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    http://northeasternhockeyblog.com/20...hire-wildcats/

    Northeastern's season preview series, this one on UNH
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    http://northeasternhockeyblog.com/20...hire-wildcats/

    Northeastern's season preview series, this one on UNH
    Wow, cannot argue with much of that; Dan Shaughnessy pretty much summarizes the content of our last few threads. But, the one thing that we have going for us is getting trounced in SOG last year, which many here claim is a winning formula for success. Maybe last year was a SOG anomaly for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    ".......all that I wanna know-oh.... " is will our head coach's incredible luck on the golf course carry over to the upcoming hockey season?

    And, once again reality may imitate art.

    https://www.events.unh.edu/Registrat...event_id=24097

    And, another golf course favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr_o9VXocXo
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    Drafted by NHL, UNH freshmen ready to start:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Many thanks to those patiently waiting for the electrical storm to pass ...

    Fun with Souza, Dick & Stu - Offseason Edition - Part IX

    Now five men approach Tee Nine
    Dick and Mark walk first, arm in arm, like best buds
    "So Mark, what is it with these steel poles on Hole Nine?"
    "Dick, I got this idea from Puff. Let me tell you what it is"
    "Puff? You don't mean, those poles are ... "
    "Yup. For lights. This is his brain child"
    "What a dumb thing to think. But it is Puff, so no big shock"
    "He thinks UNH can host the NCAA and NHIAA golf champs now"
    "So Mark, what do you think of all of ... this???" as Dick waves his arms
    "I nixed the grand stand part of his plans. Now THAT was nuts"
    "I think the whole thing is nuts. But I'll hit first now"

    The ninth hole is a Par Five
    Think of the costs saved from no stands
    The lights bill could be huge
    But only if they are left on
    Dick steps up to the tee box
    His drive is a very bad slice
    Ping ping
    His shot hits off one post, then to post two
    It then stops dead in the midst of the fair way
    Stu shakes his head and hits next
    Grip and rip, the tee shot drifts off to the first cut
    Mike hits last, but he is still pee oh'ed
    He shanks his tee shot - ping
    His shot rests not too far from Stu now

    Spot drives off, with Dick and Mark in tow
    Stu and Mike walk off on their own to their balls
    "What a suck up move that was back on eight" hisses Mike
    "Takes one to know one, pal" shoots back Stu
    "But yeah, Dick did score an ace. His ball was in the hole"
    "No way, Stu"
    "Way, Mike. Trust me, I want to win this, more than you know"
    "Still not happy I got the job, and not you?"
    "You are away, Mike. Go hit your ball"

    Mike steps up and plays it safe
    Hits a good shot that stops 150 yards out in a good spot
    Stu now moves to his ball and also plays it safe
    His shot rolls up next to Mike's ball
    They are both in with a clear third shot to the green
    Barbs at each other still flow on the walk up

    Dick gets out of the cart to hit his next shot
    This time he hooks his shot - ping ping
    The poles save him from a bad shot twice now
    He is just 100 yards out, as he gets back to the cart
    "Nice shot, Dick" says Mark and Spot the cart loop
    "Mark, I think Puff may have a good plan here after all"
    "I thought you might think that, Dick"
    "Hey, the car park looks full now. What's up?" Dick asks
    "We have a few guests over to check in with after nine" grins Mark

    Mike and Stu hit their next shots to the fringe of the green
    One on each side - they will need up and downs to make par
    Dick waits, and hits a short iron right on the nose
    Dick's ball flies past the green
    Ping
    Dick's ball rolls back to less than five feet from the cup
    Both Mike and Stu shout "You can pick that up boss"

    Dick goes to pick up his ball
    Mark goes in to the back of the cart and grabs a Busch Tab
    Mark spits it back up all at once when he tries to sip it
    "What is this rat swill Dick has in his cart?"
    "I have a strict don't ask, don't tell thing on that" grins Spot

    Mike chips from the left fringe, and comes close to a hole out
    Stu chips from the right fringe, and it stops a foot short
    Will the men tell each other to pick up?
    Not a chance. Not a chance in he11
    Both tap in for their pars. Dick cards his bird

    "So I guess Mark told you what's up, boss" smiles Mike
    "Yes, he said we will stop for a bit at the club house now"
    "No one tells me jack squat" moans Stu
    "You think you should have done eight the other way now, sport?" laughs Spot
    "Boy do we have a great guest for you, Coach" beams Mark
    "I have a new guest here too, if his pass port checks out" beams Mike
    Stu now feels quite left out, and his nice move on eight seems so na´ve now

    Dick is still filled with joy from his ace, and from his front nine now too
    Dick is also still quite filled up with Schlitz Busch Tab
    Dick burps first, then walks to the sand trap and pukes his guts out
    Now he can start fresh for the back nine

    The score at the turn (Par 35) stands:

    *Dick -4 Souza E Stu E

    Dick still has the lead
    Dick still has honors
    Dick waits for the big party after nine
    Mike and Mark are
    Stu is
    Puff waits for the men at the club house with a crutch
    Spot thinks he does not miss the old place all that much after all
    Hey, our heroes have been partying in the clubhouse for over a week, drinking Tab, or whatever. Time to get out of the clubhouse and hit the back nine. :-)

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    Re: UNH Wildcats-The Back Nine and Beyond!

