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  1. 6 points
    I can't remember a year when we've had this many interesting story lines going into a season. -Son of an NFL QB might be our starting QB -Hanks coming back from injury -Former starting QB and Punter might be starting at LB -Former basketball player as a Tight End. -Click still banned by Gattuso on Twitter.
  2. 5 points
    Siena's AD opined that the game should be at the TUC because it is a community game and that the TUC would allow more fans to see the game. This rationale or explanation would be furthered if the schools played the game twice in one season (once at the TUC and once at SEFCU) or if the game were played once a year with the game being treated as a neutral game for Siena and not in either schools' season-ticket package. Indeed, were the game treated as a neutral game, even more community members would have access to seats because it would not be included in Siena's season ticket package. What Siena's AD is really saying is that this is a community game for Siena season ticket holders. The position taken by the Siena athletic director is offensive, one-sided, and selfish. I want nothing to do with their basketball program or school. Benson has represented our interests well, but I am not so sure Siena's AD has done the same for his school.
  3. 5 points
    Related to complaints and suggestions above, new hires at the Athletic Department: Leslie Moore, Associate AD for Facilities, Scheduling and Operations, promoted from Assistant - your complaints here. Erika Kenney, Assistant AD for Ticketing and Group Sales - hope that's selling tickets, not ticketing cars in the parking lot John Reilly, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications - assumes there's something they want to communicate, unless his job is to delete complaining emails http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15800&ATCLID=211735394 Sorry if I'm getting cynical
  4. 4 points
    without knowing any of the details of the negotiations, a big pat on the back to Mark for his willingness to pass on this game/contract until an equitable offer is on the table ... during our early years of DI athletics this game mattered a whole lot more to UA than lcc, the table has turned ... "50-50 or walk" - the UA fan base and now administration have spoken
  5. 4 points
    3 year deal, 2-1 is fine. The community needs this game too much to let it die. SEFCU in 2018 TUC in 2019 SEFCU in 2020 Anything less should be a big fat no.
  6. 3 points
    Spoke to someone in the athletic dep this morning... Asked what the reaction has been. Said overwhelmingly positive with people understanding and supporting the stance the school took.
  7. 3 points
    no blame on our side! ... proud that our Athletic Director dug in/stood his ground ... those who criticize Mark and UAlbany can 'go pound salt' ... unfortunately, UA played lap dog for way too many years in these contracts ... lcc faithful (including a few Albany Co. politicos) felt empowered, and now the withdrawal is a bit painful/awkward for them
  8. 3 points
    The problem Benson had was that he essentially inherited this scheduling problem. The precedent of the Albany Cup game being held at the TUC was set long before he got here so he's going to look like the bad guy for not going along with what's been done in the past. I don't think he had a lot of great choices.
  9. 3 points
    I like this rule. It not only gives coaches the opportunity to replace injured players, but it also gives them the ability to take a good look at the youngsters in real game conditions. Plus, late in the year when the dings and dents add up, they can get some quality sub time out of the freshmen without burning a year. I should think a freshman would have extra motivation to try and crack the lineup late in the year instead of being told he’s going to be on the sidelines all year. Some reward for the hard work in practice. Is there a downside I’m not seeing?
  10. 3 points
    Not sure I'd say we have arrived - we HOPE we have arrived - gotta see how we play.
  11. 3 points
    lol. Seriously. We called it EVERY time except for like one. Over 2 years lol. Person 1: "Here is Sussman!" Person 2: "Is he going to run or pass!? No one knows!!!" Person 3: "He's going to run it! WATCH!" *Sussman runs* *205 laughs out loud and then gets angry at the insanity of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results* Rinse repeat.
  12. 3 points
    “I’m just so excited, honestly,” Lulka said earlier this week. “It’s just great to be here — and I came here to play.” Glad we have players that are intense and appreciate things! Maybe these guys will actually win a championship.
  13. 3 points
    March will be the big reveal what we have. The past group was fustrating to watch. Sometimes you can have a great group of talent and they don't reach their potential. Season should be interesting the Conference is the most wide open I can remember since when NU left.
  14. 3 points
    I don't think any of us know. Brooks, Starks, and Flory have all shown that they can shoot. Rizzuto is supposedly a marksmen as well. None of us will know anything until probably January with the entire team basically being new. I guessed those two (Clark and Healy) because they are both returning, know the system, and both appear to be front-runners for playing time.
  15. 3 points
    The Healey move was to preserve him for 3 years after Nichols and Cremo. Remember, there was no indication they would both leave and as a result they didn't want to burn TWO years of him being a player off the bench. The plan was to play him this year and then have him lead the team for 3 years. Obviously their departure makes the adjustment now that much more difficult but he's been in the program for a year so he knows what Brown want's etc.
