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Yager
01-19-2011, 01:21 PM
They are the duo known as "Tech Team". If they can save the world from an evil villian, they should at least be able to save us from a sub-.500 hockey record. (Just some photos of an item I purchased off Ebay. It was too strange to pass up and was created by legendary comic book writer Norm Breyfogle who went on to create Batman for DC Comics.)

http://i.ebayimg.com/12/!B9Or5Dg!mk~$(KGrHqQOKoYEz!t)jnMpBM5KtbgW1!~~_12.J PG
http://i.ebayimg.com/07/!B9OsWRgBmk~$(KGrHqEOKn!EywoiFsG-BM5KvYCe+!~~_12.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/06/!B9OsdNgCWk~$(KGrHqQOKnUEy0HPFSr!BM5Kv0bYf!~~_12.J PG
Oh. My. God. Awesome.

Edit: Reading up on this, apparently there are 10,000 copies that were printed but who knows how many are actually still around. I just love seeing old MTU logos around. The administration probably had a book burning and destroyed any copies that they had.

"'Tech Team,' a one issue comic book which I co-plotted, wrote, drew, and lettered for Michigan Technological University when I was 17. Michigan Tech printed 10,000 copies of it and distributed it to high schools around the nation in 1978, as an advertisement to get graduating high school students to consider attending Michigan Tech. The original artwork for that comic book is still on file in the Michigan Tech Archives."

Yager
01-19-2011, 01:28 PM
The Commissioner won't support a coaching change unless the AD and the person she reports to are reassigned also.
And Suzanne is not is not going anywhere, look at what the football team and women's basketball team has done under her.

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-19-2011, 02:20 PM
Blake Pietila came through with a public commitment (http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tL8Ah1R7J-0t0I7U1KvPNhw&output=html). Jamie Russell for President!

I see that he's played in most of their games, but does anyone have a clue as to what his ice time is like? I know he's a 17 year-old playing in a 20 year-old's league, but his stats with the U-18 team (http://www.usahockey.com/USANTDP/default.aspx?NAV=AF_03&ID=233672) so far this year tell me that he's a 3rd or 4th liner.

Still, a recruit from that program is always good. Beggars can't be choosers, and Tech has spent a lot of time huddled over a trashcan fire and drinking Thunderbird lately.

geezer
01-19-2011, 02:30 PM
I see that he's played in most of their games, but does anyone have a clue as to what his ice time is like? I know he's a 17 year-old playing in a 20 year-old's league, but his stats with the U-18 team (http://www.usahockey.com/USANTDP/default.aspx?NAV=AF_03&ID=233672) so far this year tell me that he's a 3rd or 4th liner.

Still, a recruit from that program is always good. Beggars can't be choosers, and Tech has spent a lot of time huddled over a trashcan fire and drinking Thunderbird lately.
He's a projected 4th-rounder this spring. I understand that if the NHL had ranked him higher, he would have likely gone to the OHL so it's all good.
And he'll be MTU's best player in his first game (if his leg isn't fractured by then).

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-19-2011, 02:44 PM
He's a projected 4th-rounder this spring. I understand that if the NHL had ranked him higher, he would have likely gone to the OHL so it's all good.
And he'll be MTU's best player in his first game (if his leg isn't fractured by then).

Gotcha, I remember that he was debating OHL/NCAA last year, as the Spitfires had shown interest.

The_Commissioner
01-19-2011, 02:46 PM
And Suzanne is not is not going anywhere, look at what the football team and women's basketball team has done under her.

Let's not forget that football and basketball are D2 programs. Hockey is the sole D1 program which makes it Tech's 'marquee' team. Hockey competes nationally whereas everyone else competes regionally. There are also significant budget differences between D1 and D2 programs. The fact that the D2 football and basketball teams are competitive is convincing evidence that Suzanne is a good AD for the D2 level of competition. At the same time, the D1 team remains locked in the basement of mediocrity. That outcome, on her watch, makes her a part of the Perpetual Losing Culture in hockey which is why she needs to find a different stable of programs, advisedly at the D2 level, to manage.

