Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday in Seattle

After winning a pair of games at the Seattle University Thanksgiving Tournament, the women's basketball Falcons took a little time to visit the Space Needle before heading home. On Sunday (Nov. 28), the players, coaches and staff headed up to the observation deck and checked out the view before having brunch at the restaurant ...

After brunch, senior Jen Uhl took a few minutes to share her thoughts on the Space Needle, the Falcons' win over Seattle the night before, and a myriad of other subjects.

Jen was kind enough to film a few videos during the trip, which can be found at Inside the Nest.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Falcons in Seattle

The women's basketball trip to Seattle continued to go well on Friday night (Nov. 26), as the Falcons picked up a 56-47 win over a tough UALR team. You can read about the game here.

On Saturday (Nov. 27), the Falcons prepared for Seattle, with a film & scout session as well as an early-afternoon shootaround. The team also found time for a little bit of sightseeing, however, venturing to the Pike's Place Market area. Here are a few brief videos of that trip. In the first video, the team takes a moment to pose for photos before heading off to explore the area. See if you can spot head coach Curt Miller in the video!

Assistant coach Kevin Eckert explained to freshmen Jillian Halfhill and Noelle Yoder that rubbing the pig statue would bring good luck, so the trio did just that.

The team returned to the hotel after the pregame meal, and sophomore Allison Papenfuss took a few moments to talk about the trip, the win over UALR and the Seattle game.

If all goes well, there will be video of a postgame interview or two after the Falcons' game vs. Seattle Friday night at

Friday, November 26, 2010

Checking in from Seattle ... Jill Stein

Hello, Mike Cihon here (in case the blog says 'posted by Jason Knavel' or something similar - I'm not the best at remembering my username and password, but enough about that). The women's basketball team is in Seattle to play a pair of games in Seattle University's tournament this weekend. I am going to take a page from Mr. Knavel's book and try to interview some team members periodically.

The first unfortunate victim in my great experiment is freshman Jill Stein. Jill was chosen in part because she was the only team member who had never flown before yesterday. She was kind enough to take a few minutes to chat with me, and the video is below. Enjoy!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dennis Hopson Previews Ohio Dominican

Bowling Green assistant coach Dennis Hopson previews Monday night's men's basketball game with Ohio Dominican:

Friday, November 12, 2010

Coach Louis Twigg Previews Howard

Men's basketball assistant coach Louis Twigg previews tonight's game with Howard and talks about the lengths he had to go to in order to find video for scouting the Bison.

To Wyoming The Bird Goes

The bronze falcon statue is now in Wyoming, heading closer to Bowling Green, Ohio! A few pictures of the trip are posted below.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On The Road To Howard; Remembering Last Night

Man, it's been a crazy couple of days. The men's basketball season starts tomorrow and, as the guy in athletic communications who handles the sport, I thought I'd do some blogging throughout the year on the team. We're currently on a bus headed to the airport to fly the rest of the way to Washington, D.C. for tomorrow night's game. I think there's a lot of anticipation (at least for me) about what this team is capable of. But before I get to that, I thought I'd quickly comment on last night's football game.

As a statistician, last night's game was a nightmare with the fog. In 12 years in this profession, I've never had a situation like last night in trying to stat a game. It was unbelievable. I've just got to throw some kudos out to the cast we have in the pressbox for the work they did in making sure the stats were accurate. Scott Swegan handles the actual inputting on the computer and he has the final say on all stats -- so he's got to confirm with his own eyes what he's told by others around him. Nate Doolin calls out the action on the field and spent half the game trying to decipher what happened through binoculars and half the game trying to figure it out while watching the ESPN telecast. Brad Meyer is our defensive stats guy, mostly handling tackles. Like Nate, he spent half the game with binoculars plastered to his face and half the game trying to confirm what he saw through the binoculars on the foggy ESPN telecast. Everett Fitzhugh and Kyle Wilbur spent much of the second half braving the weather on each sideline with cell phone in hand in case we needed a closer set of eyes to distinguish whether a #6 caught the ball or a #8. Reid Linder was helping with the ESPN telecast on headphones, but he helped us out to figure out the puzzle that was trying to make heads or tails of what happened. It was truly a team effort to get accurate stats completed last night.

Despite the final score, it's always fun to be involved with a team all dedicated on the same goal -- in this case figuring out what actually happened on the field when we couldn't see what was going on. And those guys did an excellent job. For the better part of two hours, we did nothing more than work as a collective unit to put together the detailed account of what was happening on the field. It may seem trivial, but it's probably the closest we get in our profession to actually being on a team. I've also got to give credit to my assistant and the football SID Dave Meyer. When we left the pressbox and walked back to our cars at 1:30 this morning, we realized we had just finished up an 18-hour day. And for Dave, an ESPN game like this one involves a whole lot of long days leading up to the game. We couldn't get the publicity and national attention we get without his tireless efforts.

Now -- onto men's basketball. For me, this is a pretty exciting time of the year. Two years ago, I started at BGSU three days before the men's basketball season started. I hit the road with the team to Minnesota for three games without knowing any of the players, coaches, or staff who I was on the road with. I had no idea what kind of team we'd have or even who our starting point guard was. Of course, I did my best to cover up those facts but as the season rolled along, I learned more. That season was such a blur that the fact that they won a MAC Championship almost snuck up on me.

As for this year, I'm really interested to see how this season develops. From a talent perspective, I don't see this team missing anything that would be needed to win a MAC title. But as those close to the conference know, the talent level in the MAC is so evenly distributed that there are a lot of intangibles that determine the best teams from the worst. There's very little talent discrepancy in this league. What this team achieves could be determined by how the individual pieces come together, chemistry, experience, and leadership. All the pieces are here but we're yet to see how the six newcomers fit with the eight returners. Will all those pieces fit together for a MAC Championship? Starting tomorrow night at Howard, we'll begin to find out that answer. So stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Bird Hits Nevada!

The bronze falcon statue has reached Nevada!

The team on the flatbed has been taking care of the bird while it was in storage and also loaded it onto the truck. You can get a good feel for the size of the falcon in this picture.

Bob Ward is the truck driver and he's providing us with many of these pictures. Thanks Bob!

The truck ran into some snow but is doing well.

The largest falcon statue in the world is about to pass into Nevada in this photo!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Follow The Falcon As It Flies Across The Country

Over the next few days, the bronze falcon statue that will make its home outside the Stroh Center will be making the trek across country from California to Bowling Green. We'll update the map above each day, filling in the states in orange as it moves across the country and we'll provide you with some photo updates and other notes as we receive them.

The photo above shows the actual bronze statue as it is preparing to leave California and make its way to its new home.

The photo above shows the side of the truck that the bronze statue is traveling in. Fittingly, the truck is named "Big Bird"!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

LaMonta Stone Previews The Exhibition

One thing I'm going to attempt this year is to talk with an assistant coach or player right before each men's basketball game this year and post it here on the blog. This morning, I talked with assistant coach LaMonta Stone after the team's shoot-around in preparation for today's exhibition game against Adrian: