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Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Grand Prize Game: Another Reason to Hate/Love Sidney Crosby

A bitter pill to swallow, folks, at least if you wanted the U.S. to win.  I'm on record saying that I'm not a big fan of the Olympics, but I was definitely watching this game.  And no, it doesn't change my opinion on the matter, because it's not likely that we will see a game this big for some time.

That being said, what a game!  It was up-and-down play, and the refs were content to allow things to play on.  The only things that didn't live up to expectations were Roberto Luongo and the U.S. defense.  The former looked shaky at times, and the latter broke down multiple times throughout the game (including the 3 goals).  Everyone else made this a game to remember, and a great reason for a grown man to stay in his pajamas until 5pm (not me, of course, but this guy I know...).

Ryan Miller deserves every praise for his performance throughout these Olympics; thankfully, his play will be immortalized by his being named the MVP of the Olympics, much like we still remember that, once upon a time, Jean-Sebastien Giguere was a great goalie.

Much closer to getting a "Non Smythe" right now

So the Olympics close with Canada's confirmation that, yes, if you sport 2 to 3 of the top 5 players in the world at every position, you should win the gold.  It also closes with a young U.S. team that far exceeded the expectations of everyone, and not just because Brian Burke attempted to exaggerate about the American team's "underdog" status.  Very few (if any) people predicted that the U.S. would get so close to gold, and for that they should receive a cookie.  Or a cake.  The cake would be easier for distribution purposes.

"Her" being that melty-looking gold medallion.

Great game, good TV, let's leave it to the U.S. news networks to pretend to be interested in hockey for a couple of days.  And even more so, let's get back to that NHL season!

P.S.  If you're tired about talking Olympics hockey (which I am), give mad props to our 4-man bobsledders, who won their first Olympics gold since 1948.  America, we got a bobsled team!

2 comments:

  1. For the record, as a native Pittsburgher I was firmly rooting for the U.S.A. The thought even crossed my mind of how I would have to get Zach Parise's autograph to display next to my Mike Eruzione autograph had the U.S. pulled it off (it looked like he had the jump in OT to get the U.S. the winner).

    But if anyone had to beat the U.S. team, I'm glad it was Crosby.

    And frankly, I am absolutely giddy with anticipation as to how Philadelphia fans will generate even more rants about Crosby now!

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  2. Canada better enjoy that gold, because the U.S. is going to own it from 2014 to 2022.

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