U.S.A. Olympics – Terrific!

SportsChLeagueContributor IMarch 1, 2010

How about that performance turned in yesterday by the young U.S. hockey team? What a tremendous game between the more talented Canadians and the upstart boys in red, white and blue. The U.S. goalie Miller was so BIG during the entire tournament; he was voted the tournament MVP in a silver medal effort. Now, I do not watch much hockey but was I the only person just a little miffed at the OT rules. I mean, this was similar to college football where the rules in OT differ from those of regulation. How do you play a team sport for 60 minutes to a 2-2 drawl and then decide the outcome with a speed skating contest? The Olympic rink is already larger than the typical NHL rink, so reducing the number of players per team by 1 completely changes the dynamics of the game and the sport. You go from hockey to a hybrid of speed and figure skating. I thought Team U.S.A. did well and I was sure proud of their performance in spite of the lame brain OT rules.

The U.S.A.-1, 4-man bobsled team won gold Saturday to break a 6 decade Olympic drought in that sport. I was so jacked up watching that event as Team U.S.A. delivered their final flawless run to top the German and Canadian teams. The “Night Train” Sleigh streaked past the field with a little help from NASCAR and 4 burley American dudes that looked like a D-1 college football O-line. Way to go fellas.

Kudos also go out to Apollo Ohno, Bode Miller, Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and the rest of Team U.S.A. for delivering a terrific 2 weeks on Canadian soil.