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Man that was painful. I love the part where the Bulgarians pull their goalie when they were down 77-0.
posted by Eekacat at 8:02 AM on September 15, 2008


Lipstick!
posted by humannaire at 8:10 AM on September 15, 2008 [7 favorites]


Wow, did you see that save? She faced 83 shots, and turned away all but 82 of 'em! She's like if Billy Smith was a Bulgarian woman (of limited hockey talent).
posted by Mister_A at 8:11 AM on September 15, 2008




A win's a win.
posted by bardic at 8:27 AM on September 15, 2008


Here's the soccer equivalent: Australia 31-0 American Samoa, featuring a quadruple hattrick for Archie Thompson.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:31 AM on September 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Unfortunately in Olympic hockey the team that has scored the most total goals gets a type of "home ice" advantage in the gold medal game, so running up the score happens a lot. There should be some sort of mercy rule.
posted by bobo123 at 8:37 AM on September 15, 2008


By the way, Australia still failed to qualify for the World Cup. (The winner of Oceania doesn't get to attend automatically, and they lost to Uruguay.)
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:37 AM on September 15, 2008


I played high school (American) football. We were down in one game 48-0 at the half. The coach gave us an inspiring talk: Please don't let them score 100, I'll feel so embarrassed. We rallied to lose 80-8.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 8:39 AM on September 15, 2008 [10 favorites]


Don't say 'slaughter' when you're talking about confrontations between eastern Europeans. It makes me feel icky. Man, those Slovaks nuked the Bulgarians, didn't they!
posted by ardgedee at 8:56 AM on September 15, 2008


Yeah and there's a brawl at the end when somebody gets checked from behind. 10 minutes for misconduct and a match penalty. For a Slovakian player. She must have been frustrated about not reaching 100 goals.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:10 AM on September 15, 2008


Slovak women are just built tougher.
posted by piratebowling at 9:18 AM on September 15, 2008


I am so not showing this to my (Bulgarian) boss.
posted by QIbHom at 9:20 AM on September 15, 2008


The stadium's audio guy should have laid off the We Will Rock You and just put the Harlem Globetrotter's theme on repeat.
posted by Telf at 9:22 AM on September 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


These players are kind of tall for Little League Hockey, aren't they?
posted by trondant at 9:23 AM on September 15, 2008


How is this even possible?

That's a goal every 43 seconds.
posted by lodurr at 9:23 AM on September 15, 2008


I played co-rec football in college. We were teh worst team in the league. The week we played the best, we found out they'd been bragging that they'd have everyone on their line run in a touchdown against us. We beat them something like 36 to 3.
posted by lodurr at 9:24 AM on September 15, 2008


Bulgaria gave up more goals in 4 tournament games than the NHL champ Red Wings did in an 82-game season.

Some player for Slovakia was +35 for the 4 games.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:27 AM on September 15, 2008




Maybe they'd have better luck with roller derby. More seriously though, they couldn't find twenty Canadian women with some nebulous connection to Bulgaria to play for them? The citizenship requirements don't seem too stringent.
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 9:39 AM on September 15, 2008


82 points in a hockey game? That's like the 222-0 football game between Cumberland College and Georgia Tech.
posted by jonp72 at 9:44 AM on September 15, 2008


Wow, thats amazing. At least I got a good laugh out of it.

...and to think these people were in an OLYMPIC qualifier...
posted by Chan at 9:44 AM on September 15, 2008


This is in desperate need of Yakety Sax.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:14 AM on September 15, 2008 [5 favorites]


It's an atrocity!
posted by grobstein at 10:26 AM on September 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


Funny little thing but many Slovaks, along with the Poles and Czechs and Hungarians, prefer the term 'central European' to 'eastern European'. They argue that Europe as defined by many as extending to the Ural mountains has as its center those countries, and they feel that the term 'eastern European' has a sligtly negative connotation in the western world.
posted by Catfry at 10:29 AM on September 15, 2008


Personally, how Bulgarian women play hockey is of very little consequence.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:36 AM on September 15, 2008


Someone should make a movie about this.

Hey, it worked for the Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Well, maybe that's not the best example.
posted by Ynoxas at 11:01 AM on September 15, 2008


Back in my peewee hockey days I was on a team that won a game 20-something to nothing during a tournament against a very small-town opponent. At one point, the goalie on the other team actually stepped to the side of the net and made a "go ahead!" motion with his arms when one of our best players skated in on a breakaway. I don't think I've ever felt so sorry for an athlete as I did for that poor kid. I just wanted the whole thing to be over, and made a point of not even taking a shot on net after that.

