This was the most remarkable Super Bowl in my recent memory. I mean, I feel like this should’ve been the score when the 16-0 Patriots faced off against the 9-7 Giants. The first time the Patriots reached the Super Bowl in 1986, they scored the first 3 points of the game and the Bears just took control from there. Super Bowl XXIV is not as close to my heart, but clearly a more dominant performance. 55-10 hurts. The only thing that hurts more than losing the Super Bowl is showing up twice on the wrong end of the largest margin of victory list. The Broncos lost that game 55-10, with another HOF quarterback in John Elway.
Did anyone have the game’s first points being scored on a safety on the first play of the game? I know I was picking the Seahawks last week - I wouldn't have dared pick them this big.
You play 16 weeks to reach the playoffs. You play 2 maybe 3 playoff games to reach the Super Bowl. You wait 2 weeks for the game between the hype. The build up. And then, you get the Seahawks owning the Broncos like a JuCo team. Russell Wilson is a class act, and there’s no reason in the world it shouldn’t be you.
I do the Seahawks a disservice in this column. They were masterful. Their only misstep in Super Bowl XLVIII was failing to convert a 4th and 1 with 5:20 left in the game. There is nothing to add to the conversation – no last second drive. No third quarter heroics. They led from the time the game was 12 seconds old and didn’t look back from there. The best quote of the night: "Seattle has scored on all 3 offensive possessions, and twice when they didn't have the ball." Championship teams play to the last whistle – and up by 35 points with 3 minutes left, they still went after the ball. The Seahawks earned this and they earned it big.
I have to admit. I have waited on topics. I figured I’d be writing about the Super Bowl, but frankly I thought I’d have more to say about the game. What can I say about the game? There’s nothing TO say about the game. Really, to my mind it’s about Manning’s legacy. There’s no shame in losing – there’s only one team that plays more than 16 games that finishes the season with a win. There is shame, though, in having the career Manning has had, and being known as “The Best Regular Season Quarterback” to play the game.
Brady started his career off like a supernova. He’s been a great regular season quarterback. Has won some post-season games, but has lost a couple of Super Bowls – to Manning’s brother, no less. He’s lost a couple of Championship games to Peyton. But he won 3 Super Bowls. Manning has won once – and save that last 2 minutes of the AFC Championship, Brady would’ve won 4 – the AFC was beating the Bears that season.
Brady’s lost 2 games he should’ve won. Manning’s lost 2 games he should’ve won. Thing is though, Brady won 1 he shouldn’t have and two more on top of it. You can set all the individual records you want, up to and including a Super Bowl completion record. It doesn’t matter if you don’t win. I was absolutely convinced the Broncos could finish the season undefeated. I believe Manning is a great QB. But I drafted Wilson in my fantasy team.
It’s faint praise to say Manning is the greatest regular season QB ever, but it’s true. If there’s one game you have to win, you pick Manning. I used to say I’d take Brady if I had to win a playoff game – I don’t know I would any more, but it wouldn’t be Manning. For a guy whose had the career he has had, THAT is damning.
I admit it. I thought the Seahawks would be beating up on the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The fact the Broncos beat the Pats handily says something, for sure. But it says their defense was up to the task of Brady. The fact the Seahawks destroyed the Broncos says their defense was up to the task of Manning, AND Wilson was up to the task of the Broncos defense.
Seattle, your team has won the Super Bowl. And I’m happy. The only time I’ve been this happy with the result of a Super Bowl that wasn’t won by the Patriots was Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans over the Colts. Peyton Manning loses the opportunity to burnish a HOF record, and we miss the opportunity to hear him tell the world he’s going to Omaha after winning the Super Bowl. And you may have just witnessed the berth of the Tom Brady’s successor in Russell Wilson. With the youngest team to win a Super Bowl, you can expect the Seahawks will be good for a good while. America, get ready to hate the Seahawks, and get ready to start calling Peyton Manning “the best regular season quarterback.”
