Sunday, February 28, 2010

Almost Super Sunday (A.S.S.)

Sunday was nearly a great day for American sports. The NFL season is over. March Madness is still a couple weeks away. All eyes were on one event: Olympic hockey.

In perhaps the most anticipated event of these Winter Games, the gold medal game featured host country Canada against the U.S. Just one week ago, the Americans stunned the Canadians with a 5-3 victory and hoped to repeat that effort Sunday.

Canada had different plans.

They took a 2-0 lead in the second period, which made me think an American victory was highly unlikely.

That mindset allowed me to fist pump when Zach Parise tied it at 2 with under 30 seconds left in regulation.

The U.S. had all the momentum going into the sudden death overtime period, but one small defensive letdown was all it took for Sidney Crosby to further cement his status as a Canadian national hero.

A silver medal is still a great result, though, by a team picked to finish eighth in this tournament, with G Ryan Miller named the MVP.

So while gold would've been much sweeter, at least we can blame Canada for making our Sunday slightly less rewarding.

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