Sorry for the rush job on this particular post, but an old grade school friend of mine co-hosts a radio show on WJFK on Saturdays with Brian Mitchell Saturday mornings at 10 am. LISTEN
He called me yesterday to pick my brain about the Olympics and the NHL shutting down for a couple of weeks, assuming I was going to be upset about it. He was shocked when I told him how excited I was about seeing the best in the world competing against the best.
He comes from more of a basketball/baseball background and mentioned Mark Cuban's issues with players competing in international competition since one his the Mavericks star players got hurt. A lot was also made about the Red Sox and Yankees not being terribly thrilled with their players competing in the World Basebeall classic.
He thought the fans would be scared of their players getting hurt, would be upset about going without games for 2, and fear that their team would lose focus with the playoffs coming up in a couple of months.
I argued that we know how much it means to the players, and that as hockey fans, we love having a chance to see the best in the world play in a pressure packed situation.
What say you, fellow rink rats?