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Weekend Recap

April 20, 2009

Lot’s of sports stuff going on this weekend with playoff hockey, playoff basketball, baseball, prep for the draft next weekend, and tons of other sports stuff.

1. Let’s get this out of the way now: Playoff basketball started this past week and there were some surprises. The Celtics lost to the Bulls in a heart breaker, the Heat lost to the Hawks by a lot, the Sixers came back from 18 to beat the Magic and yada yada yada. I can’t wait for this to be over. The NBA is clogging up SportsCenter.

2. Playoff hockey has been in full force, and we have not been disappointed. The Pens have been punishing the Flyers until last night when the Flyers cut the Pens series lead in half. The Bruins have been making a mess of the Habs, and rightly so. Other teams that no one on this blog cares about also played. They’re still fun to watch, though.

3. Now some of you may be thinking that I have some kind of inferiority complex since I talk about the Yankees a lot. But here’s the truth. I am a Red Sox fan. I grew up in Yankee country. I now live in the heart of Yankee country. I don’t really like where I live. There are too many stereotypical New Yorkers. And yes, they are annoying. So here’s the point: When the Yankees lose 22-4 at home to the Indians, you can bet your sweet ass I’m going to bring it up.

4. The Sox seem to have regained their form (fingers crossed) and are coming back to .500 in a hurry. They beat the Orioles thrice this weekend and have one more game tonight. I think you know what I’m looking for, but like a pitcher with a no-no going, I dare not speak it’s name.

5. The best team in the MLB just beat the worst. Shocker. The Nats now fall to 1-10 on the season and are having some major troubles. Apparently Elijah Dukes was late to the game Sunday because he was signing autographs at a non-MLB sanctioned Little League game. The Nats have said that if he is late one more time, they are going to option him to Triple-A. Over-under on this happening is set at four days.

6. The Miss USA pageant was this weekend apparently, seeing as how it is on the front page of my home page. Miss North Carolina won, furthering my claim that NC has the hottest girls in the country. We’ll avoid the fact that this pageant business is one of the stupidest things in the world and that there is no way that it is not setting the women’s cause back every time it goes on. The girls have to be hot, they have to look good (but not too good) in a bikini, and they have to have the most scripted, thoughtless, and cookie-cutter answers to the biggest meatball questions in the world to win. This is really just a dumb competition that means nothing, except on the day after. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show is more meaningful than this crap.

On a related note, there was some controversy when one of the contestants was asked about gay marriage, and she said in no uncertain terms that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. This led to a shouting match in the lobby after with one man saying this:

“It’s ugly,” said Scott Ihrig, a gay man, who attended the pageant with his partner. “I think it’s ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience and tell me how many gay men there are.”

Touche, Scott Ihrig. You win this round.

Hope you had a nice weekend outside, because up here the weather was awesome. Unfortunately for you (and me) it might be time to open that door and creep outside to get some color on your pasty white skin. Wear suncreen.

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Great commercial or greatest commercial?

April 15, 2009

This has been floating around on the internet for the last few days, but who would we be if we posted fresh, new, never-seen-before things? Not The North End Zone, that’s for sure! Anyways, to steal a line from Stephen Colbert, is this a great commercial or the greatest commercial? Voice your opinion in the comment section.

Biggest Cinderella Ever?

April 7, 2009

The Frozen Four is in a few days (that’s the Final Four for college hockey) and there is an interesting team included among BU, Vermont, and Miami (OH). This school is called Bemidji State University. Here are some fun facts about BSU:

1. They are the Beavers.
2. They are a Division II team in all sports bu men’s and women’s hockey.
3. They were started in 1919.
4. There are 4,463 undergrads.

This is their fight song:

Go Bemidji Beavers,
Go you Green and White.
Go Bemidji Beavers,
Fight with all your might.

We are here to cheer you.
We are out to bring you fame.
So go Bemidji Beavers,
Fight and win this game.

B-E-M-I-D-J-I Bemidji, Bemidji, Go BEAVERS!!

Now the question, and the main point of the post, is: are the Bemidji State Beavers the most Cinderella-ist of any Cinderella? I mean have you ever heard of them? I haven’t. They’re not a big school, they were seeded as low as possible in their region, they beat big name schools to get where they are, and they are from some BFE town in Minnesota.

All signs point to biggest Cinderella ever, right? Well, if you take a look at the wikipedia page on the college hockey tournament for Division II, Bemidji State kicked ass and took names. They are a proven talent, if only in DII. So this begs the question again, are they the Biggest Cinderella ever? Are they bigger than George Mason in 2005-2006? Can a kick-ass DII team move up to DI, have similar success and be considered a major Cinderella, or do they just qualify as an up-and-coming team who needed to get their sea legs?

I’d like to hear some arguments for either side in the comment section.