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How many of you watched the semi-final game between Canada and the Czechs? I did. And how many of you cried when Canada lost? I did. And how many of you would like to kill the person who invented the shootout? I do. And I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Both my Math and History classes felt that shoot-outs aren't the way to determine a winner.

I was so excited and hopeful when I turned on the TV at 11:45 on Thursday night. Canada was playing for the chance to go to the gold medal game and I just knew that they would win. Obviously, I was wrong. Let this be a lesson to you all. Never trust your gut feelings. Canada was undefeated going into the game, but the Czech team had only lost once. I knew it would be a great game, but I didn't expect to be on the edge of my seat the entire time. The Czechs outplayed Canada in the first period and I remember sitting there thinking that someone upstairs must like us because the Czechs hadn't gotten a goal yet. When they scored halfway through the third period, my heart broke. I thought it was all over. But I kept hoping that Canada would tie the game and we did. Linden scored a goal with one minute and three seconds left in the period. When that goal was made I jumped up off the couch and started screaming. I was so excited. Then the game went into sudden death overtime and I could hardly sit still. But overtime didn't solve anything. Ten minutes later, it had come down to a shoot-out. When the Czechs scored, I almost fell off my seat. Six shots later, it was up to Shanahan. When he missed, I burst into tears. Canada would not play for the gold medal. My disappointment was keen, and it cut like a knife. And as Team Canada left the ice, my disappointment turned to anger against the creator of the shoot-out.

I am decidedly against shoot-outs whether it be in the NHL or the Olympics. Yes, yesterday's shoot-out did determine who would go on to play for the gold, but I don't believe that it decided the winning team. In a shoot-out it's just the player and the goalie, a one on one situation. Never has an NHL or Olympic hockey game started with only two players. Why then, are they allowed end with only two players on the ice? As far as I'm concerned, overtime should continue until someone has scored. That would be fair, would it not? But unfortunately, I don't ever remember someone saying that life was fair.

If you have a comment on anything that I've said here, you can email me at lela_dax@hotmail.com