Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Power rankings?

Our regular readers know me for my positive attitude, and how I like to find the good in everything, which is what makes this post so difficult for me.

Now looking at the title of the post, "Power rankings?", you'd think I would be writing a post to publicly bash the other "contributor" to this humble blog, and where his weekly staple of a column has been the last, oh, two months, but no, I am a better person than that.

What I am writing about quickly is that last night Alex Ovechkin injured his knee on a knee-on-knee hit with the Hurricanes Tim Gleason. Ovie left the game, did not return, and it has been speculated that he will be out for 2 months at least.

I wish absolutely no injuries to any player these days (I wished for 5 straight seasons Tom Brady would get hurt and when he went down at the start of last season in the NFL, I felt sick to my stomach), but this could be a big advantage for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

If you asked me yesterday who the biggest competition for the gold would be with Canada, without hesitation, I would have answered Russia. Russia would be my answer because they would probably have the best player in the tournament, and in a short tournament like how the Olympics works, the team with the best player will always be in the thick of things. However, with this injury, if it's as serious as it looks, he may not play

Let's say though, that number 8 is out for 2 months. That means his return would be at the START of February. Ovie would be back just in time for the Olympics, and as dynamic as he is, I'm not sure he's 100% from a knee injury for the tournament.

I'm not writing this post as a Canadian hockey fan who's scared of the Russian team. Nor am I writing it to say we've clinched the gold medal. All I am trying to say in this post is that who we, as Canadians, thought our biggest competition was at the Olympics, may no longer be the team we talk about in the gold medal game.

Even if there's no "I" in team, you gotta admit this hurts Russia's chances...



  1. ovechkin skated today...webber is gonna kill him like he did at the world jrs