Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/27/10 at 10:35 AM ET
from Bill Plaschke of the LA Times,
It’s a nation that considers hockey a birthright versus its giant next-door neighbor that steals birthrights.
It’s quaint jerseys pulled from a tree (maple leaf) versus flashy ones pulled from the sky (stars).
It’s fans who chant thoughts (Go, Canada, Go!) versus fans who shout initials (USA! USA!).
It’s a way of life versus just another cool way to spend an afternoon, dude, the Canadians tight, the Americans acting like a 16th-seeded team on the verge of March Madness.
“Who do you think is going to win the gold medal?” American forward Ryan Kesler asked a group of reporters.
There was silence, and he smiled and said, “That’s what I thought. There’s no pressure on us because nobody thinks we’re going to win. Nobody but us.”
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