Friday On My Mind

Before I get started with a little of the old this and that from the world o’ sports, how ’bout some lip-syncing EasyBeats:

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Next up, an apology.

Yesterday I heralded the Frozen Four, college hockey’s grand finale from Ford Field in Motown.

Not only was the ice an increasing problem as the second game wore on, but the two semi-finals sucked.

There’s no other way to say it. These were two B*O*R*I*N*G games.

Wisconsin battered R.I.T., which looked more inept than a youth team during the first 1/3 of a Disney movie. And Boston College battered Miami (Ohio), which was hoping to make up for its meltdown last year when they lead by 2 goals with 90 seconds to play and lost in OT.

The title match up should be better Saturday evening. But I won’t get upset if you decide to go out to dinner with the spouse instead.

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Russ Smith is U of L’s next New York guard. He’s kind of a mystery actually, not highly touted, not a lot of pub.

Am I the only one wary of his promise to bring ” a little flair, a little New York style” to U of L?

Yo, Russ, Cardinal fans have had quite enough New York flair and style over the last four years. Enough, frankly, to last us a while.

One guy’s advice: Forget the flair. Just get the offense started. And hunker down on D.

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Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago when the college hoops cognoscenti were more than a bit surprised that Rutgers didn’t pull the plug on its inept coach, Fred Hill Jr?

Correct answer: Yes.

Well,, he’s gone now. The university was obviously looking for a way to get out of his reasonably hefty contract. So when Hill Jr. turned real fan and shouted stuff at a Rutgers baseball game recently, the school grabbed hold of the “misconduct” and bid Hill a not so fond adieu.

So much for standing by their man, because he’s a good guy.

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Tiger Woods.

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Finally, our Daily Mascot Update.

Despite apparent approval by the state’s remaining folks of the Sioux persuasion, the University of North Dakota is reluctantly retiring the Fighting Sioux mascot.

This battle — in the courts and court of public opinion and at the highest levels of higher education — has gone on for awhile. Far longer than the Battle of Little Big Horn, known as the Battle of Greasy Grass Creek by the Native Americans who fought there, a/k/a Custer’s Last Stand. And, at four years, it’s been contested even longer than the Great Sioux War of 1876-77, a/k/a Black Hills War.

As soon as I know the new mascot, you’ll be the next to know.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. Jason Puckett
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    IIRC, Fred Hill Sr. has been the coach of Rutgers’ baseball team for eon’s.

    JP

  2. SportsBiz
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    The Fighting Sioux alas only had the support of one of the two remaining Sioux, which was the main cause of the problem. Had both tribes supported the cause, the mascot would live on, officially. It will, however, live on embedded as it is in the grand palace that is the home of the UND hockey team. It is chiseled in the marble floor, carved in wrought iron at the end of each row of seats and generally visible all over the arena in permanent ways large and small. Since the arena is not owned by the university, the images will remain after a new mascot is chosen, a lasting reminder of a mascot fight for the ages.

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