Let me give you a quick run down of what having me as a fan is like.

I’ve been cursed my whole life as a Tulane fan in football and basketball. Tulane basketball has had one winning season in my 20 years as a fan while the football program’s best finish has been 7-6.

As a Pelicans fan, we made the Western Conference Semifinals when I was in high school once and took the Spurs to seven games. Aside from a few other forgettable playoff appearances, the Pels have consistently been a bad team.

I became a Seattle Mariners fan in 2003, they haven’t made the playoffs since. I became an Avalanche fan two years ago, they finished as the best team in the NHL two years in a row, and got bounced in the second round of the playoffs two years in a row.

I finally tried getting into soccer, started rooting for the Italians, and after they went unbeaten for 37 straight games, they lost. Which game did they lose? The first one I watched.

Sure, the Saints won the Super Bowl when I was 18, but the past four years have seen us bounced from the playoffs in depressing fashion. I was also a huge fan of the movie La La Land, it won the Oscar for Best Picture, then the award was taken away in the middle of the director’s acceptance speech.

The point is, you REALLY don’t want me as a fan. It’s bad for you and for me.

So that takes us to this week’s Hart of the Matter: The Lathrop Malemute football team is going to the DII State Championship Game. They’ll play Soldotna at Service High School on Saturday at 4 p.m. For their sake, your sake and my sake, I will NOT be rooting for them.

Before you send me an angry email or leave me an angry voicemail, please read everything I just wrote and tell me, do you want me to root for them? NO! So let’s do what’s right for these kids and get them the first state football championship in school history and make sure I don’t become a fan of theirs, just for this week.

Now that I’ve given Lathrop’s chances of a state championship a boost, let’s get to the rest of the schedule.

It’s quite the busy week for volleyball as North Pole hosts West Valley on Tuesday at 6 p.m. which is the exact same time that Monroe will be hosting Hutchison. West Valley will host Lathrop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Eielson will host Monroe on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Delta will host Hutchison at 6 p.m. on Thursday as well. Hutchison will travel to Valdez and play them on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Rifle season is scheduled to continue with a Thursday meet at TVSA between Hutchison, Lathrop, and West Valley at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Delta is currently scheduled to host West Valley.

Swim and Dive makes a return after a one-week absence. North Pole will host their meet on Friday at 6 p.m. at Wescott Pool. The Houston Altercation Tournament will also take place this weekend as wrestling season kicks off.

UAF will continue their athletics season this week as well, starting on Oct. 15. That’s when the Nanook hockey team will go to Nebraska at Omaha for a game, the rifle team will host Ohio State in their season debut at 9 a.m. and the swim team kicks off with a 5 p.m. meet in Fairbanks against Nebraska at Kearney. Rifle and swimming will continue their meets on Saturday, the volleyball team will play at UAA on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the hockey team will play at Omaha again on Sunday.

Finally, there’s the Ice Dogs. Fairbanks will return after a one-week break on Friday with a two game series agains the Chippewa Steel. They’ll play Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Well, as far as I know, that should be it. Thanks for getting to the Hart of the Matter with me. Make sure you cheer on the Lathrop Malemutes this Saturday in the State Championship game. I’d cheer for them myself, but I’d prefer they win.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

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