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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: Yesterday at 02:24:02 pm
Frank is in the Hall of Fame so whatever his contributions were have been honored.   There was a ceremony he was honored in front of his family and friends.   The floor naming has nothing to do with Frank and everything to do with the FOF still being pissed off their guys were fired. Up next The Pecora Hospitality Suite where you can get a New York priced steak that is Golden Coral quality. 

I hear you Rich, but retiring his jersey would provide a quasi-graceful exit from this flawed project.  The jersey retirement would be in perpetuity whereas the floor naming commemoration would meet its demise when the venerable RHG meets its demise (hey its got to happen at some point in the future, right?).  Maybe that is an angle to pivot off the floor naming debacle.  Just a thought.
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: Yesterday at 01:47:20 pm
A petition that points out the inherent flaws of this proposal might work.....although it probably wont stop an honor in some form, it could hopefully prevent this very non-deserving and disjointed naming that will last for generations..... Standing and booing or back turning wouldnt help, it would make things worse........try and head it off at the pass with a compromise.

I like that idea 85.  On strictly basketball merits, Frank's jersey does not warrant being raised to the rafters.  However, he did devote most of his professional life to Fordham athletics and his decades of service to Fordham can be recognized without being an embarrassment to the program and the university.  It would give his family and supporters the chance to acknowledge his years of service and it wouldn't alienate large swaths of alumni who view his tenure as AD as a failure.  I'm just surprised that the family wouldn't pull out of this thing given the backlash it has created. 
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: San Jose State to hire Jean Prioleau as head coach on: August 14, 2017, 12:57:02 pm
I couldn't be happier for JP.  He is right up there with the best players that I ever saw play for Fordham, and boy was he a clutch performer.  He was very bright as I recall.  He was an excellent student who had a double major that included chemistry IIRC.  You get Great to see his hard work paying off.  I don't know much about San Jose St. but I'll be following them and rooting for their success now.
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Chase Cracks Top-10 CFB RBs To Watch List-NFL.com on: July 12, 2017, 03:02:21 pm
That is some rarified air that Chase is breathing in.  Awesome to see him get the recognition he deserves.  With his talent and versatility, I think he'd be a great fit in Foxboro.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: All time best Fordham Starting five on: May 26, 2017, 04:26:42 pm
Pistol Pete Jacquinto
Steve Breen
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Snake McClendon
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 20, 2017, 12:04:45 pm
Viewed solely through the prism of wins and losses, the year was disappointing.  The rocky start really impacted the season's bottom line.   However,  peeling back the onion a bit is warranted here.  Unlike any time in our history in the A10, I truly felt that we had the potential to beat any team in the conference, and our road wins were a refreshing departure from the norm.   I know the A10 was down this year, but still we saw progress.  I also feel that we have the best coach at the helm in 30 years which is a major difference maker.  JN actually makes adjustments and seems to get kids to buy in.  Its not saying much, but I am more hopeful for the future of the program than at any point since we joined the A10.
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY on: March 17, 2017, 04:21:36 pm
St. Andres will always be a revered figure in the Fordham pantheon. Regardless of your heritage, you don't come out of Fordham without being a little bit Irish -- and having an appreciation of what that means.

Bittersweet Saint's Day for me. A year ago this day, my kid sister got a rough diagnosis. "It'll be fine" I tried to tell her.  On things Irish, I remember some years ago visiting Birr, in County Offaly, my maternal grandmother's hometown, with my [Italian] wife and 1/4 Irish son. As we stand in the town square, kid sister calls and asks how Birr is.

"I think it's Gaelic for Scranton" I told her, "but Tullamore's about 10 km up the road, and they've got a racetrack and distillery! Off we go!"

Sis slipped away to God in LA two weeks ago. "That team you follow any good yet?" she asked when she was in hospital. "Getting there" I told her.

I'll raise a toast to her for St. Patrick's Day. Don't be surprised if she impels Fordham basketball to great things next season, just to put ME out of MY misery. ["Bro, seriously, they haven't won since when?"]

