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by George Malik on 03/18/14 at 04:25 AM ET
This is a little off-topic, and Paul already posted an entry on the CBC's Tim Wharnsby's chat with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who's not sure whether he'd return to coach Team Canada for a third time in 2018 (assuming that the NHL participates in the Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea), but I had to smile at Babcock's take on his team's uphill playoff battle given that there are now ELEVEN Red Wings who are either out for tonight's game vs. Toronto (if the man isn't relentlessly consistent, I don't know what he is)...
"There is no sense worrying about [the injuries]," Babcock said. "What we've told our guys is the standings aren't in our way. It's just getting our mind right. What I mean by that is our belief system. We are organized enough. We have good structure. We can work hard enough. We have to believe that we're good enough. We have to find a way to win and I believe we're going to find a way. We not going to win the way our fans are used to seeing us play. But all I care about is getting two points."
As well as his advice to ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, which shouldn't surprise you in the slightest in terms of what value Babcock places on others' opinions of his performance:
"The outside pressure they were dealing with was absolutely crazy," said Babcock, who studied sports psychology at McGill. "It's tough to win silver and, when I say tough, I mean it was difficult to handle after winning gold four years earlier.
"I talked to them a few times, including when they were stretching in a weight room near my room [in the Athletes' Village]. I told them that only the people who live in my house or visit me at the lake are allowed to have an opinion and that no one else gets one.
"You can't make everybody happy and that's the attitude you need as an Olympian and as a human being. You give maximum effort and make yourself happy. You don't have to make the rest of the world happy."
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