As authors with considerable audiences, we try to keep ourselves from showing our allegiances. Whatever teams we may cheer for, and whatever teams we may cheer against, we attempt to keep our biases to a bare minimum. Everyone who reads my articles knows that I'm a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. They know that, as a Montrealer, born and raised, I have built in disdain for the Toronto Maple Leafs and for the Boston Bruins. If I'm not showing it in my blogs, it's in the comments. It's on my twitter account, it's on other message boards and it's on Facebook.
But despite this, when I put my blogs, my articles together, the bias is pushed to the side. The stats come out, the analysis comes...
[Today I am joined by WCBSTV.com Senior Sports and News Producer Jeff Capellini (@GreenLanternJet).
We will break down the two semifinal match-ups for the Olympic Games. Jeff will talk about the Finland vs. USA game and I will touch base on the Canada vs. Slovakia game. Hope you enjoy.]
For all of its perceived prowess Finland has never quite achieved at the Olympic level. Since 1952, the Fins have won just four medals, and have never been in the center spot on the podium.
But, make no mistake; the team that will face the United States on Friday in the semifinals is probably the best the Scandinavian nation has ever put on ice.
Try to block out the obvious. Yes, it's true, Finland ha...
Going into yesterday's set of games in Vancouver, not many people expected Norway, Belarus, Germany or Latvia to beat their opponents and advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Canada, Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are simply way too good for those other four growing hockey nations.
Surely enough, we sit here on the day of the Quarters and the four teams expected to advance are lining up to face the teams that received qualification byes after the group stage. But other than Canada's 8-2 romping of the Germans, the other match-ups left us guessing until the very end.
With the matches below done and in the books, we're all set for four incredible matches...
Did I just jump into the Delorian and go back to the year 2006?
The Canadian Men’s Hockey team lost early in the tournament. They are having trouble scoring goals. They will now have to go through Russia to get to the Semi Finals? Turin sure is lovely this time of year.
The Canadians are in a bit of a pickle.
What is the problem you ask? Well, they must now win four games in succession rather than the three they should have had to win had they beaten the Americans. Oh yeah, and they must also go through, arguably, the scariest team in the world right now.
To start off, there is one thing people keep bringing up and that is the small amount of time this team has had togethe...
Canadians all around the country this morning are busy trying to find different ways to blame Steve Yzerman and Mike Babcock for last night's 5-3 loss to the United States in the last game of the Group round at Vancouver. Yzerman didn't choose the right defensemen, the right forwards. Babcock didn't play the right goaltender. The list of excuses could stretch down at least a couple of pages. But is there really a need for excuses? Is there really a need to lay the blame on someone?
I bleed the red and white colors of the Canadian flag, and I support this country and its team to the bitter end, but credit must be given where it is due. The American team, and in particular, their goalte...
The biggest game of these 2010 Winter Games – USA vs. Canada.
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