Russian Junior Hockey Team Comes Back From Three Goal Deficit Last Night In The Third Period To Win World Championships, Get Thrown Off Return Plane This Morning For Being Too Drunk

Here’s video of what went down in the game.

And here’s the hilarious part. From WGRZ, the NBC Buffalo affiliate:

Members of Team Russia were kicked off their flight early Thursday morning for being drunk, and are now sobering up at a nearby hotel.

According to police, the players were thrown off of a Delta flight scheduled to leave Buffalo-Niagara International Airport because members of the team were intoxicated.

Team members were seen sitting in the baggage claim area after their flight took off.

The team members are all under the age of 21, per the rules of the tournament, which was held in the United States. I normally wouldn’t root for the Rooskies or cheer on their disrespectful behavior but I saw some pretty nasty signs from Canada during their semifinal game with the US. Karma, as they say, is a bitch.

[WGRZ Buffalo]


Russia, Qatar To Host World Cups In 2018, 2022, Respectively

Question: more corrupt — the NCAA or FIFA?? From ESPN:

The United States has fallen short in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup, as Qatar has been awarded the tournament.

Russia has won the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

Australia, South Korea and Japan were also bidding on the 2022 World Cup.

Russia beat England and a pair of joint bids from Spain and Portugal and Belgium and the Netherlands for the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

Russia won despite the absence of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Zurich. At the last minute, he declined to make a final pitch for his country.

Qatar is of course best known for hosting the World Cup in 2022. 



In Preparation For USA vs. Russia

Check out this article from Adrian Wojnarowski which details the effect of multi-million dollar contracts on national basketball teams not named the United States.  It offers the insight of an American man coaching Russian basketball in a sports environment that pales in comparison to the dominant Soviet past.  “Thirty-eight years later, all the hate and acrimony between the Americans and Russians is gone on the basketball court. They used to look across the floor and wonder what in the world they had in common. All those Eastern European states – Serbia, Croatia and Lithuania – gobbled up the best players, and Russian basketball is left fighting for its identity, its soul, its future. Chicken fingers and potato skins in the shadows of the Ottoman Empire and Sea of Marmara — yes, the final victims of American sporting capitalism have paid a steep price.”

[Yahoo! Sports]