Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Out of the Frying Pan

Needless to say, the last six games have been a whirlwind for the Boilers.

Not only have they knocked off Wisconsin in Madison two years in a row, climbed back into a statistical tie for first place, and weathered numerous injuries and illnesses, they've even begun to accessorize. The flash of that elbow pad sleeve against the shattered nose mask - and all of if topped with a sweat-laden headband - FAB-U-LOUSSSS!

In all seriousness, the Boilers are on the precipice of two reclamation games. The next two bouts with OSU and Illinois could set the stage for a grab at the upper hand. A loss in either could keep them hungry in second and champing at the bit. While losses in both may drop them all the way back to a number 5 seed...in the Big Ten Tournament.

I was reviewing preseason goals I'd set for the boys and so far, we're not successful on any (except I think they might have locked up the winning season). Regardless, this recent stretch has yet again underlined the beauty of this game. Despite depleted losses against Illinois and Penn State, the Boilers might be looking their best even with the blemishes.

The final goals remain the same. Snag that top-4 seed and hopefully a fuel-efficient run through March with bus rides to Dayton, Indianapolis, and Detroit.

For now, take down Bucky.

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