Gold In Hockey!!
My apologies to my American friends, but the Canadian Men won, full stop.
We had plans to go out for dinner and our reservation was for 6:30 thinking we had lots of time, the game would be over. It was not meant to be of course, they went into overtime and there we were standing with our coats on, door open, non hockey friends waiting outside for us and we weren't budging until we either won or lost.
The phone rang and it was my stepson from California. He was gloating a little that the U.S. team had tied it up in the dying seconds of the third period. So said I, "who do you think will win it?" His response was that he didn't want to jinx anything so he wouldn't say. At that very moment, Canada scored and I said "Nick, we just won it". There was dead silence on the other end of the line, it was comical. He didn't believe me. Seems his station had a couple of seconds delay. To say he was stunned and disappointed is an understatement and since I didn't know what to do with his silence and didn't want to gloat I handed to phone over to Steve. Even though Steve is an American/Canadian dual citizen he was cheering for Canada and I heard him gloat. That Sydney Crosby is some terrific hockey player.
I have to say that I never liked the phrase "Own The Podium" very much but I am very proud of what our athletes did in the last couple of weeks and we have won the most Gold medals by any country in winter Olympics ever...
When we finally did get downtown for dinner, the streets were alive in a sea of red flags. Cars were honking their horns and whistling and even the police got in the act by letting off their sirens just for fun.
So to all the journalists (if you can call them that) from good old England and the New York Times, who trashed the games, the city, the weather etc., stuff it were the sun don't shine...
Labels: Olympics 2010