Saturday, February 27, 2010
By Scott Morrison CBC Sports
VANCOUVER - His tongue was placed firmly in cheek when he said it, or so it seemed, but Team Canada coach Mike Babcock suggested the other night that, given the record of the Americans and the thumping they gave Finland in the semi-finals, that surely they had to be the favourites to win gold.
Not so much countered Team USA general manager Brian Burke on Saturday, the eve of the gold-medal game with Team Canada.
"If you believe they are the underdogs, then you better put on some knee-high boots because the manure is piling up," said Burke. "It cracks me up, everyone says we keep playing the underdog card, but we have the youngest team in the tournament and no one expected us to get this far, nevermind win."
And Babcock's comment?
"That's playing the card," said Burke.
And so it went Saturday in the build up to