>A Burden In My Hand and An Anchor On My Heart
I’ve made no secret about how much I dislike tUMD being #1 in the polls. I know it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just, like, someone’s opinion, man. But it’s just a ginormous target and an extremely weighty expectation.
Last time tUMD was ranked #1 in the polls was my first season writing RWD. The subsequent disastrous weekend contest against Vermont, which resulted in a loss and a tie, precipitated the complete abomination of a season. And I’m being polite there.
Now, would they have had the same terrible season without that #1 ranking? Uh, yeah. There were a lot of problems with that team. And yes, I know, these aren’t the same guys. Most of them don’t even know the guys on that team. Except for Justin Faulk, who is Marco Peluso’s cousin. Oh Marco, what could have been. (Okay, upon further inspection, maybe there was more overlap than I thought.) But until this weekend is over I’m just going to sit here and freak out about that #1 ranking.
I prefer my teams to fly under the radar. Then they get overlooked, and pounce while their opponents are caught napping. Other teams champ at the bit to knock off #1 teams. Last weekend, #1 BU played Merrimack, a useless school I find interchangeable with Mercyhurst. If not for the Chris Connolly Come From Behind Special, BU would have made out with one sad little point. Instead they got two sad little points. Wisconsin is almost, but not quite as pathetic as Merrimack, and I’m nervous we’ll come out of there with a big fat zippity-zero.
So the #1 ranking is great for recruiting, as DHG and Ciskie said, and it’s nice to see their hard work and great success get rewarded. I don’t want this ranking to end up the albatross around their necks. Let’s hope these young gentlemen don’t take their focus off the REAL issue: WINNING.