"The irony is that with the new marijuana laws, neither Seattle nor Denver fans will remember this game ."
"The big difference between Peyton Manning and Papa Johns is that Papa Johns delivers."
"On the bright side, the cannabis will keep the rioting to a minimum."
"Last beat down in Jersey this bad was when Gen. Washington invaded Trenton."
While the reaction wasn't immediate, it came as no surprise to anyone when the Boston Red Sox announced this week that Red Sox reporter Jenny Dell had been taken off the job as a game sideline reporter. The reason? Her now public relationship with Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks.
Of course, other female journalists are not happy with her actions. I think it seems kind of stupid to actively court losing a job all for the sake of "love", but since I'm probably the least romantic or sentimental person I know, my opinion likely shouldn't count for much.
Dell is still employed by NESN but as a studio host now. It seems Boston's female sideline reporters don't know how to stay away from the players they are supposed to be covering. Wasn't Hazel Mae dating Ricky Davis when he was with the Celtics.
I know that most sideline reporting duties aren't exactly the heights of quality journalism but doesn't anyone tell the reporters to do their jobs...not the players?
It's official. David Stern is no longer the commissioner of the NBA. After a 30 year run and presiding over the most successful period in the league's history, he's turned things over to Adam Silver. You can check out an interview with Stern that was done by SI.com's Jack McCallum here:
Another week in Celtics land and you can add three more losses to the team's record.
With Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett back in town with the Brooklyn Nets, the sentimental stuff was flowing strong and long for the two players. With all the positive press they were getting, you'd almost forget that they were on the opposing team.
The Celtics organization handled things quite well with each player getting a great video presentation. Pierce and Garnett said all the right things after the Nets 85-79 win as well.
Leading the Celtics was Brandon Bass with 17 points and 8 boards. Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 8 assists and 8 boards. Of course, when your point guard ties for the team high in rebounds you have to hope it is one of those statistical flukes or else you really have to worry about how your bigs are playing.
It probably comes as no surprise that the New York Knicks were looking for a little payback when they faced off with Boston this week. The last time the two teams met, the Celtics kicked their collective butts. Consider the favor returned as the Knicks demolished and likely demoralized Boston on their way to a 114-88 win.
Jeff Green had 14 points and 7 boards as the lead man for Boston in the game.
And just to add insult to the week, there was the Celtics 95-94 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Sure it was a close game, but the Celtics lost the game on a Evan Turner layup at the damn buzzer! ARGGGGHHHH!
Jared Sullinger had a big game with 24 points and 17 boards. Jeff Green added 18 points and Kris Humphries had 13 points and 9 boards.
While the win-loss record took yet another beating (they are now 15-33), there was at least one positive note to be happy about. The Celtics signed Chris Johnson to a second 10 day contract. Johnson (late of the NBADL) has been impressing the team's coaches and brass with his day in and day out hustle. For those of us still paying attention via the game or the reports on the games, his efforts have been noticed as well. He had 12 points each against the Nets and Knicks and played his way through a sprain. He knows he has limited opportunities to show people what he's got and he's been capitalizing on those opportunities. The question now becomes will those efforts be enough to convince the team to sign him for the rest of the season once his 2nd 10 day contract ends?
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
You can check out my three blog posts recapping the latest high school basketball results for the teams I track below.
I know I'm in the minority of football fans, but I pretty much don't care about the Super Bowl this year. But for the sake of pretending to be in with the in crowd, I'll give you my pick for which team I think will win the game.
Surprisingly, I actually watched a couple of men's college games this week but for the life of me I can't remember who was playing.
As for the women's teams I follow:
Tennessee - The Lady Vols picked up two more wins this week to improve their record to 17-4 overall (6-2 SEC).
Meighan Simmons scored 26 points to lead the Vols over Texas A&M 76-55 in her home state return. It was Simmons and Ciera Burdick (pictured below) scoring 16 points each to lead the team over Arkansas 70-60 late in the week. Burdick added 7 rebounds as well.
