Olympic Roundup…”Girling” Edition

Sigh…the Olympics are over.  NBC now must go back to their prime-time schedule and dammit “The Marriage Ref” is gonna air at 10:30 come hell or Neil Young.  I haven’t seen “The Marriage Ref”, just the promos and that was enough to let me know that I had no desire to see the show, but can you believe that NBC nixed the closing ceremonies to air that turd?  Not that the closing ceremony was excellent, but at least give us a send-off…a montage of Olympic moments?  One Shining Moment playing over cross-country skiing highlights (especially involving finish line vomiting)?  A smug Bob Costas Olympic Eulogy?  Something? Continue reading Olympic Roundup…”Girling” Edition

Monday Morning Fodder

Wow, what a weekend for sports. The biggest game of the weekend was clearly the US/Canada hockey game yesterday. While some may be down on the US for not winning the Gold, it was one hell of an accomplishment to even make the Gold Medal game, let alone have a chance to win it in overtime. Kudos to the USA Men’s Hockey Team, as well as all of Team USA across the board. You represented your country with pride and character, and for that we are very thankful. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

USA! USA! USA!

Let me first say I know precious little about hockey. I am unabashedly a bandwagon fan when it comes to the Carolina Hurricanes only rousing myself to pay attention to them if they make the playoffs which means I watch hockey every other season. The same is true of hockey in the Olympics. I am only watching if Team USA is playing.  That being the case, I took in most of the USA-Canada hockey game last night because there is only so much of ACC officiating at Hansbrough Indoor Stadium I can tolerate.

In the eyes of this novice, the 5-3 win over Canada was an outstanding game. For some reason NBC decided to run it on MSNBC instead of the broadcast network because people at NBC are stupid.  Either that or there is a dark ice dancing cabal lurking in the shadows controlling Dick Ebersol(black helicopters!) 

Anyway,  Team USA took an early lead and responded each time Canada tied the game up before taking a 4-2 lead.  The Canadians pulled to within a goal late in the 3rd and then spent the next three minutes throwing pucks at American goalie Ryan Miller from every direction in effort to tie the game. Miller basically stood on his head and handled 42 of 45 shots. With the pressure still on during the final minute  Team USA’s Ryan Kessler chased the puck into the Canadian end and made a diving swipe to direct it into the empty net for the final margin. And yes, silencing the home crowd is always fun. 

Team USA is now setup with some extra time off to prepare for the medal round. Canada must play an additional game before moving on which is not ideal given the effort these guys are putting into this tournament.  Oh and USA’s first win over Canada in fifty years comes one day before the 30th anniversary of this:

Be sure to check out Darren Rovell’s interview with Al Michaels about his now famout “Do you believe in miracles?” call during the Team USA’s win over the USSR in 1980.