What we're watching (all times EST): WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, third round (Golf Channel) at 2. Canadiens at Capitals (NHL Network) at 7. Loyola (MD) at Rider (ESPN2) and Butler at Valparaiso (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 7. Baylor at Kansas (Fox Sports Net) in women's college basketball at 7:30. Boston University at Vermont (NBCSN) in men's college hockey at 7:30. NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge (TNT) at 9. Marquette at West Virginia (ESPN) and Fairfield at Iona (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 9. North Dakota at Denver (NBCSN) in men's college hockey at 10.
After tragedy, a Minnesota hockey mom rethinks hockey: "In an ideal world Jabby would never have skated onto the ice in the third period for Benilde—St. Margaret's School in its junior varsity game against Wayzata High on Dec. 30. A crafty forward with a knack for scoring, Jack, 16, had always been a star on his Minneapolis Storm association teams, but the jump to high school from association hockey is generally a difficult one. He made varsity this season as a third- or fourth-liner, and his coach, Ken Pauly, sometimes had the sophomore play a period or two with the junior varsity to get him more ice time. Jack scored the first goal of the game against Wayzata and played through the first two periods. Since Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) rules limit a player to four periods every 24 hours, Leslie knew he would have preferred to sit and play more minutes with the Red Knights' varsity in its game against Maple Grove High later that night. She was bummed, too; she wanted to see him skate up. Plus, she says, 'the [jayvee] game was getting a bit rough...' Leslie was separated from her son by a plate of glass and a few feet when, five minutes and 48 seconds into the third period, Jack was hit from behind by a Wayzata forward and flew headfirst into the boards. 'When your son goes down, you count to five, and you say, O.K., get up. But he didn't," says Mike. 'I knew something was wrong when he didn't get up,' says Leslie. 'He always gets up. 'Mike was the first to go out on the ice. Leslie couldn't move. Someone pushed her out there; she doesn't remember who. 'When he said, 'Mom, I can't move,' I almost collapsed on top of him.'" [Sports Illustrated]
Feb 24, 2006: John Rocker Would Like To Knock You Up
Jeremy Lin may have lost to the Heat, but he's a winner with internet-savvy grandmas: "Linsanity has rocked China, inspired wordsmiths and rekindled interest in the art of card collecting, but it has also hit another unlikely subset: crafters. Online handmade marketplace Etsy.com is among the crafters' Web sites that have been brimming with Jeremy Lin goods beyond the normal sports jersey." [New York Times]
Beseiged Blackburn manager's bodyguard isn't "big or butch or anything": "Blackburn fans really don't like manager Steve Kean. They've expressed this through signs, protests and even planes throughout a season that has the Rovers teetering on the brink of the relegation zone. Their vehemence in their position has only grown the longer Kean remains employed and since large segments of humanity aren't able to keep football in perspective, Steve Kean now feels the need to keep a karate expert with him at all times. And no, it's not Zlatan Ibrahimovic." [Dirty Tackle]
Your Grocery Sack Juggling Interlude:
Red Wings record home winning streak ends at 23, we think: "Jimmy Howard protected the Red Wings through one subpar period, then another. Newcomer Kyle Quincey and the third line helped in the third. Ultimately, the Wings came up short, and their record-setting 23-game home winning streak ended. They lost, 4-3, to Western Conference rival Vancouver in a shoot-out Thursday at Joe Louis Arena, failing to garner two points at home for the first time since Nov. 3." [Detroit Free Press]
Careful Dolphins fans, Peyton could hurt his neck looking up at your billboard: "Miami Dolphins fans want Peyton Manning as their quarterback and they're willing to stop traffic to get their point across. Dolphins fans put up a billboard at the intersection of I-95 and I-595 in Fort Lauderdale to advertise ManningtoMiami.com and their campaign - although that picture of Manning in the turquoise and orange is a little jarring." [Washington Post]
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