6 Things: EVERYONE Loves Crunchy Edition

I know I’ve been overly reliant on bullet points lately, but I don’t care!  WOOOOOO!  U-S-A!  U-S-A!

1. You know you’re all revved up about hockey when you wake up in the morning and the first thought in your head is “CRUNCH-Y!  CRUNCH-Y!  CRUNCH-Y!”  I can’t imagine a more fun introduction to Olympic hockey than this.  It’s amazing to feel such ownership of the US team.  For the zillionth time, thanks for being awesome, Crunchy.

2. Can you BELIEVE that the win last night set up a probable CAN/RUS non-medal game?  One of the two, either Russia or Canada, is going to leave the Olympics with nothing. Hell, it might turn out that Russia was the biggest loser last night.  That is MIND BOGGLING.

3. Admittedly, I’m being hugely influenced by Ryan Miller’s participation, but I’ve been surprised by my capacity to cheer for Team USA.  Before the Olympics began I was kind of worried about the “Drury Ick” factor.  I mean, cheering for my country is one thing, but cheering for Chris Drury and Phil Kessel? Gross!  Turns out, it’s no problem whatsoever.  In fact, when Drury scored last night I had a long moment of, “OMG…..I love that clutch-y guy.”  The only thing saving me from a complete Drury love-fest is his lack of a playoff beard.  I’d be toast if he had that beard right now.  T-O-A-S-T.

4. As much as I’ve enjoyed my temporary journey into sports-related jingoism, I do think everyone should cool it with the comparisons to the 1980 US team.   It’s rare that the USA gets to enjoy being the underdog, but let’s not blow this TOTALLY out of proportion.  I mean, our team is composed of NHLers too.  Crunchy may look like a homeless high school dropout, but in reality he’s a highly skilled professional who makes $6.25 million a year being a goalie.  That said, I love love love love love LOVE that our team is scrappier, hard-working-er, feistier, and heart-i-er.  Let’s just enjoy this win for what it is: TOTALLY PHONKING AWESOME on its own merits.  WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

5. I’ve watched the replay a dozen times and I STILL don’t understand how Ryan Kesler got that puck into the open net.  From where I’m sitting it looks like Kesler just magically out-hotted it past Corey Perry.

6. I thought Crunchy’s fresh-off-the-ice postgame interview was incredibly interesting last night.  He was so subdued.  He seemed overwhelmed and exhausted, but then there were occasional glimmers of child-like excitement in his answers.

I’ve written a bit about how Ryan Miller is interesting to me in my role as a performer (of music), and last night was one of those instances times INFINITY.  Last night he was on a huge international stage, he performed like a rockstar, but even when it was all over you could see that he was fighting to stay focused on the bigger goal.  This highly cultivated focus is why I’m fascinated by Ryan Miller, but the vulnerability he shows when he lets down his guard is why I adore him.  The interview last night had it all.

I am so grateful that Ryan Miller is the guy I get to watch every night playing in goal for the Sabres.  He’s always interesting, that guy.  Always.

5 Responses to “6 Things: EVERYONE Loves Crunchy Edition”

  1. 1 PKB February 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I totally agree on the Miller interview. Forget about what we think about Miler, but imagine how incredible a moment that was for him personally and his career as a hockey player, to perform in that way, on that stage, wearing those colors, against those players. It gives me chills to think about. And then in another week he’ll be representing our city again.

    The thing is, Miller is so genuinely modest. His answers are always political like any thoughtful professional but yesterday it seemed like Miller was having a tough time masking his happiness as if that could be viewed as poor sportsmanship by the Canadians. Did you notice Miller breathing deeply in between questions to try and settle himself?

    I think it’s easy to stay professional and think Stanley Cup, Stanley Cup, Stanley Cup when you represent a professional organization but for country… the success has to feel different.

  2. 2 Kathleen February 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I soooo love Drury again. Even those vaguely Rangers-looking throwbacks couldn’t spoil it. I’m sure everything will be back to normal in March, but for now it’s kind of nice to cheer for him again.

    Crunchy may look like a homeless high school dropout

    :^:::::::::::::::::::::::: We’ve got to figure out how to take the CRUNCH-Y! chant national. The rest of the country is really missing out. I should rewatch his interview. All I could think last night was “Please stop talking and let Ryan Miller go take a nap.”

  3. 3 Matt February 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Before the Olympics began I was kind of worried about the “Drury Ick” factor. I mean, cheering for my country is one thing, but cheering for Chris Drury and Phil Kessel? Gross!

    I thought it’d be hard to cheer for him since it’s been so long, but when he scored I noticed I was standing up, screaming at the Tv…


    Been a few years since I last dusted that one off, but it felt right.=)

  4. 4 Amy February 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Congrats, Crunchy. You have arrived. People who can’t tell a forward from a defenseman now know your name.

    “Please stop talking and let Ryan Miller go take a nap.”

    And a sandwich. His head looks so skinny popping out of his goalie gear.

  5. 5 Caroline February 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Ryan Miller, what a guy…

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