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How Canada Lost The Gold

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

When we win, as in the Vancouver Winter Games (both men and women), we swagger. When we lose, we wallow.

It’s just part of the weird national character that is Canadian.

What happened last night? Well, on the scoresheet sitting before me, Canada takes a 3-0 lead into the third period and somehow loses 5-3. I would say by any imaginable definition that is a “collapse.” It might not be a “national tragedy,” as some have been saying. It might or might not be a “choke,” as all the media was whispering last night but few, if any, dared to say out loud or print. But it as sure as hell a monumental collapse.

So be it. How many times do we have to write “stuff happens” in hockey - it is, truly, as much an essence of the game as pucks and skates and sticks. Stuff happens, though I am tempted here to use the proper hockey word for “stuff.”

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Being an American, people always gave me crap for wanting Canada to win in tournaments like these.  I always felt that in some way, Canada deserved to win at hockey.  But after watching the way they played and won against the US this tournament, I really was cheering hard for Russia to win.  Losing the way they did last night just makes it that much better.  They got away with a lot in the Canada/US semifinal.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/06/11 at 03:15 PM ET

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