18, but until that point there’s still a lot of good basketball to watch as the conferences begin their own tournaments. In a lot of ways, I enjoy watching the conference tournaments even more than the main tournament later in the month. They can often produce upsets you never saw coming. There is also a lot more animosity between the teams as they are rivals who have played each other a couple times already during the season and this can often lead to a much more interesting game. Whatever the reason you can be assured I am ready to watch. I’m guessing you are too!