Friday Flow: Frozen Four Flow

Currently Union and Minnesota are battling it out for the National Championship. Union beat Boston College 5-4 on Thursday, and Minnesota squeaked by North Dakota 2-1 to advance to the final. There’s been a lot of great hockey been played. Some of these players have flow to go with their game.

Boston College

Johnny Gaudrea

Johnny Gaudrea

BC’s lone representative is Johnny Hockey. Gaudreau won the Hobey last night.

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North Dakota

Paul LaDue 3

Paul LaDue

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Keaton Thompson

Keaton Thompson

Keaton Thompson 2

 

Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson

Minnesota

Jake Bischoff

Jake Bischoff

Hudson Fasching

Hudson Fasching

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Union

Griffyn Martin

Griffyn Martin

Matt Hatch

Matt Hatch

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Congrats to all on great seasons and great hair!

Friday Flow: Tournament Flow

Sadly March Madness is over, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t honor those men who fought the good fight and rocked flow while they did it.

There aren’t many guys who play basketball and have flow, but these are the guys I saw playing in the tournament who had it. I probably missed a few, forgive me.

Wichita State- Ron Baker

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He used to look like this…

Perm for dayzzz

Perm for dayzzz

BYU- Luke Worthington

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He’s a little short on flow but not on personality.

 

Pop that hip

Pop that hip

Saint Louis- Jordair Jett

NCAA Basketball: Saint Louis at VCU

He’s got the best name in the business

Saint Louis- Jake Barnett

 

NCAA Basketball: VCU at Saint Louis

 

Stephen F. Austin-  Jacob Parker

 

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New Mexico- Hugh Greenwood

 

 

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Eastern Kentucky- Eric Stutz

 

 

NCAA Tournament: Eastern Kentucky v Kansas

 

Western Michigan- Connar Tava

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Mercer- Bud Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

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Congrats to all these boys on making the tournament and here’s to hoping they keep their flow.

 

Like A Boss Applesauce: Kevin Love

Reasons why to love Kevin Love

  1. He’s tall
  2. He’s a boss
  3. He’s funny
  4. He went to UCLA
  5. He didn’t go to Oregon
  6. He asked permission to wear Walt Hazzard’s retired number 42 at UCLA
  7. He regularly spoke with John Wooden
  8. He was a consensus All-American
  9. White boy can jump
  10. He pulls down rebounds like nobody’s business
  11. He averages a double-double
  12. He’s a three-time NBA All-Star, starter this year
  13. He won the ‘White Guy Award
  14. He eats Taco Bell
  15. He’s in Taco Bell commercials
  16. He says duh
  17. He looks pretty good in just about anything.
  18. He learned to let his hair grow out
  19. He once shaved his head for a cancer research fundraiser
  20. He can grow a beard and stache
  21. He looks good with or without facial hair
  22. He doesn’t dance
  23. His uncle is Mike Love of the Beach Boys
  24. He broke his hand doing knuckle push-ups
  25. He does knuckle push-ups
  26. He wore a headband with a suit to honor a teammate
  27. He’s on the same team as Robbie Hummel and has played with other Boilers
  28. He’s toned up since college
  29. He has an Olympic Gold Medal
  30. He has a coat drive every year
  31. He’s been a part of ridiculous self-promotions
  32. He plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves
  33. He hopefully will keep playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves
  34. He plays Jenga
  35. He’s done lots of funny videos
  36. He’s been on the Disney Channel
  37. His last name is Love

More on KLove here.

My trip to see Hinkle Fieldhouse and Doug McDermott

I’m a Doug McDermott fan and last spring I was glad when he decided to come back and play his senior season at Creighton. This decision came a month after the announcement that Creighton would join the Big East. Butler, my second favorite Indiana college basketball team, also announced that they were joining the Big East. This meant the two teams would meet at least once during the forthcoming season. As I patiently waited all summer and the fall for the teams to release their schedule I hoped against hope that Creighton would have to make a trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a match-up.

Basketball season started and McDermott quickly asserted himself as a leading candidate for player of the year. On January 28th they beat St. Johns 63-60. Doug McDermott hit the game winning three and scored 39 points. That night was when I decided I had to see McDermott play. I had thought to myself that I would like to see him play but this sealed the deal; I needed to see him play before he graduated. I immediately looked to see when their match-ups with Butler were.

Creighton had already played Butler once in Omaha but they were going to face them again on February 13 in Indy. I looked on StubHub and saw that tickets were fairly reasonably priced. A week later I pulled the trigger and bought a ticket. I bought the cheapest ticket available which was for the top row of the arena.

Tip-off was schedule for 7:00 and to make sure I’d get there in plenty of time I had to miss my accounting class, it was a small price to pay to witness greatness.

