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Terrance
02-25-2013, 02:44 PM
So I guess it's that time of year again. Time to thank the team for 2 solid months of decent hockey and to say goodbye to the seniors and all of the mediocre players who've accomplished nothing, but would rather risk failing at the professional level or ending up in obscurity with no degree to fall back on than spend one more season at BU. Time again to look back and remember all those players BU lost during the season and all of the unraked teams that outworked and outplayed the team throughout the year. Time to thank the coaches for, if nothing else, ensuring that the team played with pride and maintained its class and dignity throughout each and every game, even when they were losing. Sometimes teams exceed expectations and sometimes they fall short. And sometimes a team can do both in the same season. So now it's time to look forward to next year and the large class of 7 incoming (seemingly pretty good) recruits and become (probably foolishly) excited and optimistic because hey, it's fun to watch good players grow and improve (or at least I assume it is) regardless of the results. BU may have had a down year or 4, but luckily they have a coach who is the all time leader in NCAA tournament appearances behind the bench (though in 24 appearances BU has 25 losses, a result of the old tournament setup I suppose) and I'm sure he knows how to keep this team competing for another title. BU has only missed the tournament 7 out of the last 15 seasons (including this one), which means they make it more often than not. So I'm sure BU will be back to it's winning ways in no time...or 10 years, or never. ****** it, GO UCONN.

Agganis
02-25-2013, 02:47 PM
Has the tournament structure been determined? I haven't paid any attention to that, if it's been discussed.

Top 5 get byes 6-8 host 9-11 in either a 1 game or best of 3 playoff during the weekend that is currently the last weekend of the regular season. HE has not decided the format as of the last public statement, they only decided that either way it would take up that whole weekend so that they could build the schedule around it. winners of those games/series visit 1-3 seeds while after both sitting down for a week 4 and 5 now are allowed to play each other.

BU2K
02-25-2013, 02:50 PM
When agganis opened we got to pick our seats based upon our terrier points. And the premier sections were all high. Row J and up the single center ice block, row K and up everywhere else on the sides. End zones did not have premium sections as I recall.

We all got letter with our points and the blocks of time & day when you could call and reserve your selection.
I think it was M and up for non center ice. I am K and know people who had L behind us who also weren't premium. I do think Premium weren't restricted to those rows though.

I think they did that well. You could go in with other people you wanted to sit near who were lower priority and pick seats at same time.

brassbonanza
02-25-2013, 03:17 PM
I think it was M and up for non center ice. I am K and know people who had L behind us who also weren't premium. I do think Premium weren't restricted to those rows though.

I think they did that well. You could go in with other people you wanted to sit near who were lower priority and pick seats at same time.

Was it similar to the map here:

http://www.agganisarena.com/events/terriers/mhockey/season.html

BU2K
02-25-2013, 03:53 PM
Was it similar to the map here:

http://www.agganisarena.com/events/terriers/mhockey/season.html

Yes but Premium was also the top of 115 and I assume the equivalent sections also.

mookie1995
02-25-2013, 03:54 PM
I think it was M and up for non center ice. I am K and know people who had L behind us who also weren't premium. I do think Premium weren't restricted to those rows though.

I think they did that well. You could go in with other people you wanted to sit near who were lower priority and pick seats at same time.

You are one section closer to the net than I. I am in J and the row behind me is/was premium. Also the row where I am at center ice (J) is/was premium.

Rover
02-25-2013, 03:57 PM
For the last game of the year, BU should do a "In Memoradum" montage on the big screen of all the players who would have graduated this year but didn't because of arrests/suspensions/looking crosseyed at Parker/etc. Sorta like they do on Oscar night although without Barbara Streisand croaking out a ballad (that was painful). You could even bust out some career highlights, like how Vinny Saponari now has a statistic named after him (in Bernie voice...."and now a player who led the league in what's come to be known as a Saponari hat trick, for his unprecedented abilility to follow up one goal with two wide open nets missed during the same game, you know 'em, you love 'em - Vinny Saponari!"

