Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
The Idaho Steelheads went from total control of the action to hanging on for dear life. But hang on they did last night, as Evan Barlow scored 48 seconds into the second overtime to give the Steelheads a 4-3 victory over Cincinnati in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals. The exhausting win, in front of a boisterous crowd of 5,595 at U.S. Bank Arena, narrowed the Cyclones lead to two games-to-one in the series, with Game 4 coming up tomorrow night. Had the Steelies not survived, it would have been devastating for them. They zoomed out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, only to see Cincinnati roar back. And it was with a vengeance. That the Steelheads ultimately stemmed the tide was impressive.
Now, how long can the Steelheads hold out against the ongoing Cincinnati onslaught? Play-by-play man Doug Plagens noted that while building their three-goal lead, the Steelies at one point had a 19-6 advantage in shots on goal last night. But once the Cyclones closed the gap to 3-1, they were relentless on the offensive end and overtook Idaho in shots on goal during the first overtime (the final count was 38-34, Cincy). What that means, though, is Steelheads goalie Rejean Beauchemin clocked some gigantic saves with the game on the line in OT.
I’ve never seen a wild celebration over the WAC Commissioner’s Cup, and I don’t ever remember one over the Big Sky All-Sports Trophy in the olden days. But the timing of Boise State’s victory for this year’s WAC Commissioner’s Cup is pretty darn good. When outsiders analyze the BSU program, they don’t see beyond football. And if they do, they go to the men’s basketball program and stop there, using it as evidence that the Broncos are a one-trick pony. Well, they’ve been consistent over the long term in their other sports, and it paid off in the 2009-10 WAC award. Football accounted for only nine of the 92.25 points Boise State accumulated for the Cup, which translated into a dominating 15-point win. First-time WAC championships in women’s soccer, women’s swimming & diving, and women’s tennis were catalysts.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany put the brakes on wild speculation over his conference’s expansion plans yesterday, saying his timetable is still the 12-18 months he laid out there last December. Now, will that slow down the Mountain West talk? Not likely. But the commissioner’s comments at the league meetings in Chicago must at least pique the interest of Mountain West presidents. Delany says the Big Ten’s exploration isn’t about creating a football championship game. But it is about creeping into the South and growing the Big Ten’s cable TV network.
The Baltimore Sun reports that former Boise State star Chris Carr is getting his ducks in a row for life after the NFL. Carr has been interning at Washington D.C. law firm Hogan Lovells and is planning on attending law school somewhere on the West Coast when his playing career is over. "I don't want to play until I have brain damage," Carr told the Sun. The sixth-year cornerback and kick returner is still only 5-10, 180 pounds. He said he’s wanted to be a lawyer since his junior year in high school. Carr played in every Ravens game last season and started six, recording 44 tackles with two interceptions and 1½ sacks.
The College of Idaho is riding a fine line now, as the Coyotes dropped their opener yesterday at the NAIA Baseball National Championships Opening Round. The Yotes fell 8-5 to Madonna University of Michigan in Riverside, CA. They have a loser-out game this morning against Huntington University of Indiana. A win would carry the C of I into another elimination game later today.
Former Boise Hawk Sean Marshall had quite a little streak broken last night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lefthander pitched in the Cubs’ defeat of Colorado, but he didn’t win a third straight game for Chicago. Not a third straight start or third straight appearance, but third straight Cubs game. Marshall picked up the victory in relief in the Cubbies’ triumph over the Pirates Sunday, then got another win Monday night against the Rockies. In four previous big league seasons, Marshall has never had a winning record. But he’s sporting one now at 3-1, along with a sparkling 2.11 ERA for a staff that’s been struggling. His ERA in eight May appearances is 0.96. Marshall started his pro career in Boise in 2003. He was 5-6 with the Hawks but posted a 2.57 ERA.
Kudos to Boise State's Max Corbet, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, selected for induction into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be in San Francisco July 7. To us old-schoolers, Corbet is still the Broncos’ Sports Information Director, the ol’ SID. I remember when Corbet arrived at Boise State. He was hired away from Stephen F. Austin and got to Corvallis in time for the Broncos’ first-ever game against Oregon State in 1986 (I was there with Paul J. to call it on KBOI). The night before the game we were all watching the World Series between the Mets and the Red Sox, when Bill Buckner…well, you know. What a different time that was—a 34-3 BSU loss to the Beavers. Another member of this year’s induction class is Air Force’s Dave Kellogg, a one-time SID at Idaho.
This Day In Sports…May 19, 1973:
Rick MacLeish scores the game’s lone goal, and goalie Bernie Parent—the Stanley Cup MVP—is impenetrable as the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Boston Bruins, 1-0, to win the Cup four games to two. Led by Parent and center Bobby Clarke, the Flyers, who began play in 1967, were the first expansion team to take the NHL title. Their physical play earned them the nickname "Broad Street Bullies”, and the Flyers and their fans insisted that the playing of Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” brought them luck. Smith was on hand to sing in person before that decisive Game 6.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)