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  1. 7 points
    Two things you can do about that: (1) Contribute only to positive content on this Board; (2) find your muse elsewhere.
  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. 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!'
  5. 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"
  6. 5 points
    Notice the only people to put a heart on this post are the same people always posting negative stuff? Birds of a feather...
  7. 5 points
    UPDATED through games of 3/11/2018 in post 3 posts below. I thought the fans of the playoff contenders might find this interesting. Games remaining as of 03/08/2018 Bold = Home games Peoria 65 points (11 games remaining) 5 home 6 away MRK, MRK, PEN, PEN, MAC, MAC, EVN, ROA, ROA, ROA, ROA Pensacola 60 pts (13) 6 home 7 away BHM, BHM, PEO, PEO, BHM, EVN, EVN, MRK, BHM, BHM, MAC, KNX, KNX Hunstville 57 pts (11) 4 home 7 away KNX, MAC, KNX, MRK, KNX, ROA, BHM, MRK, MRK, MRK, BHM Macon 55 pts (12) 5 home 7 away ROA, HSV, ROA, ROA, FAY, PEO, PEO, FAY, FAY, PEN, BHM, EVN Knoxville 52 pts (11) 7 home 4 away HSV, ROA, HSV, FAY, HSV, BHM, ROA, EVN, EVN, PEN, PEN Evansville 47 pts (11) 6 home 5 away FAY, FAY, BHM, MRK, PEN, PEN, PEO, KNX, KNX, FAY, MAC Mississippi 46 pts (11) 6 home 5 away PEO, PEO, HSV, EVN, FAY, FAY, PEN, HSV, HSV, HSV, FAY Roanoke 44 pts (12) 5 home 7 away MAC, KNX, MAC, MAC, BHM, HSV, KNX, FAY, PEO, PEO, PEO, PEO Birmingham 41 pts (11) 5 home 6 away PEN, PEN, EVN, ROA, PEN, KNX, HSV, PEN, PEN, MAC, HSV _________________ Based on the currents records of all remaining opponents the teams listed in order from hardest schedule remaining to easiest; Birmingham (combined winning percentage of remaining opponents is .634). Roanoke .611, Peoria .562, Mississippi .560, Knoxville .556, Pensacola .543, Evansville .529, Huntsville .528, Macon .509
  8. 5 points
    Sean will spend a lot of time in the ECHL. He will be in E camp next season and probably will make a roster. Might be a good move for the coach. The goal is to find skaters who are boarder line E talent. The last 2 coaches were recruiting boarder line SPHL skaters from the FHL. Good move coach!
  9. 5 points
    Wow... Let's give the guy a chance. As already stated I don't think things here could get much worse. I am sure the senior players had a lot to do with the move to replace the coach but even more so was Esposito's stats. Granted he was in a bad situation as well but I also feel he didn't improve it much if any at all. I'm just saying be somewhat positive be it good better or worse he is gonna be with us through the remainder of the season lets not beat him down before we give him an opportunity to see what he has got. I have lived in Fayetteville my whole life and I know we are a town of hard asses and we want what we want. Well come to the games and beat on the glass and hoot and holler till the whole town hears what you got to say and fire this damn team up....!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. 5 points
    While there wasn't any scoring don't know how anyone can call this game boring. I thought it was well played by both teams and both teams goalies were great tonight. Glad we got the win in the shootout, could have done without giving the Bulls a point though
  11. 5 points
    I can tell ya that i have seen some of the worst and the best in Phil as a Coach here last year with the Wolves. I can tell the nay sayers to give him time and he WILL build a winning team. I know its only the FHL but this guy is known for getting his team into the big show He will make them hit and he will make them skate till they puke
  12. 5 points
    SPHL Forums would like to welcome Greg81102 as Moderator for the Roanoke forum. He will be overseeing any issues with the forum and helping with posting of Game Day Threads. Congratulations!
  13. 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!!
  14. 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....?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 4 points
    And build a wall around it! And make the other leagues pay for the wall!
  20. 4 points
    Yep, I do love the team (Fayetteville hockey) as a whole. Not just a certain group of players. Yes, I can be critical too, but I have found that focusing on the negatives or things I wish were different in ANY aspect of life only tends to magnify them. However, I understand that venting can be good for the soul too. I just choose not to do it publicly. And on that note.....GO MARKSMEN! Still proud to be a fan.
