Your morning roundup for April 10, the day a Virginia elementary school principal assures you the fourth-grade teacher didn't really put black and mixed-race students up for sale.
• The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs hockey team won its first-ever Frozen Four national championship with a 3-2 win over Michigan. The winning goal came 3:22 into overtime. The game-winning goal scorer, Kyle Schmidt, was the lone Bulldog not to full-out dye his hair blond, so at least one set of curtains matches the drapes, ladies. [Duluth News Tribune]
• "Irish sensation" Rory McIlroy tacked another stroke onto his overall lead at the Masters yesterday. He's up four on Aussie Jason Day, Argentine Angel Cabrera, South African Charl Schwartzel and Korean KJ Choi. The American guy who everybody thought was mounting a comeback is seven off the lead. [Augusta Chronicle]
• Keeping with the season theme of the St. Louis Cardinals being cursed, Tony LaRussa must've broken out the rosary when the cabin of a private plane taking eight team members to Cali for his Animal Rescue Foundation golf benefit failed to pressurize, forcing an emergency landing. Also, an advance copy of a George Vecsey book relays the fact that Stan Musial has been battling Alzheimer's disease for a few years. And, an Albert Pujols error contributed to a 12-inning loss to the championship-banner raising Giants. [STL Today]
• Was it tacky of San Francisco Giants fans to chant "Beat L.A." after a stadium-wide prayer for Bryan Stow? To me, it wasn't, but to a Dodgers blogger, it was. [Vin Scully is My Homeboy]
• Chooch, aka Carlos Ruiz, set aside all the worries about the Phillies batting, if for only a day, and from a pinch-hitting position, as he hit a seventh-inning grand slam against the Atlanta Braves. Poor Chipper. [Philadelphia Inquirer] (Photo H/T Negativo)
• When the University of Florida football team played its Tebow-deifying spring game in Gainesville yesterday, someone had the common courtesy to hire a plane which flew above the contest with a "31 to 7 Go Noles" banner waving behind it. [Tomahawk Nation] [Orlando Sentinel]
• Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes wants to get straight-up paid. Cash money. None of that one-year deal shit. [ESPN]
• A 5-2 Rangers win over the Devils + a Hurricanes 6-2 loss to the Lightning = an eighth-seed playoff entry for the Blueshirts [New York Daily News].
• Somebody in Virginia found it in their soul to get a vanity plate reading, "B1G Meat." Here's to you, guy. (H/T Steve P.)
• Today's recommended soccer-viewing schedule: Blackpool vs. Arsenal started at 8:30 a.m.; even with a win, the Gunners probably won't catch Man U for the EPL title, and that's just fine with Arsenal's Arsene Wenger [ESPN]. At 2:30 p.m., it's Fiorentina vs. AC Milan.
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