Canada faces the United States in the gold medal game of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Puck drop is just after noon PST.
I don't know that there is a whole lot left to say. The men's hockey tournament has been great, with most games proving to exciting and very competitive. A couple have even been classic showdowns.
As for today's game, may the best team win. Anyone reading my blog knows that I am a proud Canadian. My allegiances are obvious, and there are no apologies for that.
Team USA is an amazing collection of young hockey players, and they have me greatly worried about the outcome of this game. And this is just the first wave of amazing young American players. Kids right across the country are taking to the game, and they will be a dominant force in hockey for years to come. American hockey fans, and there are millions of great American hockey fans, are in for a real treat.
I think there is sense of tension between Canadian and American hockey fans, which only heightens the rivalry. Americans think we are self-righteous about the game. Maybe we are just a touch. Forgive us.
You see, hockey in Canada is a collective experience. More than half of the country will watch the game, and probably over 90% of the country will experience the gold medal game in some way. It is impossible to escape. It is that important to Canada, to all Canadians. We live and breathe this game. Like Michael J. Fox says in the commercial below, you can't describe it, you just feel it.
So I hope I'm not being too self-righteous when I say this is why it is so important that Canada wins. Go Canada Go!