Luis Nicolao will be meeting Bruce Springsteen today.
put this in perspective for you, imagine meeting the one person who has
ever lived - or maybe even was fictional - that you've wanted to meet
more than any other, that you've wanted to meet your whole life, that you thought you'd never meet.
It's almost like a college application essay
question. Name three people, living or dead, fiction or non-fiction,
that you'd like to have lunch with and why.
Luis - oh,
by the way, he's the head water polo coach at Princeton if you didn't
already know that - was the lucky winner of a ticket in the lottery to
meet The Boss at the Philadelphia Public Library. He said he will be
giving Springsteen some Princeton water polo gear; if he gives him the
longsleeve T-shirt that he recently gave TigerBlog then Springsteen will
love him forever.
TigerBlog emailed Luis yesterday
asking him when the last time he was this excited about something.
Honestly, TigerBlog can't remember the last time anyone he knows was
this excited about something.
What was Luis' response? He said he keeps thinking Springsteen will be showing up at Luis' house afterwards for a drink.
all got TigerBlog to thinking about the one person he'd like to meet
that he's never met. If it has to be limited to someone "famous," then
maybe he'd stay with the E Street Band theme and go with Stevie Van
TB would have a lot to talk about. There's the
music of course, including Van Zandt's own band, Little Steven and the
Disciples of Soul, had a song that is a TigerBlog favorite - "If I Give
You My Heart, Will You Love Me Forever?"
course, Little Steven was Sylvio Dante in "The Sopranos," which could be
TB's favorite TV show of all time. And TigerBlog loved "Lilyhammer," a
Netflix series in which Van Zandt played a character very similar to
On top of all that, TigerBlog and Van Zandt
grew up 15 miles away from each other. Maybe they could hang out and get
some pizza on the boardwalk one day? TigerBlog will buy.
Anyway, once Luis is done living out this dream of his, he can go back to focusing on his season.
team defeated St. Francis (Pa.) last night at DeNunzio Pool in its
first-ever Northeast Water Polo Conference game. What is the Northeast
Water Polo Conference?
Well, if you've followed men's
water polo here in the past, you know about the Collegiate Water Polo
Association, in which Princeton has competed for years. This past
off-season the CWPA did some realigning and renaming, and the result is
two new conferences under the old conference's jurisdiction.
The split is a bit confusing.
There are now two separate conferences, but they are not divided with the same number of teams or along geographical lines.
TigerBlog is getting this right, there are 47 men's water polo teams,
of which 20 are in one of the two new conferences. That's a high
The two conferences are the Northeast Water
Polo Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference. The
Mid-Atlantic one has two divisions, the East and the West.
are six teams in the Northeast - Princeton, Harvard, Brown, MIT, St.
Francis and Iona. Princeton will play each team twice, including five straight at home beginning last night.
And the other four? There's Iona tomorrow night at 8. There's Brown Saturday at 7. There's Harvard Sunday at 10. There's MIT Sunday at 2.
That's a lot of water polo at DeNunzio Pool, all of which is free, by the way.
There are six teams
(Bucknell, Johns Hopkins, Fordham, Navy, Wagner and George Washington)
in the East Division and there are eight in the West Division (Connecticut College, Gannon, La Salle, Mercyhurst, Monmouth, Penn State Behrend, Salem International, Washington & Jefferson).
At the end of the season, there will be a playoff format for each conference. The winners of the two conference playoffs will then play each other in what will essentially be an NCAA play-in game, with the winner to advance to the Final Four.
Again, that's if TigerBlog has this right.
Princeton water polo got a lot of attention this past summer with Ashleigh Johnson as one of the best players on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics. She'll be back this spring with the women.
At some point during the spring season, Nicolao figures to go over the 800-win mark for his career here between the two teams. He currently has 779 wins, which is a ton. He's won nine division championships with each team, and he has taken both to the NCAA championships. He's won 13 Coach of the Year awards.
And now he gets his reward.
He gets to meet The Boss.
He seems sort of happy about it.