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    Re: UNH Hockey: Treading Water or Trending Upward

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Fair point, and one I've admitted to in the past. Sitting him doesn't make sense, and I didn't see tonight's game, but I did see the Yale game last weekend, and he looked bored out there. And it's not just the "he's so talented he makes it look easy" thing, I get that. There are times he's trying to make difficult plays that didn't appear the least bit necessary (watch the Yale tape, he cuts out in front of Taylor from behind his own goal twice, when easier exit options were there), so I'm guessing Norbert may have seen similar stuff out there tonight.

    The kid clearly has huge talent, and has had it since Day One. But it's possibly also instructive to remember that Wisconsin let him decommit a few years ago when they were faced with a glut of other defensemen in the pipeline. Maybe they got that wrong … or maybe there's just something in his DNA that they ID'ed and decided to take a pass on, and *possibly* some of that shows itself once in awhile when this immensely talented kid makes totally avoidable errors, or looks less invested in the game sometimes?

    Maybe it's just a rough spot, and who knows what might be going on elsewhere in his life.
    Heck, today we all learned that Baby van Bandwagon wasn't exactly all-in at UNH last season …

    (Transferring) was a little bit on my mind during the (season) last year,” van Riemsdyk said. “I wasn’t necessarily happy with the way things were going.

    I'm confident Gildon will rediscover his top form (and focus?) over the coming weeks, but I'm equally confident he'll be playing pro hockey somewhere before his older teammates graduate. C'est la vie.
    Yep, who knows what could be going on. We've had this discussion over and over about him; the kid is held to such a high standard, as all great players are. I do worry, tho...about the possibility of a player like him who might have their mind made up about what they are doing next season already...mail it in? But that's a stretch and we need him on the ice there is no question. Both he and Wyse can be counted on for penalties each game. We don't like it and gee I'd like to see a lot less of that who wouldn't...

    Fact of life prob every team has those players who put up big PM's. That being said, the fewer the better. UNH is making moves (with the recent add on for next season of Luke Reid) to shore up the Dline that they know will be depleted with the most likely departure of Gildon, and for sure, Wyse. I hope Maass is planning on being a 4 year guy (what a GREAT game he had last night). Thought Kalle Ericksson played his best game of the season. Lots of big hits. lest (I) we forget these are student-athletes....

    Thanks for doing the grunt work on the HE situation Mr. Murray. Mucho appreciated! Go 'Cats!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Then there is the stretch run, which is a gauntlet of post-Beanpot BU (actually great timing for UNH), UMass Lowell and BC leading into the conference tourney.
    WARNING - pedantic pet peeve alert ... UNH's upcoming stretch run is NOT a "gauntlet" of difficult teams, but a "gantlet" that they hopefully take on and emerge from with as many points as possible. A gauntlet was literally the armored glove of a well-equipped medieval knight errant, who would theatrically throw it at the feet of a rival to initiate a challenge, hence the phrase "to throw down the gauntlet" ... To "run the gantlet" is to maneuver/pass through a difficult set of obstacles (derived from railroad usage), which is what I'm sure was Chuck's meaning here. The distinction has sadly been lost in much of popular prose (along with "could care less" vs. "could NOT care less," the grammatically correct term), but I remain hopeful that with a little gentle urging we can resist the coarsened herds :-) And now back to your regularly scheduled program ...

    Obligatory hockey content: As Dan has already mentioned, the 'Cats now have 5, count em, *5* overtime victories this season, which (according to HockeyEastOnline) ties (heh, heh) a program record from the 1972-73 season (when I believe, IIRC, ot rules were different; weren't ot periods 10 minutes long back in the College Hockey Dark Ages? Someone help jog my memory). The 'Cats certainly seem to jump into another gear once bonus skating begins; they outshot N'eastern 3-0 in winning last night, and in their other 4 ot victories they cumulatively outshot their opponents 5-2. In 3 of those wins, they took only a single ot shot - but made it count! :-) So many of these games were losses last season, when, as Chuck mentions, they were seemingly playing - unsuccessfully as it frequently turned out - not to lose, so I'm happy to see a new team mindset. "Fortune favors the bold," as the saying goes, and UNH exemplifies that in spades ...

