Last night, in absolute desperation, after trying absolutely every other avenue available, Andy (aka Chuck) from B5Q (Gauntlet with him here) turned to yours truly and asked me to be a guest on the podcast he shares with Matt from Radio Free Omaha.
It’s typical RWD gloriousness/nonsense and it is definitely a must-listen for all RWD comrades! Clickety click for aural hilarity!
tUMD 3, Kittens 2/tUMD 1, Kittens 5
Pretty much every post I write about this season could be titled Jekyll/Hyde. Whatever, it’s fine. Again, we’ve all been spoiled by such fantastic seasons. As long as it doesn’t become the norm again, I can deal with this season. And looking at the freshmen and sophomores on the team, I’m not that worried.
HOWEVER, guys, this does not mean you’ve been given carte blanche to suck. Please try to be good, at least. Is that asking a lot? Trying? I don’t know. I do know that getting a split is not really that fantabulous when that Friday win has already been secured.
Friday was kind of a neat game. Sources at the game say they were not impressed by either team. I do have to give tUMD credit for battling back from a 1-0 deficit to take a lead, and then after surrendering the lead, continuing to attack. I am glad they didn’t just play for the tie. Just think if Herbert hadn’t scored, we’d have come out of Colorado Springs with one sad pathetic little point, instead of a respectable two. In tie games, the last few minutes are typically no man’s land, with both teams playing conservatively in order to preserve that point. And then CC pulled the goalie and tDogs didn’t let in an extra attacker goal! I was so excited and filled with hope for a possible sweep.
Saturday was terrible. So terrible that only one player even got a point! Keegan Flaherty’s unassisted goal was the only bright spot of the game. I am very confused by losing in this fashion. The altitude kind of sucks, yeah, but conditioning is part of the game. Blowout games leave me scratching my head. It’s not like CC is amazing this year, and it’s not like tUMD is terrible. So why let that happen? I’m befuddled. I don’t think I need to have any more synonyms for addled in this post.
This weekend, tUMD plays some teenagers in an exhibition game and faces Denver the following weekend, and I will be IN THE HIZZAY for the game! Denver is having a somewhat disastrous season which is fantastic, since it keeps the spotlight off of tUMD’s temporary reduction in excellence. A sweep would be beautiful.
Oh, here’s the quotation of the weekend:
@runwiththedogs: Sounds like Dogs are starting to buzz a bit again.
@knowsnothing: Do they think they are bees?
@runwiththedogs: They are dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees.
I can’t believe I found a way to make that germane to a conversation.
Comrades, so much has happened since I last posted! Because I am a failure! So now I am making a terrible, random, hodgepodge of a post as atonement!
The NHL lockout is over, of course, which is fine, although I am not easily going to be won back. I’m watching the Wild’s scrimmage right now. Maybe we’ll get to see Justin Fontaine in a Wild jersey at some point during this season. I am somewhat underwhelmed otherwise, although I guess I’m just not that invested in the Wild beyond Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund. Also I’m in a fantasy league again. Go Team J’m'en Crisse!!!
The less said about the Florida tournament, the better. I don’t know what kind of Sex Boat shenanigans went on to cause the three players to get suspended (Farley, Bergman and Danberg), but one of many differences between tUMD’s fanbase and… certain other fanbases is our fans don’t go on witch hunts looking for every last little morsel of dirt on our players. (Nor do we demand private medical information about our players when they have… problems with their feet, let’s say.)
tUMD won a pair of games against Tech with what appeared to be opposite strategies: first, they scored one goal and hung on for dear life (which is classic tUMD-MTU hockey). Then, they scored lots of goals before nearly letting the game slip away. They did manage to give up an extra attacker goal, much to everyone’s chagrin. We were all lucky Tech was down by 2 at that point.
Last Saturday there was also a jersey auction. I didn’t bid because I wasn’t there, and they were replicas, and I’m also wary of the politics of breast cancer “pink-washing.” Also now that I am back in school I have to spend money on overpriced textbooks and “fees” and parking and other dumb stuff.
I’m going to TRY, really TRY, to get back in the habit of posting more regularly the rest of the season, but I am going to have to get used to sporadically attending games (I haven’t been to one since October) after several years of regular attendance at home games. I know, I founded this blog on sporadic attendance, but whatever.
As a final note, this will be the last year for tUMD’s fan forum, tPenalty Box. It’s unfortunate that the site won’t be around anymore, as there used to be several posters with great recruiting information.
Let’s hope tUMD can give CC a pounding this weekend and get some momentum in the second half of the season!
Oh, I hope you all had a wonderful day today, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Merry Christmas from me, and from the Crandall Brothers Nightclub Act:
tUMD 5, Seacritters 1
tUMD 2, Seacritters 1
Today’s blog post is brought to you by the wonderful Ben Chorn (@CampBenCh), on-site reporter for the RWD News Network. He braved the cold, the lack of sunlight, and the wildlife of the far north in order to bring us this crackerjack report.
Hello from Alaska! You may notice that I am not RWD… someone decided to be lazy and do calculus instead of something worthwhile like writing a blog or going to UAA to watch a hockey game.
Speaking of hockey, did you hear tDogs WON on a SATURDAY?! What you probably don’t know is that I called it. When deciding what jerseys to wear for my trip to Anchorage, I went with the 90’s “triangle” Bulldog on Friday, and my Jack Connolly jersey on Saturday. Everyone seemed to think we wouldn’t win on Saturday, but I said no- Jack Connolly wouldn’t lose on a Saturday so neither would this team! (Jack Fact- Jack Connolly once shot a puck SO HARD that when it rang off the pipe, it was heard in Anchorage. Jack Connolly, of course, never misses and simply wanted to let Anchorage know the Dogs were coming).
