What should I do whilst putting off homework? Let’s write another blog, since that’s sort of productive, right?
First things first, as I alluded to, I am procrastinating on doing my homework per usual. What can I say, I am a Master in the art of procrastination. So, the past few days have been rather exciting in the world of sports. We had the Super Bowl, we had some Celtics games, we had college hockey, and today is Truck Day for the Red Sox.
Let’s start with the Super Bowl. Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers for winning their 4th Super Bowl title (13th NFL title) and to Aaron Rodgers winning the Super Bowl MVP. He is now tied with Brett Favre for Super Bowl titles, with one each. The game was a back and forth affair and ultimately, it was the Packers taking advantage of the Steelers’ turnovers that was the difference. The game itself was entertaining and the commercials were rather good as well; however, the half-time show was downright atrocious. Some musical acts should not perform live and the Black Eyed Peas are one of them. While their music might sound good on the radio or on ITunes or whatever, that is because they are a product of auto-tune. Fergie was off-key and her rendition of Guns N’ Roses’ classic Sweet Child O’ Mine was just horrible (and that’s being polite). Another disgrace coming from the Super Bowl music scene was Christina Aguilera’s botched attempt at the National Anthem. She forgot lyrics and combined others. She tried to make up for it by exaggerating every other note. I’m honestly getting tired of performers getting crazy with the Anthem. Just sing it the way it’s supposed to be sung.
The Celtics followed up an impressive win over the Orlando Magic with a dud against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. It’s a disturbing trend for the Celtics, losing back-ends of back-to-back games. Scary moment on Sunday when Marquis Daniels ran into Gilbert Arenas and snapped his neck back. ‘Quis was taken off on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a bruised spinal cord. On a more positive note, Ray Allen is just two away from becoming the all-time leader in 3-point field goals scored.
It’s Truck Day for the Red Sox, as their equipment will begin its journey down to Fort Myers. Pitchers and Catchers report in 5 days. It’s almost Spring! Ironic since it was snowing again this morning.
If you’re a college hockey fan, and from the Boston area, you know what time it is. It’s the Beanpot! This tournament has been primarily dominated by the Comm. Ave rivals, Boston College and Boston University. They won’t square off in the Finals this year as they battled it out in the second Semifinal game last night. BC’s Tommy Cross won it for the Eagles in OT on a wrister from the point that had eyes past BU’s goalie Kieran Millan. Growing up a BC fan, it’s always great to see BU lose. I still cheer for BC, but not as passionately, as I’m now a Maine-iak having gone to the University of Maine for 4 years. Boston College will play Northeastern in the Beanpot Final, as NU defeated the Harvard Crimson 4-0. As for my Black Bears, we’ve been scuffling since beating BC up at the Alfond and we just lost a weekend series and season series to our archrival the University of New Hampshire, more commonly known as the University of No Hardware, No Hope and No Heart. We lost 4-3 in OT at the Alfond back in December, lost 6-3 on Friday, and then lost a heartbreaker on Saturday with the Wildcats scoring the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Maine’s Gustav Nyquist, one of the nation’s top players and finalist for the Hobey Baker award (nation’s top college player) last season, had a chance to win it prior to UNH’s rush, but he clanged the iron as he was falling to the ice. That moment pretty much summed up the Black Bear’s season. Returning the core of their team from last year, Maine was picked to finish 2nd in Hockey East and were ranked in the top 10 for the pre-season polls. But Maine has been horribly inconsistent and their inexperience goaltending is catching up to them. The Black Bears now stand 5 points out of home-ice for the Hockey East playoffs and are on the outside looking in regarding the National tourney as well. Essentially, the Black Bears are now in the position where they need to win the Hockey East Championship to make it to the NCAA tourney. That will be a tall task if they don’t have home-ice for the quarterfinals, as Maine’s Alfond Arena is one of the best, if not the best college hockey venues in the nation. The team is certainly capable of winning Hockey East and making a run in the NCAAs, but they’re going to have become more consistent and their goaltending is going to have to shape-up. Regardless, M-A-I-N-E- GOOOOOOO BLUE!
So, now that this post is done, I should probably go back to doing homework, right? Maybe.