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Everything posted by godanesgo99

  1. Now that we are entering the last few months before the season, I thought we needed a place to share articles and other preseason press/rankings, etc. Along with everyone's predictions and expectations.... What do you expect from your Danes this season?
  2. 2018/2019 Schedule

    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.
  3. 2018-19

    With the team being mostly new this year they are working on introducing everyone... https://twitter.com/UAlbanySports/status/1028989715930742786?s=19
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    I'm fine with 2 games a year with home and home, that works mostly great. It ends the "Albany Cup" though. What if there is a split? Do we really want to play them twice and have twice the affect on RPI and SOS playing that junk? Does twice a year reduce the hype?
  5. 2018/2019 Schedule

    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.
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    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)
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    Instead of scheduling D3 Oneonta every year, why not schedule a local lower level team if there has to be a down game? Plenty of closer teams to schedule that could sell tickets. St. Rose. RPI. Union. Skidmore. Hell, give HVCC a game. Any of those would sell more tickets than Oneonta if we have to have a non-D1 opponent.
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    That's why is said #SEFCU19
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    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.
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    5 home, 7 away, 2 neutral (in Ireland) (I don't count Oneonta - I get why we play it, but it shouldn't count as a home game) Biggest complaint is Oneonta being the season opener. It is nice to start the year with a big crowd. I skip the Oneonta game each year, opting to give those tickets away to friends (I'm trying to do my part to sell more season tickets and I like to let people watch the game from my seats). I would be surprised if there are 2000 people at that game. As far as the no P5 games, and what looks like a weak SOS - Providence will be a good test, and frankly with the team being so new and young and inexperienced, an easier schedule is a good thing.
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    I applaud the Athletic Department making the stand. This is just awesome that we finally put our big boy pants on and walked away. LCC won't find a team that will draw as well as we do every other year if it was a home and home. I heard from someone in the athletic department that we did propose 2 games every year, but apparently that was turned down. I will miss the atmosphere of the game, but without the game at SEFCU every other year (including this season) it is not at all worth it. Good riddance.
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    People on this board don't understand sarcasm very well.
  13. 2018/2019 Schedule

    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.
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    That would actually be a pretty good idea... Why doesn't someone start a big local rivalry tournament, played at a regional site in the early OOC or over the holiday break? Have some mid majors and some bigger schools.
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    Actually, I wouldn't mind a 5 year deal with 3 for 2. HAHAN. Since any renewal after that would start with a home game, it would essentially be a home and away. As long as the Neutral game could be held at a true neutral site.
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    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.
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    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.
  18. 2018/2019 Schedule

    Only 2 home games while the students are away on winter break, unless there is an OOC game there at the end of December, first week of January. I am not sure the dates of the other holidays, and I am too lazy to look. Don't we Travel to Kent State this year as well, or was that just a 1 time thing with the tournament?
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    I'm of the mindset now that I'm not even happy with a 1 for 1. Need 2 for 1 to make up some ground, or hiatus. I think ending the series for a while is better than a home and home.
  21. There have been threads on this in the past, but I can't seem to find them from the mobile browser. With attendance seemingly down this season (I don't know of that's true as I haven't seen the numbers, and this is just from being at the games) I think it's time to start this discussion again. I just got back into the country from a cruise (I was on the pier in Playa Del Carmen when the ferry exploded) and I won't be back in the 518 until after the game tomorrow, but I'm curious on everyone's thoughts on where to go from here... I bring up the cruise, because I wore one of my great Danes t shirts on the boat one day, and while sitting in the sports bar watching a college game (Wisconsin vs. Northwestern) a guy started a conversation with me who's son will be a freshman next year from the Newburgh area. He was a college basketball fan, but his son isn't into sports, and will be a finance major. He didn't know that UA was D1, nor that they were any good. He had no idea that the LAX team was ranked #2, nor that the football team was FCS and has a guy named Vinny Testaverde on the roster next season. How can we grow the fanbase, put butts in the seats, when a sports fan, with a kid attending next season, just over an hour away from Albany didn't even know the program was growing and having success? This starts as a failure of marketing, and also speaks to the relatively new upgrade to D1. Suggestions?
  22. 2018-19

    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.
  23. 2018-19

    Healy and Clark
  24. 2018-19

    No idea where to put this, but I thought it was pretty cool... Check out @DevyDAY’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/DevyDAY/status/1017258847038312448?s=09
  25. 2018/2019 Schedule

    Lots of chat about it on Mark Singelais twitter yesterday and today. Apparently it's not dead yet. Siena still has a slot held for the game. Home and Home or let it die. #SEFCU2018