The bigger news is that this paves the way for a Big Ten Hockey Conference, an idea that has been talked about ever since the Big Ten Network started up (and even before that). Conferences need 6 team and Penn St would join long time hockey powers like Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Michigan St (as well as Ohio St).
I have no idea if this is good for college hockey or not, but it's going to happen.
The WCHA will be fine because the league has plenty of great teams left (North Dakota, Denver, Colorado College), but the CCHA would suffer.
College hockey is mostly small schools in the Northeast and Great Lakes, and I think a lot of those small schools rely on games with the bigger schools to bring in money. It will definitely be interesting to watch.
posted by emoeby at 07:56 AM on September 19
I hope Canada wins a bunch of medals, just not the gold in hockey. I really want to see them lose.
posted by emoeby at 04:50 PM on February 17
This is too bad. The museum is awesome, and in an important area (heart of the jazz era) of KC. Both the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Jazz clubs seem kinda poorly run, or they just don't know what to do with it. It's too important to let it go, but I also don't see it being successful. KC is to remote of a location, and while the "new" Kauffman Stadium is amazing (seriously, one of the best ballparks in the country), it's just not a draw for tourists.
posted by emoeby at 10:35 AM on February 01
Gardy is a fine manager and the system is great, but looking at all the top players we've had, guys like Santana, Mauer, Morneau, Hunter, they haven't been able to do anything in the playoffs. They have been very close, but just couldn't get past the Yankees or Angels. It's really too bad.
posted by emoeby at 03:34 PM on October 05
I was at the Saturday game, when (MVP) Joe Mauer got a huge hit to break the scoreless game off of (Cy Young) Zack Grienke. The Dome was as loud as I've ever heard it, and probably since the 91 World Series.
And I'll be there tomorrow! Go Twins!
Last night's game was supposed to be the last game in the Metrodome, and they had a wonderful ceremony with a bunch of ex players from the teams past, including the All Metrodome Team. Guys like Dan Gladden, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett (RIP), Frank Viola, Bert Blyleven, and Joe Mauer
posted by emoeby at 02:23 PM on October 05
I don't understand the idea that MN isn't a big enough of a market for him. How is Cleveland working out for LeBron James. Or how was Minnesota for KG. Seems like he had plenty of national exposure at his prime.
Minnesota wasn't big enough to Marbury, and we all know how that turned out.
posted by emoeby at 03:20 PM on September 01
As a Twins fan, this just makes me a little more upset that we couldn't get the Mets top hitting prospect for Santana.
posted by emoeby at 02:34 PM on July 07
Funny, I keep thinking the same thing, as a Gopher fan. BC is beatable and Miami hasn't proven to me they are a top team. Again, I think this just goes to show it's all about lucky bounces and good goaltending. I don't see one team that is light years ahead of the pack. Almost every team is good and could win, but they are all beatable as well.
posted by emoeby at 02:26 PM on March 24
Howard T: emoeby, I can't disagree violently with your picks, but I think that Hockey East will come out better than you opine. This is what is so difficult with college hockey. Since the conferences so rarely play each other, and top to bottom talent is so varied, it's hard to tell which teams are as good as their records. This is what makes the NCAA tourney so darn fun to watch. I won't be surprised if BC beats MN, but I had to vote with my heart. As for UNH (University of No Hardware), they will have to show me they can win before I will predict them to. :) I love this time of year.
posted by emoeby at 01:58 PM on March 24
As a Gopher fan, I'm just glad they were able to turn the season around and play some incredible hockey these past few weeks. And I couldn't be happier with the region they got placed in. I think BC is beatable, and I haven't been all that impressed with the 3 games I've seen them play on TV. Here are my picks for the tourney: East — Michigan over Niagara, SCSU over Clarkson. Michigan over SCSU West — UNH over Notre Dame, CC over Mich. St.. CC over UNH Midwest — UND over Princeton, Denver over WI. Denver over UND Northeast — Miami over Air Force, MN over BC. MN over Miami DU over MN (again) and Michigan over CC. Michigan is the champion. Go Gophers!
posted by emoeby at 08:22 PM on March 23
I loved the Young Stars game, especially since there were quite a few Minnesota kids. Erik Johnson, Mike Lundin, Matt Niskanen and Peter Mueller. The breakaway challenge was cool, and hopefully next year more guys will show off a little more. It seemed only Ovechkin was willing to look like a fool. I also thought that The Hives were awesome, loved that they kept playing during the player interviews. That was impressive. I read the other day that they grew up in the same small town that Ulf Samuelsson came from. Sweet.
