Friday, February 7, 2014

Winter Olympics Getting Under Way

The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia got underway last night, with the opening ceremonies set for tonight, followed by a fortnight of competition until the closing ceremonies are held on Feb. 23.

The ice hockey competition starts next week, but surprisingly, I’m not at all stoked for it like I was four years ago for Vancouver. Maybe it’s because the Games were closer to home, or at least in North America. Maybe it’s the time difference between here and the former Soviet Union (U.S. men’s games will start at 7:30 a.m.)

Or maybe it’s because as a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan for the last 37 years, I’m still quietly celebrating their Super Bowl XLVIII win on Sunday, and counting down the days until the 2014 NFL Draft.

Oh well. The NHL itself shuts down for two weeks after tomorrow night, although NCAA hockey will continue. Monday will see Boston College, the new No. 1 team in the Pairwise Rankings, shoot for its fifth straight Beanpot Tournament crown on at TD Garden against Northeastern, which is seeking its first title since 1988.

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