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Canada-Russia, Rambling Theory on Journalism

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…And the collective blood pressure of Canadians recedes to a normal level.

That felt good, didn’t it?

...until we meet again, friend.

How quickly Canadian outlook turned around.  All the sudden we’re in the final four with Slovakia, the USA and Finland, which is a draw we’d have sacrificed siblings to have before the tournament.  A final four with Russia, Sweden and the Czechs would certainly provide a little more stress, wouldn’t it?

You have to think, with so many great players and only so much ice time to go around, it would be real easy to have a guy go a game or two without points and say he’s slumping.  It’s been nice that Canada has thrown in 28 goals over their five games so far, cause it’s alleviated a lot of the inevitable finger-pointing at guys who may be playing well without the production (by the way, does that slug Toews even have a goal yet?  Do something, ya bum).

All coaches say a derivative of the same thing:  winning cures everything. 

When you lose, as the boys did to the US on Sunday, everything gets dissected.  That’s what people like me do – we write about the game and the team everyday, so it’s only natural to try to figure out the cause of the problem.  But when we win, there’s not much to talk about.  They did what they were supposed to do.

Which brings me to a point I’ve been waiting forever to make about writing/broadcasting:  I understand how you end up with controversial idiots in the most well known positions in sports coverage.

Because, without a polarized opinion, you don’t get the readers – there’s no uproar, no fervent agreers or passionate dissenters.  they’re not linking to your article to comment on it (good or bad), and most importantly, there’s no discussion.  People leave a well thought out, reasonable piece of writing and go “well, yeah…. sure”.  But they meet their buddy at the bar later and go “did you see what that dick Woody Paige said on Around The Horn yesterday”?  And Woody goes to the bank again.

The hardest part about being a writer and having deadlines, I’ve noticed, is that often, a game like last night happens.  Canada executes flawlessly, Luongo gets a B, the sound bites are reasonable and polite, and that was that.  What the Canadian team accomplished last night deserves far more than a “great game, that looked easy” analysis.  To play that well under the pressure that last nights game carried would’ve taken phenomenal mental focus and physical effort.

But it isn’t as easy for the post-game analysis to generate lasting discussion when a game is so cut-and-dried, so networks hire guys like Mike Milbury who are unafraid to say things like “Eurotrash”.

For a game to look that easy against names like Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin takes posititonal team play, responsible defensive awareness, and NO weak links.  Those guys are building hall-of-fame careers on snapping through weak links, and Canada managed to provide none.

To gain readership, it’s tempting to blast guys all the time – to shred Ovy for being a no-show or Nabokov for playing poorly.  Or I could write something incendiary about how the European style of play is fancy but ineffective for winning when it counts, but I wouldn’t believe it myself.

I thought it was just an exceptionally well played game by the deeper team.  Underdogs can win any game, because the better team may not play well.  But “any team can win any night” isn’t true – the better team always has the first opportunity to play well and win, which is why the media (me) lambasted Canada instead of praising the US for the game last Sunday.

And that, my friends, is a ramble.  Weeeeecanadaweeeeee!

(UPDATE: I throw a few guy-on-couch beer-in-hand style comments on players in the comments section.)

*****

Yes! Who do we play ne---noooo not the Canadians...

Big shout out to the Slovaks for taking out Sweden.  I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy win against them, but I am saying it should be a whole hell of a lot easier than it would’ve been playing the stacked, defending goal-medalist Svedish fella’s.  {Can we please get Sweden to stop wearing those saltwater taffy uniforms and do something reasonable?  I know those are your colors, just mix in some white somewhere or something, good god.}

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Today is the gold medal game of the Women’s final, and I’m sad to say, I haven’t watched nearly enough of our ladies kicking ass and taking names.  I intend to watch today – what should I be watching for, lady fans?

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45 Responses to “Canada-Russia, Rambling Theory on Journalism”
  1. Sioux says:

    Watch for the Lamoureux twins! Really a treat to watch with superb hockey roots.

  2. Cassie says:

    The obvious is that there’s no body checking in women’s hockey, but it will still be a very physical game so don’t let that throw you. Also, expect college level hockey at about the speed of a high school or midget game. These two national teams play each other ALL. THE. TIME. So it should be a very competitive game, but it’s also very difficult to say who’s going to win it because they know each other so well.

