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Fun. Great concept that QU Sports, espeically Men’s Hockey have forgotten about lately. So can it continue?

Men’s Hockey would just like to play a solid game. They play St. Lawrence tonight and Clarkson tomorrow, with hopes of attaining a 4th seed in the ECAC tournament. If they can sweep both games, and get help, they could get a much-needed first round bye. If that doesn’t happen, there will be hockey at the TD Banknorth Sports Center next weekend.

For Men’s Basketball, they have the phrase everyone likes to hear: “we control our own destiny.” A victory tomorrow against Wagner will assure them the 4th seed, and a home playoff game on Thursday night. If they don’t win, they can also get the 4th seed if Monmouth can beat Mt. Saint Mary’s this weekend.

Victory. That’s what we all need right now. Victory.

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As I said in my first introductory post, I’m a big New York Jets fan. Needless to say, their season did not go as planned. Opening the season with playoff hopes, they finished 4-12. In fact, I’ve been trying so hard to put the 2007 season behind me, I forgot what their record was. From guard problems on the offensive line to problems on the defensive front 7 to a quarterback controversy that is sure to stretch into this year’s training camp, the Jets needed help.

This morning, at the stroke of midnight, NFL free agency began. And the Jets got to work quickly. Once star linebacker Jonathan Vilma, whose role was diminished when Head Coach Eric Mangini went to a 3-4 defense 2 years ago, was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a conditional draft pack in 2009 that could be either a 4th rounder or 3rd depending on how Vilma plays this year.

This is a trade the Jets had to make — rookie David Harris stepped up at the position after Vilma was placed on injured reserve last year after a knee injury. With this trade they enable themselves to have more draft picks to acquire young players in the years ahead. And GM Mike Tannenbaum is one of the best in the NFL at making smart draft choices.

Following that trade, the Jets made another one, fixing up their need for a defensive lineman. They aquired Kris Jenkins from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for 3rd and 5th round picks in this year’s draft. We also gave him a new 5 year contract. He’s been to the Pro Bowl before and we hope he can return to the form he had before season-ending injuries in 2004 and 2005.

Apparently, the Jets have signed former Steelers offensive lineman Allan Faneca to a 4-year $32 million contract. He will help sure up the hole on the offensive line made vacant by the departure before the start of the season by Pete Kendall. And the Jets offensive line just wasn’t the same after that.

So maybe, just maybe, this is the first sign of my Jets being on the rebound.

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Whenever someone makes a big play like the buzzer beater last night by Senior Guard DeMario Anderson, everyone looks for the announcer’s call of the play. ESPN has been playing the COX TV call, but here’s the WQUN Radio call, with play-by-play man Bill Schweizer, and Color Commentator Bill Mecca, as played last night on ESPN Radio:

WQUN’s call on ESPN Radio

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Speechless. When the Quinnipiac University Athletics department gave us, the student body, a chance to attend this crucial game against Central Connecticut, I pounced. Little did I know.

When I have more energy tomorrow I’ll post more, but when Bobcats’ Senior DeMario Anderson hit a half-court, buzzer beater shot in OT to give us a 76-73 victory, it proved to all of us who made the trip why we went.

But it got better. All over ESPN all night. LEADING OFF SPORTSCENTER!!! And then the grand daddy of them all, the #1 TOP PLAY ON SPORTSCENTER for this night, February 28, 2008!!!

And that’s why we’re all fans.

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PGA Tour Digest Vol. 1 No. 12

On Tuesday, the PGA Tour amended the cut rule that has come under so much criticism and scrutiny this season. Rule 78, enacted for the first time this year, stated that if the number of players who made the top 70 and ties was over 78, those players would not be able to play on the weekend, and the next lowest and ties would make the cut. They would be payed, however.

Most players didn’t even realize this rule went into effect and when more than 15 players got “MDF”‘d (Made Cut, Did Not Finish) at the Sony Open in Hawaii, they cried foul. So Commissioner Tim Finchem called a special meeting of the 16-player Player Advisory Council (PAC) this week at the Honda Classic, and they voted to change the rule.

The new rule keeps the old, 36 hole cut at 70 and ties, and if the number of players is over 78, there will be another cut on Saturday to the lowest 70s and ties. Those who do not make the Saturday cut will still get paid. Finchem also announced that research will commence in possibly making the future 36-hole cut Top 65 and ties, which is something he says that the players are very interested in.

I applaud the PGA Tour for this move. “MDF” became a sore spot for all golfers, and this rule gives everybody 1 more round to prove themselves that they belong a part of Sunday’s final round. Also, the players research into going to a top 65 and ties cut shows that the ultimate intention to eliminate this new Saturday cut down the line and simplify the cut system. All should be happy with this news.

(I blogged about this issue here earlier this season.)

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A 3rd period goal to put the game into overtime. Two goals given up in the last 60 seconds for losses. Twice — in two days.

Quinnipiac Men’s Hockey was ranked 12th just a few short weeks ago. Last week they’re 19th. Now they probably won’t be ranked anymore.

Today’s loss to Colgate by a score of 4-3 is their 4th straight, after losing to Cornell 3-2 on Friday night in overtime. Their lack of defense and proper execution is becoming more and more evident; their need for a 1st round bye is becoming a wish that is less likely of coming true.

I’m not a big hockey guy  in the sense of specifics on the game, so I don’t know exactly what the specific problem is or how to fix it. All I know is that if this team doesn’t fix their ills, their going to have some issues come tournament time.

Meanwhile Men’s Basketball, trying to follow up on that heroic victory against Monmouth on Friday night, lost a tough game against Sacred Heart 88-74 yesterday. They need to finish strong and find a way to beat both Central Connecticut and Wagner next weekend to give them a boost going into the NEC Conference Tournament.

Women’s Basketball rolled over Sacred Heart yesterday, are now 22-3 on the year, will most likely get the #1 seed in the NEC Women’s tournament, and should deserve to get some national votes in this week’s new national poll rankings.

What a weekend at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.

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Tiger Wins Again

With the exception of that J.B. Holmes match on Wednesday, and a match against Aaron Baddeley on Friday, Tiger Woods dominated this week.

With his 8 & 7 victory in today’s championship match against Stewart Cink at the Accenture Match Play Championship, Tiger made 51 birdies this week over the course of the 117 holes he played. Domination.

Tiger has now won his last 4 PGA Tour events dating back to last year’s BMW Championship. The only other player in golf history to win 4 straight events more than once: Ben Hogan. He’s won 6 straight events he’s entered, including the unofficial Target World Challenge in December and the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour. And he’s 3-3 so far this year.

His game, while not perfect, especially with the driver, is not 100% on yet. He does still have two months to hone that in before Augusta. And if he can. Man, watch out.

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