- I was very disappointed with how Michigan’s season ended back on Friday night, but with the Frozen Four now set, I don’t feel nearly as bad about the Air Force game. Obviously it sucks that Michigan lost, but that upset was only the tip of the iceberg of what happened over the weekend. Three No. 1 seeds were eliminated in the opening round, and Boston had to score a goal with 14.4 seconds left to get past New Hampshire and advance to the Frozen Four.
The Frozen Four is comprised of Boston (the only remaining No. 1 seed), Vermont (3 seed), Miami (4 seed), and Bemidji State (4 seed). The amount of upsets that produced this Frozen Four is truly unbelievable, but the games weren’t exciting just because they were upsets.
One game featured Minnesota-Duluth scoring two goals in the last 40 seconds to go to overtime, where it would later beat Princeton. The game-tying goal was scored with eight-tenths of a second left. Similarly, New Hampshire scored a goal with one-tenth of a second left to tie North Dakota in its opening-round game. It only took UNH 45 seconds to score in OT, unlike the Air Force-Vermont game. With the Frozen Four on the line, Vermont beat Air Force in double-overtime minutes after it actually scored the game-winning goal. The puck went through the net, and the play wasn’t reviewed until there was a stoppage. Play continued after the goal was scored, as it wasn’t actually a goal at the time. It was a strange finish, to say the least.
- Carlos Brown is injured again. Thankfully it is only a slight concussion and he is expected to return to practice on Tuesday, but man, can’t he get through a few weeks without having an injury just once in his career?
- Tate Forcier seems to be struggling with fumbles.
- Michigan is going to honor the 10 coaches and players that were part of this year’s Super Bowl at the Spring Game. LaMarr Woodley and Larry Foote have confirmed that they will be at the game, mainly because they are already in Ann Arbor working out.
- If anyone doesn’t think Rich Rodriguez gets the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, take a look at this picture:
- Michigan swimmer Tyler Clary won two national titles over the weekend.
- Al Montoya was called up to the Coyotes last week.
- I agree with Brian of Genuinely Sarcastic, it doesn’t make sense to root for Michigan State because of the Big 10. Like Brian, I have rooted against MSU in every game of the tournament and will root against them again on Saturday (and a week from today if they advance to the title game). It’s bad enough that MSU made it to the Final Four, but the fact that they will get to play in Detroit makes it all the worse for Michigan fans. Not only do we get to hear about the MSU-Detroit storyline all week, but this is only going to make recruiting against MSU in the state of Michigan even tougher.
What they accomplished is great for them, but I couldn’t care less about the perception of the Big Ten. MSU making it to the Final Four in Detroit only makes it tougher for Michigan to build up its program. Plus, no Michigan fan should ever root for MSU to succeed unless something positive happens to Michigan as a result (for example, a win sends U-M to the Rose Bowl like Iowa did when they beat Wisconsin back in the 2004-05 season).