That's what I was thinking after watching last night's Blackhawk and Pacer games. The Blackhawks went into New York and beat a very good Rangers team 4-2 and made it look easy. After Jonathan Toews scored a penalty shot under a minute into the game, Chicago never looked back, leading 4-0 after the first period. It was a very cathartic way to break a 9 game losing streak, I'm sure. The Blackhawks will travel to Columbus to take on the lowly Blue Jackets next. I will be traveling to Columbus, too, to watch the game. It's a whole lot easier to find tickets in Nationwide Arena than it is the United Center, believe me.
The Pacers also won, beating in the Nets in a closer-than-it-should-have-been fashion, 93-88. Still, Danny Granger was back, and it was obvious what sort of a difference that made. He hit some early shots, and that seemed to get David West and, maybe more importantly, Paul George going. George has had a very, very good season and really looks like the future of the Pacers. And if the future looks like it did last night, Indiana is in for a bright future. He was doing it on both ends, and had another nice dunk, justifying his inclusion into the dunk competition at the all-star game. I'm not usually one to pay much attention to the NBA all-star stuff, but I'll watch PG at least. It's nice that Roy made the team, but that's not really enough to get me to watch that farce of a game.*
*The NBA version is still a whole lot better than the Pro Bowl. Has the NFL decided to kill that one yet?
In more troubling news, I hear DJ Byrd has picked up a DUI. He has really been a stud for Purdue since B1G play started. He's started to look like the player I thought he was going to be when I watched him destroy Covington when he was still at North Montgomery.* I haven't heard if that's going to affect Sunday's game with Michigan State, or any other games for that matter. I suppose he hasn't actually been found guilty yet, so maybe Purdue can get out of doing any punishment just yet. It sounds bad, I know people should get punished for what they've done regardless of who they are, but I can't help but hope
*See, I remembered that North doesn't like shortening it because Southmont does that. Wasn't that good for a WRC alum?