Friday Afternoon Pre-Game Song: Quicksand by Finger Eleven. I think Finger Eleven has one of the three songs that are currently being played on the radio and it is absolutely brutal. This is a reminder that they didn't always suck.
Games I'd Want to See If I Had Unlimited Funds: Ferris State at Bowling Green. Ferris and BG are tied for 6th in the CCHA. Both teams have been much better than expected this year, and this should be an entertaining series.
Controversial Play That a WCHA Official Will Probably Screw-Up: Technically Marco Hunt followed protocol by not jumping into the Radke/Vossberg fight, but since we've now learned that he wouldn't know a fight if he saw it, he may as well have jumped in there and helped Vossberg out.
Also, from this week's INCH Chat:
"[WCHA commissioner Bruce] McLeod said his bigger concern is a general atmosphere of coaches, players and fans rhetoric toward the officials heating up...I wonder what created such an atmosphere?
Picks to Click
Forward: Andreas Nodl, St. Cloud
Defense: Eddie Del Grosso, Nebraska-Omaha
Goalie: Richard Bachman, Colorado College
Apples to Apples Card: Canada
Something to Watch on Saturday Afternoon: Somebody archived most of the CCHA All-Access shows hosted by Mike Kosta.
Cheapshot at the Fine City of St. Cloud: This isn't really a cheap shot, but St. Cloud has to have the most casual PA announcer in the league. Chuck is a like a regular PA announcer after about 3 drinks. My only real complaint is when he does his patented 'Woo' after every goal of like a 8-7 game at the national Select Festivals.
Pre/Post-Game Meal of the Week: Taco Bell. You have to admire a place that makes everything out of the same five ingredients, yet still manages to change menu items like every two months.
Arena Food of the Week: Taco in a Bag. Taco in a Bag is the Northerners answer to Frito Pie. It's basically taco meat and crumbled Dorito's in a bag. They serve it in Bemidji. I'm not sure if it's served at any other college hockey venues. I feel the same way about this as Patton Oswalt feels about the KFC Famous Bowl.
Wisdom of Michael Scott: "This is an old adage, but they say when you find true love, you know within the first 24 hours. With Carol, I knew within the first 24 minutes of the second day I met her."
Predictions For You Compulsive Gambling-Types That Have to Bet
Obligatory MZone Baby.
Gambletron 2000's Pick of the Week: Friday Night- Wisconsin 301 Minnesota 0
Smooth Jimmy Apollo's 52% Lock of the Week: Saturday Night Miami 5 Western Michigan 2
The George Costanza Special(A prediction that is the exact opposite of every instinct and inclination I have): Ohio State sweeps Notre Dame