bemused (p. 18)- bewildered or confused; lost in thought.
prodding (p. 220)- to poke or jab with pointed object.
"... as Sergei Makarov said, 'Their eyes were burning. They were a team.' "
This quote is important because it comes from a Soviet player who was commenting on the infamous game. The U.S.A. team and the Soviets had scrimmaged just two days before the Olympic Games at Madison Square Garden, where the Soviets won by a large defficit. This quote shows how a team can come together in truly the best time, and that it takes a team to win.