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  1. 12 points
    In running for legit worst post of all time on this board.....
  2. 11 points
    Practice update: The team looked sharp out there this morning as they took their practice into the cozy confines of the HPC to avoid a wet and slippery Memorial Stadium field. There was a ton of energy on the turf, and all 21 drill sessions were conducted nice and crisp. The boys must sense that install week is approaching. Dranka, Pinke, Bennett and Honerlaw joined the group of a dozen or so players who sit out and DNP with various health conditions each day. On a good note, J.J. was back in full gear and looked just as good as ever. He was hitting his holes hard and participated in all drills. Also, highly touted true freshman, Graham Devore was taking limited reps with the team this morning, still with a hard cast on his right hand after an off season non-football mishap. He'll be a good one in future years. I will have to amend my guess on who might get their RS pulled now that McKinney and Larson have spent considerable time out of the practice and losing out on more and more reps every day. Right now, I am betting on Izzy on offense and Blubaugh on defense. It's probably for the best long term to give as many of our young guys, such as McKinney and Larson, an extra year to get even bigger, faster, stronger and come back with four more playing years. In most cases, as they say, we are trading their relative worst year for the their best year. That said, it is hard not to want to see what they can do right away. But remember had it not been for a hurt hand in Reyes' first year, he'd be gone already. Good things come to those who wait. I have to say that when it comes to the amateur eye-ball test, the line backing position group, as a whole, looks to be faster than ever. Maybe not quite as big but they definitely have the quicks. Since I made such a big deal of Tobin taking reps at RG with the 1s earlier this week, I should make mention that it was Aplin who did the same today. Now for the good stuff, the Play of the Day goes to none other than Austin Cieslak on the DL. Playing the role of nimble linebacker. Cieslak dropped back in pass coverage after Studsrud bought some time with his feet to his right, looking for an outlet receiver. Studs fired a bullet at a target that was in pretty tight coverage. When it was all said and done, the hefty Cieslak was on the receiving end for a pick. He rumbled down the field for about 15 yards before being forced out, eliciting an eruption of cheers from his defensive teammates and coaches, and secretly from some offensive guys as well. Studs more than made up for the Cieslak INT later with a long rope to the deceptively fast and sure handed WR Noah Wanzek who streaked past CB Garret "G" Bollant, who is lightening quick in his own right, for a 60-plus yard reception that might have gone for a TD depending on the angle of the safeties who were near by. Got to take another day off tomorrow but I will try to be back on Friday.
  3. 11 points
    Thoughts from Saturday morning scrimmage: Good crowd, great weather... OK football. Two out of three ain't bad, I guess. Here we go: Apart from the those lost for the season, their were a bunch of players who did not participate today due to various conditions, including Dranka, Tamas Stewart, McKinney (hard cast on right forearm), Jade Lawrence, Torrey Hunt, Mikey Geibel, Stanley. The morning started out with a "pin the hip" tempo in the red zone, with Studs at QB and Toivonen, Wanzek and Mercer in the receiver slots. The OL was as we've stated in the past -- Stockwell, Bell, Rooney, Taylor and Cox On the other side of the ball was a heavy defensive front with Tank and Cieslak along with Mason Bennett. The linebacking corps comprised Palmborg, Rodgers, Noah Larson and Disterhaupt. It was Tyus and Holm at the corners and Reyes and Flowers at safety. We will see in the coming weeks how this kind of a line up shuffles around as other players come back into the mix. On the first series with Studs at the helm, Evan Holm showed his speed, ability to close quickly and pretty good coverage ability on a number of plays where he forced incompletions. Studs started a little slow but got it going on a beautiful wheel route throw to Oliviera out of the backfield who scampered in for a TD. Heidelbaugh took over next, connecting with Oliviera on another short slideline pattern in which the powerful back with deceptive speed did the extra hard work to muscle his way in for another TD. When Studsrud got his chance again, the senior QB connected with Mercer in the back of the endzone after the O line provided excellent pass pro. On Heidelbaugh's next try, the defense rose up. Cieslak powered in for a sack when Heidelbaugh got caught holding the ball too long in pocket. Both kickers, Taubenhiem and Leach, were good on their FG attempts for the day. Bubba then had his teams line up inside the 5 yard line for a goal-to-go series. The defense initially rose up to