Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ryan gets Americans -- and me -- on board

Thanks to Bobby Ryan, I can say that I led the tournament at one time.

Ryan gets Americans -- and me -- on board


Thanks to Bobby Ryan, I can say that I led the tournament at one time.

Monday night at dinner, I joined a fantasy pool with nine Canadian writers. Probably not the brightest use of my money. Each of us picked seven players in the Olympic hockey tournament. Most points at the end takes the cash.

Ryan was my sixth or seventh pick, not quite sure, because it came on my sixth or seventh beer. But when he lit the lamp this afternoon to put the U.S. up 1-0, well, I jumped into first.

So when I finish dead stinking last, I can say that I led the tournament for a,while.

Among my other picks: Jaromir Jagr and Zach Parise.

Ryan’s goal came after a great shift in which he dug the puck out on all fours along the half boards, swung back into the slot and wristed a deflected puck over the right shoulder of Anaheim Ducks teammate Jonas Hiller.

Ryan was also on the ice for the second U.S. goal. The Americans won, 3-1.

By the way, Mike Richards, expected to see limited minutes for Canada’s opener tonight against Norway, was not among the 70 picks. Chris Pronger was.


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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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