18 November 2010

A Burden In My Hand and An Anchor On My Heart

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I've made no secret about how much I dislike tUMD being #1 in the polls. I know it doesn't matter, it doesn't mean anything, it's just, like, someone's opinion, man. But it's just a ginormous target and an extremely weighty expectation.

Last time tUMD was ranked #1 in the polls was my first season writing RWD. The subsequent disastrous weekend contest against Vermont, which resulted in a loss and a tie, precipitated the complete abomination of a season. And I'm being polite there.

Now, would they have had the same terrible season without that #1 ranking? Uh, yeah. There were a lot of problems with that team. And yes, I know, these aren't the same guys. Most of them don't even know the guys on that team. Except for Justin Faulk, who is Marco Peluso's cousin. Oh Marco, what could have been. (Okay, upon further inspection, maybe there was more overlap than I thought.) But until this weekend is over I'm just going to sit here and freak out about that #1 ranking.

I prefer my teams to fly under the radar. Then they get overlooked, and pounce while their opponents are caught napping. Other teams champ at the bit to knock off #1 teams. Last weekend, #1 BU played Merrimack, a useless school I find interchangeable with Mercyhurst. If not for the Chris Connolly Come From Behind Special, BU would have made out with one sad little point. Instead they got two sad little points. Wisconsin is almost, but not quite as pathetic as Merrimack, and I'm nervous we'll come out of there with a big fat zippity-zero.

So the #1 ranking is great for recruiting, as DHG and Ciskie said, and it's nice to see their hard work and great success get rewarded. I don't want this ranking to end up the albatross around their necks. Let's hope these young gentlemen don't take their focus off the REAL issue: WINNING.

5 comments:

USAFA Bulldog said...

No arguments with your post. Carry on.

SIOUX 7 said...

If it makes you feel better, both UND and UNO don't think your the number one team.

Check out this article.

http://www.omaha.com/article/20101118/MAVS/711189780/-1#mavs-sioux-making-up-for-lost-time

Runninwiththedogs said...

Who cares about Dean Blais's typical sandbagging? Of course he's going to say UND is the #1 team in the country, his team has just been lucky, they'll be pleased if they even get a point. That's typical Dean Blais.

Do you really think UND is the #1 team in the country? Because they're not.

Goon said...

Donna and Donn does it really matter right now who is ranked number 1? The rankings are just about as meaningful as the BCS rankings in football. They are subjective. Personally, I think Maine is the best team in the country right now. Look at Denver last year they were ranked high all season long and it ended up running down the side of their legs in the first round.

Runninwiththedogs said...

Goon, that's totally the pot calling the kettle black! You've stated obsessively that you don't think tUMD is #1. If it doesn't matter, why state it over and over and over again? And then there was your obsession with Air Force...