form an impenetrable wall. Then, on a seemingly wrecked play due to a bad snap... FB Coyne alertly located the ball in the scrum at the 1 and worked his way in for a TD. After that, the offense gained confidence. RB J.J. and the defensive line played a game of "immovable object versus the Irresistible force," Only this time J.J., as the Irresistible Force, had just enough to power in. On his attempt with in the 5 yard line, Heidelbaugh made good on a quick out to Stetson Carr, who got rocked by Vashon Tucker, but was still able to get the ball over the line for a TD. During live scrimmage drills, the emphasis was on the back up QBs (Heidelbaugh and Zimmerman) as well as J.J. at tailback. Early on at least it was tough sledding for J.J. and his fellow tailbacks (Austin Gordon and Teddy Sherven) as the defense put up a dominating effort. If you like defensive football, something that is pretty to watch is when the 3-4 works to perfection as in the d line eats up the blockers and the LBs swoop in for the kill. There was a lot of that initially during the live drills. Finally, J.J. did show a flash of what we hope to see much more of this year when he powered through the scrum, found a lane and exploited it for a 40 yard rush down field. Izzy Adeoti had a nice day at receiver after Toivonenen, Wanzek and Mercer were done for the day. Lots of quick out patterns, slants and curl routes to the speedy true freshman. My Play of the Day goes OLB Ray Haas on the edge, as the Cagey 6-5 Haas blasted his blocker and rushed to within feet of the equally towering Heidelbaugh who just barely had time to attempt a toss out to the flats. Haas was having none of it as the linebacker put up his arms and smashed the ball down and into the turf. The Pride of Red River factored in today with what I would have to call the Runner up Play of the Day. WR Chad Bartosh slipped through coverage and found a seam down field. Heidelbaugh's eyes must have got as big as saucers as the QB slinged a bomb toward Bartosh, who went up to snatch the ball and run for about a 70 yard pass and catch. The good wheels of S Ty Shannon to catch up to the play was the only thing that prevented a TD. On special teams, I think Austin Dussold is really benefitting from having quality competition in camp this year with Meindel. Dussold had a few good booming punts today and looked good. Meindel is a huge asset to have back, though, as he as proven to be a good one in the past. Meindel holds the UND all-time records for overall punt average (43.1) and punt average in a season (44.1). He also is a good athlete in situations where the punter needs to scramble or throw the ball down field. And finally, Meindel has the ability to kick FGs, too. This is important as newcomer Leach as yet to show confidence knocking down routine PAT or FG attempts. When Zimmerman got his shot. It was more heavy doses of J.J. The offensive line found its oats on this series, too, as they started moving the pile forward. J.J. exited a bit early today after a particularly hard run and tackle. He'll be one to watch in coming days to see how he does. The training staff was conducting the old "How many fingers am I holding up" routine with him on the sidelines. Today, Zimmerman exhibited a little better pocket presence and awareness to step up compared to Heidelbaugh, IMHO. One encourageing sign for the near and longterm future was how freaking impressive the young Offensive linemen did against a pretty salty young defensive line. The line centered by Nguon with Aplin and Sean Russo on the right and Tobin and Helgren on the left absolutely bulldozed the defensive front seven on a QB keeper by Zimmerman. Zimmerman also completed some nice out pattern throws to Carr, Izzy, Pifer and TE Paulson on his final live series, but ultimately they couldn't punch it in. Boltmann took charge next, and my big take away from the young QB recruit is that he has a tendency to scramble early when things seem like they're not there instead of letting things develop for a split second more. It should also be said, however, that Boltmann demonstrated the ability to make this work on several plays today. He had some nice gains on improvised QB runs. The newest tailback, Teddy Sherven, saw very little daylight to do anything with against a hodgepodge of young swarming back up Linebackers. DL Jalen Morrison, Nevermann and Geier were especially noticeable as the running plays were funneled inside and the LBS exploded to the player to blow them up. Ketteringham ended the scrimmage with a a nice pass to TE Paulson who got tied up with a pursuing Geier late in the play. The ball got knocked loose and Geier recovered. If I had to make an assessment, I would have to say that overall, the defense won the day, but the offense had some shining moments. This is not to forget that many of the offensive starters didn't play much beyond the first series or were sitting out altogether. Same goes for the first line defense. The boys have a day off tomorrow and are back at it on Monday. See ya!
