Get off my lawn. :)
Nothing to talk about as far as hockey goes as no one has seen the recruits play yet. We all know what the rest of team looks like. Maybe someone will go to a captains practice and can fill us in? I used to try to get to a practice once and awhile but too busy now. Too bad about football team, I guess not many fans showed up to Alfond Stadium??
Jim Montgomery days until hockey.
I would be curious to know if anyone has stopped to wonder what this means for athletics, specifically whether the NCAA would continue to let all the campuses continue to field separate athletic teams: https://bangordailynews.com/2019/09/...-its-campuses/
Also, the University of Maine is an actual research institution with some standards for admission. Lumping in the degree from that institution with whatever crayon-on-coloring-book-paper degree you get from UMFK seems to cheapen the whole thing.
All of that aside, Maine needs a win at Colgate.
Having watched them both, I do believe that Maine is the better squad. The D is still the strength of this team, but Ferguson can't throw 4 picks and expect to win, even against them.
I can't open that link, otherwise, and print outlets need some help these days, unless we're all going to get "news" from FB, Google and Yahoo, etc, who just feed us what their advertisers want us to consume.
I'll revisit your link tomorrow. Thanks.
Former Maine Black Bear, D-man Ben Hutton has signed a 1 year/1.5 million deal with the L.A. Kings.
Well a few weeks before the start of the Hockey Season....here's my take on the Regular Season in Hockey East and Frozen Four Picks: Hockey East: (1) BC (2) UMass (3) BU (4) UML (5) Providence (6) Northeastern (7) MAINE (8) UNH (9) Vermont (10) UConn (11) Merrimack --- Frozen Four Teams: North Dakota/Wisconsin/Boston College/Minnesota-Duluth....with UMD winning it all again.
I do realize that I shouldn't talk football much on here, but the Colgate win on the road was a start.
Reed ran the ball well, Fitzpatrick was even better, but Edwards saved the day at last. That guy will play on Sundays next year.
The Maine D was ferocious most of the time, but that 3rd-string Colgate QB delivered some great balls on dire downs and distance, too.
Things haven't gone Maine's way so far, but this is a quality team, and The Bears are certainly still in the mix.
Yeah, I think Nova is tremendous this year, and Maine is just very good. I don't feel too good about our matchup this weekend. I still, over-all, feel pretty good about our season and our chances of making the playoff field, as maybe the 5th seed from the CAA, but we are just not as good as James Madison or Towson or Nova. There are just a ton of really bad fcs teams (not in the CAA unfortunately), though, and I think Maine to be one of the top 24 when all is said and done. I see Ls to Nova and Elon, but we should be 7-4 heading into New Hampshire. 8-4 and we are in, 7-5 and we are cooked. Also, we have to win the 'easy games' like Albany, Richmond, W&M--and I kind of think we will beat Liberty.
I see 7th for the Hockey team. Not enough goal-scoring, tepid defensive play, dumb penalties and very good goaltending will add up to a very frustrating year filled with 2-1 and 3-2 losses. I think this is Red's last year.
As far as football goes, I'm slightly more optimistic than you, in that Maine could win at Villanova if they throw a few wrinkles in the mix, and completely avoid turn-overs. If they win that game, and the others that you cite, it could easily translate into another run in the play-offs.
Hockey..? Not so much. Maine was mediocre (to put it politely) last year, and looks to be worse in '19-'20... (As in, forget about it.)
Does he get his money if he “retires” ? Which would potentially hamstring the school to an even cheaper replacement?
Maybe the retirement payments are spread out over a while to mitigate that? Would’ve been a good thing to think of given his age when he got that extension but with this school who knows
The average of his three highest years of income will be pretty high (lets call it $200,000), multiply that by the 10 years he put in, times .02 = $40,000/year from Maine State Retirement. That wouldn't be attributable to the athletic department.
NESN and Hockey East partner
NESN will broadcast three games from Alfond this season:
16 Nov vs UNH
15 Feb vs UConn
22 Feb vs UVM
5 Oct @ PC
22 Nov @ NU
23 Nov @ NU
7 Dec @ UMass
15 Jan @ UConn
24 Jan @ BC
29 Feb @ PC
Games will be televised on either NESN or NESN+
Hockey East Coaches POLL out today(HockeyEastonline)….men's hockey @ #8 and women's hockey @ #8.....my thinking here is Maine's women's hockey gets more wins then the Gendron led men's hockey team:D
If Red had possessed any integrity, he wouldn't have accepted the proposed extension in the first place. He had clearly failed to achieve his stated goals, but he took the money and ran, driving the program even deeper into oblivion.
He won't leave until the well runs dry, even if Maine goes 0-26 twice in the meantime.
I actually miss Timmy right now, who was twice the coach Red has ever been.
Eh I wouldnt go so far as to say took the money and ran.
He stinks but its not like he’s aware that he stinks and is trying to bilk Maine out of the big bucks. He really thought he was going to win a national title.
