As some of you may or may not know (or care), I'm a football loving Brit. I'm 45 this year and have been in love with the beautiful game since I was 7. Football has been one of the few constants in my life and has given me times of great euphoria and deep despair in equal measure. I will take my love of football to my grave. So, having just listened with great fascination to an hour long radio interview with some American ice hockey player from a previous era talk with passion and fire about a game he once played in - I think it was against the Russians - I thought I'd ask the good folk of TBOT to enlighten me. Assume I know nothing and talk to me as if I were a small child. 1) The Winter Olympics. Will you be watching? Are you excited? 2) Do inter-state rivals during the season briefly suspend hostilities and unite behind the national team? 3) Is there debate and discussion about who should/shouldn't play? 4) Do the press generally remain supportive? 5) Is TV coverage ubiquitous or are just a few select games televised? 6) As a hockey lover, do you watch any game, even if the US aren't playing? Do you admire the skills of players from different countries? 7) Is it a big deal if you win a gold medal? 8) Who are your main international rivals and why? Russia? Canada? 9) Are there any US players on the national team that play outside the US? 10)....and finally, is it as easy as it looks? Thanks for your time.