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FlagDUDE08
12-06-2011, 12:34 PM
I enjoyed too when it was between Christmas And New Years. Thanksgiving weekend, not so much. Couldn't even muster 10 students and alumni for a band during the last few tournaments which does take away from the atmosphere. Probably looking at the same for the first ECAC weekend in January with no band which will be sad consdering the friday night game is on NBC sports.

In 2008 a small band was mustered, including "that girl on the bass drum". ;) Of course, different people have different levels of motivation and drive to make those things happen.

Red Cloud
12-06-2011, 12:35 PM
If you think anyone is glad about this turn of events, you're sorely mistaken.

I'm glad.

FlagDUDE08
12-06-2011, 12:43 PM
I'm glad.

I stand corrected.

For me, it's bittersweet, but something that has to be done given the circumstances.

lugnut92
12-06-2011, 12:46 PM
That would be sad if the band was not there for that game in January.

Getting a band for that weekend will be somewhat difficult, given that it is on break. I would absolutely love to get a band together, but I'm not even entirely sure I'll be back in Troy for the game (flights from St. Louis aren't cheap and I'd be alone in Troy for weeks afterward). We are in the process of attempting to put a small band together for the weekend as the women will be at home as well, but I can't promise anything. Sorry if we make you sad, Ralph.

GRussinko
12-06-2011, 12:49 PM
Getting a band for that weekend will be somewhat difficult, given that it is on break. I would absolutely love to get a band together, but I'm not even entirely sure I'll be back in Troy for the game (flights from St. Louis aren't cheap and I'd be alone in Troy for weeks afterward). We are in the process of attempting to put a small band together for the weekend as the women will be at home as well, but I can't promise anything. Sorry if we make you sad, Ralph.

Be sure to reach out to the alumni list; I know there are several of us in the area that would be able to help out.

ajt6954
12-06-2011, 01:03 PM
I had a long-winded response to type out here, but I think this sums it up better... improvement is the name of the game, and we're playing that game very well. Give it time. Guarantee you that in another season or two, we will be scary good again. That's all I have to say for now :)

Here, here :)

babo
12-06-2011, 01:03 PM
Just saying that I loved going the tournament games. I am going to miss them. As far going back to the 60’s and researching attendance…well I will leave that to others.
I have no empirical evidence but I will bet that small college hockey attendance falls whenever the students are on vacation…duh
I just kinda liked it when players like Red B and Mel would come to Troy for a weekend.
I can’t believe that people are glad that the Tournament is gone.
First time I heard that. I guess when a team starts to struggle fans get apathetic
My interest has always been trying to bring in teams from the west, but going hockey east and then bringing in a traditional rival or two from ECAC would be great.
Part of a sports tradition is the enjoyment of seeing those who you don't see outside of that venue. I would have loved to experience the RPI Holiday tourney tradition and think that the team has the potential in coming years to re-ignite passion for, if not this tradition, other traditions that folks will be drawn to...

...oh, and by the way, you don't need empirical evidence to voice an opinion;)

babo
12-06-2011, 01:06 PM
Be sure to reach out to the alumni list; I know there are several of us in the area that would be able to help out.

I think I have a kazoo somewhere...count me in!

FlagDUDE08
12-06-2011, 01:08 PM
I think I have a kazoo somewhere...count me in!

Ladies and gentlemen, babo has won the discussion.

DrDemento
12-06-2011, 01:17 PM
I think I have a kazoo somewhere...count me in!

I think I played the triangle a few times in grade school-count me in also!:)

Red Cloud
12-06-2011, 01:20 PM
...oh, and by the way, you don't need empirical evidence to voice an opinion;)

Agree. Problem is, he was stating something as fact in an attempt to bolster said opinion, without offering any evidence.

You do have to back up claims of fact around here.

Red Cloud
12-06-2011, 01:20 PM
I stand corrected.

You usually do.

DrDemento
12-06-2011, 01:23 PM
Part of a sports tradition is the enjoyment of seeing those who you don't see outside of that venue. I would have loved to experience the RPI Holiday torney tradition and think that the team has the potential in coming years to re-ignite passion for, if not this tradition, other traditions that folks will be drawn to...

