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  1. Terrible effort. Maryland gave us a one way ticket back to Palookaville.
  2. Reaction to this this seems as split as the halftime efforts. I agree that the face-off problem was not TD but the others joining the scrum - but moreover Albany could not clear the ball in many ways. Intercepted passes, lax (not LAX) passing and an overall poor performance in the second half. It seems as if upcoming opponents now have a blueprint on how to beat Albany. Certainly shakes my confidence.
  3. Please, no cartoon dog on the helmets. Just when people forgot about Marmaduke it looks like we are emulating Scooby-Doo. Cartoons and football don't mix.
  4. Went to the Maine game and must say that the CF auction and fundraiser was the highlight. Why is it that even the wins have become almost too painful to watch? The Jekyll and Hyde performances are old and and far too predictable. Not fun.
  5. Back to the BoFo for round two. Hope the dismal first week performance doesn't hurt attendance too much. The posts on this website noted most of the logistical flaws for the opening of the stadium (the kicker smashing the scoreboard, lax security in the parking lot etc.) but on balance almost everything went pretty smoothly. The venue was breathtaking. The parasailing beginning was cool. The beer garden was a welcome sight. The crowd was a terrific surprise. Even the weather cooperated. Some of the posts mentioned the potential of food, merchandise and other revenues for the program. These could all use an upgrade to maximize the take. Lines are too long at the concession stands (and non-stop unlike before when they were only crowded at half time). More and better food with more help and a streamlined cash out. If necessary, the merchandise booths should be moved elsewhere to provide more room for food expansion - or maybe even more remote locations. Nevertheless it was nice to whet our taste buds as to what big time college football is like.
  6. Also I saw many people wearing straw hats like Bob Ford wears but I can't find any on the websites or under any apparel listings at all. We should have these available
  7. Finally, an effort to be proud of. The game was thoroughly enjoyable, especially since Rider seemed to be a much more athletic and superior team. Rider had a number of clean blocks on defense but insisted on throwing up 3 point bricks without a single pass in many cases. Among other things, the Dawgz did a nice job rebounding, Iati was unconscious. Glad I went (for a change).
  8. BU @ UA - Monday 7PM

    I can appreciate the altruism in Ms GDG's earlier post but note that it speaks of supporting the students - the very same people who don't support their own. Still seems that most fans are alums and other rubberneckers looking at a traffic accident. Also supporting a team or the kids does not exempt the program from providing some degree of entertainment. As the post itself said, the experience is not only not entertaining but actually "hurts" this year. Why would anyone want to (over)pay for that? I did like the statistics being summarized as a big 0. Whether it's this group of players or the coach or the program, there is enough sustained culpability for all.
  9. BU @ UA - Monday 7PM

    Sadly, the MO is always the same - fading at crunch time. They simply cannot close out a game and put teams away. Nothing displays weakness like collapse after collapse. Even wins seem to include a swoon at the end of the game. Ever since Siena I have had a bad feeling about this team and the program as a whole. Very very disappointing and very glad I did not purchase season tickets this year.
  10. vs Siena

    Fan disgust is warranted. UA was taller, stronger, more athletic and outmatched Siena at virtually every position. The meltdown was so complete as to be embarassing.
  11. The Central Arkansas field looks better than I imagined. And we wouldn't even need the gray stripes. Who ever said gimmicks are bad things? Pur-po at Bo-Fo! Go Grape Danes!
  12. Thanks for the good comments. I knew someone would already know exactly what schools have tried this. A red field does seem over the top. Also would agree with the need for topnotch leadership and marketing. But all of these things, including the stadium, are part of a greater problem with UA in that it continues to have too little relationship to the community. The gap between "town and gown" is enormous. It may relate to the geographic isolation or the need for independent governance or a link to a med or law school plus many other factors. Moreover the loss of Bob Ford will mean a lot more than football. He singlehandedly made more community connections through his players and coaches than the rest of the administration, faculty, students and alumni combined. Ironically the stadium proposal not only comes at a bad time because of economic problems but because the world of college football is in transition. The field is an embarrassment, there is a real opportunity to move up in conference and take the program to the next level and make money in the process. I also believe NYC fans and media are longing for a college football team to get behind. Hofstra is done, Columbia is a joke, Fordham is too little and Wagner is mired like us. Syracuse is largely televised already but the move out of the Big East won't help. Rutgers and Connecticut may have the largest NYC rooting interest. Of course these are the kinds of issues that are of little interest to the casual fans (including students) who will be needed to put fannies in the seats and make the program work. The Purple Growl and other marketing devices may need to be all improved as part of the move forward but a purple field and other things that may seem frivolous to the intense inhabitants of the blogoshphere may just work. By the way, in terms of the NCAA, this is one of those things where you're better off asking for forgiveness than permission.
  13. I thought this might be a good location to test a marketing/strategic idea I have for the new stadium. Clearly UA needs to market itself and it's football program more and the stadium is one way to accomplish it. What if the facility included a purple turf surface on the field. It could be an eastern, purple version of Boise State. Moreover word could leak out around the league that when the Danes wear their all purple uniforms, the other teams find it difficult to see the players on the field since they will blend in like camouflage. While this will probably not be true at all, the speculation might overtake common sense and give us a real home field advantage. Comments?
  14. Ross leaving UA

    One question raised by this is what the impact will be on the other players. It seems to create an uncertain or potentially tentative environment on the team. Might other players be concerned that they are not on the same page? Certainly seems like bad form at least.
  15. BOUND FOR COLUMBUS

    "I packed two suits"- Will Brown I'm doing the same this week And I'm packing two pair of underwear. - Hello Columbus.
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