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Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » 2/21/2018 10:49 am

ElDuque
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Yeah, not going to sugarcoat this: winning in Olean is tough, the Bonnie's are good this year, the Dukes have been stumbling a bit, and the season's getting late.

So, DU by 2.

Olympic Sports » DU Swim & Dive Team - A10 Champions » 2/19/2018 6:31 pm

ElDuque
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Another program of which we can be proud!

Men's Basketball » Greetings from Hawk Hill » 2/16/2018 8:37 am

ElDuque
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If this would have been an early game I would have made the road trip. Timing was bad for me.

Duquesne Football » Did something happen to AJ Hines? » 2/13/2018 10:05 pm

ElDuque
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He tweeted something about coming back stronger. Injured?

Men's Basketball » 5 GAMES LEFT!!!! » 2/12/2018 6:45 pm

ElDuque
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At least six (A10T). Maybe seven.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/12/2018 1:15 pm

ElDuque
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CLK wrote:

ElDuque wrote:

CLK wrote:

Enough of this pampering.  Yes the future looks bright.  Yes this team has overachieved this year and driven up expectations.  However this loss was inexcusable.  The team was not ready to play, lacked intensity and toughness that they displayed all year.  The Dukes got clobbered at home to the worst team in the League.  I don't really want to hear excuses about fatigue and short turn around either.  Fordham had to travel, was without their best player, and only had 6 scholarship players.  At this point I don't give a crap about next season.  I don't want to see this type of basketball (if that is what we saw yesterday by the Dukes) anymore this season.  I don't want to see a bunch  street ballers, ball hogs, or quitters on defense, nor do I want to hear excuses that they are tired.  I want to see the effort we saw again URI and the Bonnies and let the chips fall where they may.  Anything less and I will be disappointed.

Not pampering and not making excuses. I'm seeing silly stuff slamming individual players and sillier stuff talking about Lewis and Williams transferring, and the silliest stuff being individuals thinking they can speak for the entire fan base. Just trying to level set here, sir. Oddly, when I expressed optimism about the upcoming season in terms of how many games this team could win, there were a few folks who thought I was being unfair. I think, looking back, I'm pretty much on the money.

​For the neurotic part of the fan base, it's easy to jump on the bandwagon when things are going well, and easier to jump off after three consecutive losses. Let it ride. Let it play out. 

I'm in this for the long haul. But I don't think the fun is over this year.
 

I was not responding to you my friend.  Just comments on various parts of the internet providing excuses for the poor performance against Fordham.  
 

Didn't take it personally, my friend. Since my comments are probably

Women's basketball » Killer loss today » 2/12/2018 1:10 pm

ElDuque
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I trust that Coach Burt has an open and honest relationship with his players, and that they accepted his remarks in the spirit in which they were meant.

Spend 10 minutes within earshot of Coach Burt and you'll know everything you need to know. He has genuine high regard for every player he recruits, wants the best for them, and pushes them to get the most out of them.

We all know how life works. Sometimes we all need a hug and sometimes we all need a kick in tukus.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/11/2018 8:38 pm

ElDuque
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CLK wrote:

Enough of this pampering.  Yes the future looks bright.  Yes this team has overachieved this year and driven up expectations.  However this loss was inexcusable.  The team was not ready to play, lacked intensity and toughness that they displayed all year.  The Dukes got clobbered at home to the worst team in the League.  I don't really want to hear excuses about fatigue and short turn around either.  Fordham had to travel, was without their best player, and only had 6 scholarship players.  At this point I don't give a crap about next season.  I don't want to see this type of basketball (if that is what we saw yesterday by the Dukes) anymore this season.  I don't want to see a bunch  street ballers, ball hogs, or quitters on defense, nor do I want to hear excuses that they are tired.  I want to see the effort we saw again URI and the Bonnies and let the chips fall where they may.  Anything less and I will be disappointed.

Not pampering and not making excuses. I'm seeing silly stuff slamming individual players and sillier stuff talking about Lewis and Williams transferring, and the silliest stuff being individuals thinking they can speak for the entire fan base. Just trying to level set here, sir. Oddly, when I expressed optimism about the upcoming season in terms of how many games this team could win, there were a few folks who thought I was being unfair. I think, looking back, I'm pretty much on the money.

​For the neurotic part of the fan base, it's easy to jump on the bandwagon when things are going well, and easier to jump off after three consecutive losses. Let it ride. Let it play out. 

I'm in this for the long haul. But I don't think the fun is over this year.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/10/2018 9:19 pm

ElDuque
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Bad game. Let's move on. For a team no one thought would do anything, somehow we think they're underachieving now.

I'm still solidly behind them. 🙂

Men's Basketball » Is it so hard? » 2/10/2018 10:16 am

ElDuque
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I mean for the traditional media beat writers to do a pre game article on WBB?

20 wins people.

That's news.

Men's Basketball » Duquesne Day of Giving » 2/08/2018 10:08 pm

ElDuque
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I did. This will be in addition to what I had planned to give this year.

PS, WBB earned a 20% increase from me for hitting 20 wins.

Men's Basketball » Looks like Jim Ferry is still on the bench » 2/08/2018 10:05 pm

ElDuque
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What is all this "We" ?