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    Recruit more Swedes, please. :-)

    Win over NU right up there with win over BC this season.
    Better. Jump out of the seat fist pump better. Recovering from the first 4 minutes of the similar to the Army game 3rd period and dominating OT better!
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    Re: UNH Hockey: Treading Water or Trending Upward

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    WARNING - pedantic pet peeve alert ... UNH's upcoming stretch run is NOT a "gauntlet" of difficult teams, but a "gantlet" that they hopefully take on and emerge from with as many points as possible. A gauntlet was literally the armored glove of a well-equipped medieval knight errant, who would theatrically throw it at the feet of a rival to initiate a challenge, hence the phrase "to throw down the gauntlet" ... To "run the gantlet" is to maneuver/pass through a difficult set of obstacles (derived from railroad usage), which is what I'm sure was Chuck's meaning here. The distinction has sadly been lost in much of popular prose (along with "could care less" vs. "could NOT care less," the grammatically correct term), but I remain hopeful that with a little gentle urging we can resist the coarsened herds :-) And now back to your regularly scheduled program ...

    Obligatory hockey content: As Dan has already mentioned, the 'Cats now have 5, count em, *5* overtime victories this season, which (according to HockeyEastOnline) ties (heh, heh) a program record from the 1972-73 season (when I believe, IIRC, ot rules were different; weren't ot periods 10 minutes long back in the College Hockey Dark Ages? Someone help jog my memory). The 'Cats certainly seem to jump into another gear once bonus skating begins; they outshot N'eastern 3-0 in winning last night, and in their other 4 ot victories they cumulatively outshot their opponents 5-2. In 3 of those wins, they took only a single ot shot - but made it count! :-) So many of these games were losses last season, when, as Chuck mentions, they were seemingly playing - unsuccessfully as it frequently turned out - not to lose, so I'm happy to see a new team mindset. "Fortune favors the bold," as the saying goes, and UNH exemplifies that in spades ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeteye1717 View Post
    WARNING - pedantic pet peeve alert ... UNH's upcoming stretch run is NOT a "gauntlet" of difficult teams, but a "gantlet" that they hopefully take on and emerge from with as many points as possible. A gauntlet was literally the armored glove of a well-equipped medieval knight errant, who would theatrically throw it at the feet of a rival to initiate a challenge, hence the phrase "to throw down the gauntlet" ... To "run the gantlet" is to maneuver/pass through a difficult set of obstacles (derived from railroad usage), which is what I'm sure was Chuck's meaning here. The distinction has sadly been lost in much of popular prose (along with "could care less" vs. "could NOT care less," the grammatically correct term), but I remain hopeful that with a little gentle urging we can resist the coarsened herds :-) And now back to your regularly scheduled program ...
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    Will Chuck “throw down the gauntlet” against Professor Jeteye? 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakchk20 View Post
    Really? Well if I recall, Army scored on two of his penaties. I get it, that's not part of the overhyped +/- tally...but it IS the more "complete" story. Agreed, comical...
    I can’t tell if you generally agree or disagree with me, but you make a fair point about the PPG against and taking two penalties. Gildon has four penalties in the past four games - too many. I would just ask that if we harp on that we do so with any player (as expectations aside every penalty puts UNH at the same disadvantage). Or we chalk it up to hockey for each kid. I think either can come without hyperbole or getting personal...

    You’re post noting the penalties and wishing for better is entirely reasonable, IMO. Expecting better production stats and fewer penalties is fair game.

    That said when discussing flukey occurrences (and not entirely reliable stats) - it’s just that when the UNH PK kills all three non-Gildon penalties and surrenders goals on both of his.

    And any night with two PPG against should focus much of that blame to the PK. UNH’s PK has hurt them all season. They rank 54th nationally in killing penalties. And how about this stat - UNH has had fewer PK opportunities than all but 14 teams this season, yet has given up more PPG than all but five...

    For all the talk about goaltending of late both are between .910 and .915 at even strength when UNH has allowed just 1.5 GA/PG five on five. They’ve given up about another full goal on the PK every night. Certainly the goalies are part of that, but it speaks volumes about team 5x5 defense against PK defending. No matter who is in the box...

