By virtue of an unbeaten tournament record the U.S. is the designated home team in today's Olympic Hockey match, giving them the option to wear their circa-1960 throwback uniforms. That is where the advantage ends for the American side. This battle will be waged deep in funny-accented enemy territory. Our intrepid wanderers Matthew and Jeff are presumably experiencing their own drunken Miracle on Ice and are compelled to provide a full report whence they return from the not-so-frozen North.
United States vs. Canada, 12:15 PM Pacific, NBC. Line: Canada -1. Over/under: 5½.
All-time Gold Medal match records: Canada 7-4, USA 2-7. Head-to-Head in Gold Medal matches: Canada 5-1.
Last Olympic Hockey Gold Medal: Canada 2002 (Salt Lake City), USA 1980 (Lake Placid).
The U.S. has clinched the overall medal count victory in these Olympics, while Canada has won the most gold medals. The host country's claim to "Own the Podium" will ring hollow for Canucks and Québécois alike if the Americans beat them out of hockey gold on their own ice. This is for all the Vancouver 2010 marbles.
My contribution may at some point be reduced to all-caps incoherence and/or spilling beer on the keyboard.