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  1. Fardan Sanai -top VP for Development—his business is contributions….he needs to know your money is going away….don’t waste your time with the AD—GDAC folks….Sanai is the guy…
  2. Thank you Dane Pound….you ascribe to an important virtue…say little but when you do speak you say alot….my wife and I have been loyal contributors long before GDAC was a gleam in Benson’s eyes…I am carefully marshalling my words for an email I plan on sending Fardin Sinai tomorrow to tell him we are severing our financial relationship to UA. It quite simply comes down to this in my book—what would UA do if a poly sci professor got physical or otherwise attempted to intimidate a student? Would they say its a one-off and merely suspend the prof? I think i know the answer already. I can’t speak or suggest to others what they should or should not do but as for us—sadly we are done!
  3. So....let me get this straight...Benson basically hired a guy who was about to be fired and everything here is supposed to rainbows and unicorns??? With all due respect in my mind there is more here than simple optics...Killings seems like a nice young man but his presentation at the presser was basically prototypical cookie cutter for a new coach....bottom line based on my discussions....the “New mentality” of many many season ticket holders and long term donors involves keeping money in thier pockets....Killings will likely be here no more than 2 years...Benson’s gotta go!!
  4. Haven’t posted in many moons...long time donor...way before there was a GDAC....and I dont want and won’t exchange banter over the efficacy of this move...in sum this move disappoints and disgusts me..it is an affront to a fine academic institution and a coach who embodied its ideals. Unless Benson goes and/ or Brown is restored my contributions to UAlbany Athletics are over and I have urged colleaques and friends to do likewise. This action should not stand and can not be tolerated by any right thinking individuals. That’s it.
  5. As many pointed out the officiating on Sunday was pretty bad from our perspective...at least two highly questionable (and I am being generous!) offensive foul calls that wiped out UA hoops. Seems like for big AE games we typically see people like Hughes, Laubenstein, Faia and Adams calling the games....after watching these characters for 10 years I feel I can authoritatively say that Hughes and Laubenstein are absolutely horrid and to make matters worse both appear to be egotistical to boot!!! The only time I enjoyed seeing Hughes on the sidelines was when he totally screwed Duke in their game vs Lehigh a couple of years back in the NCAA first round....Faia seems to go with the wind in terms of who appears to be the lead official and if he's teamed with Hughes (like he was Sunday...) its usually a parade of bad calls, late calls and at times hallucinatory calls!! Since we saw Hughes and Faia in the semis I am hoping we are done with them but that raises the prospect of us drawing Laubenstein who I think is a shade poorer than Hughes....(if that's even possible!!)... If we are lucky we will get Bob Adams for the Championship game....he is generally the best of this group...(although he had a few weird calls in the UVM- UA game on 2/28)....but Adams has called the Champ game at least a couple of times and in those instances I don't recall the officiating being an issue. In any event I am hoping that no one from either team is talking about officiating at the end of the game because that means they've done a good job. The kids deserve nothing less!
  6. I am hopeful given Benson's background that marketing will be a focal point of his tenure because the potential fan base is very large when compared to Siena and ticket/concession prices at UA events are far more reasonable compared to an evening at the TU-C. Regarding TU reporting...I think its basically a result of lazy reporting...Wilkin could care less...and Singlelais strikes me as having anger issues with UA progam and fan base..a very strange malady for a sports writer...I don't think it has anything to do with Siena playing at the TU C...in fact its not going to surprise me terribly if Benson ultimately decides that we should play a game or two a year down there against higher tier opponents....unlike Siena--with their ridiculous insistence on playing consistently in front of 10000 empty seats I think a game or two a year where we fill the place would be good for everyone concerned, everyone that except Sien-er!
  7. I hope the Johnson performance vs Maine is a portend for him for rest of the season, we need more of that type of slashing to the hoop offense that's for certain. Did not get oppty to watch any of these 3 road games so my opines are based on what I heard and read...will leave dissection of coaching and strategy to others more knowledgeable...my concern however is, that year in year out we seem to have what to me seems like an overabundance of injury issues...and as far as I can tell few of these injuries result from in game action, so I wonder if there is an issue with either off season conditioning regimes or perhaps practices are a little too much on the physical side? I know the season's long and kids get banged up but over the years it just seems like year in year out guys come up hurting badly...the only upside I see in that is given Coach Brown's long term penchant for utilizing a short bench, some kids only get their chance if there are a lot injuries and Brown's hand gets forced...for example, I really don't think you'd have seen Jacob Iati get to be the game changer that he evolved into if it weren't for injuries that elevated his playing time.
