Good morning. How is everybody? Feeling pretty good?
I'm not. I'm not happy to be here. I'd love to be happy because the U.S. had a hell of a tourney, but fuck that. By now, the United States is a good enough hockey country to have expectations. That's what makes a dick-kicking like what happened yesterday hurt even more. The Americans are a dangerous, talent-filled roster and the semifinal game they lost wasn't particularly close.
I want them to take it out on Finland today and limp home with the bronze. I just don't know if I can expect that. Finland is also a good team and their strengths match up well against the United States' weaknesses (defense against speed, beating great goaltending, staying patient against a solid team defensive system).
No consolation prize for this game, fellas. Make it count.