Good to see that it only took sports media two weeks to get what was obvious about a week and a half ago. The USOC is going to have to fire a lot of people.
It's depressing, and again, 3rd/4th makes no difference to me, but the media has been stirring up false bravado against the team every since their loss. It's at the point where I legit think that the Blues should not recognize the medal winners at a home game. I'm sorry for the four that won, but it would look ridiculous without mentioning the three Americans, and if they did they might get booed by their home crowd. There's no reason to risk it.
A) Do people really care about how many medals we won all that much? I don't. Whether we're #1 in total medals or not...really doesn't sway my thoughts on the Olympics.
B) The Blues should recognize all medal winners on our team. It would be ridiculous not to. The home crowd isn't going to boo Backes, Shattenkirk, and Oshie because they didn't medal. In fact, Oshie would get the biggest cheer of the night.
But it's proper sportsmanship to give a nod to the fact that 2 Blues are now Gold Medal winners, and 2 more are Silver medalists. They are our guys.
So what that the US didn't medal. They had a chance to play for a medal. They didn't drop out early like Russia or Slovakia. No offense, but not every gets incredibly bitter over defeat like you seem to. Our guys had a good showing. Oshie was one of the biggest US names at the Olympics. Personally, I'd be upset if the Blues didn't give a nod to all of our Olympians, winners/losers.