  8. Happy to be back on the board and ecstatic over the whooping we put on Siena...2 in a row and 3 out of 4...and a couple of games that where a whistle or shot away from going UA's way between 06 and 09, do I detect a trend here, or at very least is it not fair to state that these programs are now at least at parity, and in fact from a performance and coaching continuity perspective is it not fair to say that UA is perhaps a notch better??? Loved how the Danes hung in and eventually our "BIG DOGS" took control...I was wondering about something though, did anyone else catch the wise-arss comment that the TU Center PA announcer made when the Rowley brothers substituted for each other midway in the first half???? It was something along the lines of "one Rowley for another" of something like that...at any rate at that point the C-N-uh!!! Indians were up by the 15 or 16 or so and sitting in the arena, hearing that comment it kind of struck me as an arrogant, dismissive thing for a PA announcer to say with the game in progress....from that point forward the Danes picked it up and whittled the lead down to 6 at the half...I am wondering if perhaps our guys heard that as well and took it as offensively as I did, or perhaps I am getting thin skinned as the years pass??? Anyways great way to start the season and this year's team looks to be as deep and as athletic as Will B has had in his tenure. GO DANES!!!!
  9. I concur with dslyank...I think that this is not a good decision for or by the youngster but we are not left bereft of talent either...while he was amazingly gifted, he also produced a great deal of turnovers and I do not honestly think, given the volume and nature of the to's that we'd have seen demonstrable improvement in his valuing of the basketball if he played another year...while we do lack a dominant guy down low the returnees are all strong and scoring is not gonna be a problem if Logan is back 100% as currently advertised.....so...sad to see Gerardo go and best wishes to him but Go Danes! and unless I miss my guess I think we'll be playing well into March next year despite this loss...
  10. That's because Wilkin is too busy reading the Daily Racing Form and dreaming up stories about how exciting the horse racing at Saratoga will be this summer..he is Oscar Madison personified...I wish the TU would assign Mark Maquire full time to the Danes beat...the guy is smart and writes about things that real fans want to know about..all Wilkin does is parrot press releases and eat whatever comp food is put in front of him...
  11. What a wonderful ending to the home regular season...Iati was lights out...great to see Jayson G have such a stout effort as well...well coached and disciplined effort to tough this one out...particularly by Blake M and John Puk who did thier best to try to stay out of foul trouble...(poor Puk never catches any break with the officials...had at least one phantom foul call on him if not more...)....i could for life of me not understand Rider's game plan given our situation...would've seemed to me like it would be a no brainer...Rider had a much bigger team on the floor and we had only seven guys...with only two bigs available...if I was Rider's coach i woulda been getting the ball down low all night trying to foul us out of the game...but no matter...still a great win and something very positive to build upon...both for the remainder of this season as well as the next!!
  12. Nice job by all...I thought this was a must win for them and they came through now they need to hold service at home...I was in and out watching online so did not see early portions of second half but I felt like the Aronholt three that put them up 64-60 was huge...good discussion by all...hope for the best!
  13. Ok...my first post of the season...this game is a must win if U-A is to have any shot at all at finishing in the top 2 spots in the league. The Bingo game was frightening...hopefully just a case of the kids having a bad night combined with the subliminal impact of playing an 0-19 team. They obviously play well enough to win at home, some times extremely well, in fact. Road games are a vastly different story and the defense which is not terrific on most nights is generally prettty weak on the road particularly when playing teams at or below thier talent level. My sense is that the patience of fans and the UA admin may wear thin if this team doesn't come close to meeting the perhaps elevated expectations of the preseason. I think Coach Brown needs to get this team in that top tier or start floating his resume...and that journey to the top starts with Hartford.
  14. Nice win...its been a while since we've been up 25 on anyone!!! I hope the coaching staff is working with Blake on his FT's...it should be near number one on the to-dos/priority list...with his continuing improvement in mobility down low his FT opptys are just gonna keep growing...while it may be a mechanical issue...it could also be mental...I love this kid...chemistry between him and Will is reminiscent of the relationship CB had with Messrs Lillis and B. Wilson...did anyone catch the little interaction between CB and Blake at the start of the first to in the second half...CB did not like the energy level and he pulled Blake aside and told him to talk to the team....which he did and they then went on a nice run...another strong effort defensively and on the glass for Mr. Puk as well...keep it up guys...I see good things ahead as we move toward the conference portion of the schedule
  15. Well..I have not posted in quite some time as there really was not a lot to say about what was going last year...all I can say about last night is this..as a long time UA fan and devotee...that gritty performance was on a par with that magic day in Burlington a few years back and that special night in Philly the year prior...what a terrific performance by our Danes...all the players and the coaching staff...everyone hung in and everyone hung on...Siena fans should be concerned about their future...youth, economics and demographics are all clearly on UA's side...with luck we can put together a nice win streak in this series...Just curious but...Ms OrangeDane and I were both concerned as the clock ticked down last night...all those people in the good seats were basically running out of the building...does anyone know if there was a fire or something??? LOL!!!!...and GOOOOOO DANES!!!!
