the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
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|7 weeks 6 days ago||Finishing the season 8-1-1||
Finishing the season 8-1-1 isn't that miraculous, it's just what good teams do. UMass Lowell finished their season 12-1. Notre Dame finished their season 9-1-3. Minnesota finished 6-2-1. Wisconsin finished their season 10-2-0. The fact that 3 of those teams got #1 seeds and we were barely even a TUC lets you know how awful the rest of season was.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The general consensus has||
The general consensus has been that Trouba would be a 2 year player, so I expect him to be back. Still needs to spend a little more time building up bulk and growing into his body to be NHL ready, and he might as well do that here as opposed to in the minors.
With Merrill, it depends on how his off the ice behavior has been. He mainly came back last year because after his discplinary issues, it made more sense to stay in college where things would be a bit more structured as opposed to leaving for the pros where he'd have total freedom to lapse back into bad choices.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||76 - 73 Michigan.||
76 - 73 Michigan.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Fewer travel expenses, and||
Fewer travel expenses, and the conference limits teams to 12 scholarships instead of the NCAA limit of 18.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||I remember starting every day||
I remember starting every day sophomore year with 3 straight hours of calculus/physics in that same windowless room...
I had no idea that Doc was the stadium announcer. Probably because I never have (and never will) go to a Saline football game.
|28 weeks 4 hours ago||"Why can't everyone have||
"Why can't everyone have different numbers?"
More than 100 players, less than 100 numbers between 1 and 99.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||For what it's worth, they||
For what it's worth, they play a variety of clips from popular songs in the background to this during actual games. I'm guessing there's some kind of licensing/copyright issue that only lets them use those songs in the stadium (and not on youtube), hence the repetitive/generic background music.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||A pint of Fulton Worthy||
A pint of Fulton Worthy Adversary, 10 oz goblets of Bell's 'This One Goes to Eleven' and Surly Wet, 7 oz glasses of Surly Cacao Bender and Surly Darknes 2012, and some sips from other people's Surly Fiery Hell and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.
|32 weeks 6 hours ago||Either you or the ESPN||
Either you or the ESPN scoreboard is leaving out a crucial comma.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||They're probably just going||
They're probably just going to change it back to Friday/Saturday, which is what they wanted all along, since it'll maximize attendance. Some of the early press releases even say the games would be Friday/Saturday, and I'm guessing the NHL made them change it to Thursday/Friday to leave more time for the alumni game and other events. Having the games on the weekend is especially important if you don't have the novelty of playing on Comerica Park to convince people to skip work for the game.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||http://www.mgoblue.com/sports||
They only offer access to the video on mgoblue.com if you pay for a subscription to MGoBlueTV. If what you were saying was true, they would make it publicly available. Not to mention the fact that the AD isn't the only party involved since it's being aired by Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports and their advertisers don't particularly care if people see the information, they mainly care that people are seeing the commercials, which I presume you're cutting out.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Committee for Institutional||
Committee for Institutional Cooperation. It's roughly the academic equivalent to the Big Ten for athletics (except schools tend to be in multiple different academic alliances), and it consists of all the Big Ten schools plus the University of Chicago. Unfortunately, it looks like the program being referred to is only for doctoral students who have a need for access to special labs/libraries/etc. that aren't available at their school but is available at another CIC institute.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||That's only because of||
That's only because of Southeast Michigan's proximity to Canada, and because the NHL is a league with Canadian teams. I can't say I've ever seen one inside a rink here in the Twin Cities area outside of the Xcel Center, though I don't particularly make a point of checking. They don't regularly have one at Mariucci (University of Minnesota), and they didn't have one at the National Hockey Center (St Cloud State University) last time I went to a game there.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Can't say I'm really a fan of||
Can't say I'm really a fan of them voluntarily making the Michigan hockey team the undercard in their own building for what should primarily be their event, especially if that entails them playing at 5pm on a work day.
Also, in the past they never left enough time for kids to get autographs/pictures. I'm sure everybody could get to meet the entire team in maybe 40 minutes (not an unreasonable amount of time), but the few times I've taken my cousins they were shuffling people off the ice after 15-20 minutes. They only have a 30 minute window blocked off for it, and I'm sure in practice people will effectively only get the usual 15-20 minutes. But I guess if they had discontinued it, it's better than nothing.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||But he's not talking about||
But he's not talking about buying tickets himself, he's talking about using somebody else's tickets. According to the statement, to use somebody else's tickets, you just have to print off the pdf ticket e-mailed to you and then /show/ your M-Card, it doesn't say you have to /scan/ it.
|39 weeks 12 hours ago||My tickets were in the small||
My tickets were in the small student section behind the goalposts in that endzone.
