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hopefully this isn’t jumping the gun too much, but i just can’t hold the snark in any longer. behold the glory of russian (the country, not the user here with the same screenname) bathrooms:


 

 

starving to death with a full STEAGLES Posted: February 04, 2014 at 10:48 PM | 494 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   201. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 04:43 AM (#4657253)
there is hockey on right now tied at zero first intermission Slovakia and Slovenia
   202. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 09:11 AM (#4657260)
There's hockey on right now, tied at zero first intermission USA and Russia.

Russia dominated large parts of the first half, Quick has been good to keep it tied. The US finally started showing some life at the end of the half after a 10-12 minute period of just getting their asses handed to them.

Man do I love the Olympics.
   203. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4657262)
Datsyuk with an absolutely brilliant goal. Jesus.

Come on USA, respond damnit.
   204. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4657267)
Response!
   205. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4657268)
If that's in the NHL they probably disallow it. They've started disallowing so many goals off skates lately.
   206. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM (#4657274)
Kane finally did something right in this game.
   207. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4657275)
Wow, what a great great one-timer.
   208. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4657276)
phantom penalties
   209. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM (#4657277)
Both ways. The Radulov hook that lead to the second US goal was a brutal call.
   210. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4657279)
Just too much ice. Really hard to kill penalties on the large ice surface. You can't ever really pressure anyone.
   211. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4657280)
Datsyuk is so awesome. And he's not even fully healthy!

eta: I actually think the US has done a very good job on PK so far. They're playing disciplined, letting Russia get long range low percentage shots and blocking a lot of them. It's just that Pavel Datsyuk is awesome.

I also like the larger ice size, it allows for some fun variations in play.
   212. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4657281)
horseshit refs (both ways)
   213. Langer Monk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4657282)
I hate PKs that let a guy stand alone in front of the goalie.
   214. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4657284)
high stick?
   215. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4657285)
Holy ####, what a bomb from the blue line.
   216. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4657286)
Definitely not a high stick.

Edit: terrible call.
   217. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4657287)
wtf worst refs ever
   218. Langer Monk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4657288)
That's just the epitome of brutal.
   219. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4657289)
Nope, I'm wrong. Definitely not a high stick.

These refs are terrible.
   220. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4657290)
Stick isn't even above the cross bar.
   221. Langer Monk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4657291)
Really? The net is the reason it is no goal? Insanity.
   222. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4657292)
Ah.

Ok, that at least makes some sense even if the rule is kind of bullshit.
   223. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4657293)
both teams are flopping like a soccer game (not pretty)
   224. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4657294)
How the #### is that a penalty?
   225. Langer Monk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4657295)
I rewound - Quick pointed it out to the refs.
   226. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4657297)
I rewound - Quick pointed it out to the refs.


That's really heads up play by Quick then.
   227. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4657299)
How did Kane not score there? Wow. Clutch goaltending by Bobrovsky.
   228. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM (#4657301)
Odd shootout choices for team USA (aside from Oshie of course).
   229. Langer Monk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4657303)
I can't believe Parise didn't go. Or hasn't yet, I guess.
   230. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4657304)
he missed an open net
   231. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4657305)
quick slides so much so fast
   232. Langer Monk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4657306)
#### you Ilya. ####### 'retired' bastard.
   233. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM (#4657307)
good game
   234. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM (#4657308)
Should be Oshie every time from here on out.
   235. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4657309)
I hate shootouts
   236. JE (Jason) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4657310)
I hate shootouts

I'm willing to make a one-time exception.
   237. SteveF Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4657311)
Yeah. They are ######' stupid. What can ya do. People hate ties.
   238. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4657313)
Man, I'd much rather that have been settled from open play. I can't believe they don't have multiple overtime periods for the medal games.

