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#100652 Happy 4th

Posted by Clickclack on 04 July 2017 - 09:58 AM

This is my adopted country but today let us all rejoice in what an awesome country it is.

Happy birthday America, you've given much to many, even those who came with nothing.


#98510 @ Stony Brook - AE Tourney Round 2 - 3/6 - 7:30PM

Posted by olddog71 on 06 March 2017 - 10:33 PM

The following excerpt is from the Long Island Newsday on tonight's game: "Consider this the official rite of passage for all of Stony Brook’s new players and coaching staff. You’re not really one of the Seawolves until Albany breaks your heart, or at least your stride."

 

I love it!




#99967 Danes vs UNC

Posted by madDOG on 08 May 2017 - 08:49 AM

Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that **North Carolina** is travelling to UAlbany to play in the first round of an NCAA tournament??!! If you told me this 20 years ago (when I graduated) I would have thought you were out of your g-damn mind.




#99016 @ Vermont - AE Tourney 2017 Championship - 3/11 - 11AM on ESPN2

Posted by godanesgo99 on 16 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

Interesting that "not listening to the message boards" was mentioned.

David, if you do ever read this, please stop. Don't mind us armchair quarterbacks. Listen to your coaches, your teammates, and yourself. As Brown stated, the team doesn't get where it did without you. Us fans care about the team and you. All of us have opinions that aren't worth squat.

Keep on being the man. We can't wait to see you continue to improve and continue to be the man!


#96025 UAlbany Flag

Posted by Michigan_Dane on 28 November 2016 - 09:07 PM

I have so much UA crap it's unbelievable. Just in flags I have 3x5 horizontal and vertical. I also have multiple garden flags.

Amazon, Football Fanatics and the UA bookstore all sell them.

I'm screwed if UA ever changes their name. Christmas ornaments, corn hole games, scarves, Fatheads, car plates and hundreds of other items get tossed. I had my eye on a UA chef apron. I'm determined to keep up with my Michigan and Michigan State neighbors.


#95812 Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Posted by haggyland on 24 November 2016 - 10:48 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families.

 

I have had the honor of watching my alma mater succeed in unimaginable ways over the years at the D1 level, and I am pleased that I have been able to share a lot of it with many of you.  Sure there have been disagreements over the years but if we are going to be a part of what has been termed "The Big Purple Family" then internal squabbles should be expected...on my end I will just try to be less of the crazy uncle!

 

So, safe travels if you are travelling, best wishes to all, and on Sunday let's finish off this extended holiday weekend with two wins against the other D1 team in town.

 

Go Great Danes!

 

...and now on to the festivities!

 




#98788 @ Vermont - AE Tourney 2017 Championship - 3/11 - 11AM on ESPN2

Posted by jimbo on 11 March 2017 - 01:50 PM

We have to beat Vermont next year. Absolutely at any cost.
Will Brown's clock has reached midnight. He is now merely mortal.

what?

The carriage has turned into a pumpkin. This loss is as bad as UVA in 2007.

Huh? Against a 28-5 team, riding a 20 game win streak, 16-0 in the conference, 9pt road dogs...and they get to the last minute before losing. That's what qualifies as a bad loss?... I'll take this one any day over the home tourney hairball they coughed up against Hartford last year.


#92350 Jamar Wilson

Posted by Patch on 11 May 2016 - 08:23 AM

Congrats to Jamar on the birth of his son Sebastian Augustus Elias Wilson a whopping 10.3lbs and 22". Mom and son are both doing well!!!


#101519 Title IX violations

Posted by kikuria on 19 September 2017 - 12:09 PM

Th above is likely on the money.

 

And I will echo others who said that Title IX wasn't ever supposed to be athletics. However, I don't mind its application so long as they make the correct decision that is long over-due: exempt football from the process.   It's just never going to be an apples-to-apples comparison.  They should add dance teams and cheerleading to the application as well, not because it is a weasel way to achieve compliance but because those teams work hard and practice hard for a sporting related on-campus activity.

 

Also, i think someone else may have mentioned this...but Title IX is NOT solely about scholarship-scholarship. It's about facilities, expenditures, and access as well.  In my opinion, and this all depends on cash...once the decision is made to go all-in on the SEFCU renovation (and after both teams use the Old Gym--presumably during the re-build)...we renovate the old gym and we make that a volleyball centric facility dedicated to that team.  Also, renovate the old pool and bring back swimming and diving...which would allow more scholarship opportunities and, if its a woman only sport (meaning don't bring back men's swimming) then that facility would be dedicated to the ladies, helping reach the goal. 

 

Another easy (but more expensive way to do this) is elevating women's crew.  The expensive part is the shells which, from my understanding, can be upwards of 50-75k per boat.

