While Pondering the Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham and Overtime Hockey Games....
....seriously, I had to play in an overtime playoff game yesterday after pulling the goalie and scoring with :05 on the clock to tie the game at 3-3...and then we scored on a power play 2:42 into the OT. That's drama baby. And then I come home and watch the Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham. Unreal night for me.
Tonight however, ISU clinches not just a playoff spot with a win, but a home game to boot (ticket will be available should ISU win tonight ... prices are LOWER than the regular season prices by a buck...but still, nice showing there). Remember the shuttle starting at 6:15 fro
Here are the conference's updated playoff scenarios courtesy of myself and Jon Kasper (the two scenario geeks!)
WEBER STATE *Weber State is hosting the conference tournament, they win the regular season outright with a win over NAU or SAC OR a Montana loss at UNC.
MONTANA To finish second… *Win over UNC OR one PSU loss to either MSU or EWU *Loss to UNC and two PSU wins IF MSU defeats UNC (that would ensure that MSU would finish ahead of UNC in the standings)
PORTLAND STATE To finish second *Wins over MSU and EWU AND UM loss to UNC AND UNC win over MSU (only way to do it) Anything else and they are the #3 seed
IDAHO STATE To clinch a spot in the tournament *A win over either NAU or SAC OR an NAU loss to WSU OR one MSU loss to either UNC or WSU OR an EWU win over PSU OR one Northern Colorado loss. ISU cannot lose a 7-9 tie to any team involved in the tie unless the only two teams in the tie are ISU and NAU. To clinch fourth *Wins over either NAU or SAC OR with losses to NAU and SAC AND if MSU wins one or none of their final two games AND UNC does not sweep UM and MSU To clinch fourth * A win over either NAU or SAC OR with two losses exactly one MSU win AND exactly one UNC win. ISU cannot lose a 7-9 tie to any team involved in the tie unless the only two teams in the tie are ISU and NAU.
MONTANA STATE To clinch a spot in the tournament *One win over UNC or WSU OR one NAU loss and one EWU loss OR one NAU loss and a UM win OR one EWU win and a UM win. To clinch a home game *Two wins and two ISU losses
NORTHERN COLORADO To clinch a spot in the tournament *Two wins OR a win over UM and an NAU loss To clinch a home game *Two wins AND two ISU losses.
EASTERN WASHINGTON *Win over PSU AND either two MSU losses or two UNC losses NOTE: if UNC, NAU, and EWU all finish 6-10, NAU wins the tiebreaker if they defeat WSU but lose to ISU. If NAU defeats ISU but loses to WSU, then all three teams have identical results, and the RPI tiebreaker would be used to determine 6th, 7th, and 8th, and currently Eastern has the highest RPI of the tied teams. If NAU finishes 5-11, EWU and UNC can still tie at 6-10 and have identical results, going to the RPI tiebreak.
NORTHERN ARIZONA To clinch a spot in the tournament *Wins over WSU and ISU AND an ISU loss to SAC AND a PSU win over EWU AND both MSU and UNC do not finish 7-9. If MSU, UNC, EWU, and NAU all finish 7-9 providing UNC beats UM but loses to MSU and ISU beats SAC; MSU is fifth (defeat of WSU, and a possible sweep, plus a win over Portland State) and NAU is sixth (win over WSU) If MSU, UNC, EWU, and NAU all finish 7-9 providing UNC beats MSU but loses to UM and ISU beats SAC; UNC is fifth (4-2 against tied teams), MSU is eighth (2-4 against tied teams), and NAU is sixth (defeated WSU) If ISU, MSU, UNC, EWU, and NAU all finish 7-9 providing UNC beats UM but loses to MSU; ISU is fourth (5-3 vs. tied teams), MSU is eighth (3-5 vs. tied teams), NAU is fifth (beat WSU), UNC is sixth (beat UM), and EWU is seventh (best win is PSU). If ISU, MSU, UNC, EWU, and NAU all finish 7-9 providing UNC beats MSU but loses to UM; ISU and UNC are both (5-3 vs. tied teams), MSU is eighth (2-6 vs. tied teams), NAU is sixth (beat WSU) and EWU is seventh (best win is PSU). ISU is fourth (beat UM), and UNC is fifth. To clinch a first round home game: *Wins over WSU and ISU AND an ISU loss to SAC AND a PSU win over EWU AND MSU losses to UNC and WSU AND a UM win over UNC.
SACRAMENTO STATE *Eliminated
SOFTBALL PHOTO GALLERY In case you missed it the softball media guide is up (actually got a facebook message thanking me for it and the efforts to promote the team, which honestly warmed my heart just a little) and I posted a photo gallery of the first two tournaments that sort of introduces you to the team...courtesy of Caitlin McGrath's mom, who sent me a ton of pictures. Gotta love softball parents! Make sure you check it out.
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