USA Hockey: The Silver Lining of the Winter Olympics

Derek ReedCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28:  Ryan Getzlaf #51 of Canada speaks with goalkeeper Ryan Miller #39 of the United States following Canada's 3-1 overtime victory during the ice hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Well, it couldn't have turned out any other way. Canada beats none other than the U.S.A. for Olympic gold. The excitement north of the border couldn't have been greater than if the women's team accomplished the same feat. No wait, they did.

While seeing our flag being raised slightly lower than that of another country is painful, hockey is still not on the forefront of everyone's mind in America. For our neighbors to the north, hockey is everything. Last night's game was the Super Bowl, 4th of July, and the Lower Oakland Roller Durby all rolled in to one.

Hockey is Canada's game. They play it like we play football.

There are still plenty of things America can be proud of in this run. Ryan Miller performed marvelously. Throughout the entire Games, he was the unsung hero that lifted the United States to five straight victories, including a win over Canada in an earlier round.

If you're one of those Americans who cares about hockey (like I do), perhaps some of your favorite teams' players now wear gold around their necks. As a Penguins fan, I plan to use these Olympic games in any future Crosby vs. Ovechkin debate in the near future.

And last but not least, cheer up! We The People, of the United States of America, walked away with more medals than any country. After all, we don't care if our athletes win...okay, well, we do...but ...what we truly care about is that they put forth 100 percent effort. That is what Team USA did, and for that we can all take pride. With Glowing Hearts.