Posted by: Marty6697 on 2010-03-06 
Lava, Thanks again for your insight. 82 goals in a 60 min. game dam. Less than a minute per goal. Better than practice Lol!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-03-06 
Marty: Regarding your comment about lopsided scores not happening often today, check out these scores from the 2010 Olympic won's hockey tourney...

Canada 18 Slovakia 0
USA 12 China 0
Canada 10 Switzerland 1
USA 13 Russia 0
Canada 13 Sweden 1
USA 9 Sweden 1

Again, because goals for and against is a tie-breking criterion, the tournament encouarges beatdowns. Yet the IOC is critical of women's hockey because they say only two teams are competitive.

Before you feel sorry for Slovakia for ending up on the wrong side of an 18-0 blowout courtesy of Canada, consider that Slovakia beat Bulgaria 82-0 in an Olympic qualifying tournament. That's right...82-0! (There are highlights of the game on YouTube if you want to look at the carnage.)
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-03-06 
Professionalism in the Olympics had varied sport by sport. Tennis pros were allowed in 1984. Basketball pros were okayed in 1992. Hockey pros were allowed in 1998.

I like seeing the best at the Olympics; if they're pros so beit.

The days of true amateurism ended when the communist bloc countries started participating in Helsinki in 1952. The so-called 'amateurs' of the Soviet Union typically trained 50 weeks per year while allegedly serving in the Soviet military. They were more 'professional' than some of our pay-for-play athletes.

Also consider this: The pro hockey players, tennis players, and basketball players have already made their fortunes. They have the true amateur spirit because they are competing for their countries and for the love of the game. Most amateur athletes try to use the Olympics as a springboard for fame and riches.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2010-03-05 
Here's a question. When did they start letting professionals in the Olympics? I like the old days of just amateurs,It was much better. Look at Basketball a few years back, and Hockey this year.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2010-03-05 
Thanks Lava! I knew there had to be a reason behind those scores. It just doesn't happen today. When a few teams do it in any sport today, they are chastised for it. Thanks again for the info.