Friday, November 18, 2011

To Be the Best...'ve got to beat the best.

The likelihood of that actually happening this weekend seems fairly unlikely, but playing good teams is a strategy that frequently brings out the best against weaker teams down the road. Obviously, it's not foolproof, just ask the guys on the other side of the Field House how their tough schedule was.

If you've never been to a women's hockey game before, this weekend may or may not be a good chance to go see one. On one hand, you will get the opportunity to see the best team in the nation, the Wisconsin Badgers, defending national champions and winners of four of the last six national championships and the consensus #1. They are a team stocked with past, present, and future Olympians. They are rather good.

On the other hand, this same team skunked the Engineers 7-0 and 6-0 in Madison last season. The actual game s may not be very good.

If not for RPI's 5-0 pasting of Yale last weekend, it would seem that the overreaching task of scoring a goal against this team would be out of reach, because before that game the Engineers had been struggling to score. Now, at home, perhaps they can pick one up this year. Winning... well, that would be a pretty huge upset.

Here's this weekend's pumpup, which pretty well describes what RPI should be expecting. Content warning - the video has the singer in some semi-racy attire, but your mileage may vary.

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