John, I'm very sorry for your loss. Despite the unfortunate subject matter, your posts never disappoint.  I'll raise a glass to your sister at dinner tonight.  
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham George Mason Pre/In/Post Game Thread Thursday 6 pm NBCSN on: March 10, 2017, 12:31:57 pm
I don't want to explain away the collapse, but it really came down to one thing - missing free throws down the stretch.  GM exerted furious full court pressure which our guys handled effectively and with poise.  I didn't sense any panic in our guys - and I truly believed we were going to win the game up until the game tying, buzzer beater bucket.  

Only 7 TOs for the game is pretty impressive.  One of the offensive boards that GM got in the final minute of regulation was high, deep rebound where we had good position but the ball bounced elsewhere.  Officiating was horrendous, and losing AA was huge IMO.  No offense to Havsa, but he was unable to recover defensively on the high inbounds pass from the baseline, and allowed the GM dribble penetration leading to the bucket that forced the OT.  AA probably doesn't allow that to happen - although the refs probably would have called him for a foul.  
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham George Mason Pre/In/Post Game Thread Thursday 6 pm NBCSN on: March 10, 2017, 11:29:16 am
This really was a crushing and disheartening a loss.  If we hit our free throws down the stretch then this is a 5-7 point win.  Up 7 with 46 secs. left?  Ughhh!  However, we did show grit hanging in there and coming back from double digit deficits earlier in the game.  I just want to delete that last minute of regulation and the OT session permanently from my mind.  When AA fouled out, I feared this would totally get away in OT.  As inconsistent as he is at times, losing his ability to penetrate off the dribble and hit a big 3 made us far more predictable on offense.    

However, despite the roller coaster ride that the season was, as we entered the A10 tourney I truly felt that we had the potential to beat any team in the conference.  As unlikely as it would have been to run the table in Pittsburgh, at least it was conceivable whereas in years past it was beyond the realm of possibility.  It is not unusual for young teams to struggle closing games out.  I think our returning players will learn from this loss.

The inclination after a heartbreaking loss like this is to revert to the old, familiar refrain that this is typical Fordham. While I understand that, I think anybody who truly watched this team with an open mind would have to be encouraged with our potential moving forward. I think we have high character players and a very good coaching staff that can develop and improve talent.  I'm looking forward in a positive way to next year.    
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: February 23, 2017, 03:53:51 pm
Nothing.  You win. My apologies to you, apparently the sole arbiter of what should go where, what is acceptable and might be interesting or thought provoking.

Thread drift is quite commonplace on fordhamfans.com and not reason for alarm.  I actually enjoyed reading JG92's thoughts on where Fordham is in the college search process as I'm a just a year away from my oldest beginning his college search.
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham v. Saint Louis - 2/18, 2:00pm - Pre-Game/In-Game Thread on: February 21, 2017, 01:26:38 pm
Due to geography, I only get to a couple home games per year, but feel lucky I was able to be in attendance with my family on Saturday.  Our team played their tails off from the opening tip to the final buzzer.  The defense was inspiring and even the bench players were leading the crowd in "DEFENSE!" chants when SLU had the ball.  AA had a terrific game.  IMO he is the best athlete that I have seen playing the guard position at Fordham in 30 years.  The crowd was respectable, but for the life of me I cannot fathom why more students don't attend games.  It was a beautiful day, a 2pm tip, and  the team was playing well coming into the game - but still only a smattering of students.  I don't get it - but that's a topic for another thread.

After the game we went down to DJ's, where there was a reception for a handful of hoops alum who were present.  Coach N, Coach Crawford, Dave Roach and some of the players showed up and entered DJ's to applause.  They thanked everyone for showing up and supporting the team.  Coach Crawford and AA came up to our group and personally thanked and chatted about the excitement about this team moving forward and how we'll be a "tough out" in the A10 tourney.  AA fist bumped our kids and couldn't have been more impressive in terms of how he handled himself.  Dave Roach also came by and had a private conversation with us lasting about 5 minutes touching upon the hoops teams and our softball success, which was of interest to us as we all have daughters actively involved in youth softball.  Dave Roach even recalled the specifics of an email I sent him about 18 months ago which I thought was remarkable.