    You are right that +\- doesn’t tell the whole story and in his case it severely undervalues Gildon. Gildon Is currently a plus-4 on the season, despite getting no credit for SIXTEEN power-play points. Meanwhile your other top two defenseman are the stalwarts on the aforementioned PK and get no negative for that units performance. Additionally, recent struggles aside, the UNH PP still rates thirteenth best in the country...

    Gildon had a better +\- than both Wyse and Maass in each of the last two seasons (and again, got no credit for seven more PPG and who knows how many PPA).

    He’s a defenseman playing huge minutes and he’s on the ice for FAR more goals for than against. Period. What more should we want?

    I can review and crunch the numbers on his breakout/turnover performances over the last few games - it wasn’t popular last time I did, but I’d bet this stretch tells the same story. Which is he still handles far more breakouts than anyone else and succeeds at a notably higher rate. It’s been the case since his FR year despite a few gaffes and being held to the highest of standards. And that’s before we even get into splitting hairs between Gildon turning it over on a pass or a deke while others turn it over every bit as dangerously when they simply fire pucks up the wall or the slot. Or simply rack up failed clears because they can’t skate pucks out nearly as effectively. Turnovers happen to everyone in hockey it’s the nature of the game...

    I personally take heart in the fact that while he’s not playing up to his own lofty standard the rest of the team is playing very well for the most part. Fair enough considering how often he has carried an extreme measure of the load...

    I don’t care for any argument that tries to play armchair psychologist into what Gildon may be thinking about his pro future. We have zero insight into that possibility. We blamed Poturalski for the same thing (and argued he should be benched) when all he did for the team was score 20% of their goals and figure in half...

    It was ridiculous then and it’s ridiculous now. Maybe, just maybe, he has lulls in his production because he still can’t purchase a legal beer (And won’t be able too until the end of this season no matter how far they advance). Maass is a true freshman classmate, but he’s nearly eight months older than Gildon. Wyse was Gildon’s current age almost as soon as he stepped foot on campus. That shouldn’t be forgotten...

    Also don’t forget that it took Watcher pointing it out a number of weeks into the season for anyone to even acknowledge that Gildon was (at the time) playing like someone who could skate right into an NHL line-up. Playing at an elite level was just taken for granted...

    There are areas in which he needs to improve on how he has played if late. I wish that could just be stated with specifics instead of venting rants, but that’s my problem I suppose...
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    Re: UNH Hockey: Treading Water or Trending Upward

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    UNH’s PK has hurt them all season. They rank 54th nationally in killing penalties. And how about this stat - UNH has had fewer PK opportunities than all but 14 teams this season, yet has given up more PPG than all but five ...
    It's stats like these that almost - ALMOST - make me yearn for those days of yore when the oft-derided Mildcat SMTs would habitually lead the League (and Top 5 in the Nation) for fewest penalties taken; it's hard to give up PPGs when you're hardly ever in the box. Whether this was a conscious coaching point-of-emphasis - or simply a side-effect of how they were coached to play in all 3 zones - was never really clear to me, yet it undoubtedly became a dubious "trademark" of many Umile-coached teams. But they gradually transitioned away from that, to the point where no one would mistake them for the Broad Street Bullies, but they certainly upped their sin bin time to levels rarely seen in decades past. By and large it didn't really hurt them; whomever was in charge of special teams play (Lassonde? Then Borek? Then Stewart?) had their PK unit humming along quite nicely; it was far from the liability it seems to be now. But that assessment is a bit of a misnomer, as despite their abyssmal PK rank they're NOT taking an inordinate amount of penalties, they're just having a very hard time keeping PPGs out of the net in the relatively few opportunities they've given their opponents. Any hopes they may have of playing meaningful post-season games this season won't rise or fall on PK prowess alone, but unless/until those numbers improve in the gantlet :-) of tough games ahead it makes just getting there all the harder ...

