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  1. 9 points
    Could we not turn every thread into a front office bashing and talking about the poor attendance? I think we all by now realize the attendance is bad and most do not think enough is being done by the FireAntz front office. The team is playing great hockey right now and that is something to be happy about. I do wish more people were there to see them but at this point, we have beat this attendance and front office horse into the ground a few times already. Let's all try to use some energy to get more people to the games by bringing people and telling people about them.
  2. 7 points
    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!
  3. 7 points
    Just as an FYI, this is public information it is public record and it was posted on a public website. It is open to discussion. Unlike some Facebook pages, we are not going to suppress public information and act like it didn't happen. Much like politicians, when you are in the public eye everything you do is subject to scrutiny. So...Don't do stupid s***!!!
  4. 7 points
    And your post isn't acting out an emotional response? So....... Let's look at YOUR judgment on this: Gone remaining balance of season: done All of next season: first off, he has been a pro 11 years. Most likely will be retired effective immediately. You're probably going to get your wish but not because of what you think may be the reason. And even if he doesn't retire, why all of next year? Check his stats, he's not a goon. What good does it serve? He's got to work to earn a living. How much money do you think these players are making??? Which leads me to the next one: $4-5k fine: ............ Seriously? Do you honestly think, even if he were the highest paid player on the team, that he could even begin to pay that kind of a fine? I'm sure Macguy or some other statistics nerd (Atnip around???) can come up with the record for largest fine by a player, but there are people who commit worse felonies than what Price is accused of that pay smaller fines. And shorter jail sentences than the suspension you're proposing. You're not wanting "justice" you're out for blood. Plain and simple. And that makes you no better than him. And then what? When is it "good enough" for YOU to be satisfied? Does Price go to jail? Does he wear the striped outfits and clean garbage on the side of the road, living in a tent community to pay his debt to YOUR society still warrant more punishment? Does he have to spend years in stockade getting rocks thrown at him to shame him for this crime in order to satiate your appetite for revenge? A scarlet letter perhaps? Does the black eye he's given this league (and the sport) warrant a lifetime of shame and destitution in order for YOU to sleep at night a little easier? What he did was WRONG. What he's done is bad. For the sport, for the trainer, for both teams, for everyone. He let a lot of people down, and he'll pay dearly for HIS mistake, as will the Ice Bears. Don't you worry there won't be another championship this season if Combs has any say about it...... I get it. You're pissed off. We all are. Believe it or not a few Ice Bears fans aren't thrilled at this behavior either. But what you think is justice is completely irrational when you look at the fact he is NOT a goon who just is here to beat the crap out of other players for fun and profit, the consistency of past incidents similar to this one and the simple fact that these are not NHL players who can afford to lose a few thousand dollars here and there. These guys make less than fast food workers who aren't bitching for $15/hr. But what do I know, perhaps I'm just emotionally overreacting...
  5. 7 points
    As a born and raised southern boy, I understand the true meaning of "southern hospitality," but the Antz fans that my wife and I met at Tuesday night's game outdid themselves. We must have had more than 20 members of Antz Nation come up and introduce themselves and welcome us into your "house" and we certainly appreciate the welcome. The love you have for your boys is apparent, and it is obvious that you are proud of your team (as you should be), but you nevertheless extended a warm welcome us. Although this season's series is over, we will certainly return and I hope we can eventually develop a good rivalry that has both fan bases visiting each other's barns on a regular basis. Of course, we have to even us the W-L record, as I'm not sure winning two out of ten games qualifies as a rivalry (ouch). A special thanks to the Antz Boooster Club for sharing the great ideas that they are using. At the end of the day, we are all just fans pulling for our team and we have more in common than not. Sometimes, it's easy to forget that. I think you are the team to beat the rest of the way, especially the way Bonar is playing, and you certainly have two folks in Roanoke pulling for you. I do hope you can get more folks out to watch your team - they deserve the support (but I know I'm preaching to the choir). Thanks, again, and we hope to welcome you to Roanoke next year.
