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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em for the last bloody time God I can't wait for this season to end! on: Yesterday at 11:54:01 am
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em for "Ennui" K 11 and Standings as of Week 10 on: November 08, 2017, 10:47:15 pm
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Fordham Ranked #5 Nationwide on: November 08, 2017, 11:21:23 am
College Factual is a resource for parents doing college searches.  It uses great filtering to rank schools on objective criteria in most cases.  They often help rank by academic programs, value, special interests .... etc.  I've seen rankings such as "best schools to play DIII Football" for example

Here's a link to a new ranking... best places to plaay softball.  We are #5 in D1.

4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em for Week 10 and Standings as of Weeek 9 on: November 01, 2017, 02:52:39 pm
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em for Week 9 and Standings as of Week 8 on: October 27, 2017, 11:43:41 am
Not in over 30 years, no.

39 year old movie references might be a bit of a stretch for some on these boards to pick up on.  Wink

No problem on Animal House for most of us .... we have a Dean Wormer at Fordham!
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em for Week 9 and Standings as of Week 8 on: October 27, 2017, 11:41:11 am
Holy Cross
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Pl Pick'em for Week 8 and Standings as of Week 7 on: October 19, 2017, 01:10:06 pm


Holy Cross
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL PIck'em Week 7 and Standings as of Week 6 on: October 12, 2017, 01:17:31 pm

....thanks Free.  I don't think I'm capable of picking against Ram football.  I'm getting so superstitious that I almost think it is my loyal picks that has them in this struggle .... maybe I should pick Colgate to jack with the MOJO.   OK, below are my actual picks

9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em for Week 6 and Standings as of Week 5 on: October 07, 2017, 09:19:28 am
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL PIck'em for Week 5 and Standings as of Week 4 on: September 28, 2017, 05:00:20 pm
Holy Cross
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Should Coach Breiner be on the "Hot Seat" on: September 28, 2017, 04:54:54 pm
I've been around football a long time.  Mostly good programs; one or two stinkers. There isn't a lot I haven't seen from high school to D-III to the high levels of what is now FBS.  

This team is taking a step back from the Moorhead years.  That was to be expected. Could not have been avoided, IMO. Go look up what happened to the Packers the years after Lombardi retired or Alabama after The Bear.  It's always tough to be the guy who follows the guy.  Moorhead was truly The Guy.  He's also being hit with Fordham no longer being the only scholarship program in the PL, his star player being hurt and the fact that even under JM, there was a lack of focus on the defensive side of the ball.  And oh ya, I can't imagine how they thought hiring a guy with a couple of years as an assistant was a good idea.

I honestly don't see what campaigning to get AB bounced is going to do for the program.  We haven't played a PL game yet.  To say he lost the program is absurd.  You have no idea.  They scored 40 points last week.  When guys quit playing you'll know.  They won't be scoring 40.  And if you are successful in getting AB fired, how can you have any confidence the people who hired him will get it right this time?  This is Fordham. We don't know for sure who really runs the athletic program.  Does anyone know if AB has a contract for next year?

This is all going to play out in the next 2 months.  If he goes or stays will not be affected by this board.  The administration is immune to pressure.  There are no big donors to placate.  The only thing this will do is distract the team which I'm sure right now feels like crap and the rumors must be flying.  Not a good way to start a new practice week.

Perfect analysis ...
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'Em for Week 4 and Standings as of Week 3 on: September 19, 2017, 07:04:28 pm

The "Mighty Ivies" looking strong ... break that league up!
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Chasing Greatness Documentary on: September 18, 2017, 01:06:49 pm
I bet McShane loves it when Fordham sports fans are fighting about which sports program to raid for funds!

... rather than pushing him to support athletics in ways to raise all boats. 
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: DEFENSIVE AUTOPSY on: September 18, 2017, 12:45:53 pm
Please look back and note what I said "Amen!" to.

If your post is not a reply to the "Amen!" then don't quote it. It confuses matters.

LOL... I didn't know if "Amen" was a relatively passive agreement .... or a forum moderators equivalent of a Papal bull

15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: DEFENSIVE AUTOPSY on: September 18, 2017, 11:20:23 am

Ace .... without stirring up cries of "Free Speech, First amendment, censorship, etc etc" ... I'd hate to see something as poisonous as some sort of "New HC" thread now.  Our coach id 9-4. Assuming we don't have a group of boosters putting together multimillion dollar packages to entice Nick Saban to the Bronx .... I'd hate to see a dumpster fire of a discussion like that in the beginning of this season.