  21. 4 points
    Ok, I have been very busy today and have glanced at some threads. After having a few mins to relax and gather my thoughts, this is what I have to say..... Yes I haven't been as sturn as other mods and have let a lot go. This team thread has the most negative comments in the whole forum, rather it be on topics, such as, a single player\fans\coaches. That will change. Every thread about those have mostly been negative, negative comments turn into personal attacks. I understand this is where we voice our opinions, good or bad, but y'all take it to a whole different level. Fans for other teams who come in this forum and starts it with our fans (reffering to the Drobot\McDonald's comment) will be warned as well and comment deleted. There is NO need for any comments that can be taken as personal attacks. If anyone has something to say and you think it can be taken as a personal attack I recommend you keep it to yourself. The minute any thread starts to turn negative enough for personal attacks to start then it will be shutdown and user will be warned. Have a good day and enjoy your week.
  22. 4 points
    Another beauty. Witzel is on fire. No way he doesnt win player of the week. He has been playing his butt off!!! Now we are 10-8-1 and on a 4 game win streak since Coach Bremner has taken over. I know he doesnt like taking any credit but who in the world would have thought we would have a winning record with this team after a coaching change, with how we were playing? Im so proud of these guys, how they have bought into his system and seem to really be coming together. Its incredible and like night and day how our defense plays. We have been holding shots way down. I was a huge critic on Ben Bauer but he has been coming through. Riley Spraggs has been impressing me with how physical he has been playing. I thought tonight he was hitting everybody!!! Just cant say enough about Brad Barone, not sure how you can take him out of net how well he is playing. My only bad dilemma now is if we start getting some callups back, who in the world would we ever get rid of? I cant name one guy now that hasnt earned his spot on this team. Love watching this team play now and cant wait til next weekend. GO DAWGS!!!!
  23. 4 points
    There is a saying in life,,,"The truth always hurts".... We don't like to hear it but we all knew it before Phil unloaded that statement of not having the horses. If players resent the truth they would not be on my team for long, The Marksmen skill level just does not match other teams in the SPHL...Plain & simple! We have had lots of time to make changes but frankly I beleive that no one wants to play here now after the $--T SHOW of a season thus far !!!
  24. 4 points
    Thank you for your opinion. I'll whine if I want to. As a fan winning is all that matters. If all you want is a good experience go to Chucky Cheese with the kids.
  25. 4 points
    I bought a ticket and attended the Rangers versus Golden Knights in Vegas last Sunday. I expected to see combat between the elite rapid deployment force of the US Army and the Army's elite parachute demonstration team. Sadly it was just an NHL game. The parachute team won 2-1.
  26. 4 points
    Not only are you guys very fortunate to have Bremner as coach but you're lucky to get decent media coverage. The Roanoke Times does an awesome job covering the Rail Yard Dawgs.
  27. 4 points
    I would advise not to get too get far ahead on critiquing the team with player specifics just yet under Bremner. But I will add that personally I wished they had not waived a talented Ryan de Melo or traded Paul Russell who could absolutely fly. I would have liked those two here for Bremner to work with but its too late for that now. And we have to consider too that Armstrong, Mueller, and Murray were called up recently to the ECHL and so three of the top players of what we had were not available this weekend. The Vandergunst call up puzzles me bigtime, and I must believe that some deal must have been in the works when he was signed to where maybe the Ftoreks worked at least a short call up assignment in a signing agreement. Vandergunst appeared in only 21 SPHL games last year, then 6 with Pensacola and 3 with Roanoke this year. So it was a very strange sequence of events indeed. Gandara can fly, he can shoot and he will hit. Schneider is a very good offensive and defensive defenseman. His mistakes come from having to do too much at times, which can kill the positioning for any player. Its going to be a matter of getting the players working much better together. Hockey is a real team sport where everyone must be in their right role and then go at that job 100%. So what I have seen so far is too much indecisive fumbling around in their own end. And there is certainly a lack of crispness on transition and breakouts. And too there is not enough attacking the opponent net and that makes the opponent goalie's job way to easy with those long wrist shoots. And then there is the consistent missing the net with umpteen shots. If Roanoke shoots 30 shots that requires their goalie to save, they must miss the net with 20 more. Shots must be directed within the area of the net opening, not 2 feet above the crossbar nor 3 feet wide which then often lead to those weird oddman breakouts the other way. All this can be fixed and will be fixed. But one New Year Resolution I hope the team takes, is no more lollygag slow lack of hustle changing on the fly that I have seen more often than not that leads to huge position advantages for the opposition. And to add to that, players must skate back hard. No loping or standing around at the opponent blue line. The wingers and center should skate back hard and back check much better than we are seeing which will then allow the defensemen to play a blue line defense rather than that stuff of letting the opposition skate all the way in to the goal line and circle the net and create an instant cycle. I don't think we have bad players. We are just playing bad. And I am confident it will be changed with Bremner
  28. 4 points
    Wow,,,,one win and the critics are silent !
