Agony. Ecstasy. Whatever... it'll be raw nekkid emotion. The pregame show is on, Don Cherry has mouthed off (leaving 95% of the USA sayin' "Who the Hell was THAT?" to themselves), and we're minutes away from puck drop. Our beer is poured, the cigar is lit and we're ready for some HOCKEY!
USA! USA! USA!
Update: Oh Shit, Oh Dear. Milbury is giving us "Hockey For Dummies." Puh-leeze. Don't patronize us. We don't need it. We don't want it. STFU.
1320: Game On! You'd think I was playing given my heartbeat!
1324: Luuuu makes his first save.
1326: BIG pressure by USA!
1332: Miller makes a big save on a turnover by Backes. Yow.
1334: Scramble in front of the Canada net. Luuuu dodges a bullet.
1336: The replay shows the puck RIGHT on the goal line. Bullet, indeed!
1339: Toews puts it in the net... Canada draws first blood.
1342: Ryan called for tripping; Canada goes on the PP.
1345: Great PK by USA; USA forecheck is aggressive and effective.
1352: Kesler puts a vicious hit on a Canadian; I think he dodged a bullet coz it looked to me like he left his feet on that hit. End of the first and a gathering of the clans along the boards... Johnson doin' some SERIOUS trash talking! Ooooh-wie! Beer me!
Update 1410: Underway in the seond. Prosit!
Aiiieee. Canada on the powerplay. NOT good.
1414: Another excellent PK, and USA goes on the PP!
1415: Our game? Rafalski's shot goes way wide, crowd goes "Luuuu!" Sheesh.
1416: F*ck. Perry scores, 2 -0 Canada.
1419: Toews off for tripping, USA on the PP. Let's go, Guys!
1427: USA puts it in on a deflection. LUUU! Kane gets the goal, 2 - 1 Canada.
1429: Rafalski makes a beautiful diving defensive play... saves a possible goal!
1438: I can't keep track of the chances... it's up and back, up and back. Great chances on both sides, both goalies are standing on their heads.
1440: End of the second, SOG are nearly even at 23 - 25 in favor of the Canucks. The third will be INTENSE.
1451: Awaiting the third and the patented Canadian Collapse. (insert big-ass grin here)
1455: Here we go. Do or die!
1457: Clink! The posts are your friend, Ryan!
1501: Miller saves the day. Again.
1505: OK, I'll say sumthin' nice. LUUUU!
1511: HUMONGOUS pressure by Team USA... LUUUU has to cover. This is about as intense a game as I've EVAH seen!
1521: Sid The Kid on a breakaway but lost control of the puck. No heroics here.
1525: EVERYTHING rides on this face-off. Dang... 1:05 left... out of play, faceoff in the Canadian zone. And Canada calls a timeout.
1528: YES! YES! YESSSSS! TIE GAME!
1530: Can it get any better? Can it? Yes, it can... USA for the WIN!
1535: Roenick and company are pretty good right now. It pains me to admit that, but it's true.
1540: Somehow I missed Parise's Ovechkin into the glass impression. How very freakin' cool.
1550: My heart! My heart!
1552: Dang. I think I can hear GM Place from here.
1553: Well, Dang. And it had to be freakin' CROSBY. Anyone but Crosby. DANG. Congrats, Canada. You get braggin' rights, KC. Just don't rub it in TOO much.
1558: And thank you ALL for watching this with me... you made my day.
Update last: It kinda hurts... watching the medal presentation. But ya gotta give it to the Canadian fans for their ovation when Miller got his Silver. But know this: this is a YOUNG Team USA, and we'll be back. This was a near-run thing, and it could have easily been USA for the gold. You KNOW this is true. 2014: Sochi. I'll be there.
Postscript: Break out the beer and the cigars!