There is a nature in all of us to sometimes dwell on the negative.  I left Rose Hill reminded about what is good about Fordham. 
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: February 10, 2017, 10:12:38 am
The "small potatoes" aspect of the project is not what I find problematic.  If this were a campaign to raise $2.5M to name it the Johnny Bach Court, I think we'd all be applauding the effort, however modest the improvements.  Many of us would probably write checks as well.  The issue here IMO is the wisdom of naming it after the family of an athletic director who however affable,  presided over some of worst years in Fordham athletics history.  I was watching some of the Duke-UNC game last night which took place on Coach K Court in Durham.  Pauley Pavillion has the "Nell and John Wooden Court".  Short of someone writing a big check to secure the naming rights, these are the caliber of individuals who get floors named after them - and there has been no report that I'm aware of indicating that a big check has come from the family of our former AD.  The fact that it is FM's job to raise money for FU athletics makes this all the more bizarre.  Johnny Bach is the only figure in our history who would be deserving of such an honor IMO.     
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: February 08, 2017, 04:11:53 pm
Does anyone have any insider knowledge as to whether the court naming project received the green light by Dave Roach? Or did McGrank simply bigfoot our AD and move forward without his involvement or approval?  Overall, I have been impressed with Roach's work as we can clearly see tangible improvements since he arrived. Granted we are still hamstrung by a lot of institutional handicaps, but Roach has been effective in making changes where he can and in bringing a greater level of professionalism to the athletic department if you ask me.  I really hope his fingerprints aren't on this project.  If it is being done without his approval or involvement then that speaks to the structural dysfunction that exists at FU.
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: February 01, 2017, 03:21:02 pm
Dear Fordham Athletics Fan,

I believe in the singular and powerful role that varsity athletics plays in the development of well-rounded student athletes, and in athletics programs’ ability to help shape the University’s national profile and elevate its brand. As a fellow donor and advocate for Fordham athletics, I would like to share with you two initiatives benefiting athletics that are now underway: The naming of the Frank McLaughlin Family Basketball Court and the creation of the Fordham Football Office Suite.

I believe these two projects, each costing $2.5 million, have the potential to help transform athletics at Fordham. Since the summer of 2016, we have been in the quiet phase of fundraising, during which time a small group of donors has made generous leadership gifts and pledges of approximately $1.3 million.

The project to name the Rose Hill Gym basketball court in honor of Fordham mainstay and long-time athletics director Frank McLaughlin, FCRH ’69, will include new lower spectator seating, a new state-of-the-art wood floor, a hospitality suite in the upper balcony, and a fund to help support charter flights for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Learn more about the Frank McLaughlin Family Basketball Court initiative.

In recent years, Fordham’s football team has recaptured its élan and winning tradition. To help sustain this progress, we are planning to move and upgrade the football offices and conference rooms within the Lombardi Center. With the deep renovation and expansion of these spaces, the coaching staff and team will have a fitting and well-appointed home base, leading to enhanced recruitment efforts, the empowerment of the coaches, and heightened communication among team members and the coaching staff. Learn more about the Fordham Football Office Suite initiative.

I invite you to learn more about these projects, and to consider making an investment that will help turn them into reality. Your fully deductible gift to one or both of these initiatives will make all the difference in helping us achieve our goals in 2017 and beyond.

Finally, I wish you and your loved ones a very happy and fulfilling new year. Go Rams!

I remain most gratefully yours,

Roger A. Milici, Jr.
Vice President for Development and University Relations

I had to double check my calendar to make sure its Feb. 1st and not April 1st.  This is truly beyond bizarre.
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Patriot League on: January 30, 2017, 11:46:16 am
This too is misleading. Of the 17,900 students you cite for Georgetown, a full 11,000 are not even students on the main campus. A night student in law school or a part time student downtown really isn't in the same discussion.

Nevertheless, Boston U. can support  football. Apathy didn't kill the program, a deeply resentful John Silber did.

