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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    This might be a little strange, and I know I'll get a snarky remark or two or twenty... Is there a lack of focus with our teams? The workload isn't much of an excuse because there are 59 other teams that deal with the same thing, but the management of it (irony intended given the major of the majority of the team) may in fact be a problem. I'm not sure if a technological device is going to help, especially if these kids already have to buy laptops and whatnot, but if focus really is a problem, which could explain why we can beat #1 in one night and give up a touchdown in the next game, then perhaps there's a character upgrade that needs to happen to be able to tackle this sort of a stressful environment, as it will only get worse once they're in the real world.
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    I never thought I would say this, but you are right.
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    And yet, even if Flaggy is complete tinfoil hat, every day it looks closer and closer to the truth.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by sk8tronthepond View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, he is co-coach, not head coach.
    He's also not the most winningest coach in USNTDP history, nor is he the owner of the best single-season record, but let's not have the facts cloud a good story.
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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Cloud View Post
    You know, if he truly didn't care, he wouldn't be here. If he was only an Appert fan, as is being intimated, why would he bother, especially when he hasn't said peep about Smith - and in fact said he holds him no ill will? This is out of line and beneath you. I would have expected this kind of tripe from some salty bedwetter like ServinisScores but not from you.

    I'm in full agreement that when Appert was fired, it was for cause. I said so at the time and looking back I still can't fault the decision. But in all honesty, there's no reason to fire a guy if you don't have a concrete plan for improving without him, especially when even the haters would admit that the man had many redeemable qualities - it's just that they weren't enough to justify keeping him if you wanted the program to advance on the ice. Smith's hiring left a whole lot of us scratching our heads, especially considering the hype that surrounded a number of other candidates that the rest of the hockey world thought were outstanding possibilities for resurrecting a program that is adrift.

    He's not wrong. This year's team, in the only numbers that count at the end of the day, was worse than last year's team. And yes, there's a multi-year process that it takes for a new coach to turn things around, everyone gets that, even if a good number of the bedwetting clique oddly never gave the same courtesy to Smith's predecessor. But in [current year], we do have the ability to see slightly into the future given the equally multi-year recruiting process that now exists. Combine the fact that of all the myriad recruits that we have on the list, the most common thing we're seeing and reading about them is "well, they're 21" and not "man, I can't wait for this guy to get here," and combine that with the amount of turnover we've already seen with the roster and that everyone fully expects is going to be happening again this summer, perhaps even especially you, and you CAN NOT fault a person for questioning the situation as it currently exists.

    And I don't see a single person laying a shred of blame on Dave Smith. Not one, not even AspyDad, who, yes, is a guy who likes Seth Appert more than your average human being. This is all about the decision to fire a poorly performing coach without eliciting an actual path forward. Apparently the path forward is to bring in overage players and slash and burn the guys who the previous coach brought in. It's not an untried method, at least the first part. I'm willing to give it a shot, even though the amount of turmoil we're currently seeing eclipses anything Appert ever had outside of his final season (where I think he knew the writing was on the wall and eventually started throwing stuff against the wall to see what would stick).

    You don't like constant whining? Welcome to my world for the past decade. It's a big reason why I rarely even bother checking in here during the regular season anymore. It's become Diet RPISPORT-L. Just as toxic with fewer calories.
    You know, when it comes to RPI hockey, not many people know more than you. And I love listening your comments on the team. But when you stoop to calling people names, you lose me.
    And while I would like to tell you what I think of you, I have way more respect for myself and you. Stick to facts, and stop denigrating people.
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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by engineerhockeyfan View Post
    You know, when it comes to RPI hockey, not many people know more than you. And I love listening your comments on the team. But when you stoop to calling people names, you lose me.
    And while I would like to tell you what I think of you, I have way more respect for myself and you. Stick to facts, and stop denigrating people.
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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    For those not aware, this appears to be across the athletic programs - women's lacrosse posted a similar reuqest (for different items) last night as well. We can debate the revenue generated by the different programs, however, it's not just a Men's hockey thing.
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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by ServinisScores View Post
    For those not aware, this appears to be across the athletic programs - women's lacrosse posted a similar reuqest (for different items) last night as well. We can debate the revenue generated by the different programs, however, it's not just a Men's hockey thing.
    You are correct. Here is the actual email:

    One of the initiatives from the athletic department is that all programs raise funds for something that our programs could use unique to our athletes and to our particular sport. We have selected iPads for the locker room and players to use. We do an enormous amount of video breakdown and a number of our players currently watch only on their phone. I would like them to be able to watch on a bigger screen, all around the locker room and even on the bus or in their dorm rooms. The iPads can also be used for homework while traveling or for any special projects they may have. They will make a difference to our players.

