Title says it all. I'm rooting for a successful (but not too successful) career for Yzerman, as I'm hoping like many of you that he ends up as the Red Wings' GM down the road. This seems like an important step, as did his major activity with Tampa Bay just before the trade deadline.
So the IOC has announced that they have stripped the Chinese women's gymnastics team of its bronze medal in 2000 in Sydney. Why? Because they had an underage gymnast that competed. The US will now be the recipient of the bronze.
But it's interesting to read that it was a literal Dong punch...
"The International Olympic Committee acted after investigations by the sport’s governing body determined that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the 2000 Games. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible."
So this has been bugging me. Why is the Olympic gold medal decided by a 4 on 4 overtime? To me, this completely alters the dynamic of the game: the lines are different, the strategy is different, even the officiating is different (refs seem more reticent to call a penalty that leaves only 3 men on the ice). It would be like playing 7 on 7 for football OT (actually, this might be an improvement over the NFL game-winning coin flip, but I digress). Don't even get me started on shootouts.
I understand why they do 4 on 4 in the NHL regular season. I remember the meaningless overtimes back when everyone just tried to not lose their precious 1 point. But for a championship? Let 'em play the game. Some of my best hockey memories are staying up 'til 2 AM watching the 3+ overtime games in the Wings / Hurricanes Cup finals. And who wouldn't have wanted to see more USA vs. Canada? It beats giant inflatable beavers.
I started watching the women’s hockey gold game and also got dragged into other events. You know - the whole “control issue” thing and “why do we always have to watch what you want to watch” whine. So I peeled back the duct tape wrapped around the remote and my hand and she flipped it back and forth:
How did the US get all these medals in skiing? Even cross-country skiing? Even Nordic-Combined? Did the levees break and finally take out all of Scandinavia? We never used to win medals in this stuff. Do the Norwegians focus only on Arctic Cod fishing now?
Glad to see that the Canadian women came out after the ceremony and stoked up and power drinking - going all Slap Shot. The Lamoureux sisters should have skated out with Buddy Holly glasses on a started a fight. At least they keep their sport traditions alive. I say bring back chew in baseball and sacking the quarterback in the NFL.
And what’s with all the crying in sports these days? The entire US women’s hockey team was going Tim Tebow. I believe this trend was started by Cindy Crosby in the 08 Stanley Cup. There’s no crying in hockey!
The Asians are miniaturizing figure skating now too. Weren’t happy with just tiny Kia cars and microchips. Dorothy Hamill looks gantor compared to these girls. You should be able to drive yourself to the arena to be allowed to compete. Where will it end? Is some Russian coach currently Indiana-Jonesing through the jungle looking for pigmy tribes? So the pigmy skater can go all Yoda on everyone’s Dooku? “A six-flip quintuple lutz - and she lands it! With a lightsaber!”
I like the whole Jan Brady impersonation that Julia Mancuso is performing. Lindsey! Lindsey! Lindsey!
Someone needs to make a poor man’s version of curling. I gather each granite rock is around $1000. I think a cinderblock with Pam spray and some O-Cedar brooms might work.
Honest question. What's up with South Korea and Olympic sports on ice? I mean, the weather seems fairly normal in the country, a few cold months, but nothing like Russia or Eastern Europe.
Why are they so good? 7th overall in the medal count -- 11 medals, 6 gold, all in speed skating and now one in figure skating.
Any S. Koreans on this board with local knowledge?
Since clearly its too late to do anything productive and due to the fact that MGOBLOG has recently turned into MGOCURLING I thought of creating a liveblog for the game against China. Beating the Commies would be really nice and I thing we should be able to do it. Talk strategy and plays.