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The week in the sports spin cycle

The media vortex sucks up and spits out a hockey gold medal, LeBron, Tiger and more

Originally Published: March 5, 2010
By Matt Friedrichs | ESPN.com

Every week, sports stories get caught up in a swirl of coverage and seem to take on a life of their own.

This week, we awoke on Monday invigorated by the overtime gold-medal hockey battle between the U.S. and Canada, the perfect valediction for the Vancouver Olympics.

Other than the runners-up, who wore glum expressions during Sunday's medal ceremony, nobody seemed to mind much that the Americans finished second -- expectations for them weren't that high three weeks ago -- ...

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