  4. 10 points
    They should have the National Championship Trophy, the Nickel, and Sitting Bull on display in the Alerus.
  5. 8 points
    Finally made it out to a practice. It was a beautiful morning with enough sun to keep the impressive number of fans warm but just enough wispy cloud to cool it down every so often. It was really nice to see the level of interest in a practice from the fans. SID Ryan Powell was kind enough to hand out rosters which, for guys like me who haven't been to a practice yet, was a huge help to see which new guy was making the play. I'll start with the wet blanket stuff. Mckinney with a cast on his right wrist was a bummer. I was really hoping to see his jets today. Jade Laurence wasn't participating, not sure if it was an injury thing or not. He wasn't limping around and had no hardware on. Greibel, another guy I wanted to see in action was also out in a similar capacity to Laurence. Randolph was walking around on the sideline with no limp and no brace on. Murray is playing very slow out there. Not sure if he just plays like that or if his head is swimming in the playbook but for a guy with 4.4 speed he plays SLOW and soft out there. I hope it’s just that he’s thinking instead of predicting because we need the depth at ILB. Mindless does not have his swing yet. You can tell he’s pressing really hard to be the starter. Kicking is just like golf, he’s going to need to relax if he’s going to be the starter. Studsrud didn’t look very good throwing the ball today. He was missing badly on a lot of throws; nice spirals, but missing his targets. Not sure if this was due to the defense knowing the 1s were just passing or what but he needs to not start the season the way he did last year. Johannesson is a specimen, however, I am worried that he runs soft most of the time. His pad level is not good and he doesn’t explode into contact the way a back his size should. He appeared to be the nail more often than not today. He does do a good job of falling forward and making the pile move a bit but when he is head on with a linebacker he runs into them instead of exploding through them the way Brady does. Worst of all he “got his bell rung” and was checked out by the trainers. The trainer did some quick concussion testing and then told something to Rudolph who did not react positively. James did not go back in and seemed a bit out of it. Not good. Now for the good stuff. Blubaugh looked really nice out there. Very sudden feet and great eyes. He also looks thick enough to hold up which is huge. He blanketed guys often today, often 2nd or 3rd teamer but still, he looked really good. Tyus Carter was out there with the ones and made a few nice plays including swatting a ball out of the air that he probably could have picked off. Nice to see him out there. All about the Ray Haas bandwagon! Wow! I’m curious how he did not end up with a PAC12 offer. He just looks different out there. The height and length are obvious from the start but it’s how fluid and aggressive he is that is going to make him special. There was one play in particular where he absolutely eclipsed the QB and ate the ball. There was no chance any QB would have completed the play the way he got in there. You can tell by the way his teammates react to him that they know he is going to be special. Noah Larson was in there a lot today throughout the entire scrimmage. He looks strong but appears to still be thinking as he plays a bit. Tough to gage him off of this one performance as he didn’t make any huge splash plays but also didn’t make any noticeable mistakes. Mason Bennett is ready for this year. He absolutely blew a play up in the backfield. He exploded off the ball and the OL had no chance of stopping him. Consistency will be his thing this year because we all know he has a ridiculous ceiling. It was nice to see Bennet Hellgren out at LT today. He looked really solid. Good to see from a guy that hasn’t really been out there competing yet and came in with great promise. The centers did a solid job on the slaps all day. Nevermann looked really good at LB today. He basically killed an entire series on his own, knifing into the backfield with great speed and anticipation. He could be a nice surprise for us this year. Andre Stieger also was noticeable out there today. He’s not a huge guy like Haas but he has that desirable combo of high motor and good instincts. He was around the ball all day and made some nice plays. I hadn’t seen him play yet and he was a very nice surprise. Those 3 true fr DL look nice, real nice. They are big and strong and fast. Can’t wait to see them in the future. Ott still has