Thank you, Ron McLean! For saying exactly what I've been saying this whole time. You can't slap a hockey team together a couple of weeks before the Olympics while the players are still playing with their own teams until two days before their first game. It just doesn't work.
Contrast and compare the women's and the men's teams. The women have been practicing together for quite a while and were even in Italy ten days before the Olympics even started. They had a real team dynamic. When they passed, their shots landed on sticks. The men are obviously all amazing hockey players, I mean, they get paid millions of dollars a year to play but they just lacked a cohesiveness as a team.\
And I still maintain that choosing Todd Bertuzzi for the Olympic team was a mistake. I don't think his stupid sucker punch on Moore should disqualify him from playing NHL hockey but it definitely should have eliminated him from contention for the Olympic team. There's a surprising amount of people that agree with me on this one. Whether or not, Todd Bertuzzi is a good player, he DOES NOT represent the values and sportsmanship that Canada stands for on the world sports stage. And it turned out having him on the team didn't even fucking help because he was deservedly called on a series of agressive and unneccesary penalties.
People always misinterpret my argument against Bertuzzi as an argument against hockey violence. It's not. I like hockey fights, I think they're fun. I even want women's hockey to include checking to make it more of a physical game. What Bertuzzi did wasn't a fight, where the other guy pissed you off so you throw a punch and then he throws a punch. What Bertuzzi did was take a shot at a guy from behind. It was dirty and it was unsportsmanlike and made Bertuzzi undeserving of the honour of being named to the Olympic team. Fuck you Bertuzzi.
On the other hand, YEAH! Four medals today! TWO GOLD AND TWO SILVER! Cindy Klassen is the first Canadian ever to win four medals in a single Winter Olympics. She better be carrying the flag during the closing ceremonies.
I'd also like to point out that 13 of 18 Canadian medals this Olympics have been won by women. THIRTEEN OUT OF EIGHTEEN. Women have won 72% of Canadian medals. That'll change, of course, because men's curling has a guaranteed medal (either silver or gold) but I think Cindy Klassen has another race and the women's curling team is competing for bronze.