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Missing the days of Olympic amateurs

Kevin Allison, Avilla, Ind.

Having just watched a special on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" I still get goosebumps watching the seconds tick down.

I also must admit I get a little sad that I'll probably never witness another team and Olympics like 1980. I miss having college players represent our country.

There was something special about having amateurs go up against the best of the best from other countries. Deep down you knew some countries had pros playing for them, but the games were just more fun to watch and the upsets were that much more sweet.

All good things must come to an end, but I long for the way it used to be and not the way it is. I just don't enjoy the NHL shutting down for two weeks and sending pros to the Olympics.

I blame my own country for introducing the "Dream Team" in basketball. It deteriorated from there. I doubt things will change, but I wish they would.

Regardless, it's still hockey and fun to watch.


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