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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Heja Svereige! Sweden plays U.S.A. for IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday at 8 a.m. on NHL Network, DirecTV Channel 215; You know, the world championship that the Miami Herald has taken both a pass on and a piss on?

Above, ten-and-a half minutes of highlights of Sweden's shootout win over Russia Thursday morning in one of the two semifinals, as seen theru the eyes of SVT's excitable announcing team of Chris Härenstam and Micke Renberg.

Heja Svereige! Sweden plays U.S.A. for IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday at 8 a.m. on NHL Network, DirecTV Channel 215; You know, the world championship that the Miami Herald has taken both a pass on and a piss on?
Yes, the same important hockey tourney taking place in Russia featuring the game's
best young players, which the Miami Herald, under non-ace Sports Editor Jorge Rojas devoted exactly one sentence to in last Saturday's print edition in a story about a 1-0 U.S. loss  to Russia.

That one sentence, which appeared in the far-right bottom corner of page 5D, is SO small and insignificant that my efforts to take a photo of it to document the Herald's crappy coverage, only caused more frustration, since getting it all within the camera frame necessarily made it hard to read. Instead, I will type here what it said:
* Hockey: Andrei Makarov made 41 saves to help Russia beat the United States 2-1 at the world junior championships in Ufa, Russia. 
That's it.
Not even the name of who scored for Team U.S.A.

By the way, I watched most of Sweden's 3-2 Shootout win over Russia Thursday morning and captain Filip Forsberg already looks better than anyone on the Florida Panthers.
You remember them, don't you?
They play at that Broward County-owned arena that's not near anyone.

Video: Reporter Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News interviews Washington Capitals prospect and Team Sweden forward and captain Filip Forsberg in Ufa, Russia on his thoughts heading into Saturday's championship against Team U.S.A. as Sweden attempst to win their second juniors title in a row.

I initially had this video embedded up at the top, but because the audio was starting even before the entire page was open, I decided to move it down here on the post so that readers wouldn't be wondering where those voices were coming from and freaking out.

Sweden looks poised to win their second championship in a row, but the U.S. is heavily-favored.
Will the succes of the Småkronorna continue? 
That's why they play the game.
But Sweden hasn't defeated Team U.S.A. at The World Juniors since 1996.

SVT's countdown clock for the broadcast:



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