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Hammer
10-01-2011, 09:43 PM
Let's try this again, since apparently I cannot spell my alma mater's name properly.

Hi there. It's been quite the summer. But it's time again.

Again, as the years go by, I get farther and farther away from the team and the program. I guess living 200 miles away and having a Division III team in my neighborhood (literally) will do that. I don't have a lot to talk about as it relates to this year's team, as I'm watching less and less Ferris hockey of the years, for reasons listed above. I will say this. The losses of Zach Redmond and Scott Wietecha, along with Pat Nagle between the pipes, cannot be understated. Gentlemen, it was a pleasure watching you all play for four years.

I don't know much about the incoming freshmen, or who is replacing the two departed defensemen, but I know that with Taylor Nelson between the pipes, at least we're in good hands there. He's not Pat Nagle, but he's not going to hurt us any, either.

Now, for the two big elephants in the room. First, the impending move to the WCHA. It is my opinion (and only my opinion) that this was a program-saver. Full props to Mr. Weisenburger for taking the necessary steps to do everything to preserve our program. We were not going to be able to draw sufficiently to keep the program afloat, given the teams rumored to be joining the CCHA, if we had chosen that direction. Now we have no excuses. This is it. If we can't make it in the WCHA, we're not going to make it. This is the best-case scenario in front of us.

Regarding the other issue that I'm going to address. As an alum, and a former prominent member of the student section during some pretty bad years of hockey, I find it deplorable that the University has been trying to censor the student section in the manner they have. It is having a direct effect on the student section attendance, and down the road, a larger direct effect on the interest in the program, mainly in the terms of alumni donations (ahem). I heard the AD's interview during the WMU series, and he thought the WMU students were a bit profane. Ummmm...are you serious? If that's your idea of an obscene student section, perhaps you are better suited to be an athletic director at a southern bible college.

It's not just about students saying (insert the 4-letter bomb of your choice here. God knows I did when I was there). It's about the concept of the University trying to control what 18-to-22 year old students are saying, for absolutely no good reason. In times like these you need to encourage the students to attend, not give them a reason to stay away. If students are on eggshells because they might get tossed for saying something even remotely borderline, they'll just stay away in the process, and take their much-needed entertainment dollars, and later donations to the hockey program, with them. Much like you made the correct decision to move away from 5 PM Saturday games, and what I believe to be the correct move to the WCHA, you need to make the correct decision here as well.

Let the season begin.

bigmrg74
10-02-2011, 12:19 AM
Ferris sucks! :p

DominicHennig
10-02-2011, 01:13 AM
Looking forward to another great season. First Exhibition game Sunday, October 2nd, at 3:05 p.m. Pregame show at 2:30 p.m. here:

Bulldog Sports Network: Video Webcast (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ferris.portal?mode=link&eventId=30334&broadcastType=video) | Audio Webcast (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ferris.portal?mode=link&eventId=30334&broadcastType=audio)

"Countdown to Faceoff" Series begins Monday, here's the preview:

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Look out for way better online coverage of Ferris State Hockey this year. The Bulldog Sports Network will provide live video (home) and audio coverage of all of our games this year. Live Chat with fans during the games. Live Stats, video/audio on demand, etc.

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JVC
10-02-2011, 07:52 PM
It's about time Ferris got rid of the B2 network - their streaming video service was terrible. Now if only they could have kept the B2 network pricing:) On another note I'm looking forward to the season! Where the scoring will come from is still a bit of a question mark, but I think this team has the potential to be significantly better than last year's. It looks like the exhibition game went pretty well today...albeit against a team that is probably not good at all, but I can't complain about a 5-0 shutout and goals coming from the freshman. Let the season begin!

DominicHennig
10-02-2011, 11:41 PM
Toronto Highlights

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"Le Coq" Grande
10-03-2011, 01:37 PM
The third goal that the bulldogs scored was a heck-of-a shot!!! I would like to see Jordie put up some numbers this year!!!!!

I Want Shegos
10-05-2011, 04:43 PM
Definitely an interesting year upcoming for so many different reasons. For myself personally, it will almost certainly be my last year of Ferris hockey, as I very likely won't be in Michigan this time next year. I won't be able to come to maybe any of the first half games, due to working the weekends. I didn't get season tickets in part because of this, but I'm sure one of the many people I know can get me some seats.

I share Hammer's thoughts on both accounts for sure. I'm glad the team will get into the WCHA, even though it is much weaker than before, the thought of likely Ferris, BG, and some "scrubs" wasn't exactly appealing. And as always, I worry about the students and if/when Ferris tries to censor them. That was the other reason I didn't get season tickets; I don't know if it will be worth going. I wouldn't be shocked for them to continue on their brigade. Hope I'm wrong, but it seems that the Parents Television Council is making the decisions. :(

And of course, once again we have no idea what to expect from the team. A lot of good players gone, still questions of who will score the goals and step up as the team leaders. Taylor Nelson, when he played last year, seemed off, so hopefully he can return to the great form he had not too long ago.

Either way, I'm curious to see how it all unfolds. GO BULLDOGS!

DominicHennig
10-07-2011, 02:51 PM
Video Preview for tonight:

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Radio Feed (97.3 FM WDEE): http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ferris.portal?mode=link&eventId=35622&broadcastType=audio

DawgPoundCrazy
10-12-2011, 06:05 PM
Friday's game will be the annual free game for all Students with a valid student id. We are planning for a white out in the Student section as well. Lets hope that we can fill Ewigleben so we can make it as difficult for RPI to play in as we can.

hattrick16
10-13-2011, 11:42 PM
Two wins this weekend would be very nice. I hope the offensive can keep up its attack. The defense and netminding should be of little worry. This is the weekend we get to see if FSU is gonna be good or very good this season.

