Hockey scores with readers
Canadians certainly love their hockey. This of course shouldn't really be a surprise, but for some reason, many of us in the news business are still thrown off by how much media consumers love the sport. This is especially true when a Canadian team makes it to a championship game. So it was Wednesday night that millions of people tuned into the world junior hockey game on TSN and TSN.ca that saw the Canadians lose 5-3, after a dramatic third-period where the Russian squad scored all five of its goals.
Scroll ahead to Thursday at lunch time and the story of the defeat is still making headlines, including reports about how much the fans are disappointed. Then we learn that the Russian team was kicked off its flight home because of unruly behaviour.
All this being said, we're interested in your reaction. Is it unfair to be so critical of a team essentially made up of teenage boys? The Globe and Mail's sage columnist Roy MacGregor suggests Canadians should just 'get a grip.' Is he right? And what of the latest episode with the Russian team, also teenagers, and the airplane? Will Canadians use this as a chance to feel smug about something? Should they? Do you feel like blaming the media? Leave your comments below.