Morning water cooler

morning water cooler

 

How is March Madness going for you?

Take that question any way you like. It could be directed towards your NCAA tournament bracket or it could be directed to the mountains of snow that we still have in the last week of March. Either way, for most, it doesn’t appear the answer is very good for either question. My bracket is surprisingly alright and I don’t mind the snow and a little cold as long as the sun is shining.

I haven’t posted since the end of the Potash Corp University Cup but after a week here are a few thoughts:

– The organizing committee did an absolutely outstanding job planning and putting on one heck of a show. From the SaskTel Awards Gala to the championship final it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

– The talk of a potential, and much desired, change to the format of the tournament has never been louder than it was in Saskatoon. It sounds like there could be an outside chance that a format change could be in place for next year’s event but I’ll have more on that in a bit.

– With Saskatchewan being knocked out very early and adding a blizzard in March, the attendance didn’t seem to be as good as it could have been but the turnout was still pretty good. The students that made it to the Thursday and Friday afternoon games were very loud and added to the atmosphere.

– A big thanks to Ian and Greg who jumped on the broadcasts with me to provide colour. Also thanks to Dave Thomas at CJWW for having me on the broadcasts with him.

– The awards gala was a ton of fun and Hockey Night In Canada’s Ron MacLean was a great speaker. I had a chance to get a few minutes alone with him and I was just in awe of the guy. The place that he has been and the stories that he has to tell are just incredible. I could sit and listen to him tell stories all day.

There was plenty of buzz and discussion of the format of the University Cup. Many, myself included, feel that a change is badly needed. The argument against a change is that players will be missing an extra day, or more, of classes and potentially mid-term exams. In school sports that will always be a good and valid argument but when you look at what is happening there is something to be said against it. Most teams arrive early in the week, some on Sunday or Monday. They are already taking the extra days on their own to get to the host city and begin preparing. Other sports also take more days ahead to get to the host site. Football teams arrive at the Vanier Cup a full week before the championship game. Besides, most classes allow you to write exams or hand in assignments online and coaches can administer exams to players while on the road. There are academic solutions to help accommodate the change.

I had a good chat with Dave Adolph last week and will post the full interview today. Here are some quick notes to take away from the discussion:

– Matt Delahey has some damage to his knee after taking a low hit against UQTR. He is getting an MRI and will likely be sidelined for some time.

– Derek Hulak is going to be out for six months as he is going in for shoulder surgery today (Monday). That makes both Delahey and Hulak questionable for the start of next season.

– The Huskies need to get bigger and stronger and there are a few big bodies that Adolph will target in the off-season. I’ll have a full post in the next little bit outlining some of the prospects to keep an eye on.

Again, the full interview will be posted later on today.

There is something special about shopping for a new suit. I spend a bit of time yesterday picking out a couple of new suits and, after tailoring, should be ready to be picked up by the end of the week.

I’ve learned a thing or two over the last few weeks about style. The girl who helped me pick out my suits said that a navy suit is a staple in all men’s wardrobes. They say it is more versatile than a black suit and should be the first one you get. This is news to me. Did you know that you can’t wear black shoes with a navy suit? Apparently people will think you got dressed in the dark. Also, it seems your belt should match your shoes. I’m trying to pick up what I can.

The attention will turn to the Memorial Cup now that the University Cup is finished. The Saskatoon Blades are in an early hole in their first-round playoff series with Medicine Hat. The Tigers lead the series 2-0 heading back home for game three.

Congratulations to former Huskie Kyle Ross and the Cupar Canucks. They defeated my hometown Wynyard Monarchs in the Provincial A final and also in the Highway Hockey League final to claim the double championship. The Monarchs had a great year and just came up short.

That’s all for now. I’ll have the Dave Adolph interview up this afternoon for your enjoyment. Have a great week!

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