FootbalYouBet

I kept thinking while watching the game that something was wrong with this picture.

I finally realized what it was.  No noticeable face hair anywhere.
Crush cream soda is oh so good.  I think I'll have another

it is not how much you love but how well you love

why be part of the solution when you can be part of the problem

oo DAWG oo

Oh I just gotta...

USA, USA, USA, USA, USA

(turns in my Canadian passport)
:P

DAN38

  Somebody please kick me for staying up and watching that. Never in all my years playing, watching and coaching hockey have I seen a team give the puck away as much as the Can girls did. They gave it away on every section of the ice ! They gave it away almost every time they had it.
  Please get a new coach or at least tell her that the term is 'Dump and chase', not 'Dump and CHANGE' !!!! In the 3rd and OT, I don't think we had 4 shots on net. We were so concerned with changing that many times only one Canuck was in their zone, many times none, and most times the Amers came out of their end clean while our refreshed troops waited patiently for them. PATHETIC. We were great at dumping the puck in and then NOT chasing it. Trying to protect a one goal lead does not mean not trying to score !!!

  Like Kevin said about the curling, stop being so pc and get an ex-NHLer to coach these women. Get rid of the no-name coaches who are hired because of their gender.

  I can imagine all the so-called fans that want equalization in women's hockey are happy little peaches this morning.... Eventually the rest of the world WILL catch up, we don't need to help them... We need to win as many championships as we can NOW !!!!

   I am ridiculed for supporting and watching the Canuck girls and the way they played is a good reason to change my ways and not care. That is NOT how Canadians play the game. I blame the coaching. They deserved to lose, there, I've said it.

Si vis pacem... para bellum

If you think you can't when you can, you won't.
If you think you can when you can't, you just might.

Lyle B. Style

 Somebody please kick me for staying up and watching that. Never in all my years playing, watching and coaching hockey have I seen a team give the puck away as much as the Can girls did. They gave it away on every section of the ice ! They gave it away almost every time they had it.
  Please get a new coach or at least tell her that the term is 'Dump and chase', not 'Dump and CHANGE' !!!! In the 3rd and OT, I don't think we had 4 shots on net. We were so concerned with changing that many times only one Canuck was in their zone, many times none, and most times the Amers came out of their end clean while our refreshed troops waited patiently for them. PATHETIC. We were great at dumping the puck in and then NOT chasing it. Trying to protect a one goal lead does not mean not trying to score !!!

  Like Kevin said about the curling, stop being so pc and get an ex-NHLer to coach these women. Get rid of the no-name coaches who are hired because of their gender.

  I can imagine all the so-called fans that want equalization in women's hockey are happy little peaches this morning.... Eventually the rest of the world WILL catch up, we don't need to help them... We need to win as many championships as we can NOW !!!!

   I am ridiculed for supporting and watching the Canuck girls and the way they played is a good reason to change my ways and not care. That is NOT how Canadians play the game. I blame the coaching. They deserved to lose, there, I've said it.
Laura Schuler the Canadian coach spent most of the game picking her nose or adjusting her glasses. She's really not much of a hockey coach immo.

The American ladies are a far superior skating and puck control team. They ended up using their speed to deflate and panic up the Canadian girls who like Dan38 said barfed up the puck with reckless abandon. Our best player, Poulin, sniped a goal but was otherwise totally useless. Our professional goaltender got beaten by a 20 yr old child-goalie.

Our shooters were actually able to procure 2 goals in shoot-out - I thought they'd be lucky to pick up one - yet Szabados couldn't keep 3 pucks out of her net in 6 USA attempts.

But other than a few hockey instincts our girls are slightly inferior at almost all positions to their American counter-parts. The coaching isn't even close. We had a nose-picker - they had ex-NHL players/coaches.

Why even put that Lacappe girl in late - she was benched for nearly half the game - then she barfs up the puck at the blue-line during our last 90 sec. power play.

Poulin was trash. Rebecca Johnston can sure skate - until an opponent decides to easily relieve her of the puck. Laracque our so-called stable defenseman was unstable and unsure of herself. Veteran Meghan Mikkelson was a mess - why was she even playing when they had a comer named Bailey Bram in the press box?

No Canadian player distinguished herself last night. OK, maybe Szabados during regular time - she kept an under-powered and confused Canadian team in the game. If not for putrid coaching (Hello Laura) she might have been able to sneak gold from the americans if not for the giveaway breakaway in the last 6 minutes.

Time for another overhaul. One parallel is our women's soccer program which has come up the ranks in the last 10 to 15 years - and had a great head coach (Hedman). But in their last world championships the girls were so tight and frozen they couldn't complete 3 foot passes - couldn't kick the ball more than 5 yds without going off-line and were in general disarray. Even great coaching can't salvage choking.
WAITING FOR A  MIRACLE - 28 YEARS, COUNTING!

