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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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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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Goalies, Goalies Everywhere.

This weekend, I posted a nice little piece at the HLOG (Hockey’s Ladies of Greatness) titled, Dear Hockey East; Thanks for the goalies. Love, The NHL. It covers the NHL callups of Maine’s Ben Bishop, Boston College’s Cory Schneider and Everyone’s Favorite Goalie, Boston University’s John Curry.  In it, I actually give Schneider props (please don’t take away my Terrier Fan card!)

There are times where I write a piece and think, “Hmmm, maybe I should have kept with that Sports Information and Communication major I had early on in college.”  This HLOG piece is one of those times.  I hope you all enjoy it.

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Tonight, I Venture Into Dangerous Territory: Conte Forum

I am a glutton for punishment. Last year, the partner-in-crime and I thought it would be a great idea to venture out to UMass Amherst to see the Boston University men’s hockey team face off against the Minutemen.  We wore our BU jerseys and all, and I was nearly jumped on my way to the ladies room.

Well, this year, the partner-in-crime and I have decided to join a few colleagues of mine at tonight’s BU – BC matchup at Conte Forum, one of the few Hockey East arenas that I haven’t been to at this point.  Heaven help us.

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Calling Out the Superfans and the Tsongas Arena Shopping Cart

Oh, the Superfans.

Oh, the Superfans.

They wear mustard colored cheap t-shirts with burgundy writing, either given out or sold by their bookstore.  Maybe 2% of them own hockey jerseys.  And if the hockey team is playing at the same time as their football or basketball team, they magically dissapear.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Boston College Superfans.

The Superfans, or Stuperfans, or whatever you wish to refer to them as, are oft-complained about.  I really don’t dislike them, I’m just amazed at their…indifference? Lack of jerseys? Bandwagon jumping? Pep band’s rendition of Ridin’ Dirty by Chamillionaire? (You have not lived until you’ve heard a tuba blast out the first few lines of that song.  Really.  It’s made my Beanpot the last two years.)

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Well, This Just Stinks – CN8 Shutting Down, According to Sources

Updated below with comment from Comcast Sports Net.

A big blow to Boston University and University of Vermont hockey fans – according to David Scott, of Scott’s Shots (one of my favorite sports blogs, by the way – when he speaks, I listen),
CN8 will be shuttering it’s New England operations. This includes closing the studios right across from the College of Fine Arts building on the BU campus.

Both BU and UVM had contracts with CN8 for broadcast rights to several men’s hockey games. CN8 was to televise six remaining men’s hockey games –

Dec. 5 vs. Boston College (CN8)
Jan. 3 at Denver Cup (CN8)
Jan. 17 vs. Boston College (CN8)
Jan. 24 at New Hampshire (CN8)
Feb. 21 at Northeastern (CN8)
Feb. 28 vs. Massachusetts (CN8)

According to Scott, CN8’s operations will cease in “early Janaury 2009,” leaving five of those six games without a TV home. Scott does say, however, that Comcast Sports Net may pick up the sports programming. However, their primary responsibility is to the Celtics, so I worry that college hockey might get lost in the shuffle.

If CSN decided to pick and choose what games they select, an educated guess would be that January 17 game against BC will be of most interest, if the early part of the season is any indication. One would also hope that CSN would pick up the Denver Cup game on January 3rd, since many of us Terrier fans can’t afford the $400 plane fare right after the holiday season (but trust you me, I tried!)

It remains to be seen what BU or UVM will do in the wake of this announcement. Big kudos to Scott for getting this news.

UPDATE: According to the comment below, Comcast Sports Net will pick up several games on CN8’s college hockey schedule.  Thanks to Tim from Comcast Sports Net for responding right away, and for Comcast for taking care of us college hockey fans.

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Break Glass if Sick of Election Talk: Your Sports Link-o-Rama

I come to you this evening to write the only piece of blog-o-sphere not to mention tomorrow’s US Presidential Election.  Because, frankly, to be all Negative Nellie about it, it won’t matter who the heck is elected President tomorrow – America is screwed either way because there is not a single politician who exists who is stand-up and honest.

But enough about my political thoughts.  I come to you today with links to articles that also have nothing to do with politics, because there will be a point sometime on Tuesday where you are going to want to bang your head against the wall if you hear one more iota about the election:

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