Friday, March 1, 2013

In Control

When you control your own destiny, you're sitting in a good spot.

It's a liberating feeling to be playing with no expectations. The weight of the world isn't on your shoulders, it's over there on the other side. Sure, it won't be easy for the women to go to Potsdam and win one game, let alone two in order to keep their season alive, but it's exactly when you aren't expected to do anything that you can create unforgettable memories. So while the whole world seems to expect the young RPI squad to end its season this weekend against a Clarkson team almost certainly bound for the NCAA tournament... why not go for it?

Meanwhile, the men just have to win - no looking at anyone else. Win this weekend, and 2nd place is theirs for the first time in 20 years. Score two points at least, and the first round bye is theirs, technically for the first time since 1997 (the bye didn't exist from 1998 to 2002), but realistically for the first time under the current playoff structure. It's an exciting time.

Now it's time to go out and take the opportunity they've earned.

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