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Canada vs U.S. in Olympic Men's Hockey: Who's the underdog?

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 the big game.

Burke went on to explain why his team are legitimate underdogs, though he always believed they had the ability to succeed.

"How many Hall of Famers do we have on our roster," continued Burke. "Look at theirs and there are a couple of shoo-ins, starting with Scott Niedermayer. Go back to the pre-tournament analysis.

"This is where I always felt we could be. I thought we were better than the media gave us credit for being and that's not throwing rocks. I believed in this group."

Getting back to Burke's question about potential Hall of Famers, at this point there isn't anyone on the American roster that you would suggest is a slam dunk yet. They do have a group of young players who have the potential to be Hall of Famers, however.

Canada, meantime, does have the likes of Niedermayer and Martin Brodeur and Jarome Iginla, who are slam dunks, with Sidney Crosby and a handful of others destined for it.

Here is a further breakdown of the rosters:

Stanley Cup wins: Canada 15, USA 5
Major Trophy wins: Canada 25, USA 4
"I don't feel there is any pressure on our team," said Burke. "The pressure started for Team Canada when Vancouver was awarded the games 10 years ago. All the pressure is on Canada."

Perhaps the war of words, especially the assertions by both teams they are underdogs, was best summed up by American winger David Backes:

"I guess it's going to be a dog fight."


http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/hockey/story/2010/02/27/spo-gold-medal-favourite.html

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  • Lately, Canada is acting like they won already. Just don't get you hopes up. Your team hasn't been playing too great lately, and we already beat you once. We are going to make you cry, Canada on you own ice, bitches.

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  • Other than goaltending the Americans also have the fact that Canada thinks that they diserve the gold, advantage.

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  • The team that wants it the most is going to win. PERIOD!


    Good luck to both teams and may they both play with the class and responsibility that advanced Nation should.


    btw...............(GO USA!!)

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  • It's going to be a great game no matter who wins.

    Go USA!

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  • Bring it boyz................I've started drinking already.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO CANADA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • anything can happen, but lets hope both teams want it bad enough for a great game!
    Go Canada!!!

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  • I think the momentum is with the US, but Canada has to be considered the 800lb gorilla in the room.
    also, the stakes are higher for Canada, if we lose, hey, we still got silver, if Canada loses there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. LOL!
    so I choose undecided because they pretty much cancel each other out.

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  • I figured from the outset that a team lead by Burkey and wilson would be a hard team to beat!! Not to mention the US has the hottest goalie out there right now!! Should be a good game, we need to come out with the intensity of the Russian game again!!

    The best part about these Olympics.. I have a friend in FL who NEVER watched a hockey game till the US Can first game. He has watched every US game since and will be watching again today. That my friends, is the best part of this match up, bringin More..

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  • <<<<<<<reserving judgement until after the game so as not to look like a fool if we lose.

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  • At least we'll get some awesome video of drunk Canadians bashing their wives and cars and friends here on LL.

    An original lighting of the fart video would be an added bonus.

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  • Glenn Beck said everyone would be getting a gold medal if Obama was king of the Olympics.

    Then he cried and said how he just loved figured skating so much.

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  • Canada is going to smoke the Americans asses! Wait and see, read it and weap!

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  • Here's to hoping the Canadians embarrass themselves when the lose to the US again:

    http://i.imgur.com/BcSbf.gif

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  • Looks like Canadians are winning mostly gold medals while Americans are winning mostly bronze.

    I hope we crush the US team. It's going to be great celebration across the country when we win.

    To my American friends.....there is no shame in being second best.

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    • Your going to have the same look on your face that your avatar has.

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    • Is that the look on ur face when USA beat ya the first time around.. Lol good luck but the usa team is on fire...

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    • If the canadian team smokes bud like they did the first time we beat there ass then,,,,,,,,good luck

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    • If the U.S. is winning "mostly" anything, It would be Silvers. 9 Gold, 14 Silver, 13 Bronze.

      Canada: 13 Gold, 7 Silver, 7 Bronze.

      I was never great at math, but it looks like
      the U.S. has 36 medals to Canada's 25.

      But you're right, in a lot of those events, coming in second, or even third, was better than not placing in the top 3 at all....

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    • It's hilarious how you Canadians are going to celebrate because you beat the US, yet there weren't national celebrations when we beat you last time.

      You Canadians are such insecure little bitches with a gigantic inferiority complex. As for second best, your entire country is a cheap imitation of the US. You have nothing to be proud of.

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