Vancouver Medal Count Projections: Day 14
by Nate Silver @ 1:50 PM
I've somehow managed to write 10,000 not-totally-crappy words on my book this week and my brain is totally fried ... so not going to offer much in the way of commentary here. It's becoming increasingly clear that the United States is going to win the overall medals title -- the two medals yesterday in Nordic Combined might have all but clinched it. Canada remains the somewhat substantial favorite to take the most golds.
When Scotty Lago heard about the Canadian women’s hockey team celebrating its gold medal with beer and bubbly and cigars, he laughed. When he heard the Canadian Olympic Committee actually supported the team’s on-ice party, he was incredulous....
Vancouver Medal Count Projections: Day 15
by Nate Silver @ 1:29 PM
It's all over but the crying: it's probably impossible for Germany (or Canada) to win enough medals to surpass the United States' overall lead, whereas Canada would have to fail pretty spectacularly not to win the gold medal count outright.
Tonight, 7pm PT, it's the BRONZE medal match between Finland and Slovakia.
It's a Sharkless contest, therefore, I really don't care who wins. I suppose I'll cheer for Slovakia, because it's a good story - AND, I'd rather the Ducks not return home with a League high 7 medals (Canada: Getzlaf, Niedermayer, Perry. USA: Ryan, Whitney. Finland: Selanne, Koivu). On the flipside, if Slovakia wins, the Hawks are tops with 6 (USA: Kane. Canada: Keith, Seabrook, Toews. Slovakia: Hossa, Kopecky).
Both the Ducks and Hawks worry me as potential playoff opponents, as it's obvious they have plenty of world class talent on their rosters. I'm sure it's been noted, the Ducks may sit in the 11th spot but they're only 2pts out of 8th - and potentially having their players earn the 'best overall performance' at the Games is sure to boost their confidence going forward (and having read around the interwebs, their fans are certainly licking their chops at the prospect of authoring another big upset in the playoffs)