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1  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: Mens NCAA tourney Soccer tonight 7pm JCF on: November 20, 2017, 08:54:18 am
The game is at Duke on Saturday, 11/25 at 6 p.m.
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. Tulane (Montego Bay) - 11/19/17 on: November 18, 2017, 09:39:44 am
Good one. Desmond Dekker's Israelites was #9 in '69 the year before.  No steel drum but generally considered the first reggae hit.

The boogie down Bronx gonna roll Tulane.

Should have been clearer that steel drum is generally considered a form of reggae.  People use the term "reggae/steel drum" to distinguish it from African steel drum music.
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. Tulane (Montego Bay) - 11/19/17 on: November 18, 2017, 08:06:01 am
Who can think of Montego Bay without thinking of Bobby Bloom?   Smiley (It is credited as the first reggae/steel drum single to chart in the US).

https://youtu.be/sUADi8kGxS8

Bloom died just a few years later, and this turned out to he his only hit recording.  But he is better remembered as a songwriter and producer.  He was a co-writer of "Mony, Mony," among others.
4  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: Mens NCAA tourney Soccer tonight 7pm JCF on: November 17, 2017, 07:55:15 am

And someone tell the announcers they donít have to say match and pitch. This is America!!

Keeper or Goalie?
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: November 07, 2017, 03:36:43 pm
Major revenue opportunity vs. a loss leader for Julio and gang with the overcrowded tents and warm beer.

I spoke the Administration about this.

Apparently, so long as the "no tailgating" rule keeps Ram-Spouse away from campus events, they are going to stick with it.
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Coach Moorhead doing well on: November 07, 2017, 10:10:45 am
I had heard from multiple people that the team was divided (scholarship v. non-scholarship) and it had a serious impact on the team's performance.

I wasn't in the locker room, so cannot confirm, but this was something I had heard from multiple people - including some players on that team.


I've heard this too, and from a source I think is beyond reproach.
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: October 26, 2017, 01:18:39 pm
Be as angry as you want with my sentiments. But you clowns are making my point. While there are many, many positives, no one has ever heard of Fordham outside of heavily Catholic NYC. It's reputation has improved since 85 attended during the Civil War but reality suggests that this place is far from a global university. Point out as many facts about Fulbrights, and representation from various states but the fact is its local and in the Bronx and essentially a safety school with a really crappy football program. Fact is it never got me an interview - so much for the idiot McShane'd Frightening Glory BS. I'm laughing my a$$ off at this board right now.

Go to ND or Nova for brand recognition if you need to stay in the Catholic realm.

Just saw that Barrons 2018 has moved Fordham into its highest category -- "Most Competitive" -- after an absence of about 35 years from that category.  In recent years, Fordham was "Highly Competitive +," but it has now rejoined the "Most Competitive" club.

There must be other reasons why you don't get interviews.  Hmm, let's think for a moment.  Why could that be?
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: October 25, 2017, 01:12:39 pm
This thread seems to have devolved from "the SID office can't type" to "the Fordham when I went was better than it is today" and "kids today are soft and have it too easy."

To be clear, I never said anything negative about today's Fordham or today's students.  I defended the Fordham I knew from the claim of an '08 grad that today's Fordham student is significantly better than in the past -- and that today's Fordham students are, on the whole, smarter than Fordham's students in the past.
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: October 25, 2017, 10:55:45 am
85/Lurker, I don't think that we attended the same university. The Fordham that I recall was a marginally adequate commuter school that was a slightly better alternative to Hofstra and Fairleigh Dickinson. I do recall a lot of residential students having some misconceived and delusional notion that the place had an Ivy-type reputation. I'm guessing you two were residents who bought into that BS.

You're just wrong. Given the things you post, I wonder if you are really a Fordham guy.

When did Hofstra or FDU ever have faculty members like Marshall McLuhan; Margaret Mead; Quentin Lauer; W. Norris Clarke; Walter Kendrick; William Hogan; Joseph Fitzpatrick; Avery Dulles; Mark Massa; and I'm just scratching the surface because I'm busy.

The Fordham I attended allowed you to be taught, as an undergraduate, by many of the absolute best minds in their fields at a most reasonable price.  I took many classes with professors who were considered at the very top of the their fields.
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: October 24, 2017, 07:08:37 pm
Straight of of the Father McMoustache Credo........... ............oh we are rating at 65 now and you were 110  back in the 90's so we are better, nah, nah, nah.....laughable.......loser thinking which is exactly why the recent alums  probably hated their college experience......real world news ......up until @2000  Fordham (grads) had the largest number of corporate CEOs in America, only to be eclipsed by Harvard.....you have no idea what schools accepted or rejected or whatever from people from our era........

