Hey, if the Russian hockey players took the game as seriously as the Russian journalists, they’d probably be a great team.

Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, the head coach of the Russian hockey team, was a bit downtrodden in front of journalists
after Finland eliminated his team.

Here’s a bit of the q and a from the WSJ:

Q: What future, if any, do you see for your own work and for your coaching staff? Because, you know, your predecessor was eaten alive after the Olympics—

A: Well then, eat me alive right now—

Q: No, I mean—

A: Eat me, and I won’t be here anymore.

Q: But we have the world championship coming up!

A: Well then, there will be a different coach because I won’t exist any more, since you will have eaten me.

Q: But you’re staying, aren’t you?

A: Yes, I will remain living.

Somebody take this guy’s belt and shoelaces just to make sure.