The comment box isn't long enough to respond to the last poster, and he/she asks a valid question, though ignorantly.
Here is what the latest anonymous coward said:
"There are those who only know how to complain and bitch about things. Then someone comes along and actually sees a problem and attempts to get a movement going to solve it.
You say the Mount "radio debacle". Why instead did you not:
a. Try to determine how much it would cost to broadcast the away games.
b. Find a way to use your efforts to raise the money to help the Mount?
Over and over in your rants, there rarely is anything remotely positive or forward looking. You need to make yourself a person who lives by the lessons of his Catholic education. Stop ---, Start +++."
You know what Catholics aren't supposed to do? Judge. You either don't know me, or are too cowardly to say these things with a name on your post, or come to me directly.
Let's look at the subjects of my recent posts before this light-hearted one you complain about:
-An update on a recruit we pursued but lost with nothing negative said about the Mount.
-Praise for a new feature on the athletics site
-Praise for the same site's YouTube page
-A neutral schedule update
-A neutral poll about new coaches
-A neutral schedule update
-A positive announcement of a new recruit
-A positive analysis of President Powell's quotes
-A VERY positive analysis of the new lacrosse coach
Do you see a pattern?
So, how much would it cost to have a radio team?
-Let's say 16 regular season road games (on average) X $100 meal money for both announcers (a high estimate) = $1,600
-An extra pizza per trip on the bus X $10 = $160
-An extra hotel room for about 24 nights X let's say $100 = $2,400
-Stipends (Roy fundraised his own position so we're only counting Stof here) about $2,000. I don't know that for sure but I think I'm close if not a little bit high.
Those things alone are $6,600. Add in extra meals and incidentals and we can probably round it to $7,000.
So you want me to use my "efforts" to raise $7,000 so that we can hear the Mount on the radio? First of all, if I was able to raise seven Gs for any cause it would be the mound of debt that my wonderful Catholic education has provided me. I'm grateful for everything I learned and experience at the Mount, but the last thing on my mind is raising $7,000 so that our road games are on the radio.
If I was hellbent on hearing games on the radio and could raise $7,000, I might as well make a deal with Greyhound, Southwest and HotWire.com to transport myself to every road game for an overnight stay.
Now I realize you probably don't expect me to raise this money by myself, rather you suggest I start some sort of campaign where we all contribute to a cause (if you did want me to do it all by myself you can go play in traffic.)
Well I hate to break it to you but Mount fans don't care that much. I watched dozens of games in Knott Arena over the years, many of them against good teams or with postseason implications (or they were postseason games themselves) in front of a half-empty gym. Did you know that Knott Arena's capacity is in the mid-3,000 range? So how many times in my five-year career where I never missed a single home game do you think that attendance even cracked 3,000?
If you guessed zero then I owe you a pat on the back and a stick of gum. In fact, I think there may have been—MAY have been—two games with more than 2,500 people. I think one was against Robert Morris and the other was probably one of the dreams I had last year where we won NECs at home. (Obviously it didn't work out that way.) There may not have been more than two games with an attendance above 2,000. My point is that I could raise the $7,000, and an additional $100 for every person I wanted to pay to listen to every game, and they wouldn't listen to half of them.
If you think enough of me that I can raise $7,000 to get Mount basketball back on the radio than I am completely flattered. The fact that I can't has nothing to do with pessimism. I'm an eternal optimist on all things out of my control, believe it or not. Even when I'm watching the Eagles and Michael Vick gets sandwiched and Kevin Kolb spells him, and I complain about how Kolb won't throw the ball more than 15 yards down the field in 30+ attempts, I still think the Eagles will win. Just like I always believed the Mount would win, even against North Carolina.
But if the golden statue of Mary climbed off her perch in Emmitsburg and leapt over U.S. Route 15 with a bucket to collect change for the "Mount basketball radio fund," she would be lucky to gather enough cash to buy a $5 footlong at the Subway in town.
So anonymous sir or madam, I appreciate your motivation, but my post was not meant to bash anyone or anything (and it didn't.) It was merely meant to express my dismay that I will have more trouble than I ever imagined keeping up with the team for which I so deeply care. And that, in turn, means that passionate fans like you and me will have a more difficult time than ever before of staying connected. To be disconnected from the Mount would be as if Mary did in fact climb off that very aforementioned perch.