that first step that we all saw on his film and is bigger than I was expecting. Heidlebaugh looked pretty decent today. He still has a LONNNNNG motion and the ball doesn’t really jump out of his hand but he was solid. Zimmerman put the other QBs to shame today. Going against the non first team defense certainly helped but his throws were quick, tight, and on the money. The ball spins out of his hand in a really smooth way. If he can get the playbook down well enough I would expect him to overtake Brad. Kettingham struggled a little today. He certainly looks the part but had a couple loose throws at first. He then settled in and had a few nice ones. Boltmann isn’t very tall but he’s thicker than I thought he would be. Throws a really nice ball and moves around in the packet really well. The defense was getting a little salty about him taking off and running when nobody was open but I liked the fact that he didn’t try and force the ball like a lot of young QBs tend to do. Cieslak is a moose. For a 300lb DL to move like that is scary. If his shoulder holds up he will be all conference at the very least. Izzy made a bunch of catches today. He’s not big but he is defiantly fast enough to make an impact. I was a little bummed that I didn’t get to see him open it up in space and turn on the jets but he is certainly quick and sudden. Had solid hands as well. The first team defense and offense as a whole looked the part today. The d is FAST and confident. They have that same predatory nature they had last year. Our DL is DEEP. That unit goes 4 deep at some spots and there isn’t a huge drop off. Really impressive how the coaches have built up that group. They are the foundation of the entire team. The OL wasn’t bad today. At times the backups got eaten alive but our DL is going to do that a lot this year. The starters were solid and some of the second string guys looked like the belong. Need this group to get up to the level of the DL. We have a few guys that could be on the MN All Hockey Hair team. Fiedler could be a captain of that team. Doused looked really good punting today. Had the sound that you are looking for and had really good hang time. Like I said before, Meindel has a long way to go to unseat him based on what I saw today. IMPACT player of the day has to be GF native and former Red River Rat Chad Bartosh. He got loose early on a tricky little play similar to the one USD burned us on last year. Made the basket catch and got about 60 yards before getting caught from behind. Later in the play he just about took down the goalpost on a redzone play. Took the term post pattern a little too literally and totally committed to the hospital pass the qb threw. He laid a post shattering hit on the goalpost and kept on running. Overall the team wasn't as sharp as I was hoping for but I did see plenty of things that the coaches can work with to make this season a success. Tough to really know when we didn't get to see the true 1's vs 1's.
  6. 8 points
    Thanks, guys! Really means a lot! I really enjoy being out there, and usually schedule a working vacation around fall camp so I can just pop into work for an hour or two early in the morning and then head out to Memorial Stadium. It's a pleasure to provide a little more insight on things for everyone. I promise tomorrow a full recap on the scrimmage for those who cannot make it out. Cheers!
  7. 7 points
    Me, too.... and Teeder - you can say that your updates aren't necessary with the other people covering the team, but I'll say that I like your updates the best. You cover more ground and you're not trying to write stories, just observations on what you see and updates on what you've learned. Don't get me wrong, I think the other guys do a good job - but they're different, and you fill a niche that they don't. If you get tired of writing them and need a break, that's one thing - but if you don't do an update because you think others have it covered, please reconsider!
  8. 7 points
    Video of Berry talking to the players after finding out ticket prices for the Gopher series:
  9. 7 points
    Tickets should be sold for fair market value. FMV isn't $40 for these tickets. This is much better than having an artificially low price, causing a ton of people to scramble trying to buy tickets to flip. It makes no sense for the school to sell a $100+ asset to me for $40. It also makes no sense for me to be mad that my school doesn't want me to get an asset at a huge discount. I'd much rather have the program making $ off the tickets than some flipper.
  10. 6 points
    That board has always been that way. Nearly every poster there....
