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  1. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    Excellent post. You captured and communicated what I was trying to say far more eloquently than me. The fact that our fanbase is so segmented is likely a factor in why we are in the spot we're in. P5 conferences don't believe in the UConn brand and just how giant a fanbase UConn has...if you...
  2. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    Don't confuse psychotic for unified. In fact, SEC fanbases are so psychotic, that it unifies them even further. There isn't a single SEC fan debating whether or not they should leave the SEC nor cutting basketball. There also isn't a single SEC fan who wouldn't chop off a limb so that they can...
  3. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    Stop debating this would be a great start. Goal is stability - presenting a solid, unified "nation". Too much Big East nonsense here and out on social media and in regular media that prospects we recruit are exposed to it at some point or another. That makes it very easy for opposing coaches to...
  4. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    A step down from the OLD Big East? Absolutely. But as we all know, that Big East version included Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame, etc. This version of the Big East is nowhere near that level and also comes with less money and less exposure than what we enjoy today. If UConn fans spent...
  5. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    This endless debate doesn't just impact football recruiting. The single best and most impactful tool for opposing coaches to use when selling his/her school as being better than yours: instability. There's nothing more unstable than this nonsense. Memphis - who is in the same exact conference -...
  6. Dooley

    Could the Rent Become the Home of the Tampa Bay Rays?

    Good point re: OKC. I'm just going off of how good of a NBA market it has proven to be. I like cities with proven track records of supporting a longer season league (NBA or NHL) first and foremost...but you're right, population size matters too. The more we're discussing, the more I like...
  7. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    Recruits aren't making decisions based on message board threads. But other schools' coaches use whatever they can - legal or illegal - to recruit a kid. And you better believe that the divide in UConn's fanbase over this topic hurts us in recruiting...which is why we have nBE fans coming to our...
  8. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    Yup. I didn't go there because that type of money tends to fluctuate year to year (just like NCAAT credits). But yeah, add that to the list of money UConn would lose out on after paying $10M. Unreal.
  9. Dooley

    Could the Rent Become the Home of the Tampa Bay Rays?

    Yes sir! Too much of a land gap between the Nats and Braves, IMO. Nashville can pull lots of people from nearby cities. Not to mention, it's proven to be a terrific NHL and NFL market. Somebody above said Oklahoma City and I completely forgot about that city. OKC would be a great choice too...
  10. Dooley

    Could the Rent Become the Home of the Tampa Bay Rays?

    Portland, OR, Montreal, and Nashville would be my top 3 cities for relocation. Tampa/St Pete is a horrendous baseball market. If it can't/won't support the Rays, it doesn't deserve a team. The Rays are one of the smartest franchises in all of baseball. If MLB puts that in a market that actually...
  11. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    Excellent poll topic. I've been to 2 NHL games since the Whalers left. 1 Islanders game at Nassau and 1 at Barclay's. I guess I kind of root for them but not a diehard by any means. I usually just watch NHL games casually and gravitate towards a few in the playoffs. I'll always root against the...
  12. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    Fair enough. There's natural historic hate there for you now too with the Bruins/Canadiens long-standing rivalry. If I had to guesstimate opposing team average fans crowd sizes at the old Civic Center based on my personal experience, I'd say... "Real dopes wear black t-shirt" Bruins fans...
  13. Dooley

    UConn to the NBE?

    Piling on here. :) Once again, exit terms: UConn pays the AAC $10M and has to wait 27 months to leave, OR... UConn negotiates an early exit (12 months) and pays ~ $11M-$12M UConn then goes from making $7M/yr in the AAC to making $5M/yr in the nBE. UConn goes from having revenue games aired...
  14. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    No way. The Bruins fans were in an obnoxious class of their own. Not to mention, the crowds were always just about a 50-50 split...especially in the early 90s after the Francis trade. That just made them act far more obnoxious because they had strength in numbers. It's from sitting amongst those...
  15. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    Yes they were. Bruins fans and "Mark Messier" Rangers fans were the absolute worst. I still actively root against both of those teams because of the swarm of obnoxious fans who used to go to the old Civic Center. Nobody was worse than Bruins fans though. I remember a sign that one of those dopes...
  16. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    Dooley's "One More Reason Why I HATE The Boston Bruins" Storytime: I was at Game 6 of the 1991 first round playoff game. The Bruins beat (and eliminated) the Whale 3-1 that night. I was 14 and my younger brother (12) were in our seats in section 111. I remember the Whale carrying most of the...
  17. Dooley