  16. 3 points
    Healy and Clark
  17. 2 points
    This year's game isn't happening. Time to move on. $iena only cared about the $ and didn't care about the community. I already showed how the best solution for the community was home and home. Their AD wanted to save his job by not appearing to give in to the crosstown team. He stared UA down and ended up losing a money maker for his school. Good riddance. No reason to discuss that low-major program any longer. Let's move on to the games and team we have.
  18. 2 points
    We havent played them in lacrosse either for a few seasons. That turned out ok especially this past season. 😋 As far as the LCC 90 year olds (which I presume is the minimum age to qualify as older LCC alumni) being upset, who cares. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Apparently they are also upset with losing 8 in a row to Vermont as they are no longer on the LCC schedule. Maybe they can face some d2 teams. Just not lemoyne again
  19. 2 points
    Had 2 receptions and looked like he belonged. Had a nice 20 yard reception from Chad Kelly, solid little run after the receipt.
  20. 2 points
    I think most of us here support UA women's sports. I know that personally I had never watched any women's sports until this website. I had, however, watched many girls' field hockey games at the school where I taught. When you compare this forum's interest in women's sports, I think you will find it much higher than at other schools. May I bring up LCC's forum as an example. I think the great majority of us here support the UA woman in successful sports, and I often bring up the caliber of our women in the classroom to non UA people.
  21. 2 points
    I heard negotiations broke down when Benson demanded the name be changed to the UAlbany Cup....probably fake news. ;-) Very pleased LCC does not get their way. Way to go MB!
  22. 2 points
    My message above really should be what Benson shares with the media. In years that Siena gets the game they gain 4k in attendance In years that UA gets the game they gain 2k in attendance. Over a 2 year period that's only an average of 1000 extra tickets sold per year with it downtown both times vs. home and home at the expense of the uptown economy, future growth of UA athletics, it's sponsors, and fairness in basketball. The community solution is actually home and home, not pandering to the LCC community. Want to win the media war? Go on offense.
  23. 2 points
    UAlbany alumni mostly leave the capital district when they graduate and travel the world. Most came from downstate and head back there when they are done. LCC historically has had more local kids and a large majority of those stayed in the area. With the cost of Siena, those kids were also from more "well-off" or "advantaged" families. Because of these factors, this area has a much higher percentage of alumni in leadership positions in the local business community being $iena alum. These are the donors and long time fans. These are the people that want the game downtown to add value to their advertising dollars spent in the TUC. They don't care about fairness from a basketball perspective. The game at TUC every year is better for the city and downtown. It is not at all better for uptown, UA, or their interests. The question then comes to where your loyalty lies, and what is actually better for everyone: the game, LCC, or the community. A. Do you want an event that brings 10k people downtown once a year, every year (4-5k more than when Siena brings a different low-mid major opponent in) adding value to the downtown businesses along with the $iena donors and sponsors. or B. Do you want to do that every other year, and during the other year bring an extra 2000 people to the SUNY campus (over bringing in a different low/mid major opponent) helping uptown business and adding value to the UAlbany sponsors and donors. or C. End the series In my mind, choice B is actually the best for the "community". It really only adds 2000 extra people to the paid attendance with choice A., while ignoring uptown businesses and the UA sponsor companies. The game at SEFCU also advertises the football and LAX programs and could entice LCC corporate sponsors to invest in advertising at Casey Stadium and SEFCU, improving the value of those events for the community. It also fixes the equity problem for the actual basketball teams. Choice C., is obviously the worst option for the "community" but if it forces the move to choice B then it is a great short term solution for the long term best overall "community" solution. As far as the "public relations" war, I don't see it. The only public relations war I see losing is potentially in the Times Useless, but remember where that paper wants the game to be played. (Hint: it's in the arena that has their name on it)
  24. 2 points
    Thank you Mr. Benson. Screw Siena.
  25. 2 points
    The Albany Cup will not occur for the foreseeable future. Based on news reports, JD drew a line in the sand which gave Mark no choice to walk away. All or nothing, shows total disregard to the UAlbany basketball community.
  26. 2 points
    I'm on with schedule with a team of almost no proven players... If there was ever a year to go soft this is it.
  27. 2 points
    So proud of our AD and Department today. This is a great day to be a great Dane. 50/50 or walk and we did Benson well done.
  28. 2 points
    Absolutely none. Some would argue that it would help FBS schools load up on kids we may have at our level who are borderline. I say that's a false narrative; if a kid is that borderline, he probably will get more exposure with four years and some change worth of games...then being one of 100 at the FBS level WHO may get time as a frosh in four games.
