"That...well, it just doesn't seem like exactly the comparison we looking for in this particular instance. As luck would have it, Jeremy Roenick was sitting right next to Milbury at the time, and he wasn't having this."
-D.C. Sports Bog by Dan Steinberg
By now, most if not all, of us got word of the latest unabashed
teeny bopper crush and unsolicited affection Mike Milbury heaped on Sidney Crosby during the first intermission of the Canada-Norway tilt yesterday. Par for the course followed by an ace in the hole: Jeremy Roenick's response. Thank you JR. It was a welcome relief to hear (if you haven't already, catch up over at the DC Sports Bog mentioned amongst the many gems in today's Cap's Clips) some counterbalancing sandpaper-ish comments in response to Milbury's typical fawning over Crosby regardless of how much that obsession with the NHL's 'Golden Boy' has any, some or no relevance to a question's subject matter and the ensuing points being discussed at hand. To say the expression on Milbury's face after Roenick vocalized his disagreement was priceless and how much we took delight in that tense moment is an understatement. Especially to the Capitals' faithful. Make no mistake and let's not kid ourselves here. Crosby is arguably one of the best players in the NHL today, but save that for another discussion.
As if NBC's Olympic Men's Ice Hockey coverage gaffes weren't enough. But I digress ... more after the jump
Quite frankly, it is a shame that
the esteemed CU alumnus, Milbury missed a golden opportunity to promote the sport or, more fittingly, the passion of Canada to those multitudes of viewers who, by casually watching Olympics yesterday, perhaps watched hockey with a bit more interest than they would normally spare for the game. Some may have wondered who this Ovechkin guy is that they hear about from time to time and maybe further wonder why all the fuss for a Russian who plays for an ice hockey team in the world's most powerful city. Perhaps not.
But since Mike, and in fairness Jeremy didn't exactly help matters, failed to answer the gist of the question posed after NBC ran a mini human interest story clip on Alex Ovechkin for viewers, and potentially new fans, I thought I'd throw that same very question out there. With whom do you compare Ovechkin to from a historical perspective within the sport of ice hockey and perhaps outside of it?
So to my fellow Rinkers, let's pick up NBC's slack just for kicks. Put yourself in Milbury's seat and answer the question that was posed to him, keeping in mind that the spotlight shining on the sport that you and I are passionate about doesn't get any bigger than this. It's the Olympics and the world's best are playing the game of ice hockey for their countries. Dig into the vast and rich history of the game, as played in the NHL and around the world, and share the phenomenon that is Ovechkin with the casual viewer and potential fan:
With whom do you compare Ovechkin to from a historical perspective within the sport of ice hockey and perhaps outside of it?
As J.P. likes to say ...
Have at it, people.