  29. 4 points
    Went to practice this morning. He had them skating hard, preaches hustle and communication, being loud. Had them working on offense the whole practice, did a good drill of 1 on 1 in the corner battling for the puck making them work. High energy i really liked what i saw. Went to practices with Ftorek before and never saw any of the drills i saw today.
  30. 4 points
    There are tons of passionate fans in Roanoke. I think that’s why a lot are very critical. The ones criticizing the team really care about the team and want them to do well. People wouldn’t call them out if they didn’t care. The idea that being critical of the team equates to not being a real fan is silly.
  31. 4 points
    Maybe wins was not the problem? I have had employees that were great workers but could not be placed around customers.. I don't know what the problem is/was but I was not nor were any of you all privy to happenings away from the actual games. Unless you are on the inside anything else is speculation. We all know what happens when you ASSUME something. I have better things to do than try to tell or figure out management, we need to trust them to do their job. I am.sure this was NOT an easy decision but the owners have the investment and need to do as.they see best. Our best bet is to be happy hockey was saved in Fayetteville and go with the flow. They have the money invested and they make the decisions, they have to live with that and.i am.fine with that. So, sit back and enjoy the games and see where this road leads.... Rant over, time for work.... See you on the ice
  32. 4 points
    Shaun's post got me to thinking. The fans in Roanoke have constantly heard that Roanoke had the most players called up to the ECHL last year, but is that an actual fact? So I pulled the SPHL Transaction Log from last season and dumped the data into Excel so I could slice and dice it. Now IF there are moves that weren't captured in the Transaction Log, then obviously I didn't capture those. But based on the moves that were captured in the Transaction Log, Roanoke did indeed have the most players called up. They also tied Evansville for the most players that were called up and didn't return. Here's the data: # Of Call-Ups by Team Total Callups # of Different Players # of Players who Didn't Return Players Who Didn't Return Roanoke 13 8 4 Anderson, Boyle, Jeke, Armstrong Macon 12 8 1 Bartus Peoria 12 9 3 Weidauer, Riley, Wallin Evansville 11 8 4 Cuzner, Misuraca, MacDonald, McKay Mississippi 10 8 3 Leone, Bradshaw, Turner Pensacola 9 7 3 Fielding, St-Cyr, Megannety Fayetteville 5 5 2 Brooks, Horn Knoxville 5 5 2 Manno, Sandler Huntsville 4 3 2 Daniels, Nowakowski Columbus 3 2 2 Pompeo, Hafner
  33. 4 points
    The Dawgs fans feel your pain. We got embarrassed by our sophomore counterparts. Looks like they figured out how to win. We are struggling badly. No defense and no offense. Atleast you didnt get outshot 59-28 in your own barn. Plus you got a new coach and basically a new team. We have same coach and basically the same team. You guys have a lot more room for improving. Look on the bright side, we have 12 more games together somebody has to win.
  34. 4 points
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10214680273149787&id=1512218968 Mic malfunction leads to Marksmen fans singing national anthem. P.S. might be hard to hear, as fans one by one started to sing.
  35. 4 points
    Man ... I haven't been this excited about an opening weekend in a long time!! The new name, the new owners, the new vibe, the new coach, a completely new team (for the most part) ... i have been pumped by the energy and the marketing of this new front office ... I can't wait to see the crowds this weekend ... I think this year our Military night will be reminiscent of those in the past ... 9,000+ ... many people were disturbed by all the changes, but I think this is just what the Dr ordered ... they went out and got a road win for their 1st game of the season, and I hope they bring that back to the barn with them for this coming weekend!! Go Marksmen!!
  36. 4 points
    I'll be there on Friday but, have a Halloween party on Saturday. Giving my tickets to hockey newbies hoping they will get hooked.
  37. 4 points
    Just came from the rink and talked to the Havoc staff. Teams are allowed 19 players on contract (in addition to any on IR), but only 18 are allowed to dress and be on the bench. Doc
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 4 points
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  42. 4 points
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  43. 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!
  44. 4 points
  45. 4 points
    And if those seats aren't filled, Mr Norris will don a Texas Ranger star and kick those butts into those seats!
  46. 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.
  47. 4 points
    The following was made public late last night:
  48. 4 points
    Signed up for next years seasons tickets on Saturday night
  49. 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.
  50. 3 points
    They also need a fanbase that will whine because they are dropping to the SPHL.....
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