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    What makes you think there will be an increase in a year or two?
    The fan base/generous Wildcat donors and faith in UNH's fund raising ability based on what they have done in the past 5 - 10 years.

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    The team needs those funds NOW to continue to do what FOH had been doing, at least, from what I know they had been doing.
    Existing funds are still available, no? The 603 challenge has raised additional funds, the upcoming golf tournament will raise more.

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    Who takes that on now?
    The new and improved FOH/UNH Advancement/people who care about and support the team.

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    And as a member for the past 4 seasons, why haven't we received any info about all of this? I think UNH athletics owes us at least that...That said we made a small donation to the 603 challenge, and did get a thank you from MS...
    Patience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius View Post
    I was joking with my original post, but thought you might and am glad you responded Dan. Most people look at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears when I mention NCAA softball.

    Good story lines: Defending champion Florida State. Bonus Monday softball with JMU (CAA) defeating MI in Ann Arbor! Double happy for that. Always good to see Northwestern do well in any sport, have to face juggernaut OK (going for 3 of 4 championships) in Norman. 6 of 13 (all in the tournament) SEC teams made it to the supers. I sort of, kind of root against the SEC although sort of, kind of for AL and FL. It would be great to see them play again. Steel cage death match.

    From Thursday night > Sunday there will be games on ESPN/2/U. Unlike some other sports no ESPN3.

    Long shot hopeful for the finals: Northwestern/JMU. Reality check: OK/FL. Kelly Barnhill is must watch (Pedro, Sale) TV.
    Alright, if weíre going here, Iím all in!

    Did you guys see the Trine University hidden-ball trick to advance to the D3 World Series? Brilliant.

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    Alright, if weíre going here, Iím all in!

    Did you guys see the Trine University hidden-ball trick to advance to the D3 World Series? Brilliant.
    That is great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius View Post
    The fan base/generous Wildcat donors and faith in UNH's fund raising ability based on what they have done in the past 5 - 10 years.

    Existing funds are still available, no? The 603 challenge has raised additional funds, the upcoming golf tournament will raise more.

    The new and improved FOH/UNH Advancement/people who care about and support the team.

    Patience.
    Fair enough; thanks for the response...oh and what will make this new ďFOHĒ group ďimprovedĒ over the last?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius View Post
    I was joking with my original post, but thought you might and am glad you responded Dan. Most people look at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears when I mention NCAA softball.

    Good story lines: Defending champion Florida State. Bonus Monday softball with JMU (CAA) defeating MI in Ann Arbor! Double happy for that. Always good to see Northwestern do well in any sport, have to face juggernaut OK (going for 3 of 4 championships) in Norman. 6 of 13 (all in the tournament) SEC teams made it to the supers. I sort of, kind of root against the SEC although sort of, kind of for AL and FL. It would be great to see them play again. Steel cage death match.

    From Thursday night > Sunday there will be games on ESPN/2/U. Unlike some other sports no ESPN3.

    Long shot hopeful for the finals: Northwestern/JMU. Reality check: OK/FL. Kelly Barnhill is must watch (Pedro, Sale) TV.
    I think most people who would think your crazy for watching, likely havenít given the sport an honest watch themselves. Itís hard not to enjoy the sport if you truly give it a chance. College softball generated 450 million in revenue last season - probably more this season. So quite a few are watching. But to each their own.

    Anyway, letís dive in...

    Lots of great storylines - including this one which broke yesterday...

    https://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/26762392/extra-innings-ucla-softball-star-stevie-wisz

    The SEC is undoubtedly a deep and talented league - but getting all 13 teams into the tournament is really hard to swallow. I donít like it for a number of reasons - but I wonít get too deep into it here. Suffice to say A&M had no business in the field as an at large with an RPI of 50 and a record of 28-27. They were a bad team this year. RPI might disagree but I think three other SEC schools should have watched from home - Teams that test themselves in the non-conference and actually win games in league play should get those opportunities...

    JMU was actually ranked three spots ahead of Michigan in the polls heading into last weekend. That result didnít surprise me at all - the Dukes can play and Megan Good is the BEST player in the country (the Hobey/POY favorite, in my mind). What a recruiting find she was - a part time softball player off a no name club team out of nowheresville southern Virginia. Donít be surprised if she gives UCLA fits this weekend - although the Bruins have their own two-way stud...

