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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 16, 2010 A "BOB D. WEEKEND An NCAA D1 Frozen Four, a couple of baseball games, throw in an NHL game, plus still keeping one's priorities straight, and you have a "Bob D" kind of weekend, and making it even better being able to share it with friends. This past weekend it all came together in Detroit. I LOVE DETROIT Believe it or not Detroit was a great place, like any other city a tough economy hurts, but the City of Detroit is alive, lively and safe. The "host site" for the Fro- zen Four put on quite a show, and those who stayed away because of what they thought, missed a great op- portunity. It was certainly, not the Detroit of the 1990 Frozen Four. It was fun and I would go back and those who went along this year would tell you the same. COLLEGE BOARD: BOSTON COLLEGE WINS THE NCAA D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! Bob D at Ford Field, Frozen Four 37,592, a new NCAA Frozen Four record, watched BC shutout Wisconsin 5-0 at Ford Field, Detroit, to take home the National Champi- onship, their second in the last three years. In a rela- tively quiet I st period Ben Smith scored the game winner at the 12:15 mark giving the Eagles a I-0 lead. In an even quieter 2 nd period, it was a shutout, 0-0, no one scored, but there was some big defense, big hits and big goaltending on both sides. Period 3 was "All BC." Cam Atkinson scored at 1:38 and 7:20. In between Chris Krieder from Dorchester native Jimmy Hayes and Philip Samuelsson scored the game buster at 3:40, and Matt Price closed it out scor- ing at 18:29. Mission accom- plishedl BC is number one! The Eagles got there by over- whelming Miami (Ohio) 7-1. In 2007 BC shutout Miami 4-0 in the quarterfinals, in 2008 BC KOed Miami 4-3 in OT, also in the quarterfinals, and in 2009 Miami was defeated by BU 4-3 in over- time in the Championship game, so you might think a very hungry Miami would be ready to defeat BC in' the 2010 semifinals. Didn't hap- pen, not even close. Wiscon- sin got there by toppling "Rookie" Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 8-1. Brenden Smith assisted on five of the eight Wisconsin goals. Helmets off to RIT and their fans, who finished the season at 28-12-1 with impressive wins over Denver 2-1, and UNH 6-1 in the Regional's, and became the first Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) team to advance to the Frozen Four. Former Merrimack AD, and Beat by Bob DeCristoforo Bob D at Comerica Park former manager of the Larson Skating Rink in Winthrop, which was the home of the Columbus Hockey Friars for a while, is Robert DeGregorio. 34,954 watched the semifinals. Ben Smith from Boston Col- lege was named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. HOBEY BAKER HUMANITARIAN AWARDS Part of the Frozen Four weekend was the presenta- tion of the 30 th Hobey Baker Award to Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion. The Award hon- ors the top college hockey player in the nation. Crite- ria includes strength of character on and off the ice, outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship, and scholas- tic achievement. Finalists were Bobby Butler (UNH) and Gustav Nyquist (Maine). The 15 th Hockey Humanitarian Award was presented to Colgate's Ethan Cox. The award is given to a person, who goes out of his way to help others, not because they have to, but because they want to. OPENING DAY I did something I haven't done in a long time. I went to two baseball games, even better one of them was the Detroit Tigers season opener at beautiful Comerica Park, a good mix of the tra- ditional and new, here to they set an opening day record of over 45,000! I felt like an even bigger little kid. I got up early, took the People Mover to the Grand Circus stop, walked to the ballpark, and waited in line for two and a half hours to hopefully get a ticket. The wait was worth it. At 11:30 a.m. I got my ticket at face value, and shortly after, in my seat, eight rows behind home plate. Getting to see the Opening Day Cer- emonies, including the three F-16s, whose practice run on Thursday morning (unannounced) certainly shook me up, especially, since I was staying in the 72 story Renaissance Cen- ter Marriott Hotel[ Detroit enjoys Opening Day with or without tickets. Listening to the weather report they noted "dress warm, if you're going to tailgate" and they did. Game time the tem- perature was 35 degrees It was great. TRADITION AT "THE JOE" Bob D at Joe Lewis Arena I even got to see the Detroit Red Wings play Columbus at the Joe Louis Arena. "The Joe," as they fondly call it, is I believe the oldest of the new NHL arenas, but it has what most other lack ... tradition. Here hockey is what it is all about, everything else is second. You can actually concentrate on watching the game. The entertainment is the hockey. Word is Joe Louis Arena is going to be replaced, but when they build the new one I hope hockey in "Hockeytown" is still what it's all about. OLD ST. MARY'S On Saturday before the championship game, I went to Mass at Old St. Mary's Church in the Greektown section of Detroit. It is the third oldest parish in Detroit. On August 15 th Old St. Mary's will celebrate its 175 th anniversary. Even when you are away on a very busy weekend you can't for- get your priorities. SPRING FUN FRIDAYS CitiCenter CitySpotlights presents two "Fun Friday" events on April 16 th and April 30 th from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. It's a free evening of theater games, improvi- sation and performing arts fun for youngsters II-13 