CANADA V USA, OLYMPICS

One of the truly compelling stories of these Olympics reaches its conclusion today. The hockey gold medal will be awarded, and Team Canada’s women are in the final game. This team has overcome a lot, including the resignation of their coach which was followed by a difficult period of transition.

Team Canada women’s hockey wrote an incredible story in 2002, overcoming so much in winning the gold medal. It remains memorable a decade later, and one suspects it will be remembered forever as the most significant hockey event for Canada’s women.

And yet, we are here. From turmoil in December to a silver in February is the story of a lifetime. If this team wins gold? Team Canada v Team USA in Russia. You cannot get a better storyline than this one. Today.

Bless you, Team Canada. Do it again! We are with you!

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  1. Ben says:

    Nail biter for Jones!

  2. jp says:

    That 2002 women’s game was one of the best hockey games ever. Period. 11 times shorthanded. And after losing every game to the US coming in. Just epic. That’s my memory of it anyway! :)

    Go Canada!!

  3. Pouzar says:

    jp:
    That 2002 women’s game was one of the best hockey games ever. Period. 11 times shorthanded. And after losing every game to the US coming in. Just epic. That’s my memory of it anyway!

    Go Canada!!

    JP I was about to write the exact same thing. I was JACKED for that game and I wanted to throw my remote through the TV with every idiotic powerplay call against Canada. The reffing was so one sided I have to see anything that remotely touches that level of ineptitude in sports officiating since (including pro wrestling).

    Anyways you are correct. Canada for once, wasn’t the favorite goin in and they just kept stronger as they killed each PP and you see the life being sucked out of the Americans. 2002 was a special year for CDN hockey.

  4. Lowetide says:

    Steal of 2 for Jones rink. Incredible end! Looking very good for gold now!

  5. Pouzar says:

    Ouch.

    Despite controversial work by referee Stacey Livingston that seemed to favour the U.S., the visitors prevailed. Prior to the final, the Canadians had lost eight consecutive pre-Olympic games against their rivals. “We’ve had (Livingston) before and we knew we weren’t going to get anything from her,” Canadian defenceman Geraldine Heaney said. “We said no matter who we get, we’re going to have to beat her and the Americans. (Livingston) might as well put on their jersey.”

  6. Lowetide says:

    Jones. Death stare. Gold. AWESOME!

  7. Captain Smarmy says:

    “They had our flag on their floor and I want to ask them if they wanted us to sign it.”

  8. Ben says:

    Jones > Ovechkin

  9. Captain Smarmy says:

    I didn’t realize Tavares shredded his knee and is done for the year.

  10. icecastles says:

    Captain Smarmy:
    I didn’t realize Tavares shredded his knee and is done for the year.

    I knew he was done for the tournament. Didn’t know it was for the entire remainder of the year. Ouch.

    They’re going to miss him in the playoffs.

    Oh wait.

    Seriously though, there was an interview with Daly about the future of the NHL in the Olympics and he said a big component is the risk of injury to their stars, which is something they’ll keep a close eye on in Sochi. Kind of silly as it’s such a roll of the dice as to whether someone will be injured and when, but it is what it is.

  11. Lowetide says:

    The Olympics has changed now, I don’t think they can go back. I can say the days of having an Olympic amateur team kept outstanding players outside the NHL, so there’s another impact that has to be considered.

  12. thejonrmcleod says:

    So if Canada could win only one gold medal in hockey in 2014, which team would you choose to win: the women or the men?

  13. Lowetide says:

    thejonrmcleod:
    So if Canada could win only one gold medal in hockey in 2014, which team would you choose to win: the women or the men?

    I can’t think that way. I couldn’t make that choice.

  14. VanOil says:

    I am hoping for Fireworks.

    While today’s team may prefer to hang with Beiber the celebration of the 2002 team struck me as the most Canadian thing ever.

    Who gives a Fuck about hockey, while I never heard someone say that before

    http://youtu.be/hN4EYrtmNOY

  15. VanOil says:

    Bohologo: The women. The men can dry their tears using their paycheques.