Still, good win, great game! Really happy I woke up for it. I have no clue who the odd man out is going to be between Russia/Canada/USA for the gold medal game. Or if the Swedes or Finns can upset the applecart.
   239. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4657314)
Us got lucky, in no way should oshie been taking all those shots with the talent they have on the bench
   240. Shredder Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM (#4657318)
Don't you think Dan Bylsma may have a bit better idea of the shoot out talent that he has than you do, Meat? I mean, the guy went 4-6. That's pretty effing good on penalty shots.
   241. Shredder Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4657319)
Also, screw the people who hate shoot outs. They're a great way to decide games that aren't of ultimate importance. Fans at the games love them. The only thing wrong with the shoutout in the NHL is that they need to make every game worth the same amount of points and get rid of the extra point for games tied through regulation. Three points for a regulation win, two for an OT/shoot out win, one for an OT/shoot out loss, ans zero for a regulation loss.
   242. zack Posted: February 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM (#4657331)
Oshie was a great choice, he's clearly one of the two best shootout takers in the NHL. The only one with a better percentage in any kind of sample is Frans Nielsen (54.5 to 54.3), and Nielsen only has one move.

JVR over Parise is the weird choice, but he is 50% career, just only 14 attempts.

I'd also assume that there is a benefit to one guy taking all the shots once a he's shown he's not panicked.

   243. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM (#4657334)
I don't mind a shootout that much in the regular season, but in the regular season I'd just have ties. Same thing for group games in the Olympics. Knockout rounds and NHL playoffs should be until one side wins/loses.
   244. zack Posted: February 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4657335)
I greatly enjoy watching the shootout, but I don't like how much influence they have. So the obvious solution to me is to keep shootouts, but change the point scale to reduce their impact.

Looking at the remaining games, it looks like the US is basically guaranteed the 3rd seed for the knockout round, barring the FIN-CAN game going to overtime. I think US fans should probably root for Canada to demolish the Finns to ensure we don't see Canada until the finals.
   245. JL Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4657382)
Also, screw the people who hate shoot outs. They're a great way to decide games that aren't of ultimate importance. Fans at the games love them. The only thing wrong with the shoutout in the NHL is that they need to make every game worth the same amount of points and get rid of the extra point for games tied through regulation. Three points for a regulation win, two for an OT/shoot out win, one for an OT/shoot out loss, ans zero for a regulation loss.


I will sign on to this in its entirety. I used to really dislike the shoot-out (its is a completely different game) but have come to accept them. And the NHL does it right by just keeping full OTs in the playoffs.

I also agree on the point system. I would even be agreeable to three points for an OT win and two for a shoot-out win. Make scoring a real winning goal worth a bit more.
   246. puck Posted: February 15, 2014 at 04:02 PM (#4657399)
Also, screw the people who hate shoot outs. They're a great way to decide games that aren't of ultimate importance. Fans at the games love them.


What was weird about this one is the IIHF rules allow you to use the same guy after the 1st round of 3. Seems odd to let the same guy go over and over.

And on the disallowed goal, another intereting difference with NHL rules. Quick knocked the net off and apparently the NHL gives the ref the discretion to allow the goal to stand if a defender knocks the net off, but IIHF rules don't.

So anyway, US wins on two power play goals, a disallowed goal that would stand in the NHL, and on Oshie scoring all their shootout goals. Russia must be pissed! So we have that going for us, which is nice.
   247. zack Posted: February 15, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4657405)
I think they may have set the women's super G a little on the hard side. So far 1 of the first 8 racers has actually finished the race.
   248. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 05:10 PM (#4657424)
One of the Super G racers, a medal contender, was complaining about the course earlier. 19 of the 50 racers didn't finish the course. Some of them were really big names, including one of the gold medalist of the downhill/slalom combination.
   249. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 15, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4657440)
The women's cross country relay was incredibly compelling. Dramatic comeback and you could really sense the determination of everyone involved.

