Matt Carberry (kingpin248) wrote,
Matt Carberry

If you don't like the sports, you might want to skip this one

On Saturday afternoon, Cornell women's hockey hosted an NCAA quarterfinal against Boston University. The game was webcast for free, so I was able to watch from here on Long Island. Throughout the sixty minutes of regulation, the scoring patterns were reminiscent of the Ice Hockey and Blades of Steel games from the old 8-bit Nintendo. The Big Red gave up the first three, scored seven of the next eight, and then surrendered three power-play goals in the back half of the third period, and the game went into overtime knotted at seven. Then, it seemed as though a wind of change blew through Lynah Rink and deposited magic goaltending dust onto the ice surface. Either that, or the keepers stepped up their game, fueled by the knowledge that their next mistake would be the last of their season.

The game slogged into a second overtime period. And then a third. I was supposed to meet some friends in Westbury at 7:00. In the last minute of the third overtime, I was debating whether I should wait out another intermission and watch the fourth overtime. I also had the thought that maybe someone would be kind enough to spare me that decision. Fortunately for you, dear readers, I can show you what happened next, thanks to Cornell Athletics:

That's Lauriane Rougeau sending the Big Red through to the women's Frozen Four in Duluth. They face Minnesota on Friday in the national semifinal.

I won't be there to watch them, as I will be trekking down to Atlantic City for the ECAC's sophomore effort there. The Big Red men are back after dispatching Dartmouth in the quarterfinals. You may recall that last year, not only did Cornell go down in flames in the final, I suffered a series of faults that made my Saturday most unpleasant. I have taken one step that should lower the probability of something like that repeating - I'm booked at the Tropicana on the Boardwalk, as opposed to the Fairfield Inn in Absecon. Not only should my car key remain in the room while I'm at the semifinals, I won't be parked in the lot under Boardwalk Hall. In addition to the possibility of another conference championship for the Big Red, I hope to be celebrating some other good news from the Midwest.

I spent last night making up the Z-Bracket for the tenth year. This is always just one of those fun things I like to do, regardless of how much attention it receives. This year, I really tore into the Rating Percentage Index, which is the flawed tool the selection committee uses - and so far as I can tell, is the only reason that Iona finds itself in the field of 68. It's just not right that the Gaels are in while Drexel, regular-season champion of the Colonial Athletic Association, heads for the NIT. As far as the NCAA basketball championship itself, I like the favorite Kentucky, beating Ohio State in the final game, with Missouri and Kansas rounding out the Final Four. Other mid-majors I like: Creighton (into the Elite Eight, past UNC), and Murray State and VCU (both to the Sweet Sixteen).

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