February 22, 2010
All week — on the bus, in the mixed media zones, in pubs and on the streets — all I heard was how the United States had no shot Sunday against Canada in hockey.
Thanks to Ryan Miller, the Americans certainly had a good shot.
I watched the first period in a bar, before going to Whistler Square where it was televised on the big screen.
There may have been a couple thousand Canadians there watching and nine Americans. The third period was something to behold. At the end of the game, there was a subtle gasp and sigh.
Whistler wasn't bristling the way it had been for the last week and a half. No Sunday night was a night all for the Americans, if we hadn't proved we actually "Own the Podium."
Of course Sunday's game is little more than a confidence booster for the Americans. They haven't won any medal yet. But seeing Canadians blow up in the paper and on television about the game, shows just how much it means to them.
I'm not sure, but I believe if you polled Canada, given the choice of a gold medal in hockey and no other medals, or leading the Olympics in medals won, and I think most Canadians go with option A.