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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #50 on: 10 Feb 2014, 07:21 »

That takes me back.
... to last week?

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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #51 on: 10 Feb 2014, 07:22 »

I'm really stoked about Olympic hockey. The ice rinks are HUGE compared to NHL rinks, making the players have to play harder if they're gonna be successful in shot block attempts and gaining possession of the puck. More distance to cover to get there. Shit's so fucking epic.

I cannot enthuse enough about the U.S. Women's hockey team. Two threads is not enough for me to enthuse about it. Holy fuck the Swiss got stomped hard.

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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #52 on: 10 Feb 2014, 09:19 »

Okay, even the Japanese held their own against Sweden, so at this point one of the two top-tier women's teams issuing a severe beatdown isn't that big a deal.

I'm dreading the Canada/USA showdowns. I think for women's hockey I'm going to maintain my Canadian allegiance, and the men's game I'm just cheering for individual players. Curling must remain Canadian, and everything else can go to USA. Except bobsled. Jamaica needs that shit, mon.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #53 on: 10 Feb 2014, 12:35 »

I beg to differ on the curling.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #54 on: 10 Feb 2014, 13:12 »

The problem with curling is that, arguably, 5 of the 10 best rinks in the world are Canadian, on both the men's and the women's sides.  That doesn't mean Canada deserves a medal, but I think it does mean that there are likely more competetive competitions IN Canada than at the Olympics.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #55 on: 10 Feb 2014, 13:15 »

I got to watch a couple ends of the Germany/Canada mens game today during my lunch break. Had to leave at the end of the 8th, but it wasn't looking good for Germany.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #56 on: 10 Feb 2014, 13:57 »



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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #57 on: 11 Feb 2014, 01:47 »

Does her mouth seem strange to you too?
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« Reply #58 on: 11 Feb 2014, 02:33 »

It's certainly an unusual shade of red.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #59 on: 11 Feb 2014, 04:43 »

that's the face of someone who is bound and determined to destroy the opposition in her next performance, and I think she can absolutely pull it off. I happened to catch the whole thing while I was out with friends, and she did a fantastic job in my view. I hope that .gif isn't the last we see of her.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #60 on: 11 Feb 2014, 04:51 »

also, I don't mean to pick on anyone, but I don't particularly like adding physical appearance to a discussion about an international athletic competition. this ain't the Miss World pageant, this is the Olympics. she can skate better than probably anyone on this forum, and she doesn't land those crazy-ass maneuvers with her mouth or her cosmetics. hell, you're more likely to hear about Joe Pavelski's NHL hat trick than his funny-looking mug.

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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #61 on: 11 Feb 2014, 07:09 »

And no one's commenting on her choice of words in response to the score?
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« Reply #62 on: 11 Feb 2014, 07:13 »

No idea. Couldn't look past her cottonball filled mouth.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #63 on: 11 Feb 2014, 09:16 »

Looks like "bullshit" to me - right at the end when she's looking away and then turns back.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #64 on: 11 Feb 2014, 09:19 »

Yeah, her saying "bullshit" is the whole point of the gif.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #65 on: 11 Feb 2014, 09:49 »


She might not be wrong. I hear the Russian judge is a bear.


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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #66 on: 11 Feb 2014, 10:43 »

It wouldn't be the first case of corruption in Olympic figureskating judging.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #67 on: 11 Feb 2014, 12:57 »

And no one's commenting on her choice of words in response to the score?

as a certified Potty Mouth I can't say I would have chosen any other way to convey my disapproval.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #68 on: 12 Feb 2014, 02:13 »

I do wonder if a .gif of, say, a male football player saying "bullshit" would have gained the same coverage.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #69 on: 12 Feb 2014, 04:06 »

If he had such hilarious facial expressions I would certainly hope say.
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« Reply #70 on: 12 Feb 2014, 04:10 »

Wait, what coverage? That gif is getting coverage? The girl gets a shit score and says 'bullshit' and this requires coverage?
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #71 on: 12 Feb 2014, 04:33 »

I don't know if it requires it, but it is certainly getting it. Google "ashley wagner reaction".
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« Reply #72 on: 12 Feb 2014, 04:36 »

How depressing.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #73 on: 12 Feb 2014, 05:02 »

There's usually a female athlete or two with a fabulously negative reaction that becomes a meme for each Olympic. Like that gymnast ol'whatsherface from the last summer games. Is it because they're female? Or something else?
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« Reply #74 on: 12 Feb 2014, 05:57 »

McKayla is not impressed by your BS. ;)

US Women are up 1-0 in hockey over the Canucklettes!
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #76 on: 12 Feb 2014, 06:49 »

You rang?

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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #78 on: 12 Feb 2014, 08:59 »

Interesting story - Canadian Gilmore Junio withdrew from the 1000m speed skate event.  This allowed Canadian Denny Morrison, who had failed to qualify, to compete.  Morrison won silver.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #79 on: 12 Feb 2014, 09:51 »

Apparently there's strife in Lebanon as one of their female skiers has been discovered as to have been topless at one point in time with a camera around.
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« Reply #80 on: 12 Feb 2014, 11:32 »



The Olympics suddenly got way more interesting.
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« Reply #81 on: 12 Feb 2014, 11:35 »

That would make for the best Olympics ever.
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« Reply #82 on: 12 Feb 2014, 18:02 »



She really does have a fantastic "fuck this shit" face.
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« Reply #83 on: 12 Feb 2014, 19:27 »

Apparently there's strife in Lebanon as one of their female skiers has been discovered as to have been topless at one point in time with a camera around.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/topless-photos-of-olympic-skier-jackie-chamoun-cause-a-stir-in-her-native-lebanon-053332853.html;_ylt=AwrBJR5xOvxS53YAAsHQtDMD

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« Reply #84 on: 12 Feb 2014, 20:23 »

Apparently there's strife in Lebanon as one of their female skiers has been discovered as to have been topless at one point in time with a camera around.

