This is an abbreviated primer (of sorts) for those uninitiated in some of the finer points that contribute to SCSU being the most enjoyable target on the college hockey landscape. There are just too many things about St. Cloud State University that have become embedded in the psyche of college hockey fans around the country and I'd be remiss if I didn't cover some of the basics first:
JBSU - Jan Brady State UniversitySt. Somewhat Lesser St. Nicknames:
(A constant jealous refrain of "Marsha Marsha Marsha" over the years from the rural Minnesota college town regarding it's big sister in Mariucciville earned them this most beloved moniker.)
St. Future Favorite St. Nicknames:
St. Cloud Bluffskies
SCCC - St. Cloud Community College
St. Aretha "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" Franklin University
and of course ... St. Bob
St. Double BobbleNever won an NCAA playoff game:
(Never Ending Futility Stuck In An Ever Expanding Ever Darkening Universe Filled With Sadness And InfiniteLament)
WCHA Quote of the Week that didn't come from former SCSU Head Coach Craig Dahl:
In 5 trips to the NCAA's the Huskies have never managed a win. 4 of those years came from 1999-2003 with their only other playoff appearance coming in 1989. You'd never know it listening to the way their fan base talks about them. Their fans have already characterized this years edition as "the greatest Huskies team ever" (um ... don't you have to be great at least once before to be called "greatest" ... is it just me or is that like a kid saying "you're my favorite mommy")? I'll look at the reality of the 06-07 Huskies II in my "Preview a St. Bob Fan Can Understand" post later in the week. Part of the JBSU syndrome is something not unlike the now famous "inferior in the interior" and "you can't spell failure without UAF" sayings. The folks in St. Cloud just don't seem comfortable in their own jeans and almost certainly conciously repress their all too true longing for the big city life. God bless the poor buggers. Their fans are pretty hopeful they'll get another chance this year to pick up their first NCAA win. Mebbe they will ... I'll save that for later.
UAA Athletic Director Dr. Steve Cobb when asked about the timing of the Dave Shyiak's job notice:Other St. Cloud Fun Factoids:"If you gotta eat a frog you should do it in the mornin' so it doesn't ruin your whole day."
There is one snowmobile dealership for every 5400 people in the city of St. Cloud. If you include the nearby outlying area the proportion goes down to 1:3300 or so.
The Stearns County History Museum is the only county Museum in the the state to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. I have to ask ... Why do the rest of Minnesota's counties hate the American Association of Museums? Their mission statement says "... is to enhance the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy and service". St. Clouderiteians should be proud and the rest of the counties in Minnesota should be taken to Mankato and hung on the Guiness world-record gallows they have over there.
St. Cloud was named after a suburb of Paris by some Mainuh with a Napoleon fetish. No wonder there are so many swelled chests in central Minnesota. Phew.