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dslyank

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  1. Received an email today from Justin that he is leaving UA June 10th. For those who do not know Justin, he was the Associate Director of Annual Giving. He was always a voice of reason and was always very responsive to questions or issues presented to him.  He was always respectful to fans and donors and IMHO will be GREATLY missed. He always went to bat for fans, often battling others in the Athletic Administration in support of the everyday fan.  
    On a personal note, my name would Not be on the plaque dedicating the new football stadium ( it was not Casey then) if not for Justin Brown. 

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  2. 19 hours ago, cwdickens said:

    another America East Team takes a thrashing .

    Just another sign how far the AmEast has/is falling?????? UA and pretty sure umbc, brook and even bingo in their  first round games over the years, never or at least mostly never took a first round "thrashing."  UA even when eliminated in second round or qtrs over the years were always competitive at least. Even semi-final loss was certainly not a total trashing.

    Even this year as "bad" as UA was they did beat Cuse (even in a down year for them they are still an ACC power with a win against Duke, only one of their acc loses was by more than few goals and they came closer to anyone in the country to beating Maryland [10-14]. In UA's three IVY loses, they were in every game; and a single bad QTR in each game were basically the differences. VT did not have a single quality OCC win; with their best OCC win against Penn State (who though rated early finished out of the top 30.)  Not trying to say UA was/is better than VT this year; obviously VT had UA's number the last couple of years. But still think with UA's young attack and midfield, and with Scott making the needed Defensive improvements, UA will be back to the top of the AmEast sooner than later.

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  3. 7 hours ago, Dane96 said:

    There is a reason for it.  And if you can’t figure it out from all of the posts regarding the facilities required at the University and the facilities specifically required by athletics, coupled with the constant whining from the academic community about athletics, I suggest you really reread all the posts and figure out why the school would be quiet about this for now.  

    Sorry I cannot agree with you. You are welcome to your opinion, as am I and everyone else. Believe me I have read this tread over; and in spite of your expertise and position with billions of construction $s, you have not convinced me that secrecy trumps promoting, communication & marketing. I fully acknowledge your expertise, but IMHO secrecy only fools for so long. IMHO better off meeting your opposition head on and try and sell them on your concept. Even if you cannot win them over; at least after it’s built you have not left angry nay sayers with “nothing to do about it or say about it. “

  4. 16 hours ago, Clickclack said:

    Ya'll can complain all you want but I'm just glad they are getting a much needed upgrade to facilities... 

     

     

    I think we are ALL absolutely TRILLED about the facility upgrades. I for one am just disappointed in the usual secrecy and total lack of community involvement, marketing and promotion. Someone mentioned they do it "under the table quietly", not to upset the faculty? That is totally ridiculous . I guarantee the nay sayers KNOW exactly what is going on. They can complain all they want, but UA Athletics is not going to fade away; and money has to be spent there as well as in English Lit, Anthropology, etc. etc. In fact, instead of trying to do everything in secret, IMHO Benson & Company should be more open and MARKET to the faculty and the community what ATHLETICS brings to the University in exposure, research funds and student enrollment and participation. Of course there is always going to be nay sayers and opponents to spending money on inter-collegiate athletics, but trying to hide the investment in Athletics does nothing to change their minds.

    I for one still think Benson has been a miserable failure in leading UA Athletics. Some on this blog now seem to want to give him props for these facilities upgrades and you all are certainly welcome to do so. I for one say the upgrades are long overdue, his secrecy, lack of marketing/promotion, lack of communication of the upgrades are just another example of his incompetency.

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  5. 3 minutes ago, cwdickens said:

    A decent suggestion .... however, I liked to nominate the Cool Agency Arena, f/n/a Glens Falls Civic Centre, Glens Falls, NY .... a great downtown atmosphere .... a few great micro breweries nearby......also know this suggestion not likely

    Nice arena.  Use to see hockey there before River Rats came to Albany and them left. Also, high school sectionals and NYState & Federated championships their often. Wild atmosphere! LIKE your suggestion; but agree not likely. 

    Also, still not sure WHY we are even talking about alternate sites. University Gym completion suppose to be prior to SEFCU "supposed" work.

     

  6. 22 hours ago, Clickclack said:

    For as much crap as we all give Benson, most of it deserved, good for him for delivering this and with private funding. Impressive. 

    Has NOT delivered anything definitive that I can see?  Am I missing something official.  If this was all a lock, why is the only thing I can see are deep searches from some on this blog. Not that I am doubting your findings and diligence ; but if this was all “delivered”, WHY all the secrecy—-And why not communicate/advertise. 
    Also, from first reports University Gym was suppose to be COMPLETE before SEFCU started. Now I read about playing at St. Rose, Wash Armory, High Schools and even MVP/$iena???

  7. 4 hours ago, godanesgo99 said:

    Did the league get better? Did other big conference schools jumping into the Lax world hurt?

    AmEast has NOT gotten better. In fact the league as a whole has most definitely gone down hill. Two years in a row AmEast has a playin game and/or facing #1 seed. Historically AmEast has been in the 8-10 seed range & has had two entries a number of times.  VT two years in a row in tournament and have not beaten a top 5 and pretty sure only 1 or 2 wins vs 6-20. 
    Question 2 “probably yes”; but then how do we account for only 1 ACC in this year when usually 4 to 5 make it EVERY YEAR? Also, how do we answer 5 no-schollie IVYs in? Basically I have no answer to your second question🧐.