  6. 7 points
    I would like to say thank you to each and every 35,663 of you who supported your SPHL team this weekend. You showed up for your team, and whether your team showed up for you or not, it shows how passionate we "Southerners" are for a "northern" sport. One time, at an O'Charley's here where I live, I asked to turn on the Nashville Predators game. This guy at the bar asks me "How north are you"? I mean, like most of my family is from Michigan, but I just grew up liking hockey in the south. It proves so many points. First, most of these communities don't have anything else to cheer for but hockey. It shows the loyalty. Next, when you support the teams in the SPHL, you are supporting a league on the rise. It shows the support for local hockey. Then, you supporting a local business that thrives on support from its community. It shows that you want hockey long-term in a part of the United States generally not known for its hockey. And finally, it shows the prospective owners in other cities that the support is there for even more growth of the SPHL. Not only did you support your team and your community, but you also supported the image of the SPHL, and I appreciate the passion and love to hear about the growth of this league I absolutely love to support.
  7. 6 points
    Onward to next season. We've got a lot to look forward to with the new ownership, better atmosphere at the games and attendance that is going to skyrocket. With a full off season with the new crew, I've got a really good feeling that next season could very well be the most exciting season of hockey in Fayetteville we've ever had. The title of the thread is 'done' but I think it's more like 'We've only just began!'
  8. 6 points
    I have spooken with the new guy ... one of them anyway ... there is going to be a press conference or announcement ... on or around April 7th this guy has some big visions and in his words "is going to put butts in those seats and a better energy in the Crown"
  9. 6 points
    Veterans on this board will remember that the Mississippi Surge franchise was sold to the Roanoke ownership group (as opposed to the Roanoke owners having to pay a new franchise fee). Thus, there is a connection to Biloxi area although no Roanoke player or coach played there. To demonstrate that the team's roots will not be forgotten, the Rail Yard Dawgs stopped by Merit Health Biloxi today, a children's hospital where the Mississippi Surge had visited every year, The team brought along with some teddy bears from Roanoke's Teddy Bear Toss game in December to hand out to the youngsters. What a fantastic class act by the team. Nice job, Dawgs!
  10. 5 points
    So I just wanted to take a minute and give my two cents on all the changes that have taken place. I have met the new owners, and I really am excited about the way the talk and the way they carry themselves when it comes to hockey in Fayetteville. I admit, the whole name change thing kinda hit me hard ... I wasn't expecting it ... but I am not gonna bash the idea! They really put a lot of thought into it all and it fits their marketing scheme well ... Anthony (the ant) is a good friend of mine and I was absolutely floored to think he wouldn't be around anymore ... but, I have looked at the "Marky" situation and I again am seeing where their marketing scheme fits with the Fox ... so I won't bash him either ... in fact, I was at the unveiling and I like the guy, but he has to grow on ya a bit!! My biggest, and best praise ... has to go to the front office of the Marksmen ... these guys and gals are putting their feet on the ground and running ... they have created some fabulous package deals with sponsors ... they are concentrating on raising attendance back and even beyond the glory days of the FireAntz ... the season ticket program the have now is amazing and I even bought and extra seat this year because of it ... As a fan and a loyal follower, myself and Piehole and Iceman and many others have been saying for the last couple of years that we needed to mix things up and take some drastic measures to get butts back in the seats, and these guys are doing that!! I can hardly wait til our 1st military night this year, cause I think we will see record numbers like we used to have!!! Many people have got mad and even vowed to boycott the team ... WHY?? Because they kept hockey alive in Fayetteville!? I think some people are still clouded in their vision to not see that the Antz were about to be another casualty ... The attendance for the last two years has been PATHETIC!! As a Florence native, and a former Pee Dee Cyclones fan ... let me tell you, it sucks to lose hockey!! To have nothing ... that's how I became an Antz fan ... that's why I drive 88 miles to see them play ... I bet if you ask the die hard Columbus fans they would tell you, that if someone came in and kept hockey there but changed the name and mascot, they probably wouldn't be mad but for a minute!! I say to all of the people who are skeptical ... or doubtful ... give these guys a chance!! I have seen SO MUCH being done this offseason from the front office ... I am truly excited about it!! Let's go Marksmen!!
  11. 5 points
    You do realize that most teams haven't announced all of their signed players yet right....? And you do realize that the way to win in the SPHL is not with tough guys right.....? And you do realize that hockey is about scoring goals and keeping pucks out of your own net right....?
