Hockey first: tonight's World Juniors semi-final between hot favourite Canada and Russia was a stunner. Canada went ahead four times, Russia answered four times. Russia went ahead at last, 5-4, with about two minutes to go, Canada answered through Eberle with 5.4 seconds left. No goals in an overtime period so tense my heart is still thumping, then Canada swept the shootout. You have to feel for the Russian kids. They played their hearts out, and in the end it came down to a coin flip. They didn't really lose. They just didn't win. Canada will play Sweden, who got everything they could handle from upstart Slovakia, but finally shook them off for a 5-3 win.
Oh, and the Sabres won 4-2 in Boston, ending a 10 game Bruin win streak and a 14 game Bruin home win streak. Keep working hard, guys. Good things will happen if you do.
Football next: so much for the more fancied toad teams. San Diego and Arizona showed everyone that the southwest means business. Tomorrow: Baltimore and Miami, jokes of the league last season, face off in yet another "something to prove" matchup. But the football bloggers of the world are wondering what Utah and USC need to do to get a shot at the winners of the Florida/Oklahoma game. Get in a time machine and change history is the best bet, I think.