Friday, February 26, 2010

Mixed Emotions

The U.S. Olympic hockey team plays its semifinal game this afternoon against Finland, and I have to admit my rooting interest is a little divided.

Of course, as a USA-born former hockey player, I should be cheering for the red, white and blue, and I mostly will be. But through the entire game, there's going to be this little voice in my head, reminding me that someone pretty special is on the other team.

And it's going to be all but impossible for me to root against Mikko Koivu. He is the captain of the Wild, our best player, our leader and he brings his high-level work ethic every night. I love watching him play because I know that his main focus in life is bringing the Stanley Cup to St. Paul, which would be one of those now-I-can-die-in-peace moments for me.

And rooting for the USA today means rooting against Mikko, and I'm not at all sure I can do that.

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