...oh, and by the way, you don't need empirical evidence to voice an opinion;)

Having been to 37 of the Tournaments we will miss it terribly. I understand fully the economic reasons that have gone into the decision to scrap it-but I find it hard to believe that some sort of solution could not have been offerred. Other tournaments came along and took a lot of the luster away from ours-it just seems like we decided to give in to this competition and fold instead of finding a way to compete for talented teams. Especially with the season we are having-a home tournament perhaps could have been a little tonic to get things going on a better track. Just sayin'.....

Senna
12-06-2011, 01:25 PM
Part of a sports tradition is the enjoyment of seeing those who you don't see outside of that venue. I would have loved to experience the RPI Holiday torney tradition and think that the team has the potential in coming years to re-ignite passion for, if not this tradition, other traditions that folks will be drawn to...

...oh, and by the way, you don't need empirical evidence to voice an opinion;)

FWIW - I used to love the Tourney between Christmas and New Year as a kid. Made sure I went to both games too. Have always been an RPI fan, but used to love watching the other teams warm up. I recall 7ht or 8th grade ('78-'79 ?) being there and watching the guys from the Air Force Academy walk out for warm ups and being massively impressed by them, their composure, their presence. Then again, the world was a bit of a different place and making that kind of commitment wasnt something to take lightly. While I only recived an alternate nomination and never made it to the Academy, it impacted me deeply and does to this day. I for one, hope that we someday get to a place where the Christmas tourney again makes sense and that gets brought back.

Ralph Baer
12-06-2011, 01:59 PM
Strings had to be pulled just to get an alumni band for the Clarkson game last year. I know I'd be willing to play, but I'm fairly certain they won't.

Strings had to be pulled? They just had wind instruments and percussion? ;)

babo
12-06-2011, 02:04 PM
FWIW - I used to love the Tourney between Christmas and New Year as a kid. Made sure I went to both games too. Have always been an RPI fan, but used to love watching the other teams warm up. I recall 7ht or 8th grade ('78-'79 ?) being there and watching the guys from the Air Force Academy walk out for warm ups and being massively impressed by them, their composure, their presence. Then again, the world was a bit of a different place and making that kind of commitment wasnt something to take lightly. While I only recived an alternate nomination and never made it to the Academy, it impacted me deeply and does to this day. I for one, hope that we someday get to a place where the Christmas tourney again makes sense and that gets brought back.
You wanna' talk about tradition...including a service academy in a tournament is a good idea...they bring theirs with them and add to the one in which they participate (I had a nomination to West Point but it was early on in the female attendance era -'78 - and my newly widowed mother would have none of it...had my Dad, the USMC Lt. Col. fighter pilot made it, he might have given the nod). West Point (Jim Knowlton might know a few folks there to grease the skids :cool:) would be a draw for additional Hudson Valley interest...

babo
12-06-2011, 02:06 PM
Strings had to be pulled? They just had wind instruments and percussion? ;)
He was referring to the ukulele section...:p

FlagDUDE08
12-06-2011, 02:06 PM
Strings had to be pulled? They just had wind instruments and percussion? ;)

Unlike Clarkson, we didn't have a banjo player... ;)

bothman
12-06-2011, 02:08 PM
The thing that sucks the most about being in last place is that everywhere we go, after we lose, without fail, someone will try to commiserate or something. Like "oh, hope you guys turn it around soon" or "your team is really a lot better than their record." I find it exceptionally condescending. I want to rail into these people like you wouldn't believe. I don't want your pity, because A) they don't really mean it, and B) when the tables are turned, my response is going to be "yeah, we came down here, you sucked, we destroyed you and then we ****ed in your ashes." That will be a good day.

Had one guy on Saturday tell me "you have to admit, that was really a great game." I want to know what the **** game he was watching. Sloppy on both sides, if both teams could have possibly lost it would have been cosmic justice.

Don't speak for others about their intentions or whether what they say is from the heart.

FlagDUDE08
12-06-2011, 02:10 PM
Don't speak for others about their intentions or whether what they say is from the heart.

When did he?