Loving the Frozen Four championship game
This year's college hockey final pitted Michigan vs. Minnesota Duluth. I was rooting for the Wolverines because I respect their coach, Red Berenson, and their hockey program.
That's not the reason why I so glued to my TV on Saturday night. The beauty of the Stanley Cup playoffs is wishing and hoping for a Game 7. When it happens, it's must-watch sports viewing. It's even better if that Game 7 goes to overtime. Game 7s and hockey are something special.
When it comes to the college hockey national championship, fans never have to wish or hope for a Game 7. It's Game 7 every season come the national championship game. Best-of-seven series don't exist in the NCAA tournament, and that's a good thing.
As 1980 U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russel in the movie, "Miracle," said: "One game. This is your time."
Michigan and Minnesota Duluth played like it on Saturday night. It was winner takes all. There wasn't a seven-game series to collect yourself. It was one chance to be ready, one chance to take home the trophy. It's the way it should be in every sport.
- Mark Podolski