U-S-A! U-S-A!

I guess my big frustration with not being home for the US-Russia game tonight extends to not really being cognizant of the Miracle on Ice when it happened. I was barely sixteen months old at the time, so it would be hard to remember anyway. But US-Russia on February 22, 1980 is something I’ve always heard about. To have a rematch–at the same level of Olympic play, the next-to-last game in the tournament–is just too cool, especially when you know that both games were on US soil.

Why am I so intent on the US winning? Well, I love hockey, and I’m a patriot. Also, a lot of college hockey guys star for the US team, and, well, I’m biased towards college hockey, as I write for US College Hockey Online.

However, the most important thing to me is for the US to win and beat the Canadians. Brad seems so sure the Canadians will win. I’ve watched all but their last two games, and I’ve been unimpressed. The US has played as a team all throughout the tournament … and I like our chances.

If the US wins, you know I’ll give Brad hell. I expect nothing less on the off chance that the reverse happens. 🙂

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

7 comments

  1. I was unaware of any college guys on team USA or Canada. I can only recall NHL players. I don’t see the comparison between the US and Russia this year. Back in 1980, Russia had a ton of talent, much like the US, Canada, and Sweden. Now, all the former Russian Superstars are spread over several teams. Image Team Russia if all the former Soviet Union were playing together; that would be a comparable "Miracle on Ice". However, with all the media hype, I have been turned of to the "Miracle on Ice". The media has almost belittled the event in my mind due to all the over promotion. In the words of town sheriff John Bibi (Russell Crowe) from Mystery Alaska

  2. Excuse any type-os; I am drunk as !@#$

    Oops, also hit the Post it! button while trying to right click.

    I was unaware of any college guys on team USA or Canada. I can only recall NHL players. I don’t see the comparison between the US and Russia this year. Back in 1980, Russia had a ton of talent, much like the US, Canada, and Sweden. Now, all the former Russian Superstars are spread over several teams. Image Team Russia if all the former Soviet Union were playing together; that would be a comparable "Miracle on Ice". However, with all the media hype, I have been turned of to the "Miracle on Ice". The media has almost belittled the event in my mind due to all the over promotion. In the words of town sheriff John Bibi from Mystery Alaska(Russell Crowe) "It’s a hockey game". I love this game, and all of sport, because the favorite is never gaurenteed to win(i.e. Sweden vs Belarus, or Nashville on any given night) Anyway, the comparison of US vs Russia is not even close, the competition is no where near as intensse as back in the day. After just watching, I am upset that we even allowed them to score. The talent on team USA is mind boggling. If they had a few more practices (Canada and USA), they probably could have gone undefeated until the gold medal round.

    Anyway, medal analysis…
    Team USA won’t slow up Canada by playing North American style hockey…Canada has speed, but choses to rely more on skill and uses the same bruising tactics as USA. It is really a toss up as both teams are very similar and skilled. Both teams played well the last two games to make it to the show. Although Canada has a weaker record, they had tough competition, and steam rolled over Belarus. With momentum, and time to gel, Canada will be hard to stop. I predict a shootout with Canada winning(gut says Martan will fair better in a shootout than Richter) We will see by Sunday night.

    As far as my accuracy goes, I had Sweden picked to go all the way…

  3. Well, perhaps not CURRENT college players, but consider that a lot of these guys did play the college game at some point. Hull, Drury, Richter, Modano, Weight, and that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

  4. Mike takes my point exactly. All the US guys [to the best of my knowledge] are pros, but many of them are college hockey products. Sorry for the fuzziness in my writing.

    I fully expect the US to win. If they don’t, my life is going to suck. 🙂 [Brad will make it hard on me.]

  5. It’s funny … all the folks at church were coming up to me and trying to comfort me last night. As Darin, our Youth Director said, "When I saw the score was 2-2, I said, ‘Well, Geof’s nervous.’ Then it got to 3-2, and I said, ‘Well, Geof’s not happy at all.’ It got to 4-2, and I said, ‘Glad I’m not hear to listen to Geof.’ "

    Actually, I didn’t use colorful language while watching the game … and, actually, I slept through about half of the first two periods. I think I missed a great game. -sigh-

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