UAA Seawolves hockey home games on past Halloween weekends have typically been the worst attended series of season. For whatever reason, Halloween partying is a big deal in this town. Once when querying some friends about some plans that needed to be made in advance they pretentiously told me, "Winter is our busy season, we have lots of important social obligations." I rolled my eyes hearing it put that way to me.
What they really meant of course was, "Well ... maybe we'll do that with you guys, maybe we won't." Ultimately of course, the plans never emerged. But there is some truth in it for Anchorage folks. The summer is for getting out of town and doing all the fishing/camping and other outdoor weekend stuff. Halloween is typically the first social opportunity for a party.
So I'm thrilled that the Seawolves are on the road instead of at home this weekend. I don't want to sit in a grossly underfilled Sullivan Arena knowing that there are adult hockey fans who would rather be dressed up like pirates (pastafarians unite! all hail his noodly appendage!) at some house party rather than supporting the team. Instead, it appears that the Seawolves will be playing in front of a half-empty Mariucci Arena.
See ... it's the beginning of winter in Minneapolis too. Gopher hockey fans have their pretentious "important social obligations" too. Additionally though, the Gopher football team is playing Michigan State on Saturday and as you're probably aware, the whole town's genitals are still tingly with Brett Farve's choice to unretire and play for the Vikings. They're on TV Sunday versus the Favor's former team the Green Bay Packers at the same time the Seawolves and Gophers drop the puck.
So between the house parties, costume contests at local bars, a Saturday Big 10 football game and a locally compelling NFL matchup, the Gophers might be lucky if they put 12,000 butts in the seats this weekend versus their usual 20,000. Thank the hockey scheduling gods for all that. Better them than us. A big Gopher crowd in the John can spur their team on. The fewer the better as far as I'm concerned. Our guys know how to excite empty seats, right? The quieter they can make whatever fans do show up should benefit them.
And oh yeah (not that you care), the "jump break" feature creates havoc with some unknown bit of html code in my blog template. So rather than manually dig through html code trying to figure out how to rectify it, I'll have to pass on that for now. I read that the Google Blogger folks are working on it. The picture above is again thanks to "dude" from UAA's USCHO contingent. Thank the latest version of Blogger for allowing me to make it bigger than in the past. Click on it for the full sized version. It's good quality. Thanks "dude".