Pikus-Pace leaping into the crowd last night is going to be the moment that sticks with me I think. When she realized she had medaled she couldn't get off the sled fast enough. Then the interviews with her and her obvious joy and then the heartbreaking interview with Uehlander who was .04 away from a medal was fantastic. As someone who has never heard of either woman until last week I really felt for both of them.
   250. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: February 15, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4657444)
Then the interviews with her and her obvious joy and then the heartbreaking interview with Uehlander who was .04 away from a medal was fantastic. As someone who has never heard of either woman until last week I really felt for both of them.


Her dad was a former big leaguer.
   251. Lassus Posted: February 15, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4657445)
You know what, when I turn on the Olympics, I don't want historical masturbatory propaganda about a space program that we are so proud of that we ####### abandoned it. I want ####### competitive sports. #### you, NBC. Congratulations, I've switched over to golf. Good work.
   252. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4657570)
Slovakia's hockey team has had a very disappointing olympics, but they're taking the Ruskies to a penalty shootout. Poor Russia.
   253. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4657578)
You know what, when I turn on the Olympics, I don't want historical masturbatory propaganda about a space program that we are so proud of that we ####### abandoned it. I want ####### competitive sports. #### you, NBC. Congratulations, I've switched over to golf. Good work.


I saw a little bit of that on a TV at a bar and one of the first scenes was some guys signing some type of papers with a large crowd behind them. What I immediately noticed was "My god, it's all old white men!"
   254. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: February 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM (#4657587)
Anyone got a feed for the biathlon? None of the normal feeds are showing it.
   255. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4657600)
It looks like the start has been pushed back to 11am EST.
   256. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: February 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4657606)
Hmm, i've just got the news that it has been postponed until tomorrow now. I guess i'll have to watch. . .

bobsled?
   257. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4657607)
Also, good lord the Dutch are killing EVERYONE at speed skating. They have 16 total medals now thanks to sweeping three of the eight long track events so far. They've got 16 of the 24 medals awarded so far, and I don't think there's an event they haven't medaled. They won the most medals in 2010 and 2006, but they've already more than doubled the seven total medals from Vancouver and almost certainly will double the 9 total medals they won in Turin. And they've got a real shot at sweeping the 5k and 10k events too! It's friggin incredible.
   258. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4657636)
Jamaican bobsledders up in 9 sleds! The US's new bobsled seems pretty good, the US teams are currently 2nd, 3rd and 12th after 20 sleds. Positions 3-10 are all less than half a second apart right now.
   259. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 01:29 PM (#4657664)
Oh come on Tuukka, you gotta save that.
   260. puck Posted: February 16, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4657728)
Wouldn't it be good for the US if Canada and Finland remain tied? Then US is 2nd and faces the winner of Czech Republic-Slovakia.

(Edited.)
   261. zack Posted: February 16, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4657731)
I think that was the worst possible result for the US, since they'll now have to face Canada before the medal game. And even with that, they'd rather be the 3 seed than the 2, despite how the Czechs and Slovaks have played so far.

Sweden really has a cupcake run to the finals.
   262. puck Posted: February 16, 2014 at 03:28 PM (#4657733)
I guess if Finland had won in regulation US would be 3rd, facing the winner of Latvia-Switzerland, and then if they won, the winner of Sweden vs Czech Republic-Slovakia. Canada Russia and Switzerland would be on the other side of the bracket.

As it is, I think US faces winner of Czech/Slovakia, Canada faces the winner of Switzerland/Latvia so US and Canada could face each other in the semifinal.

   263. puck Posted: February 16, 2014 at 03:33 PM (#4657734)
Sweden really has a cupcake run to the finals.


