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Postings for 2006/02/20

The Mighty Quinn needs to shake things up..

Ed At The Games
Pat Quinn has built a solid reputation as a great hockey thinker. However, like most reputations there comes a time when you are dining out on past glory and the question gets asked: "what have you done for us lately ??".....Well Pat, time to solidify your rep....DO SOMETHING !.....I spoke with a hockey colleague of mine this morning and suggested that both Todd Bertuzzi and Vinny Lecavalier could be replaced by Eric Staal, then I chimed in and said maybe Bryan McCabe could be sat for Dan Boyle. His answer to me was "that would be embarrassing, and the optics of second guessing oneself would be bad."....Well, says I, what is more embarrasiing than two shut ot losses to the Swiss and the FInns ??? And while we're at it, you want second guessing? The minute Canada finishes in third (or worse), then second guessing will become an Olympic Sport.....Ciao !
  Posted: 2006/02/20 10:09:15

A fresh face on the city...But the passion cools

Ed At The Games
Yesterday it began to snow about 10:00 am and by midnight there was at least 3 inches of beautiful white fluffy snow covering everything. with the flood-lit city already decorated with full Olympic regalia, this added beauty made the city sparkle.....An altogether perfect night (....Unless of course you happpen to be a Canadian hockey fan ....two shutout losses isn't making Pat Quinn a happy genius....)This morning we saw a second benefit of the fresh fall of snow, the grey, polluted air that we have become used to, had been cleaned and the bright blue sky allowed us our first good view of the Italian Alps, just an hour away.....with this new look to begin week two of the games, there also has come a sense that the Italians have gotten over the infatuation with holding the games and this whole "hosting the world" thing has gotten a bit stale. My sense is that the honeymoon is over....The Olympics become a grind at this point, and even with the medal rounds in most sports starting this week, the feeling here among the locals is that it was a nice one-week party, but now it's becoming hard work..... Let's hope the fresh fall of new snow re-ignites the passion...more later
  Posted: 2006/02/20 10:01:29
Darius in hussar,alberta
"How will Vancouver 2010 do against Turin?"
Ed At The Games
Darius, I have no doubt that the Vancouver Winter Games will be one of the best ever. Turin, as I have said before, is coming off as just O.K. - nothing remarkable or outstanding. The Italians are getting everything done, but there is yet to be a defining moment or real Games "personality," except to say that this event will be somewhat forgettable. Vancouver, on the other hand, I feel, will carry the passion and enthusiasm that comes when you are awarded the Games, throughout the entire event. Plus I think Canada will embrace the Olympics and show the world what an awesome country we live in....Let's hope I'm right.
  Posted: 2006/02/20 05:39:51