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|16 hours 40 min ago||Those "Niche" College Sports Can Be Great||
Other than the six Big Ten hockey schools, Notre Dame and Boston College, none of the 59 Division One hockey schools play in the major college football and basketball conferences. Next season, Arizona State will become the ninth member of that power conference club to play Division One hockey.
Imagine having Butler, Davidson, Florida Gulf Coast, George Mason, Northern Iowa, Valparaiso, VCU and Villanova making the NCAA basketball Elite Eight almost every year, and then you can picture what NCAA Division One hockey is like.
But don’t get me wrong. I think that Division One college hockey (much like Division One men's lacrosse) is a great sport with some great traditions; and if you’ve yet to see a game at Michigan’s Yost Ice Arena, then THAT’s an event you should add to your Bucket List (and don't miss the between-the-periods action.)
|18 hours 44 min ago||See Last 3:32 of Regulation of 2009 NCAA Hockey Championship||
Miami, up 3-1 in the NCAA Championship game, got burned by a team that pulled its goalie for most of the final 3:32 to play in regulation . . . and then lost in overtime 4-3 to Boston University.
On the Boston University team were nine players who would play at least one game in the NHL (Nick Bonino, Colby Cohen, Matt Gilroy, Eric Gryba, John McCarthy, Brian Strait, David Warsofsky, Colin Wilson and Brandon Yip.)
|1 day 2 hours ago||He Also Was A Good College Hockey Player||
Dean Blais was on the All-Tournament Team in the 1971 NCAA Hockey Tournament when only four teams were in the tournament (two from the East and two from the West.) His Minnesota team lost 4-2 to Boston University in the championship game.
|1 day 2 hours ago||There's Always Room For HELL-O||
|1 day 2 hours ago||I Like Their Warmup Music|
|1 day 3 hours ago||These Guys?||
|3 days 4 hours ago||Before The Team Runs Onto The Field||
People will come. They'll come to Michigan for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up State Street or Main Street not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at the gates as innocent as children, longing for the past. "Of course, we won't mind if you look around," you'll say. "It's only $(fill in the amount) per person."
They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit there wearing their maize and blue Michigan gear on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere around the Big House along one of the sidelines or in the end zones, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come.
The one constant through all the years has been Michigan football. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But Michigan football has marked the time. This stadium, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come. People will most definitely come.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Would You Consider Something Like This?||
First weekend, games played at campus sites for top eight seeds. If the regular home arena isn’t available for some reason, give the higher seed an option to play at an available nearby arena.
Second weekend, re-seed the remaining eight teams and play at home arenas of four highest seeds. Again. if the regular home arena isn’t available for some reason, give the higher seed an option to play at an available nearby arena.
Third weekend is the Frozen Four, rotated between Boston and Minneapolis/St. Paul for two of every three years, and have the third year’s Frozen Four in some other large-city location where there's an NHL arena.
|4 days 12 hours ago||The Undrafted Free Agents||
Injuries impacted this draft, but here's the list of undrafted players:
Bo Dever - WR, Kenneth Sloss - WR, Brian Cleary - QB, Joe Hewlett - QB/DB, Ramsey Romano - QB (Shortstop; Leadoff Hitter), Matt Thompson - QB, Jack Wangler - WR, Drake Johnson - RB, Matt Mitchell - DB, Travis Wooley - DB, Nick Benda - LB, Kyle Seychel - K/P, Shaun Austin - S, Bobby Henderson - FB, Francois Montbrun - DB, Nick Volk - FB, Sione Houma - FB, Joe Beneducci - FB, Ryan Tice -K/P, Scott Sypniewski - LS, Brady Pallante - FB/DT (HWT Wrestler), Deyanco Hardwick - FB, Anthony Dalimonte - DB, Andrew Robinson - LS, Alex Kaminski - LB, Ben Pliska - OL, Michael Wroblewski - LB, Dan Liesman - LB, Nikhil Brueggeman - OL, Leon Johnson - DL, Khalid Hill - TE, Jaron Dukes - WR, Brad Anlauf - WR (Backup Forward), Kenny Allen - K/P
|5 days 5 hours ago||West Virginia Is The Leader In The Clubhouse For All-Name Team||
|5 days 6 hours ago||Only Rule for Georgia Satellites Camps . . .||
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
|6 days 3 hours ago||Consider Plumbing||
It can be backbreaking work and it’s not as easy as people think, but it’s a good trade, and we aren’t going to be outsourced any time soon. I’ve worked for some lawyers, so I know a little about their arrogance and also about their dissatisfaction with their work. Lawyers like to talk.