Doug McDermott did not disappoint.

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He put up 26 points and again hit the game winning three as Creighton edged Butler 68-63. Butler kept up with the Blue Jays the whole night but didn’t have enough for the win. Kellen Dunham impressed me for the Bulldogs, he’s going to be pretty great by the time he leaves Butler.

Dunham guarding McDermott

Dunham guarding McDermott

Kid can get his shot up whenever

Kid can get his shot up whenever

Seeing Doug McDermott was great but Hinkle was what I was most impressed with…I’ve seen pictures of Hinkle before but none of them can compare to seeing the place in person. On the outside it was bigger than I expected. Not sure why I expected it to be smaller, but anyways…

Walking inside Hinkle is like a blast from the past… and it’s great. Much of the interior is original. There are modern installations at various junctions but the integrity of the place is still there. I took a lap and looked and some of their displays, and then went up to my seat at the top row on the worn wooden bleachers.

The view from row RRR

The view from row RRR

The architecture of Hinkle is great and lends itself to the incredible aura of the place. There is no escaping the history of this place; it feels like you’re going to a game 60 years ago. I couldn’t help but think of all the great athletes who graced the court and all the classic games played there. There is no better place in Indiana that demonstrates our rich basketball heritage. This basketball cathedral is a must see for any basketball purist and those who long for the days of yore.

I can’t wait to go back again.

Friday Flow: Matt Martin

Back to more traditional hockey flow…

Matt Martin

Matt Martin

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Matt is a left winger for the New York Islanders.

Celly

Celly

Martin’s offensive production is not league-leading; 4 goals, 4 assists. But he is leading the league in hits with 264 outdistancing the next guy by 64.

Putting the hurt on

Putting the hurt on

Last season he set the league record with 374. He’s on pace for 400 this season.

Stadium Series action

Stadium Series action

At this point in the season he’s racked up 67 penalty minutes good for 37th in the league.

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On the bench, not in the box

Being an enforcer he’s been in his fair share of fights. Since entering the league in 2009 he’s dropped the gloves 49 times.

One of many

One of many

His hits and fights have garnered him two suspensions totaling six games.

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While Martin has always been delivering the hits he hasn’t always had the flow.

Evolution of flow

De-evolution of flow

This season though he’s brought it back.

 

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Off the ice he cleans up pretty good.

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This summer he reported from VMA’s red carpet with Alyonka Larionov.

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I’m all for him making more red carpet appearances in the future.

Friday Flow: Ryan Kerrigan

This week we’re honoring former flow, sadly this fine specimen is not still rocking the long locks. We can forgive him though because he looks good without ‘em.

Washington Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan

Washington Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan

With flow

With flow

Ryan was a standout during his days at Purdue.

Striking fear into opposing QBs

Striking fear into opposing QB’s

A highlight of his time at Purdue was the upset win over No. 7 Ohio State.

Taking down Terrelle Pryor

Taking down Terrelle Pryor

During his senior year, Kerrigan was a unanimous All-American with 26 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles.

Beast

Beast

Kerrigan rocked the flow all during college.

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I guess after his college career he decided it was time to cut his hair.

Pro look

Pro look

His hair was still long during the combine.

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He even did a photo shoot before the draft rocking the long locks.

Glamour shot

Glamour shot

But when he was taken with the 16th pick in the draft by the Washington Redskins he had short hair.

Draft night

Draft night

With the Redskins Kerrigan has continued his high-level of play despite not having flow.

Interception returned for a  TD, sorry Matty Ice

Interception returned for a TD, sorry Matty Ice

Fellow Boiler Drew Brees in his clutches

Fellow Boiler Drew Brees in his clutches

Last season Ryan made the Pro-Bowl.

Ryan Kerrigan

This season though the Redskins play was abysmal. Ryan has admitted his role in that and plans on coming back better next season. Hopefully he’ll be able to make a return trip to the Pro Bowl soon.

Brighter days ahead

Brighter days ahead

Speaking of brighter days, Kerrigan acted in a fairly humorous commercial.

Ryan Kerrigan as the sun

Ryan Kerrigan as the sun

You can find the ad here

He’s also done a few other ‘acting’ jobs…

Must be the glasses that are throwing people off…

Off the field Ryan has made a few friends in DC.

Ryan and Ovie

Ryan and Ovie

Brooks Laich repping Kerrigan's jersey

Brooks Laich repping Kerrigan

Maybe being around hockey players Kerrigan will pick up on the Hockey flow and bring back his long hair. Or maybe he’ll follow teammate Tom Compton’s lead. We can only hope.

Cool Runnings and cool flow

Cool Runnings and cool flow