Sled hockey? Or sledge hockey? Are they interchangeable? This is the burning question that lingers following the USA's 1-0 victory over Russia in the gold-medal match yesterday.
But who really cares? The USA won! After the USA women fell agonizingly short against Canada in their final in the Olympics, and the men fell agonizingly shorter, failing to get even that far, the USA sled(ge) hockey team brings home the gold. And at the same time they got their revenge on Team Russia, who upset the USA in the group stages.
It's beautiful what the Olympics can do. Or the Paralympics in this case. Before these Games began, sled hockey held a place next to Underwater Hockey in my compendium of knowledge. A curiosity in a collection of niche games. Then I started watching some of the games, and watching some of the background to the games, and suddenly I became amazed and inspired.
So congratulations to the USA sled hockey team, and the USA sledge hockey team, on reaching the pinnacle of their sport.
And if you want to see what they went through to get there, and for these guys, they went through an awful lot, there's a PBS documentary that documents the journey.
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As for hockey of the non sled/sledge variety, game previews for the Stars-Jets are here. [Stars Inside Edge] [NHL.com]
Better than Power Rankings, or the same thing really, but different. [NHL.com]
The Central Division unites! New from around the Heptarchy, done as only Conference III knows how. [III Communication]
Article here talking about Mike Ribeiro and his 'six shades of sexy.' I always love seeing that clip and hearing Razor calling it. [Voice of Russia]
And lost in all the disappointment of the defeat snatched from the jaws of victory on Friday night, was what I'm calling the prettiest goal this season. Tic-tac-toe, five in a row?