At That Rate, I’m Surprised They Didn’t Give the Arena Away

Darlings, if you haven’t moved over or changed your RSS feeds to my blog’s new home – www.sportsgirlkat.com – you are missing some awesome stuff, like the following post on my annual BU-UNH adventure. I’ll post it over here, but only if you promise to come over to http://www.sportsgirlkat.com at some point. Agreed?

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Before I get to the body of this post, I would like to take the opportunity to let you know that this is a Unitel Power Post, sponsored by Jewelry Creations of Dover and with special thanks to Margarita’s. We’d also like to thank our local fishery for providing our first goal fish, and take this opportunity to give away a 10 percent off coupon to the Tea Times Inn in Conway to everyone sitting in sections 120, 121, and 122. And students, if you’re sitting in section 112, row H, seat 10, you have just won a piece of pizza from Wildcat Pizza. Wildcat Pizza, where wildcats eat.

Oh, the University of New Hampshire. I’ve been attending hockey games at the “Whit” (UNH’s Whittemore Center) for just about four years, and they always make for an amusing evening. Saturday evening’s BU-UNH tilt, however, had to be the most amusing of them all.

Maybe it was the constant giveaways and sponsorship of every aspect of the game. Every ten seconds, the announcer was giving out something, anything, be it a coupon to an entire section, Timberland gift certificates, a trivia giveaway for a computer – it never ended. They broke the bank with this game.  At one point, someone among my trusty seatmates – which included Pin Lady, who is like, my fandom idol - exclaimed, “At this rate, no one will leave empty handed.” In addition, every single power play was sponsored by Unitel, and involved a spiel by the announcer that lasted half of the power play.

Or maybe it was the Mexican Blanket Race, sponsored by a restaurant appropriately named “Margarita’s.” Students dragged each other in “Mexican” colored blankets, wearing sombreros, around the ice, while the Mexican Hat Dance played.  I don’t know if it was so much offensive as it was…horribly misguided? A train wreck? I just stared at the race, which took place during the first intermission, in awe.  Who the heck came up with this idea?

Or maybe it was the announcer asking the student section if they “bleed blue.” I turned to my partner-in-crime (the fiance) and said, “Isn’t that a serious medical condition? Like, you aren’t getting enough oxygen?”

Or maybe it was the DogPound members behind me in the long line to get up the narrow, steep concrete steps to go over the bridge to get to the narrow, steep concrete steps to the parking lot who changed the lyrics to Hey Baby to, “Heeeey, hey baby/I wanna know/why you don’t make wider stairs.”

Or maybe it was that we all watched Kieran Milan turn into Johnny Curry. For one of the first times since March 2006, the Terriers one a game solely due to goaltending. Was it the win that I was happy about as we shivered in the car as we waited in the long line waiting to get out of the parking lot? No, it was that, like the first time I came up to Durham with my then friend from work and his 16 year old brother back in March 2005, BU had a great goaltender that could save them when they were being covered by defenders like black ice on in the parking lot and penalized like a jailbird. And as my now fiance, future brother-in-law and I huddled in the car and waited for the line to move and the car to warm up enough to turn on the heat, the goaltending was all we spoke about, just like that first time.

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New on the Examiner: Titans and Blazers meet up for Blazers’ first NLL regular season game

My latest on the Examiner is a game preview for tonight’s New York Titans-Boston Blazers National Lacrosse League matchup.  I’m actually pretty proud of the piece, especially the cute title I gave my notes section, “Sticks and Shots.” I think it’s so cute I may just have to mention it in my application to the Masters in Sports Journalism program I’m sweating over at the moment (don’t worry, BUers – it’s a part-time program, I am not going anywhere.)

So if you are looking to kill time this Saturday and want to learn more about what is sure to be a fun, offensively powered lacrosse match-up, check it out.

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It’ll be okay. At least you’re not a Bills fan.