    We feel this is a great benefit to our hockey student-athletes. If you have any questions let me know.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by ServinisScores View Post
    For those not aware, this appears to be across the athletic programs - women's lacrosse posted a similar reuqest (for different items) last night as well. We can debate the revenue generated by the different programs, however, it's not just a Men's hockey thing.
    If you click on the link that's apart of the notice you will see there is a matching donation from an RPI alum and as stated this is being done across all the athletic programs. Maybe people should read before they burn the coach at the stake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noresmen View Post
    If you click on the link that's apart of the notice you will see there is a matching donation from an RPI alum and as stated this is being done across all the athletic programs. Maybe people should read before they burn the coach at the stake.
    Anything for a rabble.
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    I never thought I would say this, but you are right.
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    And yet, even if Flaggy is complete tinfoil hat, every day it looks closer and closer to the truth.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engineerhockeyfan View Post
    Stick to facts, and stop denigrating people.
    Then Red Cloud wouldn't be Red Cloud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
    Quote Originally Posted by jericho on rpitv's chat
    I never thought I would say this, but you are right.
    Quote Originally Posted by Handyman View Post
    And yet, even if Flaggy is complete tinfoil hat, every day it looks closer and closer to the truth.
    Quote Originally Posted by burd View Post
    So flaggy: you win.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by engineerhockeyfan View Post
    You know, when it comes to RPI hockey, not many people know more than you. And I love listening your comments on the team. But when you stoop to calling people names, you lose me.
    And while I would like to tell you what I think of you, I have way more respect for myself and you. Stick to facts, and stop denigrating people.
    Tell me. I can take it.

    And as far as denigrating people, I can't denigrate people more than they've already denigrated themselves.
    Keep an open mind. Just don't be so open-minded that your brain falls out.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by ServinisScores View Post
    For those not aware, this appears to be across the athletic programs - women's lacrosse posted a similar reuqest (for different items) last night as well. We can debate the revenue generated by the different programs, however, it's not just a Men's hockey thing.
    Women's hockey too.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    It might turn out that way. I assume that Val Marshall is Valerie listed as Linden's mother in the roster bio.


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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Cloud View Post
    Tell me. I can take it.

    And as far as denigrating people, I can't denigrate people more than they've already denigrated themselves.
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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    They could make the $5K in one day having already passed $3K. An interesting collection of donors. https://impact.rpi.edu/project/4733/wall There is a challenge for players to contribute $5 so many have done so. The only hockey alum I see so far is Ken Hammond '85. (I assume that I can post this since the page is public.)

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    They could make the $5K in one day having already passed $3K. An interesting collection of donors. https://impact.rpi.edu/project/4733/wall There is a challenge for players to contribute $5 so many have done so. The only hockey alum I see so far is Ken Hammond '85. (I assume that I can post this since the page is public.)
    Your link is on a constant redirect. What was the link to the page before that that does not consist of the specific URL you gave us?
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    And yet, even if Flaggy is complete tinfoil hat, every day it looks closer and closer to the truth.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Your link is on a constant redirect. What was the link to the page before that that does not consist of the specific URL you gave us?
    Sorry. It is this https://impact.rpi.edu/project/4733 and click on "Donor Wall".

    I don't see the problem since I clacked on it in a different browser and it worked.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    Sorry. It is this https://impact.rpi.edu/project/4733 and click on "Donor Wall".
    Same thing on that page as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueywqUBW3oM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
    Quote Originally Posted by French Rage View Post
    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    And yet, even if Flaggy is complete tinfoil hat, every day it looks closer and closer to the truth.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Same thing on that page as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueywqUBW3oM
    Are you sure that you aren't having problems? That one is the same link as in post 93 of this thread.

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    Re: RPI 2018 Off-Season: The Hunt for Red October

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    Sorry. It is this https://impact.rpi.edu/project/4733 and click on "Donor Wall".

    I don't see the problem since I clacked on it in a different browser and it worked.
    Works fine for me. Noticed a Roger Babichuk donated. Maybe his son is coming?
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