This is a great time of the year to be a sports fan. Major league baseball starts this week, the NFL draft is nearly upon us, the NBA is heading down the homestretch, as is the NHL, with the Sabres fighting for a playoff spot. Of course, it's March Madness, a time when virtually every person you talk to has a college basketball "bracket" that they're following diligently.
But there is a different "March Madness" going on, one that centers on pucks, not hoops. Our Niagara University men's hockey team is in the NCAA tournament. The Purple Eagles, who finished the season with a 22-10-4 record, will face number one seed Michigan (31-5-5) on the road to the "Frozen Four". The two teams will face off at 7:30 Friday in the Times Union Center in Albany.
This will be no easy take for Niagara, as Michigan, which has won nine national titles, is the favorite to win the national title. They have 12 NHL draft picks on their roster. But, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.
In this day and age of spoiled professional athletes, many fans prefer college and high school sports. In a hockey crazed area like Western New York, the Niagara University Purple Eagles hockey team is a perfect fit for our insatiable desire for sports and that elusive championship that Western New York craves. Let's show our support for NU as they skate to the Frozen Four.