Why is there no TV this weekend? Future college hockey national powerhouse Nebraska-Omaha cannot even interest an Omaha TV station to broadcast it's home games? WTF? I thought this was an elite program that was going to help give the Butt-Hurt Hockey Conference a national spotlight and they can't even get their local broadcaster interested? Well, no doubt in two years NBC Sports will be begging them for the rights. Right?
Yeah, I got nothing good to say about UNO's athletic department. Did I mention how Athletic Director Trev Alberts cut the D2 wrestling program on the same day they won a national championship? Did I mention how just three years ago this was shambles of a hockey program that looked doomed to fail at some point? Yes, they turned it around or rather Dean Blais turned it around with just his name and reputation. And woohoo ... now they're going to the Butt-Hurt conference with DU and UND. What's funny is that Dean Blais has made it pretty clear that he'll be retiring and it sounded likely to be around that time. That's a bus just waiting for the wheels to come off if you ask me.
Used to be the only WCHA venue we didn't get to see the game from was World Arena. Every other program provided TV coverage. Then the WCHA expanded and even eensy-teensy tiny wittle Bemidji provides TV coverage. With scheduling as it is though; this could very well be UAA's first and only trip to Omaha ever. I don't envision any reason that the Seawolves would schedule a game in Omaha after next season. No big loss for us fans though eh? But what about the Seawolves players? What fine attractions might they miss by never going to Omaha again?
Well I guess they might miss not getting to go to The Fun Plex which sounds like lots of fun. It's in the name yah know? They have a Tilt-A-Whirl and Bumper Boats. Um what else? A park with a fountain? Um .. no. Boys Town? Um ... no. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge? Um ... NO. A park with a fountain really??? Okay .. Okay I kid Omaha; there is one cool thing to go to there ... if you're into them.
The Henry Doorly Zoo ... no bullshit; that joint is pretty nice. We used to go all the time just to hang out with Murphy the Lowland Gorilla. And from their website I can see that the place is dramatically larger than it was in 1984. So that's cool if you like zoos. Otherwise, there really isn't much for a hockey player to miss about not going to Omaha. So maybe the guys can fit in a quick trip to the Zoo this week. It'll be their only chance.
I'll have an actual hockey preview tomorrow.