Before the Olympics started, a friend asked my opinion of who would finish 1, 2 and 3.
I asked him “am I answering with my head or heart?”
“Both” he said.
Head, I gave him Sweden for Gold, Canada for Silver and USA the Bronze. He was shocked I didn’t pick Russia. I told him I don’t pick any team that relies on Ovechkin and Kovalchuk to win.
Heart, I gave him USA for Gold, Sweden for Silver and Canada for Bronze.
He said I was insane. He said Canada wins it all. I told him that was the easy choice and the pussy choice…but it was hard to argue too much when you look at that ridiculously talented team on paper. Is there a weakness in there? Keep reading.
Here we are. USA v. Canada, not for the Gold Medal but for the right to play for the Gold Medal. It is also for the bragging rights of two nations, one who owned hockey and the other who took it from them. Canadians are sweet enough to make my teeth hurt but don’t think for a second they are not quietly pissed off that the great majority of NHL teams are below their borders…we might as well take Tim Hortons next. Why haven’t we now that I think about it?
What do I think now? I think Sweden plays the USA for the Gold and, if Jonathan Quick can be the superstar I know he is, USA wins Gold. It rides on Quick. Fortunately, he knows exactly what that feels like right? He is the reason we won the Cup and went the WCF last season. Now, he just has to play two stellar games to win it for his Country…
Shit, did that give you goosebumps?
Jonathan Quick has primarily in his glove, blocker and pads a Gold Medal for the United States of America.
Why not Canada? Because goaltending will fail them. “What! Fuck off, eh! Luongo has already shown he can do it!” I watched the last Winter Olympics and in my often not humble opinion, Rubber Toe was meh. His team bailed his ass out. If Luongo is even the starter, the older and not better goalie will not be good enough. If it’s Price, better but not good enough.
I suppose what I am saying is USA! USA! USA!
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