In case you missed it- Dogs won on Friday 5-1 (after I apparently “jinxed” the shutout by mentioning it), and 2-1 Saturday. It is the first sweep of the season, the first win on a Saturday, AND the first time UMD has swept UAA in Anchorage since 1996. It also happened to be my first away game (coincidence? I don’t think so).
The games this weekend were full of ups and downs. Not clearing the puck from in front of the net was nerve-wracking, but this team seemed to fight back and take advantage of some UAA penalties (UAA also had a 5 min major penalty each night). From what I have heard, the Dogs have taken a lot of penalties this season- however they did well killing it tonight. Welinski did a great job AND almost had a shorty (right after I posted on twitter that the Dogs needed to either kill the power play or score a shorty. They opted to kill it.). This series can’t be talked about without talking about Cameranesi- 2 goals on Friday, and 2 assists on Saturday (on the only 2 goals of the night!). This being my first game I have seen all season, I was excited to see the freshmen play. Welinski, Farley, and Cameranesi didn’t disappoint and had a great series. McNeely also did a great job, and played well on a couple nights where the shots weren’t as common as against some other teams. Overall I am excited to see this team next year and these freshmen kids look good.
The one thing I will give UAA is their fans are fairly nice. I still got told to “sit down” and occasionally the glare of “do you know you are in OUR arena?,” but it was a great time. It was also nice knowing I had about 90% of the seats to choose where I wanted to sit since apparently there is something better to do in Anchorage (that or no one wants to see a losing team). They literally were throwing t-shirts that were landing in empty seats. UAA, however, DOES have a “wet” section. I am not sure if I should attribute the success tonight to my Jack Connolly jersey, or the beer I was drinking. Either way, the Dogs came out on top and I will never have to hear the annoying wolf call they play at every possibly moment.
Where do we go from here? Well, UMD gets a break and then heads to Florida to play Maine (on Dec. 28th) and Cornell/Ferris State (Dec. 29th) at the Florida College Hockey Classic. They then face off at home against Michigan Tech January 11th. Let’s hope this momentum can carry until then.
Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter (@CampBench) if you want- however I don’t talk about tDogs that much. If you go on Reddit a lot, please go visit/subscribe to the sub “/r/collegehockey”(http://www.reddit.com/r/collegehockey). We could use more fans (especially Bulldog fans- it’s overrun by goofer and whioux fans).
PS- I will upload most of the photos to my flickr sometime this week (http://www.flickr.com/photos/benchorn/). I don’t usually have photos posted there, but it will most likely be the easiest to share them (I also took 400 pictures so I’ll need to weed out the bad ones).
A few notes:
1. Doing calculus is never lazy.
2. Writing a blog is not worthwhile.
3. I don’t know what Reddit is. It sounds like a frog.
4. He did, indeed, jinx the shutout.
Many thanks for Ben for setting aside some time for this humble* little blog, and for the photos!
“First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert shots into goals.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s Saturday night. We all know what that means: epic failure. Horrendous meltdowns. Offensive ineptitude. Defensive negligence. Etc. Condescending comments about how we “deserved better” or “should have won” made from the comfort of the winners’ circle. Despair-laden comments about “ugly hockey” and curse words I won’t print here coming from… me.
Really, why? I don’t understand. It’s not like tUMD is running trick plays or something. It’s not a “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” situation where we can’t play a quality lineup every night. I don’t think they are under any sort of gypsy curse or other miscellaneous hex. So why does Saturday after Saturday end in complete and utter disaster?
I recognize trying to remedy this wretched trend in Anchorage is not an ideal situation. But why not? So tUMD hasn’t swept in Anchorage since before anyone on the team was born, or something horrible like that. There’s a first time for everything. So, Bulldogs, don’t let fear run your lives. Get out there and win a freaking Saturday game.
Hello comrades, how are you all doing? Probably not so well, I’ve been neglecting you all of late. As have our dear players.
Bulldogs, we need to talk. Are we going to have to forfeit Saturdays in order to avoid the painful embarrassment of observing the depths of ineptitude that are at times displayed on the ice? Do we need to have a Come To Jesus moment here? Does Hurricane Sandy need to hit the locker room? Do I care that I made back to back tasteless statements? If a blogger posts on teh Intarwebz and no one is there to read it, is anyone surprised?
I mean, we can’t even blame the Teddy Bear Toss this time around. tUMD learned its lesson and did it at intermission. I assume Champ threw a bear underneath the zamboni. It’s really a good thing it wasn’t done at tUMD’s first goal, because most people were probably comfortably asleep in their seats by that point.
I specifically dislike losing to Buttmidji. They are annoying, and play stupid hockey, and they have lucked into much of their “success” of late, and no one cares about D2 titles because D2 does not even exist anymore, you losers, and I am glad tUMD will be in the NCHC soon and will be rid of them. Of course the school will probably go and do something stupid like play them every year because it’s cheap, and then more posts like this will occur. I do not actually like writing posts like this. I mean, sometimes posts about losing are funny, but IT IS NEVER FUNNY TO LOSE TO BUTTMIDJI. NEVER.
Can everyone just, I don’t know, like try or something? Would that be asking a lot? I am not sure at this point. Is it worth giving it a shot? Could we maybe just see? If the whole trying thing doesn’t work, we can certainly go back to not giving a good gosh darn-doodley-arn. I promise.