You youngsters won't remember, but Robert Hegyes was a character in "Welcome Back Kotter with John Travolta in the 70s. He played Epstein along side the other Sweathogs - Vinnie Barbarino (Travolta), Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington, and Arnold Horshaaack.
Classic sitcom. I couldn't find much in the way of video clips, but if you ever get a chance watch some of those old episodes. It'll make you laugh.
The USWNT faces Canada in Vancouver in the final of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. More for bragging rights and going out with a win, as both teams qualified for London by winning their semifinal matches.
TV: NBCS (fka Versus), 8PM ET
Streams: universalsports.com and concacaf.com
Universalsports.com also has full replays.
After knoshing on snacky cakes Dominican Republic (14-0 highlights) and Guatemala (13-0 highlights), the US got some payback against Mexica (4-0 highlights), which had put them into playoffs against Italy to qualify for the last World Cup.
Winning their group put them into the semis against Costa Rica, and facing a London-or-bust game, they looked a bit nervous. It took them till the 16' to score their first goal, and it wasn't until the 72' that they got their second. (3-0 highlights)
Notables: Amy Rodriguez scored five goals as a second-half sub against the Domincan Repbulic, tying the US game record shared by Brandi Chastain, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Abby Wambach. Then against Guatemala, Sydney Leroux did the same thing. Carli Lloyd got a hat trick against Mexico.
14 goals against the Dominican Republic set the WNT record, and the first goal at 37 sec is probably the fastest in US history.
Unfortunately in that first game, right back Ali Krieger went down with a knee injury after a brutal tackle(torn ACL and MCL). She will likely miss the London Olympics, which starts in six months. Heather Mitts subbed for her in that game. Becky Sauerbrunn got the start the next two, and Kelley O'Hara against Costa Rica.
The Australian Open final is set to start at 3am sharp ET. The match-up is #1 Novak Djokovic vs #2 Rafael Nadal.
Start time is 3 am EST. I'm still awake for it!
Might not be big news on a busier day, but U-M was again well represented at the Ice Dancing Championships today. U-M's own Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their 4th consecutive title. Maia and Alex Shibutani were runner up again, with Alex as U-M currently, and his sister at Huron high. Third place was Madison Hubbell and Zackary Donohue, not with any U-M ties I can find, but from Michigan proper. And out of the medal hunt but in 4th was Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt. Lynn is premed at U-M (and pretty damn cute), and Logan is an Eastern Michigan grad, so Washtenaw County represent!
Always good to see Michigan people do well, and the Detroit-Canton-Ann Arbor chain is owning American Ice Dancing right now it seems. Congrats to all of them, and Go Blue!
For all MGoBloggers in Ann Arbor,
Michgan Book and Supply (located at the intersection of State and North University) has a 75% off Michigan Apparel that is definitely worth a look. This sale covers almost all Michigan merchendise in the store, with the only exception being Sugar Bowl related items. Otherwise it's pretty much everything, including—much to my surprise—jerseys (you can get a #16 jersey with sewn on letters for about $19).
I went there this afternoon off the recommendation of a friend, and it was awesome. So I figured I'd share with the rest of the MGoBloggers, because honestly, can any of us have enough Michigan stuff?
EDIT: Forgot to add, the sale—from what I was told by the cashier—doesn't have a set date when it will end, and will continue until they sell enough of their stock. That being said, from what she said it seems like they still have a lot left to sell, so I'd guess the sale will last for a few more days.
Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that Columbus will host the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, to be held the weekend of January 26-27.
Columbus was one of a handful of cities who had yet to host the All-Star Game.
For those interested, link is here.