  16. As more of a listener than a poster on this forum I have always respected Dane 96's insight and once again he is totally and completely on point...Ambrose is probably a nice kid..but...quite simply he is not a very good D1 basketball player...he evidences zero court awareness and vision tonight he attempted to go to the hoop in a 1 on 5 situation...that is simply not acceptable from a D1 guard, or a jr hi guard for that matter!!!....and he absolutely does not have a team oriented bone in his body...Ms Orange Dane and myself, like others on this board continue to be amazed at fans calling for him to be in the game...I am sure that if you tracked the scoring during his time on the court tonight you would see that UA would be down 10-12 points and similarly up 10-12 without him..its simple addition by deduction and yes unless his attitude and skill set improves his p time will continue to decline...the youngster has simply never advanced as a player during his tenure here...potential only takes one so far...I often wonder if fans are stuck on him as a result of "the dunk" in his freshman year...he also scored alot in blowouts at Duke and KU in both instances the points came well after the matter was decided and the opponents had put thier defense on furlough...ok...I know some folks will trash me for expressing my view so now I will go back to listening and Dane 96 keep telling it like it is!
  17. I have been and continue to be a strong supporter and season ticket holder, the current situation is however becoming untenable for many, including myself, I would never call out players because I do not think that is fair to these young men. There is something going on here that is obviously not good and the responsibility for what happens rests with the coach...it is that simple...he gets paid to recruit, retain and coordinate these kids into a cohesive unit. Right now....there is no coordination and very little apparent cohesion. Maybe its because the players have insufficient grit and heart but that is a value judgement I am simply not in a position to make. I have to go back to the coach, its his job to find players with those qualities. I have always been a supporter of Coach Brown and was happy we retained him when the Bonaventure job was calling for him...unfortunately the last few years have not seen us move forward and now it seems we are regressing at a distressing rate...over that past 3 or 4 years we've seen several players leave...and I suspect that some of those departures have created a daisy chain of events that have resulted in us being in the hole that Coach now finds himself in. I am not sure how he solves the current dilemma or even if he can, but this ship needs to be turned around quickly for we are not headed in a good direction right now. Hope no one finds this disagreeable or disturbing and I certainly plan on continuing to support the program, but...this thing needs fixing..and soon!
  18. Beyond Butler I don't know alot about the team by team talent in the Horizon League but I gotta say that Detroit is a physically impressive and talented team (..having a couple of Big 10 refugees sure doesn't hurt any mid major...). If they are 6 in the Horizon as per their coaches poll , then I certainly want to see what #2 through 5 can do...their size and speed was a bad match up for us as it was for RMU the night before...we saw the second half of the RMU-Detroit game and that game seemed to me very similar to the UA-Detroit game....RMU would flirt with getting back into it and then Detroit would put the hammer down...RMU by virtue of size alone is a better match up for us defensively...but they will test our ability to score the basketball...hopefully the Dane's offense can feature more motion and be productive today...I expect a good tight ballgame...its still early but our youngsters face a long, long road trip and getting a win today may prove important to the team's mental outlook and approach to the rest of the out of conference season..GO DANES!
  19. Good building block win...can't add much to what's been said...save for the fact that my untrained eye was pleased to see Ambrose recognizing and giving up the rock on the double teams, leading to easy scores...this is an aspect of his game that many of us have been waiting to see develop...and it will promote much more movement in the offense, guys won't be standing around "watching" if they get the sense the ball may be coming thier way...conversely it will make teams back off Ambrose a little perhaps which should allow him more offensive license...tomorrow night will be a challenge, while Detroit has some impressive athletes I did not think they shot particularly well as a team (based on what I saw in second half vs RMU..) and they turned it over quite a bit...so its certainly a winnable game..also I second the comments on the great student turnout...hope that continues as it adds to the atmosphere and makes SEFCU just a little more inhospitable for our opponents...
  20. A road win's a road win....nice to see Scotty McRae be the man in this one...his buckets in the second half were huge in bringing the Danes back...hopefully this builds oonfidence and momentum going into the round robin this weekend!
  21. As someone conflicted by virtue of holding degrees from both places and someone who has been privileged to be there in person for some of Jim B's and Will B's greatest victories...I am looking forward to a fun game...I hope everyone on both teams play well and most importantly that no one on either side gets hurt in the opener...
