Hopefully you’ve all been able to get up early and/or stay up late to watch the Olympics, which certainly have not disappointed by having an abundance of drama and nail-biting finishes. You can truly experience what the Wide World of Sports has described as “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
I experienced this first-hand Saturday night with the thrilling shootout win over Russia. I had been out all day and had set my DVR to record the game. Now, when I record the Tampa Bay Lightning games, I always add on a couple shows scheduled afterwards in the event the game goes into overtime, but I had no inkling that the US v. Russia game would go that long, so I didn’t prepare.
We sat down to watch what I anticipated would be an exciting game, and it was. And it kept getting more and more exciting, especially as we realized it was going to overtime and the time left on the DVR recording was about 4 seconds more than the true game time. At the height of Patrick Kane’s third run at the net with seconds left, the recording ended.
The frantic search began for reruns of the game on live TV, for videos on the web, phone apps, YouTube, ANYTHING!!
Why is low-brow celebrity news published instantaneously (I’m looking at you, J.B.) yet important things like Olympic hockey scores take, well, forever it seems when you’re waiting for it.
Anyhoo, I texted my agony of defeat to my hockey buddy Celeste (you may remember her as She of the Bolts Socks), and bless her husband three bags full, he had thoughtfully kept his recording of the game’s end, overtime, and now-famous shootout. Despite the lateness of the night, she invited me, then demanded, that I come on over and watch it at her house.
With my husband’s mouth open proclaiming I was nuts, I ran out the door in my socks and drove on over at 10:45 pm.
And there we sat, all in our pj’s and slippers, and watched it over and over. YAY USA! Then we discussed the later comments by a teammate of T.J. Oshie that cast aspersions at G Jonathan Quick for possibly pushing the goal net off its moorings intentionally. For the record, I believe it was done accidentally as part of the previous play where Quick was defending his goal, and no one noticed it until after the Russian goal and play stopped. I proclaim Quick’s innocence.
The next day, networks replayed the game, but it stopped at the end of Oshie’s winning shot, preventing viewers from enjoying the sweaty post-game interviews and sour-grapes’ finger-pointing that makes it even more fun.
The moral of the story is: Avoid the possibility of your own agony-of-defeat situation and make sure you set that DVR to record longer than the live game is scheduled for.
Or just pop over to Celeste’s house. Remember to compliment her Bolts socks.