As a Brit who was raised in a hyper competitive environment, I can’t understand the North American obsession with equality and fairness. If I’m winning at something, I want to win by as much as possible – you never know when you may be able to win again so you may as well enjoy it. I also have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the only person like this – so if the shoe was on the other foot, the opposition would want to do the same to us. Fair’s fair.
If we’re winning 8-0 and I get a chance to blast a volley on goal. I will. No need to feel guilty.
The same goes for celebrating. If I, god forbid, score a goal playing football, of course I want to celebrate. I may never get another chance.
All of which is a roundabout way of saying that I don’t understand the brouhaha about Ovechkin’s celebration of scoring 50 NHL goals. That seems like 50 more than I could score in an entire NHL career. The Guardian in the UK feels the same as me. Interesting to note the people who wanted to line up against the young Russian.
I’d rather see The Robot than a polite shake of the hands.
Please don’t get me started on the salary cap.