Circa 1985... Rocky IV is in the theatres and the Cold War was a cold as ever. Ivan Drako, played by Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren, represented the Sovietski (AKA CCCP) threat to Rocky Balboa.
Don't ask me why, but I put in a hypothetical... what if there had been a sort of world tournament of boxing, who would've Dolph faced from Canada?
Grand Prairie's Willie De Witt, naturally.
Today, as I type, it is also some unknown Swedes against the unknown Canadians.
Such incredible match-ups as:
- in Goal: Jonas "unsigned sensation" Gustafsson vs. Dwayne "Rollie" Roloson!
- Captain Shane (Doan) vs. Captain Kenny (Jönsson)
- Propects: Linus "shootout" Omark vs. Steve "seen" Stamkos
- "Bleep" Tärnström vs. Shawn "Horcoff and Die"
After Sweden's defeat of the Czechs yesterday, tv commentators were heralding the stingy Swedish defense and how well they shut the powerful Czechs off their game.
That was the game they saw. I saw a team of Swedes desperately trying to hold the lead.
If all goes according to plan, Canada will repeat last year's story line and meet Russia in Sunday's final. Or, as my hypothetical scenario goes:
After Russia disposed of Rocky Balboa, Drago goes on to face Willie De Witt for all the marbles.