Hartford - While by no means assuming that their season could possibly turn around after their disastrous start, the Hawks have been looking a little better as of late. They knocked off Vermont 64-51 this week and improved their overall record to 8-13. More importantly, their conference record is now 5-3.
The win came in a rather unorthodox way. The Hartford bench had a 43-14 scoring advantage over Vermont's bench and it was three reserves who led the team in scoring for the game. Cherelle Moore had 14 points and 8 boards, Morgan Lumb added 12 points and Taylor Clark scored 10. It was a 14-0 run early in the second half that pushed Hartford ahead to stay.
Missouri State - Another solid week for the Lady Bears has them nearing the .500 mark once more. They beat Illinois State 75-72. They had a 12 point lead but blew that. Then they regrouped to win the ballgame in the final minute. Tyonna Snow had 14 points and Kenzie Williams scored 13, though she did turn the ball over 6 times. Bry Snow added 11 points and 5 boards while Katie Palmer finished with 10 points.
On Friday night, MSU got 21 points from Kenzie Williams to knock off Evansville 87-70. The win moves them to 9-10 overall and 4-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Tyonna Snow had 17 points in the game to go with 7 steals while Katie Palmer added 13 points and 6 boards.
BOSTON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Women - Last Sunday it was Alumni Day at the BC women's game. There were a number of former coaches and players in attendance including Carolyn Swords and Corey Rusin. Unfortunately, the current team lost a heartbreaker to Wake Forest 56-50.
They shot 2-20 from three point range and just 8-13 from the foul line. Kristen Doherty had 12 points and 5 rebounds to lead the team. Kelly Hughes added 8 points and 7 boards. Karima Gabriel had 17 minutes of game action (the most she's had this season) and scored 4 points to go with 6 boards.
You can see the postgame press video below.
The team's weekly press conference is below.
Despite leading by 10 points at halftime, the Eagles then dropped another heartbreaker. This time they lost to Pitt 67-65. Lauren Engeln and Nicole Boudreau each had 15 points in the game. Kelly Hughes had 14 points and 9 boards and Kristen Doherty added 12 points.
But the Eagles dropped to 11-11 overall and to 2-6 in the ACC. This further dampens if not dooms their hopes for a postseason playing opportunity. Setting aside the notion of a string of upsets in the ACC tournament for the conference automatic bid, their best hope was for a WNIT invitation but losing to Wake Forest and Pitt does nothing to bolster their chances.
Men - The Eagles picked up a 76-52 blowout win over Virginia Tech to start the week. They tied a Conte Forum record by hitting 14 three pointers in the game.
BC came out on fire with a 16-7 run to start the game and the Hokies never got closer than 6 points for the rest of the game. At one point, the Eagles led by 30 points. The win improves their record to 6-14 and 2-5 in the ACC.
Joe Rahon (pictured below on the right of Patrick Heckmann) had 20 points and 6 assists to lead BC. Ryan Anderson added 18 points, 8 boards and 6 blocks. Heckmann scored 14 points and Olivier Hanlan finished with 11 points.
On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles squared off with Notre Dame and got pretty well hosed at the end of regulation.
I'm not normally one to specifically put blame on the refs but they blew the call at the end of regulation which gave Notre Dame the opportunity to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The Irish were down by 1 when Eric Atkins was supposedly fouled by BC. He went to the line, hit the first shot to tie the game and then missed the second free throw. A quick put back attempt failed and the buzzer sounded.
The only problem was that he never should've gotten the foul shots in the first place. Atkins should've been called for an offensive foul. As he was coming down the court with the ball, Atkins quite clearly pushed a BC defender with his arm. You could see it as it happened and it was blatantly clear on the replays too.
But instead the trailing ref completely blew the call and gave Notre Dame a new life. The Irish capitalized on that extra chance when Atkins hit a soul destroying three pointer with .8 seconds left in OT to give the Irish a 76-73 victory.
