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MissThundercat
08-05-2017, 11:39 PM
Early season predictions for the best of the worst?

For this year, instead of the PWR, we will be using SHirtless Opinions on Teams that Suck, or SHOTS for short.

In my view, a State or a Color are front runners..

MissThundercat
08-06-2017, 10:16 AM
Early season predictions for the best of the worst?

For this year, instead of the PWR, we will be using SHirtless Opinions on Teams that Suck, or SHOTS for short.

In my view, a State or a Color are front runners..

Also taking suggestions for venues.

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-06-2017, 11:07 AM
I think I've found a good prospect for a BFB Midwest Regional bid - Huron County Expo Center & Ice Arena in Bad Axe, MI. However, the clock is ticking. The next year or two is probably their last shot at a bid, before a newer, far too ritzy facility is constructed:

http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/County-again-looking-into-building-new-arena-9150076.php

http://huroncountyview.mihomepaper.com/news/2017-07-20/Community/Hockey_Association_commits_750K_for_new_ice_arena. html

Key selling points:

1. At 70x190, the rink is nicely undersized

2. The ice plant is a decade past its EOL date, and is currently being held together with spit and glue. It could go **** up at any time.

3. Unlike other areas of the state, Michigan's thumb is not all that into hockey. Huron County is also the least densely populated county in the southern Lower Peninsula (http://www.usa.com/rank/michigan-state--population-density--county-rank.htm).

4. There is no media/TV/radio setup in the rink, so the ability to deliver any sort of traditional game broadcasts will be restricted. In 2017, regardless of venue, the committee may need to consider methods of preventing social media broadcasts, as Facebook and YouTube Live continue to become increasingly popular mediums. Is there some way the BFB could use its influence to have BFB tournament games auto-flagged as inappropriate content on Facebook and YouTube? Or perhaps the committee could pay some Russians to hack and temporarily disable the cellular services within the local areas of the chosen sites?

MissThundercat
08-06-2017, 11:47 AM
I think I've found a good prospect for a BFB Midwest Regional bid - Huron County Expo Center & Ice Arena in Bad Axe, MI. However, the clock is ticking. The next year or two is probably their last shot at a bid, before a newer, far too ritzy facility is constructed:

http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/County-again-looking-into-building-new-arena-9150076.php

http://huroncountyview.mihomepaper.com/news/2017-07-20/Community/Hockey_Association_commits_750K_for_new_ice_arena. html

Key selling points:

1. At 70x190, the rink is nicely undersized

2. The ice plant is a decade past its EOL date, and is currently being held together with spit and glue. It could go **** up at any time.

3. Unlike other areas of the state, Michigan's thumb is not all that into hockey. Huron County is also the least densely populated county in the southern Lower Peninsula (http://www.usa.com/rank/michigan-state--population-density--county-rank.htm).

4. There is no media/TV/radio setup in the rink, so the ability to deliver any sort of traditional game broadcasts will be restricted. In 2017, regardless of venue, the committee may need to consider methods of preventing social media broadcasts, as Facebook and YouTube Live continue to become increasingly popular mediums. Is there some way the BFB could use its influence to have BFB tournament games auto-flagged as inappropriate content on Facebook and YouTube? Or perhaps the committee could pay some Russians to hack and temporarily disable the cellular services within the local areas of the chosen sites?

My committee is on the phone with Putin already.

Also, we've received assurance that Amazon will not be used to broadcast the games.

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-06-2017, 12:42 PM
My committee is on the phone with Putin already.

Promise to pay them 100 grand. Just don't specify that it's in rubles until you send the payment, via Bitcoin for anonymity of course. ;)

joecct
08-06-2017, 04:05 PM
Some venues in Maryland

Chevy Chase Country Club. While 200x85, the rink is outdoors. If played in April, the odds of seeing a high ranking Washington official flailing away on the golf course are high.

Tucker Road Ice rink. Currently closed due to an electrical fire. It may reopen in 2018 (2019, 2020).

Columbia Ice Rink. No parking, limited stands.

Herbert Wells. It's open on both ends.

MissThundercat
08-06-2017, 04:30 PM
Some venues in Maryland

Chevy Chase Country Club. While 200x85, the rink is outdoors. If played in April, the odds of seeing a high ranking Washington official flailing away on the golf course are high.

Tucker Road Ice rink. Currently closed due to an electrical fire. It may reopen in 2018 (2019, 2020).

Columbia Ice Rink. No parking, limited stands.

Herbert Wells. It's open on both ends.

