Perspectives from a Mediator/Arbitrator

Friday, February 17, 2006

How Swede it is! cases cancel. Sometimes...that gives me the opportunity to draft awards or catch up on administrative tasks. Sometimes...the Olympics are on. Sometimes...all they are showing is a women's hockey game between US and Sweden. No country has ever beaten Canada or US in women's hockey. No country has ever come close. Administrative tasks take my attention. Sometimes...Sweden and the US are tied after two periods. Administrative tasks can wait. Sometimes...they are still tied when the game ends and it goes into overtime. Sometimes...overtime ends and they are still tied. are decided by a shootout. Sometimes...the huge underdog wins in that shootout.

Team Canada plays Finland now - the only team given a chance before the Olympics started to beat either US or Canada. The experts forgot to tell the Swedes. Sometimes...miracles happen.
(Apparently, the Swedish coach said that if only his goalie could play like Jim Craig and his best player like Mark Johnson and he could coach like Herb Brooks there might be another Miracle on Ice - nice usage of American Hockey Mythology against them - for those who do not know what I am talking about those are some of the main players from the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid when the Americans defeated the Soviet Union and then went on to win the gold medal)

I will have my fingers crossed that there is only one miracle in that Swedish team and that this is not the year for the Finns to play giant-killer.


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