  12. 5 points
    I loved the FireAntz name, but I can't see complaining. This is an effort to connect with the heavy military demographic in the area. The loss of novelty of the FireAntz name is worth the tradeoff of seeing this new ownership group making efforts that appeared absent from the former ownership. Good luck to the Marksmen! I've visited a few times, and that building should be much more full than it has been. This ownership group seems to have a clue so far.
  13. 5 points
    And honestly, if a few of the current fans are upset and stop coming over a name change....oh well. The more important thing in all of this is to get NEW fans coming to games. I like the name change and rebranding and trust me, there are plenty of new fans out there in the community that need to be reached.
  14. 5 points
    Every single DAWG player attend the Valley Youth Hockey Banquet last night. As you would expect, the kids were tremendously excited to have them there. David Gandara walked over and sat down at a table that had 6 little fellows sitting there and totally made their night. I just love the way this team interacts with their fans. Good bunch of guys.
  15. 5 points
    I don't care what anybody says, I've got a problem with Jake Hauswirth. That guy comes into a town full of kind-hearted, generous people and he steals (with malice, I should add!) a game from Evansville after we invested not just regulation but a full overtime period. I know that you Fireantz fans are already ashamed, but I fear there is more. Being a forgiving soul I assume that Jake would come back the next night properly mollified. I regret to inform you that he was not!! After another overtime period in a game extended due to the intense technical challenges of Wiener Dog racing between periods Mr. Hauswirth did engage in flagrantly stealing a second game. His inconsiderate behavior not only deprived me of a win, but the lateness of the crime made it impossible for me to get my necessary Asian take out. I'm confident the Fayetteville organization will do the right thing and send him to Evansville to play for a couple years as appropriate punishment for these antics.
  16. 5 points
    Lots of football team players do this after games, too- either amongst themselves or with the opposing team members- and not only footballers- not proselytizing, just giving thanks that they got through the game and for the opportunity to play the game(s) they love
  17. 5 points
    Soskin needs to lay off the saucekin. As far as I know, only Columbus is having issues. And any teams staff "getting disgusted by having to try and match numbers of the top attended teams" obviously need to step up THEIR game. That's not a problem for the league or other teams to handle. They need to go above/beyond to get butts in the seats on their own undertakings. Sitting on your kiester in your office doesn't put people in the stands unless you're on the phone cold-calling and making an effort to reach out and get publicity.
  18. 5 points
    Where did you read this at? If im thinking right your talking about barry soskin. I wouldnt believe a word he said. He causes problems in every city and league he has bought teams in. He is just trying to make the fhl look good and start rumors all over the sphl landscape.
  19. 5 points
    Over $60,000 raised that night- many thanks to those who donated cash and items for the Huntsville Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to those who bought t-shirts, sticks, ties, and jerseys. More than $500,000 has now been brought in for the NICU in the 10 years that the Melissa George event has taken place. Doc
  20. 5 points
    You guys played an amazing game, I also would like to thank everyone in attendance for their hospitality Friday night, when I headed to the arena in my Dawgs gear I figured things were going to go one of two ways and I can honestly say I felt more welcome than I could have imagined.
  21. 5 points
    This was an extraordinary action by the Rail Yard Dawgs organization, reaching back to its franchise roots to serve a community several states away. Whomever spearheaded this effort deserves a hearty round of applause.
  22. 5 points
    I've seen goalies (Flyers, Ron Hextall) score on power play but, I've never seen this. http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/this-new-zealand-hockey-goaltender-scored-on-a-freaking-penalty-shot/ar-AAlwjcZ?ocid=iehp&fullscreen=true#image=1 https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=goalie+score+penatlly+shot&view=detail&mid=5791F62D41CFC90740905791F62D41CFC9074090&FORM=VIRE
  23. 5 points
    I'll never forget who caused the incident that ended Tyler Sheldrake's hockey career. I'm not saying Sheldrake didn't do wrong but wouldn't have happened if Bremner wouldn't have started it.
  24. 5 points
    Here ya'll go again. Calling someone something you know nothing about. Just because I am a female, doesn't make me a Puck Bunny. Why can't we talk hockey on this page? Some of you get on here to try to get under people skin. Use the forum for what it is for.
