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02-01-2011, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by DiesIrae View Post
My hope is that Russia doesn't get utterly destroyed (national embarrassment) like the olympics, because that will result in a lot of action to "fix" this problem (image and sporting acheivment are central to the russian regime) if they do too well it will increase popularity of football as it did after the Euro 2008. So I hope Russia does average. 2nd in their group and loses 1st or second round knockout.

The problem with russian hockey, as with so many other former block countries is in its demographics. Russian populations are declining steeply in russia, while various other ethnicites are growing (tatars, bashkirs, various other caucasian groups) who only play football. hockey is a russian sport in russia. as participation drops, so does financial support. Russian hockey will be seriously threatened in the near future.
This post was just a flamer to try to rub in the Olympic game last year between Canada and Russia. The Canadians love to focus on that game to try to help them forget about the 2006 Olympics, when the very biggest NHL stars from Maple Leaf Land scored not one single goal against Russia, failing to even make the medal round after being shut out (national embarrassment!). And then to go-into a semi-literate rant about population genetics, and you've REALLY got a national embarrassment.

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