As we slide back into the ECAC schedule - there's only one non-league game left and that's on Tuesday against American International, pray we win that one - I'd like to highlight the fact that tomorrow night's game against Dartmouth is going to be on national television.
Yes, that's right. To kick off college hockey on the newly branded NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), Dartmouth at RPI. It's a bit of an honor, but there's also kind of a collection of problems.
1. The school is on winter break. That means there probably won't be a heck of a lot of students around.
2. The team isn't doing that great. That means there probably won't be a heck of a lot of only semi-interested people around.
3. Dartmouth doesn't travel very well. That means there probably won't be a heck of a lot of visiting fans around.
4. To bring this full circle, the game's on national television, which means that some people who are interested in watching the game will take the easier (and cheaper) route by staying home and watching on TV.
What does that add up to? In all likelihood, that's one empty Field House. And, to emphasize the point, it's going to be on national television. You can see the problem.
So we're asking our readers to do your part. Most of you in the Capital District, we know, will probably go to the game. You've probably got season tickets and we definitely hope most of you are with the team through thick or thin (if you haven't figured it out yet, this is thin). Just two simple requests.
1. Go to the game on Friday.
2. Invite someone to come with you. If you're too far out and can't go yourself, call a friend and suggest a night of hockey.
That's all. I'm sure we won't fill the place or anything, but it would at least be nice to put our best foot forward for the NBC cameras.
It's the first home game in six weeks. Come show your support. Watch the DVR after the game's over to see if you made it on TV.