Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ski-U-Mah! Ski-U-Mah!

It is quite amazing – what the Gophers women’s hockey team will try to do today; and it is shameful that we will not be able to watch it on television.
by Charlie Leck

An undefeated season is one of the goals the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team will pursue today. Amanda Kessel, who yesterday received the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the best women’s hockey player of the season, and all her teammates will take to the ice today in an attempt to finish an entire season undefeated and win the NCAA college championship.

It could turn out to be one of the most outstanding and outlandish accomplishments in the history of college sports. The Gophers are 40-0 this season and 48-0 going back into last season. They won the national championship last year.

They will begin play today at 3 PM at Ridder Arena against Boston University. The beautiful, but small, ice arena will be jammed packed with enthusiastic followers who want to view a bit of sports history. BU is a fine team that will give the Gophers a complete and exacting test. That is at is should be. Such an achievement should not come easily. If they do it, they should be made to accomplish it against a worthy opponent.

One would think that some one of the dozens and dozens of TV channels would be there today to provide national coverage of every single second of this remarkable attempt – instead of, let’s say, another round of the weekly National Poker Championships.

My hat’s tipped gratefully to these young women in recognition of their incredible accomplishment and I’ll be listening to live coverage of the game on in order to get in on the excitement. In the meantime, my heart screams out: “Go Gophers!” Or as we say here, more locally, Ski-U-Mah (pronounced sky-you-ma)!

Oh, my! I hope they pull it off!

Why not become a follower?
If you read my blog regularly, why not become a follower? All you have to do is click in the upper right hand corner and establish a simple means of communication. Then you'll be informed every time a new blog is posted here. If all that's confusing, here's Google's explanation of how to do it! If you don’t want to post comments on the blog, but would like to communicate with me about it, send me an email if you’d like.

No comments:

Post a Comment