Thursday, February 11, 2010

OTWT:Olympic Hockey Thoughts

A couple of months ago, the United States shocked the world and went into Canada and beat the Canadians to win the World Junior Championships. Now the Canadians might have their shot at revenge as they get ready to host the Olympics. The Olympic hockey tournament is one of my favorites events, the tournament is played at such a high level its amazing. After breaking down the teams and the watching countless games this year, here are OTWT predication for the best hockey tournament in the world

Gold: Russia: Geno and Ovie can you name more dynamic players in the world. The thing about the duo is that they do not care about the crowd, they love playing in tough places.

Silver: Canada: They might have the best team on paper, but what is going to happen when something goes wrong will the crowd turn on them or will they be supportive. The Canadians were heavy favorites to win the WJC and fell in the final. I have a feeling that this might be more of the same.

Bronze: Sweden: The Sedin twins and Backstrom what more could you ask for. People forget that they are the defending champs and the champs until someone knocks them out.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Cover Story: Super Saints

The Saints beat the Colts in a good Super Bowl. Here is how the newspapers in Indianapolis and New Orleans covered the game.

The Times Picayune
The Advocate

Kokomo Tribune

Indianapolis Star

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The NFL should follow UEFA

A couple of year ago UEFA made a brilliant decision, yes I said that they made a good decision. The governing body of European soccer decided to move its flagship event the Champions League final from Wednesday to Saturday. The move would allow more people to enjoy the event and not have to worry about going to work the next day. This years finals will be the first held on the weekend.

Maybe the NFL should do the same with its flagship event the Super Bowl. Sure tradition has it that the NFL plays its biggest event on Sunday. Moving the event back a day would allow for lot more people to enjoy the game and not have to worry about heading to school or work the next the day. Its one thing to start the game at 4 p.m. on a Sunday, but to start it at almost 6:30 p.m. means the game is not ending to after 10 p.m., if you are lucky.

"It is clear that great sports traditions can clearly be altered if there is value in doing so. And in a survey by the American Mustache Institute of its 2,000-plus members, nearly 80 percent said they would support moving the Super Bowl to Saturday,'' wrote Dr. Abraham Froman at the Huffington Post.

Moving the event would also allow mean more production at work on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Most Monday's after the Super Bowl are a waste, some of the people in the office are tired from the watching the game and maybe even hungover after enjoying one to many adult beverages. There would be none of those excuses if the game was moved to Saturday.

I know the NFL thinks that they are biggest league in the world but maybe they should follow someone lead.