It is a shame that one of the largest private universities in the country with a $1.6B endowment can't support a FCS football program.  That being said, BU's student body is populated with a fair number of international students (at least for now) that probably lack the interest in football, and all sports for that matter.  There is an urbane quality to BU that simply doesn't place a very high value on athletics.   Even in its signature sport of hockey, BU draws about 4,300 per game placing them 17th in attendance nationally.  I think they'd be a nice addition to the PL, but I seriously doubt that is even being considered by BU.

As far as we are concerned, IMO the PL is the best place for us.  If upgrades and additions can be made to the PL then all the better.  However, I do not think that the CAA is the right fit for us given our facilities and the overall place that athletics occupies in the Fordham ethos.
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: It's not working, decision time on: January 17, 2017, 08:56:15 am
While I am not an active alum, it would seem to me that quite a number of folks on this board are and have relationships with people inside the administration. Has anyone actually sat down with the key decision makers at Fordham in a formal meeting to discuss what the plan is with men's basketball or discussed a step by step process to fix what is broken? While I get that times have changed since Penders and Macarchuck, there must have been things done during that era that could be applicable to today. I personally don't have the answer, but I'm guessing many of you would know. Call me naive, but if someone presented me with a reasonable solution rather than a reiteration of the problems, I would more likely than not take their advice especially if I didn't have a solution of my own. The thing that is clearly non-negotiable is a new arena for the time being - but outside of that I bet they start to listen.



I think if you look at the last sentence of your post HKRam - therein lies the problem.  There is absolutely no way that we can build a credible A-10 level program calling RHG our home.  I think most of us would prefer to see a new facility on campus, but as John has eloquently stated there is more than one approach to this conundrum.  Renting dates at MSG for our A-10 tilts (working with other locals schools like Manhattan, Iona, St. Peter's and others to have double headers to defray costs) is another option at a cheaper price tag.  However, there appears to be little or no appetite within the administration to address this issue. 

I was out to dinner with my family last night and the Boston University - Loyola game was on one of the TVs.  The game was at Loyola and their facility cuts a much nicer image than RHG.  BU's calls Agganis Arena home which is a 7,200 seat arena built in 2005.  When we can't keep up with our Patriot League brethren then we clearly have a problem. 

Under the current construct, we might catch lightening in a bottle every now and then (like last year) and have a winning record, but that will be the exception rather than the rule.   
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ideas to improve recruiting and development on: January 10, 2017, 10:33:45 am
Would Moorhead be interested in a coaching career in D-1 basketball?  Cheesy

all kidding aside though.. that's the personality we need from our basketball coach. Coach Joe was perfect for Fordham in just about everyway.

JM had the benefit of being an alum which makes that role quite a bit easier, but your point is well made.   I remember a couple years ago at the HC game at JCF, about 3 hours before the game JM walked through the lots and said hello and thanked the tailgaters and fans for coming.  The game was sold out, it was a picture perfect day, Fordham won a close game and everyone left there with a positive (and in many cases personal) connection to the program.  

I think something as simple as coming down to DJ's after the games like Nick M. used to do could go a long way for JN and the program.
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Neubauer as HC: It's March 15, 2017: Which scenario best represents your vote? on: January 06, 2017, 01:54:52 pm
Now you're scaring me. Hopefully, CS, if he graduates, will decide to pick up his grad degree at Fordham and play another year.  Not just because he's a good player, but he's a great representative of the University. Wasn't he the top pick on last year's A-10 All-Academic team?

I desperately hope CS is back next year.  However, this trend of kids playing a post-graduate year at a different school seems to be a trend among the millennials
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ideas to improve recruiting and development on: January 04, 2017, 02:20:34 pm

I think the resurgence of UMass had less to do with Calipari having a cold one with alums and more to do with Calipari, Camby, hookers and jewelry.

You have to have players.

