It All Happened

By Elliot Olshansky - November 25, 2007

Last night, after I finished up my coverage of the BU-Cornell game at Madison Square Garden, I went to a bar near Grand Central Terminal before heading home. It was karaoke night, and one of the last songs I heard before leaving to catch my train home was "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone" by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Company, which many of you may know from its use in the film Almost Famous.

It really hit home with me, because for the past few hours, one line from that movie kept popping into my head: "It's all happening."

Now, as I sit here, less than 24 hours later, I keep thinking, "It all happened."

Terrier fans are undoubtedly most encouraged by the dominant offensive performance the Terriers put on, one of many they've had of late, and a capable outing in net by Brett Bennett. Cornell fans had to be happy to see Brendon Nash return after his ACL injury last season, and while they couldn't have liked the end result, there was certainly something to be said for the way Cornell kept battling and didn't fold, even when BU got a lead that would prove to be insurmountable.

For me, it was a bit different.

At several points during the game, I turned to Adam Wodon, who had the seat next to me in the North Press Box, and quoted "Badger Bob" Johnson: "It's a great day for hockey." I put those same words in one of my entries on "Power Plays."

That was what I was thinking when I heard about three Lynah Rinks' worth of Cornell fans shout "RED!" during the time-honored point in the national anthem, even if it did make Mark Pender flub a note here or there.

It came back when Cornell scored, and the Garden erupted, first with loud cheers, then with chants of "Sieve" directed at Bennett. I just sat back and let the cheers wash over me from the 400s.

It happened after the game, when the BU band played "The Song," and the members of the Dog Pound jumped up and down and shouted about how much BC sucks.

I heard college hockey chants in Madison Square Garden.

It was similar later on, when BU freshman forward Joe Pereira, talking about scoring his first career goal in Madison Square Garden, said, "I'm not a regular player," and before he could finish talking about working hard every week in practice, Jack Parker cut him off and said, "You are now, Joe," to a hearty laugh from the crowd in the press room. It was a typical Jack Parker press conference remark, and it happened in Madison Square Garden.

That's what kept coming back to me: so many things that I love about college hockey were happening in the World's Most Famous Arena, and I got to be a part of it.

It all happened.

Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 06:57 PM on November 25, 2007
Comments (1)


Certainly was a great thing for the sport. But being where it was, I'm shocked at the lack of coverage. Will CSTV post some kind of video highlights?

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