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    So, we agree that the pay is low, and these guys have a minimal chance of making it to the highest tier of their sport. In what way does that make what they do "pretend"? Is the manager at a store a "pretend worker" if he has no hope of becoming the CEO? I am just baffled by your need to denigrate what other people do because it doesn't fit some arbitrary set of goals you have selected. Perplexing. Is the fact that people return as fans a bad thing in your book? Do you think the Lakers really hate that dick Jack Nicholson because he just keeps showing up? About the numbers though, Knoxville had ~3600 this year if I'm not mistaken. 1 in 236 people then. Seems like a low ratio. I wonder if perspective will help us? Los Angeles Kings attendance average 18,230. Metro population 13 million. 1 in 720. Crazy. For fun, let's take one of the best attended teams in the AHL: Cleveland. 9055 people, 2,055,612 metro area. 1 in 227. I love numbers. Judge-y. Would you feel better if the sponsors had small ad budgets? I do not understand why you bring up ad budget size, nor your concern with how a business operates. It makes me wonder if you've got a real problem with Amish people. We have complete agreement here! It's a bad situation. I'm generally always against zero tolerance. We are imperfect people, and the situation should be properly evaluated. If this is truly an out of character situation then it should be measured accordingly. If not, the organization should get him help and move on. Opinion, not fact. Don't know better than what? That what they are watching isn't the absolutely pinnacle of the profession? Is that the bar you apply to all aspects of your life? Hey Mario Batali, nice try with La Sirena. I guess it's good food if you've never heard of Le Bernardin. Good point. Some people enjoy an entertaining night out with the family. Others prefer to spend their time condescending. Whatever floats your boat!
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    It's amazing to me with all the advice or input about the new potential owner that those that are being pessimistic did not make an offer to buy the team, they sure do seem to have a lot of input as to how the guy that is spending the money should do it. Seems to be so much negativity that if I was looking to buy this team and I read these boards, I would probably have second thoughts. Here is my suggestion, right now we have no hockey, no team (with exception of what is being presented), therefore; I am open to look at and support someone wants to invest in our community and bring hockey back in Columbus. What nobody seems to mention is he said he was open once things move forward in the right direction was willing open to another name, so it seems to me that he wants fan buy in at the end of the day. I am of the impression we need to sit back and see how things unfold as I would certainly hate to see our potential of having a hockey team go dark. Obviously we choose whether to support a product by spending our hard earned money and buying season tickets or single game tickets, that is our voice and input based upon what product we have been given, but we are not even there yet. Take a pause, be supportive if you can, the potential of having hockey back in Columbus is a great thing.
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    Mike Craigen had no coaching experience when he took on the job. Won a championship eventually. Scott Hillman won two SPHL championships his first two years as a coach. Bechard won a championship for Columbus his first year as a full-time coach. It can happen.
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    http://prohockeynews.com/scott-witmyer-triumph-over-tragedy/
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    Another article and talks a little on Jason Price: http://www.sportsradiownml.com/2017/06/30/silverberg-new-ice-bears-coach-carr-wants-to-win-right-now/
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    I have been a season ticket holder since 1996 when Charlie and Martha Morrow brought Hockey to Columbus, I have been in the Booster Club, I have sat on the Season Ticket Holder Advisory Board, I have been an associate or friend of every owner since 1996 and have been involved with several different sponsorships with the Cottonmouths under several different companies including On-Ice Sponsor the last couple of years. That being said, I too am sorry that the Cottonmouths name will not be used here going forward but I am not buying the team and a name is a name. I followed the Washington Capitals when I was in Washington, DC for 4 years and had a skybox, I lived in Norfolk, VA for 16 years and was a regular attender, when in town, of the Norfolk Admirals (previously Hampton Roads) and continue to follow them as many friends of mine still live there. I will be a season ticket holder of whatever team by whatever name is reestablished in Columbus as I love the game of hockey. I was at the Sponsor meeting and was impressed by what was presented (except the name). There are other aspects of the Sponsor packages that have not been expressed outside of that meeting, on this forum or on Facebook that every Sponsor at the meeting was fine with (at least no one objected and we were there for about 2 hours). If there is someone else that wants to make a run for purchasing a franchise (because the one that was held here was sold to Birmingham) from the league then put in an interest to the league. I just hope that in October 2018 that my logo is in the arena, my tickets are in my hands and I am getting ready for a new season of hockey in Columbus.