For sure Calipari cut corners at every opportunity, but the resurgence in Amherst was well underway before Camby arrived.  My point is that Calipari created a personal and emotional attachment with the fan base / alums, which in turn bred success.  Despite the disappointing start this year, IMO JN can coach.  However, there seemed to be a missed opportunity for JN to capitalize on the success of last year and strengthen the relationship with alums and the fan base.  Have a radio show on WFUV, a podcast, come down the DJ's after a game, etc.  The problem we have is that the challenges of our program go far beyond the hardwood.  
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ideas to improve recruiting and development on: January 04, 2017, 12:40:54 pm
Piggybacking on some of John's points, I think some parallels to the UMass program in the late 1980s / early 90s might provide us with some roadmap for success.  I like the idea of us playing the college hoops bluebloods.  UMass did this in the Calipari era and it really did jump start interest in the program.  Play Duke, Michigan State, UCLA - you name it - on the road.  Getting a drubbing and a nice payday beats hosting a late December game vs. some obscure school in front of 450 fans at RHG.  Play with an edge and have those teams remember you even in defeat.  Perhaps you get a return visit at MSG or Barclays from one of these programs.  And who knows, maybe in year 2 or 3 of doing this you get lucky and beat one of these high profile programs which really gives you something to hang your hat on.

When Cal was building the program at UMass, they played in the old Curry Hicks cage which is eerily similar to RHG.  Built in 1931 with a capacity of 4,000, it was hardly befitting of a national program.  Calipari visited alumni chapters across Mass and got people excited about the program, and personally solicited alums to buy season tickets.  In time, those 4K seats were largely filled with warm bodies and eventually the "cage" was replaced with the Mullins Center, a 9,500 seat on campus state of the art arena.

I know the parallels between Fordham and a flagship state university with 30K students are not perfect.  Maybe its not his strong point, but a little more connection between JN and the supporters of the program might yield some results.  I know there are a million things on the plate for a HC, but at a place like Fordham selling the program is necessary.  Tell the alumni what the 3 year plan, and ask them for their help.  Create a personal and emotion connection with the fan base (Nick M. was great at this).  Come down to Dagger John's after a game for a cold beer.  I don't know JN personally but maybe that's not in his DNA.  Perhaps a personality like Mike Rice on the staff could fill that void, and also strengthen the product on the court.  Make Fordham Great Again!
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ideas to improve recruiting and development on: January 03, 2017, 02:32:11 pm
You could do this next season with the proper investment:

1. Rent one of the local big arenas for 5 or 6 home dates (I'm assuming $175K/date for MSG, don't know about the Barc:
2. Make sure the band/dance team is at the games and in good form;
3. Get someone to set up light show to introduce the home team;
4. Make some promotional videos to be used during the games;
5. Sell as many tickets as possible, comp the rest to corporations, schools, etc.
6. Arrange for some former players or notable alumni to be there, and give them video shout-outs during intermission;
7. Make sure recruits get to each of these home dates;
8. Have Fordham merchandise for sale at the arena.

Creating a "big time" atmosphere is not rocket science. The trick will be turning those casual attendees who come to the games initially into fans who will spring for the ducat in the future. But (unlike past misadventures such as the Izod Center), we need to commit to it -- for, say, at least 3 years.

Now, you say, you're probably talking $3 million over the next 3 years, John. Yup.  Now, the question will be, will the program be in appreciably better condition after those 3 years? I think the answer would invariably be yes.  During those 3 years, you go take some lumps in a couple of guarantee games on the road -- let Kentucky and UNC help pay for it -- they'll defer some of the cost, and there's no shame in being clobbered by them. Think a recruit would rather hit the road to play Kentucky or E. Tennessee State?

But with a 3 year commitment, JN can tell recruits "You'll play a lot of big arena games in your time at Fordham". Maybe we don't snatch kids away from Louisville or UCLA, but if we grab a few who might otherwise go to VCU or URI, that's not bad.

"Wow, John, $3 million is a lot of money!" Yeah, but (1) it's spread out over 3 years, and a drop in the bucket compared to the $100 million cost of a campus arena the school doesn't want to build, (2) this is a program which, in recent memory, pis*ed away $1 million in donations running AM radio ads for games at the RHG and (3) it's maybe a 4% annual increase in the operational budget for intercollegiate athletics.

Time to bite the bullet. This is what the bullet looks like.