ericredaxe
02-25-2013, 04:00 PM
For the last game of the year, BU should do a "In Memoradum" montage on the big screen of all the players who would have graduated this year but didn't because of arrests/suspensions/looking crosseyed at Parker/etc. Sorta like they do on Oscar night although without Barbara Streisand croaking out a ballad (that was painful). You could even bust out some career highlights, like how Vinny Saponari now has a statistic named after him (in Bernie voice...."and now a player who led the league in what's come to be known as a Saponari hat trick, for his unprecedented abilility to follow up one goal with two wide open nets missed during the same game, you know 'em, you love 'em - Vinny Saponari!"

They could set it to the tune of "Party Like A Puckstar"

Agganis
02-25-2013, 04:19 PM
You are one section closer to the net than I. I am in J and the row behind me is/was premium. Also the row where I am at center ice (J) is/was premium.

If that map is to be taken literally I believe premium seats are now M and up in 113/103 and O and up in the 4 blue line sections.

It's funny because they won't sell them as season tickets at the regular (cheaper) rate, but they will sell the leftovers as single game tickets at the lower rate.

ericredaxe
02-25-2013, 04:38 PM
If that map is to be taken literally I believe premium seats are now M and up in 113/103 and O and up in the 4 blue line sections.

It's funny because they won't sell them as season tickets at the regular (cheaper) rate, but they will sell the leftovers as single game tickets at the lower rate.

But I believe you can also make any seat you want a "premium" seat. So if you want to be closer to the ice you can keep that seat location.

BU2K
02-25-2013, 04:53 PM
They also had the 2 aisle seats in L behind me linked to the box the Ewings had. They were still linked after the Ewings left so you couldn't get the for season tickets.

Also, my aisle seat in K is marked handicap. Wasn't on the original map when we picked the seats so imagine my surprise. At least I have an armrest that goes up. :). I can't imagine anyone handicapped would want to navigate half way down the stairs to it.

ericredaxe
02-25-2013, 04:57 PM
I wonder how the "luxury box" sales are going?

Terrier520
02-25-2013, 04:59 PM
Re: Penn State seating. I was actually hoping for something like the University of Maryland has at Comcast Center (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Comcast_Center_interior.jpg). On one end of the court is a very imposing dual-level stands. I would love to have seen that at Agganis. Use the 118 side (the one that normally is behind the stage/curtained off during non-games) as a dual-level stand. From the concourse, half the seats you walk up to, half the seats you walk down to from entryways. It would really be imposing for the opposing goalie, who would have a 50-or-so-foot wall of students behind him, screaming.

Agganis
02-25-2013, 05:08 PM
Re: Penn State seating. I was actually hoping for something like the University of Maryland has at Comcast Center (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Comcast_Center_interior.jpg). On one end of the court is a very imposing dual-level stands. I would love to have seen that at Agganis. Use the 118 side (the one that normally is behind the stage/curtained off during non-games) as a dual-level stand. From the concourse, half the seats you walk up to, half the seats you walk down to from entryways. It would really be imposing for the opposing goalie, who would have a 50-or-so-foot wall of students behind him, screaming.

I'm confused on how the location of the entryway makes a stand more or less intimidating?


But I believe you can also make any seat you want a "premium" seat. So if you want to be closer to the ice you can keep that seat location.

You are correct, it's just the upper ones are blocked off from being sold as normal season tickets, but not from being sold as normal single game tickets. But honestly that makes sense and I'd do it the same way if I ran the stadium.

ericredaxe
02-25-2013, 05:11 PM
You are correct, it's just the upper ones are blocked off from being sold as normal season tickets, but not from being sold as normal single game tickets. But honestly that makes sense and I'd do it the same way if I ran the stadium.

I wonder if they have ever considered selling them as single game premium seats, including club room access and all... Obviously for an up charge over what a normal game ticket would be.

Harry Cleverly
02-25-2013, 05:33 PM
I was thinking of this the other day. Wasn't Parker the AD's boss until a few months ago (the task force recommendation)? I bring it up because is it plausible he'd now tell Parker its time to take a walk? We might need a 2 for 1 special over in the athletic department (coach and AD).

