There’s nothing funny about winning.
Over the years I have had some horrible losses to write about. I mean, including this year. I try to spin the losses with humour, which is the entire foundation of this site, but with losses that makes sense. One needs a good laugh to dull the pain.
With winning, one doesn’t need to be entertained, as one’s already going OUT OF THEIR FREAKIN’ MIND WITH JOY AND EXCITEMENT!
Which, by the way, I am, and I know you are all as well.
We arrived at the GPL tailgate just after 12 to a much smaller crowd than was at the Final Five, but that’s expected. Still, it was great that the die-hards were there, no one does a tailgate like the GPL crew.
I missed the red carpet arrival because I was HOPING to get some food before heading over. I met up with my buddy and former UW blogger Badger Backer and made his friend and him come with me, then felt like a total tool when we missed it. Blah.
Honestly, I kind of wanted to die when tUMD gave up a goal 49 seconds in. It was just… so horrifying and sad and I thought it was the beginning of the end. JT Brown thought otherwise and found the back of the net so decisively that the puck bounced back out again. Something called TJ Tynan scored to get the Leprechauns another pot of gold, and I was ready to puke, and Kyle Schmidt was all “I have a bionic hand!” and we were at deuces. MCON scored another PPG and then the first period was over. You know, for some teams that’s an entire game worth of scoring.
Not so for the Bulldogs, who were DOMINANT in the second period. Jack Connolly and his beard got a lovely power play goal (they were 3 for 6 on the PP, which is a Union-like stat, except we did it against a good team, not Army) and weathered some QUESTIONABLE penalties and QUESTIONABLE NON-CALLS ON INTERFERENCE and headed into the 3rd period with a two-goal lead.
The Leprechauns got a short handed goal by borrowing a player from their women’s team named “Calle Ridderwall.” tUMD was in the offensive zone battling for the puck along the endboards and totally jacked it up. WIN BATTLES WHEN YOU HAVE MORE PLAYERS. WHOA. The Leps took the puck all the way to the other and and into the Bulldog net, and then fear took over and I was unable feel any sort of confidence or hope we were going to hold the lead.
tUMD weathered a penalty for “Leprechaun dropping his stick” as well as 1:08 of extra attacking scariness and as the clock wound down the final seconds I was on my feet, knees shaking, and I nearly blacked out from the sheer panic and excitement and disbelief.
THE UMD BULLDOGS ARE GOING TO PLAY FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.