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A TINY MIRACLE at the OLYMPICS: SLOVENIA (one NHL player) beats SLOVAKIA (12 or 14 NHLers) 3-1!

Great story from Yahoo! Sports:  Slovenia (one NHL player) defeated Slovakia (Yahoo! says 12 and another source says 14) by a score of 3-1!

While not the Miracle on Ice in 1980 that of course cannot happen anymore (unless we are the bad guys which could actually happen tomorrow!), it is significant that sometimes the right side wins.

Here’s from Yahoo! Sports:

Anze Kopitar scored the third of three goals in a six-minute stretch of the third period for Slovenia’s surprising 3-1 victory over usually steady Slovakia.

”Everybody thought we were going to just have fun here, but the boys really responded well,” said Matjaz Kopitar, who is the Slovenian coach and Anze’s father. ”They want to be a competitive team, and we were rewarded.”

Slovenia (1-1) earned a spot in the Sochi Games by beating Belarus, Ukraine and Denmark in last year’s qualification tournament.

It was quite a feat for a hockey team ranked 17th in the world from a nation with fewer than 2 million people, seven hockey rinks and only one professional team.

”I’m kinda speechless,” said Anze Kopitar. ”So happy. This is going to stick with Slovenia for a long time.”

Again, rah for the little nations who cannot have enough pro players to seriously contend.  But sometimes they do.  Slovenia actually put a scare into Russia in their first game before falling 5-2.  Their next game is Sunday at 730 am – against the USA (with 25 NHL players) – so what would William Lloyd Garrison do?  Who would he root for?  I hate like the devil to see the USA lose!  (Ask my wife at home about the curling!)  But principle is principle as WLG would surely say.  He didn’t even vote.  So we’ll find out what happens tomorrow…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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