  11. 6 points
    HAHAHA. Can you imagine players pacing around the locker room nervous as hell saying... "Have you seen the ticket prices to this game, MAN we're screwed!!"
  12. 6 points
    I've been out there... just thought there was enough other chatter with UND Sports' daily reports, UND 360, The Insiders, and Tom Miller to fill the void. I've basically concurred with their assessments the past couple days. Two words: Logan Alm Two more words: Ray Haas And two final words: Cole Reyes All have been very very good as of late. Haas laid a lick on a fullback today with a forearm shiver that stopped the runner in his tracks and to the ground with a thud. It would have been hype video material had it been in game. #47 lookin'' like a bad hombre.
  13. 5 points
    If the weekend goes poorly, people will complain regardless of ticket price. "I paid $100 to watch this?!?!" "I paid $50 to watch this?!?!" "I drank $9 beers for 3 hours to watch this?!?!" "I drove 300 miles to watch this?!?!" It's all the same.
  14. 5 points
    Really? This was one of the most popular Sioux jersey's ever.
  15. 4 points
    This is just one of those things where the rules can't be all things to all people. Tailgating is supposed to be conducive for bringing a huge group of people together for a good time not about getting a parking spot. Life happens obviously so when people arrive close to kickoff they just have to be realistic about not being able to drive through the tailgate area.
  16. 4 points
    Consider the players polled...aaaand results are in. They only care about the games, not ticket pricing structures. I know plenty of players, they couldnt care less.
  17. 4 points
    The way things tend to go with injuries on the OL, Grant will get his reps. I think we need his depth there. Plus DL is stacked.
  18. 4 points
    Tailgating: Buying reserved tailgating spots guarantees you that many spots. Where they are located depends on how early you show up. Need to have all the tailgaters closer together, without people off on an island. This includes the student tailgate, bring them closer to the Al. Team entrance/intro: Use the spotlights more. Have them swinging around panning the crowd prior to the team's entry when the lights are down. Increase the suspense and make the game feel bigger. Concourse: More UND pictures/colors on walls/pillars. Make the lounge area south of the craft beer bar more of a destination. Does it need to feel fenced off? Endzone catwalks: Attach a narrow bar (maybe 6") to the railing (4-6" from top of railing) for people to set their drinks on. Also, could anything be done rather than metal link for that fence/railing? Something that will make more noise when the fans are slapping it? Noise: Perhaps have a game or 2 (or all if funding is available) where the students have thundersticks or some other type of noisemakers waiting for them in their seats. Also, particularly at pivotal points of the game, have the PA guy encourage everybody to get on their feet for all defensive downs, rather than just 3rd and 4th. Also, we have a lot of new fans at these games, so perhaps a graphic encouraging silence while our offense is on the field is in order. The new lights and speakers were greatly needed and sound like they should be good. Kudos to the Alerus for finally taking that step.
  19. 3 points
    Not sure I'm following you, but it's my understanding that UND coaches made the decision a long time ago (well before camp started) to suspend AG for the season and AG was well aware of it. I found out last week that he wasnt going to play this season. I chose not to say anything about it until it was officially reported. That happened today. There are student privacy rules at play here that limits what UND can say. If anything it is UND that has taken the hard high road here and AG respects the decision and has worked his ass off on the practice field despite it all.
  20. 3 points
    I made it out to Memorial Stadium for the last hour of practice today. Coaches laid into the boys pretty good after a lackluster day on the practice field. Need more focus, need more fire and need to clean up errors if they're going to want to compete in three weeks and beyond. Other observances: J.J. practiced today in shorts and helmet and took limited reps after getting his bell rung toward the end of Saturday' scrimmage. He was moving around pretty good albeit in limited reps. Seibel also was not fully dressed and limited in reps after getting bumped around during Saturday's scrimmage. Young LB Noah Larson, who's pushing to start aside Rodgers at Middle linebacker, tweaked something in his lower body today. He took it easy after that. Hard to say to what extent this will effect his ability to get more reps in the coming weeks. Eagle eye Tom Miller of the Herald noticed today that Tobin took reps with the 1s at left guard, the spot recently held by Dan Bell. Bell took reps with the 2s today. Izzy Adeoti and Toivonnen had the most productive day at receiver hauling in catches on long and short patterns. Toivonnen showed deceptive speed when he got behind the secondary for a long TD catch.... Izzy had an equally impressive medium to long TD reception with Disterhaupt hot on his heels, which is impressive if you know how fast Izzy can move. Finally, Kyle Heiptas and Ty Shannon made their presence known in the secondary today with a few PBUs and INTS between the two of them.
