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Postings for 2006/02/17

The former Communists love to be FANS

Ed At The Games
Another one of my observations here is the exploding of stereotypes and incorrect images that most people have about eastern Europeans. The general impression about the fine people from former communist countries like Latvia, Slovakia, Russia, Estonia an Kazahkstan is that these are stoic, cold, unemotional and reserved folks who show little outward passion.......Well, there's nothing like sports to blow that myth out of the water!!....Here in Torino, the wildest fans are all from the former communist countries. When it comes to singing, dancing in the stands, wearing bizarre headgear and waving flags, no one can touch these crazy fans.....In fact, win or lose, they roam around the venues and street plazas dressed in national colors cheering and singing ....All of this behaviour is very harmless and always constructive, cheering on their teams and waving huge banners in organized displays of sheer joy in supporting their nation...... More Later....
  Posted: 2006/02/17 11:17:14

We can Learn a lesson about SLOW food

Ed At The Games
Just a short observation, which I knew for quite some time, but was reminded of yesterday: North Americans value "fast" food and Europeans cherish SLOW food. Here in Torino (and I am sure all of Italy) meals are activities which have little to do with being hungry and everything to do with enjoying your friends with a 2-to-3 hour visit based on serving lots of red wine, cheese, fruit and cold cuts, some soup, a pasta dish, then some fish or meat, followed by a salad. Nothing is hurried and everything is the best of quality. Italians take their food seriously and they take it slowly..... So Buon Appetito...and take your time.
  Posted: 2006/02/17 11:05:39

Friday at the Winter Games

Ed At The Games
Good Morning from Torino, We woke to a double dose of pollution this morning, but here in the city it may be better than in the mountain venues, as it's snowing heavy wet stuff which is wreeking havoc on the alpine events....... now that the games are entering the second week it's obvious that they will be a success, but not a roaring one, the sense is that the Italians like the notoriety of having the games, but now that they're here they're losing the needed enthusiasm to carry off the 16 days....don't get me wrong they're incredibly friendly and helpful, just a little overwhelmed at how much work it takes....the city of Turin is now fully "Olympic-ed" with flowers everywhere and banners on every major structure, but it's going to take more than decoration to make these Games truly memorable. Stay tuned.
  Posted: 2006/02/17 05:47:22

Women's Hockey at The Olympics

Ed At The Games
Ok, let me begin by saying that the women who play, coach and officiate hockey should be applauded for their efforts. The sport has grown at an amazing rate worldwide and continues to improve as each tournament is played. Having said that it does not belong in the Olympics. Scores of 16-0 and 12-0 with shots on goal differentials of 66-8 and 57-6 are a joke! The Russian goalie hasn't a chance even against the weaker countries like Germany and Switzerland. The skill level of the Swedes and Finns when it comes to skating, shooting and passing compared to the U.S. and Canada is akin to beer leaugers playing against NHLers. Last week I watched a game where the Italians had two 5-on-3 powerplays and didn't even get the puck across the redline. Now, I can hear all the arguments, like "how can we expect the weaker countries to improve if they don't get the best competition"... blah, blah, blah... Well fine, have all the friendly matches, exhibitions and round robin tournaments you want, just DON'T GIVE OUT OLYMPIC GOLD!! Unless a sport can field 8 to 10 countries who can compete at a reasonably equal level, it doesn't belong here. I know Hazel McCallion and even Don Cherry will not like this reality, but I do know my Grill Room buddy Steve Buffery will buy me a beer after reading this.... Ciao for now.
  Posted: 2006/02/17 05:33:49