You're losing me here, John, when you start inserting logic and common sense into the conversation - this is after all Fordham.  All of your points are good ones, but there is no indication that the administration is even remotely interested in adopting anything approaching your Eight Point Plan.  This is what makes his discussion so frustrating and fruitless.  At some point, we are what we are and all the hoping, praying, and posting in the world doesn't change that.  Whether in name or not - we are a Patriot League program.  The idea advanced by Roach that we'd need to consistently bang out RHG before the arena discussion begins in earnest misses the whole point.  We're not going to get better playing in a high school gym.   
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ideas to improve recruiting and development on: January 03, 2017, 01:18:32 pm
In the case of Barclays, I think you're looking at a building that is under capacity. Whether it's cost effective long-term is another story.

The only (realistic) solution would be a relationship with Barclays that would allow for all A10 home games to be played there.

As a basketball venue, I think Barclays is superior to MSG.  Comfortable, great sight lines, excellent lighting and large roomy concourse areas.  There just seems something odd to me that a school from the Bronx would be playing home games in Brooklyn.  Its an hour subway ride from Fordham Rd. and hard to get there by car for a lot of people.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ideas to improve recruiting and development on: January 03, 2017, 12:39:51 pm
I think these notions of moving back to the MAAC or the PL are insanely misguided. It's questionable whether either conference would have us. For one thing, I can't think offhand of many instances of a team moving out of a conference, and then moving back in. But we blew off the MAAC years ago, and they hardly need us for the "New York presence". The PL might feel some obligation to take us back because of our football membership (but football boosters are already talking about moving on from the PL), but there are still PL schools who feel we treated them badly.

Then, step back and ask yourself why you'd want Fordham basketball in your conference. We would immediately bring the smallest and oldest arena to each conference, the lowest home attendance rates (if last year or this are any indication), a horrendous W-L record and lack of success, and a poor athletic reputation. We've played (and been crushed in) exactly one (1) NCAA game in the past forty-five (45) years. Even Moses got the Israelites out of the desert in less time. We're many times the size of most schools in these conferences, yet the "short bus" of athletic administration.

The premise of this thread is a bit of a cheat. Faced with the one overwhelming capital deficiency that cripples the program (not necessarily the University, granted),  we ask ourselves "if we close our eyes to the elephant in the room, how can we make things better?" Answer: only marginally.

Which leaves some old-timers and administrators saying "now if we could just have another year like 1970-71 . . . ", the kind of thinking that got us into this mess.



I consider you among the most astute posters on his board, John, but what would be "insanely misguided" about returning to the PL in all sports?  Like it or not, football is our signature sport, and the PL is a good fit for us there.  Additionally, the reality is that we never really left the PL in the first place given our failure to invest in our athletic infrastructure.  You do bring up a salient point of whether the PL would even want us at this point - which is quite telling.  We're probably in the bottom tier of even the PL when it comes to facilities.  

I don't relish the prospect of us leaving the A10, as I've shared the hope that we'd somehow be able to put it together and attain some level of success.  But we are now in our 3rd decade of this failed experiment - with disastrous results in MBB which is supposed to be our signature sport.  We have the resources to build a respectable arena, but there is simply no institutional desire to see this happen.  The lion's share of the university's focus seems to be on Lincoln Center.  It seems insane that we continue to bang our heads up against the wall on this, while our hoops program languishes.  Jeff Neubauer may not be the second coming of John Wooden, but he is a damn good coach IMO and was a good hire for us IMHO.  He is not a magician however, and may very well be the latest victim of the dreaded Fordham Drag.  

