March 14, 2010

A great win and an apology to my readers

Hooray! The Sioux took care of business tonight! They responded nicely and made big plays when necessary. When Hextall scored the 4th goal to seal the deal, I could finally breathe again.

But the real reason I'm writing this post is to apologize to you, the readers of this blog.

I've taken quite the flak over the past couple days for various reasons. Some Sioux fans disagreed with me picking Minnesota to beat them. Others got upset with me for my ranting, rambling post yesterday. And I feel the need to explain myself a bit...

You see, I'm a pretty candid guy. Those who know me understand that I call it like I see it. In all aspects of life. Not just with hockey. I'm a direct individual. If I don't like you, you're going to know it. If someone does something wrong, I call them out on it. And yes, sometimes, this gets me into trouble. It's a risk that I take by being this blunt. But honestly, I don't want to be one of those people that talks about others behind their backs just to look good. I don't really care what people think of me. I don't mind being well liked, but if someone doesn't like me, that's their problem. Not mine.

I love Sioux hockey. They are, by far, my favorite sports team. And I have a ridiculous passion for the game of hockey. I've played the game since I was 5 years old. I love it. It's one of the reasons I started this blog. I wanted to bring a different perspective to the game of college hockey and specifically, Fighting Sioux Hockey. And that's where I can clash with my readers. This blog is not intended to be a "feel good" blog or a "rah-rah" blog. This blog is meant to cover more of the intricacies of the game. It's why I show as many youtube video clips as possible. And unlike some fan blogs out there, I'm not going to pick the Sioux to win every weekend. And I'm not going to defend them when they do wrong. But believe me, when the Sioux do well, I will be the first to praise them, both in public and private.

I understand that some people come to this blog to see happy feel good posts. But you're not going to get that here. I'm sorry. I can't do it. I wish I could pick the Sioux in every game...and believe me, I cheer like they have a shot in every game. But they aren't perfect. They will lose sometimes.

Take this weekend. Minnesota was 7th in the league. They were not a great team. On paper, yes, North Dakota was the better team. But think about how even the series was. And keep in mind, Minnesota blew out the Sioux the last time these squads met. The reasons I picked a Minnesota sweep are hard to explain, but I will attempt to:

1. Bruce McLeod has made it clear that Minnesota is an important draw for the F5. Who is to say there can't be a little referee intervention?

2. This is a rivalry series. BU/BC has nothing on Minnesota/North Dakota. And you all know that in a rivalry game, BOTH teams come out more emotional and fired up.

3. North Dakota was bound to have a letdown

4. Minnesota just came off drubbing Wisconsin

5. Which Kangas/Eids would show up?

My theory was, Minnesota would come out on fire on Friday and win a close game. Then on Saturday, they would seal the deal. I was wrong. The Sioux won. And yes, I'm ecstatic. I'm going to be at every F5 game. I'm pumped beyond belief right now.

I hope this offers an explanation of why I blog the way I blog and some insight for those of you who question my fandom. Good day.


Anonymous said...


but i forgive you, you didnt do anything wrong, you just gave your opinion, no harm no foul!!!

as long as the sioux go through and the goofs are playing golf i am happy!!!


Shaun said...

i forgive you too. but dont do it again! jk.

Anonymous said...

Keep the faith Mr. Brandon. Tonight was RIDICULOUS! Carry the torch in St. Paul as I can't make it.
-Mr. Electric

Dirty said...

You have readers?

Tim said...


Enough with Bruce wanting the Gophers in the tourney. Of course he does, it means millions more dollars and a significant amount of media coverage for the WCHA. It would be worse if he DIDN'T admit to it since we all know that's how the league feels. Don't you think if the refs felt the pressure to make calls that favor the Gophers the Frattin hit was a perfect chance for them to put UND's hottest player in the locker room and influence the outcome? Instead our best scorer in the last month is only given a 5 for what was a violent and very aggressive hit. That literally would have changed the game since he scored later in the 3rd. Also, the rest of the league has been completely silent about the comment (which was two years ago). If anyone (coaches, players, AD's, media, etc) felt the integrity of the refs or the league was at stake they would speak up. Time for you to get over it.

Now, as far as you thinking the Gophers would win- totally ridiculous. The Sioux had an 8 game win streak, they had the hottest goalie in all college hockey during the last two months (save percentage and GAA), they have a defensive pair who hasnt allowed an even strength goal in weeks (months?) in Marto and LaPoint, Hak is a far superior coach this year (arguably any year, but especially this year with the level of talent), and the Sioux had home ice advantage. You picked the Gophers because you were trying to avoid seeming like a fan, which you admitted to in your next post.


Goon said...

Brandon I had so much confidence that the Sioux would win in two games that I failed to get a baby sitter for Sunday's game, so I ended up having to stay home to watch the game. My bad. UND was definately the better team this season and like Tim said they were on a 8 game winning streak.