TravelPat1

The Americans deserved to win. 

I think there will be a lot of tired people at work today in these parts.  Usually if I look out my bedroom window at 1:00AM maybe a handful of residential windows I can see would have lights on. Even at around 2:00AM last night about there were a lot of the 100+ apartment/condo and homes I can see that you could tell people were still up.  When the shootout ended I went to close my blinds and you could actually see dozens of lights being turned out within seconds of each other. 

Lyle B. Style

The Americans deserved to win.

I think there will be a lot of tired people at work today in these parts.  Usually if I look out my bedroom window at 1:00AM maybe a handful of residential windows I can see would have lights on. Even at around 2:00AM last night about there were a lot of the 100+ apartment/condo and homes I can see that you could tell people were still up.  When the shootout ended I went to close my blinds and you could actually see dozens of lights being turned out within seconds of each other.
What was that Dandy Don Meredith song he always sang?

RedandWhite

The Americans deserved to win.
...that's the way it goes...can't expect to win them all...
There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark.

sambo42

 They should get rid of the shootout, it a terrible way to decide a championship. Its like deciding the Grey Cup or Super Bowl after OT with a field goal kicking contest, or the a basketball title by free throws. Canada still may have lost, but then the Americans could have made a bad decision that cost them as well. Its a team sport for a reason.

Lyle B. Style

They should get rid of the shootout, it a terrible way to decide a championship. Its like deciding the Grey Cup or Super Bowl after OT with a field goal kicking contest, or the a basketball title by free throws. Canada still may have lost, but then the Americans could have made a bad decision that cost them as well. Its a team sport for a reason.
I'm actually surprised the gold medal over-time was 20 minutes, NOT 10....

USA also took a terrible penalty with 90 sec. left in OT - Canada's spaghetti sticks could only muster some weak shots on net - they were visibly nervous and shaken by having the USA tie the match.

Didn't see it but was told staunch Canadian d-man Jocelyn Laraque initially refused or took off her silver medal on live TV after presentation. Laraque was one of the worst Canadian players - in a sea of bad players - that's NOT how to handle defeat.

Take your lumps - get on with things!

DAN38

They should get rid of the shootout, it a terrible way to decide a championship. Its like deciding the Grey Cup or Super Bowl after OT with a field goal kicking contest, or the a basketball title by free throws. Canada still may have lost, but then the Americans could have made a bad decision that cost them as well. Its a team sport for a reason.
I'm actually surprised the gold medal over-time was 20 minutes, NOT 10....

USA also took a terrible penalty with 90 sec. left in OT - Canada's spaghetti sticks could only muster some weak shots on net - they were visibly nervous and shaken by having the USA tie the match.

Didn't see it but was told staunch Canadian d-man Jocelyn Laraque initially refused or took off her silver medal on live TV after presentation. Laraque was one of the worst Canadian players - in a sea of bad players - that's NOT how to handle defeat.

Take your lumps - get on with things!
    Good take on the game, Lyle.

   Just found out about Laroque taking off the silver medal. While it isn't as bad as the Swede POS throwing it into the stands, it's damn near close. She should lose the medal and if up to me, would never play for Canada again. If you want to cry, go ahead, but this kind of behaviour is very immature.  In the next few days we should be hearing all the bleeding hearts making excuses for this. Don't bother, there is NO EXCUSE ! Act your age. You are representing this country. Lose with dignity and win with humility.

    If they don't do something about the coach and this crybaby player, then I will probably cease to watch or care. Never know when the next spoiled, entitled snowflake will show up while wearing the red Maple Leaf. Nip it in the bud. (pun intended)


     You didn't play well enough to win..... Where's Sambo ? He knows what I am talking about.


   Get rid of the shootout. Never really feel like we won and never really feel like we lost.

beaglehound

The Americans deserved to win.
...that's the way it goes...can't expect to win them all...
I don't know if the end result was because of nerves, poor coaching, bad decisions or a combination of all of the above.  I hear what Dan is saying and I understand his disappointment but didn't Canada beat the U.S. 2-1 in the preliminary round of these same Olympics?  Wasn't it the same coach? 

I agree, the Canadian girls coughed up the puck many times but so did the U.S.  I also agree that the U.S. were able to bring the puck out of their own end far more efficiently than Canada. 

I think the U.S. team wore down Canada and there was no more gas left in the tank. 

I understand where Dan is coming from with the strategy ideas but did Canada have enough in the tank to properly execute?  It didn't look like it to me.    When you're exhausted you start getting careless.  You start taking risks that you might not otherwise take. 

