With March Madness coming to and end and the Final Four capping off a painfully predictable tournament, we completely forget about another tournament that the NCAA hasn’t completely ruined yet.
The tournament I am talking about is the NCAA Hockey Championship. The Frozen Four. Whether you are a hockey fan or not, there are tons of things to appreciate.
First, it is only 16 teams. I realize this is due to a sheer lack of teams, but I like the fact that the Sweet 16 is the first round. Imagine if that is how they treated the basketball tournament. Makes it just a little harder to get that at-large bid and keeps flaming piles of garbage like Tennessee out.
I also really appreciate the names of the rounds. The Frozen Four is awesome. Unlike the Final Four, it shows that they put at least 30 seconds of effort into the name. I have also heard the quarterfinal round called the “Icy 8”. I’m a big fan of creativity and while these may have been thought of by an 8 year old, they beat the hell out of the Final Four, College Football Playoff, and College World Series.
When I said that the NCAA hasn’t completely ruined this tournament earlier, I didn’t mean they have totally kept their greedy hands off of it. Rest assured, they put a full 10 days between the Icy 8 and the Frozen Four to make sure it didn’t interfere with Virginia scoring 45 points. I get that it is a business, but maybe show a little less favoritism.
When the Frozen Four is finally played on April 11, these are the matchups.
Denver vs. Massachusetts
The only time I have ever heard of Denver College in an athletic context was in lacrosse and that was only because Chase Carraro went to my high school. In the Icy 8, Denver took down American International which sounds more like an oxymoron than a school.
Then, there is UMass. The only other time I have heard of this school was when Marcus Camby took money from an agent and got a Final Four appearance taken away. CALIPARI KNEW NOTHING. Regardless, they beat Notre Dame, so these are my guys now. I am a UMass Hockey fan. Let’s go Minutemen; hopefully you play hockey longer than you have sex.
Providence vs. Minnesota Deluth
I have absolutely no reason to think this, but the phrase “Providence Hockey” reminds me of a bunch of kids raised by parents like this:
Minnesota Deluth is probably filled with a kids who grew up playing on a frozen lake or something. I also get a strong Mighty Ducks vibe with a chip on their shoulder.
If you haven’t realized it yet, I don’t know hockey in the slightest. If someone would be so kind as to leave a comment or reply to us on twitter @soft7sports and explain to me what “icing” is, that would be greatly appreciated.