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Night Moves

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  January 5, 2010 10:50 PM

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   During a time out in the Orange Bowl last night -- possibly because Dick Stockton was sent off for carbon-14 dating --  I surfed around the channels and happened on the World Junior Hockey gold medal game from Saskatoon between the USA and Canada. I never went back, even though this caused me to miss Kool And The Gang's performance through which The Legendary Orange Bowl Halftime Show marched proudly into the 1970's.(Kool looked OK, but The Gang has let itself slip a bit.) The USA gave up a two-goal lead in the third period, with both goals scored by an Edmonton draftee named Jordan Eberle, who is never going to have to pay for a meal in western Canada again. (USA goalie Jack Campbell stopped 16 other shots in the third period alone and, by the end of regulation, even though he's 6-2 and 185, Campbell looked like he'd been hit by the whole train.) Because of one of the great rules in any sport, the two teams came out and played 4-on-4 in the overtime. Campbell took a little more rubber. If the game had gone five more minutes, he might've been dead. Finally, the USA kids got a break-out that ended up with Hershey Bear John Carlson knocking the gamewinner past Canadian goaltender Martin Jones. Major props to the NHL Network for bringing the game. (There's a replay tonight at 6, which you should watch, even though I've already spoiled it.) I am sorry I missed the rest of the Orange Bowl, however. I heard that the set by Rare Earth was the bomb.
    
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