Here is a newsflash......the 60's, 70's, 80's Fordham was far different than today's Fordham because it was a very affordable school with more than half of its population being commuters.....middle and working class kids with very good grades who simply couldn't afford pricier schools.....nothing whatsoever to do with acceptance or non acceptance...so if some rich kids with mommy and daddy writing checks want to fill out McShane's moustache.....then go ahead and continue to pay Cadillac prices for a Ford Pinto education......

You are speaking to an '08 grad who doesn't get that the Fordham "of 50 years ago" was the Fordham of 1967.   Cheesy

In addition to being an excellent educational value, Fordham's faculty in those years included many of best minds in their academic fields.  To anyone who seriously compared schools, Fordham presented a big bang at a very reasonable price.
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: October 23, 2017, 03:53:08 pm
60s were 50+ years ago. Not relevant to my point at all.

Sure it is relevant to your point. You implied that students from 50 years ago aren't as smart as students from today.  And that is just not true.  Fordham in 2017 is still easier to which to gain admission than Fordham in 1967.

 
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: October 23, 2017, 02:56:57 pm
Fordham is a far better school than it was 30-40-50 years ago.

I'm not sure that's true.  Fifty years ago, Fordham had tougher admission standards than it does today.  I recall seeing an article from the late 1960s that reported Fordham's average SAT score at about 1250 -- which translates into about 1310 on the modern, re-centered SAT scoring.  It was the steady fall of the Bronx that, over time, affected Fordham's selectivity.  The school's selectivity has been gradually returning to its 1960s status, but it's not quite there yet.
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Homecoming - Fordham vs. Holy Cross University on: October 23, 2017, 01:02:04 pm
Many years ago, when he was still playing, Magic Johnson addressed a basketball clinic being held at Fordham.

He started by saying, "I'm happy to be here at the University of Fordham."
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Should Coach Breiner be on the "Hot Seat" on: October 21, 2017, 10:00:16 am
I don't see how the coach survives....to me the bigger issue is holding someone accountable for such a ridiculous hire and making sure there is accountability up the line going forward...this type of a hire never should have happened in the first place.......

http://www.goarmywestpoint.com/coaches.aspx?rc=446&path=football


When was the last time we had a head coach who worked his way up on the defensive side of the ball?  Masella? It may be time.

I think the program is at the same spot it was at the Foley to Masella handoff.  The talent is there, I think. The right staff can turn this around and get it heading in the right direction quickly.  
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Should Coach Breiner be on the "Hot Seat" on: October 15, 2017, 07:23:15 pm
We have two times in (fairly) recent memory promoted a top assistant to fill the vacancy created by a successful coach moving on.  In both instances, we had a top 25 program that nosedived within two seasons.

Promotions of a top assistant are done in the name of continuity, but I'm not sure "continuity" is actually what you get when you promote an assistant.  

At major FBS programs, promoting an assistant often works.  At major FBS programs, you not only a deep and talented roster, but every coach on the staff has EARNED their way onto a major FBS staff, having proven themselves elsewhere.   You have a deep and proven staff.  When such a program promotes the assistant, that assistant has enough experience to understand that the manner by which he must now relate to the players must change. The relationship that the head football coach maintains with players differs from the relationship that an assistant coach can have with players.  So from the coach's perspective, there is no "continuity."  He knows he must change to fit the job of being the head coach.

When a major FBS program promotes from within, it is not do that for "continuity" sake.  It is done because the AD, or whoever makes the hire, believes that the top assistant has been groomed to be a top man and is now the best man available for the job.  And ultimately he gets the job because he is the best man available[/b] -- not because of "continuity."

When we have an opening, we have to hire the best man available. Period.  On an FCS, that man is seldom the top assistant.  FCS staffs just don't have that depth and experience.

So, the next time this happens,


16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: NYCFC, the Bronx, and Fordham on: October 14, 2017, 01:15:58 pm
Why would we want to move football games off campus?  There is no need to be involved from that prospective.  Football games should be on-campus unless we're playing Notre Dame or Michigan. 

Fordham's most successful years in football were when it played off-campus.  I agree it would be better to play on-campus, but our on-campus facility places us at a competitive disadvantage within our own conference, and we have neither the money nor the space to improve on that facility.

