Postcard: Your Turn
One of the
great things about running a web site is hearing back from the people
who use our product. At times it can be humbling, but it can also
be very rewarding and flattering at the same time.
We read all
the e-mails you
send us; we answer nine of every 10. All of them are good. Some
of them are real good. Still others are outstanding. And some, well,
some are just so good that we have to share them with all of you,
along with our responses. So here goes...
Gopher, Minneapolis, Minn.: So you say its a bad thing to hear that
Adam Hauser is starting in net? Why don't you ask CC, Michigan,
and Maine how great it was to have Hauser in net last spring?
fact, why don't you ask every college hockey team in the USA what
they were doing on April 6, 2002? Adam Hauser and the Minnesota
Golden Gophers answer will be a little different than the rest of
the teams. If Potulny doesn't score the overtime winner, Hauser
very likely would have been the Frozen Four MVP.
worry, someday you guys will have a bona fide college hockey web
site. Keep trying.
|Former Minnesota goalie Adam Hauser. Can't
see how he ever got beat. (photo courtesy University of Minnesota)
sez: Well, Goldy –
if that is your real name –
I will admit, you've got bragging rights as far as Adam Hauser being
a member of a national champion hockey team. Of course, Uwe Krupp
has won two Stanley Cups. So can I not tear him down even though
he moves as if he sharpened his skates with a hammer? At least Hauser
didn't blow out his back dog-sledding.
Tell you what,
I'll make a deal with you. If you can honestly tell me that you
never doubted Hauser's abilities during his entire four seasons
at Minnesota and never spoke badly of his play, then I won't rip
him again on the web site.
Spin your head.
Kusowski, Minneapolis, Minn.: As a Michigan Tech grad, it fired
me up to see "In Heaven There Is No Beer" get some press.
I can still sing about five verses. I look forward to seeing my
Huskies at least put up a battle when they come to Minneapolis in
a few weeks.
sez: Jeff, your e-mail gives me an idea. If someone can
send me all
the verses to Tech's version of "In Heaven There Is No Beer",
I'll give you...well, we can't really give you anything right now.
But we'll give you credit for your work and, in the meantime, we'll
try to find proper remuneration.
Zenchak, Pittsburgh Pa.: I enjoyed your site on college hockey.
I hope one of Pittsburgh colleges upgrade their hockey clubs to
Division I level.
sez: We'd like to see more schools add Division I hockey,
too, mainly so we have more cities to visit (especially ones that
appreciate Yuengling Lager). Plus there's talent in Pennsylvania
Ryan Malone and R.J. Umberger immediately come to mind. And I know
Penn State isn't real close to Pittsburgh, but the Nittany Lions
have a outstanding club program. However, the realities of Title
IX make adding men's programs nowadays difficult.
By the way, it's nice
to see the Penguins have upgraded to the NHL level this season.
Hawkeye voted for BC in this week's INCH poll. (Photo courtesy
University of Iowa)
Survey, Parts Unknown: How can Ferris only be 12th???? Look at the
teams they have played, and their goal differential. Are they not
the hottest team in college hockey right now?? Example: FSU goes
to Notre Dame and sweeps the Irish in 2 routs. Boston College goes
to ND and ties, yet they are #1? What am I missing here?
sez: Well, ECM, Boston College is undefeated and Ferris
State has one loss. I suppose you have Iowa rated ahead of Miami
in your college football poll because the Hawkeyes have been playing
much better than the Hurricanes prior to Saturday's win at Tennessee.
readers can send us their rankings. Give us your thoughts and we'll
post them. Or laugh uncontrollably.
Doug Hancock, Big Rapids: Wow, it's early in the season,
but your pre-season comments/analysis are not holding! Being from
Big Rapids, I may bias, but you may be looking at the best well-rounded
team in the CCHA –
All-American talent, multiply (sic) scorers, strong goaltending
and kids whom (sic) want to play the game...to WIN. FSU will be
among the top late in the season. That's my analysis!
sez: Good point, Doug. Next season, I'm going to wait until
December to write my conference preview. And look for my Frozen
Four picks during the Memorial Day weekend.
Bruce Meek, Cadillac, Mich.: Just a thought from a long suffering
Ferris State fan. If the Bulldogs keep running, give a bunch of
"no-names" their due. Legacy is important, but when you
have the beginnings of an interesting story forming in little old
Big Rapids, take a break from the top tier school adulations and
have some fun with a bunch of nobodies who are setting 2002-03 up
for some really interesting college hockey. Mikey (Brown) is unconscious.
sez: Hope you enjoyed last week's West Notebook, Bruce.
Stories like Ferris are good for college hockey. Especially if they're
doing all this with an unconscious goalie. Damn, there's an Adam
Hauser joke just sitting right there that I can't use. Curse you,
van Haaren, Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell plays "O Canada" and
all home games and sings it at all away games.
