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Off and on I read the newspaper (the actual paper, not those e-versions). I barely look at anything other than the sports. Even the sports I barely glance at, since I have no interest in the Wild, Timberwolves, Twins, Vikings, or gophers. What I do like about the Star Tribune is their high-school sports coverage. It’s not usual to have high-school sports make the front page of the sports section. Today there was two full pages covering high-school sports.

(Links are to the brackets)

Boys Futbol State:
Class A: Obviously I want Cloquet-Esko-Carleton to win over St. Paul Academy but other than that I really don’t have any strong feelings for anyone else.
Class AA: I want Mayo over Eastview (greater MN team over city school), doesn’t matter Anoka or Mpls Southwest, North St. Paul over Maple Grove (I’ve developed a dislike of Maple Grove through the years), and Blaine over Eden Praire (I’ve always liked Blaine- for the most part over hockey stuff).

Girls Futbol State:
Class A: Obviously I want Esko-Carleton over Lourdes. I also want South St. Paul over Benilde, St. Peter over Totino-Grace (greater MN team over city school), and Bemidji over Blake (greater MN team over city school)
Class AA: I want Anoka over Lakeville North (I’ve always liked Anoka and don’t like either Lakeville school), Blaine over Wayzata (see Blaine above), no feelings of Woodbury/Burnsville, and no feelings over Eastview/Centennial (well, other than I’d like both to lose).

Boys (gridiron-)football sectionals:
Too many teams/sections/divisions, so I’ll just look at certain ones (mostly sections 1,7,&8)
5A – Section 8: No strong feelings over the East/Moorhead game. Since the Spuds won, I want them to win the section. No real strong feelings of dislike of any of the remaining teams though.
5A – Section 1: No strong feelings over the Owatonna/John-Marshall game. Whoever wins I want them to win over the Lakeville/Lakeville matchup.
4A – Section 7: Would like to see Grand Rapids and Hermantown win, but really having nothing against Bemidji or Detroit Lakes
4A – Section 1: Being a Northfield resident I want them to win but otherwise I don’t have any strong feelings of the other teams.
3A – Section 7: Would like the Cloquet/Proctor winner to win the section, but have no strong feelings of the rest of the teams still playing
1A – Section 7: Sorry to see Barnum lost to Ogilvie. In ’97 when I was in high-school it was a big deal to win over Deer River (in Deer River) for sectionals. Looking at it now Deer River is in Class A, while Esko is in Class 3A. It makes me wonder if Esko moved up, Deer River moved down, or both.
9Man – Section 5: Very interested in this section, due to that the school are generally close to Esko and ones I know fairly well. Would like to see Cromwell and Floodwood win; the section final would be exciting since the two schools are only 19 miles apart.

Volleyball sectionals: Sectionals haven’t even started, so not anything to talk about. Still, happy to see Esko get the #1 seed in 2A – Section 7.

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UMD had great weekend at Providence, a win Friday and a tie Saturday. I’m not going to write more than that. You can see the box scores yourself.

I don’t recall if I ever saw them, but I’m still sad to see that Alabama-Huntsville will be dropping their hockey program. Apparentely they’re the first school who has won a National Title to drop their program, which is even more sad. Still, being that no other school is close to them geographically they were always fighting an uphill battle, no team would want to journey down there and their location isn’t exactly something conferences

As far as my weekend goes; Amy, Kaelyn, and I joined her friend and her kids for nice day Saturday. They came to our house and we spent the afternoon going to Thorncrest Farm to get pumpkins, out to the alpaca farm, and then to the apple orchard. The evening we walked across the road to the neighbors for snacks and a fire.

Both of my cousin’s won their section! My cousin Hillary now plays tomorrow in St. Cloud against Rochester Lourdes, where once again they’re be trying to pull the upset, they upset the higher ranked Chisago Lakes team in the section final. My cousin Brock plays in St. Cloud as well, but on Thursday, against Benilde. Like Hillary’s team they too will try for another upset, upsettting Marshall in the section final. Kind of odd; Esko co-ops with Cloquet and Carleton for boy’s soccer (similar to hockey) but for girl’s soccer it’s only Esko and Carleton. Maybe there’s more girls who want to play soccer?

Sunday night saw the premiere of Once Upon a Time. Right now Amy and I have plenty of shows to watch and weren’t exactly looking to add a new show, but the ads for it looked interesting. We tried it and enjoyed it, so we’re going to keep watching it. It’s a pretty unique idea.