Responding to other posts: NYCFC is not going to play in New Rochelle.  Its whole marketing to date has centered on being a franchise actually calling New York City home.

Why do we have to worry about filling a 25k stadium?  Does Seton Hall worry about selling 20k seats for basketball at the Prudential Center?  They just rope off the upper areas of the arena, and pretend they're playing in a state-of-the art 8k arena with luxurious locker room and press facilities, and the most modern customer amenities. 

SI Ram: The Yankee Stadium site is potentially back in play.  See this NY Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/sports/soccer/nycfc-stadium-belmont.html

I've spoken to season ticket account reps at NYCFC who've told me that the ideal location would be the Yankee Stadium site.  The club has already formed a fan base of over 22k per game at that location.  People are already use to that location, and with a new stadium, they think that attendance would creep back to the same levels as prior seasons.
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: NYCFC, the Bronx, and Fordham on: October 14, 2017, 11:31:58 am
It would be smart to get involved, but it's Fordham and besides Iona is already on their radar.

What do you mean by Iona is already at their radar?  And whose radar? 
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / NYCFC, the Bronx, and Fordham on: October 14, 2017, 09:23:31 am
After two seasons of fortunate luck, two NYCFC games had to be moved from Yankee Stadium due to scheduling conflicts with the Yankees this season.  A game on September 23 had to be moved all the way to Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Hartford CT because a Yankee game, postponed by rain, was rescheduled for that day.  Now the game on October 22 has been moved to Citifield because the Yankees advanced to the ALCS and there won't be enough time to prepare the field for soccer after games #4 and #5.

Rumors are swirling that NYCFC's ownership is now, more than ever, convinced that a new facility in the short term is necessary.  Season ticket holders have loudly complained and many have not renewed for next season.

A few sites within the city are under serious consideration.  One of the frontrunners is a parking lot and factory near the existing Yankee Stadium.   The parking lot is the structure located next to the site of the old Yankee Stadium, along what used to be the right field side of the old stadium.

Fordham should be closely monitoring these developments and letting the city know that it is interested in a tenancy for the football program.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham Football Falls - How far would this set us back? on: October 06, 2017, 01:06:10 pm
Some folks can't admit to reality even when it smashes you in the face.....

This team isn't good.  We will be very lucky to squeeze two more wins out of the season.  It was supposed to be a wonderful year only to become a disaster yet there are some claiming we can still win the PL.

Open your eyes -- we will be in the cellar for a while

fred, you have 12 posts here, all of which bash the coach. Most aren't even subtle. 

Yes, our eyes are wide open.  You are hoping for the team to lose every game the rest of the way, because you really are not here to support our team.
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: FACTS and REALITY on: October 01, 2017, 07:06:47 pm
Query: Was Breiner really the OC with an offensive genius like Moorehead running things?  Did we actually hand the reigns to a position coach with an overstated title?

Query: Was Breiner Foley really the OC with an offensive genius like Moorehead Clawson running things?  Did we actually hand the reigns to a position coach with an overstated title?
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 13, 2017, 11:11:07 am
I actually pointed that out maybe 2-3 pages ago but was told that I "don't get it." Whatever that means.

No, you get it.  And "it" is despite obvious preparation concerns evident at the start of our first two games, this coach has to date done what is expected of him, and should be allowed to work on these concerns without negativity from us.  I'm sure he's well aware that the team has not come onto the field adequately prepared and that he's working on that.
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 13, 2017, 07:08:02 am
Breiner is 9-4 in his head coaching career.  Two of those losses are to FBS teams.  He obviously must be fired.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 08, 2017, 03:14:33 pm
Ya really.  When was the last time you did?  Have you ever seen a sideline?

 What happens Week 1 in a long season has nothing to do with week 12.  Travel, injuries, internal issues and the grind of the season all have an impact on how a season plays out.  Injecting Fordham into it as a means of comparison is ludicrous. 

Too funny.  I might have "seen a sideline" more recently than you have.  Cheesy  I even know when a team, say Georgetown, knows every play called by our coaching staff before our guys run the play. (cough, cough)   Wink  Great job, there, buddy.

Sure, things happen between week 1 and week 12.  But the fact that our first opponent this year (with many returning key players) beat a team last year that had beat us handily surely portended that we could lose this game by a significant margin.

But then again, you really have no idea what you are talking about. If you were actually paying attention, you would not have posted earlier that this Army team is "not a top 50 team."  As I said earlier, this Army team will be their best team since 1996 and I have no doubt that Army will be among the top 50 teams.  I wouldn't be surprised if they even cracked the top 25, but they will certainly be a top 50 team.

