A number of people over time have assigned variable monikers to me as a result of what I say here. But I have to dodge most of all those labels in favor of the way I see myself; Seawolf Cheerleader. So here's what I'd say to the guys before the game if given the chance (the Full Metal Jacket video is there so you can imagine me sounding like a D.I. ... and because it's funny as hell):
There's more than a couple of folks watching you guys play tonight that would love to see you win. They'll be furtively sitting in the stands and watching back home on TV hoping their hardest that you do win. Most of them have followed this program for years and years. And those folks have seen it all, almost twenty years ago they saw a young program rise from it's Division II start to reach the NCAA playoffs and get a couple of big wins there. Just a few years ago they saw an unlikely run deep into the WCHA Final Five which affirmed their long support.So that's my Knute Rockne moment for whatever its worth. Add your own inspiration in the comments section! I'm wondering if we'll see the return of the UAA Band tonight?
But you know what guys? Mostly they've seen promise turn into disappointment. They've endured taunts and missives from other fanbases saying their program doesn't belong. This weekend can be the start of something new for all those faithful fans. Deferrring success to some later time and date isn't acceptable anymore. It's time to take it upon yourselves to put all that lamentable history behind this program. If each and everyone of you commit yourselves to that effort it will happen. If you play with unbridled passion you'll get it done. Be there for your teammates, make them successful by supporting their effort.
Superior effort and a willingness to sacrifice is half of the battle. The skills and talent in this lockeroom will take care of the rest. Be a part of something special guys. Be a part of performances that will be the talk of the league. Sweep these Badger's out of town and then move onto those weak-ass Mavericks next weekend eh? It's just about believing in yourself and believing in each other. Just win guys ... for the fans, for your teammates and most of all for yourselves.