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>Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up To Me

3 February 2006

>So, it’s Bucky time again. My favorite time of year! Why? Because even when we’re sucking harder than a black hole, we can gut it out against the Badgers. For example, last year, we were in a tailspin, and we still took 3 points from them on 4 & 5 March. Two years ago, we went to their house and secured ourselves as the #2 spot in the WCHA. Three years ago, we split, and four years ago… well, let’s not go back that far. So I feel good about this weekend. I feel FANTASTIC about this weekend, actually, because I’ll actually be able to listen to the game. Therefore, there had better not be any of this 7-1 crap this weekend. BRETT HULL is going to be there, ‘Dogs. Don’t look like jackasses in front of someone whose jersey the school is going to retire.

I don’t wish any ill will toward Brian Elliott, I hope he recovers well and returns to form. However, I feel no shame in telling the ‘Dogs to exploit the gift the Badgers are giving us (the gift being Shane Connelly) to the fullest extent. Kick ’em while they’re down? Heck yeah! But we’re down? So what? This is our chance, we can claw our way out of the basement on the backs of the Badgers. We can humiliate them! One of the top teams in the country being taken down by a team on the verge of a total breakdown? They would lose their collective jock. Shane Connelly can not stop shots the way a Bobby G. or a Tormey can (although we’ve let some pretty weak goaltenders get away with wins this season, so I guess I shouldn’t talk), plus NO ONE has confidence in him (his team’s actions when finding out Elliott was hurt spoke loud and clear, plus he’s 0-4 for a team that only had 2 prior losses), so we could do this, people. I mean, these are the BADGERS we’re talking about. The DIRTY, DIRTY Badgers! From Robbie Earl and his mentor to the Bush League play of Ryan “Boarding” MacMurchy, they are dirty. And did I mention they were dirty?

I have fond, fond memories of Wisconsin the last few years.
Two years ago, on the final weekend of the season, I drove from Champaign, IL up to Madison for the weekend, sat in the Madison student section, and screamed “Hobey F-ing Baker” every time Lucien, Jr. touched the puck. We of course tied (would have won, but a goal was waved off) and then won, and there were a lot of red fans unhappy with me. Oh, and then I ran my car into the ground on the way back, I ended up on the side of the road in I-39 with a dead transmission. That was fun!
Last year, I drove from here to Madison for the Saturday night game, and even though we lost, I did make a girl look stupid when we pulled our goalie during a delayed penalty. It’s so easy to make Bucky fans look stupid, they don’t know anything about hockey. Okay, maybe some of them do, but I have never met them. If you are a knowledgable Wisconsin hockey fan, please come see me, I’ll shake your hand. Then I’ll give you a short quiz.*

I’m losing steam here, so I would like to say, let’s get a win this weekend! Even a split would be fine! Let’s Go Dogs!!!!

*I’m using the definition of “short quiz” my plasma and fusion professor used. It turned out to be a long midterm. We were unprepared. So even this footnote is putting you in a better spot than we were. I hated that class.

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