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Shame on some of us!!!


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Honestly, I have been disgusted for quite awhile regarding posts on this board. It is real easy to second guess (we all do it). My biggest problem is with those who THINK THEY KNOW HOOPS...but couldnt break down a game if their lives, heck, if their lunch depended on it.




I sat near Mr. and Mrs. Brown, and above Alum73 and the look on our faces was about the same: EXHAUSTION, FRUSTRATION, AND FLABBERGASTED.


Look, we lost a game but the season isnt over. In fact, as one of the above people put it: WE HAVE TO GET THE PATRICK MONKEY OFF OUR BACK SOMETIME...why not now.


Big deal...our BOYS LOST....think about how they feel. It isnt the end of the world. That game wasnt helping anyone for an AT-large bid (though I think both teams deserve to go to the tourney).


As for the game itself, here are some notables:


IATI: yes, he turned the ball over...yes, it swung the game....but he is a kid who made a mistake...it happens. How about the way he PLAYED BEFORE THAT. He was guarding much bigger guys and doing a decent job (there was only one sub he played against that was near his height). That guy has won more of his share of games for us. WHY DONT WE TALK ABOUT HOW A 5'9 guy jumped about three feet in the air to steal that easy breakaway.


Gifford: Any idiot who says this kid doesnt belong...just leave the board now (YES...YOU PEOPLE RIPPING HIM BEFORE THE GAME). That kid plays his heart out and is SLOWLY getting back into it. He played Holm so well (with Connelly as well) that Holm got frustrated. Believe me...Holms last shot...was LUCK and HARD WORK FOR HIM. We couldnt have defended him much better.


While on big men....Klimes started out nuts...finsihed well, but we did shut him down for a bit.


Connelly: WOW...he showed some awesome moves (though he telegraphed the final two) and I liked that he had the confidence to shoot after missing two in a row. He nailed that 15 footer from the top of the circle.


For the most part, two guys who have been more than solid had so-so games. B. Wilson and Siggers had off games and it hurt us...but UVM also keyed on these two guys it seemed. Again, kids....cant be on every game!!!


Reid Anderson- Once this kid bulks up...he is going to be a player. I want to see his offense. I like his frame...and the way he moves without the ball.


Ross- Not much from him today. I hope he has the confidence to drive more...we need that.


LILLIS- Kid is incredible...period. He played well until that sloppy pass at the end (actually two) when Iati missed the layup. I am still shocked Iati got to that ball...it was SO FAR AHEAD OF HIM. He never had a chance to get proper speed.


Look, this game was hard fought and physical. Our offense lagged a bit at times....and we still were in that game. UVM got a lot of balls bouncing their way, unlike UA which seemed to be in the wrong place...by LUCK.



WILL BROWN: Please people...that guy coached his ASS off. First off, his use of timeouts at the end was magnificent. Second, HE HAD TO SUBSTITUTE LILLIS OUT (the Iati turnovers) The kid was sucking wind. There was 4:30 something on the clock and WE NEEDED LILLIS TO GET A BLOW so he could come back strong. Additionally, IATI had played VERY WELL up to that point. He had a good game plan...the kids played to that game plan...and we lost....it happens. We didnt lose to UNH, SBU, or whomever. WE LOST TO the 90+ ranked team.


Now, all that being said...and I would say more but others who understand hoops have stated what needs to be stated, let me comment on the following.


FANS: THAT ARENA ROCKED ALL GAME. SO some fans were sitting..BIG DEAL. No one...and I mean NO ONE...including Binghamton...gets as loud as the CUE. I have been to a game at every arena sans Hartford. NOTHING COMES CLOSE.

At least those leaving....stand up top to watch the final.


REFS: Look, we didnt lose because of refs, however until about 10 to go, Trimboli was a tongue away from making out with our guards. It was ridiculous. THE LEAGUE SHOULD BE ASHAMED. I have kept my mouth shut for the most part, but honestly....someone forgot to tell the refs that HAND CHECKING WAS SUPPOSED TO BE CRACKED DOWN ON SINCE 2005.


Look, I dont blame UVM...if the refs are going to let it go....than play that way. BUT IT TAKES AWAY FROM THE GAME...much like a trap does to hockey.


To look up, in a home game, and see ALBANY GET INTO THE BONUS WITH 4 to go in the first...and NEVER in the second...while UVM is shooting double bonus shots....SOMETHING IS WRONG.


DANE96 out...gotta go send some resumes.


As Ali G says:


RESPECT! Respect Brown...and respect that team. They played tough.



What he said ^


I can't believe people are kind of throwing in the towel, talking about NIT etc. We still have games to play and we still have Boston, who knows whats gona happen there, what if someone like Maine or BU (depending on the brackets) knocks UVM out, then we would be the highest seed remaining. I've been accused of being negative and bashing of players etc. and I've learned from it. Yes, there were mistakes towards the end of the game, but we win as a team and we lose as a team. Yes, it would have been nice to decide our own fate and we may yet get that chance but with a little help from someone else we could still be playing for all the marbles at the 'CUE. Even if nobody knocks UVM out and we have to go up there to play them I'd almost welcome it, what sweeter place (other then at the CUE) to win it for a ticket to the bid dance.


Even if we don't make it, this is still an incredible season wins wise, RPI wise, bracketbuster on tv etc. Let's get out there support our Danes and cheer them on to the finish line. We are by no means out of the NCAA's, perhaps we've all been a little spoiled with the success of last year. Remember this program is still in it's relative infancy only 8 years in, only the last 2 years have we been spectacular, 3 years ago we were only average. The program continues to grow, both with support from the community and team talent. I understand the pain some people are going through, when I first started following the team, every loss would feel like the end of the world, even earlier this year. But I think it helps to keep things in perspective, the big picture of this year is yet to be decided but even if we don't make it to the NCAA's this will still be a spectacular year.


Let's go Danes!!!!!!

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