I think there's a typo in this USA TODAY article I'm reading about whether NHL players will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Korea. Here's the Gary Bettman quote where I think there's an error, see if you catch it too:
"We have made it very clear that the decision that has to be made is a balancing act," Bettman said. "It's not all good. It's not all bad. It has to be balance."
See the typo? I thought you would. Here's, obviously, how it should read.
"OOO MMM GGGGGGGG!," Bettman said. "Are you kidding me? Of course we will be there. The players love it, the fans love it, the hockey is 70 times better than our best regular-season games, um, yeah, we're counting down the days."
Hate to be a grammar cop.
Bettman, in fairness, is the commissioner of the National Hockey League, not curator of Game with Puck on Frozen Pond. His direct interest is his league, not his sport. But of course they go together, and any result but full NHL participation in PyeongChang, South Korea, four years from now would be a travesty.
So the games would be played at inconvenient (for us) times. So the travel is difficult. So some players will get hurt.
The Olympics are just about the only time when hockey gets non-hockey fans talking except when it's about a cheap shot. The Stanley Cup Finals don't even register outside the sport anymore, except for the hard-to-hear "Oh, hockey's over?". The other Winter Games events have their moments, but there are far fewer sports here than in the Summer Games, leaving room for hockey to take the spotlight. It did so in 2010, and it already has done so this year.
NHL, don't let us down.
Hockey's -- sorry, the NHL's -- greed and disconnect with fans are both frustrating and familiar. Higher-than-ever prices, offensively challenged games, canceled seasons, erratic-if-not-hilariously bad attempts at discipline, and so on.
The NHL is the only league where you can rank lockouts.
Some owners, probably, see the Olympic break as an annoying obstacle, a 16-day hiatus that puts a crimp in the schedule and team revenues. In Olympic years NHL seasons have to be compacted even more than they are, and the logical result is relatively fewer games with the players at top form. Many games are a drag.
It is not my assertion that NHL games should be of Olympic quality. But, these high-quality games do exist as long as the NHL allows them to, and as far as fans go with the Olympics there is no going back. Imagine in 2018 a U.S. team of college players. Really?
The NHL, and Bettman, should see it now as their duty to participate. Figure out the terms later, but when Bettman gets the question now of whether or not we'll see the NHL at the Olympics in 2018 he should answer it the way I laid out before, or, perhaps better, by saying this:
If he removes the NHL from Olympic Participation it will be the final nail in his coffin as the WORST COMMISSIONER in sports history.
Schopp is right.
And hack writers such as Bucky Gleason are wrong. For the reasons laid out here, the NHL belongs in the Olympics.
I haven't watched of these Games because of the time difference ... not interested in watching a game when I alread know the outcome.
Are you serious? You are a complete idiot!
The Olympics are for AMATEURS! That is what made the 1980 team so special. They may have been NHL prospects, but not true pros. That the USSR and the Eastern Bloc sent professionals does not change the fact that the Olympics are NOT for professionals! PERIOD. The NHL like the morons in the NBA has NO BUSINESS in the Olympics at all. The NBA went in there because and only because the US basketball people were upset that the Chinese were beating us on a too regular basis and "we can't have that happening" so in went the pros. It was and remains a stupid idea and needs to be stopped immediately to prevent further embarrassment. The US has an obligation to be better than "we have to win or the sport is no good." Anybody and I mean ANYBODY who promotes that the NHL needs to go to the Olympics to make hockey worthwhile has no clue about hockey. Juniors and College players bound for the NHL should absolutely be showcased as much as possible. If anything there should be an age restriction to prevent the garbage from filtering in. Make it 17-20 year olds and NON-pro and leave it that way. Schopp, do you even know how to skate?
If They Go ....
it won't impact Buffalo much because no Sabres will be on any team .... even though it'll be 3 years from now.
Re: Are you serious? You are a complete idiot!
First off, chill with the caps lock. Secondly, the Olympics are where the best of the best go to play for their countries. The NHL is the premier league of competition and players from all around the world see it as the league to be a part of, with the Stanley Cup being a key component of their childhood dreams. The NHL has most, not all, of the best hockey players in the world, and by leaving these players out is not only unfair to them, the viewers, and their countries, but also the tradition and meaning behind the Olympics themselves.
what ever happened to the olympics????
I remember when the Olympics were for true Olympians not over paid professionals. why take the game away from true non professional kids that would love to play for there chance to represent there country. bring back the world cup or as I remember the Canada cup. would do just as much to grow the game. bettman give the kids a chance,and be proud of whatever out the outcome is. remember tha last gold at the Olympics. kids won that's what made it so great. iam a Canadian and as my friends say butterknife fan since the punch days.
hockey is international. let these players play for and with their respective countries. the "National Hockey League" is thinking within the box mindset...me as a fan...i very much enjoy the NHL players being involved in the Olympics.
PS - lets see a hockey man as commissioner
How are the Olympics for Amateurs?
The Olympics are for the best in the world, not NHL prospects. Should the US not send Shaun White because he's won gold medals? Do you not send Michael Phelps?
