As soon as we arrived on campus in late August, basically all that has come from the mouths of those three players was how excited they were to play in their home state. It seemed as though everybody they knew showed up to watch. Ben Danford actually had his own fan bus. Big shots.
The two-hour and change flight to Minneapolis was kind of a nice break from the eight-hour bus trip to Western Michigan and the 14 hours of travel to Alaska the week before. After practice at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, the Griffs attended the Golden Gophers football game versus Purdue. For many of us, it was our first experience with college football, which made it pretty exciting. The enormous stadium and energized crowd really did make it quite a unique experience. For other Griffs, such as Logan Roe who does not go to bed without his University of Florida Gators football pajamas on, it was kind of a "been there, done that" attitude.
While Borher, Danford and Asmundson flirted and signed autographs for the people of Minnesota, the rest of the Griffs watched the game and took pictures of the new stadium in which the football team plays. As the game ended and we all returned to our hotel rooms for the night and the focus turned from the excitement of college football to our game the following day.
The one 1:00 time on Sunday allowed for us to arrive at home in Buffalo, thankfully, before there was any effect felt by Hurricane Sandy. With a new week comes our new focus on our upcoming games this weekend against Clarkson University. This week we have our first full week of practice without any travel involved since the beginning of the season. Hopefully our three Minnesotans can come back down to earth from the celebrity statuses that they felt while being at home. I am sure that their friends and family were just as excited to see them play as they were to be at home for a night.
As always, I would like to thank you for your continued support of Griffs Hockey and look forward to seeing you at the rink.
Until next week, keep it simple,
Braeden Rigney and Ben Parker