Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Pinnacle and The Rest of Us

It's all officially done. The Frozen Four is finished. And for the overwhelming majority of college hockey fans today is really no different from yesterday. One team won the championship and its fans have no doubt got to be seriously pumped. For the fans of 58 other teams the only solace that can be found is in waiting: waiting for the new season to start when all 59 teams start equal (on paper at least); waiting for another chance; waiting to see how it will all turn out; just a bunch of waiting. No waiting for Badger fans though. Their team won the championship (by a goalpost and 1.3 seconds). They're all feeling what the rest of us yearn to feel. Sure there are some of us non-buckybackers that know the feeling. DU fans had a couple of years worth.

But just as it is in every other sport we fans spend our money and time in hopes that we'll share in the pride that the pinnacle of fandom (a championship) brings. Most of do this knowing that it will likely take years of program building and disappointment and ultimately some luck before we can share that feeling. Yesterday Badger fans were in that boat. Today they're not. Today they are the ones lucky enough to feel that; 15 years since the last time they felt it; they should covet it; I would. I'm envious of Badger fans today but at the same time know that tomorrow UAA and UW will be equal (on paper at least). So congratulations to all the Badger fans who's years of support and belief have today been repaid by their team. Cheers.


Runninwiththedogs said...

Holy crap, this USCHO thing is nuts, man. They must know that you link to me, because I joined the board almost a week ago and STILL haven't gotten permission to post. WTF? I'm notorious.

Donald said...

I don't think it would have anything to do with me. More like they've been busy with Frozen Four.

Runninwiththedogs said...

I know, I'm just kidding.
I finally got permission to post, anyway.

Anonymous said...

well we should be happy that the WCHA is still top confrence in college hockey yes I know UAA didnt do well but it is a recruitment tool.

Anonymous said...

WCHA is the best...congrats to the Badgers!

UAA Hockey Awards Banquet is this Wednesday, April 12th at the Hilton, if anyone is interested in a last minute decision to attend and support the players, check with the hockey office at the sports center!


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