I was reminded what a child of the Cold War I am by the twinge of glee I felt this morning on the news that Russia's mens ice hockey team was eliminated from the Olympics on a 3-1 quarterfinal lose to Finland. No, it's not as big a deal as it would've been in the Miracle on Ice era, when the Soviet Union's top professional hockey players faced off against college students and other amateurs from around the world, but I just can't help myself from enjoying a little patriotic schadenfreude.

I can only imagine how disappointing it must be for both the players and their fans to fail to even medal on their home ice in the featured event of the Sochi Olympics. Then again, in this post-Cold War era, the Russian players all make a kajillion dollars playing in the NHL, so they'll get over it.