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We're out here live from Xcel Energy Center for the Frozen Four semifinal games; they're about to drop the puck on Notre Dame vs. UMD; Michigan vs. North Dakota follows later.
As we've told anyone within shouting distance this week, this is about as good of a field as St. Paul and the X could have garnered, considering the Gophers' absence. It is a lively crowd. It is a thirsty crowd. We're fairly sure they might break St. Paul tonight. We shall see.
Consider this your Frozen Four open thread, should you want one.
The hockey lovers among you should note the preponderance of puck on this here blog the past couple of days; and Clarence Swamptown should note that picture above is his worst nightmare -- a massive group of North Dakota fans at a pre-game party.
Commenter Clarence Swamptown does his thing pretty much every Tuesday. As always, the opinions expressed by Clarence do not necessarily reflect those of RandBall or the Star Tribune. Clarence?
If you are a baseball documentary rube like myself, the video below was the best thing on the internet last week. The infamous Batting Stance Guy branches out and executes a perfect takedown of baseball historians and journalists:
No art with this story, but you know it's official because it comes from the American Medical News web site. Here's a snippet (sorry):
As men start thinking about filling out brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament pool, some urologists are trying to get their attention by marketing March Madness as a great time to get a vasectomy.
After all, men, if you're going to do something that requires you to sit around in a bathrobe, doing nothing for two days, why not do it when there's wall-to-wall basketball on TV?
For a growing number of urology practices, tournament time has become key to marketing a procedure that many men put off or avoid out of -- shall we say -- sensitivity. And because many men meet a urologist for the first time through a vasectomy, the practices find it a great way to get their names out to new patients.
"It's gotten a few guys in the door," said Keith McLeod, administrator of three-physician Northeast Georgia Urological Associates in Gainesville, Ga., which started its tournament-related marketing in 2009. Northeast Georgia's marketing materials note that getting a vasectomy before the tournament is a great way for men "to get waited on hand and foot" while they're watching sports.
"But more importantly, it's gotten us noticed. We've got a little more name recognition around the community. We're having fun with a common, safe procedure. I find that urologists are very humorous and creative when it comes to this stuff."
Other practices have similar pitches. Come in before the tournament, and come out with your vasectomy and a survival kit: coupons for free delivered pizza or other food discounts, a sports magazine, and a bag of frozen peas (for recovery, not for dinner).
We brought this up on our three-hour radio tour Saturday (podcastable option pending for the curious, and official bumper music playlist to be posted on Twitter once we can get to it). It makes perfect sense.
File this one under the "too bad" department for sure. From NJ.com:
Paul Martin, still battling to come back from a fractured left forearm, announced Monday that he is taking his name off Team USA's Olympic roster for the upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver.
The decision by Martin is not surprising, but it is nonetheless disappointing for the Minnesota-born defenseman.
Martin issued this statement Monday afternoon:
“After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from participation with Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. While the decision was an extremely difficult one, I feel it is in my long-term best interest to not rush any return to the ice."
Martin, of course, is a former Elk River and Gophers hockey standout ... and a somewhat underrated One Of Us.
Stu has some good news and some bad news:
Traditional Stu content will either come your way Friday afternoon or be non-existent this week.
How about a couple talkers if you need them.
They're not booing! They're saying, "Stuuuuuuuu." Here they are:
*Is Corey Brewer showing enough to make you believe he can be a viable piece of the Wolves puzzle (or decent trade bait)?
*The following Minnesota schools are ahead of the U in college hockey's Pairwise Rankings: Bemidji, UMD, Go Huskies Wooo (St. Cloud State to everyone else), and Mankato. How does this make you (not you personally, Michael) feel?
*Francisco Liriano is allegedly dominating winter ball. Do you get your hopes up, or has that ship sailed?
*Is it Sunday yet?
Discuss at your leisure. We'll be jumping on that conference call at 1:30 p.m. with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to discuss his role in the upcoming film "Tooth Fairy." Our inclination is to live blog it. Not sure why, but we can be convinced one way or the other.