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bigblue_dl
02-17-2010, 05:04 PM
well ... maybe ... beer in bottles ... would be ok.
Bottles, yes. Beer, no.
The liquid in the bottles, made to look like beer, needs to be bar rag drippings from the dog, DT, B&B and upslut. Actually given the caliber of this tournament, I think a quality establishment like the upslut should sponsor this regional.

crazytechfan
02-17-2010, 05:07 PM
Bottles, yes. Beer, no.
The liquid in the bottles, made to look like beer, needs to be bar rag drippings from the dog, DT, B&B and upslut. Actually given the caliber of this tournament, I think a quality establishment like the upslut should sponsor this regional.

No, no, it should be the UP Pub, a fine Calumet establishment.

bigblue_dl
02-17-2010, 05:41 PM
No, no, it should be the UP Pub, a fine Calumet establishment.
But does it have the STD concentration found at the upslut?

crazytechfan
02-17-2010, 05:57 PM
But does it have the STD concentration found at the upslut?

Yes. But here's the kicker. It's 50 year old biker babe STD concentration!

bigblue_dl
02-17-2010, 06:00 PM
Yes. But here's the kicker. It's 50 year old biker babe STD concentration!
ah, nice. Lets check this place out when a crew of us come up there for a summer excursion!

crazytechfan
02-17-2010, 06:05 PM
ah, nice. Lets check this place out when a crew of us come up there for a summer excursion!

*cringes* You're coming up for a summer excursion? I kid, I kid. We'll definitely have to do it. Hell, we could do a Keweenaw bar crawl, complete with the Gay Bar! I know of someone who can't actually drink at bars, so I'm sure they'd be down to DD. ;) :p

Beer Pong Horn
02-17-2010, 06:16 PM
*cringes* You're coming up for a summer excursion? I kid, I kid. We'll definitely have to do it. Hell, we could do a Keweenaw bar crawl, complete with the Gay Bar! I know of someone who can't actually drink at bars, so I'm sure they'd be down to DD. ;) :p

You know of a person that won't get served at a bar in the UP? Lies! :p

crazytechfan
02-17-2010, 06:45 PM
You know of a person that won't get served at a bar in the UP? Lies! :p

I suppose you're probably right... :p

huskyfan
02-17-2010, 07:44 PM
but we digress. the health food idea is interesting. but I think the tournament would be better with no concessions at all. better to concentrate on the games at hand (or lack thereof). and really why stock food and drink when no one is expected to show up anyway? I find this needless fluff. this tournament really needs to be about the hockey.

Freddie
02-17-2010, 08:25 PM
and really why stock food and drink when no one is expected to show up anyway? I find this needless fluff. this tournament really needs to be about the hockey.

Good point.

With that in mind, let's look at some of this weekend's games that will have impact on the rankings and tournament draw:

Colgate v Dartmouth (Fri) Colgate v Harvard (Sat). Colgate is outside the bubble, but with losses to Harvard and/or Dartmouth might move into contention for an at-large berth. Dartmouth's position looks solid, but Harvard could fall out of contention with a win or two.

Robert Morris v Alabama Huntsville. Probably the best matchup of the weekend, as both teams are just inside the bubble. A split could keep both teams in contention, but if someone sweeps, it could spell disaster.

Ohio State v Western Michigan. If Western hopes to hang on to an at-large berth, they'd better not repeat the fiasco like they had two weeks ago when they swept Notre Dame.

AIC v Canisius. AIC's spot is solid, but Canisius needs losses to move into the picture. Perhaps this series means more to Canisius than AIC.

bigblue_dl
02-17-2010, 08:39 PM
I suppose you're probably right... :p
I'd be pretty disappointed in the UP if you didn't get served at the Gay Bar.

FadeToBlack&Gold
02-17-2010, 10:04 PM
Bottles, yes. Beer, no.
The liquid in the bottles, made to look like beer, needs to be bar rag drippings from the dog, DT, B&B and upslut.

Except in Wisconsin they actually sell that and call it Jager. Some of them oddly find it delicious. :p

Twitch Boy
02-21-2010, 11:57 AM
With last night's loss at DU, combined with Mankato's sweep of UAA, Michigan Tech has clinched the WCHA autobid!

Would the captain please come forward to accept the empty cup of Top Ramen awarded to the WCHA basement champion.

...what? You threw the cup away after you were done? Pablo, you are why we can't have nice things.

Looks like the captain will have to go dumpster diving to claim his team's prize.

Beer Pong Horn
02-21-2010, 12:41 PM
With last night's loss at DU, combined with Mankato's sweep of UAA, Michigan Tech has clinched the WCHA autobid!

Would the captain please come forward to accept the empty cup of Top Ramen awarded to the WCHA basement champion.

...what? You threw the cup away after you were done? Pablo, you are why we can't have nice things.