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-19-2011, 02:51 PM
Perpetual Losing Culture

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Shirtless Guy
01-19-2011, 02:56 PM
That is a pretty huge commitment geezer, I was actually contacted to see if I had heard.

geezer
01-19-2011, 02:59 PM
That is a pretty huge commitment geezer, I was actually contacted to see if I had heard.

PR/Damage Control. :)
It is good timing though.

Now if my other two boys fall into line we'll be on a roll.

The_Commissioner
01-19-2011, 03:05 PM
Beggars can't be choosers, and Tech has spent a lot of time huddled over a trashcan fire and drinking Thunderbird lately.

This metaphor reminds me of a story my father told me back in my youth. He was a manager for a railroad and received a report from a locomotive engineer about his train striking a tresspasser. The tresspasser, what they used to call a 'bum' and now a homeless person, was sitting on the rail oblivious to the repeated blasts of a loud air horn. The engine hit the bum, albeit at slow speed since the brakes were applied. When the train stopped, the crew fully expected to find the bum badly injured. What they saw was the bum get up, brush himself off, and stagger into the weeds. At the point of impact the crew found a half-empty bottle of Thunderbird lying between the rails.

Maybe a healthy swig of Thunderbird should be part of the Tech pre-game ritual?

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-19-2011, 03:30 PM
Maybe a healthy swig of Thunderbird should be part of the Tech pre-game ritual?

If you'd care to turn your tongue black, then have at it. ;)

mtu_huskies
01-19-2011, 03:54 PM
Blake Pietila came through with a public commitment (http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tL8Ah1R7J-0t0I7U1KvPNhw&output=html). Jamie Russell for President!

Seems kind of crazy to commit to a team as low as this one right now,, but this is good to see. Anyone know if this is still a package deal with his brother coming to the team as well?

huskyfan
01-19-2011, 04:08 PM
Blake Pietila came through with a public commitment (http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tL8Ah1R7J-0t0I7U1KvPNhw&output=html). Jamie Russell for President!

oh god! this.this.this. !!!!!!!!

geezer
01-19-2011, 04:11 PM
Seems kind of crazy to commit to a team as low as this one right now,, but this is good to see. Anyone know if this is still a package deal with his brother coming to the team as well?

that's the rumor. I think once we're at it, we should try to get Jay and Ted Pietila from Kingsford. :D

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-19-2011, 04:27 PM
Seems kind of crazy to commit to a team as low as this one right now

If I were a recruit with above average talent, I'd probably look at the situation and see a lot of potential for top six minutes as a freshman.

The Troll mtu86
01-19-2011, 07:02 PM
Now they just have to make sure he signs the LOI...
And actually makes it on to campus..

Biddco
01-19-2011, 07:07 PM
And doesn't leave if there is a coaching change.

MTUHatTrick84
01-19-2011, 07:18 PM
I will believe it when he is on campus and in uniform, and all of the hurdles between signing the LOI and getting enrolled are out of the way. When is national signing day for college hockey?

With this news, we now have six incoming freshmen on the commit list. That is a good class size, considering that we only have a couple of players leaving via "graduation" (or, exhaustion of NCAA eligibility).

Twitch Boy
01-19-2011, 07:25 PM
And doesn't leave if there is a coaching change.

That's what set our alarm bells off too. Why would a blue-chipper sign if he knew the coach was on his way out the door? These recruits must know something we don't.

aparch
01-19-2011, 07:39 PM
That's what set our alarm bells off too. Why would a blue-chipper sign if he knew the coach was on his way out the door? These recruits must know something we don't.

Recruits could care less about the coach, in some cases; the assistant coaches do a majority of the work. Nathan Oystrick was recruited by Dave Shyiak during Comley's last year at NMU. Walt Kyle called Nathan in the summer and introduced himself as the new head coach. Nathan responded "I never knew who the old coach was."

Pietila is likely an MTU kid no matter WHO is behind the bench. Unless he fails the clearinghouse.