February 19, 2006

SOME DAYS IT JUST DOESN'T PAY TO LEAVE THE IGLOO:

Quinn warns of quick exit (PAUL HUNTER, 2/19/06, Toronto Star)

When it was over and the colour had returned to Pat Quinn's face, Canada's hockey coach issued a stern warning: "We tried to rely on talent tonight and it wasn't good enough. If we don't learn from this, we'll be going home early."

In a stunning afternoon at Torino Esposizioni, amidst a joyous atmosphere enlivened by the cowbell-ringing, song-singing, flag-waving Swiss fans, underdog Switzerland stood up for itself as a hockey nation and shocked Canada's sleeping giants 2-0 in a Winter Olympics preliminary-round game.


Canada apparently lost in curling yesterday too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2006 9:39 AM
Comments

According to the pundits, it was Gold for the Canucks with the Swedes, Czechs, Russians and USA fighting it out for the leftovers. Could the Swiss be this year's "miracle on ice"? As good pitching beats good hitting, good goaltending can be the great equalizer.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at February 19, 2006 10:52 AM

The US looks to be in trouble too on the ice.

(Mighty Quinn reference?)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 19, 2006 11:37 AM

And with today's loss to FInland by the same score, it's time for the recriminations to begin.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 19, 2006 6:07 PM

Raoul:

Nah, we live on the edge.

Posted by: Peter B at February 19, 2006 6:38 PM
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