  21. 3 points
    New patch on the jerseys this year!
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
    Don't overlook the power of a stadium hot dog!
  24. 3 points
    I lost track of the Practice #s ... but it's something like 19 days and a wake up until Utah! Speaking of 19.... Newcomer Ty Shannon showed up on the radar at today's practice with a beautiful pick on Zimmerman, who scrambled to his right and fired what would have been a nice low catch to a diving receiver...instead Shannon dove in front of the receiver and snatched the ball before it hit the turf. Another player who probably had his best day of camp today was TE Cloyd. He had several nice catches over the middle, one that would have gone for a TD. Actually, the TEs were featured quite a bit today as Alm and Pinke also made nice plays on slants over the middle for TDs. Heidelbaugh is slowly establishing himself as the backup to Studs. He's a very smart cerebral QB that, knows the playbook and sees the field well from his 6-5 stature. Needs to get the ball off quicker. Noah Larson played a lot of reps at MLB with Rodgers today... with Disterhaupt and Haas on the outside. Team drills focused on Hurry up offense today. Banged up secondary players are starting to make their way back onto the practice field and taking normal reps, including Tyus, Holm and Torrey Hunt.
  25. 3 points
    Get a grip. Most everyone looks forward to that series more than any other by far. They're in control of pricing and all the more power to them for taking advantage of supply and demand. It goes both ways...look at the Manitoba and under 18 games. If you're going to get that worked up over $50, you probably shouldn't be spending your rent money on hockey tickets anyway.
  26. 3 points
    Maybe we get a few sell outs this year. Winning is a big fan motivator. Could be a terrific season!
  27. 3 points
    The same people complaining about the tickets for these games being to high will be the same people complaining on September 1st when these tickets sell out in 30 seconds. If the price is too high, then there should be plenty available when you go to buy them that day, right?!!
  28. 3 points
    There's not a single player on the team that cares what UND is charging for admission to any of the games.
  29. 3 points
    Honestly? I just don't get it. The intensity when these two play is just so high. I don't see how it's even faded a little. Adding most fans' hate for the Big 10, I think it may have amped up even a little bit. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
  30. 3 points
    3 weeks from now in Salt Lake City, so excited.
  31. 3 points
    Seems awfully early for that
  32. 3 points
    How are the scalpers supposed to make any money with UND stealing the markup???
  33. 3 points
    The season is near! Email came in today letting me know my tickets were ready to download!
  34. 3 points
    Game Day Committee is a 3 year commitment, partly due to the mapping already being set this year. Maybe 2018 is new configuration and 2019 some slight improvements as needed. Sources say something cool is in the pipeline for game#1, stay tuned.
  35. 2 points
    BOOM!! Just got my ticket and am going to the game!! Flying from Philadelphia on the 30th to Salt Lake City instead of back to AZ. I'll have to try and find some of you to party with as I'll be by myself lol. Not sure if I'm going to rent a car yet or just Uber it around. Tickets are in Section W8.
  36. 2 points
    I would take it further. Close tailgating 2.5 hours before the game. That way everyone will be there when the team walks thru 2 hours before the game. And after the team walk you don't have to worry about your kids getting run over by folkes just parking.
  37. 2 points
    That is good to hear. I hate to see people struggle with alcohol and/or drugs. Good luck Coach Hardee.
  38. 2 points
    I would be really excited if they allowed vehicles to be picked up Sunday morning....
