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Blame it on the Rain (or Snow)
November 11, 2008 - Brandon Veale
The weather was just awful Saturday. One of those huddle in front of the TV watching college football kind of Saturdays and certainly not the kind you want to spend out and about. When it comes to the attendance at Saturday’s Houghton-Calumet district final, I’d like to blame that. Another factor could have been that the game took place 40 miles from the nearest of the two combatants, on a Saturday afternoon with another local team in the high school football playoffs.
Given the quality of the teams involved, the atmosphere (though decent) could have been much better. If past trends I’ve observed both here in the Copper Country and elsewhere are any indication, there will be a day (especially up here), where girls’ volleyball is equally as well-attended as basketball. One thing that very well may speed this process up is a U.P. team bringing a state championship trophy back above the bridge (it’s never happened, and until 2000, U.P. teams had to compete amongst themselves.). After seeing the Copper Kings, it could definitely happen in a matter of weeks.
Shifting gears a little bit, there is chatter once again on the subject of college hockey conference realignment. The Denver Post’s beat reporter said movement is imminent on bringing Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha into the WCHA. College Hockey News said that’s poppycock. Conference realignment is starting to approach “Will EA Sports make a college hockey video game?” and “Will there be a Big Ten hockey conference?” on the list of useless questions. When all else fails, I go back to Newton: Objects at rest tend to stay at rest. I’ll believe it when I see the fish on the ice (that’s what they do in Omaha.)
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