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    Because this guy talks like he's got loads of money to throw around into this venture and yet he claimed he designed this all on his own, and now he's being exposed as a fraud in this claim. This logo really can't be trademarked I don't believe because he got it off of some other website and it would be that website that reaps the rewards of any merchandising. What else is he lying about? And yes I consider this a lie. None of this "a certain point of view" crap. You make a claim it should be cut and dry, black and white, no questions asked no shades of gray. He said he designed this on HIS OWN. To me that means he has Adobe Photoshop or a CAD drafting program, and he draws it from scratch. I was skeptical because of how quickly it was produced, but thought perhaps he had it in storage until he could come up with a hockey franchise or some other sports franchise since this isn't showing any specific hockey overtones in the logo itself. But logo aside the bigger question in all of this that no one has asked (at least not that I have seen) is why some unknown from New York is suddenly interested in investing in a pro hockey team in southern Georgia? What is his connection to the area? How did he hear about Columbus needing a hockey team? What financial ventures is he involved in that allows him to have enough capital to invest in a team? Let me clarify, there are people asking questions, they're just not asking them online.
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    Small problem here- Bes isn't the coach of the Fireantz, and they aren't the Fireantz anymore either.
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    The sportswriter's worst enemy: Fact-checking sports fans. Live by the Web, die by the Web.
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    I kinda think alliteration possibly ended at Fayetteville Marksmen....js
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    And thus, the hockey connection is made.
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    Another player signing announcement coming this Tuesday.
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    Always enlightening topics when they are started by puckcounter.....
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    And then in Year 6-8, the Heavens will open, and a Multitude of Angels will descend upon Downtown Birmingham to take the Bulls & their Blessed Fans to The Divine Hockey Rink in the sky ...
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    FREE AGENT LOCATION CHANGE! UPDATE: We're joining forces with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and will be hosting our free agent camp in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania! Players looking to showcase their skills will do so under the direction of Nailers coaching staff, as well as Head Coach of the Marksmen, Nick Mazzolini and Director of Hockey Operations, Ryan Cruthers. Be sure to mention you heard about the camp from the Marksmen and #LeaveYourMark Click the link for more info: http://wheelingnailers.com/wheeling-nailers-tryout-camp To register: https://login.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrat…/Register.aspx…
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    Leveille Re-Signs for Second Season with Beast ECHL.com
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    He's a lot closer to home than Fayetteville.
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    Yea, yea, im sure our team is going to be a lot stronger then it was last year. We are established now and not just an expansion team getting everybody's sloppy seconds out of the league. Im surprised we were as competitive as we were considering all the call ups and long term injuries. Looks like we are set up to be biggest rivals. But dont count on the 10 out of 13 wins. Definately should be fun. Hoping to take a trip down to see a couple away games this year.
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    Based on my research and emails back and forth with city leaders and agencies, the club never even began the process of filing the paperwork or finding a sponsor. Apparently there is a $500 (my memory is foggy) fee but if you can get someone on the city council to sponsor you that fee will be waived. I talked to whoever the district rep was at the time and he said he'd have no problem sponsoring the application...so all they had to do was file the paperwork and follow up on it. The planning commission said they never received any application or paperwork to begin the process. I'm still sore about that...you don't have a ceremony for the guy and have all of his family come in from Detroit and then not follow through with it, that's embarrassing. I still have the email trail somewhere...I'll dig it up. One, it's not my place to fund something the team should have done like they said they would, and two, I'm not a Knox County resident so I really can't do anything paperwork wise. It still shows as Historic Preservation in Google Maps. I submitted the change back in the day to make it Kevin Swider and it was initially changed, then someone changed it back.
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    I think they're cool, but I can already guess what the Ice Bears intro song is going to be on the road... 0_o
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    I like the white ones best too, but the black looks good as well. I'm a big fan of the logo too.
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    Looks to me that me and my dawgs are going fox hunting the first game of the season!!!!! Maybe we will see a few of the jerseys here that night. Look pretty nice. They did a good job. I usually like the darker jerseys better then the white. But i believe i like your white ones better.
