The National Hockey League has a problem, but it’s not the one you think it is. For decades, a group of contemptible, no-guts, cowardly momma’s boys have been trying to eradicate one of the more integral and important parts of the sport: Fighting. Since 1922, the NHL has wisely allowed bare-knuckle fighting. This has had many benefits over the years. For starters, it’s given employment to hundreds of players who couldn’t otherwise make an NHL roster, except for the fact that they can beat a guy senseless.
That NBA draft Kobe was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, but then traded to the LA Lakers. In Kobe’s basketball career he went on to win 5 NBA Championships, 1 MVP award, NBA All-Rookie Team, 3 time All-NBA team, 3 time All-defensive Team, 2 time NBA finals MVP, 3 time NBA All-star game MVP, and the defensive player of the year. Outside of the NBA Kobe has won 2 Gold olympic medals for basketball. Ever since a young age Kobe knew that he was going to make it big. He did this all because of his amazing work ethic and love for the game.
The defeat on the Soviet Union team, on February 22, 1980 is now known as the Miracle on Ice. The team faced Finland in the final as they completed the dream by winning and crowing themselves the best team in the world. This hockey team symbolized hope for the entire country, it showed everyone that when it doesn’t look like things are okay if you stick together and work hard you will be victorious. Herbs primary audience is the players in the locker room and the secondary audience is everyone who watched it after the game was over or years later to use as motivation. The speech was relatively short but to the point and he got the players persuaded to believing that they could win the game.
I have had a lot of interests and hobbies throughout my lifetime from sports to music but no interest has stuck with me since day one like my love for hockey has. Hockey has taught me so much from what its like to be a die hard fan to developing a skill in playing the game. To begin, with my love for hockey began when I was about five years old when I would watch my hometown Blackhawks games with my dad on television. Watching the games led me to becoming a hockey fanatic and shortly after I began going to Blackhawks games. I remember walking into the United Center and the excitement I would feel at the games even though the Blackhawks were going through a rough time as a franchise with attendance being low at games as well as not
Hockey Canada went 50 years without winning an Olympic Gold Medal, the pinnacle of the sport. Although this was in part because they could not send players from the NHL, they failed to gauge their competition, realizing that to win they needed to create a team that practice and played like professionals. When the NHL’ers were finally ready to compete in Nagano in 1998 Hockey Canada failed to gauge themselves against the competition in their decision to pick aging stars for the tournament that was played on the larger ice surface. This ultimately led to them not winning a medal in the tournament. The good thing is that Hockey Canada has learned, building teams to suit the competition and thus winning 3 of the last 4 Olympic tournaments, including in 2014 on international ice in Sochi.
Women have always struggled when it comes to gender equality and in the Olympics, it is no different. The road to representation has been long and tough, only very recently have there been women representing every country. I will be covering topics such as inspirational female athletes, women’s sports, sexism and media coverage, and their achievements. The topic of women in the Olympic Games is especially relevant today, women are fighting as hard as ever for proper representation and equality. The worldwide feminist movement is striving for recognition and justice for all.
This would have been unheard of before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. While this is a step forward for women in the United States, there are still women in third world countries that do not have these human
Boston had been robbed by the Minnesotans of their desired NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship title in 1979. During the first full day of practice, O’Callahan (Boston) and McClanahan (Minnesota) duked it out on ice on full display for the entire team and coaches. Brooks allowed the fight to ensue for a while, but eventually made the analogy of “two chimpanzees humping a football” to the two fighters (Miracle). This comment sobered the two up and they were able to agree to disagree. That was one of the most profound transformations.
Women have made enormous strides since the beginning of their fight. So large in fact, this year in the Olympics, for the first time in 20 years, the female athletes took home more gold medals than the males. The United States Women’s ice hockey team also overcame great odds. They won the gold for the first time in 20 years, beating their biggest rivals, Canada. Personally, I stayed up late watching that game.