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caffeine
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Message 16 of 35 (720223)
02-21-2014 3:44 AM
Reply to: Message 3 by ringo
02-19-2014 10:47 AM


For Canadians, if we don't win the gold in hockey it's the end of the world. In any other event we aim for 12th place and are happy with 6th.

What about curling? You probably have the best men's and women's teams in the world right now.

Czechs love winter sports, especially ice hockey - it's just a shame the current team is rubbish. Instead we have to listen to commentators wistfully recalling Nagano over and over again. It's like how the English reminisce about 1966 every time the World Cup rolls around - even though most weren't yet born.

Czech Republic's done well in quite a few events, though. Gold in the women's snowboard cross, a gold and a silver in women's speed skating, and a pretty impressive 3 silvers and 2 bronzes in biathlon. Not bad for a little country of 10 million.


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Message 17 of 35 (720271)
02-21-2014 10:11 AM
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02-21-2014 3:44 AM


Curling
Further on the Canadian curlers; I'm watching the men's final at the minute, and they're ridiculously good! I saw some of their demolition of China in the semis as well and, whilst I didn't watch any of Canada's games in the round robin, I haven't yet seen them make any mistakes. I'm flummoxed as to how they lost to Sweden - both in this Olympics and in the World Championships. They're like machines!

ABE: Ugly outfits, though.

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Message 18 of 35 (720282)
02-21-2014 11:00 AM
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02-21-2014 3:44 AM


caffeine writes:

What about curling? You probably have the best men's and women's teams in the world right now.


There are a lot of countries with good curlers though. We have much tougher competition than in hockey so we can't afford to be as arrogant.

caffeine writes:

It's like how the English reminisce about 1966 every time the World Cup rolls around - even though most weren't yet born.


It's the same with the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series. Paul Henderson's name is probably better known than the Prime Minister's.
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Message 19 of 35 (720292)
02-21-2014 11:48 AM
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02-21-2014 11:00 AM


There are a lot of countries with good curlers though. We have much tougher competition than in hockey so we can't afford to be as arrogant

all this talk about curling made me want to look at who invented this game, and no surprise it was the Scots. Iv got a gret idea for a gem, lets throw boulders on the ice.

Probably the same drunk Scot that invented golf.

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Message 20 of 35 (720297)
02-21-2014 11:57 AM
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02-21-2014 11:00 AM


Ringo writes:

so we can't afford to be as arrogant.


"You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative" William S. Burroughs

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Message 21 of 35 (720298)
02-21-2014 11:58 AM
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02-21-2014 11:48 AM


frako writes:

...it was the Scots. Iv got a gret idea for a gem, lets throw boulders on the ice.


Free boulders, free ice, cheap game.
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Message 22 of 35 (720301)
02-21-2014 12:17 PM
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02-21-2014 11:58 AM


We are at game time Ringo! Looking from the first 6 minutes that it will be a really good game!

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Message 23 of 35 (720322)
02-21-2014 2:36 PM


I guess....only a Bronze chance
Just finished watching the Canada v. US Hockey game and I must admit that the US was simply outplayed throughout that game. Well done Canada, you definitely earned your way into the Gold Medal game. The US will have to settle for a chance at bronze against Finland this year, but trust me....four years from now we are coming at you again and we can do it...I swear to goodness!!!

As for the Gold Medal game, I will be cheering for Canada to take the high spot on the podium because I would rather lose to the best in the world than otherwise. Again, Congratulations Canada.


The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. - Richard Dawkins

Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. - Issac Asimov

If you removed all the arteries, veins, & capillaries from a person’s body, and tied them end-to-end…the person will die. - Neil Degrasse Tyson

What would Buddha do? Nothing! What does the Buddhist terrorist do? Goes into the middle of the street, takes the gas, *pfft*, Self-Barbecue. The Christian and the Muslim on either side are yelling, "What the Fuck are you doing?" The Buddhist says, "Making you deal with your shit. - Robin Williams


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Message 24 of 35 (720352)
02-22-2014 12:20 AM
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02-21-2014 2:36 PM


Re: I guess....only a Bronze chance
I accept your congratulations on behalf of Canada. While I agree that Canada dominated that game, it was hard to be confident with just a one goal lead. What a glorious deflection that was though. It was much less stressful than the women's final yesterday. That was intense. Tied it up with 45 seconds left in the game and won in overtime. And they almost lost the game when the official almost caused an empty net goal. It hit the post, but oh how the mild Canadian wrath would have flowed.

And our curlers! Jennifer Jones is a machine and the men are beasts. Wooo!


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Message 25 of 35 (720360)
02-22-2014 8:13 AM
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02-21-2014 11:00 AM


We have much tougher competition than in hockey

I doubt it. 90% of the worlds curlers live in Canada.

It is a fool proof strategy. If all of the players are on your team then you win.


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Message 26 of 35 (720361)
02-22-2014 8:18 AM
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02-20-2014 10:51 AM


Re: Uh-oh...
http://www.wimp.com/curlingcommentary/
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Message 27 of 35 (720362)
02-22-2014 8:42 AM
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02-22-2014 8:13 AM


The Brits - actually the Scots - got a bronze and a silver in curling which is actually a form of housework so next year we're entering the tidying-up event. We'll clean up.

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Message 28 of 35 (720371)
02-22-2014 10:50 AM
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02-22-2014 8:13 AM


ProtoTypical writes:

90% of the worlds curlers live in Canada.


But 99% of them are not of Olympic caliber.

There are a lot of strong curling teams in Europe.


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Message 29 of 35 (720382)
02-22-2014 12:34 PM


Ouch. Poor team USA. That hockey game did not go well. Pretty surprising considering their last one was a one goal game.
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Message 30 of 35 (720445)
02-23-2014 2:36 PM
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02-22-2014 12:34 PM


Ouch. Poor team USA. That hockey game did not go well. Pretty surprising considering their last one was a one goal game.

Mega game by TeamFinland and for/by our #8 Teemu Selänne. TeamUSA was way weaker than expected.

Congrats Canada - a truly deserved victory and Gold Medals today!!


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