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Olympics — Day four

Ok, giv­en what I said about the Salt Lake Open­ing Cer­e­monies, the cov­er­age I’ve seen has been real­ly quite good. I watched the wom­en’s 15k biathlon, which is this gru­el­ing cross-coun­try ski­ing sport where you have to shoot out tar­gets as big as a quar­ter– except that they’re 200 yards away. amaz­ing.

And now the Wom­en’s Ice Hock­ey Cana­da vs. Kaza­khstan is on, and it’s a total­ly dif­fer­ent game from what I’m used to watch­ing in the NHL. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing… espe­cial­ly the Kaza­khs, because they’re get­ting out­shot 16–0 in the first peri­od, but their goal­tender truno­va is keep­ing them in it. That woman is quite an ath­lete. Every time the Kaza­khs come out of their zone, they get stood up or poked at the Cana­dia blue line… they just can’t crack it. Even on the pow­er­play, they had no good chances. Cana­da looks phys­i­cal­ly about twice as big, but they’re not as fun to watch.

Still, you can’t stay in it long with­out a shot on goal.

Even Nogano was better

I am slight­ly embar­rassed at the under­whelm­ing nature of the Olympic Open­ing Cer­e­monies in Salt Lake City. The cov­er­age cour­tesy Bob Costas and Katie Couric was, at times, laugh­able (Costas demand­ing “What am I doing” with the mic on), and at oth­er times offen­sive (Costas smirk­ing, “and here is Uzbek­istan, a land-locked nation in cen­tral-Asia… They don’t have any chance here at these games.”) The Albertville cer­e­monies were fun and ele­gant, and Lille­ham­mer was noth­ing short of awe-inspir­ing. And, although I was­n’t as impressed with Nagano, I think that Salt Lake show­cased “Red-Amer­i­ca” at its worst. I love that after the Native Amer­i­cans com­plet­ed their solemn flute play­ing and well-wish­ing, the white pio­neers come rolling in with their tacky hats. OH! and the Asian-Pacif­ic Rail­road work­ers were curi­ous­ly inte­grat­ed into the hoe­down. This coun­ty is so ahis­toric some­times.

It was one big Amer­i­can wank-off, and I think that The Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee was cor­rect in not allow­ing the U.S. team to car­ry in the WTC flag. As it was, it was the least inter­na­tion­al of any Olympic games I have ever seen. I’m a huge hock­ey fan, but i think that let­ting the ’80 hock­ey team light the torch was just bor­ing. Atlanta got Muhammed Ali for christ sake. That guy is some­one to admire. Why not get the ’80 US cap­tain (a BU grad) and the ’80 Sovi­et cap­tain to light it togeth­er? Too inter­na­tion­al? Is the cold war still being fought in Utah? Red-Amer­i­ca isn’t the silent major­i­ty any­more.

Pats Win

I haven’t cared about foot­ball in this city since… well, the last time the patri­ots went to the Super­bowl. But tonight was so ter­rif­ic, it almost erased the 4 con­sec­u­tive Bills los­es in the ear­ly-90s. The streets in All­ston were ablaze: [View Pic­tures]

Goalie Fight

Any­one who does­n’t think this is hock­ey, then i don’t know what is. Have you ever seen a goalie kick so much ass?