    NY Yankees 2019

    The Mets broadcast crew is outstanding. Definitely my favorite of the local 3 and one of my favorites across all of baseball (I have MLB TV).
  18. Dooley

    Happy 40th The Big East

    CR has always been and will always be about money. And unless something changed in the new AAC media deal, leaving the Big East has always been an incredibly silly financial idea. Let's say UConn left the AAC to go to the Big East. Here is what it would do to UConn's already thin wallet... 1...
  19. Dooley

    Happy 40th The Big East

    How do you know this version of the Big East is dead? When a fan from the only nationally relevant program in the conference stops by from time to time just to create threads like this.
  20. Dooley

    OT: David Ortiz Shot

    Yeah, I've had enough of baseball players getting kidnapped, injured or killed when they go back to their home countries. Seems like there is a ballplayer killed every winter. Hopefully Papi pulls through quickly!
  21. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    In this series between these two teams, it's almost as if the road team holds a slight advantage. When these two teams are at home, they tend to play over their heads and try to make pretty passes instead of just getting pucks to the net. Bruins' 2nd goal was a great illustration of the rewards...
  22. Dooley

    Bruins

    Was worried heading into the game that the Blues would feel pressure to play entertaining hockey at home and not play as much to their strengths. Passed up tons of good scoring chances to try to make pretty passes much like the Bruins did in game 5. With these two teams, it's almost as if the...
  23. Dooley

    NY Yankees 2019

    Scherzer might be too much for the Yankees from a trade value standpoint. Would definitely have to deal Frazier and Andujar...then throw in 3-5 top 30ish prospects to boot. He's dominating and the face of the franchise. Trading him after losing Harper would be tough for ownership to justify to...
  24. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    I think if Mario played in the open ice 80s and could have stayed healthy throughout his career, your friend would be spot on. Talent wise, Lemieux was a freak. Unfortunately for him, he played in an era of neutral zone traps, hooking/interference, and a handful of stone wall goaltenders...
  25. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    No question. Sorry, was just trying to make a point that Gretzky was and is the GOAT. I agree, those 3 are definitely above the others in a great "Tier 1A" HOF class.
  26. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    I'd agree. Gretzky is like Michael Jordan: in a league of his own. Nobody comes close. Lemieux, Howe, Orr, Hull, Richard, Messier, Francis, Jagr, Bourque, Crosby etc... all HOF players but nowhere near as good or dominant as Oilers' Gretzky. Oilers Gretzky was by far and away the best hockey...
  27. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    That was probably my favorite moment of the night. Bitter old Whaler fan!
  28. Dooley

    Stanley Cup Finals

    Dooley Preface: there isn't a sports team who I hate more than the Boston Bruins. It's not close whatsoever. That is completely 1000% the fault of being an old Whalers fan back in the day. The Whale could never beat them and, worse yet, every home game had thousands of obnoxious Bruins fans in...
  29. Dooley

    NY Yankees 2019

    Well, they missed out on Keuchel which is a shame because I really wanted to see his face without a beard. Now it's on to the trade market. There are several bad teams who could use a bat like Clint Frazier's who have pitching to spare. And if the Yanks are willing to include Andujar, then I...
  30. Dooley

    Bruins

    Definitely. Past Cups will come out flying on Sunday!
  31. Dooley

    Bruins

    Exactly the game I thought it was going to be and the Blues came through. Binnington was sharp and the Blues played a very experienced, tough road game...particularly in the first two periods. Now with a chance to hoist the Cup at home, I'd expect a MUCH better game from the Blues. If the...
  32. Dooley

    Bruins

    A new goal every 20 minutes.
  33. Dooley

    Bruins

    Agree. My guess is that the Bruins will get a fair number of powerplays on their home ice. This might have to be a game that Binnington must win for the Blues. My gut feeling is that the Bruins will carry most of the play and outpace the shot tracker, particularly early on. And if the Bruins get...
  34. Dooley

    Bruins

    I reckon game 5 will be a doozy. If the off-and-on trend continues, this means the Bruins will carry the majority of play on Thursday. I hope Binnington can steal a game and not let in any softies. The Blues have been really good on the road in this playoff season so if they can steal game 5...
  35. Dooley

    UConn Football Alum Adam Coles Passes Away

    Terrible news. He was in one of my classes back in the day.

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