LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: The Olympic Stadium is pictured in Olympic Park during previews ahead of the London Olympic Games on July 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
I'll admit right up-front that I am an absolute sucker for the Olympics. I can get cynical about college or professional sports at times, and I know some of you groan every time I bring the cold light of statistical analysis to the game of hockey, but when it come to the Olympics, it's a fortnight of pure sports-viewing statisfaction. I love the ceremony, the competition, the diversity of the athletes, the whole bit. I just wish I could take time off work to watch it full-time.
In a nod to J.R.R. Tolkien, I'll offer up my own suggestion for a slogan for these London Games:
Five Rings to rule them all, Five Rings to find them,
Five Rings to bring them all and in competition bind them
In the City of London where the medals lie.
So here's a topic for conversation, Preds fans - how might various members of the Nashville Predators, or other NHL stars fare in various Olympics events?
- Craig Smith, High-jumping (he certainly knows how to put the puck over the bar, even when the net is empty)
- Martin Erat, Hammer throw (have you seen the guy spin?)
- David Legwand, Handball (remember the playoffs?)
Make your suggestions in the comments below! And no, you don't get any points for Diving jokes, that's just too easy...