For the Eagles, they had plenty of chances to take control of the game in the second half as they led for a majority of the time including building a 9 point lead right out of the halftime break. But they never managed to quite put the Irish away and then came the bad call and while it didn't affect their overall play in the OT period, you can't help but be ticked off because they never should've been any extra time in the first place.
This is why there is no such things a moral victories. ARGGGHH!
The loss drops the Eagles to 6-15 with a 2-6 ACC record.
Ryan Anderson (pictured below) scored 21 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead Boston College. Lonnie Jackson hit 3 three pointers (of the team's 7 on the day) on his way to 15 points. Joe Rahon finished with 13 points.
The 5th season finale of the show White Collar aired this past week and once again, it was a humdinger. They did a great job of wrapping up the season long storyline and then did a terrific cliffhanger to entice you back for next season.
Books - I received a copy of the Terry Hayes book I Am Pilgrim in the mail this week. It is the book I was tracked down on the Net by the publicity director for Atria Books in order to have me do a review. Once I finish reading it that is. When I first looked at the book I was a bit wary because the darn thing is 600 pages long. But I'm more than 150 pages in so far and it has been an interesting read so far.
I also picked up the Star Trek Voyager novel Protectors by Kirsten Beyer.
Music - The self-titled debut album from Red Dragon Cartel was released this past week. It's the return of guitarist Jake E. Lee (Badlands, Ozzy Osbourne). I've got my copy and a review will be forthcoming.
OK Chilluns gather round for a story. We go way back to 1959 when the NFL consisted of 12 teams in 11 cities and was just starting to emerge as a force on the sporting landscape. The Colts (who were playing happily in Baltimore) would defeat the New York Giants for the second time in as many seasons to win the NFL title. The Cardinals franchise played in Chicago, and was the poor south side cousins in Comiskey Park to the more affluent and popular Bears who played in Wrigley Field. But they were owned by Violet Bidwell-Wolfner widow of Charles Bidwell one of the more senior owners in the NFL. She was besieged by suitors for her ball club who was losing money. The Bidwell family decided to spurn all the suitors and not sell, and instead moved to St. Louis where for 27 years they would be the football counterpart to a more famous (and more successful) baseball team of the same name.
One of those spurned suitors was Lamar Hunt, heir to an oil tycoon fortune. Hunt was frustrated in his bid to buy the Cardinals and annoyed that the NFL showed no signs of expanding beyond its 12 team, 12 city base. Hunt contacted another Texas oil tycoon, Bud Adams as well as 6 other owners including Barron Hilton (yeah the hotel owner and Paris’ grandfather) Bob Howsam in Denver, Billy Sullivan in Boston and Detroit insurance magnate Ralph Wilson (who was considering Miami, then chose to go to Buffalo because it had a stadium to join his “foolish club” which would become the American Football League.
