The Canadian Olympic Committee had come up with a goal for the Vancouver Games. they called it "Own The Podium". It was a 5 year $117 million campaign to help Canadian athletes dominate the Games. Well, it's been a complete failure as Canada has struggled in almost every sport. They have 9 medals..the same as South Korea and well behind the 24 the USA has earned so far. I completely agree with helping fund Olympic athletes from sports that don't draw the big money sponsors...but the goal shouldnt be dominating other countries and winning medals. The Olympic philosophy is about competing...doing your best...leaving it all on the hill, track or field. If you have worked hard and devoted your life to preparing for your Olympic moment it's still no guarantee that you will get to the medal stand. Does that diminish what you have done?...I don't think so. Let's face it, winning is better than losing...but this idea that there is no glory in preparing and competing hard but coming up short is nonsense.
The Wausau West hockey team is expected to win. It's a tough position to be in. If you win...well you were supposed to...if you lose, the blame game begins. The best team doesnt always make it to the finish line first. There are plenty of examples of teams that were "supposed" to win but didnt. It was anybodys fault...the other team was just better on that day. That being said, I expect the Warriors to earn a trip to Madison. I have seen some of these guys play since they were mini-mites crashing into the boards to stop. The talent is there...the coaching is there....how will the puck bounce? That's why you play the games. They host Lakeland tonight. DC Everest is also still alive playing tonight at Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids is at Sparta.
Songs of The Day
Drinking Again-Dinah Washington...one of the great torch singers of the 50's gives us her take of a Johnny Mercer classic. This tune has been done by many including Sinatra, Bette Midler and a great 1977 version by a British Blues singer named Jess Roden.
Drive-The Cars (1984) from their third lp comes this slow-dance classic sung by bassist Benjamin Orr. The original video starred supermodel Paulina Porizkova...who later married Cars leader Ric Ocasek.