    I donít think Northwestern has much of a chance at OK. They played twice earlier this year and OU won both, by a combined score of 15-0. Theyíre really the same mediocre team theyíve been for years - but this time with a hot shot FR arm in the circle. The BIG is a weak league - in most years well behind a number of mid-major leagues. UM is a force, Allister (now at Stanford) made Minny great. NU and UW are okay. Like Conklin in 2000-01 - Williams makes NU a threat, all by herself - but they still struggled past a ho-hum Louisville team last weekend...

    I could tell you some Barnhill recruiting stories that would blow your mind - starting with watching her go from zero offers to near 50 in a matter of minutes, and right before my eyes, at a showcase camp in NJ. Not sure she can do it alone, however? It is shocking how bad UF is at the plate, outside of Lorenz, this season. Their offense has looked a lot like UNHís the last few years - Little depth and low scores. They had a hard time scoring against BU, last weekend - much to the BU pitcherís surprise...



    Additionally, the really good Gator teams have always had multiple aces - but their pitching coach left for OU last summer and they havenít developed a true number two. Tennessee took the series at UF earlier this season. Iíd still pick UF this weekend, but Iím not sure they have the team to do much in OKC...

    Iíd expect Alabama to beat Oregon - er, Texas - unless Elish can steal it all on her own. But ĎBama can match her ability in the circle and has a far better offense. Texas does have some experience at this level, though, as four starters - including Elish - and their HC were in the WCWS with Oregon last season. At least three other Ducks stayed at Oregon but sat out the season to graduate and transfer - that team went from the penthouse to the outhouse in a hurry (and all because they wouldnít give White a raise). Losing just BVR? No sweat...

    LSU/Minny will be interesting but the Gophers are at home and have better pitching depth. Ironically, as a result of their number two Shelby Smith transferring home from LSU (Sheís basically their Eddie C). LSU has for years struggled on offense against good competition/pitching...

    Arizona and Ole Miss should be all offense especially in the launching pad that is Tucson. A UNH/BC late-90ís track meet. Thatís the Wildcatsí specialty and If any pitcher is going to slow down the opponent itís likely to be McQuillin, so look for Zona to advance...

    Washington - with two AA caliber pitchers one elite hitter, an otherwise dangerous offense and a legit, non-Whittamorgue, home-field advantage on the other side of the country should be much too much for Kentucky. After NW I think UK is most likely to bow out early - they got a great regional draw to advance this far...

    FSU probably gets past Okie State - but this series should be fun to watch with contrasting styles, cultures and personalities. Two good teams, great offenses led by some of the best in the game - it could be a shoot out unless King (the best developed player in softball - a mid level kid FSU stole late and turned into a star). Like Steve Saviano, Kingís star-turn was completely unexpected...

    ó-

    For all the talk about parity and how good the games were last weekend - 15 of the top-16 seeds advanced (and JMU probably deserved the seed over UM). Last year all 16-seeded teams advanced to the Super Regionals and all of the home Supers teams (8-national seeds) advanced to the WCWS. Will that trend hold true this weekend...?

    Great to know at least a few of us are watching, though - itís a fun ride and, hey, itís deep into the off-season...


    ó-

    St Louis is Boston - just not as talented. Bruins in 5 or 6...
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    St Louis is Boston - just not as talented. Bruins in 5 or 6...
    I'm a little nervous about this. It just seems like all the intangibles are in the Blues' favor. St. Louis is certainly due. They have NEVER won a GAME in the Stanley Cup finals (when they went three times in a row it was when ALL six expansion teams were in the same conference - or division at that time - so they played an "original six" team three times in a row and lost every game - 0-12). I still have a hard time believing that Rask will play as well as he has up to now, especially given the long layoff before which he was REALLY locked in. It just seems like it was a month ago when the Bruins beat Columbus and the energy has to be depleted somewhat.

    AND...the Blues have Laila! (don't laugh...that type of thing can carry a team....look at the Red Sox after David Ortiz got up and said "This is our ***** seety! And nobody gonna dictate our freedom!")

    FWIW...apparently Chara was spectacular in that "scrimmage" last night. It doesn't matter except in the sense that he seems to be healthy or he wouldn't have been out there as much as he was.

