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Not drinking the Pepsi on Team Canada’s new chant

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Ed. Note: I wrote this a little over a week ago and was hoping to find a place for it to run before the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. However, since the final game was tonight, it obviously didn’t. So I’m running it here.

With the IIHF’s World Junior hockey tournament just finishing and the Winter Olympics on the horizon, it appears Canadians are quickly getting into a cheering spirit.

I’m having a hard time.

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Written by M.

January 5, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Five hockey pitches for 30 for 30 + NFL Week 13 picks

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ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is fascinating, unique and surprisingly good.

They’re also heavy on the big sports – except hockey.

Basketball is especially represented: there are docs on Reggie Miller, Len Bias, Allen Iverson and Hank Gathers. So is football, with docs touching the USFL, the Raiders in Los Angeles and Miami’s powerhouse Hurricanes in the 80s. Baseball is also in the mix: Jordan’s foray with the White Sox, Steve Bartman and the new Yankee Stadium.

Hockey’s lone entry: one about the cultural impact of the 1988 Wayne Gretzky trade.

Not to bash ESPN – I do understand that hockey is still a niche sport in the eyes of The Worldwide Leader – but it does feel a little lacking, especially given how other, far less popular sports (women’s tennis, for instance).

But rather then write some lengthy diatribe about how ESPN has screwed the NHL – a topic beaten to death – how’s this: five angles that ESPN could use to fill any remaining slot in it’s 30 for 30 series. Read the rest of this entry »