Just finished watching the full-bore, no-quarter-given Olympic men's ice hockey final, which Canada won with a golden goal in extra time, beating the Americans 3-2. I like ice hockey for its combination of deft skill and hardcore violence. It's a rugged sport played by rugged blokes, but maybe there's something softer going on beneath the surface if the following exchange between the BBC's ice hockey commentators, Brit Bob Ballard and Canadian Brent Pope is anything to go by:
Brent: "I was just thinking how I would headline this if USA won. I was thinking of 'Miracle on Ice 2'."
Bob: "Yes indeed."
Brent: "Then I guess for Canada it would be 'Brokeback Mountain 2'."
Bob: "Errr, I'm not quite sure where you're going with that one."
Brent: "Because, errr, losing this game would break Canadian hearts..."
Brent: "... and ... backs?"
Bob: "Great scenes. Back to the studio now..."
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