Shouldn't Russia be doing better? I thought with the homefield they'd be in the driver's seat. It would seem they'll have a much tougher run now that they have to play a quarterfinal (Finland) on short rest.
   264. Langer Monk Posted: February 16, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4657848)
So, I guess the expectations are Slovenia, Russia, Switzerland and the Czechs make it through. Then 3 pretty good matchups for the quarters.
   265. zack Posted: February 16, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4657858)

Shouldn't Russia be doing better? I thought with the homefield they'd be in the driver's seat


In my view they were tied for 3rd strongest with the US (at home) going into the tournament. But I wouldn't say they're doing poorly, really. The US-Russia game was the only match of the preliminary round between powers, and they tied. They tied a Slovakia team that was performing way below expectations and so made a deliberate effort to park the bus. With a little puck luck they'd probably be a 2 seed.
   266. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 16, 2014 at 11:54 PM (#4657859)
I'm sorry - I've missed all the actual live competition this past week while watching every second of the Russian women's curling team.
   267. Langer Monk Posted: February 17, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4657868)
The women's cross country relay was incredibly compelling. Dramatic comeback and you could really sense the determination of everyone involved.


Just caught up on this. Extraordinary.
   268. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 01:03 AM (#4657876)
Anybody else notice how the Jamaican sled driver couldn't secure his visor on his helmet before their pinball run on the track? I guess they really were on a shoestring budget.
   269. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: February 17, 2014 at 01:22 AM (#4657883)
Overal the hockey has delivered. Only a few blow outs and a lot of good close games. I hope for a lot more of the same the rest of the way.
   270. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 09:06 AM (#4657918)
The Jamaican bobsled team needed donations to just make it to Sochi. I'm glad they've gotten to compete.
   271. villageidiom Posted: February 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4657993)
NBC getting flak for making Bode Miller cry about his dead brother. Then poking at the emotional wound one more time. Then keeping the cameras trained on him for a couple more minutes while he cowered, sobbing, away from the interviewer. Then choosing not to edit it out when airing it in primetime half a day later.

Congrats on the medal. We hear your brother's dead. Does that make you sad? Do you miss him? Cry for us, puppet. Cry for the camera.
   272. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4658049)
NBC getting flak for making Bode Miller cry about his dead brother.


Say what you want about NBC, but Miller certainly handled that well with his tweets after the interview.

I am fascinated with Miller - he is so good because he is so ballsy and contrarian, but that clearly costs him at times, including blowing the entire Turino Olympics.
   273. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4658064)
Meanwhile one of the US men's figure skaters (Jeremy Abbott) went off on commentary about his crashes during his performance in which he was called a choker.

"I would just hold my middle finger in the air and say a big 'F you' to everyone who has ever said that to me because they have never stood in my shoes," Abbott told reporters.

"They've never had to do what I had to do. Nobody has to stand centre ice before a million people and put an entire career on the line for eight minutes of their life when they've been doing it for 20-some years. And if you don't think that that's not hard, you're a damn idiot.

"So some people can handle it better than others, but everyone has that mental struggle, everyone goes through the same doubts. I am not alone. They just come at different times and different moments. Some people have their moment at the Olympics, and some have theirs at the national championships.

"I'm proud to be standing here. I'm a four-time national champion and a two-time Olympian, and no one can take that away from me. So whatever people have to say about me, that's their own problem because I'm freaking proud of what I've done and I'm not going to apologize for any of it."

   274. puck Posted: February 17, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4658156)
Say what you want about NBC, but Miller certainly handled that well with his tweets after the interview.


Not that it justifies the coverage, but I thought the coverage humanized him. There was a lot to find unlikeable about the guy in the past.

   275. villageidiom Posted: February 17, 2014 at 06:17 PM (#4658189)
Not that it justifies the coverage, but I thought the coverage humanized him. There was a lot to find unlikeable about the guy in the past.
Agreed. The coverage showed his human side... But a lot of that came from (a) his skiing uncharacteristically early, then having to sweat it out as his rivals came down the hill, and (b) his wife being near, eliciting from him self-doubting comments that he probably would normally keep to himself. Obviously a crucial part is (c) cameras and microphones were present to capture all that. Kudos to NBC for capturing that part of the human drama of athletic competition.

