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Sunday, March 3, 2013

The offering OHSSA has gone public

In a wild weekend of trading the OHSSA HOCKEY semi final round has gone PUBLIC.  Fan's, in looking over the data, this is an historic event.  Not since the 1980's, and I mean early 80's pre 1984 have we not had a private in the finals.  It was only in the 1970's that title was established.  Shaker was playing on frozen ponds. We are talking Jimmy Carter was in the White House.  The Year was 1978.  It was in fact  the first year of the OHSSA High School Championship.  The line up was Bowling Green, Findlay, Shaker Heights and Bay Village.  That champion was Findlay, it was also Bay Villages only state final ever.  Findlay was the first school to repeat as well.  I fully anticipate this event should be one of the best we have had.  Yes it is on Friday March 8th.  A school day but here is the deal folks.  We have had hardly any snow days, we pay a shit ton in taxes to operate these schools.  They are our schools.  Call your Superintendents, have them use our Bus's to get our student down to the games.  Other wise the life sucking void, known as Nation WIDE arena.  The venue that holds 18,000 fans for Ice Hockey will have but 300 parents, grandparents and toddlers.  In all the finals held at the arena, the lower bowl has yet to even be filled...the lower bowl is equal to all the seating in the Hunting Center.  This is exactly why the venue is ALL WRONG.  The venue needs to be moved back to BGSU, Brooklyn Rec, Miami University. Venues that are properly proportioned.  So if you want this event to rock, the Public Schools need to step up, parents need to step up, student need to rise up and get their buts to the game.

Fans your 2011-2012 Frozen four teams:

The 4pm game on Friday will have the Sylvania Northview Wild Cat's playing against the Olentangy Liberty Pioneers.  This is the Cat's first ever defense of the state championship title.  The Cats currently have 159 goals for and 65 against and are the number one team.  Their 3-2 come back win last evening over former #1 Toledo St. Johns was a display grit and determination.  The winning culture at Sylvania Northview and the year round dedication those players have to school and the sport is what won them the day and this title defense.  They look in every way to have come together as a team.  A team that will successfully defend their title.
The Pirates joined the dance with a masterful victory over the wave riders at Holy Name!  Out of any team in this frozen four the Pirates have had the most difficult voyage.   Playing Lake Wood, Padua, Ignatius and Holy Name.  They now again, have to have their ship squared away to do battle with the Red Raiders in the 1pm game.  The Raiders are a team I started liking three seasons ago.  Seeing what was likely to filter in to their program, the experience and cool, calm approach of Bartly I felt Shaker was ripe to start some runs.  Just as I feel Bowing Green is again in play in the next couple seasons. I firmly believe that this all Public Final can thank in large part the hard economic times,  that are being thrust upon us an out of control elected class.  But we are talking the politics of hockey here, not how both political parties have robbed the American people of earned wealth and the opportunity to earn wealth.  Shakers ride to the frozen four has not been easy at all, so dont let my respect for the Pirates fool you.  Beating Mentor, Walsh and U.S. is no simply task.  Especially in a year where there was so much parity in Cleveland.  Yet this is how it works.  Ever so slowly, steadily the tides turn.  Unnoticeable to all but the most scrutinizing. We are seeing not the shift in the tides, but the effect of the tides having turned.  Lastly we have Liberty.  The token team from Columbus.  Another product of the PC everyone's a winner mentality that is hurting the sport.  The State needs to adopt a system that ensures the best 4 teams in the state are in the frozen four, not the geographically correct four.  Its sport for crip sake.  Its about earning your place at the table.  To do that we have to eliminate this guy
from just waltzing in to the finals every year.  Seats at this table are supposed to be earned.  As they are at any other meaningful table.
more to come.....