Gold medal men’s hockey final

Today’s the big day — the final day of the 2010 Olympics, and not a moment too soon. It all wraps up with the Men’s Hockey final: Canada vs. USA!USA!USA!, where we once again prove the superiority of our culture, our country, our health care system, our beer, and most importantly, assure our sovereignty over the Arctic.

The puck drops at 12:15 Pacific time — one hour and 4 minutes to get couches reinforced, mugs and glasses chilled and blenders on High Alert.

Go Canada! W00T!

(This moment of uncharacteristic flaming jingoism brought to you by the Society for the Preservation of Fun.)

UPDATE:  CANADA WINS GOLD!

Congrats to both teams on an awesome performance.  (Jeeezus, Team USA, way to tie the game 24 seconds before it ends.  24 seconds!!  Good thing we’ve got universal healthcare, and whiskey… heart-starter!!!)

18 Responses to “Gold medal men’s hockey final”


  1. 1 hemmingforddogblog Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I read where tickets were being scalped for as much as $15k! CA NA DA!

  2. 2 JJ Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Egads! Capitalism run amok!

  3. 3 Torontonian Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Yonge St., Toronto, 6:45 pm.

    The traffic! Cars are nose to tail. The horns! The shouting! The people beginning to fill the sidewalks
    like ants on the march.

    Yonge Dundas Square–totally pack with people. You couldn’t
    throw in a teaspoon.

    And how’s it where you are?

  4. 4 fern hill Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Kensington Market, Toronto. I’ve heard one car horn.

    I can hardly wait to see what Harpo and the Cons are going to do with this photo-op.

    Anybody got a barf bag handy?

  5. 5 JJ Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Torontonian – The local pub was pretty wild, and lots of people were driving around with car flags flying — some of the younger ones whooping and hollering 😆 — but overall it was a pretty low key celebration here. All the action was in town, in Victoria and especially Vancouver which appears to have gone apeshit for awhile. W00t!

  6. 6 JJ Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    fern hill

    I can hardly wait to see what Harpo and the Cons are going to do with this photo-op.

    The same thing Iggy or Jack would do with it, if they were in Harper’s position. Mixing politics and hockey should be a no-no, but it must be irresistible for these guys.

  7. 7 J. A. Baker Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    We lost in hockey to Canada? What’s that all aboot? 😉

    I watched about the last seven minutes of the game, and in that time, Canada got off so many shots, I figured one was bound to get through.

    Congratulations, guys. You fought hard for it, so you deserve it. Just don’t celebrate too heavily…you don’t want the hangover in the morning. 😉

  8. 8 J. A. Baker Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    BTW, how much do you want to bet that the IOC will pointedly look the other way when/if photos of the Canadian men’s hockey team “celebrating” come out?

  9. 9 JJ Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    JAB – Ooooooh you should have watched the whole thing, it was an awesome game. Your guys scored the tie goal 24 seconds before the end of the game — it was incredible!!!!

    Congrats to Team USA on their silver and a job well done. Most enjoyable gamE.

    ps. I had a nap after getting home, so no hangover for me tomorrow. I think my heart might have aged a few years, though.

  10. 10 JJ Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    hahaha, I don’t think they were boozing it up out on the ice like the grrrls, but the dressing room is another matter.

  11. 11 Frank Frink Monday, March 1, 2010 at 3:05 am

    I’m right in the heart of downtown Vancouver hard by where CTV was broadcasting on the street during the games.

    It’s just a little past 3am Pacific Time and it all just finally shut down. Been pretty much that way for the past 17 days and now I’m looking forward to the relative peace and quiet of the regular evening drone of downtown traffic.

    This really does reflect what’s been happening in my ‘hood during the visit by the five-ring circus.

    Some choice quotes:

    …let’s face it: if public intoxication was an Olympic sport, Vancouver and Whistler would own the podium.

    …while walking through downtown Vancouver after a long day’s work, you can’t help but think to yourself: “These must be the drunkest Olympics ever.”

    These are the fourth Olympics I’ve covered, and Vancouver drinks Athens, Torino and Beijing under the table.

    “Granville Street itself is unlike anything I’ve seen at an Olympics.” And he noted that all the drinking in Vancouver has led to a lot of public urinating. “I’ve personally witnessed about 8-10 guys whizzing at once along a fence a half a block off the main street,” he said. “It’s like the infield at the Kentucky Derby.”

    “It’s been a two-week tailgate,” she said. “I’ve covered a lot of college football, and this is like the Dante’s Inferno version of tailgating.”

    At 2 a.m., Granville Street was still packed, and there were plenty of drunks wandering about. Vancouver appeared to have more morons per square foot than the Jersey Shore house.

    WOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!!!

  12. 12 J. A. Baker Monday, March 1, 2010 at 8:30 am

    the visit by the five-ring circus.

    😆 😆 😆 😆

    That’s the funniest description of the Olympics I’ve ever seen! And considering some of the controversies that tend to happen at the Olympics, a rather apt one at that.

  13. 13 JJ Monday, March 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

    FF – BWAHAHAHA! Thanks for the link, that’s hysterical. (WOOOOOHoooo!)

  14. 14 JJ Monday, March 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    JAB – We likes our beerz and our winter sports, esp. our hockey. (Woooooooo!)

  15. 15 Bleatmop Monday, March 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Best game of hockey ever played I think. An epically stacked team that came into the game the underdog and the favorite being the team that no-one gave a chance at the beginning of the tournament. USA had never trailed in the tournament and hoped to ride the miraculous play of their goaltender to their first gold medal in the modern era of Olympic hockey. And, well, if you watched the game, you know the rest of the story.

  16. 16 JJ Monday, March 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Bleatmop – I remember watching the Canada-Russia game in ’72 at my first job, working in a mail room at a big bank, and I’ve always thought that was the ultimate hockey game. Winning goal scored 30 seconds before the end of the game! Henderson!!!

    God, screaming, yelling, mail flying all over the place, it was nuts. But this one was even better: definitely The Greatest hockey game.

  17. 17 Bleatmop Monday, March 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    JJ – Ah yes, the summit series. I bought those on DVD for my father a few years ago. Very good hockey, but it’s so different than the hockey played today imo. Difficult to compare era’s I guess.

    I commonly have conversations about the best D player of all time. My personal favorite is Al Macinnis. When people bring up Orr, I can’t really argue not having seen him play. But I digress.

    Both games were great games to be sure.

  18. 18 J. A. Baker Monday, March 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Congrats to Team USA on their silver and a job well done. Most enjoyable game.

    Hey, it’s not an epic Olympic final unless it goes to overtime/a shootout, eh? 😉


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