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Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

Posted on: February 28, 2010 7:04 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 9:58 pm

It had to end this way, didn't it?

Sidney Crosby sending The Frozen North into a frenzy. The Next One elbowing his way into a spot aside The Great One as one of Canada's all-time hockey greats. Overtime winner. Game, set, go ga-ga Canada.

Well, no. It didn't have to end that way at all. It shouldn't have ended that way. Not the way Crosby was playing. Not the way Canada was playing. For about 66 of the 67 minutes of a gold medal game for the ages, Sid the Kid was pretty much invisible. At that point he had gone the equivalent of almost four games without a point.

Was the greatest player in the greatest hockey-playing nation burned out?

Miracle on Ice II had been halfway written when the U.S. Zach Parise scored the tying goal with 24 seconds left in regulation. Hey, but what do they say down here in the States when a baseball game is tied in the ninth?

It only takes one.

That's what Crosby provided in the second-greatest Olympic hockey game ever played. Canada beat the U.S. 3-2 in overtime, in a fitting end to the latest Winter Olympics. Try as it might, NBC couldn't douse the fervor of hockey fans everywhere. Most of the greatest Olympic hockey tournament ever  was relegated to cable while the network showed ice dancing and skiing. In our profession that's called burying the lede.

When Parise tied it for the U.S.  it was gut punch to America's Hat. That meant the next goal was in competition for the greatest ever scored in each country's history. It was Paul Henderson (1972 vs. the Soviets) vs. Mike Eruzione (1980 vs.the Soviets). Henderson's country won. Henderson himself had to step aside. Sidney's goal now replaces Henderson's as the most significant in Canadian hockey history, second only to Eruzione's in Olympic history.

Sports remains the best reality television. There's really nothing currently on the international level in the U.S. that compares to this kind of drama. The World Baseball Classic isn't one. The NBA pros playing in the Summer Olympics has been, well, boring.  We're a bit player in the World Cup.

Yet, the 1980 Miracle on Ice remains the biggest sports upset maybe ever.

So let's not forget what happened these past two weeks. Not just U.S. hockey, the game of hockey gained a level of respect. That's two silver medals in the last three Olympics for the U.S., two out of three golds for the Canadians. It's up to the NHL now to keep the momentum going. Maybe, in some way, this can remove the NHL from cable oblivion (Versus?).

Further observations: The Next One (Crosby) truly is on a level now with The Great One (Wayne Gretzky). A Stanley Cup and gold medal within seven months is pretty cool ... No matter what, the U.S. had the faster team ... U.S. goalie Ryan Miller was named the tournament's MVP. Pretty heady stuff for the losing side.

And you have to admit, it was fun for a while watching an entire nation gag. Own the Podium? The U.S. won the medal count 37-30. OK, so you don't care and maybe you shouldn't. March Madness is coming. Baseball is starting.

But it was genuine and heart-stopping and a rush that Xavier v. Richmond on Sunday just couldn't provide. My headline for our copy desk friends north of the border:


You're welcome, Canada. You've got your gold. We've still got our TMZ, our Oprah, our Entertainment Tonight dishing our dirt. That's another way of saying it's time to get back to business.

It's your serve, Tiger.


Category: Olympic Games

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 3:39 pm

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

Last I checked we (USA) own the most gold medals, most silver medals, and bronze medals....of all-time!Tongue out

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2010 12:00 am

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

I am personally happy for all the Canadians that had to hear it from all of us Americans when they lost the first game.  You all have to love watching us eat crow now.  Except for all the excuse

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 6:26 pm

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

You misread my post, Bluths. It was a two-parter - the first part being about the comparison to USA winning hockey gold in 1980, and a better equivalent being Norway's hockey team with zero NHL pros winning Olympic gold. Nothing to do with swimming.