Looks like the captain will have to go dumpster diving to claim his team's prize.

Also, you need to take the hot dog out of retirement - it could serve us very well in the BFB.

redwing77
02-21-2010, 01:04 PM
It's probably too late to suggest a venue but..

For the Western Regional, why not Sunmart Centennial Arena in Fargo, ND?

Yes, it's 85 miles from a major DI market and the town is somewhat hockey oriented, but.... the arena is so far out of the way that, even if it is heavily marketed, no one will find the arena unless they live next to it, have been there before, own a GPS, or actually want to take the time to MapQuest it.

The ice is just ok. There's only about 20-30 parking spots (unless the team busses wish to park, in which case there's about 10).

It's very well hidden in a commercial park off the beaten path.

There is only bleachers on one side of the rink and there's MAYBE 10 rows. The seats are in a bit better repair than others offered, but it makes up for it in having locker rooms that are indistinguishable from middle school gym locker rooms.

http://www.fargoflyershockey.com/IMGP2862.JPG

BUPhD
02-21-2010, 01:22 PM
That place looks like one of those double wide trailers community colleges get and put up in their parking lots when they run out of classrooms.

Freddie
02-21-2010, 07:41 PM
Bottom Feeders Bracketology, Feb 21:

Last weeks brackets:
EAST:
BG
Dartmouth
Niagara
Alab-Hunts

NORTHEAST:
Holy Cross
Clarkson
Mich Tech
West Mich

MIDWEST:
AIC
Bentley
Harvard
Providence

WEST:
UConn
Army
Brown
Bob Morris

FARTS/TWITS
1. Conn
2. AIC
3. Clarkson
4. Holy Cross
5. Bowling Green
6. Bentley
7. Army
8. Mich Tuch
9. Niagara
10. Dartmouth
11. Harvard
12. Brown
13. Mercyhurst
14. Air Force
15. Ala-Huntsville
16. Canisius
17. West Michigan
18. Robt Morris
19. Providence
20. Princeton

Mercyhurst, Air Force, Canisius & Princeton are all eliminated from consideration as they have LP BELOW .425

Conference autobids (assuming standings remain unchanged): Conn, Clarkson, MTU, Niagara, West Mich & Providence.

Tournament field becomes:

1. Conn
2. AIC
3. Clarkson
4. Holy Cross
5. BGSU
6. Bentley
7. Army
8. MTU
9. Niagara
10. Dartmouth
11. Harvard
12. Brown
13. Ala-Hunts
14. West Mich
15. Rob Morris
16. Providence

Starting with #1, place the top four seeds in the regional furthust from home:
#1 Conn goes to Idaho
#2 AIC goes to UP Michigan
#3 Clarkson goes to Mass
#4 Holy Cross goes to upstate NY

Keep seeding intact thru the #2 seeds:
#5 BGSU goes to Holy Cross' bracket
#6 Bentley goes to Clarkson's bracket
#7 Army goes to AIC's bracket
#8 MTU goes to Conn's bracket

#3 seeds matched up appropriately:
#9 Niagara goes to Conn's bracket to play #8 MTU
#10 Dartmouth goes to AIC's bracket to play #7 Army
#11 Harvard goes to Clarkson's bracket to play #6 Bentley
#12 Brown goes to Holy Cross' bracket to play #5 BG

Round uot the field with the #4 seeds:
#13 Ala-Hunts goes to upstate NY to play #4 Holy Cross
#14 West Michigan goes to Mass to play #3 Clarkson
#15 Robert Morris goes to upstate NY to play #2 AIC
#16 Providence goes to Idaho to play #1 Conn

No first round matchups between conference mates, good!

Attendance problems? The committee is concerned that people may attend the Mass regional as it's so close to Harvard and Bentley. That problem is easily solved by swapping the 2 & 3 seeds from that region with those originally sent to Idaho.

Here's the brackets as we see them today:

Moscow ID
U Conn
Bentley
Harvard
Providence

Laurium MI
AIC
Army
Dartmouth
Robt Morris

Saugus MA
Clarkson
MTU
Niagara
West Michigan

Massena NY
Holy Cross
Bowling Green
Brown
Alab-Huntsville

redwing77
02-21-2010, 08:09 PM
It's hard for me to choose anything other than the #1 seeds to make the Futile Four.

AIC and UConn, to me, are givens.

I could see UAH, WMU, and Brown putting in a weak showing to try to shore up the final two spots.

Holy Cross' biggest enemy is that they've shown in the past the tendency to louse things by winning at the wrong time.

Bentley has the toughest track of all of those I feel could go to the Futile Four.

Harvard won't make it. They'll pretty much be a won and done. So will Princeton.