years of age. For information call Anthony Victoria at 617-532-1221. The program takes place at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash Street, Boston. TIDBITS - Special "salute" to Chris Simeca, who is now in the Service. - Frozen Four on a football field? Still under further re- view Celeb Sightings: "new" New Yorkers Chris Periera and Mike LoPriore home for a visit. - It's Cancun time Fac reviewin 9 MIRZ RABON -- AT ms BEST (CO) GrandVista Marty Raybon is best known as the founder and former lead singer of country music's hit group Shenandoah. The eleven songs on his solo al- bum, At His Best, show his versatility and ability to handle songs. For the five songs he didn't pen, he made sure to surround himself with writers who created songs that fit him masterfully. Opening with the tender "I Just Want to Touch You," trailed by the pretty "That's the Only Way," the family ties of the current single "Daddy Phone," -- the next five songs written, or co-written by Marty include, "The Heat Is On," plus the hurt of "Big Pain," and the awareness of "The Change." While with Shenandoah, Marty led the group to 22 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 13 #1 singles. Potential winners can be culled from "A World Without You," following with a song he wrote for his son Matthew, currently serving his country, "Still My Little Man (Matty's Song)," the pleading "I Don't Want to Lose You Anna," and winds down with the emotional "I Am Coming Home," and ends with the insecurity of "You Get Me." Marty's vocals bring back strong memories of Shenandoah's success. THE BACK-UP PLAN m MOTION PICTURE SCORE (CO) Lakeshore The Back-up Plan is a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin, opening in the- aters on April 23 rd. The laughs and situations get the benefit of an original motion picture score created by Stephen Trask. Utilizing 34 tracks, Trask opens with the airy "Daydream" instantly bring- ing thoughts of romance to mind, filling the middle with strains of the title cut "The Back-up Plan," the brief "Goodbye For Now," the grow- ing pains of "Pregnancy Test," the tasty "First Kiss," and the restrained joy of "Not Leaving Leaving." Additional high- lights have, "Are You Still in There?" "Pictures of Mom," "I Wanted a Baby," "Baby Time," plus "And Now, For The Excit- ing Conclusion Of," and the finale is framed in the excite- ment of "Proposal." Love and marriage, go together like the motion picture and this fitting Stephen Trask motion picture scorel JOHN FEDCHOCK NY SEXTET m LIVE AT THE RED SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL (CO) Capri Trombonist/composer/ar- ranger John Fedchock puts together a lineup of dazzling New York post-bop talent to produce the sextet's ener- getic debut, Live at the Red Sea Jazz Festival. The list of contents may be small (six songs), but it's long on enjoy- ment. Fedchock leads the way with an outstanding, ener- getic effort on the eleven minute opener, "This Just by bob morello , the rest In," the Latin grooves abound on close to ten minutes worth of "That's All Right," the warmth and intimacy in- spired by "Elvin's Empire," the previous three songs penned by Fedchock. That's just the half of it, as the sextet takes Tom Harrell's "Moon Alley," and sends listeners to the heavens, thanks to a soaring music line on "Moon Alley," switching over to display the tricky tempo changes of the almost 14-minute Ellington gem titled "Caravan." Fed- chock returns to produce the smooth strains of "Not So New Blues, -- a spirited piece he also wrote. Super! MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING  SHINE YOUR FACE (CO) World Records Mr. Something Something is known for their potent mix of pedal-powered philosophy and sustainable funk. Collec- tively Mr. Something Some- thing is Larry Graves, Johan Hultqvist, Paul MacDougall, John MacLean and Liam Smith. Their ability to get people dancing is renowned -- and the beat they create makes it impossible to not want to dance. Digest tasty tracks as the rhythmic, "The Antidote," the free-spirited sound of "Only the Maker," utilize a 5/4 time signature to deliver "Make Your Mind," and hit the halfway mark with the horn-laden "Why Why Why." If you want to feel Mr. SS's rhythm reverberate 'live' -- you can catch them at Johnny O's (Somerville), on Sunday, April 18 m. "City of Sand" pounds out a heavy beat, followed by the brevity of "Through the Dirt," the explosive, "What Are You Waiting For?" and offer up Part II of "Make Your Mind." Open your ears to their mu- sic, and your mind will follow! BRIAN LANDRUS m FORWARD (CO) Cadence Jazz Nevada native Brian Landrus is a master on bari- tone sax, bass clarinet and alto flute. His lengthy creden- tials include working or re- cording with The Tempta- tions, The Coasters, The Four Tops and The Drifters, and a host of jazz artists. A gradu- ate of Boston's New England Conservatory, Brian received a pair of masters of music degrees for jazz composition and jazz performance. His de- but CD Forward was recorded while in Boston and shows off almost a full hour's worth of enjoyable music. Lend an ear to "Ask Me Now" -- a Thelonious Monk creation, the flow of "The Stream," the reflective "Shadows," plus the romantic "To Love and Grow," and nine-plus minutes of the creative "Classification." The album title cut "Forward" has Landrus on bass clarinet, back on sax for "Beauty of Change," along with the brief "Interpretations," and heads for home on the heels of the ensemble improvised "Desti- nations." Brian composed an arranged all the music, with the exception of Monk's "Ask Me Now." Excellent listening!