There are happenings in sports that are few and far in between and the Olympics are no different. Occurring every four years, okay two for ones that watch both Summer and Winter religiously, it is a time for the regular sports fan to throw away their petty allegiances and cheer for country. Whether American, Canadian, European, Russian, etc we stand and cheer as one for our national heroes.
With Vancouver kicking off last night, I want to give a bit of history lesson and also what I think are things to watch for.
1. The Georgian team, how will these young men and women react after the lose of their fellow Olympian. I think on a whole, this team has gained (in a sadden way) more fans.
2. For all the sledder, lugers, and skeleton racers, how will these guys and girls react going down the fastest track in the world. The world was given a quick kick in the butt in terms of how dangerous these sports are and how the fastest course can also be the deadliest. I know people are already talking about the "50/50" turn, but look at this track on a whole, once you are up to speed, there is no slowing down till the end.
3. Hockey time and if the NHL in their lack of wisdom have their way, the last time of NHL participation. Yeah, in 2014 you might see a reenactment of 1980, but like in basketball, the best of the best wont be on hand if the NHL calls the shots.
Speaking of 1980, if anybody tells you they watched the "Miracle on Ice" live, ask them to either A. show their ticket stub or B. ask them what part of Canada were they in. For 99 percent of America, the game was on tape delay.
Back to the NHL guys playing, personally speaking I am looking forward to watching Team USA vs Team Canada. I will also watch the Czechs with what is more than likely Jagr's last Olympics.
4. What will all the skiers be skiing on anyway? D.C., Dallas, and the greater Northeast have been buried under all the snow Vancouver is wishing they were getting. Hopefully Lindsey Vonn heals enough to show the world she is more than just a pretty face.
5. What not to watch for, any sport with French and Russian judges. Slo that means no ice dancing, no figure skating, and no couple skates. On top of that, I find all three boring as hell. If I am watching any skating that isn't hockey, it's speed skating.
6. Finally, like in basketball in the Summer Games, how much has the rest of the world caught up with the X-Games intrusion of the Olympics. I would say so much so that Shaun White has invented a new trick to unveil this year. Go USA.
There's a quick rundown on what to watch over the next couple of weeks. So, sit by the TV or comp and cheer your favorites on. Go Team USA, Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, and Team Georgia. May the world be at peace over the next few weeks.