Only a short column this week, as I have been spending most of my time working on the big basketball preview. Just a few things to discuss, then you can get to checking out the sweet interviews, previews and picture views featured this week in the biggest ever sports takeover of *****The Lawrentian*****. Now I know we’ve already discussed my feelings about the lack of support for Lawrence football, and since the season is over, I won’t bring that up again. However, I should remind Lawrentians that we also have a hockey team. I hope you don’t feel I’m asking too much by making such a big deal of the basketball teams AND now asking you to care about a team that plays their home games 15 minutes away, but hear me out on this one: College hockey is the most underappreciated spectator sport in the country. I will say this again. College hockey is the most underappreciated spectator sport in the country. The NHL has managed to distance itself from the casual fan but the sport of hockey is as exciting as ever, and more and more people are realizing that the college game is just as exciting as the professional game. Those of you from Madison can appreciate how incredible college hockey atmospheres can be. If you haven’t seen a Badgers game at the Kohl Center, it is one of the three sports spectacles of Wisconsin. Oh, and the Badgers are pretty good too. There are few sports that can keep you right on the edge of your seat like hockey can, can keep you cheering as consistently as hockey can, and provides the momentary thrills that hockey does. Like football, Lawrence’s team might not win as many games as we as fans would like, but c’mon . is there any better feeling than chanting “sieve!” at a losing goalie? The Boston Red Sox effectively planted their flag in the far east with an astonishing $51.1 million bid for ace Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka — and that’s just for the right to negotiate with him. Shouldn’t this send a clear message to baseball executives that it’s time to institute an international draft and stop this nonsense about posting bids? Yes. Yes it is.