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Big Chill at the Big House Live Blog

If you’re on this site, you’re probably a hockey fan. While others are out enjoying this fine Saturday afternoon, we’re here browsing the internet in search of any news about our favorite team. Maybe you’re even looking for dirt on a rival. I know I do that…

But this post isn’t about the NHL. It’s not about the AHL. It’s about 40 kids playing in front of the biggest hockey crowd in history. It’s about doing what you have to do for the good of the guy next to you. Some of these players will go on to the NHL, but others will be doctors, accountants and lawyers. They’re not playing for money. They’re playing for pride; and no pro contract can ever replace the pride they’ll feel when they leave the Big House knowing they gave it their all as a team.

Bo Schembechler said it best: “The team, the team, the team.”

When Justin Abdelkader scored the National Championship winning goal against Boston College, it was his team that set him up.

When Mike Legg scored his gravity-defying goal in ‘96, it was his team that got him in that position.

I think it’s pretty clear who I’m pulling for, but if not, I’ll say “go blue!” and see if you get it now. But Sparty fans are welcome, too. In fact, I hope there’s a nice mix of fans of both teams as well as a few neutral viewers who just want to be a part of history. So here we go…

110,000 fans.

2 teams.

1 live blog.

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HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Not sure how much of this I can watch.  The game is way too exciting without that trapezoid around the net.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 12/11/10 at 07:04 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“The game is way too exciting without that trapezoid around the net.”

+1

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/11/10 at 07:06 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Good PK there.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/11/10 at 07:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sorry, I’m so late, Twig.  Had some grocery shopping that took a little too long but I’m here, man.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:13 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Excuses, excuses, SYF.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/11/10 at 07:15 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jon Merrill a Devils’ prospect?  Is that what I heard?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:15 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

You heard correct, sir.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/11/10 at 07:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Excuses, excuses, SYF.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE on 12/11/10 at 04:15 PM ET

I told the cashier to hurry the f*ck up.  Leave me alone.  LOL

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:17 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“I told the cashier to hurry the f*ck up”

+1

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/11/10 at 07:18 PM ET

SYF's avatar

J.Chelios is a big kid.  Holy hell.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:18 PM ET

Twig's avatar

Sorry, I’m so late, Twig.  Had some grocery shopping that took a little too long but I’m here, man.

Posted by SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 12/11/10 at 04:13 PM ET

better late than never.

this is close. review…

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 12/11/10 at 07:19 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Goal. It was going in regardless.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 12/11/10 at 07:20 PM ET

Twig's avatar

close. still, sparty with life.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 12/11/10 at 07:20 PM ET

Trish's avatar

why the “12” for M?  Are they 12th in the standings?

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 12/11/10 at 07:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Shannon Hogan’s cute.  I chubbed.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:23 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

My wife and daughter wandered onto a “female” store.  Listening on XM in the car.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/11/10 at 07:25 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“why the “12” for M?  Are they 12th in the standings?”

Yes.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/11/10 at 07:26 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

3-0!!

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 12/11/10 at 07:26 PM ET

Twig's avatar

i don’t get to say this much, but:

the michigan wolverines have put 3 points on the board.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 12/11/10 at 07:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

What a pretty goal.  Whoo.

3-nil Michigan.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:27 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Its a Power Play GOOAAALLL.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/11/10 at 07:28 PM ET

Twig's avatar

why the “12” for M?  Are they 12th in the standings?

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 12/11/10 at 04:23 PM ET

yup. 12th in the nation.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 12/11/10 at 07:29 PM ET

koalacaust's avatar

damn state, make this a game

Posted by koalacaust on 12/11/10 at 07:29 PM ET

Twig's avatar

nice goal celebration. was he playing the violin on his arm?

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 12/11/10 at 07:30 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Either they’ve got the student section miked or most of the crowd is yelling the traditional Yost taunts.  Sieve, Sieve, Sieve, 110k strong.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/11/10 at 07:30 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Someone was excited about the Winter Classic.

I…uh…stirred it up some.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 12/11/10 at 07:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Superb save by Palmisano.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

It’s a 3-nil Michigan lead and I’m on the edge of my seat.  It’s a thrilling game.  I keep thinking MSU is gonna start some crazy shit.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

3-nil Michigan.  Despite the score, I think the third’s going to be impressive.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:40 PM ET

koalacaust's avatar

nice hat mick

Posted by koalacaust on 12/11/10 at 07:40 PM ET

Trish's avatar

it looks pretty nippy there and the Mick looks good

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 12/11/10 at 07:42 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Good to see Chris Chelios.  Wonder if he’s getting a hard time from the Michigan faithful.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:53 PM ET

koalacaust's avatar

I was down there thursday for a high school game and it was in the single digits, I agree its pretty hard to beat a monogrammed redmond hat

Posted by koalacaust on 12/11/10 at 07:55 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Love the Mick.  Such a huge supporter of the State of Michigan’s hockey atmosphere.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 07:57 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Michigan drops into three men immediately in front of their keeper and two forwards just above the faceoff dots.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 08:05 PM ET

SYF's avatar

113,411 in attendance as reported by Dana Wakiji.

Congrats to both schools.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 08:08 PM ET

Twig's avatar

113,411. wow

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 12/11/10 at 08:08 PM ET

koalacaust's avatar

113, 411. un-fuching-beliveable

Posted by koalacaust on 12/11/10 at 08:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

PP for Blue.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/11/10 at 08:11 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

113,411. wow

Ahhh, what could have been on a Friday night between the Wings and Canadiens

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 12/11/10 at 08:11 PM ET

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