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John W.

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  1. Article in today's Strib about the possibility of the University of St. Thomas and Northern Michigan adding DI women's hockey...both in discussion phase with WCHA but both have some internals to figure out....One interesting note from the commish of WCHA women's hockey..."St. Thomas has an 800 seat arena ready for use which would be about the right size for women's D I hockey"....maybe that's an issue...separate venues as the light attendance often looks sad in large men's arenas.
  2. Some of you are upset at the arrogance of the Bizzon FB posters on this board....rightly so....but matched by the arrogance of the 'Siouzie' hockey sniffers...both need a good douse of humility.....
  3. Those that know me...know that I am far from bring sad or bitter....what I find pathetic is that if I disagree with your script ....or take a shot at your 'baby Jesus '...you resort to name calling.....I'm sure some of you are young, or at least , immature , by your responses...Name calling rolls off me...I consider the sources....
  4. Glad this board is 'tempered' with Hak's new job....the Fargo Heralt' almost wetting itself with the news.…man/boy love is almost scary....I rest my case....he's 'wet himself' in the big one....never having won the ultimate as a player or coach...maybe he can, by riding on Toronto's coach's coat tail.....….
  5. Yes, I knew that John'S Hopkins is a power in lacrosse and that Notre Dame has brought success and depth to the BIG in hockey, my point was/is that UND is not in the same realm of academic standing/prestige as these 2 affiliates or the BIG, which was the main reason for the non invite....
  6. Great series of articles in the 'Fargo Herald' (Grand Forks afternoon paper) on the future and vision of Big Ten hockey...I found the commish' comments about affiliate membership in any BIG sport telling....they've added 2 affiliates....John Hopkins in lacrosse and Notre Dame in hockey........more to do with 'like minded institutions in standing' , than athletic performance....kinda puts closure as to why UND wasn't asked to be a part of BIG hockey....
  7. No UND incoming Fighting Hawk players, nor NCHC, drafted in round 1....Sure some will come off the board today......Some on this board have accused me of not liking hockey....not true.....I do follow hockey, quite closely actually...Berry seems like a good dude....what I dislike is unwarranted arrogance, which I perceived was evident within the previous coaching regime, and with some 'newby' fans who only have that as a perspective....Blais, Gino and going back to the mid 50's the UND coaches practiced 'hard nosed' hockey with just the right amount of humility.... College hockey today, has quite a bit of parity, which is good....prolly won't see the dominant programs like Michigan, Minnesota, BC and UND have the 'runs' they previously enjoyed....that is good and will ultimately return humility and gratitude to programs....and fans alike....
  8. John W.

    The Herald

    Further demise of the Herald, in it's attempt to make hockey 'mainstream/relevant'...Front page today, above the fold....an article on some kid from Piss Creek, Sask...who may or may not be drafted...when Sacred Heart....a local team finishes 3rd in the MN state baseball tourney.....their best ever finish.... Watch out....I listen....to CJOB Winnipeg...the sports leading radio....every morning...Toronto and all of Canada....loving the Raptors....Look out....'Mainstream invading the 'holy land of pucks..."
  9. Looks like John was their primary KR/PR last night...saw in box score Brady had a tackle....must be on special teams...Roster finalized this week...
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    The Herald

    Ask ESPN about ratings for ice hockey vs. college softball or baseball....the other night 3 of my ESPN channels carried super regional softball...never happened with ice hickey...niche will always be niche.. Poll the entire state of North Dakota...young and old..."which team gives you more North Dakota pride....NDSU Football. or UND Hockey"... Bet the results are 2-1 or maybe 3-1 for the mainstream... Toronto going nutz over Raptors....'puck heads' watch out....the mainstream, maybe gaining in your base culture...... I wish all the best to UND sports..except the arrogant...I thought this site was to enhance ALL UND sports.....not just the 'chosen one'....
  11. Good coach hire....but 'oh no, he's not one of us',,,,, educated in hated MN and coached in hated SD....I attend BB games at UND and season tickies in FB…. I wish him well... But some on this board are so provincial with their skepticism/criticism....If you don't have UND or North Dakota roots..'you ain't !@#$...How about Hoeven and Dalyrmple….born in ND but educated in (oh no) an Ivy..... I did some teaching...at UND....found the faculty and especially the students a delight....My only criticism is the arrogance of the hockey program...rivaled only by that of NDAC Aggie football.....
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    The Herald

    Binky, I do check the internet....several times per day,...My issue with Herald is content...and lazy reporting.... GF and the 4/5 towns you mentioned all do care about hockey.....certainly not a majority of people/kids in our region.. Puckheads are not only dillusional, but 'thin skinned' apparently....Go put your heads I'm the sand until water freezes in late fall....have a nice nap!!!
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    The Herald

    The Herald is not just about Grand Forks....there are 150,000 Minnesotans who live in NW Minny who would/do appreciate info about the Twins, Vikes, and perhaps even BSU or UMC....maybe even some folks in Piss Creek, ND follow the Twins....don't blame Fargo for elitism.....it's rampant in GF and by some on this board... Hockey is still 'minor league'..no matter how you cut it!!!!
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    The Herald

    "You want the truth ....you can't handle the truth"...I agree the Herald should be more balanced it's sports overage...Hockey is only a mainstream sport in Canada , maybe Sweden, and one of the Slovak countries......Soccer has surpassed it in the US....No matter how hard the Herald tries..it will never become mainstream... Big Whoop if GF voted the best hockey town in the US., who voted???? GF Herald 'used to have a big reach'...now...not so much.....Becoming a niche newspaper catering to a niche sport...
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    The Herald

    It saddens me to see the current status of the Grand Forks Herald. My family has been a subscriber since I was a 'wee' child....My father's hired men used to read me the daily baseball standings, as they, and then I, became fast sports enthusiasts. Now the paper has become a 'day late' reporting evening sports of high school, college and professional teams. Furthermore it has 'sold out ' to hockey interests; a sport that does not rank high in fan interest in North Dakota (compare attendance at state tourney games) and other than a few communities in MN. I know the Herald has invested and banked it's future on hockey, but IMO will only hasten it's demise.
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