January is here. The holiday are done, children are returning to school, five day work weeks are once again the norm and we can all go back to dodging our extended families. All that being noted here is what I am looking forward to in sports this month:
The BCS National Championship Game
On January 10th the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks will play for the BCS National Championship. I will admit the 600ish bowl games that take place between the end of the college football season and now mostly suck and a lot of people have moved on to other interests. However, this game should offer some good football and at least be a fun game to watch. (Plus Buffalo Wild Wings has great wing deals for bowl games.)
The Denver Broncos will not be among the post season teams this year which is unfortunate. None the less, post season anything is exciting. When teams are playing in do or die situations you are always going to get some good games.
NHL All Star Events
Last year in place of the All Star Events we got the Olympics and we learned All Star Events can’t top games that place national pride on the line. But the Olympics only come around every four years and we need something the other three years. I think most people will agree the All Star game itself is a snooze fest. I do however enjoy the skill challenges. Also, the decision to strap mics on some of the players was great.
There you have it. What I’m looking forward to this month.
Thursday night the top four NCAA D1 hockey teams in the Nation will face of in the annual Frozen Four tournament. The University of Denver Pioneers were eliminated in the first round by a loss to Miami. The Air Force Falcons managed to beat Michigan and get a second round game in which they lost to Vermont. Now with the Colorado teams eliminated college hockey coverage in Colorado is officially gone (I suppose it never really was there to begin with). Regardless of the Denver area media attention the Frozen Four tournament should provide three great games hockey that any sports fan would enjoy. I am going to attempt to give you the basic run down of how the top four got where they are and what to expect in the coming games.
Who will be hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup this year?
-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
With 7 days to go and 7 playoff spots still technically still up for grabs, it’s going to be a great week for hockey fans across the nation (except in Colorado, Long Island and Tampa Bay). Here’s a guide for who should be in and who could be out a week from now. First off, check today’s standings here to see who has clinched spots already. Let’s start with the more exciting conference during playoff time, the East.
Who’s already in: Boston, Washington, NJ and Carolina have all clinched spots.
Philadelphia — Why they’ll make it: Philly has gone through a few rough seasons, but for the most part they are a pretty tough competitor. They are usually a contender for the cup every year – and always give someone a run for their money. With only four games left, Philly is a great team to watch; tomorrow night they’ll face the Florida Panthers who are also in the race, after that there will be two games against the Rangers, a possible contender for the first round vs. Philly, and they also have a game against the Islanders. Not only will Philly make the playoffs, but they could possibly uproot NJ for the Atlantic division title if NJ doesn’t shape up (they are 3-6-1 in their last 10).
I got in a fight with my father the other night. He doesn’t like the fact that his daughter knows more about hockey than he does. The man used to coach DU and knows more about hockey than anyone else I know (other than myself). The debate was this: which conference is more competitive, East or West?
Anyone check out ESPN’s “10 Burning Questions” online yet? While the questions are great, and they are questions I think any hockey fan has asked herself (or himself) in the few games since the All-Star break, I’ve got burning question number 11: anyone see a trend in these answers? Scott Burnside and E.J. Hradek are quite clearly taking the easy way out and answering these questions with what they’d like to see happen.
While I avoid claiming partisan support for any political party, we can all respectfully agree with Mr. Obama’s opinion of the state of the BCS system. With his inauguration today, and his support for a college football playoff system, we are reminded of the need to fix this broken system. People from Utah, Texas and Southern California would tend to agree: The time for change has come my friends.
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A couple weeks ago, a friend asked me who’d I’d rather have on my team: Larry Fitzgerald, or Brandon Marshall? 0.3 seconds later, I responded, “without a doubt, Fitzgerald!” That is no diss on Marshall, it just shows how highly I think of the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver.
I’ve been saying it for the last three years, as I reaped the benefits of having him on my fantasy team: Larry Fitzgerald is the best wide receiver in the NFL. If you’ve been watching the playoffs, you would agree with me. Week in and week out, the guy makes the most ridiculous catches I’ve ever seen!