Ilya kovalchuk scored in overtime against Canada to give Russia the gold medal in the World Championship.
Wasn’t Ilya Kovalchuk The Man From Uncle’s cool sidekick?
Remember when Kovalchuk, in the World Junior’s a few years back, skated in on a breakaway to Canada’s empty net and waved one arm as he went in?
I’ve always wondered why someone hasn’t smashed their stick across his face since then in payback for such a showboat move.
In other news:
Did you know that Versus TV is thinking about bringing back the tracking puck? Remember it? It was around for a season back in the 1980’s, or maybe it was the 1970’s, when NBC, or ABC, or CBS, decided that American fans couldn’t see the puck very well, so these pucks had a coloured flare on it on TV for these blind Americans.
It was horrible, distracting, and ridiculous. A survey at the time showed that Canadian hockey fans couldn’t figure out why any of this was necessary. The common consensus was that Canadian hockey fans had no problem at all seeing the puck, so why couldn’t Americans?
I read back then that when one of these pucks went into the stands, ushers went looking for them and made the fans give them back because they cost over $200 each.
People still make jokes about these tracking pucks. And now they might be coming back. Imagine.
In other news:
Pittsburgh has taken out the Philadelphia Flyers in a lopsided 6-0 game in a lopsided five-game series. Good riddance to the Flyers. Flyer fan Frank the Tank says the Flyers are the most exciting team in hockey.
So all we need now is for Detroit to finish off Dallas so we can see Crosby and Malkin take on Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
Anyway, it’s summer, and I’ll watch if it doesn’t get in the way of me going to the beer store, or working, or cutting the lawn, or playing with the cat. I’m still recovering from the Habs.
Cripes, where are those damned Expos?
Pittsburgh and Detroit are exactly what Gary Bettman has dreamed about when his wife rolls over and goes to sleep. Wouldn’t want a Canadian team in the final.
And the blog carries on.