    Seconded

  16. thejonrmcleod says:

    Lowetide: I can’t think that way. I couldn’t make that choice.

    I respect that answer. I think most of us would agree that the gold medal means more to the women than the men.

  17. bendelson says:

    Interesting.

    I’ll be different and say the men’s team.
    No question.

    It is simply the most important event at the Olympics for Canada.

    I say this while acknowledging how far women’s hockey has come…
    And how exciting the rivalry with the US continues to be.

  18. Ducey says:

    Lowetide:
    The Olympics has changed now, I don’t think they can go back. I can say the days of having an Olympic amateur team kept outstanding players outside the NHL, so there’s another impact that has to be considered.

    Just move the men’s hockey to the summer games. Works for the NBA.

  19. delooper says:

    bendelson:
    It is simply the most important event at the Olympics for Canada.

    I don’t know about that. Although it might be the most universally followed sport, empathy for Canada’s professional hockey players isn’t anywhere near as high as for its amateur competitors.

    The gold means much more to the women’s game. If Canada’s men win gold, it’s expected, if they lose its considered a shame. But if the women win, it will help to change the face of the sport. It will have real quantifiable effect on the sport’s growth and popularity. It also affects the perception of women around the world — the more people that see young women gearing up to play hockey, the more people accept other views of who woman are and what they can do.

    IMO, no comparison.

  20. Ducey says:

    Bohologo: The women. The men can dry their tears using their paycheques.

    The women have been training for this for a year. They travelled all over the place playing Midget teams. This is the most important tournament of their lives. As Bettman said, for the NHL players the Stanley is likely worth more.

    On the other hand, I fricken hate Kessel and Burke. It would be really hard to watch Burkie prance around with a gold medal around his neck.

    Slight edge to the women.

  21. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Well, Tavares is done for the season.

    The Oilers have competition in the Be Bad for Ekblad sweepstakes.

  22. Oilanderp says:

    This is exciting! Plus, it allows me to crack a beer at 9am!

  23. icecastles says:

    Men’s hockey is the biggest and most prestigious medal of the Games. Plus, the Canadian women are entirely dominant. Gold is compeltely expected of them, which takes away some of the drama. It’s exclusively a 2-nation race every year. With the men, there are numerous contenders and Canada is by no means the clear-cut favourite.

    That said, it depends a bit on who they’re playing. If Canada were to play Finland for the men’s gold, I’d be much more okay with our men losing to them than our women losing to those dirty no good Yanks.

    What I would have really loved, patriotism aside, would have been to see a Finland-Latvia men’s gold medal game with Canada, the US, Russia and Sweden all watching from the sidelines.

    Canadian AND an Oilers fan? How can I not love an underdog story like that?

  24. Oilanderp says:

    We can’t let them bodycheck. They are women after all. So gentle and fragile. Ladylike.

  25. icecastles says:

    delooper: The gold means much more to the women’s game. If Canada’s men win gold, it’s expected, if they lose its considered a shame. But if the women win, it will help to change the face of the sport. It will have real quantifiable effect on the sport’s growth and popularity. It also affects the perception of women around the world — the more people that see young women gearing up to play hockey, the more people accept other views of who woman are and what they can do.

    This, except 100% the opposite. The Candian women have been in every gold medal game since it became an Olympic event. They have won the last 3 times.

    If you want to build the sport, you don’t do it by reinforcing the perspective that there is no real competition and that it’s only a legitimate sport in 2 countries.

    And I think outside of Canada, you’d be in an extreme minority saying that Canada is the expected winner. They may have the best odds, but they’re hardly the only contender. Hell, LATVIA almost beat the Canadian men.

    And that’s a good thing. That kind of storyline is still utter fantasy in womens’ hockey.

  26. icecastles says:

    Marcus Oilerius: The Oilers have competition in the Be Bad for Ekblad sweepstakes.

    Or Suicidal for Draisidl. (apologies to Rom for the likely spelling error on his name)

  27. delooper says:

    icecastles:
    If you want to build the sport, you don’t do it by reinforcing the perspective that there is no real competition and that it’s only a legitimate sport in 2 countries.

