The Hawks’ Nest


Now what?
March 1, 2010, 6:13 pm
Filed under: Winterhawks | Tags: ,

True story: So yesterday my wife and I were watching the U.S. – Canada gold medal game. We’re both Canadian, but our son was born in America. Anyway, his afternoon naps usually last until 2:30 or 2:45, but for some reason yesterday he woke up early. We brought him into the TV room to watch the final moments of the third period of the hockey game, and less two minutes after our American-born son came into the room, Zach Parise put a rebound past Roberto Luongo to send the game to overtime.

It’s a good thing Sidney Crosby won it for Canada in OT, because I was poised to pack up my son and ship him off to his grandparents in Canada had he caused the U.S. to win.

And even though the Olympics have been over for less than 24 hours, I already miss them. The hockey portion was riveting of course, making tomorrow’s Canucks-Blue Jackets game a bit of a comedown. But as much as I enjoyed the hockey, I’ll miss the other sports too: skiing, snowboarding, bobsled, speed skating, curling, figure skating. OK, not figure skating, but still.

The point is, as cliche as it is, it’s exhilarating watching athletes who have spent four years waiting for this moment.

Between the excitement of the Olympics and watching the Winterhawks battle for playoff position, everything else out there seems to pale in comparison.

As I visited a few sports sites today at lunch, I found myself unable to muster much excitement for the sports news of the day. Shaquille O’Neal’s thumb injury? Not interested. Josh Hamilton missing time in Spring Training? Whatever. The NFL combine? I don’t care about the 40-yard dash times of left guards even at the best of times.

I know it will all come back soon enough, but right now, I’d like nothing more than another Canada-U.S. matchup.

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