The Anonymous Widower

Do I Feel Sorry For President Putin?

You spent all this money on bringing the Winter Olympic Games to Sochi, so you can laud it over the world and especially when your beloved Russia, win the gold medal in your favourite sport; ice hockey.

But then your team gets knocked out in the quarter finals by the Finns.

I think we should all remember that the Russians don’t have a good record against the Finns in the winter.

I used to play real tennis with a Finn.  He was very proud of the part his father had played in halting the Russians.  He still had the white cotton ski suit his father had worn, stuffed with straw for warmth. This sentence from the Wikipedia article describes the Finnish resistance.

 The Finns used effective guerrilla tactics, taking special advantage of superior skiing skills and snow-white layered clothing and executing many surprise ambushes and raids. By the end of December, the Soviets decided to retreat and transfer resources to more critical fronts.

I suspect there was a lot of celebration in Finland after the ice hockey victory.

February 20, 2014 - Posted by | Sport, World | , , ,

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