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    FWIIW department, I think that 'gantlet' is an archaic spelling for 'gauntlet,' and does not even appear in some of my more modern dictionaries. Second definition for 'gauntlet' in all of my dictionaries is 'a challenge,' so tally ho, Chuck. :-)

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    Will Chuck “throw down the gauntlet” against Professor Jeteye? 😀
    Quote Originally Posted by jeteye1717 View Post
    WARNING - pedantic pet peeve alert ... UNH's upcoming stretch run is NOT a "gauntlet" of difficult teams, but a "gantlet" that they hopefully take on and emerge from with as many points as possible. A gauntlet was literally the armored glove of a well-equipped medieval knight errant, who would theatrically throw it at the feet of a rival to initiate a challenge, hence the phrase "to throw down the gauntlet" ... To "run the gantlet" is to maneuver/pass through a difficult set of obstacles (derived from railroad usage), which is what I'm sure was Chuck's meaning here. The distinction has sadly been lost in much of popular prose (along with "could care less" vs. "could NOT care less," the grammatically correct term), but I remain hopeful that with a little gentle urging we can resist the coarsened herds :-)
    Fair play to jeteye, I'm sure I've messed this up dozens of times in the past, and will probably mess it up a dozen or so times in the future. Old dog/new tricks, etc.

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    Just a couple of observations. First, Gildon is a physically gifted player but it disappoints me no end that, in his third year at UNH,,he is still taking shifts off and, worse, making the wrong play on the PP. Second point. I know Mr. Jeteye and would not doubt his linguistic skills. Third, I am glad someone mentioned Brett Ritchie. Whatever Don Sweeney chose to pay him was way too much. As for UNH’s fortunes down the stretch, they have five two game sets left. Three against the iron- UMass, BU, Lowell - and two against the bottom feeders - a home & home with UConn and two home games vs. UVM. Can we realistically expect a 5-5 or even 6-4 record in those games? I’d like to think so, take the four against the teams below us and steal a couple of home games against, I don’t know, maybe Lowell and BU. Tell me if that is too much to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Ambrose View Post
    Just a couple of observations. First, Gildon is a physically gifted player but it disappoints me no end that, in his third year at UNH,,he is still taking shifts off and, worse, making the wrong play on the PP. Second point. I know Mr. Jeteye and would not doubt his linguistic skills. Third, I am glad someone mentioned Brett Ritchie. Whatever Don Sweeney chose to pay him was way too much. As for UNH’s fortunes down the stretch, they have five two game sets left. Three against the iron- UMass, BU, Lowell - and two against the bottom feeders - a home & home with UConn and two home games vs. UVM. Can we realistically expect a 5-5 or even 6-4 record in those games? I’d like to think so, take the four against the teams below us and steal a couple of home games against, I don’t know, maybe Lowell and BU. Tell me if that is too much to ask.
    Whadabout two-game sets with BC and PC?

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    Whadabout two-game sets with BC and PC?
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    Greg is living life a couple of weeks ahead of the rest of us, Snives. Always has been.

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    Thoughts on the passing of Neil Peart? I expected some discussion here with you and Watcher being well-known Rush junkies.
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    A great loss, too early (he already had loss from his daughter and wife dying in the 90s). He was the glue to the band -- don't know much about drumming, but his lyrics and thoughtfulness gave Rush its gravitas. I learned my Plato from Peart

    Apropos for UNH

    And the men who hold high places
    Must be the ones who start
    To mold a new reality
    Closer to the heart
    Closer to the heart
    The blacksmith and the artist
    Reflect it in their art
    They forge their creativity
    Closer to the heart
    Yes closer to the heart
    Philosophers and plowmen
    Each must know his part
    To sow a new mentality
    Closer to the heart


    Corresponding to these three elements in human nature there are three classes in the social organism-Philosopher class or the ruling class which is the representative of reason; auxiliaries, a class of warriors and defenders of the country is the representative of spirit; and the appetite instinct of the community which consists of farmers, artisans and are the lowest rung of the ladder. Thus, weaving a web between the human organism and the social organism, Plato asserts that functional specialization demands from every social class to specialize itself in the station of life allotted to it. Justice, therefore to Plato is like a manuscript which exists in two copies, and one of these is larger than the other. It exists both in the individual and the society. But it exists on a larger scale and in more visible form in the society. Individually "justice is a 'human virtue' that makes a man self consistent and good: Socially, justice is a social consciousness that makes a society internally harmonious and good."