    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Hey, our heroes have been partying in the clubhouse for over a week, drinking Tab, or whatever. Time to get out of the clubhouse and hit the back nine. :-)
    ...not to mention to keep the thread title somewhat viable! On another note, I did see this pic last week and wondered what brought them to the U; a camp? Hope everyone's enjoying the summer.
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    Sorry, folks ... been vacationing and also in the midst of coaching summer league, which winds down in the next week or two. Also doing a fair share of reading, including what I'd argue was the football-related non-fiction precursor to Slapshot. Figured it might make sense to stop at the turn, and hoping to resume later this month.

    While I'm here though ... it's hard not to on the over-the-top local media reaction to the "drug-infested den" comments from the POTUS, especially when the State's top media outlet has been breathlessly running their daily "State of Addiction" feature on their telecasts for well over a year now. Even my MA friends/colleagues who see these reports ask me, "Is it really that bad?" When this is how you (and specifically WMUR-TV) portray yourself to others ... how can you be "surprised" (much less *offended*) when this is the conclusion outsiders come to, without living here on a day-to-day basis?

    No, of course it's really not that bad ... but if this is what the media focuses on (daily), then let's ask them if just *maybe* the amount of coverage being assigned to this issue is being overplayed? If I wasn't from here, and I watched WMUR for a few days, I'd come to the conclusions (1) this IS a "drug-infested den", and (2) puppy adoptions are the second biggest continuing statewide issue. Really silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Sorry, folks ... been vacationing and also in the midst of coaching summer league, which winds down in the next week or two. Also doing a fair share of reading, including what I'd argue was the football-related non-fiction precursor to Slapshot. Figured it might make sense to stop at the turn, and hoping to resume later this month.

    While I'm here though ... it's hard not to on the over-the-top local media reaction to the "drug-infested den" comments from the POTUS, especially when the State's top media outlet has been breathlessly running their daily "State of Addiction" feature on their telecasts for well over a year now. Even my MA friends/colleagues who see these reports ask me, "Is it really that bad?" When this is how you (and specifically WMUR-TV) portray yourself to others ... how can you be "surprised" (much less *offended*) when this is the conclusion outsiders come to, without living here on a day-to-day basis?

    No, of course it's really not that bad ... but if this is what the media focuses on (daily), then let's ask them if just *maybe* the amount of coverage being assigned to this issue is being overplayed? If I wasn't from here, and I watched WMUR for a few days, I'd come to the conclusions (1) this IS a "drug-infested den", and (2) puppy adoptions are the second biggest continuing statewide issue. Really silly.

    Grow up, everyone (especially you way-too-shallow folks on South Commercial St.). JMHO.
    Well Chuck, one thing I'll say about this without getting my liberal dander up is the comment doesn't exactly make NH look like a fun vacation spot now does it? That being said, we DO have an opioid problem that is no big secret. It's kind of like a q I sometimes get being a health teacher "do you have a drug problem at your school" and the typical answer might be "yeah, but it's no worse than anywhere else". Guess what? It's pretty bad "everywhere else" sooooo..... Anyway, facts are facts and yes, NH has a drug problem. Like everywhere else. Poor choice of words from the Prez but then that's nothing new. Ha! And that's all I have to say 'bout that. (in my best Forrest Gump voice).

    Hungry for some hockey news....2 months away from the start of the season! Looking at the schedule yesterday I took note of our 'gang buster start' with UML. That will be interesting. Ready to purchase tix to the Tsongas when they come out. I see football/soccer have started, hockey not far behind! (and my school year, #38 groans)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    Well Chuck, one thing I'll say about this without getting my liberal dander up is the comment doesn't exactly make NH look like a fun vacation spot now does it? That being said, we DO have an opioid problem that is no big secret. It's kind of like a q I sometimes get being a health teacher "do you have a drug problem at your school" and the typical answer might be "yeah, but it's no worse than anywhere else". Guess what? It's pretty bad "everywhere else" sooooo..... Anyway, facts are facts and yes, NH has a drug problem. Like everywhere else. Poor choice of words from the Prez but then that's nothing new. Ha! And that's all I have to say 'bout that. (in my best Forrest Gump voice).
    Fair take on the situation here, as it is in many other parts of New England, and the Northeast in general.

