While I would probably agree that it was time for Fox Sports North to move on from Rug and Doug, I can't say I'm impressed with their replacements. Near the end of the Seawolves/Gophers broadcast on FSN, Anthony LaPanta asked Larry Olimb the dumb question which inspires the post title today. Silly LaPanta. That's just as dumb as Rug asking Doug that question. And then LaPanta asks Doug the same question during the post game. Let's talk.
First, I'm going to answer the question. It's the wrong question. That's the answer. The only relevant question is can UAA win it's next game against Colorado College. I know folks love to speculate about the future and all. Such a question is common amongst alleged sports analysts. And I suppose lots of sports fans like to explore that sort of thing. I get it. But such indulgences are not going to be part of anything I write here. Anyway, both Woog and Olimb entirely poo pooed UAA's chances. Of course they did. The Gophers were still the better team in their minds.
Let's look at the context of the timing when that question was asked. Seems to me that part of the reason for asking it after getting toasted by the Seawolves was a weird sort of rationalization. What I mean is that if one can say to themselves, "yeah man ... UAA sure won't do shit at the Final Five ..." then one feels a little bit better somehow about losing to them. It's not logical per se ... certainly it would make one feel better if the team that just beat you went on to win the national championship. But in the immediate aftermath of losing ... there's some sense of rationalized satisfaction to spitefully minimize the team that just beat ya. Logic isn't a strength amongst us hockey fans is it?
I can promise everyone reading this that the Seawolves are focused entirely on the next game. They aren't thinking about Friday or Saturday. They know who their opponent is now. They are as familiar with the upcoming opponent as they could be. And we all know they'll apply the same determination, effort and teamwork on Thursday.
Scotty Owens is saying on CC radio as I write this that they are anxious to get another chance against UAA and get a little revenge. The Seawolves are happy to give you that chance this Thursday Scott. They aren't thinking about anything else. I'm happy to hear CC player Stephen Schultz talking now about how they're looking forward to going to the Final Five now and then the NCAA playoffs. Keep thinking about the NCAAs Stephen.