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Like the other EA games, NHL is partaking in the Cover Vote madness for their upcoming NHL13 and the one and only Pavel Datysuk is not only a candidate but a #1 Seed and MgoCommunity can help put one of the league's most deserving players on the cover.
IMO, he will win his side of the bracket with no problem but could have a tough "championship" round against the likes of Claude Giroux, Scotty Hartnell, or Evgeni Malkin.
The Eastern Conference opening round is this week, but you can starting voting for Pavel Datysuk (or Sharp for you other dirtballs) next week!
The latest RPI came out and our beloved Wolverines are #28. This is probably high enough to get a #2 seed in most Regionals. There is an outside chance that we could host being a #2 seed, but I doubt it.
ND is #27, and 3 more Big East Teams are ranked higher than us. Other B1G teams are Wisky, NWU and Minny who are #47, 48 and 49 respectively. Purdue checks in at #52.
EDIT: We are #22 in both of the "voting" polls.
Lots of soccer is posted OT here, and there are a few soccer fans that make some noise. Less than a week away from the BIG ONE, so time to get some chatter going -- and maybe rope in attention from some non-fans.
NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 30. MANCHESTER UNITED AT MANCHESTER CITY. THE "MANCHESTER DERBY." TOP 2 TEAMS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE, SEPARATED BY 3 POINTS, AND 3 GAMES TO GO. WINNER CONTROLS ITS DESTINY.
WHO YOU GOT?
This has the making of being the highest-rated regular-season soccer game in world history. Manchester United ("Red Devils") have a so-so team by their standards, but are seeking their 20th championship. Manchester City ("Sky Blues") have a huge budget and star players, and they jumped out of the gate this season -- only to stall and fall behind Man U (they couldn't buy a road win for a while -- plus two of their top players are total headcases). But the last two weeks, Man U choked big time. Lost to relegation-threatened Wigan. Then, last week, they had a two-goal lead with 10 minutes at home against Everton -- AND BLEW IT -- gave up two goals, game tied 4-4. (Everton's goalie is US international Tim Howard, he had a huge save in extra time to preserve the tie.) So now Man U sits up only 3 points in the standings, with 3 pts for a win and 1 pt for a tie -- meaning, if they lose Monday to Man City, the teams will be TIED with 2 games to go.
Their games are always highly emotional, sort of Cubs v White Sox or Yankees v Mets, but this game will be HUGE. If Man U wins, they only need 1 tie in their last 2 games to win the championship. If Man City wins (and they beat Man U 6-1 earlier this year), they control their destiny -- they'd be tied with Man U, but Man City has the way better goals-differential. Man U would need to beat someone like 10-0 to catch up. If its a tie, Man U controls its fate but is only up 3 points -- a Man U loss plus a Man City win in a later game puts them on even, and Man City has the tiebreaker.
(The race for 3d and 4th is pretty good too. The top 4 get to play in Europe's Champion's League next season, which brings in about another $75M to $100M in revenue. Heavyweight Arsenal is only 2 pts up in 3d place; 4th is nobody Newcastle United. Can Newcastle hang on? Tottanham (with American Brad Friedel in goal) is 3 back (they choked this past weekend) in 5th; and big-name Chelsea is in 6th. But if Chelsea WINS this year's Champions Cup -- they play Barcelona today in the second leg of the semi -- they will get an auto-bid next year, so the Premier league only gets THREE, not four teams. Newcastle could get screwed!)
If you want to see European soccer at its highest level with the maximum passion, check out this game next Monday. PLUS, today and tomorrow conclude the Champions league semi-final fixtures. Chelsea upset world #1 team Barcelona (with Lionel Messi) 1-0 last week; can Chelsea pull the upset in the second game today? They need only tie, or lose by only one goal and score one themselves (e.g., 2-1, etc.). In the other game, Barca's arch rival Real Madrid (led by Ronaldo) is up on German heavyweight Bayern Munich, and needs just a tie to advance. The atmosphere of these games is great.
Hilarious new scandal for the New Orleans Saints. Apparently GM Mickey Loomis had a special wiring device rigged to the seat in his luxury box enabling him to listen in on opposing coaches' conversations from 2002-2004. Hurricane Katrina disabled the system and it was never repaired. The article mentions that this could potentially be a federal crime in addition to obvious NFL rules violations.
Dave Brandon is working on a solution to get the band to Texas.
After seeing 100+ responses to a question about whether one should attend law school or not, I want to raise the idea of an OT tab where users can ask questions as often as they would like. Sample questions could be, I need a laptop, what model would you suggest? Do snow tires really help rear wheel drive vehicles? Was American Reunion a good movie? Where are some good areas to sit at a Tigers game?
I think the OT tab would be better than having some specific questions being posted on the main board as they are today. I am not sure how difficult this addition would be, but I do feel it would be nice to have. There are a lot of smart people on this board who share similar interests and it is great to hear outside, unbiased opinions.