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If you’ve never attended a club sport at your university, you’re doing yourself a serious disservice. Collegiate club sports are essentially intramurals on steroids. These kids had enough talent to play on an “academic” scholarship at a smaller, private DIII school, but passed it up in favor of a larger state institution and the more laid back, laissez faire, zero fucks environment of paying to be on the team.
Case in point: the University of Virginia’s season opener Friday night. After taking a 7-0 lead in the third period against in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth, UVA goalie, Jake Anderson, had a thirst that could not be quenched simply by the water atop of his net. Instead, he called for and caught a Keystone Light from his fraternity brothers in the stands, and pounded a pre-celebratory beer during a timeout for a job well done denying every puck that crossed his path.
Anderson was handed down a five minute major and ejected for this ruthless display of disrespect toward his opponents. Not that it mattered in regard to the game. UVA went on to continue the beatdown to the final tune of 10-1. But I still have a bone to pick with the refs. How are you going to toss my boy Jake here? This kid is dropping like $1,500 a semester to play the damn sport. He could fill that gatorade bottle of his full of hunch punch and it should not only be allowed, but encouraged. These guys aren’t destined for the NHL, they’ll be playing in the same local beer league for the next twenty or so years after graduation. Jake’s simply trying to adapt his game for the next level..
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