Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
For those big Hockey fans, the Frozen Four is always an exciting event. This year returns the big-name teams missing from last year's event with BC, North Dakota, and Minnesota all in the tournament.
Right now Union and BC are tied 2-2. Later North Dakota plays Minnesota.
And down in Augusta, Bill Haas leads after one day at -4. Adam Scott, last year's champion, is tied for second at -3 with the champion from two years ago, Bubba Watson, and 2010 British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen.
And at 7:00 the Michigan Men's gymnastics team has the preliminary round of the NCAA Championship. Michigan should hopefully advance to the final round with ease. It should also be noted that star Sam Mikulak won the Nissen Emery award, given to the best college gymnast. Basically the Heisman of Men's Gymnastics. Results can be found here:
Feel free to discuss anything related to these or any sports in general.
For those of you not enthralled by the basketball game going on right now, let's take a trip down memory lane, three years ago today...
The CCHA Champion Michigan Wolverines had a tough test against #2 (Human Poll #1) North Dakota, who was eyeing its 8th NCAA Title. The Wolverines had few believers and were dominated most of the game, but a guy named Shawn Hunwick made 40 saves to allow the Wolverines to win 2-0 and advance to the National Championship game.
And you know... Stay Classy...
Title says it all:
- M in as 3 seed(!) @ cincy with umass- Lowell, st cloud st (molly!), and Cornell. I look at that as a favorable seeding.
- no real chance to jump up in seeding at this point. Losing streak to state and Minnesota with early exit in btt probably means wrong side of bubble.
- my reading of the leaves and pairwise says Michigan sweep this weekend with at least one tourney win gets us at least a 4 seed and in the tourney. Anything less than a sweep of Staee means we need points vs Minnesota and a tourney win.
Both teams come off of devastating losses to their neighbors and rivals. Sweden and Canada are off to the Gold medal game. Finland and USA need to put yesterday's games behind them quickly and get focused today. The bronze medal game is still hugely important, and the difference between 3rd and 4th is massive. This is also big for the US in that it will affect the total Olympic medal count.
Let's hope the boys in red, white, and blue get back to work. Maybe score some goals, eh?
Bronze Medal Game: USA vs. Finland, 10:00 a.m. EST
All-time hockey medals: USA 2 gold, 8 silver, 1 bronze; Finland 0, 2, 3
USA's lone bronze medal came in 1936.
This is what hockey is all about. Two fierce rivals going head to head with a chance to play for Gold on the line. Sweden has already defeated its rival, Finland, and awaits the winner of USA vs. Canada.
I certainly haven't forgotten about 4 years ago, as I imagine is the case with every fan of US hockey. "Zach Parise out of a net-bound scramble, and the game is tied..." Pure elation followed by devastation. As one wise commenter on the blog stated, the effects of that game were clearly shown on the players faces. The aftermath of the final in Vancouver did not have the feel of friendly congratulations that were seen in Salt Lake City 8 years prior. Let's hope this team wants revenge as much as us fans do.
Olympic Semifinals: USA vs. Canada, Noon EST
Tv: NBC Sports
USA! USA! USA!