Thursday, November 30, 2006

Read this one


Bruce Dowd of College Sporting News (formerly I-AA.org) writes a weekly column covering the A10.

In my Sunday blog (scroll down) I wrote how another CSN writer Charles Burton wrote an anti-UMass smack post .

Well, Bruce Dowd keeps the anti-UMass trend going on CSN with his latest article.

Relevant quote "We have talked all year about emotions and how much that impacts a game, and I just think the emotions favor UNH in this game. I also believe they have the best coaching staff in the league.

One final reason, and in a weird way, it is because UNH is on the road. Now, you might say that doesn’t make any sense because the advantage should go to the home team. That isn’t always the case. Pressure is a funny thing. UMass is the favorite and they are expected to win, so they have more pressure on them, especially at home.

I may regret this pick, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time, but that is my call. UNH gets the upset and moves on to the semis. This pick will shock many of my readers and it may seem contrary to what I have been saying for the last part of the season about UMass. So, to make sure there are no misunderstandings, I still think UMass has the best overall personnel of any team in the Championship Division, but the best personnel doesn’t always win, and I think this is one of those games. Heart, fire, determination and coaching win out."

So the national media believes that New Hampshire has more heart, fire and determination---as well as better coaching....

6 comments:

Tom UM '72 said...

I'm pretty sure that Dowd had the Germans in WW2! Hope he's wrong this time too!!

Tom

UMass74 said...

Tom;

Amen!

dennisdent said...

Coaching??? The only reason McDonnell hasn't been fired is because of Santos. He had one winning season till Santos started playing (I'm pretty sure they where about to fire him). Brown has had two losing seasons since he's been a head coach (first two years at NU).

I don't know what will happen this Saturday; but Brown is a MUCH better coach then McDonnell. After Santos graduates, UNH will suck again--like what happened to URI (84/85) and BU (79/80) after their great qbs graduated.

I doubt any fan of the A-10 would believe that UNH has better coaching then UMass...

UMass74 said...

Nobody wins at Northeastern. When Brown won there, it proved he can build a team anywhere.

dennisdent said...

74,

We were right and the MORONS were wrong. Of course I was having a heart attack for half the game...

UMass74 said...

Yes, we can only hope that the CSN trio keep picking against UMass.

They are quickly turning into a negative tout.

Remember when Calapari went after Dick Vitale (sp?) when he touted Georgetown over the Minutemen back during our run to the Final Four? Calapari told him as long as you keep picking against UMass we'll be all right. UMass went out and crushed Georgetown by 17 points. I still have a tape of that game somewhere.