Crosby, meet Ovechkin
As I mentioned last night, The Globe and Mail gave some big A-section play to the meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin in today's paper.
Come to think of it, with a picture of the Jiri Fischer incident on the front page [see image of today's cover here], the paper was as hockey-tastic as I've seen it since starting at The Globe.
I don't know what any of my reading faithful will be doing tonight, but me, on this fine day off, I'll be watching what is being hyped as the meeting between the next Gretzky-Lemieux pair — or, for my American readers, Bird-Johnson, in whatever sport it is that they played.
As The Globe story from today notes, tonight will be the first meeting between the two players since Russia was whupped 6-0 by Canada in the World Junior championship final in January.
UPDATE The results of the NHL's conference call with the two rookies.
As an aside, I think there may be more Canadians rooting for Ovechkin than people might think. The Crosby overload in this country has gone a little crazy — people are beginning to tire of Sid the Kid rather quickly (and it's only November). Ovechkin, on the other hand, comes across as quite humble in interviews (especially for a Russian superstar), and, I think, has won over a lot of people. Tonight should be interesting.
As a second aside, what is the deal with the headline on this Lemieux story? Mario not committed to the Olympics? That's hardly what was said:
He said that he hasn't talked to Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky about it yet, but would like to play if he is healthy and playing well, but that consideration should be given to players who are if he is not.Is the headline technically correct? I suppose so. But that's a pretty sensationalistic way of saying Mario won't go if he doesn't feel up to it. Then again, the news value of that statement is less than one questioning his commitment.
"There are too many good players now to take a spot just because you're a name," he said. "That wouldn't be right to Team Canada or myself. Whoever is playing the best [should go]. If I am playing well and they want me there I'll be there for them."
Oh, the media.