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It’s kind of funny, back then I was sad to see the Winnipeg Jets go to Phoenix. Now the Jets are back. Well sort of, it isn’t the same Jets: the logo and colors are anywhere near as good for starters. Still, I really don’t care; I still have yet to watch even a minute of NHL hockey this year (I don’t think I’ve even seen a highlight – I don’t watch ESPN or even watch the nightly news). Yet, watching their previous team the Manitoba Moose (they moved to Newfoundland) is appealing. Speaking of junior hockey….

I’m fascinated by the junior hockey system in Canada. There’s different levels of the junior system. The top level "Major Junior" is three leagues; the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The champions of each then meet to play for the Memorial Cup, which is pretty darn cool. It’s sort of like USA hockey’s junior nationals for Tier II (Tier I and Tier II don’t really count as "nationals", in my opinion, since Tier I is only the USHL and Tier II is only the NAHL). Which leads me to….

This time of the year I groan, because the words "World Series" is used often. There are Major League Baseball teams in more than one county, so it makes at least a minuscule more sense calling it the "World" Series than if there were only USA teams, but to me it still doesn’t work. It’s sort of like referring to the MLB, NHL, NBA, or NFL champions as World Champions. The leagues can certainly call things what they want, but I say that calling the Dallas Mavericks "World Champions" is just as silly as if the American West Hockey League started calling the their champion "National Champion", despite the fact that the league just started this year, there’s only 6 teams in it, and only 2 states are represented .

Calling your champion a "World Champion" doesn’t make sense if there is only one league involved. Calling Spain "World Champions" makes sense, due to the number of countries involved in the process (although even then it’s not comprehensive since not everyone is a FIFA member, for instance Greenland and Tibet. Calling Internazionale FC "World Champions" after winning the FIFA Club World Cup makes sense, since in order to get there you must first win your country’s league, then win your conference’s league, then win the Club World Cup tourney; never mind that the runner-up, Congolese club TP Mazembe wouldn’t be able to win with regularity against most other clubs, since in order to get there they had to first win the Linafoot, then win the CAF Champions League, to get to the FIFA Club World Cup.

So if the NHL champion wins a tourney that includes teams from other hockey leagues, then calling them World Champions makes sense.

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It's so early that I wouldn't glance that much at it, but still Michigan Tech is #1 in the extremely-early Pairwise. It probably wouldn't even be worth me linking to it, but really when was the last time Tech made the Pairwise?

Unnecessary Stats updated after last weekend's game:
UMD scores 4, allows 5: 0-22-0
Games on 10/14: 1-1-0
Games on 10/15: 3-1-0
Games in October: 43-30-15

Had a wonderful weekend "Up North". Got up there around 9 PM Friday. Saturday we went to my cousin's futbol game, which is wonderful because it seems whenever we are up there it's not when any of my cousins are playing. It was very windy, so it was very cold for us spectators. They won 1-0; the goal was one that I thought the keeper maybe should have had, but it also could have been the strong win pushed it so much that saving it would have been impossible. She plays tonight against Hermantown in the section semis (no upsets so far, the top 4 seeds are still going).

Her brother's team also won 4-0; we didn't go and he didn't play anyhow. They also play tonight for the sectional semis. They are playing #6 Proctor, who upset #3 Hermantown.

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Something on Facebook last night got me thinking, thinking about myself and being a “fan”. With the possible exception of UMD hockey, I don’t think I can label myself as a “fan” for sports anymore. I may count certain things as interests, but I don’t think “fan” applies. Seems to me that to label myself a “fan” there’s all kind of stuff that goes along with that.

In cases like the NFL, NBA, MLB, even the NHL, I certainly wouldn’t call myself a fan. I’m not even certain how much I’m interested in them. The four leagues combined I’m not sure if I’ve watched more the three games in the last four years; haven’t watched one Superbowl, NBA Final, World Series, or Stanley Cup finals game in that time. I may hear about things going on in any of those league in my car each day, but whatever is being said I’m only mildly interested in, listening to sports talk radio is just something to have on, instead of silence, when I’m not wanting to listen to music. Like how Bostonians (is that the word?) are up in arms regarding the conduct of the Red Sox players. I heard about on the radio, but I really had no interest in any of it, it doesn’t matter to me.