Hopkins, Whitehall, Pa.: It's been a tradition at Cornell since
I was a student (1979-1982) to play "O Canada" at the
start of every game. Some might say it's because our players in
the 1970's were all Canadian, but we prefer to think that it's now
in deference to the roots of the game. Also at tournaments (ECAC
and NCAA) where the organizers insist that our pep band not play
"O Canada", the band and the fans sing it a capella.
Canada's Team (photo courtesy Cornell University)
Parkin, Ithaca, N.Y.: I just had two quick responses to the favorite
hockey songs feature:
The Cornell Band plays "Hey Baby" as well, however the
Lynah faithful sing "Hey Baby (pronounced Bobby, as in captain
Stephen Baby), I wanna know, if you'll kill someone, please kill
someone." 2) "O Canada" is played before every game
sez: Although we at INCH don't condone any killings, the
Stephen Baby reference is top
As an aside, I'm a Minnesotan
and was raised believing in the concept of "Minnesota nice."
But I have to say that, as a whole, the Eastern e-mailers are more
cordial and less defensive than those from the West. But we haven't
got anything from Boston College fans yet, so the jury's still out.
Back to Cornell.
Kudos to the tradition of performing "O Canada" prior
to each game. If Tim Horton's coffee is served at Lynah and there's
a Swiss Chalet within walking distance of the rink, I'll buy season
Brandon Carlson, Minneapolis, Minn.: I would just like
to say that while a lot of people had some negative comments about
your web site, I have actually enjoyed visiting it. Some of your
preseason picks were criticized quite heavily, but I did agree with
a majority of them.
sez: It would be too easy to fall back on a "your
check's in the mail" joke here, so I won't do that.
By the way,
your bail money is in the mail.
Eide, somewhere in Minnesota: Quite possibly the highest pressure
position in the last four years at Minnesota has been Adam Hauser's
sez: I'm forwarding your email address to Goldy Gopher.
He'll spin your head.
Roettger, Sioux Falls, S.D.: How can Paul Martin be left off all
of the three all-American teams? In the WCHA preview, you mention
him as a "potenial superstar" along with Keith Ballard,
also of the Gophers and listed as a second team all-American. Paul
Martin is better. I like them both, but Martin is the nuts and bolts
behind this year's Gophers team, but yet gets no mention as an all-American.
Are we looking at pro potential, or college ability?
Minneapolis, Minn.: Paul Martin, why is he not on your first team
list at all, a preseason Hobey finalist by Sports Illustrated. Player
that at this time in his career has more points then Leopold at
the same point. If you want to have a good site, you don't want
to make your predictions on speculation. make them on talent and
last years performance. Paul, in my and many other peoples' minds,
is the best defenseman in college hockey and you guys over looked
him. If I had to rate your site out of possible 10, I would have
to give it a 3, and that is just because you exist. And why was
Minnesota not number one. All the major polls had them there. Maybe
they are going by talent and what they did last year.
Blaylock, parts unknown: I have a bias, I am a Gopher fan. I will
try to avoid that with what I have to say. There are guys on your
three All America teams that I would not put above Paul Martin.
Martin might be the highest scoring returning D-man in the nation
with 38 points as a sophomore. Although his physical play is almost
non-existent at times, he gets it done defensively with positioning,
anticipation, and his amazing poke check. In many people's opinion,
he was the best defender during the Frozen Four last year...better
than Metcalf and Leopold and I can't remember a single hit that
he made. I can remember that he didn't get beat and his pokecheck
turned many opposition rushes into opportunities for the Gophers.
sez: O.K., O.K., enough with the Paul Martin e-mails. But
jeez, you'd think we tried to contract your baseball team or something.
we probably did miss wide on Martin. But as BU sports information
director Ed Carpenter says, it's more important to be on the All-America
team at the end of the season than at the beginning.
Kirk, as far as Minnesota
being number one, mabye the other polls had the Gophers on top based
on talent and what they did last year. However, our poll was for
the 2002-03 season, so we decided to base it on talent and what
we thought the team would do this year. Just a difference in philosophy
By the way,
Kirk, before you rate our web site, make sure you check out our
newest venture. It's called www.thehockeyworldrevolvesaroundMinnesotaandeveryoneelseiswrong.com.
Ryberg, someplace in the Midwest, we think: I heard about your site
so I thought I would check it out. Liked what I saw until I came
to a couple of your sections. Your anti-North Dakota bias and anti-St.
Cloud State bias came out in a lot of your predictions and comments.
If you want to call it "Inside College Hockey written by Gopher
lovers", go ahead. It would be much more honest.