Now at first the NFL was helpful, then commissioner Bert Bell gave Hunt a copy of the NFL’s constitution and by-laws to give a framework of a setup. Bell seemed to be at the very least indifferent to the idea of a new league but wasn’t openly hostile at first. Unfortunately Bell passed away during the 1959 season at a game and the NFL took its time about naming a new commissioner. The 12 owners of the NFL in contrast were openly hostile to the thought of a competing league and tried to take steps to kill the league before it got off the ground, creating expansion teams in Dallas and Minneapolis the former was where Hunt was creating a team and the latter awarded to owners who were going to create an AFL in the Twin Cities. They also approved the Cards move to St. Louis to keep them out of that city as well. The AFL had to scramble to find a new owner and market and settled on Oakland whose initial owner the enigmatic Chet Soda who had to be talked out of naming the team the Señors, he settled on Raiders instead (the iconoclastic Al Davis would join the team as a coach a couple years later). In any case the AFL launched with 8 teams and though at times unsteady developed as a pro league with teams in new cities with Boston, Buffalo, Denver and Houston and teams in established NFL cities of New York, Los Angeles. Dallas was a newly created NFL City and Oakland was just across the bay from the 49ers who had been in the NFL a decade. Though wobbly, with the Chargers having to move downstate to San Diego after one season and the Texans having to relocate Kansas City and rebrand as the Chiefs the league began to establish itself as solid pro league despite the shaky status of the Raiders, the ineptness of the Titans ownership (who would later become the Jets) and the hideousness of the Broncos brown and yellow vertically striped socks. After gaining a TV contract with NBC in 1965 that added a nice cash infusion to the teams, the AFL stepped up its pursuit of the best college players, the problem started when Giants kicker Charlie Gogolak played out his option with the New York Giants and signed with the Buffalo Bills becoming the first NFL player to “jump leagues” This enraged the NFL who then went about trying to destroy the AFL with a bidding war. But the AFL hung in and the number of players were drafted by teams in both leagues increased dramatically, when Raiders GM Al Davis became commissioner of the AFL in 1966 and openly tried to recruit established NFL stars to jump to the AFL this started a series of negotiations that would end the bidding war and merge the two leagues. Not only did this bring about a merger, both leagues were creating teams that would bring pro football to what was once considered far flung outposts like Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans and Cincinnati. In June 1966 a merger between the AFL and NFL was announced for 1970 and creation of a World Championship game between the two leagues in January, 1967. Initially called the AFL-NFL Championship game, the first matchup between the Packers and Chiefs was a 35-10 rout and to some confirmation that the AFL was still out of their league but what many overlook was that the game was only 14-10 at the half and a Packers interception in the 3rd quarter that set up a score making it 21-10 was the key point in the game. The game was nicknamed the Super Bowl but NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle hated the name. He wanted to initially call the game the Pro Bowl but that was already in use as the NFL’s All-Star game, with no workable alternatives eventually the name became official with the 3rd game. That game was the historic Jets upset of the seemingly invincible Colts gave the AFL more credibility and with the Chiefs thumping the Vikings in the 4th Super Bowl, the last game for an AFL team as its own league, the game was seen more and more as the crown jewel of the pro game. The NFL went on as a 26 team, 2 conference entity with the Super Bowl as its championship game. The game has grown in stature being the most watched sporting event every year with the top four most watched broadcasts in US history are Super Bowl game with the broadcast rights and commercial spots being highly coveted as it rotates among the networks. How much food is consumed? Only Thanksgiving ranks higher in consumption. Fast forward back to present day where the Super Bowl is the crown jewel of football and the dream of every football player. The winning team will get a $92K payday but it’s the foot high 7 pound Tiffany Silver Trophy that is the desire. The best quote is from Johnny Davis who was a reserve running back for the Niners in their first Super Bowl win. "The money is nice, but I'll spend that it’s the ring that lasts forever" So now you have a bit of insight on how we have come to know as the defacto sporting holiday as Super Bowl Sunday.
SUPER BOWL 48 (XLVIII)
Seattle Seahawks (15-3, #1 NFC Seed) vs Denver Broncos (15-3, #1 AFC Seed)
For the NFL Championship and the Vince Lombardi Trophy
MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ 6:30 (FOX)
Favorite Broncos by 2½
Fast Facts on the Game:
First Super Bowl played in cold weather/outdoor venue
First Super Bowl being played on Groundhog Day
There has yet to be a shutout or overtime in the Super Bowl
Last Meeting Broncos won 34-10 in 2010
Playoff History: Seahawks defeated Broncos 31-7 in 1983 AFC Wild Card game
NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks
Regular Season: 13-3 NFC West Champions
Earned First Round Bye as NFC #1 Seed
Defeated NFC #2 Wild Card New Orleans 23-15 in NFC Divisional Round
Defeated NFC #1 Wild Card San Francisco 23-17 in NFC Championship
Team Leaders Russell Wilson 3357 Yards 26 TDs Marshawn Lynch 1257 Yards 12 TDs Golden Tate 64 Rec 898 Yds 5 TDs NFL #1 Defense by yards and points allowed and have held last 7 opponents to under 20 points
0-1 in the Super Bowl (40)
SEA Fast Fact: First team since 1990 Bills to make a Super Bowl appearance with no players on its roster with Super Bowl game experience.
