USA Hockey: If You’re Not First, You’re Last

March 4th, 2010 by John Bradley Leave a reply »

I had a dream. 

It had nothing to do with civil rights, but it did have everything to do with American history.

I dreamt—well, day dreamt actually—that Team USA pulled out a victory in the gold medal hockey game of the Olympics. 

USA hockey drew a lot of attention and respect by over-achieving at the 2010 Olympics, but they were left just one paltry overtime shot away from euphoria.

In a game that garnered throngs of new American spectators for hockey, USA came close but no cigars—those were all taken by the Canadian women’s hockey team. 

The true hockey fan can revel in the fact that, win or lose, they saw unforgettable hockey that Sunday.  They can understand just how hard it is to win a tournament this short and of this magnitude.  They will stand and salute Ryan Miller even if he’s not on their team, like they did in Canada and then in Pittsburgh.  They know that this USA hockey performance was special and that they made a true statement.

But the ...

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