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for not trying to be like Don Cherry to attract an audience. Canada looked scary good last night. I was surprised how the Russians fell apart.

    After hours of Olympic watching, can someone please answer the question does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?? I’m getting tired of those commercials.

  4. Miller Time! says:

    Bourney, I woke up this morning pumped to read your peice on the Canadians taking it to the russians, and this is what i get? The biggest game in recent memory and we don’t even really talk about it? What about the total domination, physical pressence, shut down of Ovie, Webers massive shot, young studs on defence?????????? Nothing. All I have to say is watch out world, here comes Canada! I sure hope we can get another crack at the Americans, cause I think they are in trouble this time around. I really like your opinion on the Americans not caring about hockey when they lose, but when they win they rub it in our faces. That was the prelims, meet us in the Gold medal game and they better care, because we are coming in full force, and who knowS, if they beat us again, well deserved! GO CANADA!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sioux in the Cities says:

    I’m with ‘Sioux,’ those Lamoureux twins are a ton of fun to watch. Here’s a Sports Illustrated article about the families hockey players. It’s long, but definitely worth the read.

  6. jtbourne says:

    Haha, fair enough Miller:

    I continue to think Rick Nash looks like an unstoppable force, and it’s shame we may see him stuck in Columbus on teams that never really have a chance at playing a big game.

    I thought the Canadians played with an energy level that was so crazy you can only sustain with four deep lines of awesome, something no other country has the ability to do.

    I thought Shea Weber and Duncan Keith took two more steps towards being the best defenseman in the world. Doughty looked great too. Actually, Keith should win the Norris this year and I’ll predict Weber contends for it next year. Luongo was…. fine. Umm…. what else….

    Toews might be tourney MVP so far. Richards has been a pleasant surprise…. that’s all I can think of right now!

  7. Tropical Albany says:

    For what its worth I gotta say last nights shellacking would have played out totally different on olympic ice. Canada’s insane puck-drop intensity hand-cuffed the Russian D immediately and when your D are handcuffed breakout passes are almost impossible. If the Canadians had to go a few strides further to plaster Russian Dmen then even Fedor Tyutin might have made some good decisions out there. At the other end the brake-slam-find-trailer-for-one-timer move was severely ineffective due to a lack of ice space, an engineering flaw of small rinks. Coincidentally, what the Russians needed were some North Americans willing to drive to the net and create space for them, but that wouldn’t be very Olympic-like. Any thoughts on that? (didn’t mean that to come off anti-Canada, they played great hockey and deserved the blow out)
    Oh… Semins hit? There was absolutely nothing wrong there?! Boyle just delivered the puck and was just low all by himself, that’s not Semins fault. Boyle’s slu-foot, however, I could do without!
    Womens Gold Medal game will be amazing!!

  8. Miller Time! says:

    That will do for me bud! I was just stoked after last nights game. The first period was some of the best hockey I’ve ever seen. The only problem with taking a 4-1 lead after one is the excitement gets thrown out the window. It’s alot easier on the heart when you know if you let one in, it’s the end of the world. I went to the world junior gold medal game in Vancouver in 2006 and the route was the same, with the same game plan. Malkin was the star that year and we just punished him everytime he touched the puck. For some reason the russians back away as soon as you start doing that. I loved one of the Russians comments I heard on the radio this morning. he said “The Canadian were like a bunch of gorillas being let out of their cages coming at us” got to love it! Now we have to keep pounding our chests and running over our opponents!

  9. Adam says:

    I know this isn’t possible but I would like to create some sort of a list of the people who were ready to throw in the towel after Canada lost to the US. You know, those people that thought that Canada is losing cause they didn’t pick Green or Stamkos. You know, those quitters, those naysayers, those guys that think they know everything about hockey because they play once a week in a beer league that has the skill level of a learn-to-skate class.