  29. 2 points
    In camp with the Broncos. Zach Bye just tweeted a picture with him. Says he is having a good camp. https://twitter.com/byesline/status/1025455937698648065
  30. 2 points
    I was just messaging your brother...told him I expected you to be very excited.
  31. 2 points
    We never know, do we? There’s one we were expecting, but they didn’t show up. A little FB research showed a cute little kid added to the mix. Sometimes life gets in the way of dreams. There’s such a myriad of reasons why an athlete, or any student, needs to make a change. In general it’s none of our business, but I’m always curious as to why.
  32. 2 points
    Big loss with Mason Gray. In my opinion, when he wasn’t getting personal fouls, he was one of the best safeties in the conference. Also, kudos to Sussman for staying with the program - I believe he graduated in three years. He didn’t transfer when he lost the starting position but instead punted and will now be a linebacker.
  33. 2 points
    Wow! Going from QB to LB as a senior? I guess the QB room was getting a little crowded. Let’s be fair to the kid. According to stats he averaged 2.5 yards per carry in 2017. That was an improvement over 2016 when he did 1.4. Of course he lost a couple hundred on sacks so that does hurt the average. Yeah, the 2.5 yards and a cloud of rubber pellets offense will be missed....not! At least us folks in 205 can stop calling out the play for the opposition. 😁
  34. 2 points
    I'm sorry but it needs to be asked...does that mean NO MORE scrambles up the middle for 2.8 inches (aka Bernard "money" play)? Ummm...how is this offense going to move the ball without that play?
  35. 2 points
    Looks like Cremo and Nichols could face each other next season. Both Villanova and Florida State are playing in the Advocare Invitational in November. As the Villanova fan site puts it "a battle to determine who got the better Albany grad transfer."
  36. 2 points
    I've been vocal about wanting it to end. The comment was a tongue in cheek way to suggest accepting a 2 for 1 with UA getting 2 home games.
  37. 2 points
    DP, can you change the banner to the one below? I've updated some of the photos and figured out how to determine the necessary proportions for the actual site so now it shouldn't look off kilter anymore and will look like it belongs. It's transparent so right now it looks like a white background but it'll be blue once you upload it. Figured we could use a little tweak as we gear up for a new academic year and year of sports. Thanks! Here is how it should look once you update (don't know why I didn't realize I could mock up the live site using Chrome developer tools): Before (looks very poor IMO with multiple shades of blue, not sized correctly, etc.): After:
  38. 2 points
    While I agree, they do look to be much improved this year. Some people on twitter are even picking them above UA this year. BPG is supposed to be for rivalry, so in all reality the only teams that it should be against are Bing and SBU as SUNY rivals and UVM. Anyone else would make 0 sense.
  39. 2 points
    Not sure, just asked them on Twitter though. Seeing the year 2020 written out also slightly freaks me out.
  40. 2 points
    Considering its Sunday... This post didn't age well... Lol
  41. 2 points
    I think we all desperately need some actual games to talk about! My choice of sports consumption, whether UA or professional, is based on what I find interesting. I did not watch a single NBA, NHL or MLB game so far in 2018....could not care less. Never been to a UA softball game, XCountry meet, track and field meet, baseball game, WLax game, field hockey game, etc. Dont watch “reality” shows on TV. My choice. So I’m not going to suffer through games, women’s or men’s, that don’t interest me.
  42. 2 points
    And he's holding a shark. That's bad ass.
  43. 2 points
    It's not that they're women, it's the rules that they're forced to play under.
  44. 2 points
    Watching is like pulling teeth.
  45. 1 point
    Siena loses a bunch of money by losing this game. Their sponsors want it at the TUC so they get more exposure for their dollar. Siena gains a schedule spot to try and get a team they can beat UA loses an easy win. UA gains the opportunity to raise it's SOS, and the respect of its fan base. Too bad we didn't take advantage and gain a better opponent on the schedule. #SEFCU19 or please another year with no series. LCC will be begging for it to return within a few seasons.
  46. 1 point
    All I heard at the end of last season was that we don’t offer COLA, we don’t have money like SBU etc. If there was ever a time to go fill the sched with 3-4 buy games this would be the year. So when we have proven players we can’t seem to get games. When we have no proven players we go with this. Where’s the medium?
  47. 1 point
    TU -"Siena, UAlbany: No Albany Cup Game This Season" https://m.timesunion.com/sports/article/Siena-UAlbany-release-non-conference-schedules-13144257.php
  48. 1 point
    I'm gonna say that the Gazette is the official UAlbany Newspaper. You want UAlbany coverage in any sport, go to them. They know what they are doing.
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    I think I read that Poly is carrying $55 million in debt (construction and equipment loans) and if it reverted, Albany would have to pick up that debt.
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