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Ohio State mens hockey kicks off CCHA tournament against Notre Dame

It’s a new season. That’s the attitude the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team has heading into the postseason. OSU (15-13-5, 11-12-5-1 CCHA) is the No. 9 seed in the upcoming CCHA tournament and will face No. 8-seed Notre Dame (17-16-3, 12-13-3-0 CCHA) in a best-of-three series in South Bend, Ind., starting Friday. “We talked about it right away at the beginning of the year. We talked about the only thing that really matters is the playoffs,” said OSU coach Mark Osiecki. The Buckeyes ended the regular season on a 1-9-4 skid after being in first place in the CCHA with a 14-4-1 record and No. 2 national ranking in early January. OSU, tied for the No. 18 ranking in the PairWise with the Fighting Irish, which helps select and seed schools for the 16-team NCAA Tournament, likely needs to beat Notre Dame and possibly their second-round opponent in the conference tournament, to have a chance to compete for a national championship. “It’s a new season now, what happened in the regular season doesn’t matter at all,” said OSU senior defenseman and co-captain Sean Duddy. “So we’re just kind of throwing the win-loss record out of there, and we’re 0-0 right now.” Along with wanting to start fresh, OSU has developed an “us-against-the-world mentality” with its postseason life on the line. “I think it’s great for our players,” Osiecki said. “Certainly you’re not going to get great bounces and probably not going to get the reffing to go on your side, especially when you’re on the road. I think our team likes that challenge. I think being the underdog, being as young as we are, I think they relish that.” Duddy said the key to success this weekend will be the team playing to its strengths. “The games where we tried to get too fancy are the game’s where we didn’t have success,” he said. “We’ve got to play the way that we can play, the way we need to play, which is being physical and keeping it simple.” Getting off to a fast start in the first period could help OSU as well. The Buckeyes have given up the first goal of the game in each of their past four losses, and have only led after the first 20 minutes in three of their past 14 games. Duddy said scoring early and being able to play with a lead would be a major emotional lift for the team. “Playing with a lead, especially in playoffs where the games are all so tight, it’s really defensive minded … if you can get that first goal, it’s huge for momentum. It’s huge playing with a lead. We’d definitely like to do that,” he said. Duddy himself and his fellow teammates are looking forward to giving everything they have on the ice this weekend. “It’s lose and you’re done basically. So everyone’s putting it all on the line,” he said. “There’s nothing to save it for.” The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish will drop the puck at 7:35 p.m. Friday in South Bend and play again Saturday at the same time. If necessary, game three of the series will be played Sunday at 7:05 p.m. read more

Its a little scary how often Ive been hearing on

first_imgIt’s a little scary how often I’ve been hearing one comment recently, of which the following is typical. It appeared on a financial web site about a month ago: This is all going down to hell, and we are all to blame for it. I am glad that I am old. It started maybe 10-15 years ago. Before that, pensioners would tell me they would love to be 20 years younger. Now they all say they are glad that they aren’t any younger and will soon be off this rock. I have a highly informed friend that reminds me of precisely the same thing every time I see him. It’s Not Just Pessimism A certain number of people are naturally pessimistic, and some of those people might be expected to make such statements. And I’m sure that some do. But that doesn’t look to me like what is happening here. First of all, the one common characteristic that I see among people making these statements is that they are well informed. Second, a good portion of them are basically optimistic people, quite willing to concede that what follows the bad passage may be very good. Their concern is simply that the bad period will last too long to live through, so they’d rather check out before going through it. Personally, I don’t think the bad period will be quite that bad or last long, but only time will tell. The Numbers Right now, the United States government is in the hole something like 200 Trillion dollars. That number includes commitments that are owed in future years, but unless the system breaks, that’s really what they owe. Businesses have to account for their debts that way. The total annual earnings of US residents is about 13 Trillion dollars. That’s only 6.5% of what is owed. So, here’s what this debt load would look like when transferred to the scale of a typical American family: You make $50 thousand per year. You owe $769 thousand. (Plus interest, of course.) Good luck paying that off, especially because that $769K is laid on top of your mortgage, auto loans, student loans, and credit card balances. These are the kinds of numbers that the “I’m glad I won’t see it” guys understand. The debts simply cannot be paid, and what happens when the system breaks could be very, very ugly. And, of course, the problems are not just financial. The entire ruling class of the world is out of control, massively arrogant and certain to flip out at some point. People who say such things fit into two camps: Those who expect to live long enough to make it through the collapse and into whatever comes after. Those who are older and who understand that the breakdown process will last longer than they will. They’ll be glad to die before it gets really bad. A huge number of folks are oblivious, of course, and fit into neither of these groups. They’re the ones who will get run over by all of this… just as they do every time. It’s my opinion that the sharper and deeper the crash, the sooner it will be purged, and the sooner we move through the welfare riots, shortages, and martial law phase. If the system breaks, productive people will get a glorious fresh start. If the system merely declines, it will drag the entire culture in the direction of North Korea. But, again, we shall see. Jefferson Saw It Too As it turns out, my hero Thomas Jefferson was an early “hope I don’t live to see it” guy. But what he was concerned about wasn’t a currency collapse but the destruction of self-government via a civil war. (There are always smart guys who see it coming, though they are seldom listened to.) Here’s a passage from a letter Jefferson wrote to a friend in 1820, when he was quite old: I regret that I am now to die in the belief, that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776, to acquire self-government and happiness to their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons, and that my only consolation is to be, that I live not to weep over it. And Jefferson was right: Four decades later millions of Americans were convinced to grab weapons, march in lines, and butcher each other. The end result of the American Civil War, aside from wholesale death and mutilation, was that the states lost nearly all of their power to Washington, DC. After that point, any claim of self-government was purely promotional fluff. If the states – who had created the union – couldn’t maintain their rights, how would any individual stand against the Beast on the Potomac? The Civil War (and Lincoln in particular) killed the America of Jefferson, Adams, Henry and Payne. I’m glad the destruction didn’t happen during Jefferson’s lifetime. He didn’t deserve that pain… and neither do the better old folks of our time. I am convinced, however, of this: The more that productive people understand what’s happening, the faster the fall and reset will be. Start talking to your friends and neighbors. Add deeds to your words. Don’t stop. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more