The pulse of a nation

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It was quite a game yesterday and one of those defining moments sure to be included on an updated version of the Canadian immigration quiz. I awoke yesterday hearing Foster Hewitt’s classic cry “Hennnnnderrrsssson” from the classic 1972 Canadian-Soviet series when Henderson scored with 34 seconds left in the final game, playing over and over in my head. I didn’t know then but it turned out to be a good sign.

When Zach Parise scored a tying goal with just 24 seconds left, almost 30 years to the day of the famed American “Miracle on Ice”, Canada’s heart felt a jarring palpitation as seen by the first spike of status updates in the chart above.

The second spike would come about half an hour later when Sidney Crosby scored the overtime goal against the US to enrich an already golden games for Canada.

ASIDE: I was somewhat amused (and actually impressed) by Jack Layton’s ability to find a camera as we all watched the gold medal game. Jack was watching at Gretzky’s bar in downtown Toronto and kept popping up in reaction shots when CTV would show different crowds watching the game around Canada. I missed it the first time, but our friends at the Torontoist show us Jack’s gold medal determination at a sport he has dominated for quite some time.

I believe / J’imagine Jack.

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  • Beer and Popcorn

    Look at me! Look at me! I am watching and cheering for Canada!

    All that stuff you remember about the 1996 Toronto olympic bid and me leading the 'bread not circus' rallies of rag wearers which helped scuttle our games bid is all water under the bridge!

    And my hat – that is a Canadian leaf on there – not the Taliban symbol!

  • Mary T

    I watched almost all the coverage of the olympics, switching from network to network. I did not see one turban in any of the crowds anywhere. Did they not attend any event anywhere. But, last night I did see in the crowd, as it was leaving the closing or the hockey game, a person with a white headcovering with a black band, that shieks wear.
    How many world leaders attended during the games. I know there were kings and queens, and a few PMs, and a VP of the US.

  • James

    Can you imagine the thought process Jack went through to get to that point?

    It started when he was watching the first few Canadian round-robin games and saw that the camera in Gretzky's was consistently part of the CTV broadcast. He surmised that if he could just stake out a spot near the camera, he could be seen with the Canadian voters as they celebrate a great canadian pasttime. He was thrilled that the Canadian hockey team made it into the gold medal game, because he could make it onto television when an entire half of the Canadian population is watching. He walked into that bar and, as you can imagine, had to elbow his way in front of the most important thing at the bar, the CTV camera. Finally, when some overly excited woman has the audacity to put her arm in Jack's shot, he makes sure to move her out of the way.

    Pretty astounding display. Layton is in the midst of an incredible moment in Canadian sporting history, and the only thing he can think of is himself.

    The saddest part of all this is that noone cares AT ALL, and Jack still went out of his way to be a dweeb.

  • Mary T

    Evan had his reporterette on and she said that the lady in question was a friend of a local ndp candidate and she didn't mind being shoved. I wonder how many ndp voters were in that bar, and how many votes he lost by his action.

  • dsrich

    And Harper wasn't hoping for some extra TV coverage by sitting next to Wayne Gretzky in the stands? Or posting photos of himself at the Olympics on the PMO website? Was Iggy looking for an Olympic bump with his patriotic op-ed in the Globe Monday? Of course he was. Let's be fair here, they all did it. And I'd say it takes a lot more planning and premeditated thought to write an op-ed, arrange for Gretz to be seated next to you, or pose for multiple photos with a professional photographer than it does to move someone's arm out of your way to get a better view of the TV (camera).

  • batb

    Apparently, Power Play played this vid and their take is that the arm was Olivia's.

    Yeah, right. Anything to remove the blame.

    That's the new mantra today: “I didn't do it. It's not my fault. He did it. She did it. I didn't do anything”, yada, yada, yada.

    Anyway you look at it, it's not a shining moment for Jack.

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com/ Robert V

    Jack Layton calls it “ice hockey”.

  • dsrich

    And Harper wasn't hoping for some extra TV coverage by sitting next to Wayne Gretzky in the stands? Or posting photos of himself at the Olympics on the PMO website? Was Iggy looking for an Olympic bump with his patriotic op-ed in the Globe Monday? Of course he was. Let's be fair here, they all did it. And I'd say it takes a lot more planning and premeditated thought to write an op-ed, arrange for Gretz to be seated next to you, or pose for multiple photos with a professional photographer than it does to move someone's arm out of your way to get a better view of the TV (camera).

  • batb

    Apparently, Power Play played this vid and their take is that the arm was Olivia's.

    Yeah, right. Anything to remove the blame.

    That's the new mantra today: “I didn't do it. It's not my fault. He did it. She did it. I didn't do anything”, yada, yada, yada.

    Anyway you look at it, it's not a shining moment for Jack.

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com/ Robert V

    Jack Layton calls it “ice hockey”.