Not a lot going on a part from the Olympics. Plenty of discussion about Michael Sam saying he is gay and how that could hurt his draft stock. You certainly hope not and you hope that an NFL locker room has enough class and character guys that this wouldn't be an issue. However, like we saw with Miami this last year, the NFL locker room is a different place. You also have to hope that NFL front offices look at the play on the field and not Sam's character and not the fact that he is gay. That shouldn't play a role in a decision to draft him. As you can tell from his play last year, he's a pretty good. SEC Defensive Player of the Year. That says a lot in a conference chalk full of NFL talent on the defensive side of the ball. I'm sure there will be much more talk on Sam as we inch closer to the NFL Draft in May. Now though, let's get to some reaction from what took place in the Olympics Monday.
Monday's Winter Olympic top moments and headlines
Was this going to be year that was different in curling for team USA? So far the answer looks like no. Both the men and the women lost yesterday, each by a score of 7-4. The women lost to Switzerland while the men lost to Norway. Yes each of their opponents are pretty good, but team USA failed in the eighth end trailing 5-3 to score when they had two in the target and a chance to block Switzerland. A couple of failed throws later and Switzerland, instead of giving up at least two points, scored two to take a 7-3 lead and in effect end the game. The men had their chances too against Norway, but didn't take advantage and loss their opening match. It is really important, no imperative that each team win their next match or win one of their next two if they want a shot at medaling. The women take on Russia and the men take on China.
In women's hockey, team USA had it pretty easy, breezing by Switzerland 9-0. Said it before, I'll say it again. There are two superior teams in women's hockey: USA and Canada. Canada won the gold medal match in Vancouver and it is only a matter of time before the two teams meet in Sochi to determine gold. The two teams meet Wednesday at 7 AM ET on NBCSN.
Short track and speed skating are extremely interesting to me. They're the Winter Olympics equivalent to swimming in the Summer Olympics. Every once in a while you see crashes with skaters being sent into the wall in short track. Monday, a spill may have cost American J.R. Celski a medal as he was right behind the guy who fell, causing Celski to lose speed and momentum in the men's short track 1500m. Considered his best event of the three he'll be racing, it's a bad situation for him and for team USA losing a shot at a medal. Know who is really good at speed skating? The Dutch. The Netherlands swept the podium in the men's 500m. Almost all of their medals in the Winter Olymipcs have been in speed skating. When will it end? Not anytime soon.
Nice moment when Alex Bilodeau of Canada took home the gold for the second straight Olympics in men's moguls. NBC aired a nice piece on him and his brother Frederic who has cerebral palsy. Bilodeau has become big in Canada since his gold medal in Vancouver in 2010 and it was cool to see him win again.
Finally, congrats to American Julia Mancuso who secured a bronze medal for team USA in women's Super Combined Slalom Skiing. She didn't have her best final run, but it was good enough for third.
Through Monday, team USA has 5 medals (2 gold, 3 bronze). That is two off the leader. Time for a rallying cry for the USA. Let's get some more medals.
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Coming up Tuesday: Top stories in sports plus Olympic headlines