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And Another Thing


Hey, look! It's a rematch!

And now for today's Winter Olympics Update, which has been missing for the last couple of days on account of, well, other stuff ...

* So now it's on: Canada and the U.S. for hockey gold on Canadian soil. And I have to say, history favors both teams.

On the one hand, Canada has won every time the two teams have met for the gold except once -- in Squaw Valley in 1960. On the other hand, weirdly, the U.S. is the only nation ever to win hockey gold on its own soil. So you can take either one as an omen.


I go with the head over the heart and pick Canada, simply because I can't see a team with this much talent losing the gold medal in its national game in its own country. Plus, a lot of the 5-3 loss to the U.S. in pool play was because Martin Brodeur was shockingly brutal in goal. That won't happen this time, because Brodeur isn't in goal this time.

Also, there's the whole revenge factor to consider. And the fact that the Canadians have gotten their lines figured out. And did I mention the whole revenge factor?

* Here's hoping that, no matter who wins, they stick it to the Olympic committee by celebrating exactly the way the Canadian women did -- on the ice with cigars and champagne. The stuffed shirts and trapped-in-amber fossils who run the Games were shocked, shocked by such an unseemly display. Most of the rest of the world, more reasonably, wondered what the big deal was.

I mean, really. They're hockey players, first of all. And second of all, they came back to the ice with their champagne and cigars after most of the crowd was gone. Chill, dudes.

* There's been a lot of chortling at the Canadians -- mostly from south of the border -- about their so-called Own The Podium initiative, and how the U.S. has co-opted it by winning 36 medals so far. It's the first time the United States will win a Winter Games medal count in 80 years.

But look at this: Going into Sunday, the Canadians have 13 gold medals, which ties the biggest gold-medal haul in history. If they win the hockey gold today, they'll set an Olympics record with 14 golds.

So, yeah, the whole Own The Podium thing isn't such a joke, after all. At the least the part about owning the top step of it.

Ben Smith's blog.