Cross posted from the new …On Being a Sports Girl

My favorite Dolph-fan called me Monday evening. (You may remember him from that entry about the NFL Draft a while back.) He was distraught. Over twenty-four hours after the Miami Dolphins lost to the rookie quarterback led Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card playoffs, and he still wasn’t okay with how his season ended.

After a few minutes of him telling me about a play in the third quarter that had gone awry, one that could have definitely changed the tempo of the game, he paused, looking for an encouraging word.  I didn’t know what to tell him.  I’ve been there before – as a Steve Young fan in the late 1990s, there were many early playoff exits that I just wasn’t okay with, and nothing anyone tried to console me with in the days following would make me better.  I usually didn’t recover until I would go on my self-imposed Steve Young hiatus for Lent in mid-February.  (This did include me thumb-tacking a sheet over my bedroom wall shrine to Young.  To adolescent me, this was more of a sacrifice than giving up anything else – giving up my lust of a Mormon quarterback to fulfill my Catholic religious obligations.)

So what was I going to tell the Dolph-fan? “Give up Chad Pennington for Lent?” The Dolphins shouldn’t be hanging their heads. They went from finishing the 2007 season 1-15 to winning the AFC East the next. Sure, having Bill Parcells on your side never hurts – I’m convinced that he could lead a Pop Warner team to beat an NFL team in the Super Bowl just merely by being involved.  But Dolph-fans shouldn’t stay crushed and depressed. So much progress was made, and if they hadn’t suffered some very key injuries at wide-out the last half of the season, I am sure we would have seen a different result this past Sunday.

Thus, there was only one point of solace I could share that would somewhat console the Dolph-fan.

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Five Questions with…Ryan Gentry of CPR Gear

Cross posted from the new …On Being a Sports Girl

Ryan Gentry is a devoted Boston sports fan, despite relocating several years ago to Southern California. The co-founder of up-and-coming sports fan wear company CPR Gear, Gentry saw a need for fan wear that was hip and spoke to the intense nature of New England sports fans. He founded CPR Gear – “The Heartbeat of New England” – in 2008, and his line has attracted all sorts of attention from several teams and many fans. CPR Gear may stand for “Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox,” but Gentry is quick to point out that the Bruins and all other teams are included as well – his line represents more of the devotion and dedication of New England fans as a whole, rather than individual teams.

I had a great phone conversation with Gentry a few weeks back, and he agreed to be one of my first “Five questions with…” subjects. Here’s the interview! Continue reading

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BU-DU for Denver Cup Championship on Saturday Night

A note to all my BU Hockey fans – Denver won their game against Holy Cross in a five round shootout (!), and thus we will get some BU television love Saturday evening at7:35pm Mountain time, 9:35pm our time, on CN8 (which thankfully hasn’t completely closed up shop yet.) They’ll be carrying the Fox Rocky Mountain feed, so be prepared to hear much Pioneer-centric love.

BU qualified for the championship game by beating RPI 6-2 in tonight’s early game. Jason Lawrence had two power play goals, including the game winner. He likes game winning power play goals, in case you haven’t noticed from his stats this season.

Cross posted on the new …On Being a Sports Girl.

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Five Questions with…The Hockey Volunteer

Join me over at the new home for…On Being a Sports Girl, as I interview Adam Sherlip, aka the Hockey Volunteer. Adam will be traveling to India in January to teach hockey in the Himalayans. Impressive, right? Join me as I talk to Adam about his motivation, challenges and future plans.

If you have yet to update your RSS feeds and the like, please do so that you will not miss out on any of …On Being a Sports Girl. The new …On Being a Sports Girl – new domain, new design, same old Kat.

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It’s Ready….

It’s ready!

While I will continue to cross post some of my posts here, the brand new …On Being a Sports Girl is ready at http://www.sportsgirlkat.com.

I reccomend that you update your bookmarks and check out the site early and often.  I have a lot of things planned – giveaways, exclusive interviews, and the like – and you will want to check it out as much as possible!  Consider this new site a holiday present to you – you asked for more SportsGirlKat, and I obliged!

Thank you to all of my readers, and here’s to more sports discussion in 2009!

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