A very good friend of mine sent me an e-mail over the weekend that pretty much sums up my feelings about this past weekend's NHL Skills Competition:
"… half the guys looked like they didn't care and the other half were trying these things that they couldn't pull off. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat. It was bad."
Exactly. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat.
What if Kovalev had put on a bra? Would that have tipped the scales in his favour?
It's time to cancel the entire All-Star Weekend. No better city to finish it on than Montreal. You can't beat those fans.
The players don't care about the event and two of them were willing to face a suspension so they wouldn't have to go.
Sidney Crosby was guilted into going when he should have been home resting his injured left knee.
Just end it. Give the players a weekend off and then start up again.
On another lighter note, this quote from Keith Tkachuk about seeing his young teammates play PSP really made me laugh:
"It's one of those things I'm not very fond of, seeing guys playing PSP. I know the (NHL) has changed so much, but I see these guys playing PSP, it's the same games that my kids have. I remember the days where guys played cards the whole flight and had a beer. Now it's all protein shakes and PSP games. I'm glad I got an opportunity to play in a different era and now play in this era. It's interesting to see the difference."
And by interesting he means profoundly disappointing.
This morning's show is profoundly entertaining:
-Djokovic/Roddick Quarter-Final match up at the Aussie Open kicks it off
-It's followed by our first Super Bowl report from Tampa with Rod Smith
-Oilers/Canucks/Flames news in the first portion of the show!
-Marty Gerber is finished with the Sens. Did he even get started?
-Bob McKenzie has an Insider report on the NHL's suspension of Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom. They're being punished for doing what every other player wanted to do: Skip the All-Star Game
-We also have a story about The Farnham Glacier! Yes! The Farnham Glacier! Admittedly… there was not much going on last night in the world of sports.