Last week, I was called to fix a heavy leak caused by a frozen pipe in a lawyer’s home in the suburbs of New York City. As I go down to the basement, I hear the lawyer start complaining to his wife that his prominent, hot-shot law partner just took credit for a big settlement for which the lawyer had done most of the work. The lawyer said that he’d gone six days without sleep to negotiate the deal, that his client was thrilled, and the judge complimented him for his efforts.
The lawyer comes down to the basement after about fifteen minutes to check on what I was doing. By then, I’d been able to stop the leak by cutting off the water from the line into the house and sealing the pipe that leaked. I put some insulation on the pipe, set up a heat lamp to unfreeze the pipe and went back to my truck to get some more parts.
I took another fifteen minutes or so to finish the work and get the water flowing freely again. I had the lawyer and his wife check all the faucets and shower heads in the house to make sure that water was coming through, and I went back out to my truck to get the bill.
When I hand the lawyer a bill for $300.00, he gets furious and starts yelling at me, like he’s John McEnroe and I’m the tennis official sitting in the chair, “You can’t be serious! I’m a partner in a major Manhattan law firm. I work on very important cases. Even I don’t make that kind of money for half an hour of work!”
“Neither did I when I was a lawyer,” I told him.
|6 days 4 hours ago||NEVER Underestimate The Power Of . . .||
Michigan fans' online voting prowess.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Hyman's Great, But This Guy's In SEVENTH Place In The Voting?||
Boston University's Jack Eichel Led the nation in points, assists and +/-; conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year; first team all-conference; all tournament team in conference tournament in which he won the MVP for a team that's one of the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season and conference tournament championships; possibly going in the top two or three of the upcoming NHL Draft. . . . and he's only a freshman.
Looks like there's a pretty strong anti-Eichel sentiment, because he wasn't even selected as the best American college hockey player in his region, losing to Harvard junior Jimmy Vesey who led the nation in goals for a team that finished sixth in the ECAC, but won the conference tournament.
Looks like Zach Hyman could become the Hobey front-runner. Since the NCAA hockey tournament expanded to 12 teams in 1988, has there ever been a Hobey Baker Award winner whose team did not make the NCAA tournament?
|1 week 3 days ago||It Was Twenty Years Ago Today . . .||
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high of 4083.68!
And this song was released on a CD EP . . . A reminder that the Fest for Beatles Fans kicks off today in Rye Brook, New York!
Happy March 20, MGoBloggers . . . and don't forget, National Goof Off Day will be here in just
|1 week 4 days ago||There Might Be More People In Cliff Clavin's Kitchen|
|1 week 4 days ago||Hobey Head Scratcher||
Second in the country in points and assists; one of only three players in Division I with more than 1.5 points per game; runner-up for both the Three Stars Award and as best defensive forward in his conference – yet Boston University’s senior assistant captain Evan Rodrigues is NOT among the ten Hobey Baker Award finalists. Unless there's a new rule that limits Hobey Baker Award finalists to one per team, leaving Rodrigues off that list doesn't make much sense.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Ten Favorites||
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||There Goes That 75th Anniversary Celebration For . . .||
Colorado's 1940 NIT Championship Team
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Have Any Souses In The Program?|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Intriguing NIT Possibilities for Michigan||
Maybe hope is not lost for Michigan's men's basketball team to continue playing during this post-season.
I’ve seen some predictions that have Michigan getting an NIT bid tonight. In one, I see Michigan as a 6 seed playing at defending NCAA champion Connecticut (if the Huskies lose to SMU in the AAC championship game). In another, I see Michigan as a 7 seed playing at Stanford In a third, I see Michigan as a 7 seed playing at one of the four 2 seeds that include Old Dominion, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Richmond and Stanford.