Like I said UMD may be the exception, I may still label myself as a UMD “fan”, but even then I’m not so certain. I get plenty of enjoyment out of it and was very glad UMD won the National Title last season, their NCAA run was amazing. Still, if UMD was to zero wins for the next decade I really don’t think that would matter that much to me, I don’t have any expectations regarding team “performance”. Even with zero wins in a decade, I’d still want to go to games and I can’t see myself being one of the people who would be calling for a coach firing or any such thing.

It’s kind of been a lot of things that are why I’m a lot more mellow regarding sports compared to a decade ago. I’ve come to realize that “relax, it’s just a game” (this one is good too) so it’s not so often that I get worked up about sports anymore. I guess that’s why I’ve come to appreciate NCAA Division II, Division III, and junior hockey; the games are treated as just games, you don’t see the other stuff that you do in D-I or professional leagues.

So I guess what I’m saying is that I am not a “sports fan”, I’m someone who finds sports interesting from time to time.

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Last night I watched Carleton’s women’s football(soccer) team play UW-La Crosse; Ellie Wilson scored in the second overtime for a Knights 1-0 win, Beth Ashinsky got the shutout. 

I picked up Kaelyn and we went to watch it (missed the first half) and Amy showed up after she was done with work (although they both left early, Kaelyn had an accident – she’s still learning to use the toilet).  Not a lot of great chances, but the play was pretty even and both teams came close to scoring a couple of times in regulation (Carleton hit the bar once).

Going to watch either of the Carleton football teams play in the fall is really wonderful.  You sit on a grass-covered hill, with the game going on below you, with the fall-colored trees in the background, and occasional Canadian Honkers flying by.  Really, there’s not much that can compare. 

Sitting there I just couldn’t help thinking that it sure seems that Division II and Division III NCAA athletics is what sports are supposed to be.  It could be just me though, judging from “professional” sports and NCAA Division I attendance.  Division II and Division III athletics is wonderful because:

  • There’s no problem getting to the event – traffic is either non-existent or not really a problem
  • It’s cheap to watch; sometimes it’s free, but even when you do pay you’re not having to worry about cost like when you go to Division I or “professional” sports game (paying for tickets, paying for parking, ticket processing fees, etc).
  • Very little fanatical stuff going on;  people are just simply watching the game, cheering for their team, and it’s very rare you see the “woofing” that happens in the Division I or “profession” sporting events.  Going to a D-II or D-III game you’re a ton less likely to encounter violence than at a D-II or “professional” sporting event.
  • Little to no advertising: Watching the game you are subjected to almost no ads, certainly none of the “that blocked punt was brought to you by Ed’s furniture and firearms.  Just remember if you want a new sofa and are worried about protecting it, come to Ed’s”. 
  • Rivalries/conferences:  Especially with the recent conference changes in Division I (gridiron-)football and hockey, it just seems that the conferences don’t make a lot of sense (Seriously, Colorado is in the Pac-10? What’s “Pac” about Colorado?).  Case in point, the MIAC has 13 schools and every single one is in Minnesota.  Thus traveling to see a road game is much more convenient and the rivalries make more sense.  Heck, in case you are a St. Olaf or Carleton College fan, if you want to see them play an away game you have a 5 minute drive since both teams are in Northfield.

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Time to look at some of the other Division II and III sports going on. For the D-III polls I’ll mainly list hockey schools, for the D-III polls I’ll mainly list Minnesota schools (since I don’t know the schools playing D-III hockey well), but there’ll be exceptions in either case (D-I hockey schools who are D-III, AKA Colorado College. D-II Minnesota non-hockey schools).

Men’s D-II football
Current Champion: Northern Kentucky
Current poll: #4 Mercyhurst

Men’s D-III football
Current Champion: Messiah
Current poll: #17 Gustavus Adolphus

Women’s D-II football
Current Champion: Grand Valley State
Current poll: None

Women’s D-III football
Current Champion: Hardin-Simmons
Current poll: None

Women’s D-II volleyball
Current Champion: Grand Valley State
Current poll: #1 Concordia-St. Paul, #4 Minnesota-Duluth, #13 Minnesota State-Mankato, #17 Ferris State

Women’s D-III volleyball
Current Champion: Concordia St. Paul (4th Title in a row)
Current poll: #11 St. Thomas, #12 Concordia, #14 Colorado College

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