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Well, This Just Stinks – CN8 Shutting Down, According to Sources

Updated below with comment from Comcast Sports Net.

A big blow to Boston University and University of Vermont hockey fans – according to David Scott, of Scott’s Shots (one of my favorite sports blogs, by the way – when he speaks, I listen),
CN8 will be shuttering it’s New England operations. This includes closing the studios right across from the College of Fine Arts building on the BU campus.

Both BU and UVM had contracts with CN8 for broadcast rights to several men’s hockey games. CN8 was to televise six remaining men’s hockey games –

Dec. 5 vs. Boston College (CN8)
Jan. 3 at Denver Cup (CN8)
Jan. 17 vs. Boston College (CN8)
Jan. 24 at New Hampshire (CN8)
Feb. 21 at Northeastern (CN8)
Feb. 28 vs. Massachusetts (CN8)

According to Scott, CN8’s operations will cease in “early Janaury 2009,” leaving five of those six games without a TV home. Scott does say, however, that Comcast Sports Net may pick up the sports programming. However, their primary responsibility is to the Celtics, so I worry that college hockey might get lost in the shuffle.

If CSN decided to pick and choose what games they select, an educated guess would be that January 17 game against BC will be of most interest, if the early part of the season is any indication. One would also hope that CSN would pick up the Denver Cup game on January 3rd, since many of us Terrier fans can’t afford the $400 plane fare right after the holiday season (but trust you me, I tried!)

It remains to be seen what BU or UVM will do in the wake of this announcement. Big kudos to Scott for getting this news.

UPDATE: According to the comment below, Comcast Sports Net will pick up several games on CN8’s college hockey schedule.  Thanks to Tim from Comcast Sports Net for responding right away, and for Comcast for taking care of us college hockey fans.

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Everyone’s Favorite Goalie is Back to Normal. Thank Goodness.

Early word this morning out of Wilkes-Barre Scranton, where Everyone’s Favorite Goalie started last night and stopped 31 shots for a 3-1 win against the San Antonio Rampage. After letting one up early in the second period, Curry then held strong while the Penguins scored three unanswered goals. San Antonio ended up going 0 of 7 on the power play.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goalie John Curry (courtsey of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins official website)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goalie John Curry (courtsey of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins official website)

San Antonio wasn’t the most difficult of opponents (they were 2-5 going into this game), but still, it’s good to see Curry play an entire game, make a significant amount of saves, and not get rattled by the early goal (not that he ever did in college.) Let’s hope he can continue to put his injury woes behind him.

The Penguins next play the Houston Aeros on Sunday at 5:05pm (4:05pm in Aeros land.)

And in other hockey news, I don’t know how I held out until Saturday to post this, but Boston University had the honor of having both the men’s and women’s Hockey East Players of the Week. The women are ranked #8 in the nation, beat #5 ranked New Hampshire in a shootout on Thursday, and will take on Providence tonight at home. With a win, the BU women will remain on top of the Hockey East standings. They are in the midst of a six game win streak.

The men are now ranked #3 in the nation, and take on the Vermont Random Imaginary Cats (aka Catamounts) tonight. Until last night, they had the leading goal scorer in Hockey East (the FWNICM.) Unfortunately, Boston College’s Brock Bradford took over first with two goals in their overtime win last night against Merrimack (Really, BC? You needed overtime to win against Merrimack? How are you ranked second in the nation again?) The FWNICM needs a hat trick tonight to reclaim the lead outright, or two to tie.

And if the FWNICM scores a hat trick in a game I cannot see, I will be miffed. But that would be my luck. So you heard it here first.

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“Being a Jets Fan in Binghamton Sucks” and Other Search Engine Fun

Let’s ignore the Buffalo Bills lost to the freakin’ Dolphins today, shall we? I was having a glorious sports weekend, which included the FWSNBN becoming the star of the season thus far for the Boston University men’s hockey team, and then – bam, the Bills had to go lose. Unacceptable, Mr. Edwards, just unacceptable. I will not be buying your jersey t-shirt anytime soon.

Or maybe I will.

So in an effort to ignore the silly annoying Bills (really guys, you had to go lose to the Dolphins?!), I will devote this evening’s post to the amusing search engine phrases that my blog comes up as referencing. The best, of course, being from two weeks ago:

“Being a Jets Fan in Binghamton Sucks.” Continue reading

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More Last Name Fun and Lerg Love from the Icebreaker

If you thought yesterday’s featured Icebreaker tournament player last name was fun (Ben Blood from North Dakota), may I interest you in the entire Michigan State roster?

They have a freshmen defenseman named Tim Buttery. Yep, as in the dairy product. They also have a senior forward named Tim Crowder (rhymes with chowder), a freshmen forward with the last name Warda (like how Bostonians say “water”), and their senior assistant captain’s last name is Gentile (which hockey is not.)

You may think I am a horrible person with no heart by pointing these names out. I argue otherwise. As someone whose last name is affectionately known as “The German Monstrosity,” who still sometimes has to spell it to herself after almost 27 years, I can be critical of others’ last names because we’re all buddies in the “Bad Last Name Club.” At least these guys’ names are spellable. At least they don’t have random silent vowels thrown in their last name just to make things difficult. When I got engaged last week, one of the first things people asked me (after “When are you getting married?”) was, “Are you changing your name?” I didn’t skip a beat when answering: “What, are you kidding me? You think when given the option I’d keep The German Monstrosity?” You’ve got to be serious. It’s more gone than Brett Bennett. I might not be getting married until after this economic depression is finished, but heck, let’s start the last name change now. My French-Canadian-ness gets confused often for Italian-ness, and now I’ll have an easily spellable Italian last name to go with it, instead of a way too long German word that literally translates to “rabbit killer.”

But I digress. Continue reading

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