Freddie
03-03-2010, 08:54 PM
The hamsters that power our computer are recovered from their recent illness, so we can crunch the numbers for this week's version of: BF Bracketology

Here's a look at last week's brackets:

Moscow ID
1. UConn
2. Bentley
3. Harvard
4. Providence

Laurium MI
1. AIC
2. Army
3. Dartmouth
4. Robt Morris

Saugus MA
1. Clarkson
2. MTU
3. Niagara
4. West Michigan

Massena NY
1. Holy Cross
2. Bowling Green
3. Brown
4. Alab-Huntsville

According to Freddies Arbitrary Ranking of Team that Suck (FARTS), here are the TWITs (Teams With Inadequate Talent):
1. AIC (AH autobid)
2. UConn
3. Bentley
4. Holy Cross
5. Clarkson (ECAC autobid)
6. Army
7. Mercyhurst
8. Bowling Green
9. Harvard
10. Brown
11. Michigan Tech (WCHA autobid)
12. Canisius
13. Air Force
14. Dartmouth
15. Robert Morris
16. Sacred Heart
17. Niagara (CHA autobid)
18. Alabama-Huntsville
19. Providence (HEA autobid)
20. Princeton
21. Western Michigan (CCHA autobid)
22. Alaska-Anchorage

By rule, we eliminate anybody with a LP (losing percentage) below .575, regardless of their WOS (weakness of schedule). This eliminates: Mercyhurst, Canisius, Air Force, Sacred Heart and Princeton.

Here is the projected tournament field, as of now (last weeks ranking):
1. AIC (2)
2. UConn (1)
3. Bentley (6)
4. Holy Cross (4)
5. Clarkson (3)
6. Army (7)
7. Bowling Green (5)
8. Harvard (11)
9. Brown (12)
10. Michigan Tech (8)
11. Dartmouth (10)
12. Robert Morris (15)
13. Niagara (9)
14. Alabama-Huntsville (13)
15. Providence (16)
16. Western Michigan (14)
****BUBBLE*******
17. Alaska-Anchorage (NR)

Conference breakdown: Atlantic 5, ECAC 4, CHA 3, CCHA 2, HEA 1, WCHA 1

First we assign the #1 seeds to the region that forces them to travel furthest:
#1 AIC goes to Moscow ID
#2 UConn goes to Laurium MI
#3 Bentley goes to Massena NY
#4 Holy Cross goes to Saugus MA

Next we assign the #2 seeds so that if both high seeds advance to the regional final, the pairings would be 5v4, 6v3, 7v2 and 8v1, therefore:
#5 Clarkson goes to Saugus
#6 Army goes to Massena
#7 BG goes to Laurium
#8 Harvard goes to Moscow

Now we assign the #3 seeds so that first round matchups will be 9v8, 10v7, 11v6 and 12v5, except that we want to avoid intra-conference matchups in the opening round:
#9 Brown SHOULD go to Moscow, but that would match them up against ECAC mate Harvard, so we'll send them to play #7 BG in Laurium instead.
#10 Michigan Tech then ends up facing #8 Harvard in Moscow.
#11 Dartmouth plays #6 Army in Massena
#12 Robert Morris plays #5 Clarkson in Saugus

Fill in the #4 seeds, and we should be all set to go:
#13 Niagara goes to Saugus, and will meet #4 Holy Cross
#14 Ala-Hunts goes to Massena, and will get #3 Bentley
#15 Providence goes to Laurium and will face #2 UConn
#16 West Michigan heads off to Moscow against #1 AIC.

Here's the way the brackets look now:
Moscow ID
1. AIC
2. Harvard
3. Mich Tech
4. West Mich

Laurium MI
1. UConn
2. BGSU
3. Brown
4. Providence

Massena NY
1. Bentley
2. Army
3. Dartmouth
4. Ala-Hunts

Saugus MA
1. Holy Cross
2. Clarkson
3. Robt Morris
4. Niagara

Oh oh, we've got problems! Entirely too many eastern teams in those eastern brackets. I'm afraid this is a case where bracket integrity will have to be sacrificed in order to keep the gate down. I'd like to get Holy Cross out of Saugus, but all the other #1 seeds are also very nearby. Clarkson, RMU & Niagara all eastern schools, but lengthy bus rides to Saugus, perhaps we should leave them alone. But wait, we can swap RMU & Niagara with WMU and MTU and make everbody travel further! Then we swap BG with Army to cut down attendance in Massena, I think we're all set.
our brackets:

Moscow ID
1. AIC
2. Harvard
3. Niagara
4. Rob't Morris

Laurium MI
1. UConn
2. Army
3. Brown
4. Providence

Massena NY
1. Bentley
2. Bowling Green
3. Dartmouth
4. Ala-Hunts

Saugus MA
1. Holy Cross
2. Clarkson
3. Mich Tech
4. West Michigan

Let the whining begin.

UML
03-03-2010, 10:55 PM
I'm hoping for an AIC-Bentley final.