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WCH Weekend Preview

Thursday Night Pre-Game Movie Rob Roy. This movie came out around the same time as Braveheart, but what I think makes it better than Braveheart is the absolutely awesome performance by Tim Roth as the bad guy. I know I said Chong Li was the greatest villain ever two weeks ago, but Archibald Cunningham could give him a run for his money.

Incidentally, I was trying to figure out why Tim Roth wasn't more famous, and learned that he apparently turned down the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies to shoot the terrible remake of Planet of the Apes. That sucks because he would have been way, way better than Alan Rickman for that role.

Friday Afternoon Pre-Game Song
: "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent. One of the greatest opening guitar riffs ever. But more importantly, does anyone remember Ted Nugent's short-lived reality TV show "Surviving Nugent"? It was easily the greatest reality television show I've ever seen. There were only two seasons, not because the show stopped being good, but because odds were fairly strong that somebody would have died had they shot another season. Basically, it was 8 contestants on Ted Nugent's compound doing the most ridiculous, degrading, dangerous things you can imagine, and then arbitrarily being thrown off the show by Ted. It's easy to see how that formula would be successful, but you had to see it in practice to fully appreciate the greatness.

By the way, the worst reality televsion show of all-time? "Shot at Love with Tila Tequila". Tila Tequila was once a loser on "Surviving Nugent".

Games I'd Want to See If I Had Unlimited Funds: Ferris State at Ohio State. What? I can't pick North Dakota or Colorado College every week. Don't ask, it's a union thing.

Controversial Play That a WCHA Official Will Probably Screw-Up: I haven't seen much to complain about from WCHA officials so far this year, so I'll suspend my pick for this week.

Cliche Arena Song of the Week: "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses. I always wondered why, after GNR broke up, Axl Rose decided to stay in Los Angeles and live the life of a washed-up musician, when he could have moved to St. Cloud and been revered as a god.

Picks to Click
Last week: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 win, 1 loss .888 save percentage

Forward: Garrett Roe, St. Cloud
Defenseman: Alec Martinez, Miami
Goalie: Riley Gill, Western Michigan

Arena Food of the Week: Nachos. If it's classy enough for Beavis and Butthead, it's more than classy enough for you.

Pre/Post-Game Meal of the WeekWhite Castle. I have the problem that I think the burgers are delicious, but I feel like I'm going to die after I'm done eating them. Much like the game of hockey, eating there is all about sacrifice and commitment.

Injury Report
Ryan Stoa-Minnesota-Out for year with knee injury
Zach Pelletier-Ohio State-Out for year with leg injury
Nils Backstrom-Alaska-Anchorage-Out with leg injury
Luke Beaverson-Alaska-Anchorage-Questionable with ankle injury
Bryan Hogan-Michigan-Questionable due to illness
Nathan Davis-Miami-Questionable with upper body injury
Juha Uotila-Nebraska-Omaha-Questionable due to academics
Josh Engel-Wisconsin-Out with shoulder injury
Brad Malone-North Dakota-Out with shoulder injury
Mike Testwuide-Colorado College-Out with illness

Funny Joke that Someone Else Wrote: "I wanna be a race car passenger. Just a guy that bugs the driver. 'Say man, can I turn on the radio? You should slow down. Why we gotta keep going in circles? Man, you really like Tide.'" --Mitch Hedberg

Predictions for You Compulsive Gambling-Types that Have to Bet

Gambletron 2000's Pick of the Week: Sunday night-Denver 957 Minnesota 0

Smooth Jimmy Apollo's 52% Lock of the Week: Friday night-Michigan State 3 Alaska 1

The George Costanza Special(A prediction that is the exact opposite of every instinct and inclination I have): Northern Michigan sweeps Miami