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  • Medal-Envy?

    Found this great tongue-in-cheek article from Yahoo:

    SOCHI, Russia — The single most American way to look at Olympic medals standings – particularly when the United States is on top – is with disinterest.

    The most golds? The most total medals? Who cares, of course we win, we are the Americans. Second place, fourth, whatever? Who cares, this is stupid anyway, a nation as great as ours doesn’t base its self-worth on whether we have two citizens capable of stacking themselves on a luge sled and whip down an ice track fastest.

    This serves America well, a tried and true game plan of utter arrogance for the Olympics and it would be going well this time around except for one thing … we are currently getting crushed by Canada.

    Canada?

    Canada!

    Gold medals, silver medals, all medals, it doesn’t matter how you count it up, the Canadians – with just 30 million people – are eating our lunch (probably a chicken noodle soup and a grilled panini from Tim Hortons). Then to quench their thirst they are going to that sweet beer fridge they brought over that only opens if you have a Canadian passport.

    Yeah, Canada is cool. The U.S. is not, at least not yet. There’s time and more events and hockey and all of that, but thus far, the Canadians are on a roll, extending their hot streak from the Vancouver Games and winning and winning and winning.

    As of Wednesday morning here, the U.S. was in fourth place with just seven medals, a mere two gold. Canada has nine and four, respectively. The United States is also trailing Norway – which leads all nations in medals – and the Netherlands – which is in third behind Canada – but who knows anyone from Norway? Who even knows where it is? And the Dutch are too nice to hate. Or so everyone says.

    Canada is a different story. They’ve been waiting for this for years, the chance to get all politely smug up there – “team’s doing well, eh?” – quietly mocking us over mogul races and dreaming that their ridiculous bastardized version of football will somehow gain supremacy.

    The province of Quebec has six medals alone, so maybe the solution is simple: 51st state. The Canadians will warn that Quebec is a handful. It’s a little nutty, too prideful and always threatening to secede. This is no problem for us; it’s just Texas with poutine rather than Frito Pie.
    We don’t even have a good beer fridge. And we’ve actually been accused of teaming up with Russia, of all nations, to cheat the ice dancing judging and assure a victory over the Canadians. Who knows if it’s true – the way our Charlie White and Meryl Davis can twizzle, they probably don’t need any help.

    It doesn’t matter. The mere accusation, made by a French newspaper, is humiliating enough. We are teaming up with Russia to assure victory in ice dancing?

    Seriously? Is there no pride left?

    Jonathan Quick and the guys better win that hockey tournament because this could become unbearable, the snickering to the north, the sportsmanlike “nice try, guys”, the Celine Dion ballads.

    The world order is all wrong when Moose Jaw has bragging rights over Manhattan in anything other than being named after parts of a moose’s body.

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    GO Canada!!
    Some other bits in there that I didn't include.

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    The US hockey team laid an egg this morning getting slapped around 5 - 0 by even a smaller country for the bronze medal (Finland). It's karma. I was listening to a Buffalo radio station who were talking smack about Canada before the game Friday so the crow must taste especially ugly. And these our guys whose own local hockey team, the Sabres, is coached by a Canadian and GMed by one too. The irony (and funny) is that they sounded like many Canadians who have the inferiority complex going up against the Amerks in some other areas.

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    • #3
      Looks like Russia will win medal count... Thought Canada would...

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      • #4
        Only one that matters is Hockey Gold. 13 mins away from winning both! :-)
        The Double Champ is here!
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        • #5
          I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed with these Olympics. Russia did a great job.

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