    I want you! Come forward, be a man, and take your public lashing

  10. jtbourne says:

    Haha, right Adam? You deserve at least that much after pointing it out before. Though, I’m sure most of those people would argue that they still believed in Canada, they just believed they’d be better with Stamkos and Green. The thing is, those two provide offense, which clearly hasn’t been an issue, so right now Stevey Y looks sharp for bringing a couple more defense first guys. Ohhhh hindsight!

  11. Ohio says:

    Enough is Enough

    I am an American (OHIO Obviously) and always cheer for my neighbor to the North when they are not up against my fellow countrymen. I just have a huge problem with all these Canadians booing us and cheering for anyone but their BIG brother to the south. I understand the bitterness of many Canadians due to the fact that we have such a gigantic influence on everything in Canadian society other than hockey….get over it. Watching the Americans agianst the Swiss yesterday makes it hard for me to support the Canadians.

    I do appreciate your respect on this blog but I cannot help but wonder if you would be different if you weren’t trying to make it as a journalist in the country which gives you the best chance (The United States of America).

    I will continue to cheer for Canada when they’re not playing the Americans. I will never forget the playoff series a while back when the B’s were in Montreal and the fans booed the sh*t out of our national anthem. In return the next game in Bean Town every fan in that buiding stood up and cheered yours. For that reason and for many others I will keep my ways.

    Cheers

  12. marshall22 says:

    I was one of the guys that thought we’d be better off with Mike Green on the team, I really can’t think of a Dman to pull out after last game though. That being said i’ve never seen anything like the way Canada played last night. I can’t imagine any other team EVER being able to match the mixture of energy, skill, and physicality Canada played with. Am I crazy and just pulling way too much out of one game or is there some legitimacy in saying that no team on the planet could have beaten us last night.

  13. jtbourne says:

    All I hope is that Ohio’s comment doesn’t launch the perpetual anthem-booing internet conversation. I hate that one. Ohio, I’m sure Canadians just want to beat the US at SOMETHING cause they win at EVERYTHING!

  14. Willa Cather says:

    I’m excited to see the egregiously heart-warming story that’ll be spun by the Canadian media on their down-home Canadian boys who (*tear*) battled back from all kinds of adversity in the Olympics to win gold (if/when they do). I don’t think anyone will care to mention that in reality they just blew a couple (shoulda won) games in the beginning that, luckily, weren’t elimination rounds and finally got back the swagger they had going into the tournament and lost somewhere before to that crap shoot win over the Swiss and shaming lost to the boys down south. Something tells me this (possible) gold-medal winning story won’t be on a juggernaut who took a proverbial s**t in the prelims and barely held on to win gold medals (that I’m pretty sure they had their names minted on at the factory). No, if you pick up any Canadian newspaper or watch the evening news on March 1st, what you’ll see is a touching story on Sid-the-Kid and his gang of underrated special needs teammates who victoriously overcame the baby-punching Russians, majestically trounced the cup-cake squishing Slovaks, and capped it off with a Charlemagn’ian victory over the Americans. Reminds me of the kids who used to celebrate an easy regular season win by throwing their gloves and helmets in their air and mobbing the goalie. Or when draft pick-laden North Dakota or Minnesota used to celebrate single goal victories over UAA at their home rinks. (Sweet guys, way to go, you barely beat the team that has a single person selected in the 5th round by one goal).
    In all fairness Canada should win. With all the shenanigans they’ve pulled this tournament they shouldn’t be rewarded if they win, they should be scolded by Canada as a whole for playing “just the tip” all tournament and slamming home runs every game.

  15. djimass says:

    Justin: Since you’re Canadian, I suggest you look out for 4 players on Team Canada tonight:

    Poulin #29: Dubbed the “Sidney Crosby of women’s hockey”. Only 18, but scary good. Youtube her goal against the Swiss. She played Midget AAA with boys and dominated.

    Szabados #1: Likely the satrter tonight. Played men’s Junior A in Alberta and had some pretty good stats as a starter for 3+ years. Played for the Tri-City Americans in the WHL until she was cut for some dude named Carey Price…

    Ouellette #13: Big body (6′, 170) with a sick passing ability and an excellent shot. Can play forward or D.

    Wickenheiser #22: Plays men’s pro hockey in Finland. Nuff said.