  8. 3 minutes ago, Dane96 said:

    Fact is, UA tied the game up yesterday, full stop. 

    I was NOT disputing this; just wondering how/why the clock & horn are not on the same system or synced?  Did not see or watch the game yesterday. Why was the goal disallowed? Did the Ref. not know the horn was UNOFFICIAL?  In a basically meaningless game vs Penn the Ref. knew the clock ruled. In a tournament baring game yesterday, no body new the correct rule and there was no way to review????

  9. 4th    00:01    PEZZIMENTI, Joey (5)    PISENO, Jake    19    11.  In the mens' last home game against PENN, Pessimenti let go a shot definitely after the hour sounded. The official immediately raised his hands goal. I was sure it was going to be disallowed; but was not. I assumed the officials took pity on UA the game/season was over and the goal meant nothing; so they allowed it. Someone walking out said the horn is NOT official; only the sideline clock is. Checked the box when I got home and found they officially credited the goal at 00.01. Don't know how/why the clock and the horn are independent?? Don't know who was right/wrong yesterday; just reporting what I saw & heard after the PENN game.

  10. 13 hours ago, Dane96 said:

    He is from Iowa

    Ames Iowa no less.  Trying to remember which UA past player was from Ames. Pretty sure it was not Brent Wilson; but speaking of Iowa & Brent; Killings has two openings on his staff. Brent could make a nice addition and maybe help rekindle some of UA's glory days?

    ps where did you see the signing and player video??

  11. What is the old expression “wait to next year.” I would be careful about calling VT a AmEast dynasty just yet. OK in basketball; but they have A LONG way to go match UA’s lax history. In fact umbc, the departed brook, and even bingo have a greater lax history than VT. How many top 10, 15 or even 20 wins do they have. I would bet few if any under 10, and hardly anymore even if you expand the criteria to under 20. Remember winning the AmEast is one thing; winning against the lax elite, another story.

    Before I end my rant, just like to take note that around  60% of VTs roster is JRs & SRs and most of their top players are SRs. UA just about the reverse %s FR & SOPH. NO argument VT, faster, bigger, better this year. But I for one am not about to crown them King of AmEast Lax.

  12. 21 hours ago, AlbanyFan2018 said:

    but he either has the wrong combination of guys out there or he has confused the living daylights out of them. Either way that is a coaching problem.

    I've admitted all along as NOT being a lacrosse expert--never played, never coached at any level; basically a newbie fan.  Followed UA lax some in DIII days, became devote when UA went DI. There were some up and down years along the way with the offense always seemingly the strength of the team and D always the Achilles heel. But coach always seemed to compensate and adjust to minimize the defensive discrepancies. This year, I never understood how Scott kept praising the D and announcing the offensive lacking. Granted the O did not have that go to guy who could create his own shot; but by sharing the ball and using a lot of different scoring options; the offense was able to score with "nearly" everyone. But as far back as fallball,  saw a defense, that could get the ball for UA at a decent level; but IMHO could NOT DEFEND against opponents scoring at all. "CONFUSED" seems most applicable.

  13. 1 hour ago, Dane96 said:

    No way that is justified, and I really would rather see: the indoor facility; the SEFCU core; the SEFCU annex; the football building; baseball stadium upgrades; softball stadium upgrades; upgrades (permanent stands) for field hockey); and visitors side stands permanent at Casey stadium...all before a parking garage

    Agree 100%. Interesting to note that parking @ the uptown campus has/had been an issue since day one. In Edward Durrell Stone's initial design plans, ALL parking was to be underground. Dutch Lot and State as I recall were to be temporary only while additional funds for parking were obtained. I lived and worked at Colonial Quad from 1968 to 1970 with no parking other than an unauthorized dirt lot approximately adjacent to the current Colonial lot and whenever my boss at the Colonial Kitchen took pity on me & another friend and let us park at a small lot by the loading dock. As I recall, Colonial was paved after a protracted law suit with Edward Durrell was finally resolved. While my memory and facts maybe a little hazy and I certainly had/have no idea how the contractual issue over parking with Stone was resolved, the basic of the story is true.

  14. 12 hours ago, olddog71 said:

    With the increased comfort in seating and the more limited number of available tickets, do you think that attending a game at SEFCU will now become kind of a "hot ticket?" Will these improvements actually increase attendance? 

    I'm sure part of the intent is to increase attendance; whether it does or not is the $11,000,000 question. Of course recruiting, better results and numerous other reasons go into the design; including cost factors, etc. etc.

    As for your specific question will reduced & more comfortable seating create a greater demand for seats, I hope so. All other thoughts and opinions WELCOMED!

  15. For the Syracuse Lacrosse game they went back to the hanging pass from the mirror and had them screened @  Bob Ford Blvd like they did for football and before the parking pass was moved to the phone. With the pass on the window it was easy for guide/guard to point fans left to SEFCU, right to Dutch. By putting parking on the phones too small to read and a backups on Ford Blvd would be bad.

    Either way parking has not been handled well for years.

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