Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006
Responses, Part 7
Do you think the comments Gretzky made after Monday's hockey game will motivate Team Canada? Is he right when he says the whole world wants Canada to lose?
Here are responses to the above question:
I'm no hockey fan, but I enjoy both Olympic competition and Wayne Gretzky, the Michael Jordan of ice hockey (or Michael Jordan is the Wayne Gretzky of basketball). But listening to Wayne Gretzky, whom I greatly admire, blame "American propaganda" à la Russians blaming the American media for the pairs figure skating debacle, was disappointing at best and delusional at worst. I can assure you that as an American I certainly want the U.S. team to get the gold but if they don't, I hope Canada gets it. That's the extent of thought I've given to Canadian hockey. The notion that Americans have invested emotion in seeing the Canadian team lose is absurd, as most Americans recognize that the mecca of true hockey talent lies in Canada.
I'm no hockey fan, but I enjoy both Olympic competition and Wayne Gretzky, the Michael Jordan of ice hockey (or Michael Jordan is the Wayne Gretzky of basketball). But listening to Wayne Gretzky , whom I greatly admire, blame "American propaganda" ala the Russians blaming the American media for the pairs figure skating debacle, was disappointing at best and delusional at worst. I can assure you that as an American I certainly want the U.S. team to get the gold but if they don't, I hope Canada gets it. That's the extent of thought I've given to Canadian hockey. The notion that Americans have invested emotion in seeing the Canadian team lose is absurd, as most Americans recognize that the true hockey talent lies in Canada.
Gretzky is making a mountain out of a mole hill. He should stick to playing hockey. He does not have the moxey to motivate or create hype. Wayne is waning. The whole world expects Canada to be an awesome team, not a bunch of wimps that Wayne is implicating. Team Canada does not want to be a part of what Wayne is doing, its childish.
Wayne the whiner never ceases to amaze me. Nope, I can't support any team that he is part of. The reason: Throughout his entire career whenever something did not go his way he whined and whined. As a result, the Canadian media and fans fell for his baloney. And the same thing is happening again. By the way, what do you suppose was the reason for all that ruckus the other night? Well, let me tell you. Poor little Theo Fluery, another "actor" with Team Canada, was laying all over Czech goalie Dominek Hasek in front of the net and wouldn't let him up. Of course, Whiner didn't mention that in his pathetic "speech." Terrible to be so negative but ... Go Finland!
No, they don't hate us. But Gretzky was absolutely right about the unpunished cheap shots (the un-noticed slash on Nieuwendyk after the goal; the spearing, etc) that it's goon hockey if it's Canada and totally all right when the Czechs do it, and the Russians kick them in the corners and the stick work. Conspiracy? No. Biased refereeing and attitude? Yes.
If we were to win one medal only, that medal has to be in hockey, the whole world sees Canada as the Team To Beat; it is our game. For the same reason it will be a national disgrace if we don't perform well in the Olympic Hockey Tournament. What do we care if others don't like what Gretzky says? They can put their team on the ice against ours and let their players walk the walk. But for now we have to get behind Team Canada and do what real countries do believe in us. All the apologizers, naysayers, critics and doom and gloomers, just shut up!
I think that Gretzky's comments are part of a well crafted bit of motivational psychology. Furthermore I think it will work. Good for him.
I believe the whole Olympic games should be called off as they have now become political, a source of contention between countries when they were not meant to be. The Olympics, like all other professional sports, have become just another big business.
R. P. Haley
I definitely believe that Gretzky's comments will motivate team Canada. The proof will be in the pudding, when Canada wins the gold medal. I have been living in South America for the past two years and have been unable to watch any hockey games, only check the scores on the internet. I can just imagine how dirty the European players have been to Canada, furthermore if Team Canada got back at them I can just imagine how much controversy and back-lashing would come out of it. I would have been just as upset as Gretzky.
His remarks are a total embarrassment to Canada. He's made us look like a bunch of crybabies!
Mr. Gretzky's ranting; he didn't say too much. The entire world hates Canada? He got carried away in his definition of the term "WORLD". When Mr. Domi injured Mr. Niedermeier, did he do it out of love? What about Fleury sitting on Hasek, did he do it because he wanted to make the goalie more comfortable? What should all the rest of the world do? Be subservient to the Canadian Team and let it walk onto the podium to take the gold medal and let Mr. Gretzky be the Great One not only in playing the game but also in managing the game? These are two different areas, and Wayne should learn that he cannot say everything what he, as a player, was allowed. Where's the competition in Mr. Gretzky's vocabulary?
Karol O. Mikulash
Gretzky's right on. It's about time Canada had a spokesman who speaks with passion and truth when he talks about our national pastime.
As a Canadian visiting Florida, I watched the Czech game with an American who was watching hockey for the first time. Several times during the game and in particular with approx 40 seconds to go in the game he remarked "are you allowed to stick your opponent with the blade of the hockey stick"(referring to Hamerluk spearing Fleury while he was lying on the ice") I am wondering why a novice is able to finger an individual for an infraction of this magnitude and a so called world class referee is unable to catch many of the infractions.
Gretzky's comments might not motivate the team, but he is entirely accurate. The NBC commentators can't go more than 1 minute without mentioning "Canada's 50 year drought." It's the only thing they talk about during our games.
I think Gretzky crossed the line about the comments, he seems very frustrated at his own teams effort so far. I don't think anyone cares about his comments. I don't think too highly of him after shooting his mouth off... I believe he stepped out of line with his comments. He's the same player years ago when he played against the Devils one game and he got hit by Fetisov, after that he called the NHL turning into "A Mickey Mouse" Club, well that same Mickey Mouse Club went on to win a few Stanley Cups. He was prejudice then, and he still is now. I think his title got to his head, and he can't motivate his own players. This takes time and patience not outbursts like he's just done.
Nobody knows hockey and hockey politics like Gretzky. If he says it happens...it happens!
If Mr. Gretzky wanted to motivate the team, he should have done it in the dressing room out of sight of the media. I think his tirade was totally inappropriate especially since his wife and children are Americans and he lives in Los Angeles.