  16. Willa Cather says:

    I’m excited to see the egregiously heart-warming story that’ll be spun by the Canadian media on their down-home Canadian boys who (*tear*) battled back from all kinds of adversity in the Olympics to win gold (if/when they do). I don’t think anyone will care to mention that in reality they just blew a couple (shoulda won) games in the beginning that, luckily, weren’t elimination rounds and finally got back the swagger they had going into the tournament and lost somewhere before to that crap shoot win over the Swiss and shaming lost to the boys down south. Something tells me this (possible) gold-medal winning story won’t be on a juggernaut who took a proverbial s**t in the prelims and barely held on to win gold medals (that I’m pretty sure they had their names minted on at the factory). No, if you pick up any Canadian newspaper or watch the evening news on March 1st, what you’ll see is a touching story on Sid-the-Kid and his gang of underrated special needs teammates who victoriously overcame the baby-punching Russians, majestically trounced the cup-cake squishing Slovaks, and capped it off with a Charlemagn’ian victory over the Americans. Reminds me of the kids who used to celebrate an easy regular season win by throwing their gloves and helmets in their air and mobbing the goalie. Or when draft pick-laden North Dakota or Minnesota used to celebrate single goal victories over UAA at their home rinks. (Sweet guys, way to go, you barely beat the team that has a single person selected in the 5th round by one goal).
    In all fairness Canada should win. With all the shenanigans they’ve pulled this tournament they shouldn’t be rewarded if they win, they should be scolded by Canada as a whole for playing “just the tip” all tournament and not slamming home runs every game.

    (THIS ONE’S A CORRECTION CUZ I SUCKED AT TYPING THE FIRST TIME)

  17. Frank says:

    I think the women’s game tonight should be a good one, for both the US and Canada the only serious test they have to face!

    On the American side, Justin, Jenny Potter has been racking up a lot of goals, so watch to see how she plays tonight (I think she had 2 hat tricks so far?)….and there is one Alaskan on the US Women’s team…..so Alaska will get one medal this olympic games.

    And to the Canadian readers…..yes, some of us Americans do care…even when we lose. It’s just that we’ve only been on the medal stand twice in the last 40 years….so when we lose and get a silver medal like 2002, we aren’t very upset…..we are looking at the silver lining because getting any medal in men’s hockey is not something we usually do.

  18. Pete says:

    obviously, watch for agosta, she plays for the university i live next to, so i get to see her quite a bit.

    does anyone think that winning the silver sucks more than winning the bronze? bear with me, in that you get the silver after LOSING, and, if the americans are to pull that off (winning the silver) it should be a great moment, but, they just LOST, so everyone will be disappointed. on the flip side, you get the bronze after WINNING.

    and willa, you sound more bitter than one of those teaparty cats….

  19. minnesotagirl71 says:

    I’ll say it – Whoa Ohio, your American…something… is showing.

    Another American perspective on the Canadian-American rivalry:
    Fans can cheer or boo whoever they want to for whatever reasons they want to. Minnesota football fans say they cheer for the Vikings and whoever is playing the Packers. I’ve no problem with people cheering on Team Canada and whoever is playing Team USA. It’s a sports ri-val-ry.

    Nice deflection, Bourne. USA has a slightly larger pool to pull their talent from (there’s about 30 million Canadians and nearly 300 million Americans).

    We could use a little more Canadian influence – health care, managing a bi-lingual society, super polite buses…oh and send down a few of those Nestle Aero chocolate bars. I love those and we can’t get them here.

  20. MWL says:

    Oh my lets keep this to hockey and stay out of politics…that’s a can of worms you, as well as JB i assume, don’t want to open.

    The Canadians are passionate fans, leave it it that…

  21. Shawn says:

    In the women’s game, check out the Canadian goalie – Shannon Szabados (assuming she starts). She has a good history.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Szabados

  22. UAAFan says:

    Hey Bourne,
    take a look at the new video for the UAF Hockey Intro:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wmEFANNwZo&feature=player_embedded

  23. The Franchise says:

    Willa,
    Sorry for all your bitterness, it must be long days seeing the world through such cynical eyes. I can’t believe you feel the Canadians hockey players should not be rewarded if they win gold here simply because they were the best team on paper and lost to an inferior (on paper) team in the pre-lims. What a ludicrous assessment. To draw a parallel, I could care less if the Flying Tomato limped his way through the qualifying rounds as long he throws down a sick run during the medal round all the power to him (btw what a run it was).

