Fans Head South to Get Frozen
Couldn’t hitch a ride to D.C.? Don’t worry, you’ll be well represented
The moment BU hockey fans have been waiting for has arrived, months of systematic superstitions steadfastly adhered to now coming to fruition — the Frozen Four.
For Belinda Smith, it’s been visceral: she feels every play, every penalty in her gut.
“I had a bucket next to me the entire time during the UNH game, because I felt so nervous and nauseous,” she says. “The BU fan is not a fair-weather fan.”
Ticket in hand, Smith (SED’09) boarded a Greyhound bus today at 1 a.m. for a 12-hour trip to Washington, D.C. She’ll make it in time to get her requisite pretzel and put on her jersey before Miami of Ohio plays against Bemidji State at 5 p.m. She won’t be alone by the time BU faces off against UVM at 8:30 p.m.
Chris Jordan (COM’09) and Brandon Epstein (SMG’09) are flying down today. Jordan will meet up with friends, head to the DC Alumni event at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, then on to the game.
“I’ve basically been scheduling everything around BU hockey since I was a freshman,” Jordan says. “I studied abroad in the fall during my junior year, because I couldn’t imagine missing the Beanpot.”
Epstein is feeling a new kind of freedom. He works in communications for the Athletics Department. “The only drawback of my job is you can’t cheer in the press box,” he says. “This time, I’m going as a fan. I’m definitely going to go all-out tonight.” He might even sneak in his favorite Beanpot cheer for old time’s sake: “Rough ’em up, rough ’em up, BC sucks.”
Jesus and the Hot Dog don’t have as much game day preparation as usual — for one thing, these diehard, albeit unofficial, team mascots have less laundry to do.
“We are very ritualistic in what we wear. We haven’t washed our clothes since the Hockey East,” says Brian Fadem (COM’10), aka the Hot Dog, who along with Ross Lichtenberg (SAR’10), aka Jesus, was on a bus that left for D.C. this morning at 5:30. “About 15 minutes before the game starts we’ll put on our costumes, we’ll sit in the same order, with Jesus to my left, and then we’ll hope for the best.”
Some might call it a form of intimidation, having Jesus as a big enough booster to show up in DC (and sit next to a Hot Dog), but for BU hockey disciples, it’s just one more step toward ultimate fandom.
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