Open thread: U.S. vs. Canada in Olympic hockey semifinal

posted at 11:21 am on February 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

Noon ET on NBC Sports, or you can watch the livestream online by logging in via your cable-provider username and password. For hockey fans, it’s a rematch of the scintillating 2010 gold-medal game between two evergreen powerhouses. For the other 97 percent of us, it’s a magical brew of nationalism and revenge for not one but two overtime heartbreaks. According to Gallup, 93 percent of Americans rate Canada favorably; if they beat the U.S. again, that number could sink to the high 80s. Stakes are high.

The winner gets Sweden, which survived the Scandinavian version of U.S./Canada in the other semifinal, for the gold on Sunday. The U.S. has made it to the finals twice in the past 30 years but hasn’t won it all since Miracle on Ice. While we wait, enjoy this dissection of possible shenanigans in the judging for last night’s women’s figure skating finals. Experts seem shocked that a Russian skater, on Russian ice, somehow outpointed Yuna Kim and Carolina Kostner, the favorites. Could there be … corruption at Sochi?

Update: Here’s the livestream.


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Canada deserves a focal point of national sports pride. It’s either hockey or . . . hmmm.

And remind me again in whose major sports league the best Canadian/Russian/Swedish/Finnish players spend their seasons?

Freelancer on February 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

SHYTE, guess we’re stuck with Bieber.

Shaughnessy on February 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

No whining.

Congratulations Canada!!!

It’s cool to lose to friends…better you than the Russkies.

Now,good on those of you who don’t gloat…so impulsively…the US still has all those bombs, to defend both lands in need.

Your current gov’t rocks.

The US’ sucks.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

The loser has to take Bieber.

Zoomie on February 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

USA is out? USA is out?

22044 on February 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I guess that means no pipeline deal anytime soon…:)

Skip2014 on February 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The only good from the last two days is Obama lost two cases of beer. Of course, we paid for them.

rlwo2008 on February 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

We don’t want your beer (aka water). Finally, a good, fast offensive game. Unfortunately, the gold medal game is going to be a defensive suckfest. Go Canada.

grimble grumble on February 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Like everything else, US sports have sucked since Obama took office.

Norwegian on February 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Take it from someone who knows: Canada was better prepared and took it seriously; US was just playing pickup…

affenhauer on February 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Like everything else, US sports have sucked since Obama took office.

Norwegian on February 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

We were beating you back when Bush was in charge.

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Kirk: Khaaaannnn!Caaannnn!

Kirk: Canadian bastard! You killed my Gold medal!

Kirk: I’ve never trusted Canadians, and I never will. I could never forgive them for killing our Gold medal.

WisRich on February 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Kirk may be from Iowa, but Shatner is Canadian.

Let’s see, here in America we have real football (not that wussy Euro thing), baseball, and basketball.

In Canada they have lots of snow and ice, and this sport called “Hock-e-eh?” that is sort of soccer on ice.

ConstantineXI on February 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I watched your Superbowl this year. Even a so-so hockey game is better viewing than any football or baseball game.

Football is some guys wandering around a field, they hug each other to discuss their next play for about half an hour, then they slowly get into position, then for about 3 seconds they bump into each other and the qb tosses the ball away. Then comes another 15 minutes of wandering around and cuddling er, huddling before the next play. And I doubt if any of those mighty football players are tough enough for hockey (there is a story that a team once strapped skates onto a boxer, and sent him after Rocket Richard. Richard put him down with one punch).

As for baseball, same thing – what feels like twenty minutes of standing around, followed by a pitch. If you are lucky, the pitch gets hit, and a player runs for five seconds.

I’ve seen enough baseball and football to know that hockey is the most exciting game to watch.

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

And remind me again in whose major sports league the best Canadian/Russian/Swedish/Finnish players spend their seasons?

Freelancer on February 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

If you mean the National Hockey League, it was started in Canada with.exclusively Canadian teams and only expanded to the US after some years.

Therefore, in this context the word ‘National’ would mean ‘Canadian’.

So, to answer your question, the best Canadian/Russian/Swedish/Finnish and American players spend their seasons in the Canadian Hockey League. The fact that there are many more teams in the US is a testament to what was (until Obama and the 2006 Democratic congress) the mightiest economy on Earth.

The NHL gives a lot of Canadians some high paying jobs.

In fact, until about 1980 almost every single player in the NHL was Canadian. All the stars on the US teams at that time like Gordie Howe in Detroit, Bobby Hull in Chicago, Bobby Orr in Boston, etc, were all Canadian.

batman on February 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

According to Gallup, 93 percent of Americans rate Canada favorably; if they beat the U.S. again, that number could sink to the high 80s. Stakes are high.

Allahpundit on February 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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Okay, but how many Americans know Dave Rywall?

hawkdriver on February 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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I think I said last night in one of the other threads, that I couldn’t remember this name “Dave Rywall“, and haven’t a clue as to where the rest of you might have conjured it from.
I think it’s in the imaginations of all of you here (except me, of course).
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What a steaming pile of spiteful partisan cherrypicking shite.

But that’s your job: to oppose/sh*t upon every single word out of the enemy’s/president’s mouth.
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Dave Rywall on April 30, 2012 at 11:03 PM

listens2glenn on February 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

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