Wow...what to say. The morning after the stunning loss to USA, Canada has to be thinking what happened. While the players will never make any public comments or criticizims until the Tournament is over, they have to be forcing themselves from spewing out questions.
This is where I step in. I will ask the two biggest culprits for the loss some questions on their behalf.
To Martin Brodeur:
- Were you surprised to be named the starter for the USA game after giving up two goals to the less than mighty Swiss team while Roberto Luongo has yet to allow a goal?
- Who do you think stole the blades off you skates and put Crisco on you belly that led to you flopping around like a fish out of water on three of USA's goals?
- Did you think you were playing cricket, or trying to impress the crowd when you swatted the puck out of mid-air trapping your two defensemen going back for the puck, allowing for Brian Rafalski to score his fourth straight USA goal?
- Were you that desperate for an assist that you felt like setting up Rafalski's second goal with the previous questions actions?
Marty, while your decisions and play had a significant role in the loss, we're going to put the most blame on the man who put you in net to begin with.
- Let's start easy: why Brodeur over Luongo? Why a man who barely beat the Swiss over a man yet to surrender a goal?
- Why break apart the Crosby-Nash-Iginla line? Most people when they strike it rich...don't give back the money? Seeing them dominate two of the last three minutes trying to tie the game...to erase the hole your leadership got them into was a sight to see...sooooo.
- Why no timeout on the offside to get your best line some rest after dominating the zone? Only to see the next line unable to gain the zone and give up the empty netter?
- Why are you trying to match up some of the slower Canadian players vs the faster American? Anyone can figure how they would end. But I saw Joe Thornton out there an awful lot in a speed game while your best forward, Crosby watched from the bench. That's of course when he wasn't on the ice for his 13 minutes.
- Why play Crosby so little? Still bitter over your Stanley Cup defeat? Bitter enough to let Canada sink over a petty action by you?
- Are you trying to impress the world with your coaching ability? By over coaching and making stupid decisions, making us realize...
- Are you afraid of being called a fraud for inheriting a loaded Detroit team and piggy backing that to be named Coach of Team Canada by Detroit alumn Steve Yzerman?
Have you learned from your mistakes? Are you man enough to swallow you pride and correct your bad decisions? If so, then re-unite Iginla-Nash and Crosby! Then put the best goalie in the game, Roberto Luongo, back in net and at least wait until he gives up a goal before switching him.
I'm afraid I already know the answer to most of these questions Mr. Babcock. Unfortunately for you, even a Gold winning performance might not be enough to get the lipstick off your pig. If they fail in getting the gold...ohh boy, Mike, you may want to consider coaching in Texas or Florida rather than directly south of the boarder...so the demands for your head and taunts of fraud and overrated can barely be heard.
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