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Another Day of Olympic Glory

Thoughts from an Olympic television junkie…

Thought about going to my local Cineplex to watch the Team Canada-Norway game on the big screen at the theatre. Sally and I even drove over to inquire about prices. $11.45 to watch daily with come-and-go privileges and $34.95 for a full Olympic pass.

Pass.

I bought this big HDTV for a reason and as fun as it might sound, watching hockey in a theatre with a bunch of other Team Canada fans, it wasn’t worth $23. Especially after it became clear that we might be the only ones in the theatre.

So back home we went, huddled down in front of the big TV, popped our own corn and got ready to yell Go, Canada, Go! (No, not that stupid corporate cheer that the “I Believers” wanted us to yell).

Two things from Tuesday…

1) If pairs and men’s figure skating is any indication, then Will Ferrell’s Blades of Glory was a documentary.

2) The men’s Olympic hockey tournament opened and to no one’s surprise, Team Canada walloped Norway 8-0.

The Canadians got off to a slow start, but once the Norwegians were spent (boy, those guys came out hard in the first period) and almost as soon as Canadian head coach Mike Babcock put Jaroma Iginla on a line with Sidney Crosby and Rick Nash, the Canadians exploded.

Iginla finished with the hat-trick, Crosby had three helpers and Roberto Luongo had to make only 15 saves to record the shutout. Canada outshot Norway 42-15 and it probably could have been a lot worse, but a number of tipped shots just whistled wide.

It was the most goals Canada has scored in an Olympic game since the NHL was permitted to participate in 1998 and yet, still, if I were a tall forehead with the Edmonton Oilers, I’d find a way to acquire Norwegian goalie Pal Grotnes.

Canada plays the Swiss on Thursday. We won’t be going to the theatre.