By The Meatriarchy.
The professional sports journalists in Toronto haven't been exactly optimistic today regarding Canada's chances to beat the Russian team.
It is a game that might be too close to call but if you were to listen to Howard Berger of The Fan 590 or Bill Watters of Leafs Lunch today we might as well pack up and go home now.
Berger basically said he hopes Canada loses this morning on the radio claiming that if we win the next two games because of outstanding goaltending it would be a "cop out". His entire premise being that Canada has looked so poor in the preliminaries that we have to depend on superior goaltending to cover up just how bad this team is.
He then went on to say without missing a beat and without a trace of irony that he had spoken to Jaromir Jagr yesterday who told him that the preliminary games were a complete waste of time. To which Howard seemed to be in enthusiastic agreement. Gee you'd think this guy was covering the Leafs or something.
Bill Watters meantime is in full blown hysteria over the poor selection of Team Canada claiming that rookie Dion Phaneuf should have been on the team (but he somehow doesn't think Sydney Crosby should be) and that Brian McCabe shouldn't because of his lack of international experience. Which I assume that Phaneuf has in spades??
Also coming for heavy criticism has been the choice of Bertuzzi over aging winger Brendan Shanahan.
But the biggest problem for Team Canada according to the Leaf's lunch crew? That the Russian's top scorer is Evgeny Malkin who they took great pains to tell us "doesn't even play in the NHL!!".
And to refresh your memory Malkin played in the World Juniors and completely folded under the physical play of the Canadians.
Look the winner of this game will most likely win the gold medal. So unless Canada gets blown out it isn't a complete disaster. But please lets leave the Monday morning quarterbacking till tomorrow (which is Thursday I know).