    IMO...if the B's win no way will it be in six games. They won't win the cup IN St. Louis. That building has become a huge home ice advantage and they have lots of momentum. Also, never thought I'd ever say this about hockey, but it depends upon the officiating also. Call me paranoid but my attitude about "replay" is exacerbated by the fact that it is done in TORONTO (just as in baseball it is done in NEW YORK). I don't believe that anyone in Toronto can be objective when it comes to Boston. I'm sorry, but that's how I feel. (I'll stop here or else it will be a six chapter discussion on the "merits" of replay in general) The final factor will be how many hand passes the eventual winning team gets away with. Besides, that is, the potential that by June 12 - JUNE 12!!!! (and that's ANOTHER discussion) there may be a repeat of that Edmonton series where they were skating through fog the entire game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickod View Post
    I'm a little nervous about this. It just seems like all the intangibles are in the Blues' favor. St. Louis is certainly due. They have NEVER won a GAME in the Stanley Cup finals (when they went three times in a row it was when ALL six expansion teams were in the same conference - or division at that time - so they played an "original six" team three times in a row and lost every game - 0-12). I still have a hard time believing that Rask will play as well as he has up to now, especially given the long layoff before which he was REALLY locked in. It just seems like it was a month ago when the Bruins beat Columbus and the energy has to be depleted somewhat.

    AND...the Blues have Laila! (don't laugh...that type of thing can carry a team....look at the Red Sox after David Ortiz got up and said "This is our ***** seety! And nobody gonna dictate our freedom!")

    FWIW...apparently Chara was spectacular in that "scrimmage" last night. It doesn't matter except in the sense that he seems to be healthy or he wouldn't have been out there as much as he was.

    IMO...if the B's win no way will it be in six games. They won't win the cup IN St. Louis. That building has become a huge home ice advantage and they have lots of momentum. Also, never thought I'd ever say this about hockey, but it depends upon the officiating also. Call me paranoid but my attitude about "replay" is exacerbated by the fact that it is done in TORONTO (just as in baseball it is done in NEW YORK). I don't believe that anyone in Toronto can be objective when it comes to Boston. I'm sorry, but that's how I feel. (I'll stop here or else it will be a six chapter discussion on the "merits" of replay in general) The final factor will be how many hand passes the eventual winning team gets away with. Besides, that is, the potential that by June 12 - JUNE 12!!!! (and that's ANOTHER discussion) there may be a repeat of that Edmonton series where they were skating through fog the entire game.
    Agreed; seven games; Kaching$, Kaching$

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickod View Post
    I'm a little nervous about this. It just seems like all the intangibles are in the Blues' favor. St. Louis is certainly due. They have NEVER won a GAME in the Stanley Cup finals (when they went three times in a row it was when ALL six expansion teams were in the same conference - or division at that time - so they played an "original six" team three times in a row and lost every game - 0-12). I still have a hard time believing that Rask will play as well as he has up to now, especially given the long layoff before which he was REALLY locked in. It just seems like it was a month ago when the Bruins beat Columbus and the energy has to be depleted somewhat.

    AND...the Blues have Laila! (don't laugh...that type of thing can carry a team....look at the Red Sox after David Ortiz got up and said "This is our ***** seety! And nobody gonna dictate our freedom!")

    FWIW...apparently Chara was spectacular in that "scrimmage" last night. It doesn't matter except in the sense that he seems to be healthy or he wouldn't have been out there as much as he was.

    IMO...if the B's win no way will it be in six games. They won't win the cup IN St. Louis. That building has become a huge home ice advantage and they have lots of momentum. Also, never thought I'd ever say this about hockey, but it depends upon the officiating also. Call me paranoid but my attitude about "replay" is exacerbated by the fact that it is done in TORONTO (just as in baseball it is done in NEW YORK). I don't believe that anyone in Toronto can be objective when it comes to Boston. I'm sorry, but that's how I feel. (I'll stop here or else it will be a six chapter discussion on the "merits" of replay in general) The final factor will be how many hand passes the eventual winning team gets away with. Besides, that is, the potential that by June 12 - JUNE 12!!!! (and that's ANOTHER discussion) there may be a repeat of that Edmonton series where they were skating through fog the entire game.
    Hey Chickie - you seem to have some issues. Explain that paranoid Toronto fantasy to me, please?
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    Maybe Iím missing something but I donít get all the doom and gloom? Perhaps itís just a way to be surprised, but not all that disappointed. Obviously anything can happen, but Boston should be a clear favorite...

    https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/26806175/2019-stanley-cup-final-numbers-how-bruins-blues-match-up

    As for the Bruins long layoff the Blues have sat around for nearly a week themselves. Their enthusiasm, puck skills and goaltending are just as likely to be impacted negatively as Bostonís...

