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Observer Viewpoint | Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I could write a snarky response to Michael Murray (“Goals worth one point,” Feb.3) – a one or two liner even – that would be stuffy, sophomoric, and that would go something like this: “Dear Mr. Murray: Alumni is victorious over Zahm by definition; the game needn’t even be played. Woof, The Dawgs.”

But a stupid quip that calls to mind dorm stereotypes is both silly and shallow. I could attempt to give reasons as to why the final score did not indicate the superior effort that the Alumni Hall hockey team put forth in the game. I could even cower so low as to claim “moral victory,” but this approach also seems ineffectual in actually conveying the conditions of our conquest. It is also conceivable that I could derive Dawg victory by evaluating the two student sections.

Without much effort it is possible for me to recount how the South Quad dorm demonstrated spectacular faith in their team; how the Dawg supporters refused to quiet down – much less give up – as the clock breached the one minute mark of the second frame; and how the Alumni supporters greatly out clamored and outwitted the Moose contingent throughout the night. However, I do not wish to negatively judge any other dorm, especially when writing with such bias.

What would perhaps be the best method of proving victory is writing of the psychological toll this game has clearly taken on the Zahm squad. Whereas the men of Alumni returned from the JACC in a festive yet confident mood, the “Zahmbies” did little more than attempt to pick fights with their competitors (think Greg Paulus calling out Luke Harangody); whereas the men of Alumni took pride in their hockey team, “champion” Zahm has taken pride in knit-picking and namby-pambying.

To summarize: we kicked your butt like Kornheiser kicks Wilbon’s in Toss-Up.

Kameron Mayne


Alumni Hall

Feb. 3