On an unrelated note, I was just thinking how nice it's gonna be to watch WMU sit at the bottom of the NCHC while Ferris competes with NMU and Bemidji St. for the top of the WCHA every year.

Go Dawgs!

hattrick16
10-15-2011, 09:40 PM
Fantastic weekend! Outstanding goaltending from both netminders and some of the best defense I've ever seen in Big Rapids. Time to get ready for the Red Hawks.

Go Dawgs!

giwan
10-15-2011, 09:44 PM
Two wins this weekend would be very nice. I hope the offensive can keep up its attack. The defense and netminding should be of little worry. This is the weekend we get to see if FSU is gonna be good or very good this season.On an unrelated note, I was just thinking how nice it's gonna be to watch WMU sit at the bottom of the NCHC while Ferris competes with NMU and Bemidji St. for the top of the WCHA every year.Go Dawgs!

Yeah makes you wonder what some of those teams were thinking. Every conference has it's bottom feeders

JVC
10-15-2011, 10:13 PM
What a way to start the season! We will need all the momentum we can get going into these next two weekends. With miami underachieving and UofM without merrill, I'd like to see us come out 2-2 or better though. Keep rolling dogs!

"Le Coq" Grande
10-18-2011, 08:02 AM
I know it is way to early to get excited about any type of polls but it is nice to see the bulldogs in the top 20. The bulldogs have two brutal weeks ahead. Miami and then U of M. 6 out of 12 points would be a nice spot.

bigmrg74
10-18-2011, 01:24 PM
Ferris at GVSU this week. Kinda nervous about it. might be the first time the football team beats the Lakers since 1999.

ferrisfan1
10-18-2011, 02:48 PM
Regarding the censorship of the student section, I agree that decreased attendance is a direct correlation to these strongly imposed rules and that the student section is much less exciting than it used to be. However, I don't believe that the students should be sitting on their hands waiting for the school to change its rules. Those that don't adapt...DIE...and that is exactly what is happening to the Ferris student section. The great chants of the past were not great because they were profane, they were great because they excited the crowd, elevated our team, and tore down the opponents. At its height, Ewigleben is miserable for the away team and the crowd is a 6th man unlike any other arena claims.

The problem is not the restrictions or the school, it is the fact that nobody has stepped up as a leader to take some creative initiative in creating new chants that follow the rules.

I blame FUSS. In my last couple of years at Ferris, when the new rules were beginning to be strictly enforced, I personally handed new chants to members of FUSS. I picked those chants up from a high school football game I attended and they were mean, clean, and funny. But FUSS refused to use them. The door is wide open for them to make a huge impact on the present and future of Ferris hockey. If they don't walk through it, I don't know what they're doing there.

They must adapt and they must adapt now. It is a new season and they have a good team. Word of mouth can spread about some great new chants and new traditions will be started in time for our entrance into the WCHA. Or we could just let it die.

DawgPoundCrazy
10-18-2011, 07:46 PM
The Student section does have leadership which is currently working alongside the administration to insure that what we do is alright by their standards. This work leads them to give us some more space to work in. While we have to drop some of the major profanity within our chants we can still be loud and show our support for the team. We have already reworked a lot of the old chants to work within these new guidelines that we have been having to deal with. We are also currently still trying to come up with more chants and cheers so if anyone were going to give us a list of chant ideas that they had or any other ideas then let us know.

I would also like to address the fact that everyone seems to think that the student section has no leadership, or that no one has been working to do anything about the current situations of the student section. If you are still in the section and don't know who a leader is just jump to the front of the section and find those people who are starting all the chants and working on the white boards all night.

ferrisfan1
10-19-2011, 09:34 AM
The Student section does have leadership which is currently working alongside the administration to insure that what we do is alright by their standards. This work leads them to give us some more space to work in. While we have to drop some of the major profanity within our chants we can still be loud and show our support for the team. We have already reworked a lot of the old chants to work within these new guidelines that we have been having to deal with. We are also currently still trying to come up with more chants and cheers so if anyone were going to give us a list of chant ideas that they had or any other ideas then let us know.

I would also like to address the fact that everyone seems to think that the student section has no leadership, or that no one has been working to do anything about the current situations of the student section. If you are still in the section and don't know who a leader is just jump to the front of the section and find those people who are starting all the chants and working on the white boards all night.

I appreciate your passion for our student section and I think it is important to state that we both want the same thing here. But this leadership you are talking about...what have they accomplished? As far as I can tell, the old great chants have been reworked ("1,2,3,4 Knapp's mother is a bore..."). Also, the leadership is talking to administration while still trying to come up with more chants and cheers. And the leaders work on white boards all night.

Just because you have people who lead chants doesn't mean you have leaders. Leaders create change and it seems that everything just stays the same since the censorship. The leaders have been creating new chants for 5 years now. It is time to stop talking and start acting.

DawgPoundCrazy
10-19-2011, 05:32 PM
The Leadership of the Dawg pound would love to speak to you in person if you have any ideas or suggestions. If you feel that we are not doing our duty to better the section then please talk to us and see what we are actually trying and working to do. FUSS is no longer in existence so lets not hold a grudge against people who turned you down before.

ferrisfan1
10-19-2011, 09:33 PM
The Leadership of the Dawg pound would love to speak to you in person if you have any ideas or suggestions. If you feel that we are not doing our duty to better the section then please talk to us and see what we are actually trying and working to do. FUSS is no longer in existence so lets not hold a grudge against people who turned you down before.

what's your email?