Photo courtesy the Denver Post
Denver’s destruction of Colorado College this weekend was total and complete. The Pioneers skated on the large sheet in Colorado Springs Saturday night and got to every puck, extending their winning streak to 12 games, in yet anther trouncing of the Tigers. The Broadmoor World Arena was as quiet as a church on Sunday morning and the Pioneers delivered a workman-like result against a dispirited squad.
The one place to look to more fully understand the Tiger’s misery is Facebook.
One Facebook fan site, Colorado College Hockey, is the sanitized ‘Up With People’ version. Everything is fine in Tigerland -“Love the new jerseys – don’t you? Our announcers are the best! We played ’em tough tonight – but we’ll get ’em next time.” Criticism is not accepted or tolerated. Comments are screened so as to not offend. This is a fan site mind you – not the official Colorado College Tiger Hockey school sponsored site.
But, there is another site, Colorado College Hockey Discussion – where die hard Tiger Hockey fans go to vent their frustration with the Tiger’s plight. Their discussions are deep and well informed. It is not just a’ blame the coach site’ – although there is frustration with Coach Mike Haviland. There are discussions about recruiting, the CC block curriculum, liberal arts education, facilities and if CC admissions are so darned exclusive – how come Union, Harvard, and Yale can field competitive teams?
Here’s just one string of comments (spelling errors remain uncorrected because obviously) following Saturday night’s humbling 5-1 home defeat to the visiting Pioneers:
A number of Pioneer fans traveled to the World Arena Saturday night. After the game, a group of crimson and gold supporters agreed that it would be great for DU’s winning streak over CC to continue for the next 50 years – but they want to see Colorado College with a competitive hockey program again, too.
Great rivalries must have great rivals.
At The Golden Bee following the game, we shared our own opinions about the reasons for the decline of Colorado College hockey. But, we actually spent more time discussing how many fluid ounces were in a yard of beer. It’s not our problem, but we can all appreciate the frustration expressed on Colorado College Hockey Discussion Facebook page.
Let’s hope the athletic department and administration at CC are open to at least listening to different points of view on how to fix the Tigers. The fans that are the most critical, oftentimes, are the ones that may have the best ideas on how to make things better. These fans are the hockey programs most passionate supporters – ignore them at your own peril.
By the way, there are 48 fluid ounces in a glass yard of beer. We asked the bartender – he went to CC.