For sheer excitement, the final of the World Cup of Hockey ranked somewhere between watching grass grow and paint dry: an anti-climatic snooze-fest when instead of having Team Canada face off against either the U.S. or Russia, we faced Team Europe.
Team Europe isn’t a country but a continent, yet devoid of those European countries that are usually hockey powerhouses such as Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.
It was a cosmic fluke that Team Europe got to the final.
Everything from their crest to the question of what national anthem would play had they won, was problematic.
There was another fabricated team in the tournament: Team North America, comprised of under-24 players who weren’t on the American or Canadian squads.
International sporting events are the last realm in which we can really show national pride, where one can claim his or her country is the best and wear that country’s flag on one’s chest and sing a bona fide national anthem linked to a bona fide country.
At the risk of being labelled a conspiracy theorist, was the unspoken strategy of the tournament to shoehorn globalism into sports?
Are globalists doing that whole European Union thingy, getting rid of borders and creating a make-believe confederacy that might have a chance to win? Maybe.
If so, come 2020, let’s hope the World Cup of Hockey embraces a Brexit strategy when it comes to its silly make-believe hockey teams.