Team USA’s Stellar Start May Be Its Own Downfall

February 26th, 2010 by Spencer Cuellar Leave a reply »

I woke up from my nap Wednesday night to JR being completely shocked the Slovaks had beaten Sweden.  Now, it is an upset, but really is that shocking?

I can only compare international hockey to international soccer and basketball, and I’ll try to do so the best I can.

In any international play, the game is almost completely different.  It’s almost played entirely differently.  Stars are still stars but major contributions are made by your less than superstar players.

For example, in soccer, Miroslav Klose can score tons of goals while Michael Ballack and Lukas Podolski are “the better players.”  Now they may be better, but in international play, anyone can make huge differences in games; tournaments overall.

In basketball, the 2008 Olympic Final between the USA and Spain featured many stars.  One was a Spaniard and the rest were pretty ...

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