Turning MSG into our 2nd home by playing all of our A10 games there is an option, I suppose.  However, the likelihood of that occurring seems only slightly more promising than the new arena.  Maybe the climate on this changes with McShane's eventual replacement, who has a real vision to attain success in A10 athletics, but I don't know.  I'm just sick of following this program constantly feeling like Charlie Brown kicking the football and Lucy holding it.   Good grief....  
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Articles on Coach Joe Moorhead on: December 02, 2016, 12:35:53 pm
I'm so happy for Coach Moorhead.  I initially had some misgivings on Moorhead going to Penn State as it looked like Franklin was on at least the "warm" seat heading into the season.  However JM has really left his mark in the months that he's been there and has the Nittany Lions knocking on the door of the college football final four.  A year or two more of this kind of success and you'd have to think that he'd be an attractive candidate for a Power 5 HC post.  Great job Joe.
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham v. Holy Cross at Yankee Stadium on: November 14, 2016, 04:26:47 pm
Overall I think it was an awesome day.  The weather cooperated and the team clearly took care of business on the field.  Congrats to Coach B and the boys for doing us proud.  I'd be surprised if Gilmore doesn't get canned for the Crusaders' uninspired play.  For HC it was rather embarrassing if you ask me.  We were in the 200s and had a great view of the game.  I had low expectations of what the sight lines would be, but I was actually very impressed at how well the venue can work for a football games (at least from the 200s).  

I was slightly disappointed with the attendance, however.  If Lehigh-Lafayette banged the place out at 40K+, I was hoping that we'd get to 30K.  The 21K announced crowd seemed larger than the actually number of attendees to me, but I could be wrong.  We seemed to have a greater number of fans actually occupying seats during the game.  I did walk over to the HC side to say hello to some friends and a lot of their crowd were in the bar areas on the concourse, not really paying attention to the game (can you blame them?).  Overall I'd say the Fordham and HC fans were roughly equal.  I hope the turnout was sufficient enough to have the possibility of future games at Yankee Stadium.  

      
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham v. Holy Cross at Yankee Stadium on: November 07, 2016, 10:02:50 am
Very much looking forward to this weekend.  The weather at this point looks to be dry but overcast with high temps approaching 50 degrees.  Not perfect weather, but we'll take it for mid November.  Hopefully we get a good walk up crowd and end up with a solid showing and a big win.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Rams- Crusader Cup at Yankee Stadium- Ticket Update on: October 25, 2016, 04:38:51 pm
I spoke to someone who is very well informed in the Fordham ticket office last Wed. afternoon, as I was looking for additional tix for the Georgetown game. As of then they had sold over 20,000 tickets. I was told they were waiting for the Yankees to release additional tickets and increase the allotment.  The Yankees were not expected to open the upper bowl but they may have to.

RF84, did you understand that to mean that 20K were sold just by Fordham - or is that a combined FU and HC number?
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Rams- Crusader Cup at Yankee Stadium- Ticket Update on: October 25, 2016, 08:19:09 am
3 wks back I heard the total # was 15k, about 8k for FU.  BTW, ads for the game are appearing on Metro North trains

If the 15K figure is the total number of tix sold as of 3weeks ago, and not just Fordham's share (as NYRam07's post seems to suggest), then I think we need an aggressive push down the homestretch.  If Lehigh-Lafayette can sell out, FU-HC should at least be able to hit the 30K mark.  I hope we get great weather and a strong "walk-up" crowd as it appears we may need it.
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Rams- Crusader Cup at Yankee Stadium- Ticket Update on: October 24, 2016, 01:02:04 pm
Someone still might chime in with that, but just thought it informative and counter to the "underwhelming" report you received. NYRam07 tends to be well informed, so I assume his info was on good authority.

I have no reason to doubt NYRam07, but I also know that the nature of boards like this is that we share scuttlebutt that we hear from time to time - and that such information is not always fully accurate.  I hope the account I heard regarding ticket sales falls into that category. 

The numbers of tickets sold seems to be information that should be ascertainable.  Also with us inside a month now, I would hope interest in the game (and hopefully ticket sales) is reaching a peak point.  Is there someone close to our athletic department who can share with us the number of tickets sold to date?
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Rams- Crusader Cup at Yankee Stadium- Ticket Update on: October 24, 2016, 11:59:07 am
Go to reply #35 in this thread which was 10 days ago. For reference, your reply is reply #59.

Maybe the 15K tickets sold referenced 10 days ago is on good authority.  If that's the case, that's not half bad  considering it was a month out from the event.  I just figured that someone would have a firm number on where we stand less than 3 weeks out.
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