    If men’s olympic hockey had amateurs you’d be making a fair comparison. But by and large the average person seeing a professional at the olympics has about as much empathy for them as they’d have for an ambulance-chasing lawyer.

  28. VanOil says:

    Oilanderp:
    We can’t let them bodycheck.They are women after all.So gentle and fragile.Ladylike.

    Canada – US should have an X-games like series with NHL rules. Where the hell did the find an English Ice Hockey ref. Do many Canadians ref the Soccer World Cup final.

  29. Oilanderp says:

    Szabados!

  30. delooper says:

    VanOil: Canada – US should have an X-games like series with NHL rules. Where the hell did the find an English Ice Hockey ref. Do many Canadians ref the Soccer World Cup final.

    Canadian’s should be able to lodge a complaint. The USA and GB have a “special relationship”.

  31. delooper says:

    Kanadski PP looking pretty horasho. I’m watching a Russian feed.

  32. Lowetide says:

    Szabados the story in this first period. Canada can’t find their scoring shoes.

  33. delooper says:

    The CBC feed doesn’t seem compatible with any of the streaming software I have in Linux. :( Firefox’s and Chrome’s native tools aren’t enough, it seems.

  34. Oilanderp says:

    delooper,

    Ha! Linux eh. Well then, you should be able to simply watch the game in binary code. Watch the raw 1s and 0s stream down the screen and interpret them on a whole new level. Matrix-like! Hey, coming to think of it maybe that’s how we can figure out what’s really wrong with Taylor Hall.

    I know Kung-Fu!

  35. delooper says:

    The standard streams I use for Oilers games work fine for this one. It’s pleasant watching in Russian. The Russian announcers seem to sympathise with the Canadians a little.

  36. delooper says:

    Canadians seem to be getting to a lot more loose pucks than the United Stateswomen.

  37. icecastles says:

    delooper: But by and large the average person seeing a professional at the olympics has about as much empathy for them as they’d have for an ambulance-chasing lawyer.

    If you’re talking about folks who aren’t already hockey fans, I’d contest that the average person doesn’t know the difference, and cares less. They see athletes who have dedicated their lives to a sport. I personally think its unfortunate we diminish their commitment, passion or effort simply because they make a lot of money.

  38. delooper says:

    icecastles: I personally think its unfortunate we diminish their commitment, passion or effort simply because they make a lot of money.

    I think it’s pretty natural. It happens pretty much everywhere, doesn’t it? You hear it perhaps more from women — say they’re doing the same job as a man but only making 70% the income of a man. That can be frustrating. It’s much like how managers typically make more money than the people they manage — even if the manager’s position is more easily filled and lower-skilled than the people they supervise.

  39. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Crazy game so far. The US has really dominant ST. CAN is going to have to stay out of the box!

    Jen LC ‏@bhawksfanjen 5m
    USA vs CAN (women)
    Gold Medal Game Corsi For
    5v5 USA 5, CAN 10
    5v4 USA 20, CAN 10
    4v4 USA 0, CAN 1

  40. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    icecastles: Or Suicidal for Draisidl. (apologies to Rom for the likely spelling error on his name)

    I like RecitalforDraisaitl

    but that’s not bad!

    Reinhart is making it hard to ignore him. I think BUF might have it’s hand forced with him. Ekblad may be there at 2 or 3.

  41. bendelson says:

    delooper,

    Did you feel the same way about the Vancouver Olympics?

    As great as the women’s gold was… that Crosby goal is locked in my memory as a truly remarkable moment in Canadian Olympic history (and FOR ME, his bank account didn’t diminish it at all).

  42. delooper says:

    bendelson:
    Did you feel the same way about the Vancouver Olympics?

    As great as the women’s gold was…that Crosby goal is locked in my memory as a truly remarkable moment in Canadian Olympic history (and FOR ME, his bank account didn’t diminish it at all).

    I was in Tokyo during those olympics…. So I watched a lot of Japanese and Korean speedskaters. That got boring after a while so I watched JPop instead, and shopped for music in Shibuya.

    So the Vancouver olympics were kind of forgettable for me.

