Yes, I was rooting my little heart out for the USA and when our boys tied the game up with half a minute on the clock, I thought the planets and the stars and fate were aligning to make something special and unforgettable happen in that arena.
And boy was I right.
It just didn’t happen for us.
Sid won it for Canada and this greatly displeased lots of Americans. “Hate Sidney Crosby” was trending on twitter, and was the number one trend in D.C. for a while after Sid won the game. One twittererer asked, “How do Pittsburgh Penguins fans feel about Crosby being a terrorist?”
I feel pretty good about it, actually. In fact, if scoring the gold medal-winning goal in overtime for your home country is terrorism, then give me some pom poms and a cheerleader skirt because I’ve got this awesome cheer I just made up that rhymes “astigmatism” with “YAAAAAAAAAY, TERRORISM!”
What would these people have Sid do? Say no to the chance of earning an Olympic gold medal? Throw the game because he currently earns his paycheck and makes his home in America? Deny his nationality? I don’t think he could do that any more than you or I could deny ours.
In addition, the internet is once again aflame with debate as to whether Sidney Crosby is a better hockey player than the Kraken, excuse me, I mean Ovechkin. And of course, the Sid haters are all Crosby sucks. Crosby is overrated. Crosby dives. Crosby whines. Crosby eats kittens and kicks nuns and hates rainbows and eats boogers.
All I know is this. Sidney Crosby has a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold medal, and he’s ours. And by “ours” I don’t mean the U.S.A.’s. I mean he’s a Burgher and that transcends nationality and that means I’m okay with the gold medal being draped around the neck of that rainbow-hating, booger-munching terrorist.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go make up a cheer that rhymes Ovechkin with [retch].