Some of the SXU football players posed in front of the ice Sunday
Some of the SXU football players posed in front of the ice Sunday
Football - Tue, Nov. 9, 2010

CHICAGO - Just a day after clinching its second consecutive Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title and perfect regular season (11-0), the No. 3 ranked Saint Xavier University football team celebrated by taking in a Chicago Blackhawks game Sunday night at the United Center. With the Cougars on a bye week and its next opponent for the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series still a question mark, head coach Mike Feminis felt that Sunday was the perfect opportunity to give his team a little rest and relaxation. At least 50 players as well as coaches and support staff made the trip downtown to watch the Blackhawks take on the Edmonton Oilers.

Coach Feminis enjoying career win No. 100
"Our guys know what a huge Blackhawks fan I am and I've always wanted to have them experience the great atmosphere of a game at the United Center," said Feminis. "When the Hawks posted their 2010-11 schedule, I thought November 7 would be the perfect date to take them if our season worked out the way I was hoping it would. Beating our arch-rival Saint Francis (Ind.) at home to go undefeated for the second year in a row is a dream come true and then taking our guys to see the Hawks the next day was the icing on the cake."

Cougars posing with the Ice Crew
Unfortunately, the Cougars could not bring some of their winning momentum into the United Center as the Blackhawks dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Oilers. However, the team got a well-deserved break from the normal grind of a college football season and got some great photo opportunities in the process, including a shot with the Ice Crew prior to the game.

Saint Xavier (11-0 overall/7-0 MSFA) has a full week to take in its impressive regular season before preparations start for the postseason. The Cougars await their seed and pairing for the upcoming 2010 NAIA Championship Series, which begins on Saturday, November 20. The pairings are scheduled to be released by the NAIA on Sunday, November 14, at 2 p.m. central time.

Special thanks to Virginia Feminis for the supplied photos