AFC Champion Denver Broncos
Regular Season 13-3 AFC West Champions
Earned 1st Round Bye as AFC #1 Seed
Defeated AFC #2 Wild Card San Diego 24-17 in AFC Divisional Round
Defeated AFC East Champion New England 26-16 in AFC Championship Game
Team Leaders Peyton Manning 5477 Yds 55 TDS (NFL records) Knowshon Moreno 1038 Yds 10 TDS Demaryius Thomas 92 Rec 1430 YDS 14 TDS (offense NFL record 606 points)
2-4 in the Super Bowl Wins (32, 33) Losses (12, 21, 22, 24)
DEN Fast Fact The Broncos are part of an AFC monopoly over the last 18 Super Bowls, the Steelers, Patriots, Colts and Ravens have all been to multiple Super Bowls 16 of 18 in that span and all the wins have been by these five franchises (Raiders and Titans the only interlopers who both lost) Have scored 20 points or more in all 18 games this season.
When the Seahawks have the ball
The Seahawks are a run to set up the pass type of team. Marshawn Lynch is bruising yet deceptively quick running back that is capable of breaking a long run as well as running through and over tacklers, sometimes on the same play. Russell Wilson has grown into the big time and has the mobility enough to make defenses respect his scrambling. The Broncos defense is much maligned but the emergence of Terrence “Pot Roast” Knighten has become an intriguing angle. The Seahawks don’t have a real go to receiver as Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice have been waylaid with injuries most of the season but if either is healthy, they can stretch a Broncos defense that without Von Miller is fairly thin on the pass rush and whose secondary can be thrown on.
When The Broncos have the ball
Start with Peyton Manning, the Canton bound QB is a virtual coach on the field. Showing no ill effects from 2011 neck surgery Manning riddled defenses at will leading the NFL’s most prolific offense. That’s not hyperbole, Manning started with a 7 TD performance on opening night against the defending Super Bowl champ Ravens and never let off the gas as the Broncos scored 606 points to set an NFL record. Knowshon Moreno has quietly developed into a dependable running back with a nice receiving touch to complement his skill set. Manning has an embarrassment of riches at wideout with the wily vet Wes Welker leading a squad of receivers that each have 1000 yards, 10 TDs resumes. They face a Seahawk defense ferociously nicknamed the Legion of Boom, led by the ever loquacious Richard Sherman who is fast becoming the standard bearer of shutdown corners in the NFL. Add in the very underrated, lesser heralded Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, the Seahawks secondary is as tough as the Broncos secondary is suspect. The problem is he can’t cover all the Broncos receivers and the onus will be on the Seahawks defensive line to get a push up front and hit Manning early and often
Pete Carroll is a player’s coach, his unbridled enthusiasm is no act he’s a coach that brings an energy that his player feed off of and mirror. He runs a tight ship but is loose enough where the players play hard for him. John Fox is taking his second different team to the Big Game and is savvy enough to know he’s got a virtual coach on the field in Peyton Manning and runs the team with just enough smarts to not push too hard. This will be an interesting chess match to be sure
This is probably one of the more evenly matched Super Bowls in a long time. High powered offense versus ruggedly stout defense, yet it will be how the opposites fare that will define the game. The Seahawks want to take a page out of the Giants 1990 playbook and limit the possessions the Broncos have. If the Seahawks can set a grinding tempo with Lynch and force Manning to be perfect on every drive they could carry the day. But I see Knighted as a possible x factor to clog the middle and negate the Seahawks decided edge in the run game. While not totally solving the Seahawks defense totally, he is so good on sight reading and adjusting on the fly. If the Broncos start fast and cash in scoring opps first watch out. I think the Seahawks grind out a score, the Broncos parry with a couple quick scores of their own and the Seahawks become too reliant on the pass when they get behind. Three years ago baby brother Eli won a Super Bowl in his backyard in Indy, I think Peyton turns the trick in Eli’s crib and adds a rare jewel to his sparkling resume, first QB to win a Super Bowl with two different teams
It’s Superbowl week and usually I get excited about the game the match ups but this year it isn’t clicking. I’m not excited although I ‘m looking forward to see how Denver’s offense does against Seattle’s defense. But that is the only point that I’m looking forward to. I don’t need 336 hours of coverage. I don’t need the horsey kicking the football during an extended commercial break.
