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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Sports: USA! USA! USA! 

The Olympics might have a few days remaining, but International competition doesn't end with the closing ceremony. Next week the World Cup of Hockey begins. As I've stated on here before, my interest in hockey has waned since its late-90s peak, but anytime the USA straps on the skates in a major tournament, I'm glued to the TV.

America topped Canada in the first World Cup in 1996 with three goals in the best-of-three series finale's final minutes. Two years later came an embarrassing non-medal showing in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, but the U.S. rebounded to take Silver in the 2002 Salt Lake City games.

With a labor impasse threatening the 2004-05 NHL Season, this World Cup could mean the last major hockey competition of the year, so something tells me that the players will treat this as more than a mere exhibition.

You hear that, Canada? I realize that 40% of you think we're evil. Just wait until we kick your ass in the World Cup, and we'll see how high that number can climb.


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