April 3, 2012

BIG RED AMBITION: #4. Go to the Cornell-Harvard men’s hockey game and throw fish on the ice

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Let me start off by saying I’ve decided to embrace my self-starting nature (sorry, I’m in interview mode) and begin shaking things up on the List of 161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do. Let’s begin with # 4, go to the Cornell-Harvard men’s hockey game and throw fish on the ice. Okay, I know what you’re all thinking: everyone has done that. Why, Jaime, would you suggest that # 4 needs to be updated? Well, dear readers, you can’t argue that the “policing” of Lynah Rink has gotten just a tad stricter in the past few years, and I am the type of person who is super terrified of being thrown out. Shockingly, I’m not as badass as one might think. Crazy world we live in.

So, my new and improved #4: Make a complete idiot of yourself on the ice in between periods at the Cornell-Harvard men’s hockey game. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be a “randomly selected” fan chosen to do some completely absurd activity on the court/ice/field/etc. at a sports game. Throughout my nearly 21 years (just under 6 weeks until my birthday – I’ve never had a surprise party, hint, hint), I never lost hope, and when I was in Atlantic City for the ECAC semifinals, my dream finally came true.

During the game, a woman comes over to me and says, “Hey, do any of you want to participate in this inter-period activity on the ice?” So I’m like, “Heck yes! I’m there! I’ll go right now!” Of course, my “friends” are all like, “Uhhh, no, not this time, sorry Jaim.” Seriously? Some friends I have. In this tough situation, I was able to think creatively (sorry, interviews), and I yelled to a random kid in a Cornell jersey, “Hey you! Wanna be my partner?” Poor guy had no idea what he signed up for, and with three minutes left in the first period, he had to begrudgingly leave his seat and come get ready for our activity. Thank goodness we got to watch the last minute and a half next to the ice, or else he probably would have bailed.

Anywho, the period ended and our activity began: one person had to sit in a sled, the other had to pull. Then, you had to switch spots. By the way, this was a Cornell vs. Cornell activity because Harvard fans were absent from the game (because they suck, duh). Unfortunately, we lost our challenge.

Side note: I’m starting to feel like this blog has become one post after another of Jaime’s failed adventures. Whatever, asking Billy Joel to formal was my moment of glory, and I’m okay with that. Also, once MN takes the GMATs, things will start getting real, my friends.

So whether you’re a member of the Lynah Faithful or not, I think everybody should consider my new and improved #4. I mean, we all love getting candy in between periods, but I think we all love watching our friends make complete idiots of themselves just a little bit more.

Jaime Freilich is a junior in the College of Human Ecology. She may be reached at [email protected]. Big Red Ambition appears on Wednesdays.

Original Author: Jaime Freilich