Under advisement for BFB East regional. I'm sure UAA and UA(F) will love a 4,000 mile trip East.

hockeyplayer1015
08-06-2017, 05:52 PM
Some may remember a few years ago that the St. Lawrence Centre Mall Arena (Massena, NY) hosted a regional, one that I'm sure was horribly unsuccessful. Not sure if it was posted last year, but this site was shut down last summer due to "Mechanical Issues resulting in sub-par ice".

http://northcountrynow.com/business/mechanical-problems-force-massenas-st-lawrence-centre-arena-close-doors-0178210

MissThundercat
08-06-2017, 06:31 PM
Some may remember a few years ago that the St. Lawrence Centre Mall Arena (Massena, NY) hosted a regional, one that I'm sure was horribly unsuccessful. Not sure if it was posted last year, but this site was shut down last summer due to "Mechanical Issues resulting in sub-par ice".

http://northcountrynow.com/business/mechanical-problems-force-massenas-st-lawrence-centre-arena-close-doors-0178210

Suitable for us!

hockeyplayer1015
08-07-2017, 11:12 AM
Suitable for us!

I laughed when I saw that as the reason last year. That rink never, ever had suitable ice. It was always off, soft/choppy/slow/just... Not good.

MissThundercat
08-07-2017, 01:07 PM
I laughed when I saw that as the reason last year. That rink never, ever had suitable ice. It was always off, soft/choppy/slow/just... Not good.

We're also looking for a venue for the Futile Four.

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-07-2017, 04:37 PM
Futile Four needs to return to the Sun Belt. I just fielded a call from Planet Ice Rink (http://planeticerinkla.com/) in Lafayette, LA regarding a possible bid.

MissThundercat
08-07-2017, 05:44 PM
Futile Four needs to return to the Sun Belt. I just fielded a call from Planet Ice Rink (http://planeticerinkla.com/) in Lafayette, LA regarding a possible bid.

If no other venues pop up, we'll go here.

hockeyplayer1015
08-07-2017, 06:42 PM
I stumbled across a fantastic and worthy venue, possibly for the midwest regional. May I enlighten the committee to the Carmel Ice Skadium, located in Carmel, IN. I've heard direct reviews from people mentioning that the facility seems like it's stuck in the 80's, smells of sweaty feet and stale popcorn, not to mention horrible ice conditions. They also feature their headline event of Cosmic skating, which I'm sure they'd be willing to set up for a Bottom Feeder regional.

Check it out for yourself: https://www.yelp.com/biz/carmel-ice-skadium-carmel?utm_campaign=www_business_share_popup&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=(direct)

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-07-2017, 06:53 PM
If no other venues pop up, we'll go here.

Arkansas Skatium in Little Rock, AR also inquired about a Futile Four bid, but after reviewing their facilities, I regretfully informed them that they were not down to the committee's standards, as the rink was too brightly lit and had too much spectator seating. Also, Little Rock has a substantial airport for relatively easy access, and a Presidential Library & Museum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLzOjQVodeg), so there is too much entertainment available in the surrounding area.

MissThundercat
08-07-2017, 08:51 PM
What do you think of nude bars and other shady establishments sponsoring? There's a club in Cadillac, MI that's willing to send some "entertainment."

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-07-2017, 10:36 PM
What do you think of nude bars and other shady establishments sponsoring? There's a club in Cadillac, MI that's willing to send some "entertainment."

Only if the "entertainers" are waaaaaaay past their prime and/or male :p. We can't have the players enjoying themselves outside of the games.

After hearing about the devastating success of the turnip/venison testicle pasties that were served during the Laurium, MI regional at Gipp Arena several years ago, the Planet Ice Rink is proposing to serve the Southern take on such a pre-game meal from Hell - unseasoned, boiled chitlins and mustard greens. The only condiment option will be local ragin' cajun Billy Bob Bobb's top secret recipe hot sauce, which is rumored to contain little more than ground up Carolina Reaper peppers and vinegar.

MissThundercat
08-07-2017, 11:18 PM
Only if the "entertainers" are waaaaaaay past their prime and/or male :p. We can't have the players enjoying themselves outside of the games.

After hearing about the devastating success of the turnip/venison testicle pasties that were served during the Laurium, MI regional at Gipp Arena several years ago, the Planet Ice Rink is proposing to serve the Southern take on such a pre-game meal from Hell - unseasoned, boiled chitlins and mustard greens. The only condiment option will be local ragin' cajun Billy Bob Bobb's top secret recipe hot sauce, which is rumored to contain little more than ground up Carolina Reaper peppers and vinegar.
They promise to send one with black and missing teeth.

MissThundercat
08-08-2017, 09:02 PM
Early glimpse into SHOTS:

1. Brown
2. Arizona State
3. Michigan State
4. Niagara
5. RPI

No method behind these rankings, and remember, the Committee and I don't care what you think!

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-08-2017, 09:57 PM
Neither of the Alaska teams made it into the "Far Too Early SHOTS Predictions"? Impressive.