Just because someone is "listed" as someone's boss, or immediate superior, does not mean that they have power over them.

I doubt very seriously that Mike Lynch will have any call on Parker. He might make a recommendation to President Brown, but that is about it. I think Brown would be the only one that could actually fire Parker, given his long standing status at the university.

Overall, I think Lynch has done a good job as AD. Some people may not like moving to the Patriot League, figuring BU should be able to do even better competitively (although the Patriot League is very strong academically, a huge step up from AE). Most sports at BU seem to be in good shape, although some will still not be happy until football and baseball are back, particularly football. Lynch also seems to have done a good job hiring new coaches. He fired Dennis Wolff after a winning season, brought in Patrick Chambers, and despite losing Chambers to Penn State late in the process, hired Joe Jones. Jones is doing a good job with the men's basketball team, and deserves the support of BU's athletic community.

I don't believe BU would ever fire Parker. Although they might strongly suggest that it is time to retire. That would need to come from Brown.

chickod
02-25-2013, 06:08 PM
Ideally I would like BU to take the upcoming PSU approach shown on pages 10 and 11 (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/psu/sports/m-hockey/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/MHKYTicketInfo.pdf)

This was obviously thought out by someone who KNOWS hockey. When we went to the ticket office before HAA opened, the guy showed us a map of the ice. He pointed to the goal line and said "There are seats down on the blue line here." The first problem is that the whole operation was outsourced to some "entertainment" company who knew NOTHING about hockey. After we toured the arena we went back to the office and told them exactly where we wanted to sit. Just by the pricing structure at PSU you can see that the amounts are in direct proportion to the desirability of the seat, which you cannot know unless you watch hockey. For example, everyone thinks that five rows up at center ice is great, until they get there and realize a) you're looking through the glass then entire game and b) you're not really near either goal. PSU has correctly made those seats cheaper than the ones on (as they call it the "attack zone") either side. The highest, besides the "club" seats are the loge directly in front. Nice, high view but still close to the ice. Impressive. Just because a seat is good in one sport doesn't mean it's good in hockey. Is there anyone at BU who can evaluate what a good seat is and how the prices should be structured? Penn State's hockey legacy is....what???

chickod
02-25-2013, 06:12 PM
Can't let him do the "Sgt. Schultz".

For those of you too young to know what he is referring to...the 60s TV comedy Hogan's Heroes featured the late John Banner as Sgt. Schultz, whose most famous line was, "I know NOTHING!!!" :D

steve66
02-25-2013, 06:28 PM
Just because someone is "listed" as someone's boss, or immediate superior, does not mean that they have power over them.

I doubt very seriously that Mike Lynch will have any call on Parker. He might make a recommendation to President Brown, but that is about it. I think Brown would be the only one that could actually fire Parker, given his long standing status at the university.

Overall, I think Lynch has done a good job as AD. Some people may not like moving to the Patriot League, figuring BU should be able to do even better competitively (although the Patriot League is very strong academically, a huge step up from AE). Most sports at BU seem to be in good shape, although some will still not be happy until football and baseball are back, particularly football. Lynch also seems to have done a good job hiring new coaches. He fired Dennis Wolff after a winning season, brought in Patrick Chambers, and despite losing Chambers to Penn State late in the process, hired Joe Jones. Jones is doing a good job with the men's basketball team, and deserves the support of BU's athletic community.

I don't believe BU would ever fire Parker. Although they might strongly suggest that it is time to retire. That would need to come from Brown.

Is BU considering bring football back? Isn't patriot league no scholships? Thats what BU wanted before they cut football.

BU2K
02-25-2013, 06:42 PM
For those of you too young to know what he is referring to...the 60s TV comedy Hogan's Heroes featured the late John Banner as Sgt. Schultz, whose most famous line was, "I know NOTHING!!!" :D

And he owned a toy company before the war.

Yet another bit of useless knowledge floating around my head... :)