Saturday, February 15, 2014

The US and Russia create Olympic memories, if you were awake

From where I sit it looks like Sochi saw a classic hockey game today...


It was dramatic, exciting, saw some controversy and a dramatic finish. T.J. Oshie starred in the shootout, taking 6 shots, scoring 4 times. Thrilling to watch. At least for anyone who was up. I wasn't. I woke up in time to read all about the game. So did most of the west coast. At least people in the eastern time zone got to see the game. It's going to be just as bad in Pyongchang. For example, the eastern time zone is GMT -5, pacific is -8. Pyongchang is +9. Meaning there's a 7 to 10 hour time difference. Yes, this is a great example of high quality hockey and does a great job promoting the game. Provided you saw it. And further to that, after next Sunday, we won't see it again. Not because the NHL is back, but because the NHL doesn't have any control over the video or images. If the league could take this and do something with it, it would be great. But they can't. The IOC has all the control. Until the NHL gets major concessions on that front, I can't see the league wanting it's players half a world away to get basically nothing out of it.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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