I've already made my comments on the post-race interview, so no need to rehash that.
   276. puck Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:45 AM (#4658335)
I just saw the story about the US women's hockey team's win over Sweden. The US had 70 shots!
   277. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:48 AM (#4658342)
Giant slalom course is audibly awful. Skiers sound like a car coming down a slushy street. Rain and sleet really mucking things up. Mancuso one of many DNFs on the course.
   278. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: February 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4658382)
We are apparently in that one week of every four years where people act like Bode Miller is a famous person.
   279. villageidiom Posted: February 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4658384)
I just saw the story about the US women's hockey team's win over Sweden. The US had 70 shots!
It might actually even things up a bit if the team was forced to do 70 shots before the game.
   280. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4658385)
We are apparently in that one week of every four years where people act like Bode Miller is a famous person.


He is the best American skier ever. If you follow ski racing at all, he is famous.
   281. villageidiom Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4658445)
We are apparently in that one week of every four years where people act like Bode Miller is a famous person.
Too, Lindsey Jacobellis.

I have no pity for Jacobellis. None. I feel like that is a failing of mine. I had pity for Dan Jansen when he kept falling in Olympic speedskating. One of the best speedskaters in the world, and he couldn't seem to get it done in the Olympics, until he finally did. The personal tragedy leading up to the first fall is probably why I have pity for him.

Jacobellis' first fail was after (and because of?) hot-dogging it with a huge* lead, so seeing her fail twice more isn't really something I feel bad about any more than I do for anyone else with USA on their uniform. But her later falls have nothing to do with taking the Leon Lett approach**, which is why I feel like I should pity her more than I do. I feel like I'm letting 2006 color my reaction to 2010 and 2014 more than it should.

* She was so far ahead for the gold that after she fell, lost all forward momentum, started down the course again, and eventually crossed the finish line she still got the silver medal. In all that, only one competitor had enough time to catch up to her.

** For those unfamiliar with American football on this board, Leon Lett was on his way to scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl, and slowed down to start celebrating this fact. But before he could score, an opponent caught up to him and knocked the ball away. It is a prime example of failure that results from the premature celebration of success. (Instead of Lett as an example, feel free to use the Bond villain of your choice.)
   282. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4658446)
Dutch sweep another speed skating race. They have won 19 out of a possible 27 medals. 3 races, 5 possible medals to go ( 2 are team events, only one medal possible). They are the overwhelming favorites in the team events, so 22 out of 32 possible medals seems likely.
   283. zack Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4658477)
I just saw the story about the US women's hockey team's win over Sweden. The US had 70 shots!

Not just 70 shots, the Swedes only had 9. Even with three power plays.

How about those Slovenes*, eh? They have been way, way, way better than I ever expected.

*Or if you are Brian Engblom, Slovanes.
   284. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4658535)
I have no pity for Jacobellis. None. I feel like that is a failing of mine. I had pity for Dan Jansen when he kept falling in Olympic speedskating. One of the best speedskaters in the world, and he couldn't seem to get it done in the Olympics, until he finally did. The personal tragedy leading up to the first fall is probably why I have pity for him.

Jacobellis' first fail was after (and because of?) hot-dogging it with a huge* lead, so seeing her fail twice more isn't really something I feel bad about any more than I do for anyone else with USA on their uniform. But her later falls have nothing to do with taking the Leon Lett approach**, which is why I feel like I should pity her more than I do. I feel like I'm letting 2006 color my reaction to 2010 and 2014 more than it should.


I feel the same way about Jacobellis and I'm not fan of Millers either. In each case the little I know about them has left me unimpressed. If I'm going to root for stupid reasons I may as well root against people for stupid reasons too.

On the flip side I found myself irrationally excited about Noelle Pikus-Pace winning the silver medal in the skeleton. Her story hooked me and her obvious joy at medaling was refreshing.

