One thing I learned about Utah this weekend is that you can actually buy beer, however, it has half the alcohol content of regular beer! Affectionately called "toy beer" by some up here, it gives you all the bloat with none of the buzz! I think I'd rather have this than fake beer.
When the speed skaters were going at it, it created this almost dizzying effect as you were constantly being circled around. The Friday night open skaters didn't have that effect because they weren't nearly as tall. But as poor as the Utah drivers are, and as depressing as it looks in the Winter without snow, I gotta say, Utah has some good taste in music. There is constantly music being pumped into the arena, and 3 out of 5 songs I specifically say to myself, this is a great song. Not once did I question why anything was being played. Bravo, Utah Olympic Oval.
Since this is still and arena ice setting, so the ice played as such. Slopes and ridges and mismatched rocks and all that good stuff. It is totally manageable, but made for some tricky games. Despite that (or because of that?) we finished with a 3-1 record, tied for tops in our pool and secured a spot in the playoffs. Wich start this morning.
Luckily, there were no convoluted tie breaker scenarios. Group 1 was won by Team Seeger with at 4-0 record. Taggart won group 2 at 4-0 and we tied in group 3 at 3-1 with the Team Weisen. No other team was 3-1, so those are your four playoff teams.
On the women's side, Coleman and Walsh from San Francisco finished in the top with 4-1 records. Smith from San Diego and The Bond Girls finished 3-2.
They're doing a modified page playoff format. Since two teams from the men and women will get to go to Mankato, the 1-2 seeds will play each other and the 3-4's will play. The winner of 1-2 will be the champion, and the loser will play the winner of 3-4 for the second spot. So, it is impossible for either Zissou or the Bond girls to be the champions, but we can still book our trip to Mankato if we win two more games today.
All that starts at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time. I'll link to the live scoring and TESN feed, but based on yesterday's lack of internet, I don't know if you'll get many updates.