It doesn’t get much more disappointing for an athlete than having a chance to represent one’s country on the Olympic stage and then failing to make the cut. That’s what happened to Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators last month, and his failure was underscored by criticism by his own selection committee that reached public discourse via ESPN.
The words now wrap around him like a rope from an anchor: “I think he skates sleepy” … "He's a passive guy” … “He can't spell intense."
Ryan had a chance to cut the line after the Jan. 1 revelation of the U.S. men’s Olympic ice hockey team bound for Sochi. To make the naysayers look ill-informed. To flip that failure into something resoundingly positive.
Instead, he posted a putrid month of offensive hockey. He whimpered when he should have roared.Read More »from Bobby Ryan makes a rather lousy Olympic rebuttal