    I assume though you have other issues to work through, I particularly enjoyed how you managed to envision the March 1 headlines if Canad wins only to be side tracked into some other vendetta you have with college kids from ND or Minny. Soooooooooo let me get this straight: You are equating Canada winning gold to be akin to ND winning a regular season game over UAA by one goal then celebrating? Hmmmm….interesting I suppose. I just don’t follow the logic. In case you have not heard, winning the gold medal on home soil is kinda a big deal for us up here. Olympics every fourth year? In Canada once in a blue moon? So ya, I’d say it is a little bigger deal than a one goal victory by a stacked university team against, as you put it, an unstacked university team. You really think US/Finland are that out of Canada’s league to compare it to North Dakota and Alaska? I don’t.

    Anyways, hopefully you manage to deal with your issues I hope venting on the site helped you work through them.

    Sincerely,
    Canadian Hockey Fan

    PS- Ohio, the booing of the anthems is a very ‘Quebec’ thing do, please pay not attention to them in the future (I can remember them booing even our national anthem)

  24. Will77 says:

    This might just be because I’m not from Canada, but aren’t you a bit disappointed in last nights game JT? I mean, the last month I’ve been salivating on what should have been an awesome hockey game, and just to see that utter domination (always good when you’re a fan of the team dominating), made me go “really? I was looking forward to that?”.

    Speaking of Nash, all Olympics all I’ve been thinking was “man, if only he had another super star to play with”. He’s been phenominal

  25. jtbourne says:

    I am, on the record, zero percent disappointed in last nights game. Kill. Kill. Kill.

  26. Willa Cather says:

    Point made. UND vs. Alaska is a little more one-side than US/Finland vs. Canada. But to be honest, I’ve been disappointed by the Canadians thus far. Last nights game is what should have happened all tournament and to celebrate them as underdogs if they win will be a mistake (whether or not you believe that will happen, I’m just presupposing from what I’ve heard from the Canadian media so far).
    Let’s be real though, and I think JB will agree with me, Canada IS that good. They’re so good they have a whole teams worth of players who they had to turn away and would have no doubt been snatched up by other countries if they could have. Yah, Canada should celebrate this gold if they get it and I assume they will after last night’s absolute trouncing. But I just hope they celebrate knowing they dodged a bullet, not that they pulled a 1980 Miracle.

    P.S. Anyone else lose a little bit of respect for Boyle after his text-book slew-foot on Semin? Great defender, Semin’s hit wasn’t illegal just poorly timed and maybe not a safe decision considering how Boyle’s head hit the boards. (Bonus points for Boyle on deciding not to knock out Semin’s teeth with a cross check as they both got up)

  27. jtbourne says:

    First, Boyle: The slew-foot is a really shitty (and dangerous) play. What’s funny is, he reacted like I do when someone hits me at rec-hockey – almost indignant that someone had the audacity to hit me, like I’m exempt for some reason. That said, he had Semin’s face on a tee after he got up, as you mentioned, and showed great restraint.

    How about me validating the “controversial” comments I mentioned from today’s entry by responding only to the most controversial of comment? Damnit. Ah well, too late now. No, I don’t think anyone is acting like we’re underdogs, and remember – just because the best team proves it doesn’t mean you lose the right to enjoy it (Yankees win! Thhhhhheeeeeee Yankees win!). No matter how good you are, it’s a feat to beat the best teams, and if Canada gets it done, then they’ll certainly have proved they’re the best, having to use the hard route to do it.

  28. zyllyx says:

    The USA/Canada game in the women’s series is probably going to be the best hockey game of the Olympics. I personally can’t wait. No talk of giant salaries, All-Stars, team captains, etc. – just good honest hockey by two exceptional teams.

    It’ll probably be the last hockey game of the Olympics that I’ll be able to enjoy without one side or the other pounding their chests and uncorking a keg of Schadenfreude Amber.