    Justice is thus a sort of specialization. It is simply the will to fulfill the duties of one's station and not to meddle with the duties of another station, and its habitation is, therefore, in the mind of every citizen who does his duties in his appointed place. It is the original principle, laid down at the foundation of the State, "that one man should practice one thing only and that the thing to which his nature was best adopted". True justice to Plato, therefore, consists in the principle of non-interference. The State has been considered by Plato as a perfect whole in which each individual which is its element, functions not for itself but for the health of the whole. Every element fulfils its appropriate function. Justice in the platonic state would, therefore, be like that harmony of relationship where the Planets are held together in the orderly movement. Plato was convinced that a society which is so organized is fit for survival. Where man are out of their natural places, there the co-ordination of parts is destroyed, the society disintegrates and dissolves. Justice, therefore, is the citizen sense of duties.
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    Thoughts on the passing of Neil Peart? I expected some discussion here with you and Watcher being well-known Rush junkies.
    I think 'Watcher covered Peart's run of family tragedies, and to my thinking, anything we've gotten from Rush since the dawn of the '90's has been somewhat of a bonus. I never really felt their recorded stuff after Moving Pictures ever measured up, with a few isolated exceptions (parts of Signals, Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows). And by the time they dug out from chasing some of the '80's trends later on, then stuff started happening to Peart. But the live stuff was always the constant, at least to me. And the recorded stuff between 2112 and Moving Pictures inclusive, all speaks for itself.

    They seemed to avoid the infighting that scuttled my all-time faves ELP for long stretches. There always seemed to be a genuine affinity between Lee, Lifeson & Peart, whereas ELP eventually eroded into Emerson and Lake taking turns falling out, and ironically their drummer (Palmer would usually be the one to patch up early differences) eventually tired of it, found other settings where he could enjoy success with less strain, and as a result, it always felt like they were more like amiable business associates. Whereas with Rush, the pressure was from things happening to Peart, and the other two would give him his space to heal, and if/when he was ready to return, they would just be there for him. And just as Zeppelin ended with Bonzo's untimely (so avoidable) passing, I don't think there's any question Rush has closed the book now on their legendary career.

    I read the Rolling Stone obit that HR linked earlier with some ambivalence, if only because they (and others in the so-called music press) have taken a revisionist's approach to all things Rush. The stuff the band did in the '70's was routinely savaged by the critics, and only when Peart moved away from the sci-fi and philosophy of the earlier stuff, and wrote more everyday stuff (at least by his high standards) did the mainstream music press start to give them a second look. So I loved it when, after they clearly stopped writing (critic-friendly) new stuff that fell short of the standards of the old stuff, the band was true to its fans, and went back on the road to play that great old stuff in their shows. They never forgot who they were, nor where they came from.

    There are so many bits and pieces of Rush that I still love. And although I'm not a "lyrics guy", I've always like The Trees, and it's something that carries an important message in these times of division and so-called "social justice", when the four-letter F-word turns out to be "fair", and not the usual one …

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    And they grab up all the light
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    Can’t be happy in their shade?

    There is trouble in the Forest
    And the creatures all have fled
    As the Maples scream ‘Oppression!’
    And the Oaks, just shake their heads

    So the Maples formed a Union
    And demanded equal rights
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    Never a Rush fan, but great respect for exceptional drummers, jazz and rock alike. Like Bobby Orr, Neil Peart another example of Canadian Exceptionalism? Thanks for the reflections, watcher and Chuck. I find irony in Peart losing his libertarian Ayn Rand streak in later years and filing a cease and desist order to Rand Paul for using Rush lyrics on his campaign trail.

    And, reflecting on rock drummers, Carl Palmer turns 70 on March 20th; will our Cats still be playing on the ice then, or hitting the links.

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    Is it weird that one of the first things I thought of when I heard about Neil Peart was USCHO? Probably?