I've seen a few of the womens' games in the past and I found those games sharper when it came to passing and faster when played.  At times the puck was more like a pin ball than a hockey puck in the final.   

I would not say that the U.S. 'deserved' the win.  I would say they earned it. 

My one major disappointment was to see a shoot-out decide the outcome.  I liked Sambo's analogy about the FG kicking contest to determine a Grey Cup victor.  That would be absurd.   I hope they eventually get rid of the shoot-out format and adopt the the last team standing format where you play and play and play until someone scores.  Digging deep down and playing on fumes, if necessary, is what it is all about in my opinion.   While the shoot-out gets results I think it puts far too much pressure on the goal tenders.  

I must admit though, there were some cool looking goals scored in the shoot-out and overall both teams have some very skillful players.  
 

beaglehound

If there is one thing that gets under my skin about team sports, especially in mens and womens hockey is the attitude I see displayed by many of the players who end up on the losing side.  While the U.S. players were celebrating the camera panned the Canada bench.  You would think you were witnessing a funeral.  Like who died?  Why is it, all or nothing?  I can understand the disappointment but I think some players need to be a little more gracious.  The Canadian girls did win SILVER!  Doesn't that mean anything anymore?  

Time and time again I see bitter disappointment on the faces who take second.  Why is coming in second such a terrible thing- especially at this competitive level?    Why do some appear bitterly disappointed?  You cannot win them all.  Sometimes it's just not in the cards.  

But for goodness sakes, be proud to have won a medal and placed in the top 3!

DAN38

The Americans deserved to win.
...that's the way it goes...can't expect to win them all...
I don't know if the end result was because of nerves, poor coaching, bad decisions or a combination of all of the above.  I hear what Dan is saying and I understand his disappointment but didn't Canada beat the U.S. 2-1 in the preliminary round of these same Olympics?  Wasn't it the same coach?

I agree, the Canadian girls coughed up the puck many times but so did the U.S.  I also agree that the U.S. were able to bring the puck out of their own end far more efficiently than Canada.

I think the U.S. team wore down Canada and there was no more gas left in the tank.

I understand where Dan is coming from with the strategy ideas but did Canada have enough in the tank to properly execute?  It didn't look like it to me.    When you're exhausted you start getting careless.  You start taking risks that you might not otherwise take.

I've seen a few of the womens' games in the past and I found those games sharper when it came to passing and faster when played.  At times the puck was more like a pin ball than a hockey puck in the final.  

I would not say that the U.S. 'deserved' the win.  I would say they earned it.

My one major disappointment was to see a shoot-out decide the outcome.  I liked Sambo's analogy about the FG kicking contest to determine a Grey Cup victor.  That would be absurd.   I hope they eventually get rid of the shoot-out format and adopt the the last team standing format where you play and play and play until someone scores.  Digging deep down and playing on fumes, if necessary, is what it is all about in my opinion.   While the shoot-out gets results I think it puts far too much pressure on the goal tenders.  

I must admit though, there were some cool looking goals scored in the shoot-out and overall both teams have some very skillful players.  
 
    I am not nearly as disappointed in losing as I am in the way we lost, then to have a crybaby take off the medal and pout means we need an overhaul like Lyle said.
    Tired is no excuse. The Amers skated just as hard , if not harder. How come they got to our net on a consistent basis ?..We were poorly coached. Plain and simple. The fact we earlier beat the Amers means absolutely nothing now.

    Have you played a lot of hockey Beagle ? Giving the puck away all the time is not what you want to do. I was taught early by someone who played for Canada in the Olympics and International scene. He told me " If you have the puck, keep it. If they have the puck, get it. "

    'Dump and chase' is the perfect method to get inside the opponents end WHEN YOU ARE TIRED. It also works to beat the trap. The Amers used it perfectly and when they didn't, they still skated in with impunity.
    
   

    I've been watching the women play for a long time now. One of my second cousins was even on the team years ago.


    By earning the win, the Amers deserved the win. CONGRATS  U.S.A.

EastVanMark

The Americans were all over Canada in the overtime. That game would have ended a lot earlier had it not been for the usual heroics of goaltender Szabados.
Canada could not get the puck out of their own end in overtime. Time and time again the US players were blowing right by the Canadian defense. The Canadians were out of gas. It was literally watching women against girls out there in overtime. This doesn't even cover the horrendous string of never ending turnovers in the Canadian zone.  

Full marks to the American team. They deserved to win.

FootbalYouBet

don't judge Laroque until you have been in her shoes.  All these negative comments about her and others at the Olympics are shameful
 


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