Commissioner Rudy presents 2008 WSHSHP winner Aviva Kapust with her well-deserved hardware.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
2007: 11th Place/203 points
2008: 42nd Place/43 points
- Aviva Kapust (San Francisco, CA)
- Dylan DiBona (San Francisco, CA)
- Erik Moe (Westlake Village, CA)
- Chris Batty (New York, NY)
- Lucas Rudy (San Rafael, CA)
- John Stephens (Fort Worth, TX)
- Joe McCormack (Tiburon, CA)
- Mark Krajan (Marina del Rey, CA)
- John Waldschmidt (San Rafael, CA)
Christopher Batty (New York, NY)
2007: 33rd Place/90 points
2008: 4th Place/292 points
Aviva Kapust (San Francisco, CA)
2007: 27th Place/151 points
2008: 1st Place/302 points
Mark Krajan (Marina del Rey, CA)
2007: 30th Place/110 points
2008: 10th Place/249 points
The punishment doesn't seem to fit the crime.I can almost guarantee the official who made this call is right now being recruited by the San Francisco Parking Authority. This guy's got the literal, short-sighted view it takes to be a truly witless enforcer of the law, and SFPA is not going to let him go without a fight.
Am I trying to say rules are meant to be broken? Am I coming down on the wrong side of the law here? I don't know. I just don't like seeing games decided by officials. They should be decided by the players, on the field, and in this case, Appleton's top goal scorer wasn't around to see this one through, and that's a shame.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Here's the problem: I'm pretty sure Matt Paape didn't decide between the second and third periods to put on a necklace. (I mean, I used to change the color of my contact lens between shifts back in my day, but I was widely considered a maverick.) So let's assume the necklace was on Paape's person the entire game. Yet no call was made until late in the game, when momentum has shifted entirely in Appleton's favor, and the Crusaders were holding on by the skin of their teeth. A bizarre coincidence that Appleton's best player is removed from the equation? Please. This ain't the Commissioner's first rodeo. Either someone--a player, a coach, a stick boy--tipped off the ref, or the latter exercised incredibly poor judgment by taking matters into his own hands. Both scenarios make me throw up a little in my mouth. Talk among yourselves.
True, this storied facility used to be the proud home of the Wisconsin Hockey Badgers but, like me, it's now a dying relic of a simpler time. One wonders how long this rocky marriage between commerce and quality can continue. Let's hope it ends soon and amicably, if only for the kids' sake.
UPDATE: Mr. Hammett reports that the WIAA just signed a new long-term deal with the AEC, sealing the WIAA tourney's fate as a second rate event for years to come. Meanwhile, our brethren to the north are playing their state tourney at the fan- and player-friendly Xcel Center in St. Paul. Sigh.