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Steve Silverman

Zach Parise, right, reacts in disgust after Canada's players celebrate their 1-0 win over the Americans in the Olympic hockey tournament semifinals on Feb. 21, 2014. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: U.S. Men’s Hockey Had The Personnel, Just Not The Determination

If you take an honest look at Canada’s 1-0 victory over the United States in the Olympic hockey tournament semifinal, the difference seemed to be a lot more than one goal.

02/21/2014

James van Riemsdyk #21 of the United States skates against the Czech Republic during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Silverman: Americans No Longer Have To Play Role Of Underdogs On Hockey Stage

The Canadians are ripe for the taking. The Americans know it, and the Canadians are about to find it out.

02/19/2014

Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia passes the puck against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure On Russians To Beat The U.S. Must Be Unbearable

The Russians believe this is the game that can wipe away the damage Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and the rest of our boys did some 34 years ago.

02/14/2014

Michael Sam (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Silverman: Sam Made His Statement — Now It’s Time For NFL To Step Forward

Sam has made his statement. Now it’s time for one of the NFL’s 32 teams to make theirs by drafting Sam and putting him in a position to succeed.

02/12/2014

The Olympic flag is pictured inside Bolshoy Ice Hockey Arena ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Feb.  7, 2014. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: Fight For Olympic Hockey Gold Wide Open, 6 Teams Have A Shot

The hockey competition was stellar in Vancouver in 2010, and it should be the same this time around. It’s the depth of talent that makes this tournament so watchable.

02/07/2014

Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers salutes the crowd after he was named star of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Silverman: Surging Rangers Must Retain Callahan So They Can Continue The Fight

Trading him might be a logical business move, but it would take the heart right out of this team at the worst possible time.

02/05/2014

Malcolm Smith #53 and strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Silvio: Seahawks Poised To Become One Of Great Defenses In Super Bowl History

The Seahawks defense has the same kind of relentlessness that the Bears, Giants and Ravens had in their glory years. There is a lightning-like speed and viciousness that is common to all four teams.

01/31/2014

Kansas City Chiefs owner and Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt is surrounded by reporters during the NFL Meeting on March 15, 1999, at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo credit should read MIKE FIALA/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: As We Celebrate NFL’s Ultimate Game, Don’t Ever Forget Hunt

It was Lamar Hunt who started the American Football League, and without his commitment and deep pockets, the NFL would never have had legitimate competition and would have remained a closed, old-boys club for many years.

01/29/2014

Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates on the field (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) and tight end Brandon Myers #83 and quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Silverman: Giants Should Feel Embarrassed When They Look At Seahawks

The Seahawks have proven that you don’t need first-round pedigrees to get to the top of the mountain. They have done it by building, working hard and doing it with a relentless attitude. The Giants used to do it that way. They don’t anymore.

01/24/2014

Referee John Parry #132 holds a meeting with other officials during a game between the St. Louis Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 22, 2013. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Silverman: Goodell’s Rule Intrusions Are Root Of NFL’s Officiating Issues

So, Roger, fix your problems. Attend to retired players and the next TV contract. But leave the rules alone for the next five years. You’ve caused enough problems already.

01/22/2014

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images);  49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Silverman: NFC Young Gun Will Eclipse An AFC QB Legend Come Feb. 2

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are clearly football royalty. On the other side, you see two sleek athletes who represent the NFL’s future. Colin Kaepernick has already been to one Super Bowl, while Russell Wilson is trying to get to his first.

01/17/2014

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play against the San Diego Chargers. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pats Will Rely On Running Game, But Broncos Have Physical Edge

Brady and Belichick will join the battle, but they don’t have enough weapons to overcome this problem. The AFC Championship looks like the end of the line for New England.

01/15/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers hits Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks as they battle for the puck. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Must Use Victory Over Blackhawks As Jumping-Off Point

One win against Chicago is nice, but it’s not enough. They must take advantage of this four-game homestand if they are going to rescue their season.

01/10/2014

Team Canada celebrates following its 3-2 overtime victory over Team USA in the gold medal game of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on Feb. 28, 2010. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Silverman: Olympic Hockey May Be Superb, But It Simply Makes No Sense

The fact that the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in the middle of an NHL season basically defies explanation. Too many things can happen, and none of them are good.

01/08/2014

Rex Ryan (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images), John Idzik (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Silverman: Jets Doomed To More Mediocrity With Ryan And Good-Guy Idzik

Now we know why the Jets hired John Idzik as GM a year ago. He’s a get-along guy. He wants to get along with owner Woody Johnson, and he wants to have a comfortable working relationship with Rex Ryan.

01/01/2014

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