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Flashes from Gordon: Attendance could be a concern for BG hockey (08-29-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:01
Random thoughts while wishing the Cleveland Indians could get rid of radio announcers Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus by trading them to the Cincinnati Reds for Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley:

ATTENDANCE: The attendance for home Bowling Green Falcon hockey games this season will be interesting.
The Falcons have only one home game against Ohio State, and no home games against former traditional  rivals Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Miami and Western Michigan.
If the Falcons can win consistently, some of the attendance issues will be solved.
But the leftover schools in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association don’t have the same drawing power as those former members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
With fewer home-and-home series, back-to-back games against schools like Bemidji State, Michigan Tech, Alaska-Anchorage and Alabama-Huntsville could be a tough sell to Falcon fans.
And it doesn’t help that Tech, Bemidji and Anchorage were the three bottom teams in the WCHA last season, and Huntsville was 3-21-1 as an NCAA Division I independent.
Traditionally, BG’s two-game series usually draw better the second night. When the Falcons only have one home game on a weekend, attendance is usually better for that single game than either game in a two-game weekend.
By the same token, the addition of BG to the schedule won’t have fans of the WCHA leftovers running out in record numbers to buy tickets for their home games, either.

WELL DONE: Some of the most creative people anywhere are the script writers for World Wrestling Entertainment.
The top of every hour on Monday night’s RAW show are a must watch. It’s usually some of the funniest and most entertaining stuff on TV.

NECESSARY EVIL: The return of college football is one of the of the highlights of every sports year.
Yet, the first few weeks of the season are a necessary evil before conference play hits full speed in late September. As a result, we’re treated to such unappealing games such as Buffalo-Ohio State, Austin Peay-Tennessee, Oregon-Nicholls State and Sam Houston State-Texas A&M.
Of course, those games are a win-win for each school.
The big schools usually end up with a lopsided victory, a full stadium, happy fans and a fattened bank account. The smaller schools also receive a big pay day to buy soccer balls, gymnastics equipment and track uniforms; and sometimes the games provide the little guys with television exposure on corporate bullies ESPN and ESPN2.

MISLEADING: The PGA Tour, CBS, NBC and the Golf Channel would like us to believe golf’s playoffs, known as the FedEx Cup, have started.
But the FedEx Cup is nothing more than a gimmick to keep fans interested in the PGA when it faces stiff competition from college and pro football.
Golf has had a playoff in place for years. It’s known as the majors.

RULES: With the start of high school football this week, injury prevention remains a point of special emphasis, especially the elimination of contact to and with the helmet.
Other rules changes include: pass interference now results in a 15-yard penalty and there is no automatic first down (on a defensive penalty) or loss of down (for an offensive penalty); initiating contact with a helmetless player is now an illegal personal-contact foul; players must sit out the next play if their helmet comes off; it’s a catch now if an airborne receiver is carried out of bounds by a defender; and teams can be penalized 15 yards for interfering with a fair catch.
(The Associated Press contributed to this column).
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:02

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