The USA men’s ice hockey team beat Slovakia late last night in the 2018 winter Olympics, and just like that we’re back on track.
It’s a W for USA!
Ryan Donato leads the way with two goals in a 2-1 win over Slovakia! pic.twitter.com/LNgLFgZraz
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 16, 2018
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) February 16, 2018
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 16, 2018
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2018
The USA now controls our own destiny to get a first-round bye in the playoff rounds, and that means this game against Russia tomorrow morning means a whole hell of a lot. If we had lost last night, tomorrow would have meant nothing. To channel the great Herb Brooks, it’d be like a “throwaway game up in Rochester.”
There was much debate in the office about whether or not it’d even be worth drinking at seven in the morning for a game that was meaningless.
Well, that’s no longer the case. The game tomorrow is pretty much for all the marbles. A win guarantees us a bye in the playoffs and a loss means things are going to get very dicey. I’ll be up before the sun even rises cranking music throughout the house as I crush a few Miller Lites in the shower to get things started.
Remember, I’m not doing this for me. I’m doing this for America. Now hit the music!