The Mitchell Report: Olympic Hockey and the Sam story
Posted February 16, 2014
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
NHL and the Olympics
I thoroughly enjoyed waking up Saturday morning, brewing a nice cup of coffee and watching an extremely entertaining hockey game between the U.S. and Russia. I watched this thinking about how the NHL owners are strongly considering not letting their players go to the Olympics in 2018. There is a lot of speculation about this because the NHL isn't too keen on suspending the season for more than two weeks. Some are complaining ticket sales go down after such a long break. Other owners worry about injuries. I really enjoyed this hockey game, but I am not the person who needs to be sold. The NHL is looking for new fans. I wonder if the Olympics helps the league or hurts the league. Here is one point someone brought up to me this week which made me think. If you are completely new to the game of hockey and watch the Olympics, will you be as entertained by the sport when the NHL returns? The Olympics is essentially a collection of all-star teams. This is really beautiful hockey. Would it almost be a letdown if you become a hockey fan during these two weeks only to find out the NHL is good, but not that good? The TJ Ohsie moment was fantastic! The question is, does that kind of thing do enough for the sport to prove worthwhile for NHL owners? I am very curious to hear some opinions on this because I am on the fence. I love to see the pros out there but I can certainly see both sides.
The Sam Story
I was going to share this story in the"worth reading" reading section, but I really want to say more about it. This story by Pat Forde really struck me. It's probably because I am a journalist, but it was so nice to read about others in the media choosing to do the right thing and not report on the Michael Sam story. I truly appreciate what the University of Missouri student newspaper is teaching its students. I know a lot of people think the media is cut-throat and only out to get ratings and sell newspapers. It's not always that way for individuals. So many news managers and editors will force reporters to go with stories and forget about the humans involved. I am happy to say I don't work for that kind of news organization, but I have before and it's not a lot of fun. This story was Sam's to share. I am so glad he got to do it on his terms even with a newspaper knowing the entire story.
A really in depth look into Duke's Tommy Amaker and what he has been able to build at Harvard. This is a long piece.
Um... thanks mom?