    In retrospect, the olympics I enjoyed most were the first two with Gretzky. I loved those Canada Cup games, too.

  43. Oilanderp says:

    Canadians need to make quicker plays with the puck. They are thinking and looking too long, telegraphing their eventual passes which seem to get there slightly after the opportunity has passed.

  44. icecastles says:

    delooper: That got boring after a while so I watched JPop instead, and shopped for music in Shibuya.

    Did you bring back any Kimura Kaela or Koda Kumi? Both are on fucking Sony yet impossible to get over here.

    Desperately want Kimura Kaela’s ‘Live Scratch’ DVD.

  45. icecastles says:

    I think I speak for all of us when I say NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    Always will vote for the better hockey, so more interested in the men’s game.

    The level of women’s curling is closer to the men’s game and curling is 90% played by Canucks, so i was more keen to see the Jones rink take the gold back from Sweden. A win in women’s hockey would be icing.

  47. LMHF#1 says:

    Terrible, TERRIBLE sequence by Ward there. Needless giveaway with two open teammates, then stands in no man’s land and screens her goalie. Not to mention the bad shot-block attempt. Wow. Can’t do that in such a tight game.

  48. Oilanderp says:

    Coming into this game the Americans have 4 of the top 7 point getters in the tourney. Canada has 1 in the top 10, Wickenheiser at #10.

    http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/389/IHW400000_85B_21_0.pdf

  49. Oilanderp says:

    These canadian d-women look like they don’t want to shoot at all…. like not even pretending they want to.

    Looking at the defensive scoring stats,

    USA has 2 in the top 5, 3 in the top 10. Canada has zero in the top 15.

    Not having offense from the point kills your powerplay.

  50. delooper says:

    icecastles: Did you bring back any Kimura Kaela or Koda Kumi? Both are on fucking Sony yet impossible to get over here.

    Desperately want Kimura Kaela’s ‘Live Scratch’ DVD.

    Strangely, yes, Kaela was big on the JPop TV stations back then and I brought back a 2 CD set of hers. I think it was called “5 Years”. But bought that near Ueno station on the way to the airport. In Shibuya I think I mostly got artists not signed to any (major) labels. Neohachi and Ginback were two pretty fun ones.

    The Canadians are doing some strange things. When they have two people in front of the net, they wait. When there’s nobody anywhere near the net, they shoot. Weird sequence.

  51. Oilanderp says:

    Did you see the 3 on 2 for with about 13 seconds left? Not sure who it was but the Canadian LWer didn’t even join the attack, went to the bench and changed, turning it into a 2 on 2. Brutal.

  52. VanOil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Reinhart is making it hard to ignore him. I think BUF might have it’s hand forced with him. Ekblad may be there at 2 or 3.

    Buffalo has Myers, Ristolainen and Zadorov. All of whom have at least the same #1D potential as Ekblad, are all further along the development curve and all are better than Ekblad right now.

    I am all for taking the BPA. I don’t believe Ekblad is the a lock as the BPA and he defiantly does not meet a team need for Buffalo they can’t score goals for love, money or Linus.

    Should the standings remain the same I don’t see Buffalo taking Ekblad. If they do Erhoff should shake free. If Oilers pick 2nd I hope a team like Florida falls in love with Ekblad and flips picks with us and throws in Kulikov, paying him while they still have expensive oldies to pay seems folly and Ekblads future payday would be delayed.

    Reinhart and Bennet appear to be running ahead of the pack right now. Lets hope the Oilers do not go on a crazy late season run and lose the chance to get them.

  53. icecastles says:

    delooper,

    Neohachi is awesome. :)

    I’ve got the standard release of 5 Years… never been able to get enough of Banzai! You didn’t get the limited edition (2-cd set with child Kaela instead of grown-up Kaela on the cover) did you? If so, I’d give my right arm to get a copy off you.

    Oh also, uh… go hockey!

    Edit I read to quickly. You did get the two cd set! Wow!

  54. delooper says:

    icecastles:
    delooper,

    Neohachi is awesome.

