Tough weekend for the guys. Friday was a nightmare of a game. Coach called it weird. No argument from me there. Let me apologize here for being careless and forgetting to put up the chatroom on Saturday night. I know there are more than a few regulars that enjoy it. It was nothing more than forgetfulness on my part.
I thought the team played well enough on Saturday night. But once again, they simply seemed unable to score. I don't know if there is a lot anyone can do about that. On more than a few occassions I could sense that one player or another wanted more than anything to score a goal. It seemed that the majority of those scoring chances went high or wide though. Man, that was tough to watch. I'm sure it was tougher on the guy who shot it wide.
But overall, they skated well. They mostly outplayed SCSU in my view. SCSU's goalie came up with a couple of big saves. I thought Bryce and Jonny O played about equally as well on each night. So, unfortunately for those hoping that one or the other would take the reins that doesn't appear to be likely anytime soon.
There's not a lot to analyze about Saturday night apart from the inability to get the puck into the back of the net. The refereeing was an issue but ultimately the team is going to have to learn to accept that and deal with it. Shyiak too. It's useful I suppose to point out that it seems like the WCHA is turning into the Women's Checkless Hockey Association (as our friend Richard has so accurately named it). But that sort of comment isn't going to make an impact this year.
Maybe it will make someone in charge consider how things are being called in future seasons. But for now, the zebras have their marching orders and are going to continue to do exactly the same sort of job we've seen them do. The three penalties UAA got tagged with in the last 8 minutes Saturday were a big problem. If you ask me, the refs suddenly started calling shit they'd let go for the preceeding 2 1/2 periods. I liked that even though we were shorthanded for most of that last 8 minutes that we substantially outchanced SCSU. That was a promising sign.
With the long break now upon us, you can anticipate a couple of things from me in the next week or so. I'll give a mid-season report card of sorts on each player. And after that I'll provide a full blown update on all the prospects playing in juniors. Other than those two things I don't have anything extensive planned. Of course, if something occurs to me then I'll probably write. At this point I don't anticipate even doing any of these Sunday Potpourri entries.
It's only halfway through the season. And while things don't look promising for some of the levels of success we hoped to see, such things aren't necessarily ruled out yet. Nothing in the WCHA is won before March. So if they guys can get things hitting on all cylinders then perhaps they can delight us all.
I care a great deal about the current Seawolves record. I don't care what the program, staff and/or players have to do to fix it. I couldn't care less if people that only seem to want to shit on the Seawolves get any opportunity to express themselves here. So I turned on comment moderation. Most everyone that comments frequently here are known to me on some level. I care deeply that those of you who do comment regularly continue to do so. I don't care if that means fans from other teams never get a chance to do so. And I couldn't possibly care less what they think about that. When it comes right down to it, this is MY blog.
I started it because I cared that the local media was doing a shit job of covering the program I follow. I cared that prospects have some source other than ADN to gauge what sort of program they were considering. I cared that distantly located families of existing players have an idea of what was going on with their sons/brothers/nephews other than said players saying "It's all good" during their Sunday call home.
I don't care if some other local alleged know-it-all gets a chance to express themselves here. They can start up a blog, put 4 years of effort into it and build their own readership. And I couldn't care less if such people think I'm an asshole for having that view. And believe this, I don't care if I have to stop blogging if that's what it takes to not have to deal with some of the jerk offs that seem to feel they have some sort of right to comment here. I"m shitty like that. Don't underestimate the gratification that spite can give someone like me.
I could care less if they think this blog is the United States of America, because it isn't. It exists as at my whim. If that means I seem like an arrogant fuck to you, I couldn't care less. I don't claim and have never claimed to be the end-all, be-all, know-it-all of all things UAA Seawolves Hockey. But you will get MY honest views about what went on during a game. You will get MY take. And yes, MY views/takes will always lean toward the most positive and/or optimistic side of things. And if you don't appreciate them or agree with them ... well um ... change the channel.
I'm not going to shit on the one program of the one sport that I follow of which I consider myself a fan. I'm not a fan of the Dallas Cowboys anymore. I'm not a fan of the NJ Devils anymore. I'm not a fan of the Houston Astros anymore. I'm not a fan of Notre Dame or Creighton basketball anymore. I don't follow or cheer for the Cornhuskers or Texas Tech Red Raiders anymore. I'm not an MLS fan. I don't cheer for anyone in the EPL.
I couldn't tell you who won the Super Bowl last year. Seriously. I don't know. I'm not a sports fan anymore ... I used to be. But I'm not anymore, because I could care less what a bunch of spoiled overpaid athletes are doing on teams owned by greedy millionaires. My UAA Seawolves fandom is precious to me. I care about it deeply because it is the last sport I follow.
So ... comment here. You're free to express a different viewpoint. But if it smells to me like your motivated by nothing other than a desire to shit on the program, I'm pretty unlikely to publish it. Thanks for your attention. Maybe you couldn't care less. That's fine too. Because I don't care that much about whether you care; I'm pretty much an uncompromising prick.
The propensity for stupidity is exponentially increasing in this country day by day. The other day I heard an idiot on some radio program (I think it was NPR) explaining how in his early 20's he almost died because his health care didn't cover him properly. It all went on for quite some time with all these namby pamby liberals patting themselves on the back for their erudite observations. At the end of the program the host asked about the details of this persons near death experience with health care. He explained that he had a bad dose of periodontal disease which would have lead to heart attacks and cancer if he hadn't been able to get his insurance to pay for fixing it. Sigh.
Everywhere I turn it seems that people use their fear as the basis for many of their important decisions. Quit being so fucking scared of everything people. You're just getting used by others as a result of it. For example, the fucking Taliban isn't Al-Queda. They're a bunch of stupid nutbags that want to enforce ridiculous laws within their country. They made the mistake of letting Al-Queda campout in Afghanistan and paid the price of getting most of their leadership killed because of it. But if the U.S. left Afghanistan tomorrow we wouldn't be in any more danger from terrorism than we already are.
The attacks of Septermber 11th, 2001 were planned in Germany ... not Afghanistan. Ok? Quit deciding shit based on fear. It's a crying shame that the alleged purveyor of change didn't have to balls of a real leader and instead just pandered to the fear merchants. Get the regular Army and Marines out of that shithole and let them be with their families. Send in the super-secret badass killer assassin ninjas to kill Bin Laden. That's all you need to do. A bunch of redneck Alabama boys with shotty's could probably get the job done ya know? Yeah ... that's an oversimplification but ...
The Large Hadron Collider isn't going to create a black hole and suck the Earth into it. They've been colliding protons into other protons for decades. Now they're just going to do it at higher speeds. Ok? Not a biggee. Global climate change may cause a crapload of changes over the next 100 years but it isn't going to render life extinct. We humans are here because we are masters of adaptation. We'll figure it out. Sure, quit drinking bottled water, buy an electic car and put some solar panels up. All good stuff. But quit fucking running around screaming like a little girl and waving your arms about frenetically. Start exercising your common sense eh?
And now for the entertainment portion of our show ...