Americans were wide awake Saturday to watch Team USA beat Russia, no matter how early the game started or how long it took to finish.
This wasn't a group of collegiate Americans stopping the Big Red Soviet Machine and firing the loudest sporting shot of the Cold War in 1980. It was not so much a "Miracle on Ice" as being just plain miraculous.
Team USA's 3-2 Group A victory over the home team in Sochi was the most exciting American athletic victory on Russian soil since Rocky Balboa outlasted Ivan Drago.
It was also one hell of a hockey game.
Maybe shootouts, er "Game Winning Shots," aren't so bad in hockey after all.
The game began at 7:30 a.m., but that didn't stop the diehards at Stats Bar & Grille in South Boston from turning out en mass to watch T.J. Oshie turn Sochi into "Soshie" with his fourth goal of the shootout, which came in the eighth round.
The celebration at Stats after the game-winner can be seen above.
Here's a quick look at all four of Oshie's shootout goals:
All 4 of T.J. Oshie's goals in Shootout vs Russia https://t.co/vLWUsgYS6d— Best Vines (@TheFunnyVine) February 15, 2014
Hours earlier, they were lining up outside Stats before it opened:
Oshie, meanwhile, is now officially an "American Hero."
Don't believe us, just check his Wikipedia entry.
TJ Oshie according to Wikipedia 😂🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/kkPatOEWSF— Drunk Patrick Kane (@Drunk_Kane88) February 15, 2014
Oshie, however, would have none of that:
Just had good talk with America's newest hero. Only don't call T.J. Oshie that. "The American heroes are wearing camo. That's not me." #USA— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) February 15, 2014
The Team USA victory celebration wasn't limited to fans in South Boston. Across the country, Americans not only watched and cheered, but turned on their cellphones [some of them even turned them sideways] to capture the reaction of their fellow revelers.
Here's a sample of some:
Finally, something for that guy in the Sabres jersey to celebrate:
Someone forgot to check ID at this establishment:
Saturday is also National Marquette Day, in case you didn't already know. A few Blackhawks fans infiltrated this crowd since Milwaukee doesn't have an NHL team:
It's is a bitter-sweet day for the Marquette community, and for anyone who loved great, physical comedy:
RIP, my friend.
Chris Farley would have been 50 today. We miss you. pic.twitter.com/CIo4RRsJ2e— Marquette University (@MarquetteU) February 15, 2014
Back to hockey.
Things were a bit more subdued on other side of the USA's victory, as this clip from the Russian media room demonstrates:
Vladimir Putin was watching in person. Putin's worse nightmare would for Oshie to have stray dog who is gay. After the game, the Russian coach and players were re-assigned to the Chernobyl Isotopes. Or maybe not.
Meanwhile, even President Obama checked in via Twitter:
Congrats to T.J. Oshie and the U.S. men's hockey team on a huge win! Never stop believing in miracles. #GoTeamUSA -bo— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 15, 2014
Looks like the Olympics have finally moved beyond the broken-toilet, yellow water, bad hotel phase.
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