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    I like the sergeant stripes. Nice touch.
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    Remember, kids. This is A-Level pro hockey centered around development. Resumes are thin on experience. This is entry-level coaching. You get a lot of freshmen coaches in here. Some work out (Hillman gave the Ice Bears 2 cups in a row his 2 years coaching here) and some do not. The FireAntz are hiring an untested coach as well. If someone wants to try being a professional hockey coach, this is the league they're going to start. You won't find many ex-NHL head coaches applying in this league unless they've hit rock bottom. Ex-NHL PLAYERS trying to be head coach, maybe. I don't know who they're going to announce tomorrow. Just support them and let's see what they do. There's plenty of time to burn them at the stake later on.
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    Maybe if they get more than 7000 fans, or even a sellout or a full house (since the owner is a real estate mogul), their theme song will be
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    if your about to have an aneurysm after just one topic since you been a member on the forums. You better start doubling up on your blood pressure medicine or your going to blow!!!
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    Has a much better support system behind him than previous first timers. I think we will be fine and return to the top of the league in attendance, wins and fan support. Players will fight to come here if things go the way they are looking to be headed.
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    Unfortunately Season Tickets are the driving force in whether a team is even able to get going in the first place. I'm wondering if he is giving away the use of a car/RV for say, a year. Plus, how is he going to prepare these prizes? You don't know until the game is underway how many people you have in the crowd, so preparing for these big giveaways is something that needs a lot of planning and logistics. Especially with sponsors. You don't just have cars locked away in storage until needed.
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    I calculated his games and between the 3 (AHL, ECHL, SPHL) he has 346 gp....so he is a vet
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    Guys, we're in the South. The fox needs a good, christian name; "Mark".
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    Are you Sirius?! I know that I ... AM.
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    Pelham prepares to renovate Civic Complex for Birmingham Bulls hockey By Lauren Walsh - ABC Ch. 33/40
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    I put my vote in for Zorro. That is spanish for fox.
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    Standard practice. Release the names over time to keep the team in the news.
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    The SPHL website has list of Career opportunities with the Marksmen organization.
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    Mavric Parks was out of hockey for a while and then signed with Knoxville who did not give him a chance. Columbus signed him in their time of need and played him sparingly for a while and then gave Parks a chance. He produced and down stretch became the go to goalie. In the playoffs he held Macon the eventual champion to a goal in the first game and a Columbus win and lost a one goal game in the second game in overtime. Eventually losing it in game three. You have a very good goalie in Parks!!
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    Truth be told, when I read the title that was the first name that popped into my head.
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    You do realize the 2 playoff wins were with Fayetteville......yes?
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    Marc Rodgers
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    Appropriate- no names mentioned to protect the "innocent until proven guilty"
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    I'm sorry, but this guy's resume is light compared to most anyone ever in this league. I think he most resembles the former Louisiana coach, and he was not successful at much of anything but icing a good squad. I'd take the crapshoot of a former SPHL/ECHL player (especially Captain) turned coach over this any day. I think the fact he appears to have had a failed shot in extremely low level junior hockey speaks volumes.
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    Curious to why his junior hockey coaching experiences isnt on his bio. Did you get a hold of his resume and he didnt want anyone to know he was fired from it, so he left it off? Im starting to think JMC-STL has better credentials to become Knoxvilles coach. Hes seen and been around more hockey. Carr played baseball for more years then he played hockey. I could be wrong and this man is a hockey genius. But by looking at his bio, junior hockey coaching experience, and 9 division II career college games played. Nothing is screaming out SPHL coach to me. Guess in a couple days we will find out if your right.
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    I'm still favoring Grey Jackets
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    Nice to see they are getting some publicity from different medias. Great for the organization and great for the McGinns to have the hockey camp for the young ones. Couldn't be more happier with the majority owners. Looks like they are doing all the right things.
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    "So we can breed future generations of hockey players who will feed the expansion of the NHL (and maybe the NWHL, if that suits us) to cities across the U.S. who wouldn't know a puck from a polecat, and reap us those lucrative expansion fees for perpetuity." Amen.
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    Can I also advise that the LAST time that we dealt with a real-estate developer for an owner, things didn't go so well...