One of the articles I read on that story said it will be difficult for her because Lebanon is such a "conservative country." That's just not so. It's one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East. It's just the Iranian-funded terrorists that give people the impression that the whole country is made up of religious extremists.
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« Reply #85 on: 12 Feb 2014, 22:43 »

Well.

It's one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East. Which means it still makes Texas look like California. If she gets thrown out or threatened maybe Jordan can take her in. That's about as "Western" Liberal as you get in that part of the world as I recall. (purely anecdotal, I have a very good friend who lives in Jordan, if you ever want to see the verbal equivalent of a 10 round boxing match with no winner, give me booze, her caffeine and mention Israel.)
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« Reply #86 on: 13 Feb 2014, 14:01 »

Heard a great quote in news coverage of the story in response to some minister's comment that the photos are bad for Lebanon's image. Basically saying "why does this picture matter, don't you think that sectarian violence being a daily fact of life is worse for our image?"
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« Reply #87 on: 13 Feb 2014, 18:36 »

You could say the same for gang warfare and gun violence in the US, but still.

...and that's where I'm going to stop that.


USA put a beat-down on Slovakia in men's hockey yesterday. Given that team USA is pretty much an NHL All-Star squad, it's not too surprising.
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« Reply #88 on: 13 Feb 2014, 19:02 »

Heh. That's kinda why I like watching US Olympic Men's hockey. It IS an NHL dream team roster for the most part. Ditto the Canadians. So sure it's a bit like throwing the other nation's teams to the lions, but you know, blood sport's entertaining.
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« Reply #89 on: 13 Feb 2014, 23:44 »

I won't speak of the women's tournament. That's essentially a two-team show.
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« Reply #90 on: 14 Feb 2014, 22:51 »

I won't speak of the women's tournament. That's essentially a two-team show.
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« Reply #91 on: 15 Feb 2014, 08:10 »

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!
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« Reply #92 on: 15 Feb 2014, 10:40 »

Heh. That's kinda why I like watching US Olympic Men's hockey. It IS an NHL dream team roster for the most part. Ditto the Canadians. So sure it's a bit like throwing the other nation's teams to the lions, but you know, blood sport's entertaining.

That's a bit of a stretch of facts. You did get a US vs. Canada finald in 2002 (SLC) and 2010 (Vancouver), but in Torino 2006 the final was Swedes vs Finns, and the first time the NHL allowed their players to go to the OG in 1998 (Nagano) the North American teams also game out empty (1st CZE, 2nd RUS, 3rd FIN, 4th CAN).

Granted olympic hockey is more interesting with NHLers in there. It is nice that all the best players can participate

My pet peeve about NHL is their insistence on bringing in their own refs. This sends the signal that Team US and Team Canada want the benefit of a "hometown ref" for their matches :-). In a sport were there are several high level leagues (soccer/football comes to mind) it is unheard of in international tournaments that the refs would come from the same country as one of the teams.
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« Reply #93 on: 15 Feb 2014, 12:52 »

Well, the NHL's refs do have the most experience.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #94 on: 15 Feb 2014, 13:52 »

Heh. That's kinda why I like watching US Olympic Men's hockey. It IS an NHL dream team roster for the most part. Ditto the Canadians. So sure it's a bit like throwing the other nation's teams to the lions, but you know, blood sport's entertaining.

I was watching a documentary on the Dream Team and the year they finally let professionals play basketball in the Olympics the team was told to fucking crush every other team, and that's exactly what they did.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #95 on: 15 Feb 2014, 13:53 »

This sends the signal that Team US and Team Canada want the benefit of a "hometown ref" for their matches :-).
Well... Why wouldn't they? It does presumably make it easier to win. :-D
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« Reply #96 on: 15 Feb 2014, 14:28 »

Well, the NHL's refs do have the most experience.

May be? I haven't seen any stats. Have you? Also some compromises need to be made with the rules for the international tourneys (don't know about the Olympics) partially voiding some of the experiences

I just have an old axe to grind here. When my hometown co-hosted the WCs some time in the 90s, there were complaints about the Europeans refs by the North American teams. We were quite puzzled by some of the complaints, as the local ref was voted by the players of our league to be the best year after year (by a fair margin I may add). It turned out that the complaint was not so much about his calls, but the fact that he couldn't communicate in English. So are all the players entitled to talk with the ref in their own language? With all the major teams at OG having captains with NHL experience this is not a problem really, but it's the principle.

I do admit that I don't recall many disastrous calls by the NHL refs - they are good. The potential for national bias is the gripe. Back in the day a certain American collegiate ref cost us two titles (and elephants and grumpy old hockey fans can remember), but the NHL refs are better.
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« Reply #97 on: 15 Feb 2014, 14:49 »

Well, the NHL's refs do have the most experience.
...and that's not gonna change if you only allow NHL's refs to get more experience :roll:
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #98 on: 15 Feb 2014, 15:19 »

It's not the NHL refs' fault the rest of the world prefers inferior sports.
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Re: Сочи 2014 (Winter Olympics Thread)
« Reply #99 on: 15 Feb 2014, 16:16 »

Why do I like hockey?

Well, I can tell you I don't care for the shootout, but I do love how this game played out.

And the cherry on top: T.J. Oshie. Everyone in America is proclaiming him a national hero. His response?

"The American heroes are wearing camo. That's not me."

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