  25. 4 points
    I agree with everything you ar saying WLGT. I've also have met the owners over a couple beers at a swamp dog's game. They will improve the attendance. They've already added cameras and show replays on the marquee. With Jeff Longo and his experience in the hockey world, I see good things in the furture for our Marksmen. I'm looking forward to hockey.
  26. 4 points
    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.
  27. 4 points
    Mike has been very polite and courteous to my family especially my son, and yes I still support him to the fullest. He made a big mistake, one that he should man up to, he is a role model to a lot of kids and now he can show them how to own up to your mistakes and take responsibility for your actions. This maybe a wake up call for him to be more responsible and get his life together. We wish him nothing but the best and hope to see him leading the way next season.
  28. 4 points
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  29. 4 points
    Move over FireAntz, the Marksmen are here! Although I dearly loved the FireAntz name (and all my FireAntz swag), I also understand how toxic the brand had become in Fayetteville. Lots of bridges burned over the years with corporate sponsors, season ticket holders, and fans in general. Even with the change in ownership, the Antz brand was so tainted that it would have been nearly impossible to overcome moving forward. Now we start with a fresh slate! Some people are saying "RIP FireAntz" like this is such a bad thing. Exactly the opposite. Thank God for Chuck, Jeff, and all the new staff. They not only rescued a sinking ship, they righted the boat, lifted the sails, and are getting ready to blast forward like nothing you've ever seen!!! They don't use the term "sponsorship", vying instead for "PARTNERship" which shows a true mindset change to give back to the businesses that help them. How many sponsors in the past literally got NOTHING in return for sponsoring the Antz except a tax deduction for advertising? It's a new day folks! Instead of losing hockey in Fayetteville (like Columbus), these folks not only saved it, they are investing THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of dollars into what WE love...Fayetteville hockey! Hold on folks...YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET!
  30. 4 points
  31. 4 points
    You are right they do not win games. I would not really call Beirnes a goon. He can and does play a role for Roanoke just as he did for Huntsville. This league does not have a pure goon in it this year.
  32. 4 points
    The following was made public late last night:
  33. 4 points
    Signed up for next years seasons tickets on Saturday night
  34. 4 points
    The new ownership also changed the policy for season ticket holders to include some good deals. Instead of having your tickets paid for in 2-3 months, you can pay monthly ($21.00) during the season which is smarter for those who can't give up the $$ at one time.
  35. 4 points
    I believe they gave up after the power play goal that was number 5. They had just given up a called no goal for high sticking by mississippi. Then no time later mississippi scored the 5th goal of the game on the power play. Then not sure what pissed ftorek off but he got 2 minutes for abuse of officials. Putting his team in the hole on the pk again. Few seconds later goal number 6 and by then the wheels had fallen off. Breakaway after breakaway. Total give up by everyone. Was just a huge black eye for our city and team. Never seen a team just quit like that. Like i said it was embarrassing. Looked like they had never played hockey before. And about Kruger. He didnt get any help at all. He stopped a lot of breakaways. But he should have never acted like he did. And about pulling goalies, you would think you would ask your goaltender if or after how many goals do you want pulled. 2nd time goalie was upset with him over this. First time, was in fayetteville he pulled brandon anderson who got pissed and showed his butt for getting pulled. Next day he was shipped off to norfolk. This time he waited too long to do the pulling. But our backup we signed had played awful in the two games he started and was pulled in the second period of his last game. So we were screwed either way. But if it wasnt so late into the season i would go back and watch the film footage. Then i would waive every single player that had quit playing. If its still possible to get a few players, id waive them right now. Number 1 rule should be never give up. Makes your coach and organization look bad. If your a pro getting paid to play, no way you should give up no matter the circumstances. As big as the win in huntsville was, i believe we took one step forward then in mississippi we took 5 steps backwards.
  36. 4 points
    As a Christian, I'd be happy to defend your right to leave the arena immediately after the final horn.
  37. 4 points
    I foresee great things for the future of hockey in Fayetteville. It's now time to Make Hockey Great Again at the Coliseum. We've got a great team and now it's time to bring back the fans!!!!!!! It's going to happen....
  38. 4 points
    They do it when the game is over. Most people are walking towards their vehicles.
