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Sports roundtable – Feb. 2, 2012

Even the all-stars don’t care about the all-star game, but the fans do

Autumn McDowell, Britton Gray, Colton Hordichuk, Jhett Folk
This week's roundtable

The University of Regina has a rowing club. Did you know and do you care?

McDowell: Well of course I knew, I mean, it’s basically my job to know. Although it is not my job to care, I still do. I care mainly because our news editor, Natasha Terisigni, is downright obsessed with rowing and cares about it enough for everyone at the Carillon.

Gray: Well I had no idea but I am glad I now know. It just goes to show that the university really has a little bit of everything and you just need to look. Maybe there are even some staircases that move.

Hordichuk: I had absolutely no idea the rowing club even existed. Will I join it? No. But, it is cool to see students take interest in other sports.  I’m still waiting for the U of R to have a beer pong team.

Folk: Well to be honest I didn’t know. But I do respect the idea of one, as I was a fan of the twins in The Social Network.

Have you been keeping tabs on the Regina Pats this season?

McDowell: Damn right. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I want to talk about hockey for the rest of my life. Oddly enough, that means actually knowing what I’m talking about. I can’t wait to finally see playoff hockey in Regina; it has been far too long. 

Gray: Nope. I haven’t kept up with the Pats in years. I read about them in the papers but that’s about all my knowledge of the Pats. But hey, GO PATS GO!

Hordichuk: Nah, I’m all NHL. It’s faster, better, and it’s not the WHL. I understand that the Pats are our local team, but that cup of tea just isn’t for me.

Folk: I’ve been to a few games this season and have been fairly impressed with a couple of players on the team. As far as knowing game by game how they’ve been doing, no, I’ve been too caught up trying to keep up with the Canucks this year!

What was your favourite moment of the NHL all-star weekend?

McDowell: The all-star weekend kind of disappointed me. Let’s be real. Stamkos should have gone way earlier than he did. Also, how hideous was the car that Logan Couture got? Talk about kicking someone while he’s down. As if it wasn’t bad enough to be picked last, he has to give a member of his family a hideous car. Favourite moment was probably Joffrey Lupul and Scott Hartnell commentating the game. “Let me do blue.” Lupul.

Gray: The Patrick Kane Superman move. That guy is a beauty and he just proved it again. Also seeing Alfie get the standing ovation after scoring his goals is a real testament to what he means to the Senators club.

Hordichuk: I’m going to go with Kane’s superman goal, Perry’s mini-stick goal, Stamkos’ unbelievable three goals in the elimination shootout, and Chara’s 108.8 m.p.h. shot. I freakin’ love the skills competition.

Folk: Either the great ovations that Alfredsson was blessed with this weekend, or the Sedin and Thomas hug. Watching Alfie get one of his final hurrahs in the NHL was great and well deserved. Though, I must say when Sedin and Thomas were joking around it made me happy to see the lighter side of the game.

Chael Sonnen has been carrying a replica UFC belt around with him. Is this weird or awesome?

McDowell: Chael Sonnen is your basic nut case. However, he’s an entertaining nut case. Him carrying around the belt is awesome, but him beating Michael Bisping is awesomer. Did I just say “awesomer?” You better believe it. Chael “Let’s not forget about the steroids scandal” Sonnen may have beaten “The Count,” but he will be no match for “The Spider.”

Gray: AWESOME! Chael Sonnen is exactly what the UFC needs. He’s the overconfident asshole you love to hate but keeps your attention. KEEP IT UP CHAEL!

Hordichuk: It’s Chael Sonnen, what do you expect? I know I’ve said this before on the roundtable, but the guy is a beak-show, and he’s just trying to get a rise out of people.  Personally, I think it’s awesome and funny.

Folk: Weird. That’s like me carrying around a billion dollars in Monopoly money. You can have as much of the fake as you want, but at the end of the day it is fake.

Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl and what is your score prediction?

McDowell: I think I’m going to have to go with Mr. Brady and the Patriots on this one. I am well aware that Eli Manning beat Brady in their last Super Bowl encounter – please God, don’t remind me – but his one will be all New England. Score prediction: Patriots 27, Giants 23.

Gray: The Giants will win. Eli [Manning] has had [Tom] Brady’s number recently and I expect him to continue to win. It will be close, but I think Eli makes another game winning drive at the end. 35-28.

Hordichuk: Patriots 27-24.  My heart wants the Giants to win, but my mind is thinking Tom Brady and the Patriots will steal it in a close game.

Folk: Giants to win. I foresee the score being somewhere along the lines of 34-31.

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