I got into an argument with two of my roommates last night when we were talking about The Big Chill coming up in December. Both of my roommates argued that the game was going to be the biggest sporting event for the state of Michigan in the last 10 years. While I know that it is going to be a very big deal for Michigan, I argued that there have been bigger sporting events in the state. In the past ten years, Michigan has seen a World Series (2006), an MLB All-Star game (2005), two NBA Finals series (2004 and 2005), three Stanley Cup Finals series (2002, 2008, 2009), and a Final Four that included a home state team (unfortunately) (2009). I am sure that I am missing a few other big events but these are the ones that I could come up with off of the top of my head.
While I know that the Big Chill is going to be great for the state, I simply cannot believe that it is going to be bigger than some of these other events. While hockey is a huge sport in the state and we all love to root for UofM, I just cannot see how a college hockey game can compare to a Final Four. Even when just talking about Michiganders, college basketball is so much of a bigger market than college hockey that having little brother in the game was a huge deal for the state.
Anyways, I was just wondering what the mgocommunity thought about the debate.