  39. 4 points
    And according to his FB profile, he's studying for his PhD in Education in Sport Administration so I'd say that that's a GINORMOUS shot in the arm for the FireAntz!!!
  40. 4 points
    $39,000 raised for St Jude Hospitals for Children tonight- not bad considering the Havoc lost the game, we have a lot of new guys on the team who haven't been around long enough to become fan favorites, and this was the 1st time this charity was the designated recipient. Good job, Havoc fans/donors. Doc
  41. 4 points
  42. 4 points
    It won't be to hard to spot you. There won't be many Antz fans out there on a Tuesday night.
  43. 4 points
    The SPHL trade deadline is today, Monday, Feb 27th, at 3 PM EST. There can be no more trades after that until after the season is over. Waivers/Free Agency adds & drops are still allowed though. The ECHL call-up deadline is Tuesday, Mar 7th at 5 PM EST. Any player accepting a call up to the ECHL after that will not be allowed to return to their SPHL roster. But, players called up or already in the ECHL before the deadline can still return. Graduating collegiate or Junior players wrapping up their seasons can be brought in for the stretch run with any remaing 3 game tryouts a team has. SPHL playoff rosters can be expanded to 19 players. Free agents must have played 5 games in the SPHL to be eligible for the SPHL playoffs. Graduating collegiate or Junior players are exempt from this restriction.
  44. 4 points
    ..the trip to Fayetteville should be an interesting one Friday...we will have fun on our first road trip supporting the Dawgs since joining the SPHL.
  45. 4 points
    Donnellan isn't a particularly flashy player, but they thought enough of him that he was the team captain. He should be a reliable addition to one of your d-lines.
  46. 4 points
    Silly names only make us laugh. We laughed even harder when we brought the two points you missed back to Fayetteville with us.
  47. 4 points
    If you have lived in Fayetteville for any amount of time you have to know there is a hockey team that plays at the Crown Coliseum. I see billboards, newspaper ads, newspaper articles, etc when I am in town. There are also social media outlets that advertise games and promotions. At this point, the fans that go to the games and have the season tickets have to take matters into their own hands and bring people to the games with them. The office certainly has to do their part and spend the time and effort and money to keep the team name in the community but the community has to have the money to spend and then want to spend the money on hockey games. For whatever reason, Fayetteville is not doing that. I just have a hard time believing the attendance numbers are because people do not know about it....just my opinion. Part of the issue with ticket pricing is that the FireAntz get NO cut from the concessions so they try to make up for that with higher ticket prices. I have seen them do special pricing for veterans and kids but it didn't seem to make that much of a difference in the crowd. Maybe lowering the prices for EVERYBODY for the rest of the season just to get some butts in the seats is an idea.....I would take 5,000 people paying $5 over 1,000 people paying $15.
  48. 4 points
    I agree with many of your points but it's still up to the front office to market each and every game. Since there are only 28 home games, each game is important. This is the 15th season of FireAntz hockey and it's got to be the worst attendance after two home games. The failure lies within the front office and heads of the organization. There has to be accountability for those in marketing and ticket sales. The ownership group has to be disgusted and embarrassed by the lack of fans at this weekend's games. It's either they're disgusted, very disappointed or just don't care but I really doubt that they don't care and it's a combination of the first two. They should be having a meeting to see what happened because for an opening weekend coupled with the 15th anniversary, they could have come up with specials to lure fans to the games. I'm well aware that there were other events going on but the same can be said for every city yet they successfully get decent numbers in the seats. The season is far from over but the declining attendance has been going on since the beginning of last season. Something has to change and change very soon!!! We shouldn't rely on games from Jan to Apr to get the attendance numbers up.
  49. 4 points
    The only thing I got from the neckbeard was that Szabados and Nielsen are more than just teammates.
  50. 4 points
    Ice Flyers fan (but I come in peace). Your team looked very solid last night. Both were a little rough around the edges but your game plan was working. Offensively, every time down the ice (especially in the 1st period) you were getting multiple shots and getting good traffic in front of our goalie. Defensively, tons of blocked shots and making the smart play to just get the puck out. You guys should have a pretty fun season to watch. Best of luck, except for when you play us.
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