Author Bob Fisch

32 entries

Rhode Island at George Mason 11/11/2011

My first game of the season took me to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, home of the George Mason Patriots.' I wasn't planning on going to the game, in fact, I had planned to make my first game of the season this Sunday at Navy.' But, a friend invited me at the last minute, and I headed out to Fairfax to...

Penn State Altoona at Navy 11/13/2011

My second game of the weekend took me to Annapolis, Maryland, home of the United States Naval Academy. The Midshipmen were playing their home opener against the Lions of Penn State Altoona, a Division III school of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. It was the first home game for new Navy coach Ed...

Cleveland State at Kent State 11/22/2011

On my way to visit my family for Thanksgiving, I took the opportunity to stop in Kent, Ohio for the Kent State-Cleveland State game. Going to Kent State games is always special to me, having grown up rooting for the Flashes. I have been to plenty of games in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC),...

Princeton vs. Morehead State 11/26/2011

My travels took me to Lewisburg, PA this Saturday, site of the TicketCity Legends Classic Lewisburg Subregional. This is one of the many preseason "tournaments" that are held at the start of the season. I use the phrase "tournament" in quotation marks because many of them are not actually tournaments at all, as...

West Alabama at Bucknell 11/26/2011

The second game of the day at the Lewisburg Subregional pitted host Bucknell against the Tigers of West Alabama, out of the Division Two Gulf South Conference. It amazed me that the people at the Ticket City Legends Classic were unable to find a fourth Division One team willing to spend their Thanksgiving weekend...

George Mason at Towson 12/3/2011

Last Saturday, I headed up to Towson, Maryland to watch the Tigers open up CAA conference play against George Mason (my apologies for this being late, I'm glad there is no set deadline). There was quite a buzz on the Towson University campus that night. Unfortunately for the Tigers basketball team, it had nothing...

My Trip Above the Red Line

Usually, I don't attend live games when a team is above the red line. I've grown to prefer the smaller setting that many of Our Team's gyms have. Part of this is because there were no major schools near where I grew up, and therefore, if I wanted to watch Division One basketball, I needed to do so in such a setting....

Holy Cross at American 1/14/2012

Conference play has always been much more exciting for me than non-conference games. It always seems to me like the games mean so much more when January rolls around and, consequently, are much more competitive. Nowhere is this truer than in the Patriot League, where conference tournament games are played on...

Charlotte at George Washington 1/21/2012

Last night, I headed to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington to watch the George Washington Colonials take on the Charlotte 49ers. Upon entering the Charles E. Smith Center, I was blown away by how modern the arena was (the result of changes that John noted in his visit there earlier this year). There...

Unlucky Thirteen

Last Sunday, I made the short drive north to Baltimore, MD, home of the UMBC Retrievers. I had first heard of UMBC back in the 2007-2008 season. While flipping through the different games on a Saturday afternoon, I came across an Ohio State game, playing a school that at the time I had never heard of (I was not...

A Rivalry Renewed on the Hardwood

While most of the mid-major world was involved with Brackbuster Saturday, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks hosted their rival Lafayette in Patriot League action. Given some of the match-ups that were selected, I was quite happy to take the trip to the Lehigh Valley to take in this matchup. This rivalry has its roots...

Having a Rooting Interest

The vast majority of the games that I have covered for the 800 games project have been games where I am simply a neutral observer, and had no rooting interest in the game. The only exception to this was the Kent State-Cleveland State game I attended back in November. I don't mind this, mainly because I love watching...

Senior Day White Out

My last game of the regular season took me back to Northwest DC, where the American University Eagles were taking on Lafayette in their season finale. It's hard for me to believe that the regular season is over, and championship fortnight is upon us, but alas, here we are. Less than 48 hours earlier, the Eagles...

The End

All good things come to an end, and on Wednesday night, my 800 games project journey did so, as I made one last trip to American University to see the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal between the host Eagles and Army. Barring any ghostbracket games coming to the DC area, this game will be my last write-up,...

The End, Part 2

I spent a lot of time trying to decide whether or not to attend the first round CIT game between American and Buffalo. My last game, two weeks earlier, more or less served as my epilogue on my 800GP experience. However, something, and I couldn't quite figure out what, was drawing me to the game. Maybe it was just...