    I’ve got the standard release of 5 Years… never been able to get enough of Banzai! You didn’t get the limited edition (2-cd set with child Kaela instead of grown-up Kaela on the cover) did you? If so, I’d give my right arm to get a copy off you.

    Oh also, uh… go hockey!

    Edit I read to quickly. You did get the two cd set! Wow!

    Yup, I’ve got the set. Are you anywhere near Victoria? If not, I’ve got an ogg Vorbis copy on my hard drive. I could make an .iso image if you really are a stickler, and put it up on dropbox for you. :)

  55. delooper says:

    Canada might stink this one out. They’ve been taking way too many penalties.

  56. icecastles says:

    delooper,

    Not since 1998. But yeah throwing it on dropbox would be brilliant. Thank you so much! Ogg Vorbis works (you’re seriously into the open source thing, aren’t you) – I’ll likely just convert it to AAC as I’ve not used physical media in years.

    Reason number 9000 that I love this blog. I knew at least someone else on here wasn’t exclusively into old-man-rock. :)

  57. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    VanOil: Buffalo has Myers, Ristolainen and Zadorov. All of whom have at least the same #1D potential as Ekblad, are all further along the development curve and all are better than Ekblad right now.

    I really don’t know how to assess this.

    But my sense if Zadorov would be a huge long shot to turn into an NHL #1. huge. Risto probably has the best shot of the bunch.

    It’s a nice collection of young D, but they are miles from covering off top pairing minutes. Myers is the closest and he’s draft +6 now and still not there.

    They’ve shown in the past they have no problem taking D high in the first round. If Ekblad is the bpa, I think they may well take him.

  58. Oilanderp says:

    delooper,

    I don’t suppose you’ve found any Oiler-friendly Ye Olde Pubs in anywhere near the GVA?

  59. icecastles says:

    Oilanderp:
    delooper,

    I don’t suppose you’ve found any Oiler-friendly Ye Olde Pubs in anywhere near the GVA?

    hard enough to find those in Edmonton this season.

  60. icecastles says:

    This game feels very much over. Americans are taking it to them now. They sense blood in the water and the poor Canadians are wearing red.

  61. dessert1111 says:

    Oilanderp:
    delooper,

    I don’t suppose you’ve found any Oiler-friendly Ye Olde Pubs in anywhere near the GVA?

    I have been looking for those since i moved here. Heard a rumour that The Podium on Yates between Wharf and Government shows oilers game but haven’t checked into this myself.

  62. Oilanderp says:

    IN THE GAME!

  63. delooper says:

    Oilanderp:
    I don’t suppose you’ve found any Oiler-friendly Ye Olde Pubs in anywhere near the GVA?

    No, Victoria is a town where you have to preface “hockey” with “ice” or people won’t understand. The only time I run into Edmontonians is when I’m out skating, at rinks. Most Edmontonians in Victoria I’ve run into have young families and don’t go out to pubs much at all.

  64. spoiler says:

    Well at least they averted a shutout in The Game for All the Marbles. Should make the finish interesting.

  65. Oilanderp says:

    Wow, official getting in the way preventing Canadians from keeping it in the American’s zone! The puck goes off the post with the goalie pulled! Madness.

  66. bendelson says:

    delooper,

    If memory serves, there was a Calgary Flames friendly bar in Victoria.
    I don’t recall the name making this post completely pointless…

  67. VanOil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: I really don’t know how to assess this.

    I was waffling around my position that I think Ekblad is over rated. He is in a mans body playing against boys. Projecting Dmen is only slightly better than Goalies. There seems to be the next CFP in every draft and I haven’t seen one yet. Myers draft hype was massive iirc and he has yet to live up to it. I doubt Ekblad is the BPA for either the Sabers or the Oil.

  68. Oilanderp says:

    bendelson,

    Yeah I seem to remember it being downtown on government st, can’t remember it’s name but there’s large expansive concrete steps there.

    EDIT: TIED BITCHES!!!!! TIE GAME!!!!! Ain’t this some shit!

  69. VanOil says:

    Holy jumping. Overtime with the big Mo!!!

  70. spoiler says:

    Unbelievable.

