Thursday Night Pre-Game Movie: Friday. Great movie. I think this was the last movie targeted at an African-American audience that didn't involve dance-offs, fat people, or people acting dumb at a barbershop, barbeque, airplane, etc, which is a real shame.
Friday Afternoon Pre-Game Song: No One Knows by Queens of the Stone Age. You wouldn't know it if you just listen to the song, but this is seriously the hardest song to play on Guitar Hero. It should come with a warning. It starts out pretty simple and you think you're doing ok. Then the guitar solo comes in and next thing you know, you're crying in the corner of the room with a guitar jammed up your ass. It's brutal.
Games I'd Want to See If I Had Unlimited Funds: Clarkson at Colorado College. This is the WCHA's last real chance to prove conference superiority(Technically UND still has two games against Bemidji, and Minnesota State has one game against Nebraksa-Omaha). Two wins for CC would be huge, because I think the best hope for prospective at-large berth candidates is to have every ECAC team outside the top 14 of the PWR. That way, there is no concern of Clarkson getting upset in their conference tournament and the ECAC taking two NCAA tournament bids.
Controversial Play That a WCHA Official Will Probably Screw-Up: I think I'm fairly complaint-free this week.
Cliche Arena Song of the Week: "I Want to Drive the Zamboni" I'm not really sure that's the exact title, but I don't care enough to look. Who decided that strapping a small child to a slow-moving vehicle is entertainment?
Picks to Click
Forward: Jason Wiley, Minnesota State
Defense: Michael Ratchuk, Michigan State
Goalie: Jon Olthuis, Alaska-Anchorage
Something to Watch on Saturday Afternoon: Chris Berman had a promising future as a goalie while at Brown University....until players kept skating in front of his net. Jesus!
Cheapshot at the Fine City of St. Cloud: Knowing that history repeats itself, it's probably no surprise that after a shocking, and disappointing loss to a rival they felt was inferior that St. Cloud's campus would turn to national socialism. Dude, at least it's an ethos.
Pre/Post-Game Meal of the Week: Little Caesar's Hot-n-Ready pizza. I was skeptical of the whole hot-n-ready idea when it first came out, and it's true that if you happen to hit a store at a non-peak hour, you may end up with a pizza well past its life expectancy. But every Friday on my way to a game, I stop in and pick up a pizza to eat on the drive, and it's probably the best meal I eat all week.
Arena Food of the Week: Mini-donuts. I think both Minnesota and Minnesota State have added mini-donut stands this year, joining St. Cloud and the XCel Center. They're not as good as the mini-donuts at the State Fair, but still good. They're smaller than regular donuts, meaning more surface area actually gets fried.
Wisdom of Michael Scott: "Hug it out, bitch.' That is what men say to each other after a fight. They hug it out, in doing so they just let it go, and walk away, and they're done. Not a good idea to say that to a woman, however, I've found. Doesn't translate."
Predictions For You Compulsive Gambling-Types That Have to Bet
Gambletron 2000's Pick of the Week: Friday Night- North Dakota 900 Minnesota 0
Smooth Jimmy Apollo's 52% Lock of the Week: Friday Night- North Dakota 900 Minnesota 0
The George Costanza Special(A prediction that is the exact opposite of every instinct and inclination I have): Nebraska-Omaha sweeps Michigan State