Spring is beginning to tease us here in Anchorage. A slow melt has been underway for just over a week or so. It's always welcome. With the time change, it's light enough now until around 8:30 to drive without turning on your headlights. Most main streets are completely clear of snow and ice (except for the ice that forms overnight from the melt) and side streets should be clear soon.
It's almost "breakup". I always liked breakup but we don't seem to have that 2 week period where everything melts at once anymore. It is transformational when it happens more quickly. But for at least the last decade it seems, the melting takes a month or more to happen. Maybe we'll get lucky this year and get a really significant warm up? I hope so.
Not to be dramatic but, I'm seriously considering giving up this blogging thing. I have been for quite a while. There are definitely some things I need to weigh and consider in that regard. It's really just a matter of personal priorities and not necessarily reflective of anything else. As with anything else in life I suppose it's a matter of finding the proper balance.
But as an imperfect and less than most successful human being such a consideration is necessary. We'll see. I'm not promising anything either way. One decision or the other will make some people happy I suspect. But I'll base my choice on what makes me happy. That's right ... you're all secondary. Blogger has no emoticons or you'd see me sticking my tongue out after that last sentence.
I still plan to get to the last two posts I promised. Look for the coaching evaluation and recruit updates to come out soon. How soon? I dunno. When I get around to finishing them? Not a great answer I know but that's the way things are at the moment.
With all that, some sort of partnership with another dedicated Seawolves fan would encourage me to continue. You don't have to have some great flair for writing. Just a dedication to supporting the program and some knowledge of the game is pretty much all I'd require. And no, your opinions and/or views wouldn't have to line up with mine. And you wouldn't actually have to put your real name anywhere on the blog. Though I suppose, I'd need to know it. So um .. email me if you think you've got some Seawolves blogging in ya. Or you could start your own excellent Seawolves blog.
I grabbed (and uploaded to YouTube) Kevin Clark's 1st AHL goal from his 1st game with the Manitoba Moose. The goal came on his 1st shot and on his 1st shift. It's always a good sign for a guy to get one like that. Curtis Glencross scored a goal on his 1st shot in the NHL. So, good luck to Clarky on continuing success. He was awarded the 3rd star of the game. You can see the full game highlights as well as post game press comments by clicking here.
Congrats to UA_ for getting into the NCAA's. Does it matter that they sort of backed in? Not really. There was a crapload of stupidity with this year's Pairwise calculations mainly because Alabama-Huntsville won the final CHA tournament and the autobid that goes with it. Without that UA_ wouldn't have been waiting until the last minute to know if they were in or not. They would have been in.
Good on UAH for getting in. They got pissed on by the CCHA not letting them into their conference. So to go out and grab one of the autobids is ironically pleasing to me. Those poor bastards will have to play an independent schedule next year. That sucks. Getting into the dance this year is a small reward but one which I'd assume they treasure.
The 'Nooks will get an NCAA opponent familiar to those up on UAA's own NCAA history: Boston College. In the Seawolves first appearance in the NCAA's, UAA dramatically beat B.C. in what is often looked at as the biggest upset ever in college hockey. In a best of 3 series, the Seawolves took the first two games to advance.
I know lots of you will be mustering some home state pride and wishing them the best. Expecting any of that sort of thing from me would be a mistake. UA_ is our one and only true rival. I will not be wishing them good luck. Congratulations to them is all I've got.