I think part of it is because he's captain for his home country. He has a lot more ability to get the point across to his teammates if he can talk to them in their own language. I think that makes a big difference.
Maybe people are wising up and seeing through the BS that is pro basketball. It's egos and paychecks fighting to see which one can get bigger first. It's hype and silliness. It's arrogant little bastards who forget who is paying their paychecks. I want to say something else here, but it will get me in trouble, so I won't. Give me hockey any day.
First of all, let me also extend a welcome handshake (or hug, if you prefer). Welcome to Red Wing Nation!
As far as history, like someone said, it depends on how far you want to go back. Me, I go back a long way, but that's because I'm a lot older than most of the people on this board.
There are some great DVD sets out there, including one that has three documentaries about the '97, '98 and '02 Cup runs, and 5 of the best games ever - May 16, 1996, which ends with a Steve Yzerman blast in double overtime; March 26,1997 - a date that lives in Red Wings legend; June 2, 1997, the last game against Philadelphia for the Cup; May 31, 2002 (I remember that game and laughed my ass off); and June 3, 2002, triple overtime in game 3 of the Finals (I remember it went on til 1AM).
There is also a book called "What It Means to be a Red Wing". It's a very nice book with short essays written by players from the 50's until now, including Ted Lindsay, Red Kelly (and the more you dig, the more you'll find about those guys), and Ken Holland. The 90's section is quite good; Nick Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood, Tomas Holmstrom, Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios. It also has current players with Pavel and Henrik. It's a beautiful book. I remember the first time I saw it, I sat in the middle of the bookstore reading Pasha's essay. And he has autographed my copy.
I hope I didn't scare you off with all this, but happy hunting!
I was at the game last night, and if I could have come down lower I might have considered it. But I was at the top of the lower bowl behind our goal. The one problem I have with that place is their handicapped/wheelchair seating. It stinks. There isn't enough room for a wheelchair to negotiate easily. Of course a lot of people don't help much. They push, they don't look where they are going, they run into my hubby's chair (and him), and they just don't care. I hope this new arena (proposed) does better with handicapped/wheelchair accessibility.
As far as the game, though, I thought Pasha was great on that 5-on-3 situation. They were crap calls (especially the one on Brendan Smith), but we made as much good out of it as was possible, I suppose.
Bert drinking the Corona...I can't stand the stuff, but whatever...
I liked the picture of Pasha sound asleep on the plane...I wonder what he was listening to that put him out? Maybe I need to get a hold of it to be able to sleep at night. It's been so long since I've had a good night's sleep I wouldn't know what one was if it came up and kicked me.
Me too. I'd love to take him out on our boat next summer and let him fish to his heart's content. I told him about it when we were at camp, and his eyes lit up like a kid on Christmas. When I told him the boat was big enough to sleep on, his eyes got wide and he said, "Really?" I think I peaked his interest.
Looking at the angle they showed, Jersey might have a legitimate beef on the trapezoid call. But on the other hand, the way our luck has been running lately, I daresay the only place he'll get any sympathy is from the dictionary.
I almost forgot to tell you...there is no pair of ear plugs in the world that can drown out Karen Newman's caterwauling. Be warned. I'm honestly surprised the ASPCA hasn't got her for animal cruelty when she "sings". As my housemate says, she must have incriminating photos of someone.