College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The Detroit Red Wings are in a 3-0 hole in their best of seven series with the San Jose Sharks and if they look back into their past, things do not bode well for game four tonight. Their have been nine times that the Red Wings have been down 3-0 in a best of seven series in the playoffs and eight times the team lost game four. The last time the Winged Wheel was in this situation was 2003. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks (that was their name back then) had the brooms ready with a 3-0 lead and finished things off in the opening round of the playoffs in 2003. Mike Babcock was the coach of the Ducks at the time. So what can Detroit do? Obviously taking out Joe Pavelski is not an option so I would look to make a change in net. Let’s face it Jimmy Howard has been a yo-yo during this postseason and in game three he was bad. The goal he let in to force the game into overtime was backbreaking and quite simply cost the Red Wings a chance at a third straight Stanley Cup finals. It’s time for Chris Osgood to get his first start and see what he can do for his team. Sure Osgood was brutal during the regular season, but everybody knows he turns it on during the playoffs. In 129 postseason start Osgood is 74-49 with 15 shutouts. Let’s not forget the guy has won three Stanley Cup rings. You can’t tell me that the crowd in Motor City wouldn’t go absolutely ape-s$#t if they saw number 30 between the pipes tonight. Howard may be the future, but if the Red Wings don’t want to be playoff history they should break out some Osgood.
On a side note – I am a member of Raiders Nation and today might simply be the best day of my life (okay maybe not as good as the day my kids were born, getting married and some other days, but close). Oakland has finally released former number one overall pick quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Thank you Mr Al Davis for owning up to an error and proving to the world that you somewhat know what you’re doing.