    Speaking of series that Dares Not Speak It's Name, the one thing I learned from briefly watching NU/UNH on Saturday is the Goons needs to stay the hell out of overtime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Never a Rush fan, but great respect for exceptional drummers, jazz and rock alike. Like Bobby Orr, Neil Peart another example of Canadian Exceptionalism?
    When you look back, it's hard not to argue that the period of the first generation-plus after World War Two was indeed a time of Canadian Exceptionalism, Snives. After gradually emerging out from under English control (I think Newfoundland was the last of Canada to have still been a British-controlled colony), Canada had a huge coming-out party which included the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the late '50's, Bobby Orr and the 1967 first expansion of the NHL (and then the emergence of the WHA, which landed in several future NHL cities first), the World's Fair in the same year in Montreal ("Expo '67"), the arrival of MLB in Montreal ('69) and then Toronto ('76), the Canada Cup events, hosting the Olympics in Montreal in 1976, the race to build landmark towers (the CN Tower beat the tilted "Tour" at Stade Olympique by about a decade) and arguably capped off by the landmark construction of Skydome in Toronto in the early '90's … there was a long run of almost a half-century when Canada dreamed big, and the guys in Rush all grew up surrounded by this era of Canadian optimism and pride.

    Cutting in the other direction … I think the Quebec separatist movement put the brakes on some of the idealistic big-thinking of that era, and tilted the country towards Toronto and away from Montreal. And something we sports fans remember, but may even underplay as a bigger event, was the Gretzky-to-LA trade in the late '80's, which in the long run pretty much made the expansion of the current NHL … but came at the cost of Canada's perception of being the home to unrivaled excellence in hockey. At least in the course of my lifetime, it's fair to say Toronto ruled the pre-expansion NHL of the '60's, and Montreal dominated the decade or so after the original expansion, while Edmonton was probably the last true NHL dynasty in the late '80's - with the only break in their five year run ironically coming from neighboring rivals Calgary. In the 30+ years after The Trade, Canada's many teams have combined to win all of one (1) Stanley Cup during that run. Quebec and Winnipeg lost their hockey teams (the 'Peg eventually regained theirs), Vancouver lost its NBA team, and (of course) Les Expos - the first non-NHL entry from Canada - left in 2004.

    Sorry for the rant, but I've always been a raging Canada-phile. Safe to say, the twin US & Canadian flags flying outside of the WIS Estate have been at half-staff since last week.

    Anyway, here's a link to Peart's obit in the Washington Post, which a pal forwarded, knowing there'd be no other chance of me seeing it. Worth checking out, if you've got the time.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-...-we-loved-him/
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    Re: UNH Hockey: Treading Water or Trending Upward

    When my college-age uncle found out that I was starting to get serious about drums, he popped a cassette into his “boom box”. A Farewell to Kings on one side, 2112 on the other. I stole that tape from him, and thus began a 40-year infatuation with the instrument, the band, and the Professor. Friday was a hard **** day around my household. Trying (and failing) to match, note-for-note, fill-for-fill, is how I learned to play. I think all drummers thank God for “The Camera Eye”, ensuring we have one song to fall back on after butchering “La Villa Strangiato”. I confessed to my lovely bride how bad the day was for me, and she shared that it must be how she felt when Salinger was gone. Neil was my childhood hero, multiple steps ahead of Larry and Yaz.

    Went for a long bike ride Saturday morning, with 3 hours to listen to Rush on shuffle. The song that really socked me in the gut was “Losing It”, from Signals. You can look up the lyrics - you’ll get it.

    Just so glad that I went overboard to get tickets to the final tour. It was in Bristow, VA, and Neil got off by a few bars during “Distant Early Warning”. It was shocking (and is out there on YouTube), but of course he recovered and the show was just magical. It included a change in drum kits as they went back in time. He may have felt human to me for the first time in my life. Until last week.
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    Re: UNH Hockey: Treading Water or Trending Upward

    Nice mention for us on the front page....

    Another program I will give a cap to as they look to return to prominence is New Hampshire. The Wildcats are 8-1 at home after last Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win in Durham against Northeastern. They still need to find a way to get things going on the road, but the magic in Durham seems to have returned, and that’s something very positive for UNH and college hockey.
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