    But my point here is, when the only major in-state TV outlet has been running a daily "State of Addiction" series for well over a year now, and then acts all aghast when an outsider picks up the major theme of what they've deemed newsworthy to the highest degree ... well, that feels a little bit like hypocrisy to me. I know it's not Channel 9's job to pump up the tourism industry in the North Country, but to act all surprised and indignant about this quip is a little rich for my liking. "We have met the enemy, and he is us" comes to mind. Not that I'm surprised anymore that our local ABC affiliate has fallen into line with the rest of the left-leaning mainstream media.

    I promise I'll eventually get back on topic, but as you can imagine, this stuff just hit me the wrong way ...
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    2nd worst per capita OD rate in the nation, nominal and age-adjusted. Double my little alter hamlet of D.C.

    Worst? WVA, by far. But when we are comparing ourselves to WVA, "Concord, we have a problem."

    Oh, and consistently, over the last 3 years, with the one of the worst growth rates in OD's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Sorry, folks ... been vacationing and also in the midst of coaching summer league, which winds down in the next week or two. Also doing a fair share of reading, including what I'd argue was the football-related non-fiction precursor to Slapshot. Figured it might make sense to stop at the turn, and hoping to resume later this month.

    While I'm here though ... it's hard not to on the over-the-top local media reaction to the "drug-infested den" comments from the POTUS, especially when the State's top media outlet has been breathlessly running their daily "State of Addiction" feature on their telecasts for well over a year now. Even my MA friends/colleagues who see these reports ask me, "Is it really that bad?" When this is how you (and specifically WMUR-TV) portray yourself to others ... how can you be "surprised" (much less *offended*) when this is the conclusion outsiders come to, without living here on a day-to-day basis?

    No, of course it's really not that bad ... but if this is what the media focuses on (daily), then let's ask them if just *maybe* the amount of coverage being assigned to this issue is being overplayed? If I wasn't from here, and I watched WMUR for a few days, I'd come to the conclusions (1) this IS a "drug-infested den", and (2) puppy adoptions are the second biggest continuing statewide issue. Really silly.

    Grow up, everyone (especially you way-too-shallow folks on South Commercial St.). JMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felger View Post
    Written by Pete Gent? Or a different book?
    No, not North Dallas 40, Felgie. That's more of a Ball Four (by Jim Bouton) comparison at the major league level. This was an under-the-radar classic I stumbled across from the days of my youth, while going through a lot of NFL Films stuff on youtube. On the epilogue as we speak, so I'll share early next week if all goes to plan.
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    As the excitement builds for Coach Umile's final chase for the elusive NCAA championship, and the suspense about whether he can walk out like the Champion that he is (like Dick Vermeil), the question is how far this team can take him into the HE and NCAA tourneys. While they have another month of golfing before turning attention to hockey, we await the details of the victory tour -- will there be rocking chair presentations? Will there be a Dick Umile boblehead doll so we can keep him in our hearts (or on our mantle)? A "mission accomplished" banner? Will the other Coaches that he vanquished, the Jackie Parkers and Red Berensons, come to his final NCAA game? Will he do a victory skate around the rink shaking hands like Cal Ripken? Will Waste Management give him lifetime trash removal?

    Or do we have more modest expectations? To quote Marty Scarano: "Coach Umile and I spoke about how this next season will be spent continuing the effort to rebuild UNH hockey into a national caliber program that competes in the NCAA tournament and the Frozen Four. That has been, and always will be, our aspiration. We are fortunate to have Mike Souza here changing the culture in recruiting and gaining more invaluable experience to become the 14th head coach of UNH hockey at the completion of the 2017-18 season."

    Will UNH have a giveaway, to the winner of a short essay contest among fans, who explain how the 68 year old helped "rebuild" in his final season the last six years of destruction, or why Mike Souza needed to "change the culture" that Umile had overseen since 2011?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    As the excitement builds for Coach Umile's final chase for the elusive NCAA championship, and the suspense about whether he can walk out like the Champion that he is (like Dick Vermeil), the question is how far this team can take him into the HE and NCAA tourneys. While they have another month of golfing before turning attention to hockey, we await the details of the victory tour -- will there be rocking chair presentations? Will there be a Dick Umile boblehead doll so we can keep him in our hearts (or on our mantle)? A "mission accomplished" banner? Will the other Coaches that he vanquished, the Jackie Parkers and Red Berensons, come to his final NCAA game? Will he do a victory skate around the rink shaking hands like Cal Ripken? Will Waste Management give him lifetime trash removal?

    Or do we have more modest expectations? To quote Marty Scarano: "Coach Umile and I spoke about how this next season will be spent continuing the effort to rebuild UNH hockey into a national caliber program that competes in the NCAA tournament and the Frozen Four. That has been, and always will be, our aspiration. We are fortunate to have Mike Souza here changing the culture in recruiting and gaining more invaluable experience to become the 14th head coach of UNH hockey at the completion of the 2017-18 season."

