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