Sunday, February 28, 2010

Just leave us in a position to win late...

What a game. The best team won. O Canada. Nice Olympics our neighbors to the north put on.

I am a licensed coach, of both soccer, when I used to coach my sons' recreational teams, and running. I just finished watching the finals of Olympic hockey. The NHL's best player, Canada's Sidney Crosby, beat the tourney's best goalie, American Ryan Miller, in OT.

When I coached my young charges in soccer, I asked them to only put our team in a position to win or tie late in the game. Only once in four years did these young suburban warriors fail to do that, a blowout loss. Otherwise, we won several games against more talented teams because we were hanging around at the end.

The American Olympic hockey team, less talented, hung around on goalie Miller's stellar performance and turned a 2-1 deficit into a 2-2 sudden-death OT showdown due to the American coach's brilliant coaching, pulling his goalie with two minutes to go and scoring, with the man advantage, with less than half a minute to go in regulation. With the chance of victory riding on the snap of anybody's wrist in OT, Canada prevailed.

I loved it. An all-time classic. O Canada. Go USA.

3 comments:

Danielle said...

Gosh, I wish I had been watching!

Rhea said...

I didn't see the game, but it sounds like it was a great one. Congrats to Canada!

Hey, have you run with Ashley yet now that she's back in DC? Also, are you getting my emails? Not sure since I haven't heard from you ...

Rainmaker said...

I'm bummed, I didn't get to catch the ending - I had to get on a plane. Got to see some up until the last few minutes of the 3rd, and then I had to board. Sad panda. :(