Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Carlson Center -- Home of the Nanooks and (hopefully) a BG "W"!!

On our way back to the Carlson Center (Fairbanks, Alaska) this morning, I decided to get a little informative/creative/adventurous/insert-adjective-here with the BG Athletic Department FlipCam. So I took the "Voice of BG Hockey", Everett Fitzhugh out with me to talk about the ins and outs of the Carlson Center and our trip to Alaska as it stands today.

Here we are, outside of the Carlson Center just talking about the weather, the building and the culture that we have dove into head first with some great guides.

We got a little cold after just five minutes outside of the building, so decided to take our tour where there was a little more heat ... inside of the Carlson Center. Here we talk about the building itself, take a look at the press box and take a bit of a virtual tour of the ice and greater arena ... all while a Bantam hockey game is in action prior to the Falcons' morning skate.

Hopefully, we will get some time to do one more video before we leave Alaska, or at the very least take a shot or two from the plane nearly 10,000 feet in the air!


Mush! Mush! Mush!

Live from the Dog Mushing capital of the world, this blog is perhaps a bit overdue. You the fans and followers would probably love to hear about the Yukon Nation in its entirety. In fact, I may go on a video shooting spree during practice this morning just so you can bits and pieces of the Wild White Yonder.

Alaska is certainly nothing like I imagined it, then again, according to our bus driver Carla, Alaska is in a late transition from fall to winter at the moment. Traditionally, spring and fall are seasons that last no more than two weeks and then it gets down right cold in the winter and what Ohioans would call "comfortable 80s" in the summer. Right now, we are seeing highs anywhere between 25 and 32 degrees and the snow is beginning to fall more heavily now than when we first arrived. We still have not seen anymore than 3-4 inches of accumulation in a given day, but by the time we leave Fairbanks on Saturday night they will be expecting a fairly large snow storm totalling between 8 and 12 inches of snow by Monday night.

** side note: the Alaskans we talk to here say that the weather SHOULD be about 10 degree highs and maybe upwards to a foot of snow.

The ride over "the other pond" to Alaska was certainly a bit taxing on the body considering that you gain four hours in time difference. Maybe the boys and those who can actually sleep on planes and buses didn't feel so exhausted, but I certainly did. The countryside that you get to see flying over the mid-west and into Seattle is stunning. Talking to our trainer, Dan Fischer, Seattle has the best of both worlds -- beaches to the west that you can surf and then you can take your snow board up to the mountains on the SAME DAY and do some snow boarding or skiing! That and the fact that in a 5-minute span I counted nearly 13 baseball fields that we flew over, and I love my baseball so that excited me. But the scenery on the way over has been tremendous.

I'll leave some of the game analysis from last night's 4-1 loss to the analysts, bloggers, reporters and message boarders but know this ... there is no doubt and 100% certainty that BGSU will come out with a fire lit under its butt tonight and play much better than last night's game. You most like saw/heard the frustration in head coach Chris Bergeron's voice in his post game interview last night and the tone was much the same at the team's post game meal. The Falcons WILL come out more intense tonight. Expect a far better game.

While I have your attention, check out the introduction combination that Alaska comes out onto the ice to. Add this video:

and then this video:

and you have a pretty epic intro.

More videos to come later ... ROLL ALONG!

Friday, October 29, 2010

A View From Alaska

Perhaps I should have taken the Flip Camera out far more than I have on this trip but this was just too good to pass up. If you haven't already seen the introduction video for UAF on YouTube or maybe floating around on Facebook, check this video out and then watch what the team enters the ice to, on the video below.