Well…today is going to be filled with lots of sports and I am looking forward to it…was surprised to find the US men’s junior hockey team playing this morning so that is starting my day off….and once football starts at 4, I’m basically glued to the couch with the Wings coming on at 6…a weird time for a game but that will be cool since they will be almost over by the time State plays at 8….I am looking forward to a quiet day today….not sure why I ever went out on NY eve…don’t like crowds and sitting on a comfy couch is just more attractive to me now….State is a 10 point underdog to Alabama and I think they like it that way…no one giving them a chance…but, I don’t think they are as good a team as their record says…pulling out two wins in the last seconds of games…I guess I’ll have to have a backup to watch if the game gets out of hand early….
Well…it has been a lazy day today and I haven’t done anything but watch sports so I thought I’d talk about that to get caught up….it was a pretty cool game that put State into the final four but I will admit that I didn’t watch the whole thing…just too nerve wracking when they were behind so I kept switching over to one of the 3 races that were on at the same time….and then I forgot about the F1 race that I wanted to see so I’ll have to see if I can find another repeat…it was a little boring this week with no BPL soccer on but there were some games from Spain that were pretty cool….oh, the Wings played good last night but are getting pummeled right now so I stopped watching that one…..okay…that’s enough for now…unless I think about something else…but I probably won’t….only one behind now…
Well…it was a sports day yesterday so I thought I’d do one of these about it….the Winter Classic with the Wings and Leafs was fun to watch but I can’t understand how the Wings keep losing in shootouts…one of the things that I saw during the game was that the conditions did not favor our style…we have a bunch of finesse players that really don’t play well when they have to change their game to allow for all of the snow on the ice…it was still fun to watch, though, but, I think the NHL is going overboard with outdoor games with there being something like 5 more this winter…they may be diluting the specialness of it. The other one I wanted to talk about is the Rose Bowl that State won with a defense performance that was pretty cool…and to win one for the first time in 26 years was cool, too…I was getting really tired of all of the writers saying how bad the Big 10 is and that they can’t play with the better conferences…now, if Michigan just get its act together and win one, that would be the icing on the cake…
Well…it has been a while since I did some sports talk here so I think it’s about time…the first and most important one is the Michigan/State game this aft…all of the pundits are calling for State to win the game by anywhere from 3 to 14 points…a little discouraging but I am still hoping that Michigan can suck it up and get a win in East Lansing today…who knows? The Wings have been doing better over the past couple of games and they look like they are just working harder than the opponents but I still think they look inconsistent…but Helm is coming back tonight and it will be interesting to see where he is with only playing one game in the last year…and I really hate these west coast games that don’t start til 10…but it is much better being in the east than in the west…I think this is the only west coast trip this year…I would talk about soccer and the BPL but I don’t get to see it anymore so the hell with them…I hope NBC sports dies after them moving soccer to a channel I don’t get…taking formula one, too…I am still pissed about that…oh, well…
Well….that was about as good an opening game that we could expect from the Red Wings…they dominated every facet of the game hand we even got to see the second fight of Pavel Datsuyk’s career…I laughed so damn hard when that happened that I couldn’t catch my breath. It was good to see Mike Modano get his first goal as a Wing, and Hank and Pavel both got one along with Frantzen which made it a 4-0 shootout. Jimmy Howard looked good in goal but it was bad to lose Ericsson with back pain…I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see Maltby for the last game before he retires and I hope the Wings set aside a game night to honor his contributions since the early 90′s. Another game tonight but the damn dish folks haven’t settled the contract with Fox yet….so I won’t be able to see it without going out. Might be the time to try out the new bar over here….
Now, let’s get to the big game of the day..our own intrastate rivalry here in Michigan…Michigan versus Michigan State in college football…two teams, both 5-0, and more than a little hatred between them…I’m already in my gear and waiting…will probably take a nap before it since I almost overdid it last night and the energy level is s little low. Maybe make some coffee? I am rooting for Michigan as always…you know my rooting hierarchy…I will root for State whenever they are not playing Michigan…but, this year, I think it’s going to be State since they have a much more balanced team…Michigan’s defense has been suspect all year but we can hope they will improve today, can’t we? so, Go Blue!!!
Well…it’s been a long time coming but the day is here for the real college football to start with Michigan taking on UConn. We also have the State game at noon along with Notre Dame and Purdue. So, it should be a fun day…not a Sunday Funday, but a fun day nonetheless. Whew…any time I have to use words like nonetheless I cringe a little..but just a little since it fits so well. I am a little concerned that we are going to have another season like last year…I don’t know if I can take 3 losing seasons in a row and I can’t remember that happening since I have bee a fan. Could they turn into the Detroit Lions of college football? I shudder (literally) when I have those thoughts. At least we have hockey starting in three weeks if this goes bad. Or, State, since they are both Michigan teams, I have to root for them, too, and there is a little connection for me to that school since my daughter graduated from State a few years back.
Any other sports? Well, there is the Nationwide race from Atlanta under the lights for later if I make it that far…guess I’ll just have to pace today and stay to the one beer and hour limit…which is a good idea anyway and saves me money.
Well…this weekend was pretty terrible for the good guys…the Wings lost two and then Michigan State went down…but congrats to Butler..hope they win it all. Don’t know why I want them to win but when my teams go out, I’ll take the underdog to be the one. Not logical but that’s that’s just how it is for me.
At least the Formula One race was kind of interesting but verged on being Napcar. I am a huge Nascar fan but over the past few seasons, we have taken to calling it Napcar…since you can start the race, see about 50 laps or so, then take a nap, and wake up for the last 50 laps and you will be able to get the gist of the race. Used to be a big fan when the teams were allowed to be innovative (read cheat) and the cars were not identical. Loved it when, I think it was Curtis Turner, took his 67 chevelle race car and cut 8 inches out of the center to make it narrower and thus faster. Back then, and into the 70′s and 80′s, it was always interesting to read about the sport and who got caught; then you could marvel at their creativity. Now people get caught for a bolt missing from an oil tank or being off from one of the templates by a 16th of an inch…just not the same.