    As for the Bluesí huge home-ice advantage - St Louis is 5-5 in the playoffs at home this season. By comparison the Bruins are 6-3. Boston is also 6-2 on the road and has had no problem winning in hostile playoff atmospheres...

    As for St Louisí hot stretch of three in a row, Boston is won six in a row...

    As for Bostonís playoff opponents - Toronto is an elite team, Columbus was as talented as any one post-trade deadline and Im pretty sure they mentioned Carolina had one of the top-five records in the NHL much of the second half of the season...

    As for being due - thereís no such thing. I doubt these Blues will find experience or good fortune from the 70ís Blues struggles (or Pesky holding the ball, etc.). if anyoneís Ďdueí recent history might tell you itís been an uncharacteristically long time since Boston won a title based on how often the city wins titles these days...

    Boston has the best forward line in the series, the more balanced offensive attack, the better GF/GA ranking, the far better PP, the far better PK and a more experienced (and far hotter) goaltender in Rask (1.84/.942 to Binningtonís 2.36/.914)...

    Bostonís top line is a +15 (18:3) at even-strength play while STLís is -1 (5:6). Bostonís top D-Pair is +8 (13:5). STLís is +1 (7:6)...

    Overall Boston has much more post-season and Stanley Cup experience and the intangible Ďleadershipí edge...

    And honestly, if storylines have any impact on a series Boston being an obnoxious winner, winning its third title in a year and owning St Louis (Sox twice, Pats essentially twice) in the last fifteen years destroys last original expansion team to win on the Ďfate-meterí...

    I mean, things happen - but Boston has plenty of reason to be optimistic. Everything that many are SO high on for St Louis is overshadowed by Bostonís results in the same categories. Itís the ĎI tout and overvalue the regular dude/team for doing less than the superstar/great team because I donít expect it from one and take it for granted from the otherí argument in a nut shell...

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    Also, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington, Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, Alabama and Oklahoma State advance to the WCWS. Only OSU won as a road underdog. The winner likely comes from the top (first) three listed - but if thereís a spoiler look for #8 Alabama or #13 OSU to fill that role...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Maybe Iím missing something but I donít get all the doom and gloom? Perhaps itís just a way to be surprised, but not all that disappointed. Obviously anything can happen, but Boston should be a clear favorite...

    https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/26806175/2019-stanley-cup-final-numbers-how-bruins-blues-match-up

    As for the Bruins long layoff the Blues have sat around for nearly a week themselves. Their enthusiasm, puck skills and goaltending are just as likely to be impacted negatively as Bostonís...

    As for the Bluesí huge home-ice advantage - St Louis is 5-5 in the playoffs at home this season. By comparison the Bruins are 6-3. Boston is also 6-2 on the road and has had no problem winning in hostile playoff atmospheres...

    As for St Louisí hot stretch of three in a row, Boston is won six in a row...

    As for Bostonís playoff opponents - Toronto is an elite team, Columbus was as talented as any one post-trade deadline and Im pretty sure they mentioned Carolina had one of the top-five records in the NHL much of the second half of the season...

    As for being due - thereís no such thing. I doubt these Blues will find experience or good fortune from the 70ís Blues struggles (or Pesky holding the ball, etc.). if anyoneís Ďdueí recent history might tell you itís been an uncharacteristically long time since Boston won a title based on how often the city wins titles these days...

    Boston has the best forward line in the series, the more balanced offensive attack, the better GF/GA ranking, the far better PP, the far better PK and a more experienced (and far hotter) goaltender in Rask (1.84/.942 to Binningtonís 2.36/.914)...

    Bostonís top line is a +15 (18:3) at even-strength play while STLís is -1 (5:6). Bostonís top D-Pair is +8 (13:5). STLís is +1 (7:6)...

    Overall Boston has much more post-season and Stanley Cup experience and the intangible Ďleadershipí edge...

    And honestly, if storylines have any impact on a series Boston being an obnoxious winner, winning its third title in a year and owning St Louis (Sox twice, Pats essentially twice) in the last fifteen years destroys last original expansion team to win on the Ďfate-meterí...

    I mean, things happen - but Boston has plenty of reason to be optimistic. Everything that many are SO high on for St Louis is overshadowed by Bostonís results in the same categories. Itís the ĎI tout and overvalue the regular dude/team for doing less than the superstar/great team because I donít expect it from one and take it for granted from the otherí argument in a nut shell...