 

I'm normally just an observer but this is a topic I actually know something about.

 
The issue according to the findings it about proportional opportunities. But the languate used in the resolution agreement made it clear that OCR didn't want to see UAlbany eliminating opportunities for men.
 
With that as background, the only way to meaningful resolve this is Crew.  There's no other sport that can close that gap. 100+ D1 schools figured this out long ago - if you want anything that resembles "real" D1 football, you had better plan on having Crew.
 
Other background information - I speak to this as a former rower, someone currently coaching the sport, and a former collegiate coach (different college folks.)
 
Dane96 - I understand why you cite those numbers. It's such a common misconception that it's become fact. Seriously, you could fleet out an entire program for those kinds of numbers. 
 
It's simple not true that the start up costs for Crew are as big as people let on. And ongoing costs are in line with cross country - you know, those budget killing runners are always sucking up resources.
 
When people cite cost as a barrier, they're inflating the prices because they are trying to kill the idea or otherwise don't find it appealing.  When someone thinks it's a good idea, they talk about creative ways to bring that idea to fruition.  Both have to address the financial piece but arrive at different outcomes because of different starting points.
 
Dane96 - The only programs that I know that have EVER spent that kind of $$$ for a start up program were in the Big 12 and had to have immediate offsets due to football. But even they weren't spending $50k+ on a boat.
 
If the school wanted Crew they could start it for well under under $20k. 
 
Every D1 program in our region (D2 and D3 for that matter) spread start up capital expenses over multiple years and then made incremental improvements (e.g. Buy or rent relatively inexpensive, used pieces of equipment; build roster numbers; sell said equipment and roll $$ into an upgrade;  repeat as needed and add donor $$$ as desired.)
 
Want to make sure it's a success and lower the costs even further? Work with the students and the club where those students currently row (not affiliated with university.)  
 
It's a small community so I just took the liberty of reaching out to get info from the coach that runs the program  (I didn't mention this post but probably should have in retrospect.) They had  more than 100+ women interested this season but had to limit it to 40 students because of staff size. And that's with ZERO off-campus recruiting.
 
I have to image that members of the Athletic Department read this stuff.  So let me conclude by saying:
 
UAlbany Athletic Department - You truly have a plug and play solution that would quickly solve the current Title IX issue.  If you are willing to make it work that is.  I'd even be willing to facilitate making the connection although I'm sure you can figure out how to get in contact with the right people.  Private message me if that's an option.



#101512 Title IX violations

Posted by Dane96 on 19 September 2017 - 08:35 AM

Th above is likely on the money.

 

And I will echo others who said that Title IX wasn't ever supposed to be athletics. However, I don't mind its application so long as they make the correct decision that is long over-due: exempt football from the process.   It's just never going to be an apples-to-apples comparison.  They should add dance teams and cheerleading to the application as well, not because it is a weasel way to achieve compliance but because those teams work hard and practice hard for a sporting related on-campus activity.

 

Also, i think someone else may have mentioned this...but Title IX is NOT solely about scholarship-scholarship. It's about facilities, expenditures, and access as well.  In my opinion, and this all depends on cash...once the decision is made to go all-in on the SEFCU renovation (and after both teams use the Old Gym--presumably during the re-build)...we renovate the old gym and we make that a volleyball centric facility dedicated to that team.  Also, renovate the old pool and bring back swimming and diving...which would allow more scholarship opportunities and, if its a woman only sport (meaning don't bring back men's swimming) then that facility would be dedicated to the ladies, helping reach the goal. 

 

Another easy (but more expensive way to do this) is elevating women's crew.  The expensive part is the shells which, from my understanding, can be upwards of 50-75k per boat.




#98891 Post-Season CIT: St. Peter's @ UA Thursday at 7pm

Posted by UAalum72 on 12 March 2017 - 08:56 PM

Terrific. We get to pay ($38500) last year) to host a game during spring break.

Eli, there are 32 teams, so there 5 rounds. Good chance you can sit in your own seat no matter what your ticket says


#97675 Recruiting - 2017

Posted by Dane96 on 14 February 2017 - 06:03 PM

You guys are talking some serious nonsense.

 

Jeesh.




#96047 Albany (3-2) - Albany Cup 2016 - Sun 11/27 @ 7PM

Posted by S-money on 29 November 2016 - 04:26 PM


 


 
LOL @ the bolded text.

We don't have pressure? We STILL don't belong after owning them in BB for 5 of the last 7 years and being 1000x better in all other sports? We wish we were them?

WE ARE THEM. They are the step child now lol. As for as Albany, NY sports go...the team with "Albany" in their actual name is the king of the castle.

HJ, along with OldDave, are some of the most hilarious posters on that board. Tools to the max.
 

