right on, you're not necessarily determining the best at something- in the words of rick moranis as the immortal danny o'shea in the 1994 classic little giants- "the cowboys may beat you 99 times out of a hundred, but that still leaves one time."
The Olympics isn't really about determining the best (otherwise the soviets would have won in 1980) it's about seeing who can win on any given day in a short tournament. Heck you could go as far as saying that in the nhl the presidents trophy winner should be awarded the cup if you just want it to go to the best team.
Does anybody really think the 1980 US team was truly better than the Russians? If they played 10 times, the US would've been very lucky to win more than once. I like that it comes down to one game in the Olympics, sure, hockey's a game of breaks at times, but you'd better bring your best that day...no mulligans.
If I want to see seven-game series to determine who's better, I'll watch the NHL playoffs.
Found this gem on another forum
Pretty sure I just threw up in my mouth a little.