posted by emoeby at 09:25 AM on January 29
I don't think it will really matter all that much. There has been some talk in the local media about the Wild wanting to redo some of their debt with the city of St. Paul, and that a new ownership will help that along. As long as Leipold isn't Norm Green 2, we'll be okay.
posted by emoeby at 08:31 AM on January 11
I love the idea, but my main concern is what would happen to hockey in non hockey markets like Carolina or Phoenix if their teams were relegated. It would kill hockey in those areas, wouldn't it? Last years bottom three from each Conference: Eastern: Philly, Washington, Boston Western: Phoenix, Edmonton, Chicago Wow.
posted by emoeby at 11:05 AM on October 05
Buffalo in 6 Detroit in 7 Numminen Chelios Redden
posted by emoeby at 03:14 PM on May 08
Buffalo in 6 New Jersey in 7 San Jose in 6 Anaheim in 6 Bonus: New Jersey Super Bonus: 85%
posted by emoeby at 11:15 AM on April 24
Buffalo over NYI in 5 NJ over Tampa Bay in 6 Rangers over Atlanta in 6 Pittsburgh over Ottawa in 7 West: Detroit over Calgary in 6 Minnesota over Anaheim in 6 Vancouver over Dallas in 6 Nashville over San Jose in 5 East Goalie: Brodeur West Goalie: Backstrom Total # of OTs: 17
posted by emoeby at 12:51 PM on April 09
I really hope State gets rolled tomorrow night. The trap annoys the piss out of me, and I hate to think that they could be NCAA champs. BC has been playing the best hockey for the last few months, and deserves it. Should be a great game though. The UND/BC game was awesome, esp the first 2.5 periods. Both teams are so talented. Unfortunately, the last ten minutes brought out the bad penalties, bad calls, bad defense, and one of the strangest empty net goals I've ever seen. What the heck happened to the Sioux D. Go BC.
posted by emoeby at 09:26 AM on April 06
This is great news for the Gophers. For football, we needed a high energy guy that could help us recruit, both in-state and out. For basketball, we needed a name, someone that demands respect and hard work and won't settle for not making the NCAAs. Go Gophers!
posted by emoeby at 05:01 PM on March 22
Go Gophers! Go WCHA!
posted by emoeby at 02:46 PM on March 21
I've only looked at the West Regional in Denver, but there is some sick talent between Minnesota, Michigan, and North Dakota. And there a bunch of high draft picks out east as well. This should be a great tournament. Minnesota Name DraftYear DraftPick (Hockeysfuture team prospect rank) Erik Johnson 2006 #1 (#1 Blues Prospect) Blake Wheeler 2004 #5 (#7 Coyotes Prospect) Kyle Okposo 2006 #7 (#1 Islanders Prospect) David Fischer 2006 #20 (#5 Canadiens Prospect) Ryan Stoa 2005 #34 (#1 Avs Prospect) Jeff Frazee 2005 #38 (#6 Devils Prospect) Michigan Jack Johnson 2005 #3 (#1 Kings Prospect) Andrew Cogliano 2005 #25 (#2 Oilers Prospect) North Dakota Jonathon Toews 2006 #3 (#2 Blackhawks Prospect) Brian Lee 2005 #9 (#2 Senators Prospect) TJ Oshie 2005 #24 (#3 Blues Prospect) Joe Finley 2005 #27 (#8 Capitols Prospect) Taylor Chorney 2005 #36 (#8 Oilers Prospect) Thanks for the comments, I'm glad to see that college hockey does have fans on SportsFilter!
posted by emoeby at 09:17 AM on March 20
I picked the same final. This might just be BC's year, though I hope either the Gophers or Sioux win it to keep it in the WCHA. I love this time of the year.
posted by emoeby at 02:26 PM on March 19
Thank god. Hockey belongs in Pittsburgh. I drove by the new Sprint Center in KC this weekend and it looks really cool, like a giant hockey puck, but hockey in KC just makes no sense.
posted by emoeby at 11:50 AM on March 13
Thanks for the link, I'll have to send this to my buddy in KC that has a "CONEFAN" license plate!
posted by emoeby at 03:08 PM on March 07
That was awesome. Man I love hockey.
