Hey all! So, have you been busy reading Ken Dryden's "The Game," like we all agreed last month? I have. I went back and read through it again, so I'd be ready for this discussion. I thought maybe the best way to do this would be to throw out a few questions about your impressions of the book, and leave it open for comments. With that in mind:
1. What did you feel after you finished? For me, it was a kind of sad nostalgia, knowing that the dynasty was shortly to end and the team to be dismantled, and that there'd never be another Habs team that great again.
2. Dryden incorporates a lot of social commentary in the book. Did you enjoy that, or find yourself skimming it to get to the next hockey-related part?
3. Did you like the backgrounds of his teammates the author includes, or did you think it was a waste of space, since many of the players he probes have their own biographies out there?
4. There's a lot of "unvarnished" truth in the book, such as the incident with Shutt peeing in Tremblay's Coke. Did you think Dryden's account gave you an honest feel for what it was like inside the team at that time? Or did you think he skimmed over a lot of the gritty stuff in an effort to protect teammates' privacy?
5. Dryden makes several predictions in the book, including the controversial "the team will have to choose to be French or be good." What do you think of his foresight?
6. What did you feel was lacking in the book?
7. What do you think the book adds to the available wealth of hockey writing?
8. Do you think the book helps you get to know a team you may have never seen play? Or, if you did see that team play, does it bring you closer to the players you cheered for?
9. Is there anything you wish had NOT been included in the book?
10. Would you recommend it to a friend?