Good luck to the Canadians, who must live with both the joy and the incredible burden of their sport being so much more than a sport.
Whatever happens tomorrow, we Americans are free from having our identities depend upon this game. We care deeply about it, but it will not affect how we feel about ourselves as citizens or as a country. That is very liberating.
Given that we care deeply, it may be difficult to embrace the effort but not be overly concerned with the fruits of the effort. Especially if the Canadians win and they stage a repeat of their somewhat unfortunate celebration in Vancouver (PLEASE DON’T DO THAT). Cigars are gross. But no matter the outcome the players should be able to hold their heads high. They have worked incredibly hard. They have nothing to prove. They’re just here to play hockey.