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  1. A couple of other things to point out. Last year Mankato had a Saturday game against MN which is as big or bigger of a game for the locals along with BU being in town. Each year has it's own positives and negatives. Also, the beginning of the year is usually not nearly as well attended as the end of the year games. Realistically, hs football, the ag sector in that part of the state and more activities to do outside in the fall versus winter plays a big part. I would actually expect the attendance numbers to creep up a little bit more at the end of the year. By the way, SCSU does not come to Kato, that's part of the Mariucci Classic In any case, Mankato is bucking the trend of decreasing attendance that most of the nation and state are seeing. That's a good thing. I know that 275 or 355 doesn't seem like that much, but that is approximately 7% of the buildings capacity. In that context, that's a pretty impressive increase. If any team could increase their % of capacity by that much, I'm reasonably certain that any AD would be ecstatic.
  2. You might be surprised just how bad those 3 teams have been in non-conference (which is what really drives the pairwise for all the conferences except the NCHC). So far this year, the WCHA is 20-27-6 in non-conference. Those 3 teams are 2-11-1...take them away and the conference is 18-16-5. Last year, the conference was 22-44-6.. Those 3 teams were 1-18-1...leaving the rest of the conference with a 21-26-5 record. I'm not saying I'm wanting them out of the conference necessarily. I'm just saying that, as much as piling up wins is fun, the conference makes it essential to not have an off game.
  3. Not that it has to do with Cornell, but what sucks for MSU-Mankato is we have the toughest SOS to this point this year and have a 14-1-1 record. As the year goes on, our SOS will end up plummeting to the mid-20s as it always does. The conference penalizes us year after year (in the sense that we have little to no margin of error). If anyone wonders why fans of MSU and, to some extent, fans of other WCHA teams not in Alaska and Alabama dislike the current state of the conference, this is a prime example. While it is "easy" to pile up wins, a bad weekend can kill a team.
  4. Yeah, I think McMahan is the exception. Typically, the kids MSU brings in have played 1-2 years of juniors and then come right in and play. One of the MTU guys over on USCHO did a study on the commitments of all the teams and their players. The oldest teams' players have the shortest average time between when they verbally commit and when they play. They truly are late bloomers in most cases. We've gotten lucky in that many of these older guys have turned out to be pretty darn good. It's certainly not the easiest route to being competitive, but this coaching staff does a pretty amazing job of getting the right kids for them and developing them into good players.
  5. I sure hope so. I've seen a lot of wins in the.last 8 years since hastings has been here. We've also had a lot of heartbreak. If we can get that one win, I'm optimistic. That monkey is a tough one though.
  6. Thoughts on the kneeing major? I thought it was a pretty questionable call, but I also have purple and gold glasses on.
  7. bale31

    Kato GDT

    I figured so, it was just worded in a way that I thought was funny. Yes, I finished soybeans on Friday night and started corn on Saturday. My second job gets quite exhausting at this time of year.....and gets in the way of seeing some of the best hockey series that we have all year.
  8. bale31

    Kato GDT

    Ha...no worries. I just thought the way it was put was funny. People are going to much worse to me than call me a troll to offend me. Honestly, I just need my fix of college hockey talk. I can only take so much on GPL of who the Gophers 4th line right winger should be against teams that are below .500 in the AHA. I just ignore that and come here. Of course, I ignore the stuff here that I don't find interesting too. I try not to be that !@#!$! that needs to tell everyone they are wrong. You're all probably just lucky that I was stuck in a combine all weekend and could go to the games. I may have had people sharpening the pitchforks otherwise.
  9. bale31

    Kato GDT

    From an MSU perspective, I understand why people that don't get to see this ream regularly are skeptical. Yes, we have a gaudy record since Hastings got here, but only one season was in the old WCHA. The new WCHA isn't as good as the old one, obviously. It's also not as bad as it seems. The traditionally worst three teams, UAA, UAH, and UAF, are historically bad. I don't mean to take digs at them, but it's a fact. Last year the WCHA went a collective 22-44-6 out of conference. Those 3 teams went 1-22-1. When you take those three out, the rest of the conference is basically .500. That's still not great by any means, but it does put a little bit of a different spin on where the conference stands in comparison to the rest of the conferences. Now, that does also mean that MSU is playing 3 very bad teams quite often. The WCHA schedule is a grind with potentially 2 or 3 trips to Alaska and Alabama. There are very long bus rides as the only ones that MSU flies to are the Alaskas. That means 9-12 hour bus rides are the norm and the closest conference game is Bemidji at roughly 5 hour drive. The next closest is Houghton coming in at a paltry 7.5 hour drive. I don't say any of that to make excuses, but there is a travel factor that comes into play. As to the MSU record from 2000-2012 to judge MSU's 2019 team on....I mean, really? That just doesn't make sense. Back in 2012, Miami (OH) was good, Christian Ponder was the Vikings quarterback, Zach Parise just signed with the Wild for 13 years, and Barack Obama was just elected for his second term. That was a long time ago. MSU, both as a team and a program, has changed a ton since then. From the new locker rooms to the arena to the style of play to the financial support to the types of players that are coming through are a ton different. Admittedly, it all comes down to what we do when in crunch time. 2 years ago, we lost on a goal that our own guy blocked from going in with his butt to the eventual national champion. Last year we got put in a regional with as a 1 seed with a 4 seed 7 miles from their campus and blew a big lead. This team has that monkey on their back and they need to prevail or people will question them....maybe rightfully so. Are they a #1 or #2 seed? In my mind there is no doubt. MSU has done well in the non-conference the last 2 years and there is no reason they shouldn't be able to in the tournament. Now, they just need to show it. Will they do it? I sure hope so. I think so, but we will see.
  10. Some highlights from MSU's last series for anyone that may be interested. Friday- https://youtu.be/l5HPw2z6kng Saturday- https://youtu.be/A8NSWIiVcPA
  11. You like teams that lose.... a lot?
  12. I've got a nice one with a bull on the front that I could loan you for about 3 hours.
  13. That's gone. Bww is gone. Downtown, you have rounders, blue bricks, loose moose (which is connected with mettlers) and pub 500 for bars with food. Pagliai's and ummies for food that will also serve some beer. Number 4 is the steakhouse down there. And there are a bunch of bars down there as well.
  14. I 100% get that. I don't necessarily blame you all. We didn't exactly set the world on fire when we previously were conference mates. My only point is that the exciting and sexy thing probably isn't the most realistic. College presidents and athletic directors don't have the luxury of doing the exciting thing over the thing that's going to make them money. In my opinion, the NCHC was a great idea in theory (for those in the conference, maybe not so much for the rest of the college hockey), but that theory kind of got blown up as soon as Notre Dame was who they've always been and got a big head about themselves and the conference ended up with St Cloud instead. The landscape changed when that happened and now the exciting idea isn't necessarily realistic.
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