I Want My Plate!

First off, a happy Easter and Passover to all the UMass fans out there.

Ok, here’s the deal, I need your help.  Well, at least help from most of you.  At the end of last week the Alumni Association launched the opportunity for Massachusetts residents to show their support of Your State U by driving around with this customized UMass license plate.

Now the UMAA tried a number of years ago to get a similar plate on the road but, due to a number of reasons, they were not able to get the minimum number of orders.  One of the reasons was they chose to put a banner in Section U of the Mullins Center where a bunch of jerks decided to stand in front of during every hockey game.  Anyway, I digress.  So this previous effort flopped.  That’s not going to happen this time.  Or should I say I’m not going to let that happen this time.  I want, no, need one of these license plates as I travel around New England supporting the Minutemen athletic teams.  And I plan to leverage Fear The Triangle to my full advantage to get one.  According to various website analytics sites I get about 900 regular visitors on a monthly basis from the state of Massachusetts.  Given that and adjusting for some duplicates and people who may be too young to have cars etc., I figure I should be able to guarantee the Alumni Association at least 500 plate applications from my readership.  That would go a long way toward the minimum needed for them to start production.

Listen, you’re not coming to this site, especially in the offseason, unless you’re a pretty hardcore UMass fan.  What a better way to display your pride and loyalty for the school than with this plate that ultimately helps fund scholarships for the university.  And at the same time you’ll be helping me personally, because I want one of these ASAP.  So get on it and get your application in.

Stick tap to Jerry York and the Boston College Eagles for winning their 5th National Championship last night in Tampa.  Was I rooting for the Eagles?  No.  But I respect what they were able to accomplish and at the very least am glad the sport’s ultimate prize resides in Hockey East, thus again proving that UMass plays in the most elite hockey conference in the country.

BC captain Tommy Cross credited UMass with helping getting the Eagles get ready for their championship run.  Honestly, when you look at it UMass played BC tougher during their 19 game win streak than probably any other team.  In the end UMass went 2-3-0 against the national champions, allowing the high flying Eagle offense a meager 2.2 goals per game.

Puck Daddy makes the case for Jon Quick winning the Vezina trophy.  Quick finished the year going 35-21-13.  He played in the 4th most games for goaltenders on the season.  His 10 shutouts led the league, he was second in goals against average with 1.95, his .929 save percentage was good for 5th, and is pretty much the only reason the Kings made the playoffs.

Andrew Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal has his take on a potential leap by UConn to Hockey East.

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  1. Happy Easter to FTT. Thanks for showing such class when talking about the Eagles.

    • Happy Easter to you. Can’t help but be classy when talking about Jerry York.

  2. MassAttack

     /  April 8, 2012

    Can’t sign up for the plate fast enough. Awesome.

  3. Concord66

     /  April 8, 2012

    Already signed up for the plate, and you guys better get on the wagon cuz I am Class of ’66 and I AM NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER!!!!

  4. LeBlanc88

     /  April 8, 2012

    A stick tap to Rocks22 for his support of the UMass license plate.

  5. My app is in!

  6. Anonymous

     /  April 9, 2012

    I think the reason this UMASS team played BC so tough was because it was the first team in the past three years that actually thought they could beat the Eagles…..the key to that was the fact that this was the first actual “team” that played the Eagles the past three years… The bar should be set high for this group of talented young men next season – fairly certain that bar will be set by the team themselves..

    • Agreed, sophomore stars should only get better and the freshmen goaltenders will improve. Where do you think the bar should be raised to?

      • Colin

         /  April 9, 2012

        I think the bar should be raised to battling for Home Ice in the Hockey East Playoffs and hopefully getting to the Garden for the Hockey East Semifinals and Finals! Do you agree with me rocks22?

        Go UMass Minutemen!

    • Colin

       /  April 9, 2012

      Anonymous I could not agree with you more. Anonymous I agree with you 100% and I think this UMass Hockey Team will be very good next year/next season. I really think the UMass Hockey team is going to finish a lot higher in the Hockey East Standings next year/next season. I really hope the UMass Hockey Team gets to the Garden for the Hockey East Semifinals and Finals next year/next season.

      Go UMass Minutemen!

      • Anonymous

         /  April 9, 2012

        Any idea when captains will be announced? I agree on next year. Lot of talent coming back and with an extra year of experience.

  7. Anonymous

     /  April 9, 2012

    ncaa tourney and hockey east finals next yr….end of story and attainable….go umass

  8. Anonymous

     /  April 9, 2012

    Seriously, that’s very attainable. Need one of the goalies to take control earlier this year, and get comfortable. Whomever it is needs to know he will start the following night if he struggles early. That got in their heads all year. I think the offense is there, and the defense should be a strength next season.


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