Herk

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  1. Seeing as the Atlantic 10 Conference has 14 teams and the Great West Conference has a team located in New Jersey, I think DI conference's have moved past trying to have accurate names.
  2. Saw highlights of Wayne Rooney's four goal performance against Hull City on ESPNNews. The commentator used some term for a four-goal effort I was unfamiliar with; does anybody know what the proper term for that is (i.e 3 goals= hat trick)?
  3. While I tend to agree with your statement; that is the same thing people said during the turn of the century when the World Series was created pitting the established NL vs. the upstart AL and again in the 60's when public opinion was the AFL was greatly inferior to the NFL.
  4. If the Atlantic 10 can have 14 teams and still be called as such, I am pretty sure the Big 10 will have no quoms keeping the name with 12 teams.
  5. yeah i loved those from the 'Makers...great opportunity for Oregon to make yet another piece of equipment. Let's not forget that Washington State did this as well (twice actually, in 98 and 03).
  6. Kind of off topic but does anybody remember the modified tiger hawk logo that Iowa's women's athletic teams used up until the mid-90s when they were technically separate from the men's athletic department?
  7. Odessa Permian of Friday Night Lights fame sports the white helmets and black jersey look, I think it looks great.
  8. I don't think Santo can match the homerism of Hawk Harrelson for the White Sox. He refers to the sox as the "good guys" and the opposition as the "bad guys", can't get much more homer than that. Idiots. Ron Santo and Hawk Harrelson are paid employees of the Cubs and White Sox, respectively. They're supposed to be homers. I understand they are employed by those teams but there is a difference between being pro fill-in-the-blank-team and being an unprofessional jackass.
  9. Hahahahahahaha. Thank you for this. But yes, Lou Holtz spends his air-time rambling on and on about things he thinks he knows but doesn't. There's no need for him on ESPN, except for the comedy. On the subject of homers, he's not on TV but on radio - Ron Santo. listen to a Cubs game and it won't take long. I don't think Santo can match the homerism of Hawk Harrelson for the White Sox. He refers to the sox as the "good guys" and the opposition as the "bad guys", can't get much more homer than that.
  10. Not to nitpick, but isn't Nashville still technically the only city using the names Predators and Titans since the Orlando Predators are defunct (unless they plan on playing in AF2 next season).
  11. Article yesterday about the UFL: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/2009-07-12-ufl_N.htm With no arena league around, there is a wealth of legit talent available for the league that should help its profile. People keep ragging on their decision to play in the fall but my question to them is why is the spring so much better? Is there any anecdotal evidence that spring leagues are better off. It's not like the USFL, XFL or Arena leagues are still around, they all played in spring. If you look at how college football on TV has developed it has gone from games only on Saturdays to games on Sat. and Thur to now where late in the season games are on virtually every day of the week and people tune in. My point with this is the UFL will supplement NFL during the week when no games are going on.
  12. Looks very similar to the Rockford Riverhawks (Frontier League) hawk-head logo.
  13. The Chicago Fire have most of their non-national TV games on local TV in the area.
  14. I think you are confusing the NBDL with the ABA.
  15. Scorekeepers around the nation will start hating the Hawkeyes with that black-on-black crap. For all the NCAA regulations, I am surprised that contrasting numbers has never been instituted as a rule.
  16. The Brainerd entry in the Northwoods League (Collegiate Summer) has been renamed as the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers and unveiled its new logo. The team was formerly know as the Brainerd Blue Thunder and before that the Brainerd Mighty Gulls. http://ballparkdigest.com/news/index.html?article_id=914 http://www.lunkersbaseball.com/ Not a fan of the name Brainerd Area Lakes but I do like the logo and the Minnesota-feel to it.