I don’t need Mikey Irvin and Warren Sapp whooping it up. I don’t need Boomer talking like he never made a mistake on the field. I don’t need the Superbowl played in the cold or the snow. I don’t need the traffic jams with or without the Christie administration helping out.
I don’t need Bruno eating a Red Hot Chili Pepper on Mars. I don’t need Richie Sherman going off and trying to put Peyton in his place nor do I need Wes wearing his great Gazo helmet. Don’t need some silicone start up paying millions for 30 seconds and then people not understanding what product they are actually selling. I guess the only thing I do need is football.
There has been a lot of talk about David Ortiz is contract and Ortiz has been speaking out for long term extension. I probably should turn my charter member of Red Sox Nation card in for this. Let David finish his contract out then wish him a nice life, he will linger on another club for a few years, Then they will retire his number at Fenway and all will be forgotten, Just can’t see a long term deal for a 39 year old DH , When he goes he will fall quickly. My advice is go out on op David.
Timmy Thomas returned to Garden Ice Tuesday night and faced a red hot Bruins offense. They have scored 6 goals in each of their last 3 games. Bruins are heating up and I hope they don’t cool off going into Olympic break.
The NFL is worried about a lil cold maybe some weather for the Superbowl. The NHL pulled it off outdoor Hockey in 65 degree temps. I didn’t think it would work a little technology bang a little Ice Hockey next some Pro Beach Volleyball it worked. (Really interesting how they did that some tubes that they hook up to a refrigeration truck and a thicker ice surface). It also worked at Yankee Stadium Sunday and again Last Night. I think it was good in an Olympic year. However, I hope the NHL doesn’t overdue the outdoor stuff.
(notice the boards don't know how I remembered them)
They had to delay Sundays game an hour at Yankee Stadium due to sun glare coming off the Ice. I have one suggestion maybe they should go with clear acrylic boards like the old Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA. That way folks in the lower seats can actually see the puck and not the top half of the guys skating around.
Lil Lanz got back on the ice perhaps a little too much this weekend. Laser has a long road back. He needs to be cleared for practice than cleared for contact. Lil Lanz played in a terrific Pee Wee Hockey Game on Friday Night game went back and forth he even had a break away and a good solid shot on net.They lost 5-4. Saturday they were in the USA Hockey playdown Tourney at 6:45 am they beat Wilmington which is two towns North. 3 minutes into the game the rink lights go out long stoppage. The lights come back on and yes it was cold. The start of the second period the lights go out again but this time they got them back quickly. Boys won 7-2.
They were so pumped up they came out of the locker room with their Hockey socks shin pads and Hockey pants on . They had a scheduled Cross Ice at 9 which is like a pond hockey simulation on a rink. Usually with the early game the team skips cross ice. But the kids were jacked and pumped with the win so we all drove from one rink to another most of the team showed to cross ice. Sunday Afternoon they canceled their regular league game to play in the USA Hockey District Finals winners would play in the State Tourney in March on Cape Cod. The boys aftrer a scoreless first period lost 5-1 a lot of tired legs and many of the kids played town league basketball before the game.
Lil Lanz did well playing solid and he skated strong.