Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/25/10 at 12:31 PM ET
from Michael Rosenberg at Sports Illustrated,
The NHL is supposedly thinking about skipping the 2014 Olympics. Now, this is a brilliant idea. On Wednesday night, as I watched Canada’s Dan Boyle thread a gorgeous backhanded pass to Ryan Getzlaf for a goal, kick-starting a 7-3 victory over Russia and making Viagra unnecessary in Canada, I thought, “Dammit, I should be watching Predators-Blue Jackets right now.”
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cannot be serious about this. These Olympics are the best show hockey has put on in years. Why would he want to stop that?
The NHL should not just commit to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia—Bettman should offer to grab two hockey sticks and paddle his way across the Atlantic.
This is a no-brainer. And to really understand why, you have to understand the internal squabble in this sport for the last few decades between two groups: purists and marketers.
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