When the Winter Olympics are over, let's have a big bonfire, and use the bureaucrats who came up with the "Own the Podium" program as kindling. Or if we can't get a campfire permit, we could always just boil them in oil.
Thanks to an overly ambitious program conceived by a bunch of desk-jockeys with access to the public trough, Canada's performance to date in Vancouver is being widely perceived as disappointing and deficient, which is hugely unfair on a number of levels, not least of which is that Canada's much-publicized "shortcomings" have detracted from what we've accomplished. I've read and heard at least as much about the medals we supposedly should have won but didn't as I have about the Canadian athletes who've actually ascended the podium, of whom there have been nine to date, which is good for fourth place in the standings. That would be more than respectable under ordinary circumstances, but in the existing climate of extraordinary and cringeworthy Canadian presumption, it's a national crisis.
Own the Podium was a recipe for failure that's unfairly burdening athletes with blame that should be directed at the pencil-pushers who saddled them with unrealistic expectations.
-Team Canada goaltender Martin Brodeur played his way out of the starting job in the 5-3 loss to the US last night. Period.
-The most impressive thing about Alex Ovechkin's teeth-rattling bodycheck on Jaromir Jagr in the Russia-Czech Republic game was that Jagr got right back up after the hit.
-Somebody tell Casey Jones at Canada Hockey Place that we only blow the train horn when the home team scores.
-Speaking of Canada Hockey Place, could they possibly have come up with a more mundane and non-descript arena name, or was "Domestic Ice Hockey Facility" already taken?
-As much as it would go against their client's instincts, when Tiger Woods' handlers put together the invitation-only media list for last week's mea culpa news conference, they presumably stacked the deck with old, fat newspaper guys and told the smoking-hot TV babes to stay at the office and plug into the pool feed.