Yes, friends, it's that time of year again.
For the women, this week is going to tell us whether they've still got a ghost of a chance at extending their season by an extra week. The reality is that the Engineers are 6 points out of a playoff spot with 10 games left to play, and 9 points out of 7th. If they somehow manage to nab a playoff berth, they're probably not sticking around for long. That's just being realistic. But the goal right now still has to be that #8 spot, and if they can't collect 4 points against Union this weekend, the playoffs are going to be almost impossible to attain.
For the men, it's all about pride and bragging rights. Sure, we've got plenty already that come in a fashion that'll still be meaningful come March after having swept Union earlier in the year (boy that feels good to say). But remember how good winning the Mayor's Cup felt last season after being swept? Let's finish this, and complete the real sweep. They're saying the attendance could top 10,000 at the TU Center. They're not likely to see a repeat of the "FU at the TU" from last year, but they're likely to see yet another encounter between RPI and Union where the records don't matter.
Sure, the Mayor's Cup still looks like a glorified bowling trophy. But it's our glorified bowling trophy right now.
It's a battle for both teams for regional dominance. Let's lower the hammer.
(a few F-bombs are dropped in this song, in case you're at work)