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It was definitely the ham.


 

A new poll found at the website of Komsomolskaya Pravda, as automatically translated into quasi-English by Google:

Russian online newspaper poll

The paper’s front-page story on the Russian loss makes it quite clear that Olympic angst is not a phenomenon confined to Canada. Indeed, you could figure this out without an auto-translation even if all you knew was the Cyrillic alphabet; you don’t need to be a linguist to get “guillotine” (!) from “гильотины”.

[UPDATE: Commenter “Lunatic” may have cracked the ham secret.]


 
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  1. Ham is always a good excuse, I feel.

  2. I don't doubt Russians will be having national angst over the next few months. Russians think of hockey as we do. Imagine if Canada lost last night and what we would be talking about now.

    I want to know what 'ham' had to do with anything. Pig, pork, dodgy meal?

    And there are topless women if you scroll down a bit – might be an issue for people at work.

    • Messing with Google Translate, if you put in the two words "Плохо играли" as a single line, it translates as "ham". But if you put it in as two single words, it's "Poor" and "Played".

      • Interesting. I would have voted Ham, whatever it meant.

      • I would translate "Плохо играли" as "they played badly."

  3. I thought "ham" was referring to a commentator or maybe the CTV coverage in general, especially all those heart warming stories they play instead of letting us watch the first three ends of curling.

  4. "Why did we lose to the Canadians?

    "- We played badly [That's "plokho igrali"]
    "- Bad luck
    "- The Canadians were stronger
    "- We are failing at the whole Olympics in general"

    But I think bad ham would be a less embarrassing excuse — "Yeah, we all had food poisoning!"

    • Incidentally, the "We suck at these Olympics in general" option is over 50% right now, at 51.9%, followed by "The Canadians were stronger" at 26.9%, "Ham" at 14.4%, and "Bad luck" at 6.7%.

  5. From the English language edition of Pravda:

    We all know Canada has problems with the future lines drawn on Arctic maps and we all know Canada lives in the shadow of its larger neighbour to the south. The abject cruelty shown by Canadian soldiers in international conflicts is scantily referred to, as indeed is the utter incapacity of this county to host a major international event, due to its inferiority complex, born of a trauma being the skinny and weakling bro to a beefy United States and a colonial outpost to the United Kingdom, whose Queen smiles happily from Canadian postage stamps.

    • "Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey" must be a pseudonym. Seriously.

    • thank goodness they are paying him for that schlock in rubles…..hmmmm..Jane? where are you Jane?

    • this guy must still think the Cold War is in full fight. what a tool.

    • The Russian propaganda machine ain't what it used to be as demonstrated by this not so fine "whine" made of sour grapes and futile trashing of the Canadian organizers so the next Olympics in Russia won't look pathetic. Hey Russia, you have ten times the population to draw from but without illegal substances and crooked judging you have medal woes.

  6. All their base are belong to us.

  7. And my first thought was the Ham comment was referring to Canadian Bacon and how their hockey team simply couldn't resist such succulence upont their arrival.. of course, this would lead to them being slow on the ice later.

  8. Jesus, he's real? Somebody get this guy a nom de guerre.

  9. Currently the tabulations are:

    52.5% Poor Olympic showing
    27.6% Canadians were better
    14.2% We played poorly
    6% Bad luck

  10. "that Vancouver is mutton dressed as lamb. Take off the outer veneer and the stench is horrific. "

    Heh. That's funny. Business Week rates Vancouver as the 4th best city in the world to live in (out of 32 ranked). Russian cities in the top 32 – niet, nada, kaputski, zippo.
    http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/04/0428_best

  11. I was looking in the Russian media for reaction today as well. Specifically, I wanted to know what Ovechkin had to say, since he apparently hasn't been giving interviews to English language media. I found an interview, but am still trying to figure out "Now we pour the mass of mud" and "defeat jim-jams" are really supposed to mean. Haha

    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&pr

  12. I was looking in the Russian media for reaction today as well. Specifically, I wanted to know what Ovechkin had to say, since he apparently hasn't been giving interviews to English language media. I found an interview, but am still trying to figure out "Now we pour the mass of mud" and "defeat jim-jams" are really supposed to mean. Haha

    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&pr

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