It's Hard To Comment On A Game You Didn't See
Yes, I decided to go to bed at a normal time last night. 11 PM EST start time is way too late when you have to be at wok for 8 AM. Even if it was the Men's final there is no way I would have stayed up for more than one period. If I would have stayed up for anything it would have been the CNN Townhall, those kids are pissed!
From first glance it looks like Canada spent way too much time in the penalty box in this game. I'm not sure what else there is to say about the game, because I haven't had a chance to sit down and watch it yet.
The Shootout: I'm not a huge shootout fan. I like it in the NHL after OT. A regular season game and 1 point do not mean a whole lot. I'm anti shootout in international play, even in the Round Robin. Actually, I'm anti 3-3 or 4-4 in any international play. I firmly believe in a tournament, the game should continue 5 on 5 like the NHL playoffs until someones scores a goal. Changing the number of players on the ice, or using a shootout, changes hockey into a completely different sport.
However, Team USA is a much better team in Women's Hockey than Canada has ever been. They deserve to finally get a gold medal again after 20 years. Congrats to them.
Curling Semi-Final: Koe didn't look great. I got to see the second half of the game. Blanking ends that early was a questionable move when there was so much time left to be played. USA played a great a game and I wish I could watch them play for gold. The game goes around 2 AM Saturday. Even though it's a Friday night who is staying up to 4 AM to watch curling?
Canada seems to be struggling in team events lately at the Olympics.
With Canada playing Germany tomorrow morning in the Semi-Final this could be a game that makes or breaks the Olympics. We will already remember these games as the timezone Olympics, but if the men get eliminated tomorrow, what will these Olympics have meant to Canada? Sure, we've won a ton of medals, but our greatest story line happened in the first few days winning the mixed doubles curing tournament.
We are dying for a headline, and a win over Germany tomorrow may give us that.