PS -- Hey, Lombardi, Jr., don't look now, but ESPN's power rankings currently has Army at No. 46 in the nation.   Cheesy

http://www.espn.com/college-football/statistics/teamratings
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 08, 2017, 07:45:48 am
Irrelevant that Army beat Navy last year.  Navy is learning what it's like to play in a decent conference.  It's not like being an independent.  Very few weeks off and the season takes its toll.  Navy faded at the end of the year.  They are finding out what Army found out in Conference USA.  Playing in a conference is tough on the service academies.  They can't just open up a can of tackles like the other D-I programs can. 

You think it's irrelevant?  Really?  When was the last time you coached?
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 07, 2017, 04:59:33 pm
I'm definitely on the same page with you here and the team could have folded last year after Navy but went 8 - 2 the rest of the way. 

Keep in mind not only did we lose to Navy, 52-16, last year, but that Navy team then lost to Army, 21-17, in December.

And I don't think there's any doubt that the 2017 Army team is better than last year's Army team.

In other words, a significant loss to Army to open this season was reasonably foreseeable. 

We need to re-focus and just get back to work, like we did last season.
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 02, 2017, 10:28:23 am
I am not sure how you rank the offense as a "passing grade" of D when we scored 6 points and averaged 30 last year.  The best FCS back in the nation rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries.

We failed in every aspect of the game last night including Cargo truck renting.

Hah! You see, we do agree here and there. How can any unit earn a D based on last night? Last night, it was a big, fat F across the board.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 02, 2017, 10:26:36 am
This was Army.  Much improved but we're not talking about a Top 50 team here.  

You want to bet on that, come December? This Army team is going to be the best team they've put on the field since 1996, when they finished No. 25 in the nation. That O-line is going to push around a lot of FBS teams, and the triple-option will confound a lot of FBS defenses. I think they can be a top 25 team.  They will definitely be a top 50 team.
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 02, 2017, 09:53:22 am
So you are a coach?  We were unprepared last night, Coach.  And their superior team and athletes exposed us.  That is my "fan" perspective.

I don't think you can accurately assess our level of preparation based on last night. You could play that game 100 times, and we could have their playbook in advance, and the only difference might be the disparity of their win. As I said, basic physics, and then their dominant play on the line just rippled into every aspect of play.

Are we prepared as a team? Obviously you can't say yes based on last night, but I'll withhold judgment until after the CCSU game.  Then let's revisit this discussion. You may be right, but I hope not.
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 02, 2017, 09:40:01 am
This wasn't just off. Line dominance.  Did you see the open field tackling of Chase.  Eastern Washington, North Dakota St, etc. don't get embarrassed like that.

I get it. You're a fan, not really a football guy.

It was embarrassing night. We're a PL FCS team taking on an FBS that won a bowl game last year. We got clubbed.  But any coach will tell you that you are never as good as you think you are after a huge win, and never as bad as you think when you get embarrassed.

We've just got to get off our backs and get ready to play a game next week. Next week's game is going to tell us a lot more about our season than last night's game.

Yes, Army tackles great in the open field. I'll sleep better tonight knowing our country's defense will be in their hands in the future.

Of, and your comment about NDSU and EWU raises an interesting point.  The difference between them and us is line play.  There are only so many guys going 6-2, 285 who get run a 40 in 4.7.  These guys go to FBS and, at worst, to the best FCS programs. As long as we are in the PL, those guys are off our recruiting page.  They don't go to PL programs. 
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 02, 2017, 09:21:16 am
AoC and Spouse are spot on. 

Can't remember such a buzzkill to start the season since Monmouth back in Masella days and this is worse. 

Absolutely a buzzkill, but AoC and Spouse are being over the top.

Last time we played, we leveled Holy Cross. Have we got that bad since then? Did Breiner and the coaches just get stupid overnight? I don't think so. I bit my tongue in advance of this game, but I feared a bad night. Take a look at the numbers of their O-line (not just their size, but their 40 speed). Monken has recruited a major FBS O-line. And we knew we had questions on our d-line going in.

As I said earlier, sometimes football just comes down to the basic laws of physics.

We won't see a line like that again all season. So I think you have to write this one off as one of those awful nights, and just move forward.  We've got two of the best skill players in the FCS in Anderson and Edmonds.  They are seniors positioned to have their best seasons ever.  Let's go. Last night is over.
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