The Monday After: Cech this out
Cech that out
What a week for ice hockey in the mainstream media! I do not remember having seen so many reports on this sport. At least not in my day, anyway.
But all this is thanks to a man … Petr Cech, the former goalkeeper of Chelsea and Arsenal and his infamous passage to ice hockey.
That was the thirst for content. After being asked to talk about two radio shows, I was invited to talk about his great movement. From a public relations point of view, it must be said that it is an absolute master stroke of Guildford Phoenix.
Cech retired from football at the end of last season and decided to make further efforts to coach with Guildford teams as part of his Chelsea technical and performance coaching role.
So while Frank Lampard's team is on international break, Cech was picked up by Phoenix and made his debut last night. As if it was not worth publishing, he won the match only for them with penalty shoot-outs.
You could not write the script and in a sports week when a huge typhoon could wreak havoc in the rugby world cup, marathon runners were breaking records and England was losing a qualifier for the football for the first time in ten years, the history of Cech captured the imagination.
I could talk about it as a moan about the general lack of coverage of this sport at a time when it is probably more popular now than it has been in a long time, but I had already borrowed this way before.
– Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) on October 13, 2019
That will not prevent me from repeating the message momentarily by inviting the main media to look here at what this great sport gives to so many people.
In any case, as for Cech, it is always encouraging to see him finally realize his dream of playing ice hockey competitively, which he obviously could not do when he was a footballer.
This captivated the imagination of many people and especially the fact that Spectrum's attendance Sunday was stimulated by his interest: 909 won the match won 3-2 after a shootout.
His involvement is a tremendous boost to the sport and if he can draw more people to the country's rinks and arenas, this can only be a good thing as a whole.
Fans dreaming of seeing Cech take a step forward to play for the Flames, I think, dream a bit too much and, while going to the EIHL, would likely explode the head of the most ardent fantasist.
He is 37 years old and, to date, has played only one game of experience in the sport, even as a semi-professional. No coach, unless Cech is really impressed, will give him a helping hand at the highest level.
Let's take the opportunity to leave him now as he brings such a factor of well-being and see how his new career looks in the sport in which he wanted to play. This is the matter of dreams and we all observe it with interest.
D & Where do the Panthers come from? right here?
This week the Panthers of Nottingham celebrate the career of Robert Lachowicz and former players arrive to mark the coup, including many members of the Grand Slam / Treble team (delete if any ) from 2014.
But the echoes of this team have long since disappeared, the current team being just above the dam line with five points in eight games, alongside Dundee Stars, the most matches championship disputed.
The current form sees them without a win in their last seven games, a success in their last nine outings and according to the tweet below, 26 out of 42 defeats over the course of the calendar year.
Supporters are not happy and the first signs of the announcement are unsatisfactory for a team that has high expectations and expects to be in the upper echelons.
Take a look at these fans of @PanthersIHC . This is the harsh reality of the current situation of our club.
National competitions in 2019. P 42, W 15, L 26, D 1.
We are the worst @officialEIHL team this calendar year and the biggest crime is that it's all over the world. it is allowed to happen. https://t.co/WlAxQr4g3N
– Jono Bullard (@JonoBullard) 13 October 2019
So what gives? You can not throw a coach in October when he's just posted, but if the race continues, do not be surprised if it becomes a consideration in January at the earliest. After all, Rich Chernomaz suffered the same fate last year.
Two players have already left, but how many changes are you making to your team, which is already down?
Or do you trust the hope that something turns in your favor? In an impatient sporting world in 2019, this will simply not be allowed.
Decisions will be made in any future situation, but it seems the Panthers are facing the type of season the Sheffield Steelers enjoyed last season. And it will be a long campaign.
Does the clan dare to dream?
They tied their club record with eight straight wins by beating the Belfast Giants 3-1 on Sunday and coach Zack Fitzgerald thinks the current race of his team has sent a message to the rest of the league.
But do Glasgow Clan fans really dare to dream of success at the end of the season?
For me, it's way too early to consider this possibility, but when you realize that they doubled their points total in last season's championship to this one after their first seven games, the first evidence suggest that they could be competitive in the very first minute. less.
The clan came closer in 2015, losing a point against the Sheffield Steelers that season, but whatever "Fitzy" does, it works after a fourth consecutive four-point weekend.
He says his players look good, but I would say it works both ways, with the players taking out as much of their coach as he does.
On a personal note, I wish a speedy recovery to the clan's announcer, Kevin McCoskrie, after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. I had the honor of replacing him on Sunday and I will say this, he looks incredibly easy.
Good recovery, Kevin!