Love/Hate For Week Four

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I love Panda Express, but I hate that the line is longer than Chase Morlock’s longest run on Saturday (five yards).

I love the North Dakota State school colors, but I hate that they are similar to Green Bay Packer colors.

I hate that bottled milk is $1.99 and a large soda is $1.89 at the burger joint in the basement of the Memorial Union. I’m trying to be healthy, and it’s burning a hole in my pocket. Grr.

Everyone loves to hate something or another. My dad always told me, “Hate is a strong word.” And it is, but there are a few things I hate this week for Bison athletics. On the strong side, there are definitely I few things I love.

What I love in week four

The NDSU volleyball team hosts two Summit League opponents on Friday and Saturday. I love that the volleyball team will be playing at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse after a two weekend-long road trips to Minnesota and California. This is the first time since 2011 that the Bison will play two conference teams back-to-back at home, and after starting last season 0-1 in the conference, this is exactly what the team needs.

It’s never too early for softball. The Bison are 3-0 this fall, and have scored a total of 35 runs on its opponents. Yes, it is only fall ball, but the team defense is on point. Playing three smaller schools, NDSU has given up seven runs.

On Friday, the University of Jamestown comes to town for the Bison’s fourth straight fall softball game in Fargo. One day later, the University of Mary will take on the Bison in a double-header. I love that NDSU isn’t taking these exhibition games lightly.

The Bison soccer team just had a long weekend soaking up the sun while kicking the white ball around. The team has one more match before Summit League play starts.

I love that the Bison play this Sunday at home against UC Riverside before conference play starts because the team has only been on home turf three times this season (one of those being an exhibition match). True freshmen are stepping up big for the soccer team this season, and having home experience under their belts is key to being confident.

What I hate in Week Four

The Bison men’s golf team at the moment is waiting to tee off at Dakota Dunes in Vermillion, South Dakota. I hate that the team doesn’t stray too far away from home until Oct. 25. Throughout the first few weeks of the fall golf season, the Bison have stayed in the Midwest area, which is bad, especially when the spring season starts.

The team will be bouncing from Louisiana to Texas and all the way to the west coast to compete in a California golf tournament. The reason I wish the team traveled farther from home early in the season is because when they go on its long round-trips, they have a chance of getting homesick, and that’s exactly what the student-athletes don’t need as the season creeps up to the finish line.

Finally, the men’s and women’s cross-country team is back. Unfortunately, the two teams will be 1,821 miles away from NDSU’s campus.

I hate that the first cross country meet was on Sept. 4 at Rose Creek Golf Course. Three weeks later, the student-athletes will lace up their cross-country spikes. Seriously, 22 days is how long the Bison cross country fans having to wait to watch their favorite athletic team? Sometimes scheduling can be a pain, but a three-week hiatus? Please, talk to the foot.

Gameday. Bye week. Gameday. Rivalry gameday. Bye week. Do you see the pattern? I hate that the Bison football team has two bye weeks within less than a month of each other. The fall is for football season, so let’s get the green and gold on the field. I love, however, that there will be no gridiron breaks for the foreseeable future.

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