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Posted by Charles P. Pierce January 5, 2010 10:50 PM
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.
Listen to Charlie Pierce
“Still too early, but I share the concern. Would love to see the eventual second unit guys – Baby, Jeff Green, Arroyo, West and probably Kristic – get to play together. Rondo looks exhausted and it would be helpful if Doc could cut back his minutes. Also, I strongly suspect there were concerns that Perk was not the same player anymore.”
“Packer was serious about hoops. I knew it was a big game when Musberger/Nantz would call a game with Packer. He was old school so he took delight in fundamentals such as a pick/roll or boxing out a rebounder. I'm still a young kid, but I enjoyed his analysis.”