A Near Black-Line Upset

I try not to attend games when a team below the black-line is playing. My experience with these games is that they typically are blowouts, and that outside of getting to see the end of the bench play, there is not much excitement. However, I did not want to pass up the opportunity to go to a game at the MAC...

A Surprise Battle for First Place

For the Towson University Tigers, there was nowhere to go but up. Between December 29, 2010, and January 28 2012, the Tigers lost all 41 games that they played. Last year, their win against UNC-Wilmington was their only victory of the year, as they lost all other 31 games that they played. Then over the summer,...

Mountain Hawks Escape

Coming into this year, expectations were high for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Last year, they upset Bucknell on the road to win their second Patriot League championship, and followed it up with an upset over Duke in the NCAA Tournament. While their journey in a third round loss to Xavier, it was definitely a...

My Trip to Annapolis

One of my favorite trips to make in the Washington, D.C. area is Annapolis, Md., home of the United States Naval Academy. The campus is one of the prettiest I've seen, and it always makes for a great visit. There are many differences between a visit here and almost every other college campus. First, the students...

Two Teams Going in Different Directions

The game between Stony Brook and Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) featured two teams that have gone in opposite directions in recent years. Back in 2008, the Retrievers were champions of the America East Conference, the only time in school history they've been to the NCAA Tournament. However, things it rock bottom...

Standing in Silence

As was the case last year with the 800 Games Project, one of the trips that I wanted to make was to Lehigh University. The prospect of the Mountain Hawks hosting a game against rival Lafayette made the game even more exciting, as did their win in their previous game at Bucknell, giving them sole possession of...

Success in Various Forms

"Successful people and successful teams are able to do difficult things." That quote was one I heard from Lehigh coach Brett Reed while driving back from their loss at Stabler Arena to Lafayette. He gave credit to someone, but I couldn't catch who it was. Nevertheless, I think it can be applied to both teams...

Plan C

When I was planning out my schedule for this season, one of the trips I had wanted to make was to West Point, to see an Army basketball game. I've enjoyed my trips to Annapolis and the Naval Academy, and wanted to see West Point as well. I picked out a game, when they were playing Bucknell, and planned to make...

The Battle for the Alumni Trophy

One of the games that I was looking forward to attending this season was the Army-Navy game. This is a rivalry that traditionally gets attention when the two schools are playing in football. However, any time these schools play each other it's a big deal. I can't think of any other university where the students...

MAC Madness

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, the conference tournament that I paid the most attention to was the Mid-American Conference Tournament. In 2000, the decision was made to move the tournament from its previous location at the SeaGate Convention Center in Toledo, Oh to Gund Arena (now named Quicken Loans Arena) in...

A Quiet Buzzer-Beater

One of the things I've noticed about the games that I've been to this season that is many of them have not been very competitive. Part of this is simply the teams that I'm watching. While there have been a couple of exceptions, many of the teams that I'm watching are between two teams that are on opposite ends...

From the Minors to Senior Day

As is a tradition every year, the final home game of the season for every team is devoted to honoring their seniors. Before the game (or after, as is the case in some schools, like Indiana), the team's seniors are called out one by one, typically escorted by their parents, and receive an ovation and a memento...

What If?

Last year, my favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, ran a season-long campaign in an attempt to get people into the ballpark called "What If." It was an attempt to promote the history of the team. The only problem is that when you think about teams with a rich tradition of success in major league baseball,...

Looking Ahead

One of the unusual aspects of Navy's Senior Night activities was that there were no senior basketball players to be honored. Each of the team's three senior student mangers were honored prior to the game, walking onto the floor with their parents, and being given a basketball by coach Ed DeChellis. It is safe...

An International Experience

One of the great things about living in our nation's capital is that it allows you meet from all over the world. It seems like no one that lives here was born and raised here, and it makes for some interesting discussions. I've met people from China, Taiwan, France England, and Turkey while living here. Meeting...

So We Meet Again

Whenever I watch Kent State and Akron play on television, one thing the announcers always mention is how close the two schools are. Depending on the announcer, I've heard 14, 11, and 12. When I went to Google Maps, I discovered that depending on the route, the schools are either 14, 11, or 12 miles apart, depending...

Memories

Over the past two seasons, my opinion on ghostbracket games has changed. Initially, and before I began writing for this site, I was in favor of tournaments such as the CBI and CIT. I felt that they rewarded teams for a successful season, gave teams extra practices to give younger players more experience, and...

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