posted by emoeby at 03:01 PM on February 23
posted by emoeby at 09:40 PM on August 24
Granted he needed to get out of MN, but the Vikes sure could have used him, if only we knew he'd be ready by preseason. The local sports radio has been arguing about Culpecker all day.
posted by emoeby at 03:31 PM on August 11
Yep, "forget the rocket" wasn't what I really meant. Roger Clemens definitely deserves the attention for his comeback tonight. I just wanted to remind people that tonight's game isn't all about Roger. The guy on the other team might be worth watching. That said, Liriano will probably have a horrible outing tonight, while the Rocket throws a no-hitter!
posted by emoeby at 12:21 PM on June 22
Forget the Rocket. Tonight's game will be great to watch because of the young guy starting for the Twins - Francisco Liriano. He's 6-1, 2.16 ERA, and 67 strikeouts in only 58.1 IP. Many opposing batters have called him straight nasty, usually while they are walking back to the dugout hanging their heads. How did the Twins get another pitcher like Johan Santana. Oh yeah, we traded A.J. Pierzynski to the SF Giants for Liriano, All Star closer Joe Nathan, and another pitcher Boof Bonser.
posted by emoeby at 09:35 AM on June 22
That's a sweet game, thanks!
posted by emoeby at 10:01 PM on May 12
I just hope the next Leafs coach brings up Johnny Pohl. How many goals does a guy have to score to get a chance.
posted by emoeby at 12:39 PM on April 20
From today's Mpls Star Tribune, Twins 5, Yankees 1 A week ago, the Twins couldn't put a good game together. Now, the only thing that's slowing them down is faulty jocks -- and that was just a speed bump on the way to a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees for their fourth consecutive victory. Twins righthander Scott Baker had to walk off the mound with a 3-2 count to Jorge Posada because his jock broke and his protective cup was sliding down his pants. "Pretty comical," Baker said. and from another story: Baker's another bonus for Twins Baker's other distressing moment came in the second, when his jockstrap broke on a 3-2 foul ball by Jorge Posada. His protective cup came free and started sliding down his leg. Baker motioned catcher Joe Mauer toward the mound. When Mauer arrived, he said, "Joe, my cup's down by my knee." Mauer, always a young man of common sense, replied: "What do you want me to do about it?" Baker went to the dugout, removed the cup, retired Posada to end the inning, then raced up the steps to get a new jockstrap to secure the cup. You didn't want to face this Yankees lineup without proper protection? "Not a chance," Baker said.
posted by emoeby at 02:17 PM on April 15
That was awesome. I was listening to the game on the radio last night, but I totally missed this part.
posted by emoeby at 02:10 PM on April 15
Better dead than red. just kidding, Congrats Bucky.
posted by emoeby at 08:42 AM on April 10
Hobey Baker Award Finalists Matt Carle (Denver) Chris Collins (Boston College) Brian Elliott (Wisconsin) My guess is that Carle will win it, but wouldn't be surprised if Elliot got the award.
posted by emoeby at 03:37 PM on March 29
Expect to see an all Hockey East NCAA final That's the funniest thing I've ever read. Have you been listening to Mike Eruzione with all that Eastern bias!!! WCHA all teh way!
posted by emoeby at 09:54 AM on March 29
That Bucky/Cornel game was amazing. I didn't watch it, but did follow it on USCHO.com. Everyone knew it was going to be a low scoring game, but that was crazy. Props to both McKee and Elliot for two amazing games. Potulny for Hobey!!!
posted by emoeby at 07:58 AM on March 29
12 - Canada 11 - Czech 10 - Finland 9 - Russia 8 - USA 7 - Sweden 6 - Slovakia 5 - Germany 4 - Switzerland 3 - Kazahkstan 2 - Latvia 1 - Italy 18 goals
posted by emoeby at 05:26 PM on February 07
Yeah, but will it help the Wolves keep a fricken lead? I love Hoiberg, and think it's great he's trying to make it back, I just hope he's listening to his doctors to make sure it is safe.
posted by emoeby at 09:23 AM on January 23
Speaking of Johnson and Kessel, both should be playing for the Minnesota Gophers next season, and will be eligible to play for the Americans next year in the World Juniors. And actually, most of the players for the US were young and will have another go at it next year. So, while they sucked it up this year, it does give us hope for the youth of American hockey. Congrats Canada, you definitely deserved this win.