The Olympics are meant to be the best in the world, regardless of age or league. Countries represent themselves in competition through the Olympics. Why would I want to represent my country with amateurs?
Olympics are not for amatures
If you think for one minute the olympics are for amatures, forget it. Every athelete is a professional in their sport and are the BEST of the BEST in their sport. Hockey should not be any different. Not having the NHL there would be like telling the world cup skiers they don't get to go to the olympics if they ar ein the top 50. the days of amatures in olympics are long gone.
Amateurs? Yeah Ok!
Guy you are crazy!!!! All of these athletes are pros. The do this stuff for a living. Skiers, skaters, sliders!! You are living in a fantasy if you think that "amateurs" are the ones in the Olympics. Get off your little soap box
re:are you serious...
You can scream all you want about the Olympics being for amateurs but that does not make it true. Please list for us which events (Summer and Winter) that have participants that have not received money in sponsorship or prizes. Furthermore, in your twisted logic you think what made the 1980 team so amazing was simply because they were amateurs. Nobody would remember the 1980 if not for the fact that they were playing against professionals. Without professionals there would have been nothing special about 1980. Also, if everyone has professionals playing it does not prevent other 'miracles on ice' from happening. If Latvia (which has professionals on their team) was to beat Canada in this Olympics, you better believe Latvians are going to feel the same way Americans felt in 1980. There will always be David and Goliath stories in the Olympics even though professionals are playing. While there are sports where the U.S does play the Goliath, there are also sports where the U.S is David. If you like rooting for the underdog, then go ahead and root against the U.S in the sports where we are more dominant or start following some of the sports where we are serious underdogs. On a side note, if you were genuinely wishing for amateur only participants competing on the world stage well congratulations, it already exists and it is called the 'World University Games'. So, what exactly are you angry about? Want to watch amateurs compete, watch the University games. Do not like watching the best in the world compete, then do not watch the Olympics.
Its alright with us.
The way are team is playing we could not wait for the olympics. Schoop and the dog pound would dig up bad news for the sarbes or the bills. and they still do. With all this wishful dreaming for lol. What if the sabres do this, What if the bills do that. On their list these are all the bums or washup. Miller,stafford, spiller, Byrd, all the forwards for the sabres. Myers ted the coach. Crossman. All the fans are idoits or are bums too. With all that being said. You can bet that any sabre had a chance to get out of here they did. They caught the first thing smoking out of buffalo. Who could blame them, And you can also bet they were hoping by the time these games are over. That they would get news that they would be playing for another club. And if you watch our players over their. You can see they are having the time of their lives. Its really going to be a let down when they got to come back to this hell. And if they do win the or win any medal. You can bet in the back of their mind. they will be saying, Hell we back with this mess again
Riiiiiight. You are correct that there was a time when the Olympics were supposed to be for "amateurs". And the US was the only country that adhered to that. And we got killled by countries like the Soviet Union who sent professional athletes. Thankfully the IOC took away that veil of hypocrisy and now the games are truly a competition of the best of the best from each country.
Olympics are supposed to be the height of amatuer competition.
I'm not saying other countries haven't skirted the issue of "amateur" vs. "professional." I am saying that the United States is supposed to be above that sort of thing. We are supposed to be the ones that do the "right thing" and play by the letter and spirit of the rules. I really don't care how many intelligent or un-intelligent people rip on me, pick on me or disagree with me; it doesn't change the fact that the United States, starting with the 1984 Summer games, lost its' ability to lose with dignity. Since then, it has become "win at all costs" and why? Because some Kenyan out-marathoned us? Because the Chinese beat us in basketball (hey, that's our game they can't beat US...why not?). We have the most powerful military in history and STILL we have an inferiority complex? Same with hockey with the Canadians and again the Americans: you aren't supposed to beat us so we'll send in the pros. How many golds for the American men's hockey team since the pros started going? Oh yeah, NONE! Is the NHL competition that much better? Oh, in 1998 when Hasek carried the Czechs to the gold that was fun. But did you watch the Salt Lake City fiasco when the Canadians won 5-2 in what was essentially a trap-fest? The hockey has NOT been great to watch even this year and thank God for the big ice surface because Vancouver was awful. Sorry, but the Olympics need to go back to pre-1984 in the competition and that won't happen. Oh well, like my dream of the Buffalo Sabres having a good organization again; some things are not meant to be. I wonder if the people commenting on these sites even know what the difference is in ice surfaces or even if ANY rinks in this area are International in size?
are you for real? dum idea!
Oh you think it's a bad idea?
Well who do you thin you are. Mr hockey. Do you think this is the only game in the world. I mean is this all you got. Well let me welcome you to united states of america. We have more talent then you can dream of. And we would like to congrats canada on their gold medals. Why because it call sportpeopleship. i know it not a word but if you are gay that mean you too. See we didn't leave you out too. like russia. Now one more time congrats goes to U.S.A. Women teams for the medals. Lets go USA.