  29. djimass says:

    The Franchise: You’re trying to open a big can of worms here by saying Quebecers are to blame even our own national anthem. Didn’t the national anthem booing fiasco start during a Western conference playoff series a few years back (I want to say it was Oilers-Ducks but i can’t remember for sure). I believe the American crowd booed the Canadian national anthem and it was then reciprocated but the Canadian crowd. I even remember Don Cherry telling his viewers that we have to show more class, etc… It has spilled over to other series/sporting events in the following years. As for the B’s-Habs series, Yes the US anthem was booed here, and the Canadian anthem was booed in Boston. But the incident shouldn’t be isolated to a single province or country. There are plenty of people at fault here. Plus, am I the only one who doesn’t see it as that big a deal? The vast majority of Canadians have nothing but respect for our neighbours to the South. Likewise, most Americans who have ventured north of the border like it up here.

    Also, people should pay attention to us here. All three goalies this year are from Quebec, and a few of the best players ever (Rocket, Lafleur, Beliveau, Dionne, Roy, Vezina, Brodeur amongst others) hail from this province as well. :)

  30. jtbourne says:

    Herrrreee we go.

    Internet conversations are like a family reunion after the booze starts flowing. You try to steer away from the hot button issues, thennnn BAM. You’re uncle hate says he hates foreigners again.

  31. Willa Cather says:

    You’d think French-Canadian hockey players would pick up more girls. I mean, you play hockey AND you speak French. Should be a slam dunk.

  32. Miller Time! says:

    Willas Comments are terrible! Just because the Canadians are the best on paper has no means! Hockey is a team game and nobody expected to walk through the competition. This whole tournament which ever game or teams played were for the most part very competitive. I forget which year it was but the American Dream team failed to win at the olymipcs????? hows this possible? Sometimes the best individual players don’t gel as a team. I believe the loss to the US was actually a great wake up call for our Canucks, made us practice harder and not take any teams lightly. The Americans have a way better team than people give them credit. There young, fast, tough and are not intimidated by the canadians, this is a recipe for another great calsh between the 2 in the gold medal game. For some reason everyones figures we should walk through the tournament, condiering the Canadians have only won the gold medal in Hockey once in our history, I think this one on home soil would that much greater, and I will be in the streets of Vancouver partying till the sun comes up when this hopefully happens. win or lose our nation we will be there to cheer them on.

  33. minnesotagirl71 says:

    Plays hockey and speaks french? Appeals to me! Hello – Guillaume Latendresse! Just don’t eat that poutine near me – french fries, cheese curds and gravy?? Ugghh – who thought that was a good idea? Whoops – is that another hot button issue?

    Sorry for stirring the pot earlier…. I just couldn’t let that one go….

  34. Frank says:

    Hey Justin, in honor the governor’s cup this weekend (which UAA has won the last 3 years), could you recount some of your favorite UAA/UAF memories in between olympic highlights?

  35. jtbourne says:

    Frank: YES. Soon.

  36. The Franchise says:

    Haha djimass, I meant no harm in my comment. Please do not be offended.

    I’m sure fans from every province have booed an anthem or two at some point. Specific reference was made to the Boston-Montreal situation a few years back (for some reason I remember Boston fans booing in response not applauding, but I digress). I did not mean to imply that Quebecers are any less patriotic or as deserving of any less respect than any other Canadian.

    Je suis desole monsieur djimass.

    Willa, I don’t really see the relevance of your argument still? You seem to be implying that a celebration should be dependent on pre-tournament/season expectations? That Canada should celebrate knowing they dodged a bullet? What bullet did they dodge?

    Here’s my take on this, forget the bottom 4 teams in the Olympics (no disrespect to Latvian, Norwegian, Belarussian or Germany fans). Take the top 8 and think of it like a Conference playoff field. Canada is probably your top seed, followed by Russia, maybe Sweeden? Here’s the point, I don’t think that in playoffs there is a presumption that the #1 seed is going to win it? If someone had offered me straight up money on Canada vs the field, I’d probably have taken the field.