I'm pretty sure:
1. Majority of long-time fans recognize that we have overachieved this season.
​2. Majority of long-time fans are still in the honeymoon phase with Coach Dambrot.
3. Majority of long-time fans recognize that with 8 scholarship players that this was not going to be a banner season and did not expect miracles.
4. Majority of long-time fans have figured out that Ferry couldn't have taken VCU and URI to the wire on their courts.
​5. Majority of fans will hang in there for the rest of the season and look forward to better things next year.

Don't really give a  what anyone else thinks.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Home) » 2/07/2018 8:32 pm

ElDuque
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Not scientific, but this is the most I've seen discussion about a days-old game in a while.

Football Recruiting » National Signing Day ... » 2/06/2018 5:04 pm

ElDuque
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... tomorrow. Any hot rumors?

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Home) » 2/06/2018 9:42 am

ElDuque
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Boy, for a bunch of yinzers what don't know you're talking about, you guys make a lot of sense.

I think our new friend is trying to impress us with insight and analysis, but as many have suggested, he is barking up the wrong tree. The notion that an athlete is going to bail out because she or he is afraid of competition doesn't even have face value. You don't even get to this level if you don't have both talent and confidence in your abilities. Period. That's thing 1.

Coach Dambrot made an effort to keep Lewis and recruit Williams. When he got here, he made it clear that he was going to build this program the right way, and that he was going to do it once. Lewis and Williams are part of that rebuilding process. That's thing 2.

Both players have relative strengths and weaknesses. That's a given, or they'd be one-and-done-Kentuckians. Or whatever. They're here because they recognize they have a coach who can get every drop out of their abilities and then some. Case in point: Lewis only plays offense at the end of games. I've yet to see a pout on his face when he comes out of the game. I've seen Williams pulled after a couple lapses. He comes back in later having been coached and re-focused. That's thing 3.

The talk of kids being recruited away, well, there are rules against that. A coach would have to weigh potential sanctions to bring in a kid who has to sit out a year. Seems dumb. That's thing 4.

If you truly want to speculate, look at the influx of talent next year, understand that the guys who are likely to get the bulk of PT are currently in the system and thus farther along, and that the freshmen will push them but not have the experience, strength, or college level coaching. Could talent nudge them forward? Of course. That's what we should be rooting for. That's thing 5.

Thing 6 is a little different. Lots of posters here have 40+ years invested in rooting for the program. Some are major donors, who get invited to functions where they can talk with the c

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Home) » 2/05/2018 3:43 pm

ElDuque
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Godukes2017 wrote:

I’m a Duquesne fan but half you don’t understand how it works. You’ll learn, not everything will be a straight peak next year

Kids say the darndest things.
http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/wp-content/uploads/satevepost/photo_2010_05_28_art_linkletter.jpg

 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Home) » 2/04/2018 7:05 pm

ElDuque
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Officer Dribble wrote:

Godukes2017 wrote:

We say it’s bullshit now. Watch the chaos next year with 15 players pretty much all capable of getting high minutes.

​So what's the solution?  Should Dambrot stop recruiting good players?  Is that what they do at Duke, Kansas, & Kentucky?
 

 
And one.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Home) » 2/04/2018 4:17 pm

ElDuque
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Coach Dambrot is building a program. To do that players have to put in 4 years then pass the torch to the next group.

None of the incoming players are guaranteed anything. Lewis and Williams start next year, and the year after. Lewis is the face of the program.

They're not going anywhere.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Home) » 2/03/2018 10:47 am

ElDuque
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Tydus has proven to be the anti-SI Jinx. Since you talked about him, I won't be surprised if he breaks another shot blocking record today.

Men's Basketball » Seems like yesterday Steve & I were contemplating this ... » 2/03/2018 10:46 am

ElDuque
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http://triblive.com/sports/college/duquesne/13256158-74/in-wake-of-success-ex-duquesne-forward-isiaha-mike-regrets-transferring
 
Clearly, speculating on what might have been doesn't accomplish anything.

That said ...If Mike had returned, MY OPINION for the 2 cents it may/may not be worth. It's based on playing the same schedule, and with the same injuries occurring:
1. Tydus wouldn't have been a starter to begin the season. The starting 5 (remember Brown was out) would have been Robinson, Mike, James, Smith, and Lewis II. Williams Jr., Verhoeven and Castro-Cannedy would have come off the bench.
2. Williams Jr. would still have nudged James to the bench. Kid is that good.
3. We would have weathered the injury storm vs. RMU and Pitt, and won one if not both games. We certainly would have beaten Cornell.
4. Once Kellon Taylor was with the team and everyone was healthy, I think the starting lineup would have been Brown, Mike, Williams, Lewis, RCC, with Robinson, Verhoeven, Taylor, Smith, and James giving us a really deep bench.
5. We would have taken one from the two losses at VCU and URI.
6. We might be looking at 20 wins and a top 4-5 team in the conference. Because of the weak SOS, we'd still be looking outside the bubble for the NIT.
7. We'd have a puncher's chance of winning the A10T.

Pure opinion. Worth nothing. Only thing really worth saying is to nod at Coach Dambrot's statement about the value of the "advice" that Mike received from those close to him. He would have been playing for a good coach in a good conference on a team that's only going to get better.

Imagine next year when all of that talent arrives?

And FWIW, Mike landed at a good school and the kid has talent and he'll do well. Hope to see our guys play against him in the NCAAT next year.

Men's Basketball » Attendance for Bonas » 2/02/2018 9:19 pm

ElDuque
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First time I heard the "Let's go Bonas" chant, I thought I was hearing "ers."

Thought their campus might have been a bit too secluded.

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