The first would pit two schools that played in the last two NCAA championship games with much different squads, besides different results. The second would pit father (coach Johnny Dawkins) against son (player Aubrey Dawkins), plus adding the obligatory HARBAUGH effect. If travel distance (and NFL rivalries) were going to be a consideration in that third situation, then it might mean that the Wolverines could earn a side trip to Lambeau Field.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good Point . . . And Then There's Also This . . .||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Adam Sandler Empathizes|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Memories of A Championship at The Mecca of Basketball||
If the NIT decides to pass on this season's Michigan team, and you're thirsting for some NIT memories, here's a chance to see when a season-ending win over Rutgers brought Michigan a championship.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Is The Season Over?||
At best, Michigan's probably sitting on the NIT Bubble, thanks to memories of the past two seasons, a strong RPI around 79 and a tough schedule (2-10 against top 50 RPI schools.) Three losses against teams with an RPI between 123 and 159 hurt the NIT bid possibility. Five wins against teams with an RPI of 175 or higher (two against Rutgers) don't help much.
There currently are 112 Division teams with at least 20 wins. A total of 100 teams make the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Michigan has 16 wins, but only 15 against Division 1 schools. Illinois and Minnesota (last year's NIT champs) are looking like the Big Ten's NIT teams.
Interesting season, despite the unfortunate results. Inspirational play from Albrecht. Pleasant surprises from Bielfeldt, Dawkins and Abdur-Rahkman. Some encouraging play from Irvin and Doyle down the stretch. Unfinished business from LeVert and Walton. Very disappointing seasons from Chatman (who showed a few moments of improved play in the past two weeks) and Donnal (who doesn’t appear ready yet for Big Ten or major conference play.) No way to realistically evaluate what D. J. Wilson and Duncan Robinson might be able to offer next season.
Decisions. Questions. If, as expected, LeVert leaves and no recruits are added, can the team as presently constituted, even if they get no significant contributions from Duncan Robinson and D. J. Wilson, challenge for the top four in the Big Ten just with significant improvement from Walton, Doyle and Chatman? . . . If no frontcourt players can be added through recruiting, will it be worth offering Bielfeldt another scholarship year and then finding a comfortable landing place for Donnal at another school, or should they take the chance on making Donnal a serviceable player who could help as much as Bielfeldt has during his fourth year?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Autism Speaks||
Apologies in advance if this response offends you. No harm or offense is intended. I understand where you might be coming from; and there might be a touch of irony in having The_Mad_Hatter joke about autism, but:
I hope that you, your friends and loved ones never will have to experience any of the traumatic effects of autism and its related illnesses. It's a challenging illness, but, thankfully, there are many people working to alleviate the negative impact of the illness for those who suffer from it and their caregivers. There's even a major Division 1 college hockey program that actively works with the Autism Speaks organization to raise awareness about the illness and financial contributions to the charitable organization that supports education, research and assistance to those who are dealing with the illness.
If you believe that "the autism is strong in that picture," maybe tomorrow might be a good day for you to spend three minutes and 41 seconds or 31 minutes and 41 seconds reading about autism, or maybe even donating $3.14 or $31.41 to Autism Speaks.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Have A Very Safe and Happy Day, MGoTriskaidekaphobes . . .||
Because there are at least
reasons to be safe today, so that you can enjoy National Pi Day tomorrow.
Just beware Sunday, the Ides of March (and the "friendly stranger in the black sedan.")
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He's Going Pro In Something Other Than Sports . . .||
And that's just like like most college athletes. It's hard to fault him for making a decision that he considers to be best for his future.
In press conferences and interviews, Jack Miller seemed to be fairly articulate, poised and a good representative for last year's Michigan football team. I believe that his uncle is former Major League Baseball Manager Jim Leyland, so Jack should have some good family connections that can open some doors for him as he pursues a business career. Wish him well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Motel Kamzoil?||
Is that the new residence for transients that's owned by the families of Kameron Chatman and the late American League MVP Zoilo Versalles?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Answering For My Brother||
2. Yellow Checker Cab at Work/No Other Car
3. Pressure? Ha! You talkin’ to me about PRESSURE?