    Will UNH have a giveaway, to the winner of a short essay contest among fans, who explain how the 68 year old helped "rebuild" in his final season the last six years of destruction, or why Mike Souza needed to "change the culture" that Umile had overseen since 2011?
    He's certainly changed the pace and tempo with which they actually land commitments...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    As the excitement builds for Coach Umile's final chase for the elusive NCAA championship, and the suspense about whether he can walk out like the Champion that he is (like Dick Vermeil) ...
    Stop, 'watcher, please - as the kids might text ... "OMG!!" The vision of Coach Umile bawling his eyes out into BS35+5's lapel after taking the long-awaited D-1 Frozen Four title to Durham for the first time ... wow, talk about improbable cubed, to the nth degree squared. Just the Vermeil public weeping part alone ... man, the odds on that are just infinitesimally microscopic. Makes the rest of the "longshot of all longshots" thing sound almost plausible by comparison.

    IF that all happens - including the goodbye tears into the AD's lapel in early April 2018 in St. Paul MN - I'll celebrate on Opening Night '18 at The Whitt by walking out to center ice, burning my (museum-quality) Expos' cap ingesting its smoldering ashes, and then bend over and toot "Black Betty" out my backside into the arena PA.*

    The truly sad thing about all of this is that only about a dozen NH residents west of Rte. 125 (and that includes snively65 & HR) could even pick Coach out of a police line-up at this point of his career ("Hey Dad, I didn't know UNH even had a hockey team?!?" "Don't worry, Son, Dad's got us tickets to see the Monarchs against the Swamp Rabbits instead!!" "Wow, thanks Pops!!"), much less have any awareness he is retiring, notwithstanding growing national suspense over the outcome of The Quest and all ...

    * - not that it's ever gonna happen, mind you ... but if it does, I reserve the right to do this after the game, when everyone else has left the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    ... "Don't worry, Son, Dad's got us tickets to see the Monarchs against the Swamp Rabbits instead!!"...
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    Thanks, Darius. But, need the AHL Monarchs attendance record to put their deplorable past two years ECHL record in perspective (although Mahty [BS35+5?] might be envious of these numbers). I would post the hockeydb link, but I am too dumb to know how to upload with my iPhone. So, I will try to summarize: 2001-02, their first year, average 8199; 2003-04, their max, 9140; 2009-10, their min, 5293; 2014-15, the last year and when they won the AHL championship(?), 5621.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Thanks, Darius. But, need the AHL Monarchs attendance record to put their deplorable past two years ECHL record in perspective (although Mahty [BS35+5?] might be envious of these numbers). I would post the hockeydb link, but I am too dumb to know how to upload with my iPhone. So, I will try to summarize: 2001-02, their first year, average 8199; 2003-04, their max, 9140; 2009-10, their min, 5293; 2014-15, the last year and when they won the AHL championship(?), 5621.
    It's as simple as "Once upon a time, not all that long ago, UNH Hockey was the highest profile in-state hockey product (*ack* - I hate that word), but certain folks who were counted upon to make the big decisions in Durham decided it wasn't worth their time or effort to continue to actively market their program beyond a very tight Oyster River-centric radius. Which of course left the more distant UNH Hockey community feeling a little bit unwanted, and made it so much easier for them to make the shorter trip to ManchVegas instead".

    So now when the self-pronounced, so-called "Kings of NH Hockey" dump on their Calder Cup fanbase while getting busted down to goon level hockey (ECHL) ... do we see our very same, powerful (and well-paid) UNH decision-makers leaping at the opportunity to regain their previously-abandoned extended UNH fanbase? Is the Pope Protestant? Will the world come to a premature end next Monday due to the eclipse??

    I mean, listen, I get it, there's no place to put those overflow crowds at The Whitt anymore, right?

    God, those discussions about the season ticket wait list and expanding The Whitt, hard to believe those actually happened on here ...
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    I just looked over the schedule for the upcoming season and came up with what I think will be their record this year.

    OVERALL RECORD
    15-14-5

    OOC
    8-2-0

    HOCKEY EAST
    7-12-5
    10th place regular season
    Bounced in first round of HE playoffs

    Anybody else have a feeling on this season?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoreboard View Post
    I just looked over the schedule for the upcoming season and came up with what I think will be their record this year.

    OVERALL RECORD
    15-14-5

    OOC
    8-2-0

    HOCKEY EAST
    7-12-5
    10th place regular season
    Bounced in first round of HE playoffs

    Anybody else have a feeling on this season?
    Sounds like you are predicting that DU reaches the NRR right on the nose?

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