I am sad to say that from the moment I saw the U.S. roster announced, I knew that I could never root for this team of Zach Parises. Keep in mind I have ALWAYS loyally supported U.S. teams in any and every sport. This year, it just was too much. I have listed, just as a reminder, the roster of this team below.
Dustin Brown - Just plain dirty.
Ryan Callahan - a Ranger
Patrick Kane - do I really have to explain?
Ryan Kesler - ugh
Max 'poor me' Pacioretty
Zach Parise - douchebag # 1 was already planning on joining his boyfriend Suter in Minnesota when the Devils were still in the playoffs
Ryan Suter - douchebag #2 he needed to play closer to his home, his boyfriend, and his mommy
Derek Stepan - another Ranger
James van Riemsdyk - a former Flyer and current Maple Leaf. Originally a Rangers fan from New Jersey
Paul Martin - ditched the Devils for the Pittsburgh Penguins as soon as the opportunity arose
Ryan McDonagh - yet ANOTHER Ranger
Brooks 'Why am I on this team?' Orpik - 'Oh yeah, thanks Dan Blysma'
Ryan Miller - couldn't help himself from being a sore winner and loser against the Devils and Adam Henrique
Jonathan Quick - as noted in the below article, just an all around a$$hole
Of course, leaving off Bobby Ryan, one of our best scorers, because of politics and omitting Andy Greene and Keith Yandle also proved to be quite bothersome.
Also this article, by a Canadian journalist, does get kind of obnoxious in the second half, but his points on our players are right and reminded me that I wanted to post something like this:
He includes some players I don't even have a problem with but more power to him!:
The American roster is simply dotted with objectively bad people.
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise abandoned the teams that drafted them in an act of despicable collusion and greed, signing twin contracts worth nearly $200 million with the Minnesota Wild. That's nearly more than the gross domestic product of Palau.
And speaking of the draft, Blake Wheeler refused to sign an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, leaving a team that wanted him, and believed he could help them, in the lurch. The Coyotes declared bankruptcy soon after. The city of Glendale, their home, can scarcely afford emergency services any longer. Was this Wheeler's doing? We cannot know for sure.
Max Pacioretty tried to draw a suspension for Zdeno Chara after a collision with a turnbuckle, and once claimed a Toronto Maple Leafs player bit him. Neither incident earned punishment with the NHL, so the only assumption is that Pacioretty was being dishonest about both.
And Jonathan Quick is no role model. He's got a truly foul-mouth, having dropped three F-bombs during the Kings Stanley Cup parade. The children: will someone please think of them?
Before T.J. Oshie was a bashful American shootout hero, he was a party animal that missed practices and let down his teammates.
And Patrick Kane? He beats up cab drivers, the heroes of the road.
Edited by Neb00rs, 21 February 2014 - 03:12 PM.