Bucci on Wheeler (and Ovechkin)

John Buccigross weighs in on the amazing Blake Wheeler goal in his latest ESPN column:

Bucci[To] Blake Wheeler from the University of Minnesota hockey squad: Dude, I was anchoring “SportsCenter” on Saturday night when you scored that goal. It was No. 2 on Top Plays. No. 2! That would have been the lead of the whole show if I was producing. Sick!
Ovechkin’s goal last season in Phoenix is likely the greatest goal of all time. Perhaps, it’s tied with Keith Jones scoring as a member of the Avalanche in 1998, when he blocked a shot in his own end and the puck wound up in Edmonton’s empty net. Where have you gone Bob Essensa? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Wheels, your goal has to be the second or third greatest. Considering the circumstances — overtime in the WCHA final — I ain’t arguing if someone says that was the greatest goal in hockey history. Certainly NCAA history.
. . . Good luck to you and all 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament. While everyone else will be watching the NCAA hoops this weekend, I’ll be the guy watching the puck.

If only Bucci ran ESPN!

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2 Responses to Bucci on Wheeler (and Ovechkin)

  1. maruk says:

    You know, it’s funny. I think Bucci is outstanding as a columnist. He conveys his knowledge and passion for the game as well as anyone out there. But I don’t really dig his style on SC or NHL 2Night back in the day. All those musical references seemed forced and gratuitous to me.
    Anyone else feel this way or am I just nuts?

  2. OrderedChaos says:

    Maruk, I agree that the music references were excessive — and coming from a music addict such as myself, that’s saying something (currently in the CD player: a Shins disc I compiled from their first three albums). I think it started as a neat idea that unfortunately evolved into his “trademark” schtick and got old quickly.
    I also agree that he clearly has passion for the game of hockey, and that his knowledge of the sport is broad and deep. He’s fun to read; even when I disagree with his conclusions, his arguments are well-reasoned.

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