  17. So if a team doesn't turn a profit the players don't get paid? It has been known for teams to lose money even before salaries. How do you expect to get players if they aren't guaranteed some pay. I understand that none of these guys in the league are necessarily playing for the money now but you do have to compensate somewhat for the time they have to give up to play in the league. Well, it's relatively simple actually, in that unless the franchise is cooking the books or so grossly mismanaged that those responsible could be sued, it's pretty near impossible for an indoor football club to lose money based on fixed operating costs in the size market an AFL, or even AF2 team would be placed in. Case in point - here in Raleigh, NC, a city which held an AFL team at one time and has a population base of around 400,000, I could launch an indoor football franchise for just under $300,000, and have fixed per-game operating costs of just under $ 5,000 per game (yes, that's an accurate number - $ 5,000 per game - and it's one I've documented, as some friends and I once bandied about the concept of applying for an AIFA franchise). To break-even (for the players' purposes anyway) under my type of plan, and presuming an average ticket price of $10 a seat, the team would have to draw... 500 fans. Fill a 5,000 seat arena at $10 a head and you're carving up $ 50,000 less the fixed operating expenses, with the players collectively getting a fixed percentage of that figure. Now obviously my numbers here are low (the AFL doesn't have an average ticket price of only $10), but it illustrates the concept. You'd essentially be making the league a sort of throwback to the old days of baseball - guys playing who have other jobs but are earning some extra bucks on the gridiron. Plus again, this would be part of a plan that networks the various cities' teams, so in addition to the revenue they'd be splitting up from their own home gate, they'd ultimately receive a small portion of the gate from each of the league's other cities. Does this $5,000 a game number include arena rental fees AND Front office and gameday staff salaries?? Does it also factor in some of the marketing expenses you will incur (you can't just run a team and expect people to come)?? Note what I highlighted above: "fixed per-game operating costs." That's arena rent and appropriate gameday staffing (security personnel, concessions, parking, etc.) It doesn't include marketing costs, office staff expenses, or anything beyond gameday operations. Those expenses would be noteworthy of course, but they're not fixed costs - they fluctuate depending on a variety of factors, none of which directly involve the players and their ability to put asses in the seats to the same extent putting a quality on-field product does. Front Office Salaries are not fixed costs?? That's news to me. That is the problem with too many minor league operators. They see the gameday expenses and what they need to draw even and forget the other costs that are incurred to running a franchise. That is a recipe for failure.
  18. So if a team doesn't turn a profit the players don't get paid? It has been known for teams to lose money even before salaries. How do you expect to get players if they aren't guaranteed some pay. I understand that none of these guys in the league are necessarily playing for the money now but you do have to compensate somewhat for the time they have to give up to play in the league. Well, it's relatively simple actually, in that unless the franchise is cooking the books or so grossly mismanaged that those responsible could be sued, it's pretty near impossible for an indoor football club to lose money based on fixed operating costs in the size market an AFL, or even AF2 team would be placed in. Case in point - here in Raleigh, NC, a city which held an AFL team at one time and has a population base of around 400,000, I could launch an indoor football franchise for just under $300,000, and have fixed per-game operating costs of just under $ 5,000 per game (yes, that's an accurate number - $ 5,000 per game - and it's one I've documented, as some friends and I once bandied about the concept of applying for an AIFA franchise). To break-even (for the players' purposes anyway) under my type of plan, and presuming an average ticket price of $10 a seat, the team would have to draw... 500 fans. Fill a 5,000 seat arena at $10 a head and you're carving up $ 50,000 less the fixed operating expenses, with the players collectively getting a fixed percentage of that figure. Now obviously my numbers here are low (the AFL doesn't have an average ticket price of only $10), but it illustrates the concept. You'd essentially be making the league a sort of throwback to the old days of baseball - guys playing who have other jobs but are earning some extra bucks on the gridiron. Plus again, this would be part of a plan that networks the various cities' teams, so in addition to the revenue they'd be splitting up from their own home gate, they'd ultimately receive a small portion of the gate from each of the league's other cities. Does this $5,000 a game number include arena rental fees AND Front office and gameday staff salaries?? Does it also factor in some of the marketing expenses you will incur (you can't just run a team and expect people to come)??
  19. I dig the camo unis, but think they should wear a camo jersey not a black one. Have a camo jersey with yellow numbers (so they stand out and are readable) and they would have a pretty sweet uni set.
  20. So why exactly are both Oneonta State AND Cortland State named the Red Dragons? Wouldn't each SUNY school want a unique nickname, especially since last time I checked, Red Dragons do not run rampant around the state of New York.
  21. While I really enjoy 15s I think 7s is the better of the two in terms of generating interest among non-rugby fans. More wide open plays, shorter games, etc. Also the IRB's rugby bid to the Olympics is actually for sevens.
  22. Sevens Rugby in the Olympics would be truly awesome. I feel like it has to have a better chance than at least Softball/Baseball and maybe Judo. I tend to think Golf could be the one sport to derail the rugby bid.
  23. One of the real reason's for so called "TV numbers" is actually for the statisticians, and believe me they are absolutely necessary. Many times, especially with defenders they are the only identifier you can see when they make tackles.
  24. here it is: Sarah Pallin? I think they changed the photo on you. You mean Tina Fey right?
  25. they were also the hawkeyes and the Mankilling Mastodons as well Interestingly enough, Iowa was known as the Cornhuskers before settling on Hawkeyes. The University of Northern Iowa was known as the Teachers (they were then called the Iowa State Teachers College) before taking on the Panthers nickname. Iowa being called the Cornhuskers actually makes more sense than Nebraska.