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Jonathan Quick Is Beasting The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jon Quick is in full beast mode. He is leading the 8th seed Kings through the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Leading may not be the correct word. A word like juggernaut — as cliche as it sounds — comes to mind.

Quick showed glimpses of this last season. However, that wasn’t the first time I saw Quick’s potential.

Hockey East is the best collegiate hockey league. In fact, there are six Hockey East alumni in the Stanley Cup Finals alone. Clearly Quick has emerged as the one with the biggest impact on the series. Heck, Quick has changed the landscape of the league in 2012.


The OTHER Final Four Goes Down Tonight

Look at the out of place logo. That’s Massachusetts hoops — the only non-BCS team still playing division 1 collegiate basketball don’t you know!

Great. Have a cookie, right? Well, actually, yeah. The Minutemen fanbase is amped.

It’s actually been quite the year for the University of Massachusetts. You may have heard, the greatest 1AA wide receiver since Jerry Rice sharpened his skills in Amherst. Yes, everyone had the Victor Cruz thing shoved in their face for the last 6 months. Our apologies, but you must admit that it’s likely better than the same old stories that tend to get rehashed over and over.

Speaking of stories you definitely don’t care about, Cruz’s old football team also announced they’d be making a move this year. UMass will be playing FBS football in 2012 in the vaunted, highly-exciting, MAC. Have another cookie. Again, UMass nation couldn’t be happier. Sure it’s decades late, but better late than never. Right, Hofstra? Right, Northeastern?

UMass has always been a basketball school, though. OK — not a basketball school like Duke or UNC. But, if your either a football, hockey, baseball or basketball school, UMass was the latter. From Julius Erving straight through the Calipari years — life was good on the court. But in the early 2000’s the program really got off track a bit. All it took was having a short leash for Calipari disciple Bruiser Flint (who is doing quite well as Drexel, by the way) to start the fall from grace. Now, a couple of bad hires later (Steve Lappas and Travis Ford), and here we are.

That’s all in the past, now. The program is doing much better with former Calipari player, and assistant, Derek Kellogg back at the helm in Amherst.

Well, in actuality we are right where we were went Travis Ford cast the Minutemen aside like a cheap date. UMass was fresh off an NIT run when Ford got what he wanted out of the relationship. He headed back down south after getting a BCS coaching offer (at Oklahoma State).

It took three full seasons, but Kellogg has his first 20+ win season at UMass head coach. And, wouldn’t you know it, here we are back at Madison Square Garden for the NIT Final Four.


Nick McGrath Potentially Expelled From UMass After Riot

This is Nick McGrath. At least that’s what I am told. No, I don’t know him. But he is (for now) a student at the University of Massachusetts.

I must say; that’s a truly awesome photo. I’m not sure if it’s going to be worth it in the end, but that’s a fabulous Facebook cover photo picture. Well done. For those not in the know — that’s Berkshire. A dinning hall at the UMass campus in Amherst.

So, what was Nick doing up there anyway?