Tuesday, November 3, 2009

How Much Hockey CAN You Watch?

I got to thinking about the upcoming ice hockey at the Olympic games, which I love (I mean, the Olympics in general - like, unless you're Canadian, when else does curling grab your attention for literally hours at a time? But specifically the hockey.), and I started thinking about whether or not I could watch all 50 games (men's and women's) that will be contested.

The first game is on February 13th, a women's game between Sweden and Switzerland. The last game is on February 28th, the men's gold medal game. The most games in a day is five, which happens on both February 16th and 17th. The pool play ends on February 21st.

February 22nd through the 24th is the quarter-finals, then the women's medal games on the 25th, the men's semis on the 26th, the men's bronze medal game on the 27th and the men's gold medal game on the 28th.

I'm trying to decide how much vacation I need to take to watch everything I want to watch.

The question is: how much do you think you'll watch?

NiNY

11 comments:

Dampland said...

I probably won't watch more than 10 games max. I won't be taking vacation so any games between 6am - 6pm CST are out. So I would guess that narrows down the choices a bunch.

Still will be fun to watch some of the NHL's best play together.

WildPuck said...

I am conflicted already with how much to watch. I have all of the regional sports channels and center ice (free of charge from DTV) and I don't even watch one game a night. I'll admit that if the team is not on my cheering radar, I don't have a huge interest in watching.

artandhockey said...

And not only Hockey, I love to watch skyjumpers, slalomers and speedskaters!

WildPuck said...

Good point...the Olympics, especially of the winter variety, offer a lot of cool sports that we ordinarily don't get to watch.

Nick in New York said...

But, if this is indeed the last Olympics with NHL participation (which I think would be a mistake from the NHL's perspective) then how can I miss any of it? The hockey is scintillating.

Nick in New York said...

also, in terms of "going to the Olympics as a spectator," I think the summer games are better. The winter games are less fan friendly by virtue of the climate necessary to host them. And the only marquee event is (justifiably) egregiously expensive.

That said, I will be watching as much hockey as I can during the games.

KiPA - Kevin in PA said...

If curling is on opposite of hockey, then screw the sticks and give me the brooms, baby.

Nick in New York said...

that's nearly heretical, KiPA.

KiPA - Kevin in PA said...

Spoken like someone who doesn't enjoy the finer points of curling.

Nick in New York said...

touche. Though, as I said, I really get into curling during the Olympics.

WRT - Wild Road Tripper said...

What about the only Winter Olympics sport that pulls the big TV numbers?

It isn't hockey, folks. It's figure skating, and more specifically, ladies' figure skating. Tonya and Nancy will always be in the American consciousness.

Remember where that now-infamous 'whack' took place?

Russo's favorite venue, the 'Joe' in Detroit...