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"The Prezidential Three - Elmira, Oswego, Norwich" © Joecct
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"Reisweber trying to circle in front of the net, he does, HE SCORES! that's it! Oswego State has done it!! The Lakers take home the first NCAA title of any kind in school history. It's celebration time in Upstate New York!"
Oswego State '09
I just wanted to bring a little positive note to this. I've heard from a few certain team posters of the quality of the broadcast (and there the lack of). I may be a little biased here, but the work that Ray does off camera to get the stories and stats he does if very few and far between. Take nothing away from George, he is a fine broadcaster, but anyone who wants to put down the work that Ray and (sorry forgot his name) the other guy did this year really made the broadcast alive. Ray knows his hockey, inside and out. Anyone who has watched past broadcasts you wanted to chuck something at the screen it was awful. I thought the replays were decent and the stories were a nice addition. I didn't find it excessive like other did. Maybe I just enjoy learning things about teams I know little about.
My only "complaint" is I wish they could go WTOP and have an intermission show. As homer as WTOP can be (well duh) I got sick of looking at the "commercial break" screen. Even if it was a 20 minute prerecorded video on the two teams playing and how they got there or something if we can't have live TV. NCAA is about the students, why not try and include them?
Is it October yet??
And during the intermission, yes. I got tired of seeing that **** Direct TV commercial with the validated parking.
I still want to hear George's call of the game, though. *beats the drum that has been pounding over in the Norwich thread*
I support tuition payments past...
I'll always opt for the D-1 tournament unless Utica makes the D-3 FF. And being a "true hockey fan" is usually about having a dog in the hunt. i just didn't care much about who won this tournament, and the same could be said about other UC fans I know. Not a biggie one way or the other.
But the no re-entry thing does stick in my craw. To say it's a security concern is bogus, since you can come and go a dozen times if you're willing to keep buying tickets. That's a fake issue.
Utica College and the Comets sell a lot of tickets here, but if you were to ask a fan on the street where either Norwich or Trinity were located, you'd get a lot of blank stares. D-3 hockey just isn't a big deal anywhere, unless there's a local team involved.
While I'm at it, nice job by Norwich. Hard to argue with the results. The KRACH had it right!
Last edited by Fishman'81; 04-03-2017 at 10:30 PM.
Siting of Regionals and Finals have long been a controversial topic, and I've b****ed and moaned for years about D-1 teams getting sited on their own ice. I'll readily admit that had Utica gotten in and advanced the FF, they would've had an unfair advantage via playing in The Aud.
I like your idea about a FF in Albany in terms of geography and neutrality, but Albany bids on D-3 Regionals, too. If they could work out a plan there regarding both factors, it would be a good fit (for most of the Eastern teams, anyway).
Placid is a nice venue. It's out of the way for almost everybody, yet (IIRC), the recent attendance for FF's there was twice what Utica had, so fans must consider it a more desirable destination than Utica. (Go figger!)
As far as combining the women's and men's championships in one location..? That would be big fun, but unless it's a Thursday-Sunday event, and re-entry is allowed, I can foresee an OT game or two severely mangling the weekend for a lot of fans. Worth a look, though.
With all due respect, you go to Lake Placid any weekend except the months of probably April-early May and the place is mobbed. People want to go where the "Miracle" happened. Add the D3 final 4 and most fans feel they are getting a double dose. I grew up in W Carthage, and went to the Utica area up through the 70s for firematic competitions.. I also went to the tourneys in Sara-Placid, and again....the bigger crowds were always in the Adks. It is an extra draw with more to do than the intended event. I really understand the reason for the bigger crowds in Lake Placid.
"FEAR THE BIRD!"
The schedule is doable. We've done Saturday Sunday Championships before. I know Nate felt like the women would be treated as a second fiddle, but then thinks joining the Womens DI and DIII would be something different (not being treated as second fiddle----yea right). You could do it several ways.
Thursday Womens Semi Finals
Friday Mens Semi Finals
Saturday Womens Consi
Saturday night Womens Finals
Sunday afternoon Mens Finals
You increase the "Fan Zone" to give fans more things to do. I've seen youth hockey tournaments with more entertainment than the Championships. Can we bring back a "senior" All-Star game or Alumni game of the teams in the tournament? Involve the schools. I know god forbid the NCAA pay for something. In the same breathe, maybe it's time for the schools to pitch in. How many baseball teams are enjoying the sunshine in Florida? Heck I even saw the Oswego swim team in Florida a few years ago. Don't have the $$$ to help (not pay all but something can be figured out) pay? Don't take the bid to the Tournament.
No alcohol served at NCAA tournament games, correct?
Either that, or they're all super rabid D3 hockey fans who simply had no idea their home team was hosting this thing ...
Without a scintilla of doubt, Placid has it all over Utica as a vacation destination every day of the week and twice on Tuesdays. The only advantage Utica might possess is easier access, but that didn't seem to matter this year.
As much as I'd like the event in my backyard, I don't see any compelling reason to site it in Utica over Placid... None at all.
Utica supports its local teams, but nobody in any city outside of our insular world of D-3 hockey fanaticism would have the vaguest idea where or what St. Norbert, Norwich, Adrian or Trinity were. That goes for Utica,too. Thus, the indifference here.
The whole deal worked-out this year, but it was an accidental neutrality. And neutrality of siting is never earned, but always fair. The more I think about it, the more Placid seems to me to be a better option of the two in the East.
Last edited by Fishman'81; 04-07-2017 at 09:47 PM.
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