[M.M.X.I.V. 124 / M.A.P.L.E. III-4] Chelsea Dagger

Today was a fun day for me, as it involved going to Evanston with my parents to watch the ALC (American Lacrosse Conference) championship game, featuring my #3-seeded Northwestern against the #1-seeded Florida.  It was an early morning for us, because we had to get to Evanston in enough time to get in some tailgating before the game at 11:00.

Just before the game started, the song Chelsea Dagger popped up as the seventh song that I heard on the day.  It made me joke to my seatmates and parents, “Wrong song!”  This was wrong in two respects, per se.

For my parents, they are used to the song “Can You Feel It” by King of House, which is the song that Nebraska plays before the beginning of their sporting events.  I was still pumping my hard hat at this game, to continue the (personal?) tradition that I started at Husker games during my undergraduate career.  It’s all based off tradition of the Cornhuskers on the bench that raise their helmets for the opening kickoff of a football game.

For the Northwestern contingent of my group, it is because of what is played after a Northwestern goal.  In my first four seasons, the Northwestern goal was always followed by either “Go U Northwestern” (our fight song), or the “Wildcat growl” sound effect, or no canned music at all (sometimes the latter-most happened in merciless blowout victories—we had none of those this year in Evanston!)

But this year, “Go U” was not always the goal song.  Sometimes, they played Chelsea Dagger, leading to the protest, “We’re not the Blackhawks!” or Light It Up, leading to “Where’s our fight song?”  There are some traditions and customs that are not to be modified, and in some sense, I feel that replacing the fight song with some other team’s goal song is the wrong way to do it!

Unfortunately, during the second half of the game, our offense was completely shut down, as a 7-2 halftime lead was cut to 7-4, and after we got ONE goal to go up 8-4, that was the last time that we heard Go U.  Florida scored four in a row to tie it at 8, and with 32 seconds left, took the lead for the first time in the game, and we failed to control the ensuing draw control (face-off), for Northwestern’s fifth one-goal loss of the year.

However, Mom and Dad were very impressed with Lakeside Field, and seemed to have a lot of fun at the game.  There is natural wonder with events that happen near water, particularly for people from Nebraska who get no views of oceans or Great Lakes!

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Today is the one-hundred and twenty-fourth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes seventeen weeks and five days.

היום תשעה-עשר יום, שהם שני שבועות וחמישה ימים לעומר

Today is the fourth day of the third round of M.A.P.L.E.

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3 thoughts on “[M.M.X.I.V. 124 / M.A.P.L.E. III-4] Chelsea Dagger

    • A valid point, W.S., and something that I never noticed until you brought it up! The conference, for all intents and purposes, is now disbanded, since four of the seven teams (Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State) are joining with a few other schools to create the Big Ten lacrosse conference.

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