Colby and Bowdoin have a rivalry dating back over a hundred years. And every year, they battle it out in two very important hockey games, the winner of which gets bragging rights and the loser of which pretends they never happened. Despite a fine showing by our talented and attractive hockey team, we were in the latter category last weekend, losing 6-3. It was an expected if tragic conclusion–Colby has yet to win a hockey game this season.
I won’t try to describe the crucial moments that determined the course of the game–past readers will remember my ineptness the last time I tried talking about sports. Suffice it to say, they got more goals. The crowd, though enthusiastic and numerous, apparently didn’t get as rowdy as it had in past years, or even as rowdy as Bowdoin this year. When we played them at Bowdoin, someone threw a turkey onto the rink. In past years, the dining hall hasn’t served any fruit in the days preceeding the game because students have taken bananas and the like to throw on the ice.
I heard a particularly memorable story about a game a few years back when a Bowdoin hockey player had been caught cheating. When his name was called and he began to walk out onto the ice, Colby students threw textbooks at him. Nothing close to that degree happened at this match, though my friends did tell me to heckle the Bowdoin player I happened to be standing very close to. (I declined.) Overall, it was a very good-hearted hockey match that just happened to be played against our biggest rival. Here are a couple pictures from the night, as well as a short but worthwhile video of the Colby Mascot Ice Skating: