The Canada-US game was, partly, a battle of goalies. But, it was also a matter of statistics. Canada outshot the US by about 2 to 1, which meant that they had a better chance of putting one in the net. The one goal was a nice one, so no one can claim that the victory was not deserved.
In case anyone failed to find humor in the game, this happened elsewhere. Check out the below link...
I want to re-visit two statements that I have made in the past. First, most are aware that only a stupid person never changes his or her mind. Of course, stupid people do not understand or are not aware of this wisdom. Second, I have pointed out that women should not play ice hockey.
I am not admitting to either stupidity or changing my mind, but I do want to say something positive about women’s hockey. I still believe that this is not a sport for “girls”, but I have been impressed by the skating and stick-handling skills of the players I’ve seen at the Sochi Games. I enjoy watching the games, because they remind me of good college hockey of my youth. I do not like the overly physical state of the game at the professional level, so the more technical style of the women’s game, where body checking is not allowed, is far more pleasing. This is not unlike my opinion about women’s soccer.
The Canada-USA game was excellent hockey. Either team could have won. This was a preview of the (expected) final match-up.
One does not often hear or utter the word curling, when it is not spelled differently and referring to a procedure for women’s hair. The few times one does hear the word are usually in or around the Olympic Games. Most comments are disparaging. The sport receives little attention, although I did read an article stating that this sport was the easiest path to Olympic participation.
I wish to go against popular sentiment. I think curling is a challenging sport. The fact that all ages can participate adds to the appeal. Curling is more difficult than bowling, which is a very popular past time. I do not know the history of curling, but I would guess that it was a winter alternative to lawn bowling so popular in the British Empire. I would also guess that the game was invented in Canada, which had the needed ingredients: ice and stones. At some point, someone--perhaps a chemistry student--figured out that rubbing the ice made the stones slide faster.
As I said, curling takes more skill than bowling. And, people must be able to stand on one foot, while sliding on the other. Bowling also has teams, but the players never help one another. All members of a curling team must pitch in--or rub--with every toss...or is it a slide? A bowling ball is hurled down the lane, only to crash against the end wall. In contrast, a curling stone must be aimed on a slippery surface and must stop at a particular spot. One must deal with the other team’s stones and their attempts to knock yours out of play. Bowlers merely sit and watch competitors hurl balls down the lane without having any role in aiding or hindering the effort.
In conclusion, I suggest that all nay-sayers give curling a chance. This sport requires much, much more skill than luge. Duh!
Canada is a country easily mocked by American comedians. No one has anything bad to say a-boot the country...except how cold the winters are. Americans ofter claim to be Canadian in foreign countries to avoid being harassed...for being American.
That is why I was surprised to discovered that two stories have been dominating the news in recent weeks. Each is combustive: Alberta’s oil and Toronto’s mayor.
My uncle immigrated to Canada many years ago, perhaps to avoid the rush. I'm not sure if he went because of a job offer or to escape some unpleasant aspect of American life. I can understand both, and have often looked fondly on life "up north". Perhaps, this came from a fondness for hockey. As I grew older, the winters changed my assessment of the place, and I am happy to have immigrated to a different "socialist" world. But, I do miss the hockey…
Here’s a little-known bit of history. Just as this war has been forgotten, history books will surely try to “forget” the foolish debacle in Iraq or play down the adventures in Vietnam. Only “good” wars will be featured.
What is wrong with this world? More and more things seen to be turned upside down.
Lately, each day brings gruesome headlines with the word...believe it or not...Canada prominently featured. Is that country trying to model itself after its neighbor to the south?
Mall shootings, student riots, cannibalism...
Who would have thought that the land of Tim Horton’s could be so...so...modern?
Someone sent me the below transcript of a military radio conversation.
Some may have seen this. Sorry. The rest might enjoy one of the few times in history that a Canadian has been able to enjoy a bit of Schadenfreude at the expense of it's bullying neighbor. I reproduce it as I received it...
The following is the transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations, between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in Oct. 1995. Reprinted in the Memorial University campus newspaper.
Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER US MISSOURI. WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!
Canadians: THIS IS A LIGHTHOUSE. Your call.
One has come to expect arrogance, but the stupidity (or lack of geographic awareness) is surprising. Doesn't the Navy have maps?
It seems that two of the most civilized and civil nations on this planet do not.
I read today that the Canadian government has collapsed...again.
It seems that they have had four elections in the past seven years and can't seem to find a leader capable of forming a majority. Still, life goes on.
The same thing seems to happen with similar regularity in Holland. I read often about collapse, paralysis, and weak coalitions...and even no government. Still, the Dutch get on with daily life in an orderly manner, as if government is meaningless.
Citizens of these two bastions of niceness seem to have not discovered demonstrating, rioting, or bombing...or can't be bothered. No one wants to upset the status quo.
Why can't it be like that everywhere?
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.