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uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 03:09 PM
As the timeline for the BTHC is becoming more and more clear with Penn State's announcement it will play as an independent, I'm curious when folks think the BHHC will get going.

It's DU, Miami, Notre Dame, UND and who else again? UMD? CC?

Could it get rolling by 2016?

MavsFan
10-11-2010, 03:13 PM
What's a BHHC?

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 03:14 PM
The conference that is wanted by fans of those programs I listed that are Butt Hurt by the BTHC formation. The Butt Hurt Hockey Conference.

SJHovey
10-11-2010, 03:21 PM
Can't be soon enough. Rule #1 -- No more lame coaches luncheons.

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 03:25 PM
Can't be soon enough. Rule #1 -- No more lame coaches luncheons.
So that should be in the BHHC Charter then.

#1 BHHC Rule: No coaches luncheons.

That will make it attractive for those programs with coaches who dislike luncheons no doubt.

We know how Haks feels about that.... but can it be used to attract Jeff Jackson and Gwoz ... I'd bet Sandy at UMD likes luncheon's though. Could be a bit of a mixed bag rule.

Dirty
10-11-2010, 03:27 PM
Can't be soon enough. Rule #1 -- No more lame coaches luncheons.

Disagree. I think there should be two luncheons a weekend. What needs to be eliminated are the hockey games.

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 03:30 PM
Disagree. I think there should be two luncheons a weekend. What needs to be eliminated are the hockey games.

So then DU, UND, Miami and Notre Dame can just compare historic records and determine the winners kind of like happens on fan forums? Brilliant ...

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 03:40 PM
Won't the BHHC be desirous to get their piece of the "exempt" pie? Will they perhaps try to woo UAA and/or UAF into the BHHC so they can get the extra home games? Because I can sure see that UAA and UAF ought to be able to fill their respective tournaments with BTHC teams.

FadeToBlack&Gold
10-11-2010, 03:43 PM
When pigs learn to fly and the Pope says he's gay. ;)

SJHovey
10-11-2010, 03:43 PM
Won't the BHHC be desirous to get their piece of the "exempt" pie? Will they perhaps try to woo UAA and/or UAF into the BHHC so they can get the extra home games? Because I can sure see that UAA and UAF ought to be able to fill their respective tournaments with BTHC teams.

Silly rabbit, everyone knows BTHC teams don't travel, even for the NCAA tournament. It's been posted on here for weeks.

Dirty
10-11-2010, 03:44 PM
Well of course it's a brilliant idea. It's my idea, it goes without saying that it's a brilliant idea.

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 03:47 PM
So if the BHHC has only got the "no coaches luncheons" going for it then how do they hope to offer an alternative to the BTHC?

Is it just going to be name recognition that makes them the #2 conference after the BTHC? DU, Miami, UND and Notre Dame ... what's going to be their slogan ...

BHHC: You've heard of our members ...

I'm not seeing it. I'd think they'll need better marketing than that if they hope to get UMD and SCSU to join.

Jon
10-11-2010, 03:48 PM
As the timeline for the BTHC is becoming more and more clear with Penn State's announcement it will play as an independent, I'm curious when folks think the BHHC will get going.

It's DU, Miami, Notre Dame, UND and who else again? UMD? CC?

Could it get rolling by 2016?

You're missing the obvious UAH joke since they've been cruelly abandoned.

The other, rather overplayed joke involves {PROVICED being kicked out of Hockey Rast, but I've gone to that well way too often.

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 03:53 PM
Hopefully at some point the actual advocates for a BHHC will turn up and explain why they think a BHHC is viable.

My dear old friend Puck Swami is cordially invited as of course is DG.

Beer Pong Horn
10-11-2010, 04:01 PM
I think they need to take a cue from the WCHA, and emphasize what makes them what they are:

BHHC
just got butter

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 04:09 PM
I think they need to take a cue from the WCHA, and emphasize what makes them what they are:

BHHC
just got butter

If i were giving away free passes to the best post in a thread .. you'd be on your way to free UAA Hockey games ...

ronmexico
10-11-2010, 04:20 PM
I think that if UAA gets invited to join the BHHC we should keep the coaches luncheons. This will give Donald something to get butt hurt about. :)

Yager
10-11-2010, 04:23 PM
Michigan Tech is joining the Big Ten in all sports, so I am not worried...

uaafanblog
10-11-2010, 04:35 PM
I think that if UAA gets invited to join the BHHC we should keep the coaches luncheons. This will give Donald something to get butt hurt about. :)
Moot point. There is only a very slim chance that the BHHC may want UAA and/or UAF. And even if they did ... I seriously doubt UAA or UAF would entertain the offer for more than 2 seconds.

Puck Swami
10-11-2010, 04:41 PM
The 'BHHC' would be a very viable BTHC rival, given that the schools it would contain all would all have the needed resources and desire to compete in college hockey at the highest level. A BHHC would would be freed from the non-profitability of diluted league schedules full of non-attractive opponents. Sure, the travel costs would be a little higher for the BHHC, but that would be more than offset by more attractive scheduling, more TV interest and revenue, bigger brand power and a better recruiting platform.

Of course, there would be collateral damage to the schools left behind in the wake of a BHHC, and there is no question that there would be some abdication of moral responsibility if the shunned WCHA and CCHA schools do not band together in a time of crisis. However, in this day of voracious revenue needs and long-term program viability, the Big 10 doesn't seem to worry about leaving us remaining WCHA and CCHA programs to scramble for the remaining lifeboats. And when that particular load of crap hits the fan, would be wise to have built the best possible lifeboat instead of trying to survive in a life-vest, bobbing for survival in the mid-major waters.

In other words, the BTHC formation will set off a classic Darwinian food-chain struggle. As a Pioneer fan with 60 years of tradition and hundreds of millions invested to stay as an elite program, I expect my school to look out for it's best interests after being screwed by the BTHC. And it's interests are better served by banding together with other like-minded, well-resourced programs. If DU doesn't try to better its situation, it will become a mid-major rather than stay as a power program.

That said, it this were really about banding together for the sport, the Big 10 schools wouldn't leave in the first place or at the very least, they would find a "Big 10 cup" alignment that works within the the existing WCHA and CCHA leagues, as they Ivy league does within the ECACHL.

Unfortunately, in the world of revenue college sports, business interests have to come first. We've seen it in football and basketball with the BCS and conference re-alignment. Now it is hockey's turn, as our fragile 58 team ecosystem is damaged by the BTHC pullout.