Every Olympics has me hooked on something different and for whatever reason the cross country skiing (in all its various forms) has hooked me. I haven't seen a race I wasn't compelled to watch.
   285. Kurt Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:41 PM (#4658552)
Thirded on Jacobellis. Some people were excusing her in 2006 by saying well, that's the culture of the sport - it's about styling about as much as winning. Fine, but then don't expect me to care about the sport, or care about her if she never gets a gold medal.
   286. villageidiom Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:11 PM (#4658567)
On the flip side I found myself irrationally excited about Noelle Pikus-Pace winning the silver medal in the skeleton. Her story hooked me and her obvious joy at medaling was refreshing.
Likewise. It got mrsidiom hooked as well.
   287. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4658576)
He is the best American skier ever. If you follow ski racing at all, he is famous.


And if you follow club rugby, some guy in club rugby is famous.
   288. zack Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4658577)
Goddammit Switzerland, you had one job! To send all of Canada into a panic!

I doubt the Latvians will have the stuff to do so.

Why are there so many biathlon events at the Olympics? I get why, say, long track speed skating has so many events, the people who are great at the 10km are different than those at the 5km, and at the sprint. But the best biathletes are seemingly the same regardless of length (which are not nearly as different).

Also having the results of one medal transfer into a head start in another medal seems wrong for the Olympics. I understand it for world cup events, but it goes against how the other sports operate.
   289. Langer Monk Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4658583)
Also having the results of one medal transfer into a head start in another medal seems wrong for the Olympics. I understand it for world cup events, but it goes against how the other sports operate.


That was my first reaction when I saw that. However, that pursuit race may now be my absolute favorite in the entire games. And I could watch even more of those races then the ones they already have.
   290. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 18, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4658626)
Goddammit Switzerland, you had one job! To send all of Canada into a panic!


This has the same feel as when Belarus beat Sweden in 2002 on that shot off Salo's mask.
Canada dodged a HUGE bullet in 2002 because Sweden was looking like a monster (after demolishing Canada (and everyone else) in the prelims).

Switzerland has given Canada problems the last few times they've met.
In the last 4 world championships and the previous two Olympics, Switzerland is 3-3 against Canada, with an OT loss, a shoot out loss, and a one-goal regulation loss.
Combined, they've actually outscored Canada in those games.
   291. zack Posted: February 18, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4658632)
It's annoying that the 3 seed is preferable to the 2 seed. Tournaments should have an opponent draft.
   292. Kurt Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4658687)
Also having the results of one medal transfer into a head start in another medal seems wrong for the Olympics. I understand it for world cup events, but it goes against how the other sports operate.


To me the benefit (first to finish wins) outweighs the unfairness (ten foot head start in a half hour race). It's not like they have room to line thirty people up on the same line.
   293. Swedish Chef Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4658694)
It's not like they have room to line thirty people up on the same line.

That is done, but with even more skiers, in the Mass Start events. The 50km will be mass start for example.
   294. zack Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4658696)
They just had a 15km mass start today.
   295. Swedish Chef Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4658702)
They just had a 15km mass start today.

That wasn't in any real sport (that is, one where Sweden is competitive).
   296. Kurt Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:05 PM (#4658705)
It's really odd that the Canadian and US ice dancers had the same coach.
   297. zack Posted: February 18, 2014 at 09:39 PM (#4658786)
I like the US women's bobsled "hit all the walls" technique. And still lead everybody after 2 runs.
   298. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: February 19, 2014 at 01:26 AM (#4658836)
The snowboard cross is fun! It's like NASCAR on the last lap of a road course race with crashes and speed.
   299. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 19, 2014 at 09:46 AM (#4658884)
The snowboard cross is fun! It's like NASCAR on the last lap of a road course race with crashes and speed.


The only way it would be more fun is to allow pushing in the last half of the race.

   300. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 19, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4658890)
Gotta think Russian sphincters are a bit tight. Down 2 goals with 20 minutes to play they are in a ton of trouble. I think they're playing well but Tuukka is sharp.
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