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  1. I'm not trying to temper expectations, what I am trying to say is that regular season and playoff season are different and neither should be regarded as "squat" in regards to the other. We are a winner-oriented society and tend to regard only the ultimate 'winner' as worthy of praise. At what level of achievement do we say "well done" to a team and program instead labeling as "choke" falling short of that ultimate goal. We sometimes forget that the other team is trying too and that they may have some talent as well.
  2. Actually, winning a regular season conference championship is a VERY big deal as it has to be done over the course of the season and requires a level of consistency that illustrates a team's true nature. Tournament time is fun because of the "one and done" nature and requires focus and intensity over the course of each and every game, with no room for error. To say the regular season doesn't mean squat if the team fails to reach the tournament prize is a great disservice to the effort and sacrifice required to achieve a regular season title. It's hard to control a one-time effort and as IUPUI showed, a one-time top effort can be a great equalizer. Let's hope our hockey team can make up for a less than stellar regular season by putting maximum effort and intensity into the playoffs.
  3. All-in-all the most poorly officiated college basketball game I have ever seen and I have been watching since the mid-sixties. How Brewster managed only one "T" is remarkable and a testament to his patience. SUU went with the "they can't call everything" philosophy for the final quarter and the officials obliged by calling almost nothing, both on the press and on the boards - about the only foul calls came on shots and if you are hacked and bumped all the way up the floor it is hard to hang on long enough to get off a shot. But hey, the officials looked good, had good posture, made clear and definite signals, so I guess they would pass all of the criteria needed to get a "well done" from supervisors.
  4. This is your reaction to what happened in this game? If this had been the men's team looking so inept on the offensive end you would be demanding that Jones, Faison, and half the athletic department support staff be on the next bus to "anywhere but here". The last 6 minutes of this game were played by a team that looked totally lost and confused offensively. That happens and the team and coach can fix it without anybody having to be fired.
  5. I agree that UND administration getting upset is, if not silly, at least not worth the energy. UND has moved past the nickname issue (officially, not yet generally) and the Fighting Sioux name no longer officially exists. UND does not use or promote it. Therefore the shirt in question cannot be in reference to a name that no longer exists and must reflect only the attitude that this individual has toward Native Americans in general or toward members of the Sioux Nation specifically. If this guy wants to show off his blatant racism at the same time that he mindlessly fawns over the NDSU football program, then that is his problem and the problem of NDSU. The University of North Dakota should not be concerned about how others approach the Sioux name because it is not connected to them. Why this guy so obviously hates Native Americans is beyond me - I'm just happy he has nothing ill to say about the University of North Dakota.
  6. Not playing? He had, what, 19 carries to Olivera's 22? Go with the hot hand, but remember where you keep your stash.
  7. Not trying to polish anything. Once you get beyond longing for the "good old days" of the Sioux logo and come to the realization that it is not coming back, you move on to respecting the traditions, cherishing the memories, and cheering for the University of North Dakota and its new identity. If you replace the knee jerk rejection of anything that is not "Fighting Sioux" with an appreciative look at the new logo, you begin to see that SME did a remarkable design and produced a logo that you can be proud to display if for no other reason than IT IS the symbol for UND athletics and I will support UND and its athletics in any avatar they choose. It is time to move ahead, because Didn't say anything about "unique" but for those who believe the old logos were "unique" look at and compare them to the Chicago Blackhawks logo, the Washington Redskins logo, the Florida State logo, the retired Dartmouth logo, the Eastern Michigan Hurons logo, the AHL Springfield logo (which ahas an alternate 'geometric' design, and the interlocking ND of Notre Dame which has the 'N' behind the 'D' on the right instead of the left. Unique may be in the eye of the beholder.
  8. Not trying to polish anything. Once you get beyond longing for the "good old days" of the Sioux logo and come to the realization that it is not coming back, you move on to respecting the traditions, cherishing the memories, and cheering for the University of North Dakota and its new identity. If you replace the knee jerk rejection of anything that is not "Fighting Sioux" with an appreciative look at the new logo, you begin to see that SME did a remarkable design and produced a logo that you can be proud to display if for no other reason than IT IS the symbol for UND athletics and I will support UND and its athletics in any avatar they choose. It is time to move ahead, because anything else is either stagnation or regression. <ends rant>
  9. A real hit! They managed to incorporate elements from the old Sioux logos in a subtle way and came up with a real winner. Three feathers like the Brien and Blackhawk logos and the "N" is a tribute to the Geometric logo. It is as "Sioux" looking as could possibly be done and at the same time it is the new identity. I was hoping that they could find a way to honor the past while moving forward and they hit it. Roll out the merchandise.
  10. Pete Waselovich had 3,500+ career saves - no other goalie at UND has approached 3,000. He kept a very bad series of teams in games they had no way to win, stayed 4 years as a Boston draft pick.
  11. In Brian Faison'sremarks about how discontinuing men's golf and baseball and a $1.5 million increase in revenue, the athletics department would meet its required budget adjustments. How much of a ticket price increase will be needed to add $1.5 million in revenue? Are there other revenue sources that I do not know about that are reliable and sustainable (that seems to be a revenue prerequisite if the baseball donation rejection is the standard), other than ticket price increases? At what point do increased ticket prices turn an arena into an empty void like has occurred at Yankee Stadium? The revenue thing struck me and I hadn't seen any comment on it so I thought I'd ask.
  12. If I recall correctly Vince Lombardi told his players their priorities were (in order) to God, Family, and the Green Bay Packers. Do we really think these kids should be held to a HIGHER standard than that?
  13. Agreed - If Minnesotans are offended, too bad - you had a chance to use it and opted not to. We will put the name to good use and make it famous.
  14. For a real naming controversy look into what the Province of Quebec is faced with having something like 8 locales that contain the "N" word in their names. N Rock and N Falls are two I remember. It seems that all of these place names were given as memorials to runaway slaves and there is a real opposition to attempts by the Quebec parliament to change them. Part of the population does not want to lose the historic connection that preserving these names ensures. Calhoun, Fighting Sioux, and __. It is amazing what can happen when context is ignored and decisions are made based on what is on the surface.
  15. Now there is a thought there will be no argument or obfuscation about. This team has a LOT of talent, it will be great fun when it all starts to come together consistently.