    ó-

    Also, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington, Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, Alabama and Oklahoma State advance to the WCWS. Only OSU won as a road underdog. The winner likely comes from the top (first) three listed - but if thereís a spoiler look for #8 Alabama or #13 OSU to fill that role...
    No doom and gloom here! Go Bruinssssss!!! Bís in 5! 😉

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    After a shaky start, the B's survive game one, largely by outshooting the Blues 18-3 in the second, score 4 unanswered goals. Another great game by the 4th line (again). PP was so - so...gotta be better game 2! A win's a win....go Bruins!

    Ps...Torey (scorey) Krug is the man!!! BOOM!
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    I think that the B's third and fourth lines and the third D pair earned their minutes tonight. The spare cogs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Hey Chickie - you seem to have some issues. Explain that paranoid Toronto fantasy to me, please?
    They do the replay review in Toronto. Yeah, it's the "league" office but you don't think a lot of those people grew up as either Leafs fans or at least "Canadian teams" fans? Same with MLB in New York? Hopefully it won't come into play. It's difficult to completely eradicate bias from your hometown, etc.

    On the other hand, I guess I shouldn't be too upset. I could be a (former) Expos or DRW fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    After a shaky start, the B's survive game one, largely by outshooting the Blues 18-3 in the second, score 4 unanswered goals. Another great game by the 4th line (again). PP was so - so...gotta be better game 2! A win's a win....go Bruins!

    Ps...Torey (scorey) Krug is the man!!! BOOM!
    Yes, gotta like helmetless Krug's clean open-ice hit on Roberts after getting mauled by Perron.

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    The Blues scored 8 out of a possible 10 on the Fraud-O-Meter last night. After looking pretty solid after what was in retrospect the B's wandering around for the first 20+ minutes of the game knocking off the rust, the Blues largely went MIA for the duration. Dumb penalties didn't help them either, and the B's did catch a huge break when Chara should have gone out for smashing one of the Blues' sticks in half during a (rare) PK that should have turned into a 5-on-3. But even if it took them into the 3rd period to net the game-winner, it felt inevitable as soon as the B's drew level in the 2nd period. Only Binnington can look himself in the mirror today without shame.

    Joel Edmundson will be taking over the role of Dougie Hamilton in this series, in case you were wondering.

    The bigger team played like a bunch of pansies for the last 40 minutes, and they looked like they were skating in quicksand. If it doesn't change tomorrow night, this is going to be a short series.

    Coach Berube … it's up to you now. Too many "deer in the headlights" looks last night on your bench, and you were one of the way-too-many Bambi's who had no clue what to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    The Blues scored 8 out of a possible 10 on the Fraud-O-Meter last night.
    Or, an alternative way to look at it. The Bruins are 1) more talented 2) faster 3) more experienced. The real "frauds" are the teams that lost to the Blues (are you listening San Jose....AGAIN?) I like Tony Amonte's take after the game on Felger's show. I paraphrase: "The Blues are not a team that generates a lot of offense and they have to win with their defense." That sounds an awful lot like the Claude Julien approach. It doesn't work. You can't win every game 1-0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickod View Post
    Or, an alternative way to look at it. The Bruins are 1) more talented 2) faster 3) more experienced. The real "frauds" are the teams that lost to the Blues (are you listening San Jose....AGAIN?) I like Tony Amonte's take after the game on Felger's show. I paraphrase: "The Blues are not a team that generates a lot of offense and they have to win with their defense." That sounds an awful lot like the Claude Julien approach. It doesn't work. You can't win every game 1-0.
    Agree. They just don't match up. The Blues were only in that game because of a failed clear and a horrendous turnover that gifted them a pair of early goals and a 2-0 lead. Once the Bruins started skating and the rust shook off their puck-handling/passing/receiving it was men against boys. St. Louis' only hope now is that Boston cannot maintain that level of output. Regardless of whether STL can play a bit better, if the Bruins continue to play like that (with the assumption that the PP only gets sharper with reps) its over...
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    Andrew Potarulski is leading in scoring and plus/minus in the Calder Cup playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msprice View Post
    Andrew Potarulski is leading in scoring and plus/minus in the Calder Cup playoffs.
    Canes could have used that scoring touch against the B's. :-)

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