  71. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    Oilanderp: Wow, official getting in the way preventing Canadians from keeping it in the American’s zone! The puck goes off the post with the goalie pulled! Madness.

    Just about the only thing that ref in Salt Lake didn’t try!

  72. spoiler says:

    Jesus Horatio Christ what a finish at the blow of the horn.

  73. icecastles says:

    Okay I’m not even PRETENDING to get any more work done today. This is Eberle-level shit, right here.

  74. delooper says:

    Because coming back from a one goal deficit would be too simple a plot…

  75. delooper says:

    What a post. It deserves a medal.

  76. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I’m from Vic and while there are a lot of good pubs with tvs, I don’t recall any actually centering the night around games, i.e., turning off the music, everyone watching etc.

    Only during the playoffs and only when the nucks are in them in my experience.

    Vic is not — the Benns aside — a hockey town.

    That said, they are very friendly to non-nuck fans as they could, by and large, give fuck all about the nucks.

    I’d look into the outlying communities. They’d be more likely to take sports watching seriously at bars. Esquimalt, Saanich, or something.

  77. delooper says:

    Oilanderp:
    bendelson,
    Yeah I seem to remember it being downtown on government st, can’t remember it’s name but there’s large expansive concrete steps there.

    Bard and Banker feels the most Calgary of any Government st bars. Or maybe Ric’s Grill? The only other bars I know on Government is Garrick’s Head and Irish Times.

  78. spoiler says:

    Tenterhooks.

  79. Oilanderp says:

    Jeebus, 3 on 3 in OT… pretty weak call on the Americans but we’ll take the even up call!

  80. VanOil says:

    This Essex girl wants to be the star of the show. GO BACK TO ROMFORD AND TAKE YOUR WHISTLE WITH YOU.

  81. delooper says:

    That’s much of the charm of international play. The wonky refereeing.

  82. delooper says:

    Crazy. Dirty Americans!

  83. spoiler says:

    I’m not sure the 4 on 4 OT rule is the way to go for women on the big wide ice.

  84. Oilanderp says:

    Wickenheiser was gassed, the d-woman would have caught her, but i’m not sure how that doesn’t make it a penalty shot. Clear breakaway when pulled down!

  85. delooper says:

    Do teams even practice much for 3-on-3 strategy?

  86. Oilanderp says:

    YEAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  87. LMHF#1 says:

    Hope the Oilers watched that last powerplay.

  88. spoiler says:

    YEAH BABBBBBYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. delooper says:

    Well, through about the first 58 minutes of game play I would have not anticipated this outcome.

  90. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    You can keep your stinkin’ penalty shot!!!

  91. VanOil says:

    I have sympathy for the American players. To lose that way would be heart wrenching.

  92. delooper says:

    VanOil:
    I have sympathy for the American players. To lose that way would be heart wrenching.

    It’s like the Canadians saying to the Americans, “we know you’re good and maybe even deserved to win this time.. But we’re not going to let you!”

  93. Oilanderp says:

    thejonrmcleod:
    So if Canada could win only one gold medal in hockey in 2014, which team would you choose to win: the women or the men?

    The answer, obviously, is both.

  94. jake70 says:

    Right on Ladies!!!! Way to go.

  95. Minister D- says:

    Two absolutely terrible calls against the Americans in OT. Glad the Canadian ladies won in the end, but YEESH, the refs decided this one.

  96. Oilanderp says:

    If Jordan Eberle and Marie-Philip Poulin had a child, you could no doubt use the child to connect two rotating shafts so that they could either be locked together and spin at the same speed, or be decoupled and spin at different speeds.

    Mechanics have a word for that.

  97. nycoil says:

    delooper: I was in Tokyo during those olympics…. So I watched a lot of Japanese and Korean speedskaters.That got boring after a while so I watched JPop instead, and shopped for music in Shibuya.

    So the Vancouver olympics were kind of forgettable for me.

    In retrospect, the olympics I enjoyed most were the first two with Gretzky. I loved those Canada Cup games, too.

    You were? So was I. I went to work late because the gold medal game was at 7am Japan time.

