In just a few short hours, the Canadian Olympic brain trust is set to, at long last, unveil the team they’ll take to Sochi. After months (or even years) of speculation, hockey fans all across Canada get to sink their teeth into the roster.
It’s great fun, a source of endless debate in the lead-up to the announcement. Who’s in, who’s out, who deserves to be on the team that goes for gold. Barroom debates drill down to potential line match-ups and third goalie choices. Hockey reporters offer their educated guesses on the final roster, fans on twitter howl over perceived slights of their favorite player and on and on.
The debates are fun but they are nothing compared to the actual tournament – simply the best hockey we get to watch. The intensity level explodes through the roof as the most skilled players in the world go head-to-head over a two-week span. Seven games separate immortality from four years of second guessing.
But here’s the thing: it is a seven game tournament played over two weeks. Seven games, twelve days. should preclude it from second guessing. Or even first guessing. The best team or The Right Team isn’t guaranteed to win gold – the team that wins the gold medal game wins the tournament.