  39. 2 points
    Best of luck to Ashley Hardee. Appears he has gotten his personal issues resolved. Didn't realize he had gotten a beach volleyball position at UAB. www.nsudemons.com/news/2017/8/14/lady-demon-volleyball-kiracofe-adds-former-north-dakota-head-coach-ashley-hardee-to-nsu-volleyball-staff.aspx
  40. 2 points
  41. 2 points
    Greatly appreciate the detailed practice reports, Teeder and geaux_sioux! Really helps us follow the progress of the different position groups and the team as a whole.
  42. 2 points
  43. 2 points
    I'm running thin on patience, can barely wait anymore. Also, can't wait for the Bizon to slip and slide.
  44. 2 points
    That was my great concern with this move when President Kennedy felt it was necessary to move to The Summit. While the Big Sky may have had it's travel issues, especially for UND, it did have a bunch of schools that really have no plans to go anywhere and that creates a substantial known conference schedule year in and year out. Apologize to Sioux Volley, but I remain unconvinced that the Montana schools have any interest in going elsewhere. They and their fans enjoy being the big bad bullies on the block and many years, and in many sports, they have been just that. Having visited with some of their fans this year- they conveyed, they have little to no interest in central time zone games. Now the Presidents who are the decision makers, how do they feel? I couldn't begin to guess, but I have to believe it can't be all that dissimilar to their fans thoughts. And that brings us back to this move into the Summit. While I look forward to renewing regular games with the teams we have so much history with, how can it be anything but concerning when it seems apparent that so many are trying to get off the ship? As a basketball fan, if the Summit ends up as a 8 or 7 team conference, how does a 14 or even more horrifying 12 game conference schedule sound. Let's be honest, very few schools are knocking down our door to play a game at the Betty in non-conference to play us to begin with. You can say that we can get the Montana's but I don't believe that will happen. They can look west for non-conference games from where they recruit from. My belief is once we make the move to the Summit, we won't be seeing any of the former Big Sky schools at The Betty anytime soon with maybe the exception of Northern Colorado. And depending how many teams are left in the Summit when we arrive.... expect to see our Fighting Hawks at home very little before January, because most of the non-conference opportunities will be for road games only, unless somebody plants a money tree outside The Betty where we can start paying teams to visit. That bothers me as a season ticket holder, I would like to see our team a little bit before the conference season and have at least a couple of games in my season ticket packet be decent match ups before The Summit League conference season begins.
  45. 2 points
    I don't get the outrage. I wonder how many people would sell something they own for less than Fair Market Value just so everyone can afford it. They have a product that is worth at least $100/Ticket. They easily could have been scum bags and required you to also purchase tickets for one of the exhibition games. Not everyone can afford everything.
  46. 2 points
    Saw on Facebook we hit 1,000 new season tickets this offseason. Amazing to see how things have turned around.
  47. 2 points
    Gonna be a great night!
  48. 2 points
    I would most of the time, but I could rarely get my friends to, so I would end up walking in with them anyways. It was a waste of like 30-45 min, when a table could be set up in the tailgate lot for free. Why make things harder for students when a significant amount of them barely want to go in the first place? Believe it or not, a lot of students don't decide whether or not to go until game day. Also, if I remember correctly, there is a few hour window, ON GAME DAY, that tickets cannot be bought at the union or the Alerus center. Ridiculous. Remember, this is all about fan experience... which way provides a better fan experience? Of course the current system technically works, but it doesn't mean that the experience can't be improved. And for pretty much free. Also, I knew a lot of frat guys who would sometimes tailgate, without ever having the intention of going into the game (and they didn't). If tickets were right there in the tailgate lot, I'm sure a few people who do this would grab a ticket and end up walking in, because it would be convenient. Maybe they would end up liking it, and student attendance would increase.
  49. 2 points
    Secondary prices will still easily exceed that and to counter balance it, there are a handful of games for only $25. I don't see a huge issue with the athletic department trying to get their cut of what a ticket is actually worth.
  50. 2 points
    I don't see a problem with charging that much for a game of this magnitude. UND is a premier D1 hockey program and it is not out of line to charge this. Go to any other D1 school that has a premier sports program and you will see that the prices are about the same.