Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A worthy Olympic sport...




Today begins the greatest of the winter Olympic sporting events- the hockey tournament.

Team USA is strong but clearly the underdog to home country and gold medal favorite, Canada. Unfortunately, hockey is one of the few things Canada is good at.

Obviously I would love to see Team USA spank Canada, but it will be tough. Finland, Sweden, and Russia are tough also. It'll be an exciting tournament and a welcome break from figure skating.

I'm elated that Team USA will be wearing the retro-1980 Olympic jersey in honor of the greatest accomplishment in team sports history.

11 comments:

Perry said...

I know there's no freedom of speech on your blog, but, there's not much interest for the Winter Olympics over here. But, I do hope the Americans come away with lots of gold. It's just...we don't make time to watch the winter games. We like the Summer Olympics much better.

Reepicheep said...

No freedom of speech on my blog? You're free to say whatever I want to hear!! :)

Woody Woodward said...

I have to agree, this year’s outstanding match up, between O’Canadar and US will be watched by millions! Even non-hockey fans like me will be thinking back at the 1980, greatest sports match up of all times!

Perry said...

Thanks.

Perry said...

By the way, you might want to post an interesting video on your blog. An out-of-work guy who lives with his parents was interviewed on the FOX News Channel (video on foxnews.com; I saw it.), because with his time off, he built a four-room man-cave out of snow and had a Superbowl party in it.

Rick Calohan said...

There is a big difference between the 1980 team and the 2010 team. The 1980 team was comprised of college athletes with dreams of Gold and a shot in the NHL. The 2010 team is comprised of NHL players therefore it is not so much an Olympic event per se; it is more like an International All-Star Hockey Tournament.

Reepicheep said...

Rick,
There is indeed no comparison between the 80 team and the current team.

Still, I think it's fine for each country to send their best to compete. That is what happens now that pros are allowed to compete in the Olympics.

Although...our amatuer national team recently spanked Canada in the World Championship, so that's cool.

William said...

I agree with all but the statement, "The Greatest Accomplishment in Team Sports History." That also happened in 1980 but it was in Game 3 of the ALCS when George Brett took Goose Gossage deep, thus ending 3 years of frustration for KC Royals fans.

Reepicheep said...

Brett was on roids and had pine tar on his bat, that's the only reason he took the Goose deep. It's tainted...

Rick Calohan said...

William,

That frustration returned to the Royals and their fans when they lost to the Phillies in six games, and had to wait five more years for baseball to extend the five game league championship playoff format to seven games instead of five, otherwise it would have been a bird series, and then had to steal a World Series from the Cardinals with a blown call in game six to win their one and only championship in 40 years. I am sure all Royals fans would love to party like its 1985 or in your case 1980, either way it would make 30 and 25 years respectively that any Royals fan had something to cheer about.

Oh at last check the New York Yankees at last count, count em 27 World Series Championships!

Perry said...

Give me Olympic boxing, swimming, weight lifting volleyball, track and field,.... There's probably some events I'm forgetting.