That was the one game I decided to sit with friends in the main student section.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||They don't want the NHL to||
They don't want the NHL to get involved. The CHL receives funding from the NHL as an official development league, and some NHL GMs had stated that they would not be pleased if their money was in some way being used for player recruitment instead of player development (technically I think they've been complicit with player recruitment for a while, and just aren't pleased with the amount of money being thrown around), and it's something that they would consider looking in to. The NHL really doesn't care that much whether players like Patrick Kane spend one year at London or Kitchener or Michigan before they make the show (relative to how much it means to London/Kitchener/Michigan to have a player like that for one year), so they'd likely bring the whole player recruitment system down if they got involved. The OHL Enforcement Program and this ruling are for the most part gestures to the NHL to make it look like they're actively policing themselves.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Quality of the club team is||
Quality of the club team is largely irrelevant. Only a few upperclassmen from the club team will make varsity, and only as benchwarmers in the first year or two so you don't have unbalanced recruiting classes.
In terms of potential big donors, the only name I've seen thrown around is the founder of Jimmy Johns donating for an Illinois team. Not sure if he's expressed any interest in that, or even hockey at all, or if it's pure speculation. I've talked to somebody on the club team at Indiana who said they're in the process of getting a new rink, and seemed pretty optimistic about them eventually getting a D1 team (personally I think said optimism is misplaced). And I think there might be some kind of tacit agreement between UNO and UNL about UNL not pursuing a hockey team after UNO dropped their football program.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||I still don't get why||
I still don't get why everybody is that upset about the length of the suspension being reduced. The suspension was originally set at 25 games to make sure Torres didn't return to the playoffs (the hit happened in Game 3 of the first round, so Phoenix hypothetically could have had 25 more playoff games after that if they made the finals and every series went to 7 games). Additionally, Shanny had said before the playoffs that since playoff games were more important, suspensions would be weighted appropriately (roughly something that would be 3 games in the regular season would only get 1 in the playoffs). So it's only natural that they would re-evaluate things upon appeal after seeing how many playoff games he actually missed. If Phoenix had lost in the 1st round, he'd probably be serving the full 25. Had they made the finals or had some series run longer, you'd probably be seeing more get knocked off. But I'm sure that under the CBA they can't just come out with the ruling "you're banned for the rest of the post-season, and maybe some next season depending on how your team does, we'll get back to you on that".
|47 weeks 1 day ago||For what it's worth, due to||
For what it's worth, due to the time difference, you can usually get the Google doodles well in advance of them being posted on www.google.com by going to http://www.google.co.nz .
|47 weeks 2 days ago||In the NHL, you don't lose||
In the NHL, you don't lose your amateur status by getting drafted, the team is just getting the rights to offer you a professional contract for a certain period of time. If you're a college player, they have exclusive rights to sign you up until 30 days after you finish school. Otherwise, they have two years to sign you (roughly when players drafted at age 18 will be hitting the age limit of 20 for Canadian junior hockey). If they don't sign you by then, you just become a free agent. Most players continue to develop in the NCAA/OHL/WHL/etc. for at least a year before they get signed (why pay to develop them when you can have somebody else pay to do it for you?), and typically the only ones that get offered a professional contract right away are the elite few that are ready to jump straight to the NHL (Crosby, Stamkos, etc.).
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Aaron Ward got drafted in the||
Aaron Ward got drafted in the top 10 by the Winnipeg Jets back in the day. I'd take that.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Having this many defensemen||
Having this many defensemen go this early is pretty atypical (4 in the top 10 in 2011, 5 in 2010, 3 in 2009, 5 in 2008, 2 in 2007, 1 in 2006). I think the for the most part, teams tend to go with the best player that's available by the scouting reports, and more often than not those are the flashy, talented forwards. Wanting a certain position might lead a team to go a little bit lower in the ranking, but I think has roughly as much influence as the intangibles like character, toughness, maturity, etc.
On the other hand, I know the talent in this year's draft was considered to be spread out and not real top-heavy, so going with defense might be viewed as a "safer" choice. Being successful as a forward has a lot to do with scoring touch, and chemistry, and things that are more fickle and make them more likely to flame out. Playing solid defense is more about toughness, good hockey sense, reptition, etc., and I think it's easier to project who will and won't be successful.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||According to the TSN||
According to the TSN commentary, the franchise has a history of bringing guys up right away, but the current GM has said that won't be their philosophy going forward.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Basically all of the||
Basically all of the complaints on this thread ( "Somebody should get fired for using the phrase Big Blue"/"Why is this the same day as the OSU football game"/"why isn't this at a different venue" ) are stupid if you realize that all those decisions are being made by Cornell, and not us.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Everybody realizes that this||
Everybody realizes that this is Cornell's event that they scheduled and are running, and we just got invited to be the competition, right?
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe the proportion is||
Maybe the proportion is small, but 490 players have made the show from the ECHL, which is not itself a tiny number.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||It's almost exactly 7 months||
It's almost exactly 7 months old, to be precise.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Microsoft already did it with||
Microsoft already did it with one of their ads in Poland.