 
I have never once, EVER, wished our program was like Siena's.  Just a dumb statement.  He is right about a couple things though.  They are 6 games into the season and banged up.  Their fans need to relax. 
 
 
I only wished we played in a big arena as I'm a sucker for the environment (the NBA is my first sports love). That is all. But, I'd rather play in a 4,000 seat facility at 75% capacity that, according to people like HJ, is '$iena' than play in a 15k arena like the TUC with 75% of it empty or bagged up.

I love our 4,500 seat gym that rocks at even 75% capacity and has the darkest men's room in the America East

I love our long tenured coach who is likely to stay and win hundreds of games for UA

I love our large school with a concrete campus that will endure rather than eventually be threatened with closing down due to decreasing enrollment

I love our mostly good natured fans that keep it real

Would I like to win a round of 64 game or more someday? Sure, but I like where we are and where we're hopefully headed.


#96027 UAlbany Flag

Posted by Dane Pound on 28 November 2016 - 10:22 PM

Good luck with the flag. Just so you're aware, only clear flags can be brought into Casey Stadium... :P




#94351 Elon

Posted by Michigan_Dane on 12 October 2016 - 10:26 AM

I made an impulse decision to purchase airline tickets to Albany Saturday 10/29 to attend a UAlbany/Elon football game. My wife will be outta town that weekend and this is my only shot at getting to a game for at least a year or more as we're expecting. It's a very short trip. Flying in Saturday morning and leaving Sunday morning. Love to meet some of you in person.


#92411 Season ticket renewals.

Posted by dslyank on 17 May 2016 - 08:14 AM

For me the problem is not the price per se. It is the fact that we are trying to build/upgrade the program. We DO NOT sell out now. We rarely/never bring in any interesting OCC opponents [I know how difficult this is to do, but sadly it is a fact]. The sefcu needs to be more welcoming and needs a major overhaul {I for one would gladly contribute to a campaign aka like I and a lot of others did to get bofo/Casey built; rather than just blindly pay more for seats.} The % increase is NOT aligned with inflationary trends, expansion or confrence/program upgrades. We are NOT selling out the place now and increasing the cost does not seem to be a great marketing tool {When I was in marketing, you used sales and discount to promote.} And my last issue is no "loyalty" or advantage is offered to long time season ticket holders and supporters. Someone mentioned SU and I do not know if it still holds true today, but @ one time their ticket/donation package was scaled for new & existing customer {of course when you have a product in DEMAND, you can do that.}  In any case to continue to build the program on the backs of those of us who have been paying for it for years, without some recognition is hurtful.




#87453 Gontarek Arrested & Suspended

Posted by madDOG on 03 November 2015 - 02:20 PM

Son, we live in a quad that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by campus cops with tazers. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Clickclack? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Gontarek, and you curse the UPD. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Gontarek's arrest, while tragic, probably destroyed UA's football season. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, destroys football seasons. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at frat parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending kids from Long Island. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a tazer, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!




#86543 Gontarek Arrested & Suspended

Posted by Dane96 on 30 September 2015 - 09:58 AM

I love this thread.  So much disparity.

 

Here's my thought: Gontarek was dumb, breaking the law, the subject of overzealous cops...whatever way you want to describe it.  Most on this thread are missing the point.

HE PUT HIMSELF IN THIS POSITION.  A TEAM LEADER DOES NOT DO THAT...PERIOD!  

 

He is expected to be a leader, he says he wants to be a leader...but frankly, he was selfish.  He was selfish because he put himself around, near, or by marijuana.  He broke school policies, state policies, and the big one...FEDERAL policies.\ Whether we agree on the legalization of marijuana or not is not the issue.  The issue is he knowingly broke rules.  Leaders (and people who were given a chance by a coach) do not do that. Leaders are Michael Nicastro who, after suffering a devastating injury, showed up and acted like a coach.

 

Leaders don't put themselves in a position to hurt their team.  Selfish people do. 

 

Gontarek surely will be back...and surely being around marijuana isn't the worst thing ever.  The worst thing ever, for a team, is letting down your teammates.

I hope he learns his lesson. 




#100558 2017 Schedule

Posted by Michigan_Dane on 09 June 2017 - 06:36 PM

Glad there is a resolution that lets them play.

When North Carolina is targeted over Cuba, Iran and North Korea or dozens of other countries with horrible human rights records you have to question your sanity.


#100302 NCAA quarterfinal Danes versus Maryland

Posted by alumni '92' on 17 May 2017 - 10:27 PM

those lyrics are repugnant ... hate to see a UA gem paired with filth ... not suggesting, but you could set that montage to Adele and it would be fine ... disappointing choice ... let's go win a game on Sunday