    Also, how on earth did you equate Canada celebrating winning gold would be like USA 1980? Or is that just another creation of your mind (a la North Dakota v UAA analogy)? Maybe I am subject to different media than you are, but I have yet to hear any banter about Canada being this underdog team that has scrappily fought it’s way to victory despite all odds. I’m sorry, I just don’t get where you are coming from or going with that comment.

    The Franchise

    PS- as for Boyle, was rather surprising. Never would have put him as the slew foot type. Semin had it coming and I don’t really blame him, especially after the ‘questionable’ hit by Semin on him which was right afterthe Volchenkov hit on Staal into the boards. Blow out game…..two questionable hits to teammates in a vulnerable position late in the game………..I don’t mind sending a message back to the other team. Hate slew foots and wish he chose another format, but I don’t blame him for having enough.

  37. Adam says:

    @minnesotagirl71:

    You say that the US has a bigger pool of hockey talent than Canada? That is absolutely not true. While there are 300 million people in the USA to your 30 million people in Canada, there are just about the same number of hockey players in both countries. Last I checked, it was about 500,000 players in both countries. It’s just different here, hockey isn’t the most popular sport in the US (trust me, I wish it was).

    If JT’s boy RIck Nash grew up in America he’d be playing football, not hockey….haha, cause America doesn’t produce behemoths of men that grow up on skates like Canada does. We produce the Patrick Kanes of the world.

    Oh yea, I’m still waiting for all the Babcock/Yzerman haters that were so prevalent a couple days ago to come forward.

    Random thought: Why has Scotty Bowman never coached an olympic team? You’d think one of the winningest coaches IN ALL OF SPORTS would have that opportunity……just sayin’

    God, I love hockey so much, its the only thing I wake up happily at 6am for….I don’t even do that for my fiancee…..she thinks I’m crazy and vows that’ll end when we get married.

  38. Mike says:

    Not to be off-topic- wait, this is actually on-topic:

    I clicked over to the gawker.com page you linked to. I don’t know if you read the comments there but I thought the comment below the video from “Spaceman Bill Leah” was brilliant:

    NBC just came out with this statement:

    “We apologize to the European community on behalf of Mike Millbury and the NBC broadcast team. We honestly thought the stupid shit was going to come out of Roenick.”

  39. minnesotagirl71 says:

    @Adam – I didn’t mean the US has a bigger pool of hockey players than Canada. Bourne said Canada wanted to win at hockey because the US wins at everything else. I was saying that the US has a bigger talent pool for the “everything else”. (Of course the “everything else” is facetious.)

  40. djimass says:

    @The Franchise: no worries, no offense taken :)

  41. Dave Beauchesne says:

    Justin:

    A funny to report regarding last night’s game – ( sorry if I put things off track a bit ) – - – -

    Vancouver is abuzz with Olympic frenzy to be sure. One of the local radio stations ( Rock 101 ) has a dedicated phone line that listeners can phone in to report their ‘ Olympic experiences ‘ , which in turn get played ( if worthy ) on the air.

    I was heading into Vancouver this morning and they played one of the calls from last night. A woman phoned in and said she was sitting in one of the local restaurants after the game, and she had met up with Tiger Williams and another gentleman.

    She phoned the ‘ hotline ‘ , explained the situation, and let Tiger take the phone after asking what would the outcome of the game have been if he had been playing, to which Tiger replied ( forgive me if the quote isn’t perfect ) ” The score would have been 7 – 2 , and there would have been 3 dead Russians ”. Vintage Tiger !
    Take care JT – your uncle Bo

  42. John says:

    Olympic hockey is the balls. I will miss being able to watch a game at 12 AM EST where the loser goes home.

    USA vs Canada final!

  43. Beer:30 says:

    I kinda like the surprises. There is still time for more upsets in both brackets. I’m excited to see how everything turns out even if my dog doesn’t end up hearing the fat lady sing the right song. It’s nice to know this is probably one of the biggest boarder disputes our two nations have going.

  44. fish says:

    grrmble, you lucky bastichses.

    I have to tape everything at a channel called “eurosport” which so far has only broadcast highlights from the major confrontations. The only full matches they have broadcast were canada versus latvia and the checzs agains belarus and stuff like that…

    Thank god there are fewer games too choose from and from now on all games will feature a rrrreally good matchup…

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