On the other hand, in my second-last year of house league hockey my team made the league finals, which was a two game, total score affair. Our lineup, which had suffered from guys skipping games all season, was decimated further by one guy being suspended (justly) for checking another player from behind in the semi-finals, two guys with non-hockey-related injuries who couldn't play, and two more who were on the high school lacrosse team, which was playing in the provincial finals that weekend. This left us with a grand total of six players, plus the goalie, versus their full complement of 14 or 15. We lost something like 18-3 over the course of the two games, but the one thing I took away from it was a feeling of tremendous satisfaction after I chased down their star player as he was coasting in on a breakaway (and showboating for his girlfriend in the stands) for potential goal #19, stole the puck...and got a nasty slash on the back of my shins for my troubles.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:03 AM on September 15, 2008


Couldn't they switch the goalie with another player? I hate to be mean, but I've seen kids keep goal better than that.
posted by GuyZero at 11:26 AM on September 15, 2008


Couldn't they switch the goalie with another player? I hate to be mean, but I've seen kids keep goal better than that.

They did switch for another goalie with 1:25 left in the game. She let in three more goals.
posted by ssg at 11:48 AM on September 15, 2008


now I'm sad

:(
posted by matteo at 12:10 PM on September 15, 2008


I mean, seriously, anybody here has played sports competitively and thinks he or she would have enjoyed winning like that? It's like Mike Tyson beating the Mini Me guy into a tortilla, it's pointless slaughter, it's not even sports. It's also not respectful to your opponent, "home ice" advantage or not this just sucks ass.

winning is great when it's a real game, this is like playing alone. it's an empty endeavor.
posted by matteo at 12:13 PM on September 15, 2008


In high school lacrosse we had a few games like that. Not very many, but a couple. Er, I'm speaking from the Slovakian perspective here. We lost some, but never anything like that bad.

And those wins, they were pretty much tedious and empty endeavors. Usually the whole first string would sit out most of the game and the subs would get a chance to practice. Still, it was dull for everyone involved.
posted by rusty at 12:45 PM on September 15, 2008


many Slovaks, along with the Poles and Czechs and Hungarians, prefer the term 'central European' to 'eastern European'

Historically, they're right. It was just the Cold War that created an eastern/western division along the Iron Curtain with no "center". In one convenient definition, Central Europe was the Roman Catholic countries east of Germany (or optionally of France), south of the Oresund, and west and north of Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam. Certainly the Prague-Vienna-Bratislava triangle is approximately the center of central Europe, so Slovakia is naturally part of it. I think this "re-centering" of Europe is one of the more exciting things about my lifetime.

Anyway, regarding Bulgaria's game, I can't put my finger on it, but it just seems they weren't playing their best, giving it their all, in it to win it, bringing their "A" game, going for the gold, reaching out for the brass ring. I think they were balkin'.
posted by dhartung at 2:00 PM on September 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


lol. that sucks!
posted by kingofhappy at 2:55 PM on September 15, 2008


Bulgaria rocks!!
posted by Flex1970 at 3:24 PM on September 15, 2008


Should have forfeit half way through the second period. Really, what on earth could they gain? Certainly not experience when they can't even win a face-off.
posted by furtive at 3:47 PM on September 15, 2008


Wow... that's just brutal. It reminds me of Arthur Dent playing scrabble with the cavemen. (Yes, not cavemen, we know).

I mean... wow. Jesus.

And as for forfeiting... is it possible that one of the Olympic qualifying rules is that each game must be completed or something? Maybe?

Oh well, it hardly matters. Canada's gonna kick some ass in 2010. We own that ice.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 5:45 PM on September 15, 2008



matteo writes "I mean, seriously, anybody here has played sports competitively and thinks he or she would have enjoyed winning like that? It's like Mike Tyson beating the Mini Me guy into a tortilla, it's pointless slaughter, it's not even sports. It's also not respectful to your opponent, 'home ice' advantage or not this just sucks ass. "

Ya the rules are screwed up. The team with the most goals gets last change which is a pretty big advantage in close games. It comes up most years when Canada runs the score up against a weak team but usually they have no choice as earlier teams also ran it up so they have to at least match the run up score to maintain the finals advantage. It's a built in unsportsmanlike perversion.
posted by Mitheral at 5:59 PM on September 15, 2008


it's pointless slaughter, it's not even sports.

By the same token, in some sense 7 of Michael Phelps' races in Beijing were a hopeless slaughter of the other swimmers.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:16 PM on September 15, 2008


And here I thought Matteo was making a Slap Shot reference: "And you have the shame...."
posted by lodurr at 6:53 AM on September 16, 2008


it's pointless slaughter, it's not even sports.
Yes, and it's a message to all the "Eddie the Eagles" and "Jamacian Bobsled Teams" and "Australian Curlers"---you know you have no business being here, so here's your ass on a platter, now get out and come back when you know how to play.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 8:13 AM on September 16, 2008


There is a difference between being 'not very good' and 'completely outclassed'. The Jamaican bobsled team? Not very good, and the whole entry was mainly a stunt anyway.

The hockey team that lost 82-0? They are playing in the wrong class. They simply do not belong at that level if they can be outplayed by that enormous a margin. Little League doesn't play MLB games; same thing.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 3:48 PM on September 16, 2008


Bulgaria might want to try ringette or something.

And yes, this is nothing like Eddie the Eagle. Dude wasn't very good, but he tried. 82-0? That to me says a lack of preparation. Sorry ladies.
posted by GuyZero at 4:15 PM on September 16, 2008


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