Whatever else I’ll say about his performance and qualifications, you’ll never hear me say he didn’t give an honest effort.
Professors are state employees? last i knew Umaine had its own health insurance and retirement programs. TIAA CREF.
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Football won the 2nd half, anyway, and Maine out-gained Villanova for the game. :o
This season isn't over, but it's on the brink. I don't believe that the Liberty game will matter much one way or the other, but the remaining CAA games certainly will.
Reed had one carry today. If he's dinged-up, the running game is in trouble. Maine misses Jefferson badly.
I originally wrote this in 2016. We are now at the point where freshmen were born after Shawn passed.
This edition is about the giant we lost 15 years ago this week. I was fortunate enough to be around him at the height of his success in the early 90s. In two seasons we were 73-5-4, won a pair of Hockey East titles and our first national championship.
There are stories I could tell to make Maine fans think he was the devil and others that would make the heart of the most ardent BU supporter melt. He was neither demon or saint. He was a man. Like any man he had success and failures; because of the notoriety of his position both were magnified.
My favorite memory is from early in my freshman year between periods of a Friday night game. I've changed a few details to keep some measure of anonymity.
I was stationed in the hallway outside the locker room. I would receive a signal when the zamboni had two laps left and would signal Shawn. Suddenly the door opened and there he was, with a player in tow. The kid had had a lousy week of practice and was having a rough game. I realized what was coming and wanted to get out, but the near door was blocked and the far door was simply too far away. Instead I tried to melt into the wall and not make a sound.
Shawn rounded on the kid and we both braced ourselves for the verbal assault that was about to be unleashed. Instead Shawn put his hand on the kid's shoulder and asked what was wrong. We were both taken aback. "You're better than this. We brought you here for a reason." There was something in how he said it. The timbre of his voice, the expression on his face. The kid screwed up enough courage to reveal that a member of his family was in hospital and he was having trouble with it. He didn't tell anyone because he was embarrassed, and afraid of what it would mean for his place on the team.
Shawn listened to him, thought for a moment then said the kid had a decision to make. If it was too much for him, call it a night and Shawn would make sure he got the first flight home. When the time came he could come back. Or he could stay, "But you aren't playing for yourself, you have to dedicate yourself to (them). What would they want you to do? Go sit down and think about what you want to do."
The kid turned and went back to the room. Shawn gave his pep talk and everyone stood up to take the ice. The kid included. He scored a goal later that night and went on to have a good year.
In my time in Orono I tried to learn as much as I could from Shawn. He was great at incorporating statistics, ruthless with off-ice planning and his motivational techniques were remarkable. I think I learned but the players I worked with at North Yarmouth Academy can tell you how well. What I never mastered was how he read people and situations so well. How did he know? If he had bawled the kid out as we both expected the reaction sure as hell would have been different. That poor kid might have broken that night. (And no, Shawn wasn't tipped off by a phone call from home because he certainly wouldn't have waited until between periods of a game to have this conversation.)
In 1997 we played the high school state championship game at Alfond. I went to the UM locker room and a note was posted on the wall. It was Shawn personally thanking the seniors for sticking it out despite the NCAA sanctions. "Where would we be without them?" It wasn't something he just jotted down and he didn't say it because it sounded good. He meant it.
We lost someone very special, but the loss for Tyler, Travis and Sean was grievous. He would be so proud to see the men you have become and are becoming. He isn't truly gone because his spirit lives on in you.
Newer Black Bear fans cannot appreciate the treasure we had behind the bench, in the locker room, visiting the dorms and in the community. To them he is a picture in a book or a name on a building. It is up to those of us who knew him to keep his memory alive and remind those fans of just how special he was.
at UMaine you are completely vested in your retirement plan on day one. you can retire any time and keep 100% of the money UMaine contributes to the 403.b plan on your behalf. For normal salaried employees, they contribute 10% of your salary (once upon a time I was a UMaine employee and I fell under the Professor and professional employee retirement plan). I don't remember if it was a base 5% contribution and match up to 5% or if it was a 2:1 match on employee contributions.
UMaine won't be on the hook for anything after he retires -- the money will have already been paid into the 403.b (unless as a coach he can negotiate some additional deferred compensation that's paid into his 403.b over time)
The University of Maine system is a quasi-government organization, like the Maine Turnpike Authority. It exists through an act of law, but is run independently from the state (and of course in the case of the University, they are appropriated some funding from the state). When I was a UMaine employee, I was not considered a State employee.
2 games/away-home, this weekend to start the season...1st game at Providence is a chance to get the monkey off there back at winning @ Providence and ending a losing streak versus PC...then home to New Brunswick, which to tell you the truth I never like playing as it usually turns out with some rough hockey...and games that don't count...only plus is to get everyone ice time...and food for thought...play all three netminders a period each.
Its either a 0-0 game at PC or Maine gets crushed
Well, 1st coaches show of season on now. They should just leave Red home.
Enjoy hearing from the players. A little personal insight from them is cool, but tough to get it out of them by Shields.