  22. This is all pretty tragic and...very sickening...while we may not like Binghamton very much and Broadus not an iota...there is simply no good news here... Given the State's fiscal climate and the overall rudderless situation down in the Capital right now...something like this could provide ample excuse for the pols to justify cuts to discretionary moneys in the SUNY budgets under the guise of fiscal restraint..meaning potentially even less to NO money for completion of Project 2010...further this mess might also give folks on the SUNY Board of Trustees reason to question SUNY's overall involvement in Division 1...I'm not saying any of these are gonna happen...but it certainly could....so...I recommend against revelling too heartily in this mess as we could always end up suffering unforeseen collateral damage...lets hope the BUNY brass fixes it, straighten things up and lets the Athletic Department responsibly move forward and we should all be extremely thankful for the effective leadership that UAlbany's programs enjoy.
  23. Bob- I appreciated your comments...not sending a reporter to some of the games is not good I agree...I am wondering if you could flesh out a little more for me what the manner of the financial support is that you feel TU gives Siena...if the the TU is buying tickets, doing promos etc associated with Siena games then I think maybe we can perhaps as subscribers, make that "nickel move" and demand some parity.. but I want to make sure I understand what you mean before I head off for the windmills... Thanks!
  24. Well this has certainly been an interesting thread to read...seems like a lot of well plowed ground is being plowed once again...is the T-U biased against U-A? Perhaps...its possible but not provable (unless someone gets hands on memos/emails etc written by George Hearst or other senior TU domos that says in essence "dump on U Albany".)..me thinks however that such is not the case, particularly when one considers all the potential T-U readers that are: A. Employed by U-A B. Alums of U-A or C. Are currenlty enrolled at U-A... Taken together, A B and C dwarf all other local institutions and represent many thousands of potential T-U readers/subscribers...and in a market of this size it would make no economic sense for its largest paper to be "biased" against it...it may be the perception but my guess is that its simply not the case... Now..does the T-U provide sufficient coverage of U-A sports, and hoops particularly? Well you can make a case that perhaps they do not..but...is it also possible that what's percieved as bias and lack of coverage is more a reflection that perhaps the T-U's "beat reporter" for "that other place" is simply a prodigious, above average sports reporter??? I don't know either Mr. Singlais or Mr. Iorizzo and I offer no opinion on their skill sets because I don't know what those kind of jobs entail, I can only comment upon what I see and read and in that regard I do notice that Mr. Iorizzo seems to go the extra mile in covering Siena and perhaps he is using the oppty to refine his craft so that he can move on to larger venues and opportunities, (he is, I gather from seeing him on T-U videos, a fairly young guy)...it should not be surprising to anyone if this is the case it happens in all walks of life...some folks are poor at their jobs, most are average and some are exceptional and headed for bigger things so I think what you are seeing is not really a reflection upon the T-U or potential biases, its simply a young guy working hard and understanding how to create bigger oppportunities for himself. As for the T-U schilling Siena to put more fannys in the garage bags I don't see that angle frankly either...the TU gets no commission on theTUC gate...they merely paid big $$$ to put thier name on the building to promote thier paper, just as SEFCU gets nothing from the U-A gate. Trust me I am no Siena supporter as my prior posts have indicated but I think this "TU is biased to Siena" line of argument is a tad over done and viewed through the prism of outsiders/others it tends to diminish UA and its fans, so I suggest folks not put undue focus upon it. As for Coach Brown I love the guy but...alas..he's young too and while he may not much care for Mr. Singlais, you gotta deal with the hand that is dealt ya and if Singlais is the outlet for getting your info in the T-U...then you gotta grow up, suck it up and deal with the guy. Do I think Singelais comment's were appropriate or fair, probably not...but...its a bad economy, everyone is stressed out and just the other day I heard one of the TV stations citing sources about more potential layoffs at the T-U...maybe Mr. Singelais is simply frustrated and stressed out and wants folks to know that his lack of info is not solely his fault (in his view...)...maybe...maybe not...who knows.. Well that's an old geezers thoughts...we don't live in Iran (thankfully...) so you are free to agree or disagree...that's your right and I assure you that I will not accuse anyone of bias against me. I hope everyone has a great summer and hoops are just 4 months or so away!!!
  25. Excellent post that from my view, hits multiple nails on the head...I am a Brown supporter...but..he is also young and he is still on the steeper side of the lifielong learning curve about how to deal with kids and with people in general...I'm in my sixth decade and hell, I'm still learning myself!!!....I'm sure its hard to evaluate and successfully recruit kids at this level that meet or exceed a coaches expectations in terms of skill level, desire and perhaps most importantly for CB's system, attitude and mind set...I have to say I was always disturbed by the Ross departure...if for no other reason than from the standpoint that Ross's defense on that wonderful day in Burlington was so pivotal in that win....without that win...CB most likely does not get an offer at SBU and therefore no UA contract renegotiation...whether CB liked it or not/wanted to or not...he owed that youngster....I don't know the inside stuff...I'm sure that there are many facets to as to why Ross left ...I am simply saying that the kid helped put the Coach where he is...if he played for me...he wouldn't have been shown the door...
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