Blais on the hot seat? Yeah right, are you kidding me. The guy has
one bad season with a bunch of freshman and you think he is on the
hot seat. Don Lucia chokes with great teams at Colorado College,
comes to Minnesota and leads them to the national championship and
you call him the best coach in the league/nation? If Grant Potulny
doesn't score it, would he still be the best coach in the league/nation?
actually thought about advertising on your site, not any longer.
sez: The "Blais on the hot seat" issue is interesting.
I think we're both right here, J.R. Look at it this way. Does Dean
Blais' job security hinge on the team's performance this season?
Of course not. So in that sense, you're right. But does the pressure
mount if the Sioux have another mediocre campaign and, by the end
of the year, the team is playing in front of crowds of 7,000 at
the two-year old monument to financial largesse that is Ralph Engelstad
Arena? I think that's a fair statement.
perceived bias. So far, we've been accused of being anti-Gopher,
anti-North Dakota and anti-St. Cloud State. I can't speak for my
co-editor, Nate, but I'm pro-Crow River Tigers of the Termite house
league in Delano, Minn. My nephew is only four, but he enjoys wearing
a mouthguard and was thrilled at his first practice because he got
to sit in the penalty box. Kind of sounds like a young Jed Fiebelkorn.
is one reader whose comments have to be read unedited in order to
be fully enjoyed.
Thielen, St. Cloud, Minn.: You need to update you (sic) polls, if
you are telling me that the MIAMI Redhawks are actually picked,
then Bemidji State or Union College should be at the tenth spot?
You can say that Miami has 5 and 1/4 goals a game, but I bet that
a quarter of those teams or even half of them will not appear in
the NCAA quarterfinals. You can't judge and rank a team on one weekend
series........Example...Wolverines sweep Fairbanks, wow! It is true
that they have not swept the Nanooks at Yost, but pushing them up
to number six? Wow, as an SCSU Huskies fan, I am ready for a season
of great hockey, or am I not? Apparently I am if the lower placed
teams are nationally ranked. Not taking anything away from your
website, I am thankful that I have more to look at than USCHO, And
maybe someday we could get an article about the Huskies.
Thielen, St. Cloud, Minn.: You were right! Alabama Hunstville (sic)
was a great series!Both games were close and the Chargers dominated!!!!
its (sic) just to (sic) bad the (sic) got outscored 16 to 3 in the
series....maybe the Denver -vs- Bemidji game will be the next spolight
Thielen, St. Cloud, Minn.: you were right, the huskies suck and
the sioux are gonna win hahahaha 7-3 baby!!!!!!!!
sez: For some reason, when I read Philip's e-mails I feel
like they're the 21st-century equivalent of ransom notes where each
individual letter is clipped from a newspaper. However, after referring
to my college psychology textbook, I can tell you suffer from an
affliction known as Brady Syndrome.
|Jan Brady, St. Cloud
fairly common among St. Cloud State fans. Basically, Husky Fan sees
his/her team as disrespected and underappreciated, a la Jan Brady,
the goofy middle daughter from "The Brady Bunch." And
they see other teams –
Minnesota and North Dakota, for example –
as Marcia, the popular, talented, smoking-hot oldest daughter. What
happens is that instead of trying to be the best Jan Brady she can,
she focuses her efforts on denigrating Marcia. Therefore, when I
hear Husky Fan rant about "Minnesota this" and "North
Dakota that", I just imagine him/her saying "Marcia! Marcia!
Now let's focus on Philip's arguments, which I will chew up and
spit out like Tyler Arnason eating a salad.
1) As a
SCSU Huskies fan, I am ready for a season of great hockey, or am
You might be. But I know
that season, based on past results, will end no later than first
game of the NCAA Tournament.
2) You were
right! (Minnesota vs.) Alabama-Huntsville was a great series! Both
games were close and the Chargers dominated!
If I rememeber correctly,
I think I said the two games wouldn't exactly be the '72 Summit
Series (that's called sarcasm) and that the real attraction was
the raising of Minnesota's championship banner. Never mind that
the Chargers played the Gophers pretty close Saturday. 4-2 isn't
exactly a rout.
3) You were
right, the huskies suck and the sioux are gonna win hahahaha 7-3
What? When and where
did we ever say the Huskies were going to lose to the Sioux? Are
you sure you didn't dream that? Or did one of your imaginary friends
The Huskies are currently
4-3-1 after playing Ferris State, Rensselaer, North Dakota and Minnesota
State University, Mankato. Here's the deal. Check in with me on
Jan. 19, when St. Cloud will have just completed a stretch of five
series against North Dakota, Denver, Minnesota, Denver again and
Providence. Then we'll see who sucks.
And if the Huskies
win less than half of those 10 games, we get to spin your head.