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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Winning Is Better Than Losing...A Profound Thought

This afternoon, I took a welcome break from cleaning my garage for Pesach and went to the Yeshiva League hockey championship. Amazingly, for the fifth year in a row (starting with OYS's Junior year), DRS has been to the championship game in both the JV and the varsity.

Sadly, since OYS's junior year, they have lost each game. It is not a small thing for a school to go to, effectively, ten straight championship games. One the other hand, no one likes to be thought of as the Buffalo Bills of scholastic hockey.

Today, all that changed. In an incredibly tense and exciting game, DRS beat TABC, 2-1, breaking a 1-1 tie with about five minutes to go. They then defended a power play with two minutes to go and a five on four advantage when TABC pulled it's outstanding goalie with 30 seconds left.

Congratulations to the team and the wonderful coaches who taught OYS a lot about a lot of things and to whom we owe so much. And, OYS sends his best as well. Despite his immersion in deep Talmudic thought the last three years, he called me back immediately (at well past midnight) when I called him with the news. You can't take the hockey player out of the shteiger.

And, also, congratulations to TABC, DRS's mirror image, who won the JV contest and fought a very hard varsity game today against, in my not so humble opinion, a better team that deserved the win.

As a great sage once said, it is better to win than to lose.



  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    HAFTR on paper was again the strongest varsity team this year. I think that DRS is fortunate that somehow HAFTR managed to blow a 4-2 lead and lost to TABC in the semis.

    The currently TABC varsity team was strong on defense but not a potent offensive power. Next year the current defense juniors will combine with the offensive powerhouse sophomores (who have won the last 2 JV championships), resulting in a formidable team!

  • At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeshiva League hockey is like playing water polo without the water.

  • At 4:50 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    As if ANYONE in ANY yeshiva league in ANY sport has gone on to become anybody of note in athletics.

    It builds coordination, sportmanship, team values, and keeps the kids fit and trim. Maybe then they won't wind up looking like the obese unhealthy hordes which populate our communities.

  • At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You cannot say haftr was the strongest team this year because drs beat haftr then lost to them in overtime giving drs the extra point in the standings. which is why haftr had to go on the road to tabc and lose. Drs had a easier road to get to the championship because they were better than haftr the whole year.

  • At 10:20 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    Thats why I wrote "on paper" ie my opinion based on player/position strength. That doesn't mean much, which is why the game must be actually played (remember Giants/Patriots). In the end, DRS is the top team because they won the championship.

    PS Not affiliated with any of the teams

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger moshe klein said…

    hey guys it would be great if you could go see rabbi kimmel in brooklyn. this awesome mekubal will set you straight.

  • At 5:55 PM, Blogger huda noor said…

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