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Just how good has Comedy Central's Colbert Report been? Last week, he perfectly explained the number one principle of mainstream journalism:

"You don't have to know a lot of things as long as you put a lot of anger behind those few things you do know."

Case in point: Ms. Paula Weston's CCHA column last week.

Paula weighed in with her comments on Jack Johnson's bogus game disqualification penalty last week, and the results were, well, you'll see...

"I've seen the tape of Johnson's hit on Howells, and I have to say that it looks vicious, but as I was not there I cannot tell."

Translation: JACK JOHNSON IS A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING. HANG HIM BY HIS ANKLES AND PELT HIM WITH GOLF BALLS............oh, but I don't really know, so I'm gonna try to cover my ass.

My favorite sentence of the piece came next.

"At the very least, it was completely unnecessary."

Yes, why on earth would someone who went onto the ice as an extra attacker for a goalie ever try to forecheck? I wonder what Paula suggests he should have done? Politely asked Howells to give him the puck?

Two weeks ago I made the critical mistake of saying "Boy, Brian Kilburg really has turned things around this season and has turned into a pretty reliable defenseman". Last week, Kilburg was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. I'm not going to wildly speculate about what Kilburg did. But if you'd like, feel free to imagine me making the "drinky drinky" motion with my hand right now. Hopefully Kilburg does whatever he has to do so that he can continue to play hockey for the Mavericks. If not, the Mavs might look down the Laura Ingalls Wilder highway and pick up Southern Minnesota Express defenseman Brian Schack to take Kilburg's spot next year.

How much of a difference can the crowd make in college hockey? On Friday night, Nebraska-Omaha drew 5692 fans in a 4-3 OT loss. The following night, 1700 more people showed up and the Mavericks went on to win the game 3-2.

On a more personal note, what does writing 50 straight articles about the Wisconsin Badgers get you? That's right, my very own link on Madison's The Daily Page. I've already begun compiling my campaign team for my run for governor of Wisconsin.

The Blog that Yost Built points out that Tony Molina has shaved his trademark mustache. He was by far the most recognizable linesman in college hockey in a mostly unrecognizable position.