On my maroon bruised knees I beg you not to facilitate that lunacy now.

-Don't let it poison the recruiting environment. Patriot League staffs will get the dialogue... and use it!
-Prospect parents read it

We are trying to increase fundraising ...  a new snake pit of careless or even malicious statements and charges won't help Fordham football.

Literally I can't believe this is a discussion.

16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Chasing Greatness Documentary on: September 13, 2017, 11:22:02 pm
I hate to break this to some but no one on this board is the target market for this communication.

The target market are high school prospects, in their junior and sophomore seasons.

This style totally mimics the current style of reality, behind the scenes productions that players eat up.  Think of the wildly successful HBO Hard Knocks series and the surprise Netflix hit “Last Chance U.” Even niche entities like USA Football produced a popular season long series behind the scenes at Long Beach Pol HS.   Trust me, it’s everywhere. Kids and player parents can’t get enough of it.

For example…. The Fort Worth Star Telegram produced a season long series following a perennial state champ, Aledo HS.  For them it engaged younger viewers with an old, and largely irrelevant,  newspaper brand.

For those on the board saying it was less than ‘interesting’ … usually the interesting stuff is the conflict, drama, foul language and coaches losing their minds in anger.  No place for that in this initiative.

I bet if they had a creative brief the objective was “Give us a video we can distribute to the widest set of prospects possible” 
The goal of the video/series is “make Fordham look like a place you can see yourself playing at.”

My son got these from schools coast to coast.  It was the easiest way to get a sense of whether he wanted to even visit.  There were several that went from ‘not on my list’ to ‘yeah, I’d like visit.’   I asked him to react to it.  He said ... "cool"

The elements this Fordham video smartly featured included…
-They made Coffey look big by shooting the tall rear of the stands, shooting the field from the visitor side.
-The training facilities were well branded and looked normal
-guys having more fun than bustin’ their ass
-piles of food that seemed enjoyable
-a young coach giving positive presentation …. Better than a b buster
-the campus looked attractive
-the team chemistry looked great

It pays off in other ways…. like offering nice reward to Chase for all he’s given, and his loyalty.  The other guys love seeing themselves in these things.  This is the first generation that values 'fame' more than they value 'being rich'   They'll be stoked by this series.

I found it a healthy break from the ancient photos of past greatness. I has happy not to listen to an out of key version of our fight song that pops up in many of our videos. 

* No nostalgia
* No resemblance to out of date icons
* No straw hats, cheerleaders outfits designed by nuns, elderly fans, polite crowds

The worst part was that the team meeting had to be in an old Keating classroom. I took Business Planning in that theater style room 30 years ago  Shocked

Welcome to 2017 ... good to see Fordham playing to the present rather than the past. 

Vince Lombardi would approve if it helped attract players  Wink

17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 13, 2017, 01:08:42 pm

Regardless, anyone with a functioning brain stem can see that right now this team appears discombobulated from a coaching standpoint. You dont wait it out like Frank to let it hit rock bottom. You start to evaluate right now.  Anyone with 5 seconds of experience in sports knows that you start to evaluate the day the coach is hired. And right now there are a lot of red flags. Red flags often mean nothing this early, and things straighten out.....but it doesnt mean that you ignore them. This is a sports discussion board so of course people will be pointing to the obvious red flags.....porous D line, completely inept special teams and a kicker who cant lift it 2 feet off the ground.....the HC hired a new D coordinator this year and to me that is the biggest question mark right now....that hire by the HC...but again, the football and Gridiron folks have a proven track record of knowing what they are doing, so I trust it is in good hands.

I think that is fair. Evaluation from day 1 .... definitely.

I'll never forget the quote from one of the Mara's during Bill Parcell's first year as Head Coach.  He let it slip ... "well, what I think is Bill Parcells is a terrific Assistant Coach"

18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em Week 3 and Standings for Week 2 on: September 12, 2017, 12:02:56 pm

William & Mary 

My lock of the week ....  the Bucknell-William & Mary game will start at 6pm

Not all have heard the classic Lou Holtz excuse for failure at William & Mary:   "We got too many Mary's, and not enough Williams!"
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 12, 2017, 11:56:00 am
My God ... we sure can jump in the muck and roll around in it faster than any population I've ever seen.   

