Toronto Mike

Culture Shock (Or How Canada's Gold Ruined Leaf Games)


Last night, I sat down to watch my first hockey game since Sunday afternoon.  This one felt a little different.

On Sunday, I capped off a couple of weeks of Olympic hockey by watching quality play from the world's best with the highest of stakes on the line.  It simply doesn't get any better than that.  My team won in overtime, sending my house and my country into a frenzy.  It was the highest of highs, and I was top of the world.

Last night, reality sunk in.  My other team, my NHL team, stinks.  We're threatening to finish last overall, we don't own our first two picks and we're just playing out the string.  Watching the Leafs right now is just about the polar opposite in terms of intensity, meaning and skill that we witnessed watching Team Canada win Gold in Vancouver.

I'm sure I'll get used to this, but for now I feel the way I felt returning to normal television after watching all five seasons of The Wire.  It's culture shock.

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