posted by emoeby at 12:43 PM on January 06
Better dead than red. I hope Bucky goes back to a worthless Big 10 teamm with a half filled Camp Randall. (disgruntled Gopher fan)
posted by emoeby at 06:08 PM on January 02
Does anyone have a breakdown of where the players come from? Looks like a lot from Michigan and a few from Minnesota, but I'd love to see a total (without actually looking it up myself!)
posted by emoeby at 09:42 AM on December 20
From the PDFs of the actual charges that KARE11 put up: Daunte Culpepper: receives lap dance. Moe Williams: receives lap dance. Bryant McKinnie: gives oral. Fred Smoot: dildoes two girls. Lame.
posted by emoeby at 08:06 AM on December 16
so this makes up for it a little bit hardly! That game still makes me laugh, as in, laugh so I don't cry...
posted by emoeby at 07:16 PM on November 14
Nice work with the Hold Steady lyrics!
posted by emoeby at 02:39 PM on November 07
Excellent game. But it has to be time to move the fences back. Kids these days are huge and it seems like 75% of the runs scores were off of homeruns.
posted by emoeby at 08:22 AM on August 29
What are the chances of this deal happening? From what I've read, it sounds like Owen would much rather stay in Spain (as would Becks), unless he could have worked out a deal to return to Liverpool.
posted by emoeby at 12:24 PM on August 24
I enjoyed having Cassel the past few years, but now I'm just looking forward to a better looking team! < end necessary rip the ugliest player in ball>>
posted by emoeby at 09:35 AM on August 18
He better be related to the Hamm's bear. I've been buying 30 packs ( for $13.50) of it for a few years now, trying to bring good luck to the team, and all I've gotten in return is three straight first round exits and a bad taste in my mouth.
posted by emoeby at 09:06 AM on June 24
thanks rcade, that golf shot made my day
posted by emoeby at 10:15 AM on June 23
Why does Bettman care? Hockey isn't one of the major four anymore is it? :)
posted by emoeby at 12:44 PM on May 19
Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Jim Souhan wrote an excellent article the other day regarding the Juan Rincon situation. The whole article is good, but here was the main point on Rincon: The little guys pay in drug war My best Twins sources -- people who have told me unflattering truths about their organization in the past -- said Tuesday that Rincon wept when talking to the coaching staff over the weekend, that he told his teammates he didn't do anything wrong, that they believe Rincon was victimized by the Venezuelan winter ball culture. Several told horror stories about winter baseball -- about trainers shooting sore-armed pitchers with vitamins and cortisone and whatever else is handy, sometimes neglecting to change needles. This is not to excuse Rincon. He must be held responsible for what he puts in his body.
posted by emoeby at 09:44 AM on May 05
Damn, I was at the Target Center for the game before this one - knew we should have stayed. And he's only a Sophomore. Tell me that kid isn't getting some this week. Yikes.
posted by emoeby at 07:56 AM on March 23
That sucks. Bonds was finally going to make an appearance here in Minnesota and now he has to miss it. Oh well, I won't miss him that much.
posted by emoeby at 04:00 PM on March 22
Other sources say cornerback Philip Buchanon, but who knows, it can't be announced until March 2nd.
posted by emoeby at 04:35 PM on February 23
I'm so proud of my favorite players from childhood - Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. Don't know why I loved those two so much. Growing up in Minneapolis, I could have went to Kirby, but for some reason, Darryl and Dwight were my guys. Maybe it was the $2 I won in a school bus bet after the 1986 World Series, but I'm thinking it had more to do with Nintendo baseball!
posted by emoeby at 01:23 PM on February 23
Phil Jackson would be great for this team, and it would be a return to the midwest (he grew up in ND).
posted by emoeby at 04:19 PM on February 14
So let's follow the chain of events here. Vikes trade the farm to Dallas for Herschel Walker, Dallas drafts Emmitt Smith, they win a bunch of Superbowls, Emmitt is one of the greatest RBs ever, he retires, joins group to buy the Vikes. My favorite Smith story. I was young, don't remember how old, but all I wanted for Christmas was a "E. Smith / 22" jersey. Mom goes shopping, buys me a "Smith / 22" jersey. I pout like a child because it doesn't have the "E", so it's not authentic. It gets returned.
posted by emoeby at 11:35 AM on February 01
Is it Sunday yet?
posted by emoeby at 09:04 AM on January 14
Wow, that was amazing.
posted by emoeby at 08:05 AM on December 10
The Hardball Times Baseball Annual - I can't wait to get my copy, especially to read more Aaron Gleeman (Twins blogger)
posted by emoeby at 07:12 AM on November 16
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