Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Methinks they doth celebrate too much

     Is it just me, or was the Russian victory celebration at the World Hockey Championships in Minsk, Belarus, a little bit over the top?  Judging from the unbridled joy exhibited by Alex Ovechkin and his teammates, you'd have thought they just won the world championship - which they did, but let's give it some context.
     The tournament was taking place at a time when most of the best players in the world were chasing hockey's ultimate prize - the Stanley Cup.  It also followed hard on the heels of the host Russians flaming out at the Olympic Games in Sochi, where they failed to medal amid enormous pressure and high expectations. Under those circumstances, the boisterous reaction from Russian players as well as fans and media lacked the appropriate amount of humility that should come with winning international hockey's version of Miss Congeniality.
     I don't begrudge them their celebration, but when you're that over the moon about being the best of the rest, it says something about your resolve to be the best of the best.

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