October 16, 2008

Don't panic, Sioux fans

Brad Schlossman had an interesting piece the other day, and I wanted to share it with you all. It can be found here.

Brad discussed in his blog how everyone is jumping off the Sioux bandwagon after two losses and that Sioux fans are already melting down. This is very true; for evidence (albeit sarcastic) check out Dirty's Blog. Or check out the MSU/UND thread on USCHO.com. But Brad gives some facts about the Sioux that might ease some fears.

Bottom line is, the team does have work to do, yes. The powerplay is not off to a good start. These losses will affect the team in the pairwise later in the year. And we all know the goalie situation is questionable right now. But what he does point out is that Boston College started the year last year 3-9. And they still managed to win the Frozen Four.

I, for one, have stated time and again that this is not the time for Sioux fans to panic. When I was in college, I used to keep in my AIM profile the rankings each week for the Sioux. I remember one year (2003-2004) that the Sioux were not even ranked at the beginning of the year in the top 15. Then, as the year progressed, they steadily climbed in the rankings, eventually reaching #1. I didn't panic as a Sioux fan back then. And think about the 2006-2007 season. Everyone had written the Sioux off in January. They had finished December off being swept at home by Tech and Wisconsin. Yet in late January and February, they rattled off 6 wins in a row, played strong, and ended up going to St. Louis.

There's still 30some games to be played. Let's not hit the panic button for awhile, kids.

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