Hockey, sports

NHL no Olympics next year

So the NHL has officially killed the remaining hopes and dreams that we would see NHL stars win medals in the 2018 Olympics. I know they have their reasons and I’m sure they have some valid points. The biggest reason that we are hearing is that the owners are not getting enough incentive to allow the players to go overseas and take an extended break in the middle of the season. That to me translates to “We want you to give us the money we’re losing during the break” even though in the grand scheme of things they aren’t losing money it’s just making the season longer but all the games are still being played.

However, I can see both sides to the argument. Coming from the perspective of the team owners and managers if your team gets on a really good roll right before the Olympics and then has to take a break that can cause a halt in the momentum. Not to mention how many times have we seen this happen guys go to the Olympics end up injured and then can’t play upon their return. That’s also something I’m sure that is on their list of why they don’t want players participating in them. They invest a lot of money in these players to be able to play for them during the season.

From a players perspective, they want to grow the game and going to the Olympics is a sure fire way to get their names out there as well as grow the game. It will help the game get attention in places in may not get attention in regularly. It will help increase the fan base. It will help boost players egos which is sometimes a good thing and sometimes a bad thing depending on the player. It gives them something to look forward to knowing that this only happens once every four years for them to play in the Olympic games. It gives them added recognition besides just NHL accolades.

From a fan perspective, Well I’m a fan and really I only watched the last two winter Olympics because of hockey. I watched it because I wanted to support the Us born players from the league. The talent level that you get when watching with NHL players is incredible. However, let’s not take away from the fact that the KHL and other European hockey leagues also have some very talented players of their own. Also, as much as I do enjoy watching the NHL talent be showcased during these international games, I think it would be really nice to give non NHL players a chance to prove their skills. That is what is exciting about Olympic games is supporting these athletes that you don’t regularly hear of.

USA Hockey has some really talented players that are up and coming and it would be really nice to see them get a shot on a grand stage to play hockey with millions of people watching them. If they do well in the Olympics that will absolutely help to boost their careers because they will get the attention that they need. I know, I know but you want the “best players in the world” to play in the Olympic games. How can you say that non NHL players you haven’t seen play aren’t the best at what they do. They could very well be just as talented and haven’t made it to the NHL yet because maybe they’re still playing college hockey or something like that.

Those are some of my thoughts and feelings on the matter. Feel free to share yours in the comment section below.

sports

Federer and Nadal

If you ask someone what they will remember over the last decade of men’s tennis it is the rivalry and the friendship between two power house players. There’s no question that those of us who have gotten to witness countless matches against each other and countless championships are the lucky ones. It could be a very long time before you see two such strong incredible players come around like this again.

These two came a semi final short of meeting each other finally in the US Open and likely that opportunity may not come again. We all know that at age 36(Federer) and 31(Nadal) their careers are coming to an end. While both are adamant that they still have a few more years of tennis left in them one can only wonder how much they have left in the tank as far as grand slams go. One thing is for sure I will NEVER bet against Nadal when it comes to Roland Garros. He is afterall the king of clay being the only man to ever win 10…yes 10 French Open titles. That in itself was something magical to watch this year.

I will never forget watching some of their incredible finals when they played each other. When they played Wimbledon in 2008 and Nadal finally beat Federer on the grass court. It was something truly magical. To see that moment and see the admiration in both of their eyes that they had for each other. They say it all the time how much they admire and respect each other. Then you cut to this year at the Australian Open. Both of them coming back from an injury ridden 2016. It was just one of those epic Nadal-Federer moments.

The fact that between the two of them they have won every grand slam this year. Federer winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon and Nadal winning the French Open and US Open. It just proves that they can still play and they can sure as shit still win. It’s been so incredible to see two men who last year everyone was saying are over come back this year and basically say “hold my beer” and dominate.

This is the first time since 2011 that they are back on top of the charts as world number one (Nadal) and number two (Federer). I hope to see a few more good years out of these two before they call it a day on their careers. I think we can still get a few championships out of both of them yet.

On this night however we celebrate Nadal being champion again at the US Open. Congratulations to him!