Sochi Olympics: Russia’s Home Field Advantage

Virtually every country hosting an Olympics does better in the medal count. Russia, which is normally strong in the Winter Olympics anyway, is going to do well. But there’s one sport I’m really interested in seeing:

Hockey, of course. Hockey, besides figure skating is the biggest event in the Winter Olympics. And, if you haven’t noticed, hockey is dominated by the Canadians. Canada could have three teams in the Olympics, and it’s likely two of those teams would be on the podium.

Meanwhile, Russia’s team is no longer the Soviet Union teams from the 70’s and 80’s. They are in disarray. Instead of being scientifically formed and taught, the Russians are now a team of mostly NHLers and KHLers. They don’t play together for years anymore.
I don’t know if the Russians are going to get home cooking from officials. They might, though. If the Russians win the hockey tournament, it will truly be their Miracle on Ice.

 

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About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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