Ramble On Sports

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U-S-A! U-S-A!

Posted by bdowd625 on February 21, 2010

All I can say is wow. I need a cigarette after watching that game. There were highs, there were lows, there were Canadians crying in the streets. I can’t think of a better way to end the weekend than by watching Team USA stick it to Canada like that, especially after hearing everyone say the Americans didn’t have a shot in hell to win. (I was in that group, too. Sorry guys. You’ve now officially made a believer out of me.)

But just like in the NHL, a hot goaltender can carry a team for long stretches and that’s exactly what Ryan Miller is doing right now. The guy stood on his head again tonight – with the exception of that soft goal from Sidney Crosby – and has allowed a total of five goals in three games, all USA victories. I’m a huge Boston Bruins fan, but the only time I want Tim Thomas anywhere near the ice during this tournament is if he’s helping the maintenance crew clean up the surface during an extended timeout. I’ll take Miller Time any day of the week.

Kudos also to Ryan Kesler. With a one-goal lead and Canada banging on the door, Kesler dove around a Canadian defender to slap a loose puck into an empty net to ice it. It was just the type of effort USA needs if it hopes to keep up its winning ways.

This is far from the 1980 Winter Olympics, when a fresh-faced USA squad knocked off juggernaut Russia in arguably the greatest sports upset of all time. But there’s something special about cheering for your home country, especially when it’s an underdog. And for 60 minutes of intense hockey action tonight it was a blast watching the Americans. They’re young and they’ve still got a long way to go to win a medal in Vancouver, but they just made things a lot more interesting.

And in case you’re not feeling patriotic enough after my little rant, this should put you in the mood.

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