The young man starts his career 9-4 and gets this load of crap dumped on his locker room door!

When did we turn into entitled Crimson Tide fans?  When did we get the 'right' to be this way? Of course have the 'right' to be delusional, unreasonable, unrealistic, nit-picky (Rich Rodriguez cheat sheet triggers some!).... even bitter.  But it is corrosive. It's not a positive force.

It hurts fundraising
It hurts recruiting  (yes... recruits and their dads read these boards if they are serious about a program)

Here's a hypothetical  .... suppose we go a disappointing 7-4 or 6-5.  Would you really derail two years of recruiting, lose young players, lose the best assistants, push back program gains ... double down on risk ....  by switching horses?
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em Week 2 and Standings for Week 1 on: September 08, 2017, 10:59:41 am

Good to see a Pioneer Conf team on Georgetown's schedule.   I'd like to see us look at them for OOC down the road
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 05, 2017, 01:32:31 pm
You can't go on to the next game if you don't fix what happened in this one.  I would be in very long film sessions today.  They need to see what happened and figure out why there was a total breakdown.  Don't need yelling and screaming and benchings but they need to get inside the player's heads and figure this out.

I'll stand corrected then.... "burn the tape" is for us fans.

Burn this thread.

Crush Cent Conn if we can.

And if we do... none of that handwringing like some engaged in after we crushed E-City State.  The players didn't schedule that game... they just did their job.

22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: September 02, 2017, 05:19:49 pm
I am not concerned about replacing the scoring. 

Agree.  If you have the same number of possessions, and roughly the same shooting % .... the points get replaced.  Magic!
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 02, 2017, 05:03:50 pm
This isn't a burn the tape kind of game. He needs to figure out who is executing, who is over matched and who is a project that you can work with. 

"Burn the tape" is for the players.  The coaches will watch it all weekend.
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: September 02, 2017, 03:09:52 pm

9. Burn the tape

Burn the tape
Burn this thread!
Burn the damn trucks

Make your blocks ... make your tackles ... hike the g-d ball!
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Next year's QB on: August 28, 2017, 05:23:58 pm
Scott: You're hired!  The 'team' now consists of you and the guy sitting behind a metal desk in the basement of the RHG, near where Mike Fleming washed our jocks and uniforms 😄

Hired for what Jimbo.... PR flack ... or QB recruiter?

Or in the Fordham tradition, both?
The QB recruiter has been doing well so I'll concentrate on PR!
26  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: Volleyball Wins 3 Matches To Open the Year on: August 28, 2017, 04:33:01 pm
Fairchild was named A10 Offensive Player of the Week.

tx...I'm thrilled to see you posting!   It must mean you and your family are safe in Houston.

Prayers for all Rams in the Gulf Coast region..... and all of your neighbors.  The flooding is hard to fathom.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Army game on: August 28, 2017, 12:29:00 pm
Make a comment about Frank and/or facilities.  It will perk up.

exactly..... our only gripes in football tend to be
-continued concern about the D, especially the D line
-marketing this program
-disappointing fan support (vis a vis their success)

All three are up in the air for 2017 .... so we don't know what to bitch about.

Can't wait for this game!!!
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Next year's QB on: August 28, 2017, 12:22:40 pm
Fordham has developed a reputation for offense and head coaching that are a QBs dream.  The model for being a great place to transfer in for a talented, yet underutilized, FBS OB is cast. 

I think we'll do this over and over until something in the formula changes.

It's important for the Fordham PR 'team'  to cast more light on Kevin A to send messages to other QBs in, or entering, D1  .... a great school, great program, great offense, great city, great coaches ... great place to relaunch your college career
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Football streaming...? on: August 24, 2017, 10:46:24 am
In recent years I've found every game on streaming TV as well.  It's not always easy though.

I believe the athletic dept schedule notes the tv/radio sources for each game.  Perhaps it is too early for them to detail all of the games.  That's giving them the benefit of the doubt.   

I love the FUV idea but I assume there are various contracts and rights that get in the way of an appealing, Fordham centric  solution
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em Week One on: August 23, 2017, 10:51:51 am
Cal Poly

BTW.... Free the F 4's last notation excited me. For a moment I thought it was an announcement of a change in the Patriot League.


Also... I got triggered when I heard that a gal named Eva E. Peron would be the CBS sideline reporter at the game... yikes
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