  98. Captain Smarmy says:

    Some of our clients crushed their networks streaming the hockey game. I was tempted to crush the streams at the firewall. :)

  99. nycoil says:

    The refs, from the start, almost ruined a wonderful game. Speechless at that comeback. What a game!

  100. delooper says:

    nycoil: You were? So was I. I went to work late because the gold medal game was at 7am Japan time.

    I didn’t watch the game. I think I stayed up too late the previous night.

  101. nycoil says:

    delooper,

    It was a Monday morning…well done?!

  102. striatic says:

    at least the final power play was legit. Americans have plenty to complain about, but not that.

  103. delooper says:

    nycoil:

    It was a Monday morning…well done?!

    I don’t get to Tokyo as often as I’d like. Had to bulk up on the curry udon.

  104. stevezie says:

    delooper:
    The CBC feed doesn’t seem compatible with any of the streaming software I have in Linux. Firefox’s and Chrome’s native tools aren’t enough, it seems.

    So that’s what my problem is. I don’t mind missing the games so much, I usually watch them with my roommates anyway, but it’s starting to bug me that I can’t see the highlights.

  105. hunter1909 says:

    VanOil:
    This Essex girl wants to be the star of the show. GO BACK TO ROMFORD AND TAKE YOUR WHISTLE WITH YOU.

    Saying she wants to be the star of the show is automatic. Essex women happen to be one of the hottest commodities imaginable, that is for those who prefer nordics. But since you insist on comparing them to mannish canook butches, I happily take Essex girls, every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

    Sigh. Now it’s back to the oilers, sooner than later. Did anyone miss them?

    Now of course is where they blow 2nd overall, and end up in 5th. Take the best centreman over 6.0

  106. hunter1909 says:

    The hard on goes on for Couturier, who appears to be a 3rd liner save for some rookie fluke series vs Malkin. Oilers love their fixations.

  107. stevezie says:

    Lowetide,

    Considering your love of Finns, hockey, and the stories behind the game I highly reccomend this article on how Finland became the goalie factory it is:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/the-puck-stops-here/357579/

  108. delooper says:

    stevezie: rev

    The CBC troubleshooting page says “at this time we do not support Linux”. :(

  109. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    delooper: The CBC troubleshooting page says “at this time we do not support Linux”.

    Clearly they hate Finns as much as LT.

  110. jake70 says:

    Ference’s twitter has a small clip of the Oilers locker room after the winning goal today.

  111. DeadmanWaking says:

    delooper:
    The CBC troubleshooting page says “at this time we do not support Linux”.

    It’s not the CBC. It’s the long arm of the IOC who regard openness as a revenue leak. If someone comes up with a Linux client that actually works, whatever format they presently support will be actively discontinued in favour of some new format where Linux is once again out in the cold.

    YouTube has already terminated at least one account and other videos offering highlights of today’s game.

    This video contains content from International Olympic Committee, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.

    The message almost makes it sound like the IOC has their very own control panel, and Google merely exercises oversight that they don’t block something barely connected to winter sports. This would not surprise me one bit.

    Ultimately I find it so much easier to be a cerebral fan rather than a visceral fan.

    Remember that fun scene of the Japanese women’s hockey team hugging then bowing to each other in celebration of their one and only Olympic hockey goal in 16 year of competition?

    The problem is that hockey has five skaters and the IOC owns “five”.

  112. art vandelay says:

    Three horrible calls:
    A cross-check that would only get called in men’s non-contact beer league.
    A slash that isn’t called on any hockey planet.
    And the final crosscheck, upon further video review, where the American didn’t even touch Haley Whatshername, but the latter was so out of gas she basically fell down.
    I suggest some of you stop pretending this is somehow a legitimate sport that should be accorded the same respect as men’s hockey, Unless you have to get permission from your wives before you post here, In which case, carry on.

  113. Lowetide says:

    Hi Art!

  114. Rondo says:

    Olympic size ice makes games less exciting. Not many good games this year for the Olympics. I would like to see the NHL make the rinks slightly bigger but not as big as olympic size ice. With players getting bigger and faster I think it makes sense.

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