The fact that both the United States and Canada won their respective hockey games today is nothing short of historic.
The U.S. team came into the tournament as possible medal contenders, while the Canadians were the favorites to win the gold at home.
After events have unfolded in the tournament, looking at the standings and scoresheets would flip that statement on its head.
The U.S. team was first seed out of pool play, the only undefeated team in the semifinals, and even defeated Canada during pool play.
But hockey fans know that with the home crowd, and with an unmatched roster of talent in the tournament, Canada is definitely the favorite to win the gold on Sunday.
At this point, the U.S. team could be happy to take home a silver medal, as many would have said they would be lucky to walk away with the bronze prior to the start of the Olympics.
But I have no doubt that if any of the players or staff were asked that question, they would be borderline devastated with a sliver, especially since they have already beaten Canada once and the pressure is still on the home team.
For the U.S. to win:
-- Ryan Miller has to continue his stellar play and outplay Canada goalie Roberto Luongo.
-- All lines have to continue their relentless forechecking and shotblocking.
-- All lines have to contribute to the scoresheet.
-- The defense has to realize that it cannot focus on one player or one line; all players and lines are dangers for Canada.
For Canada to win:
-- Sidney Crosby must bury at least one.
-- Canada has to keep up the hitting and be prepared to take some hits.
-- They must be prepared to get past the hard forechecking forwards of the U.S. at both ends of the ice.
-- Luongo must make a few spectacular saves and play consistently excellent.
-- The crowd has to stay in it. If they do, and they win, the streets will be twice as rowdy as they were tonight, pictured above.
I've never been more sure of any statement:
Anything is possible.