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Day 11 Open Thread

Before I introduce Day 11, my awards from last night:

Bronze – To Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who sit in 2nd place after Day 2 of Ice Dancing.

Silver – To the United States men’s hockey team. Ryan Miller stopped 42 Canadian shots, Brian Rafalski had 2 goals an an assist, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter had two amazingly good all around games, and Ryan Kesler made good on his August guarantee that we would beat Canada.

Gold – To Bode Miller for winning the Super Combined, his first Gold medal of his career. 2006 looks a long long way off now.

Day 11 at the Olympic Games sees John Shuster and the US men’s curling team trying to engineer a massive upset as they face tournament favorites Kevin Martin and Canada. The US cannot make the medal round, so they are just in it to play spoiler and get some experience for 2014.

Cross country skiing takes center stage in the afternoon with the team sprint competition (both men and women). Expect to see a lot of Norway, Sweden and Russia.

Over on MSNBC, Mark Johnson leads the US Women’s hockey team in a semifinal 30 years to the day that he played in the Miracle on Ice against the USSR.

11:19 – What the hell is going on here? The US steals one from Canada to go up 1-0

11:34 – Canada takes one and we’re tied after 2 ends. Good start for the Americans.

12:05 – After 4 ends, Canada leads 3-2. US still in OK shape.

12:42 – The US goes for a bit of a circus shot, and it doesn’t work. Canada steals and goes up by 2.

1:07 – And now it’s 5-2 Canada. Sigh.

1:25 – In this disastrous 9th end, it looks like the US is going to concede.

1:28 – And they pick up and shake hands. The US is now 2-6, while Canada is 8-0. Both teams play China in their final match.

1:56 – Must win time comes up now for the US women’s hockey team as they face Sweden in a semifinal next on USA

2:01 – Sweden needs a miracle to beat us today. Against Mark Johnson, who was in the Miracle on Ice….30 years ago today. Well then.

2:06 – Women’s Cross country team sprint is on over on NBC. My medal predictions were Sweden, Italy, Slovenia

2:15 – Monique Lamoureux with a great goal to make it 1-0 US. Great great move.

2:18 – Megan Duggan gets a power play goal to make it 2-0 United States. Bad bad kill for Sweden there.

2:30 – USA makes the final in women’s team sprint. The men’s team does as well. Huge, huge news.

2:34 – USA outshoots Sweden 12-3 in the first period and they lead 2-0 after one

2:54 – Angela Ruggiero scores to make it 3-0 USA. They’re on a mission.

2:58 – And Caitlin Cahow makes it 4-0 US. Soft goal there.

3:02 – A French skiier falls and runs into the American. Going to be tough tough to medal

3:14 – 5-1 USA now. And another disappointment for women’s cross country

3:20 – Germany Sweden Russia go 1-2-3 in the relay. The US is still without a women’s cross country medal.

3:31 – Men’s cross country sprint final. The US pair is not expected to medal. Their career best finish is 4th place this year in Dusseldorf, Germany.

3:48 – Norway, Germany, Russia go 1-2-3. My prediction was Norway-Sweden-Russia

3:49 – Monique Lamoureux and Kelly Welland have each scored to make it 7-1 United States. They’ll move on to the Gold medal game to take on (probably) Canada.

3:55 – In news that should shock no one, the ice dancing ratings were higher than the ratings for the USA-Canada game.

3:58 – Curling is up next as Canada takes on Sweden in a potential gold medal match preview. That’s on CNBC

3:59 – Kelli Stack with a nice goal to make it 8-1 USA. Canada is very very good, but the US may have a shot.

4:03 – Hat trick for Monique Lamoureux. 9-1 US

4:09 – US wins 9-1 and advances to the Gold medal game. Hat trick for Monique Lamoureux.

4:36 – Canada up on Sweden 2-0 after 2

5:15 – After 5, Canada leads 4-1

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  1. February 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

    USA v. Canada, Curling. Time to own this sport as well.

    • Paolo X
      February 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      I have been working diligently with our fashion guru Fetch before some of you guys joined in so that at least we can win the fashion battle. Our dudes look fresh out of the bowling alley much of the time. The Canadians look slick.

      If can’t look good how do you expect to play well unless you are John Daly, and then again that did not last you know when he was just plain sloppy-ass drunk all the time.

      And if you can’t play well, well of course at least you can look good.

      Our guys should be in dark blues and look as tough as special forces dudes none of this bowling alley journeyman look you know.

      How could curlers be great athletes hanging around these sorts of dudes?:

      (Sorry could not find the clip in English, but you have seen it)

      • February 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

        I agree, Those U.S.A curlers looked like a buch of born Munsons today.

  2. cracker jack
    February 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Fetch, can you explain how USA hockey can still end up with the #2 seed if Finland wins? Havent they gotten the maximum amount of points a team can get?

    • February 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      Well they are the #1 seed now. But if Finland would have won in regulation we’d each have the same amount of points, and they would have had the goal differential.

      Likewise if Sweden would have won by 6+ goals, they would have won the goal differential.

  3. Garland Greene
    February 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Fetch – What do you think of the talk that the U.S. will go to a selection process to put together future Olympic curling teams? Think it’s a good idea?

    • February 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      I don’t know to be honest. I think that knowing how eachother throws is a huge part of curling. I play recreationally, and usually skip, and I know that when I play with people I don’t know it’s tougher.

      But if you have enough time to practice together, and you don’t put 4 skips on the team or something like that, I think it could work.

      • February 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

        But I will say that I think it decreases the growth of the game. I mean how many people around the country right now are going “Shit I could do what these guys are doing?” Granted most can’t, but by the law of averages some are going to be really good.

  4. cracker jack
    February 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    “I play recreationally”

    For real? Man North Dakota’s awesome.

    • February 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Oh yeah it’s all over the place.

      A team from ND got second at the Olympic trials, so you can blame us for this debacle.

    • February 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      by the way, I’m sure there is quite a bit of it in your neck of the woods as well

  5. mrejr8234
    February 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    these athletes better hope no pictures of them shows up that shows them smaller than what they are now because that means they are on PEDs. They don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.

    /sorry PL but that’s something a dumb hack would say. Duffy sucks

  6. Garland Greene
    February 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Big shot coming up.

    • February 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      I can’t believe we’re actually giving them trouble. They must be in don’t give a shit mode.

      • February 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

        nevermind. Sigh.

        • Garland Greene
          February 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

          Easy shot coming up. What could go wrong?

  7. cracker jack
    February 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Is that.. Kevin Harlan doing the play by play for womens hockey?

    • February 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      It’s Kenny Albert

  8. Paolo X
    February 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    GG I just went to the CFL site to make a civil comment in the hockey in the “off-topic” section after reading about the woes up there about the “Own The Podium” rhetoric.

    It was about the same as I made last night right after you signed off here on why we would have much to fear from Team Canada in any rematch in the final not to neglect to mention Sweden.

    I’m checking back into it now to see how many bombs have been hurled. 😛

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