Second part being that the USA is boasting about 'winning' the medal count. Credit due to the team, especially in areas where they haven't historically been world-beaters like Nordic Combined. We can still disagree about the talent pool numbers in the US and whether or not they have underachieved inthe past but it accomplishes nothing.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2010 6:15 pm

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

Gordberg, you said in your own post that the Canadian media changed their expectations from winning the most gold medals to winning the most total medals, because they thought they had a chance to win the most medals. As of others have said on here, Canada can't have it both ways by changing the interpretation to fit the earlier expectations by using an ambiguous statement like "owning the podium." I am proud that my country set the record for winning the most medals in Winter Olympics history. The Winter Olympics use to be an area that US did not dominate. Now the US dominates in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, which is impressive, given the size and scope both games.  

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 3:03 pm

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

Sorry man but you're wrong.  Canada came first in the medal standings, USA came third.  The official winner of the IOC medal count is who wins the most gold, because that is who won the most events.  Its just like Beijing where the USA came second to China, even though you had more overall medals. The US is the only country where the media has always counted it by TOTAL medals.  Every other country in the world except the US has always counted it based on the official IOC tallies too, including Canada until recently.   Personally I think that Canada's media changed it to "total" medals this time because they probably thought we had a better chance of winning that that tally than winning the official rankings...which is pathetic, so I bet they regret that now.  But while I'm sure all you've ever seen is Total Medal count, that really is just a USA thing.  The IOC itself, and the media in all other countries use the official rankings.  So just wanted to let you know...that's why so many Canadians get pissed off when Dodd and others start making fun of us not being able to "own the podium"...because in the end, we did.

Great olympics though for both US and Canada. I was there last week and saw some was amazing.


Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 2:43 pm

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts


" was fun for a while watching an entire nation gag. Own the Podium? The U.S. won the medal count 37-30."

You're actually making fun of Canada owning the podium!!??! Canada DID win the medal table you idiot. The IOC medal count goes by number of Gold medals NOT total medals.  That is who won the most events.  Canada broke the all time record with 14 gold. We are in FIRST place in the medal standings, the USA is in third behind Canada & Germany. This is just Beijing all over again...where China came first and the USA came second in the medal table, even though the USA had 10 more overall medals.  Absolutely a great Olympics for both USA and Canada, best results ever for both country I believe.  And yes, you did win more medals, but Canada won the most events and therefore won the medal standings. PERIOD. People can have the age old debate about "is 1 gold worth more than 10 bronze etc., but to make a comment like you did just shows your ignorance on the issue.


Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 12:32 pm

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

I love my country, but wow are we bad losers. The US loses in the Gold medal game, and some people are still trying to say the US was better? The gold medal begs to differ. The final score begs to differ. Heck, the entire 4-4 overtime play begs to differ. Let's face it, Canada had more talent -- they should have won the first game, but Miller bailed us out.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2010 12:03 pm

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

Why is it when you lose its not a sport you care about or you dont have many people playing it ?
I was reacting to a poorly written BLOG if you noticed
we dont put the money into sport that USA does its not financially possible
BUT as I said we won the most GOLD medals !

sorry if you saw my reaction as classless :) MR bluths

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2010 11:21 am

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

Let me set that straight.  The format of the Olympics set up extremely well for the USA's, Finland's, Slovakia's etc.  Canada would beat any of the teams in a series format quite handily.  The fact of the one game format only helped the American's, one game breeds hot goaltending stealing a game etc., also you would have seen better performances from Russia and Sweden in the series format.  Canada doesn't lose a series past 5 games with any team in the tournament...period!

I agree that a change to a series format favours Canada more than a single game elimination format does, but there are no absolutes in sports and we could still be beat in a series.  What a series allows for that single game does not is an off game, late game errors, etc..  By extension a series format hurts other teams trying to compete with the hockey super powers.  The format won't change since the time span of the olympics simply doesn't allow for series.

It is so petty to be complaining about the format when it is clearly established from the outset.  A gold medal game is a gold medal game - that's the one you have to win.

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2010 10:58 am

Canada wins gold; U.S. wins hearts

Here's an Equation for you to chew on:

Zach Parise + bloodlines(JP Parise, 19723 summit series player) - location of birth=Canadian

Paul Stasny diddo

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