Heckling Tiger, Huet vs. Niemi, The Frozen FourShareThis
For those of you who prefer my writing in “column form” (y’know, with a coherent thought process, and usually some point to make beyond the “I THINK GUY FIERI BLEACHES HIS HAIR!” blog format), you can check out my latest for USA Today, on Why the Coyotes are nervously watching the Red Wings progress.
Today is the Masters Par Three tournament warm-up thingy, which you’d have to be a pathetic, desperate fan of the Masters to watch, so I’ll probably set my DVR and go by some extra bags of Orville Redenbacher’s salt and pepper popcorn. Which, by the way, is to popcorn what the Masters is to golf.
Deadspin makes it’s case for someone to heckle Tiger at the Masters like he rightfully deserves. At first, I was all nose-in-the-air, gasp, not at the Masters-ey about it. But man, when you write a convincing article, you write a convincing article. Check out the link… and as always with Deadspin, if my blog is rated R, theirs is…. whatever’s worse than that. (Read: he doesn’t put asterisks in the word f**k…. how uncouth).
Duke beat Butler to win the National Championship. In other news you don’t care about, my cats breath still smells like cat food.
Looks like Chicago’s going with Niemi for the stretch run here, hey? He’ll make his fifth straight start tonight versus Dallas.
I understand that he had back to back shutouts in that stretch, so it’s impossible to not let him run with the ball for a bit. But I’d be starting Huet. Here’s my logic:
At this point, it’s hard to make the argument that Niemi is that much better than Huet (or vice versa). Niemi may be better in future years, but as of the 2009-2010 playoffs, he’s not.
You’ve committed to Huet with a big contract. He’s earning the big dough, so there’s obviously a reason for that. At some point in his 277 NHL games (or 16 playoff ones) with Montreal, LA, Chicago (and I think briefly Washington), he’s shown flashes of multi-million dollar brilliance.
The experience I just referenced helps. He’s 34 years old. Annnntttttiiii (sp?) Niemi is 26 – prior to this season, he had 3 NHL games under his belt, which brings his total to 38, career.
I’m all for playing whoevers best on any given day, but if you’re having trouble deciding, give the reigns to the guy you put all your chips on before the roulette ball started spinning.
I slid a “Go RIT!” in at the end of yesterday’s blog, but it was kind of a joke. I’m glad to see other lesser-known programs going deep, for sure, but at heart, I’m a WCHA loyalist.
See, when you’re record is like, 14-28 every year, you tend to explain to people that it’s because the league you play in is the best in college hockey (yes, CCHA and Hockey East-ers, you have some argument). The fact is, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has won 36 of the last 58 National Championships, and there are six college conferences. My second year in college, of the (something like) 58 Div. 1 college programs, the frozen four was ALL WCHA teams.
These are the things I cite to defend myself, and thusly, let me slowly, in all caps, type out my hope and pick for the National Title this year:
My playoff record against those Badgers is 3-3 — had Pavelski and Robbie Earl not single-handedly earned NHL contracts in the third period of game one my sophomore year, it would be a lot better. But then…. I guess those guys were on their team, so it is kinda fair…. crap.
Time to wake up the houseguests! Enjoy what NHL.com is calling “Super Tuesday” (is that even a thing?) Who’s Detroit playing? Can I bet my kid’s yet unearned college fund on them winning tonight?