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Fordham basketball starting to win and starting to advertise

December 6, 2011

As a Fordham basketball fan for a lot of years there is nothing more you want than winning. You could feel the sense of a turnaround in 2005 when they made the Atlantic 10 tournament a couple of times and almost went to the championship game with Bryant Dunston and company. After the Dunston-Stout-Binns-Greene-Anderson era ended in 2008, Fordham basketball was ready for change.

They won three games in 2008-09 and two in 2009-10. Losing became a part of life. Then in 2010, Tom Pecora was named Head Coach of the Rams and was ready to pull up his sleeves and get to work rebuilding. Well after one season he won seven games and nothing was as magical as beating St. John’s in the Rose Hill Gym. I am not gonna lie, I cried in my dorm room in happiness when that happened. I had never seen anything so wonderful in my life. 

(Paul J. Bereswill)

So as I was saying, the potential is here and the winning is coming. Already into the season the Rams are 3-3 and are learning valuable lessons in every single game.  But now comes the question, who is going to watch the games?

That has been the hardest part for Fordham since I have ever been there. Who wants to watch a basketball game in an atmosphere that is like a high school gymnasium? The answer is you have to advertise and tell people who Fordham Basketball is and what you are ready to do for the campus and the alumni in the Atlantic 10.

Many of you have seen the New York Daily News post and the radio spot by Mike Breen calling Fordham Basketball “College Basketball – New York Style.” Many have been questioning this move by the athletic department and by Fordham basketball junkies. Why spend money on advertising when we can have a new gymnasium?

Well I have to tell you folks, I don’t think there will be a new gym for a long time. The University is focusing on new dorms and buildings to improve living and education. Where could you put an arena in the Bronx? The answer is you just cannot. The Izod experiment last year just didn’t work and the Rams won’t be playing games there this season. That is why Coach Pecora and the players are trying to make this gym special and win with the loudest atmosphere in the country.

That message has to be sent out to fans and alumni NOW. From a lot of experience watching and being a part of college basketball I have to say that a packed Rose Hill Gym is much more of an advantage than a packed Bradley Center. The floor in the Rose Hill Gym actually shakes when it is at full capacity and the players can feel the difference. Players used to tell me, it would get their adrenaline up and they would play twice as hard and be very focused during those times.

Coach Pecora and the players are now trying to send a message to the fans, “Support us!” You support us in our gym and we will bring the energy and the wins. If you show up to the Rose Hill Gym on a Monday night it can help these kids work harder and get better with that kind of support.

Advertising helps the program gain recognition. It’s time to get Fordham back in the national spotlight. Examples would be games on ESPN, players names in news articles and weekly awards, and finally make other schools in the Atlantic 10 talk about how dangerous Fordham’s team is and that they can’t seem to lose at their historic gym. That would be BIG TIME and a huge step in progress. I realize Fordham basketball wasn’t created in one day and know that it takes time and money.  

So my final words to Fordham fans and people new to Fordham basketball, it’s time to support the players. Make the Rose Hill Gym known to the countyand see if Fordham can own the title of being “The Best” in New York City. There are so many teams that play in the Metro area like Iona, St. John’s, Wagner, LIU, and Hofstra. How nice would it be to be the best? It would make Fordham feel like a topic of discussion, rather than a second thought.

Former New York Giant David Tyree would give up Super Bowl catch to halt gay marriage

June 20, 2011

Via New York Daily News:

David Tyree was in Albany today, voicing his opinion once again regarding New York’s proposed legislation legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Tyree, known for his amazing reception in Super Bowl XLII that led to Plaxico Burress’ game-winning hookup with Eli Manning, first publicly offered up his thoughts last week, when he said allowing gay marriage would lead to “anarchy.”

Today, he said he trade that catch if it meant halting gay marriage in New York.

“The catch was a gift, it’s not like I’d try to do it. I couldn’t do it again so that was a miracle,” he told the Daily News. “There’s nothing worth more than [maintaining heterosexual marriage] right here for me.”

Would Tyree truly give up his famous grab to stop gay marriage?

“Honestly,” he said. “I probably would.”

“Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored,” he added. “Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that’s something that should be fought for at all costs.”

“So I’ll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve.”

Tyree also expanded on last week’s remarks, attempting to explain what he meant by his “anarchy” statement. 

“Once you allow something like same-sex marriage,” he said, “it opens up the door for a continual softening to the backbone of our society, which will eventually, for generations to come, open up the door for who knows, polygamy, and all other [things].”

…This is a post I thought people would like to read because players would give up their achievements for what they think is best for the world. I know David Tyree is very religious and it helped him get in football and make that amazing catch in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. He did a lot of problems when he first got in the league and he found God in his life after that season and that is the reason why he made this comment.  Honestly, this is a controversial topic but because he is so passionate about this topic it makes a fan or a reader tune their ears to this story immediately. I think David wants to do what is best for the world and he feels that the catch is not as important as stopping gay marriage in New York. That is intense and we shall see what happens to this issue in the future…

Classic 1999 New York Knicks playoff newspaper headlines

April 6, 2011

Via Via Posting and Toasting:

God does this bring back memories. Oh man, I was only 9 at the time but the memories are as clear as the clouds on a sunny day. Enjoy these and cherish these New Yorkers or Sports fans because I don’t think we will ever have a team as the #8 seed reach the finals and even win a game in the finals like the New York Knicks did that year. Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker…