Morning Jac: Slides & Rides
Some notes from the last couple of days:
- As expected, top-ranked Michigan took the drama out of the game with No. 2 Colorado State on Friday night. The Wolverines raced out to a 7-1 lead in the first half, thanks to the goalie play of Mark Stone, and cruised home for the 11-3 victory. There's always Arizona State today, but the MCLA Division I has pretty much locked up the title of the most boring division I cover.
- After posting Thursday's edition of the Morning Jac, entitled "A Wildcat Down" and touching on the dismissal of New Hampshire head coach Jake Sullivan, I received an email from current UNH co-coach Ben Clark. I've known Ben since 2008, when I met him at the MCLA nationals in Dallas, and he's a good man. He'll also be a fine replacement, along with Rich St. Germain, for Sullivan.
Clark was, however, annoyed by the tone of the blog, and felt like I was taking a potshot at the new staff, especially with my last line.
"Jake is owed a proper eulogy, and I thank you for providing it," wrote Clark. "It's just that Rich and I are in the difficult position of trying to show our loyalty and appreciation for Jake, while at the same time moving forward with the team. I guess you could say we are extremely eager to get our points of view out there, and to let everyone know that it's not all doom and gloom around the UNH locker room. Subtle jabs like the one in your article definitely don't help."
As I reread the last line, I can see how Clark could view it as a jab, but it was not meant to be. I told him as such. My purpose for writing that blog was not to demean the new staff in any way. It was meant as a "Be-careful-what-you-wish-for" warning to the UNH decision-makers, as well as other programs toying with the idea of canning their coach mid-year.
Perhaps I have a blind spot here, but when I see the dedication that most MCLA coaches have to their teams and the peanuts they make in return, it causes a visceral reaction when they are dumped. Hence my blog. If Clark felt it came across with a different tone, I apologize.
- In addition to the aforementioned UNH blog, it was a busy week. It started on Monday with my Making Sense column, which included links to divisional notebooks, along with a story on Briarcliffe and the six overtime game between Union and Conn. College. There was my Weekend Quote Dump on Tuesday, followed by my pick 'em competitions: Schooling Schooler and Coyne v. Censer. Yesterday I posted the "Weekender" on RPI defenseman Scott Stolzenberg and his success in isolation, and finished up with a story about Michigan's unsung captain Matt Asperheim.
Best & Worst
Worst part about today: Shovel. Dirt. Wheelbarrow. It's time to get some landscaping done now that the snow's gone.