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  • Ralph Baer
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    Today is 3 December 2020. In honor of Hannah Price, there are 303 days until RPI's next game.


    This is based upon 2 October 2021 for the start of next season.



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  • Ralph Baer
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    Don Birkmayer was 95 years old. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/na...?pid=197050022. He moved to Ithaca where his son also lived. IIRC, the son was a goalie.
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  • tony/troy
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    Originally posted by vicious View Post

    Sad news. His voice was legendary and part of the 'charm' of HFH back in the day. I remember him once saying that he was part of the crew that built the Field House in the late 1940s. In RPI hockey history, few people gave more of themselves to the program than Mr. Birkmayer.
    Right on oh vicious one. Part of the "charm" was no doubt helped by the fact that college hockey was a "cult" sport with charm in his time as opposed to the business it has become. A better "face" (or is that voice) for the program could not have been found in that era.

    Actually knew him a little bit not only from the time spent at the Fieldhouse as a youth but also by being a high school hockey team mate of his son. Dad was at almost all the games his son played in. Remember him entirely as a very classy gentleman and a extraordinarily good man. No doubt was a more suitable "corporate blend" with the people who ran the institute in his day than he would have been with todays' bunch. Also remember him being quite active in the booster club of that era, The Friends of RPI Hockey and as the Tournament Director of the Christmas Tournament.

    Announcing style was staccato and a little dry with a heavy emphasis on diction. Kind of like the Bob Sheppard of Troy. No screaming, no yelling and most definitely no promos for bus companies, auto sharks or ambulance chasers. Would have been beneath this man.

    Sometimes could get colorful. Probably in the late 60's the long departed University of Montreal program played three games in the Christmas Tournament. For all three of their games he announced all goals, assists and penalties in both English and French.

    Occasionally could pull a Ralph Kiner or a Jerry Coleman. When announcing the starting lineups during a Christmas Tournament around the early mid 70's, he began by saying "and now for the Badgers of Ohio State University". He broke in at the first stoppage, profusely apologized for the blunder and said that in fact they were the Buckeyes.

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  • vicious
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    Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    I just read a message on the RPI_Sport list that former RPI PA announcer and publisher of the Intercollegiate Hockey Newsletter Don Birkmayer passed away on 11/5/20. :-(
    Sad news. His voice was legendary and part of the 'charm' of HFH back in the day. I remember him once saying that he was part of the crew that built the Field House in the late 1940s. In RPI hockey history, few people gave more of themselves to the program than Mr. Birkmayer.

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  • Ralph Baer
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    I just read a message on the RPI_Sport list that former RPI PA announcer and publisher of the Intercollegiate Hockey Newsletter Don Birkmayer passed away on 11/5/20. :-(

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  • engineerhockeyfan
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    Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post
    I'm no expert but I certainly believe JHU is a very reliable source. Some very interesting info and data in the is article...including: "..... Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths. "

    https://web.archive.org/web/20201126...ue-to-covid-19

    Deaths from other causes (heat disease, cancers, respiratory illness, pneumonia ) are being recategorized as COVID death, thereby causing the glaring daily headlines. Add in the unknown millions of people who are walking around unknowingly with COVID and the actual mortality rate is drastically lower than what we are being led to believe.

    “All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.
    I always get all of my medical information from Economics professors.

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  • Ralph Baer
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    Today is 2 December 2020. There are 304 days (10 months) until RPI's next game.


    This is based upon 2 October 2021 for the start of next season.


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  • 25+years
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    I apologize for diverging from hockey on this site. So.....just looked at the list of players trying out for the WJC team this month. Impressive list of players, lots of colleges represented, but from my read of it not a single ECAC player in the mix.

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  • 25+years
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    Sorry. If you look at any death certificate there are a list of causes of death. The primary one is always the most recent illness that led to death. Does it really matter if Covid is the primary cause of death? If this is no different statistically than any other year, how do you explain the refrigerated trucks acting as morgues. Happens every year? Or the nurses who report the patient died within minutes in front of them? Happens every year, nothing out of the ordinary? This is not like anything you have seen in your lifetime. And for every article that normalizes this, there are many that say it is not like every other year. Numbers can always be used to create different conclusions to the same data. Remember hydroxychloroquine? Real breakthrough or not so much?

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  • 25+years
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    If you looked at any death certificate, tg

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  • Wicked Slappaahs
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    I'm no expert but I certainly believe JHU is a very reliable source. Some very interesting info and data in the is article...including: "..... Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths. "

    https://web.archive.org/web/20201126...ue-to-covid-19

    Deaths from other causes (heat disease, cancers, respiratory illness, pneumonia ) are being recategorized as COVID death, thereby causing the glaring daily headlines. Add in the unknown millions of people who are walking around unknowingly with COVID and the actual mortality rate is drastically lower than what we are being led to believe.

    “All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

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  • 25+years
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    I think the prospects for hockey next year are very good. Over the next couple of months you are going to see some very bad stuff. Millions of cases, thousands of deaths. And if you think that is bad enough, don’t get hurt or sick from other than Covid and think the hospitals will have lots of room, beds, and staff to care for you because they won’t. And those that do will have a workforce totally burnt to a crisp, But with all those cases and mass vaccination you will see a gradual, steady reduction in the numbers and they will stay down. Once that happens you can begin to return to ‘normal’. And if you think once we get to a certain level of disease control ,just open the flood gates and things will be fine, I can tell you are not a healthcare provider. I’m sure they are just hankering to go through this a few more times so people can go out to dinner. Or to a hockey game. They say patience is a virtue for a reason.

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  • Ralph Baer
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    Today is 1 December 2020. In honor of Taylor Zahirnyi, there are 305 days until RPI's next game.


    This is based upon 2 October 2021 for the start of next season.


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  • jmhusker
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    Originally posted by DrDemento View Post

    So much will depend on what pandemic statistics look like down the road. Probably not the best place to put this but I am just not sure that all this hop-e about the vaccines will be reflected in any way in the over all picture (numbers) for some time, perhaps more than a year. Given that the vaccines are not a treatment for current infection and will not immediately be expected to stop any spread, and add to that the fact that perhaps as many as 50% or more of people will simply not take any of them. the number of new cases and deaths just might not decrease much for some time. If that is the case, I wonder what the powers that be (politicians, school president,s, ECAC, etc) will do then. Will they continue to use the stats as they do now or will they begin to ignore them, or will they use some other metric to bolster whatever decisions they make??
    BTW if the number of new cases and number of new deaths reported falls precipitously, then something else has to be going on. So it is near impossible to predict that we will have anything resembling a return to normal in NCAA hockey even that far out.
    Hey Doc - with respect to the long term outlook.. I wonder if you think I'm oversimplifying with the following statement: It doesn't matter what the vaccine participation rate is with respect to opening things up. What matters is whether it is effective (and early data says 90-95%) and whether it is available as an option to the high risk population. If the first statement remains true, then once all the high risk folks have been given the option of treatment, shouldn't we just revert to typical flu protocol? I realize that there is a small portion of immunodeficient people that cannot take the vaccine and that we'd love herd immunity to protect them but... you can't shut down the world for 2% of the population. On top of that, from what I've read, the immunodeficient folks do not seem to be impacted severely by COVID. So, at the risk of being callous, once there are ~150 million doses available for the willing, let's drop the puck and fill the arenas. It'll be spring by then anyhow and the virus will naturally decline with increase in daylight hours. Curious what you think about this take.

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  • Ralph Baer
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    Today is 30 November 2020. There are 306 days until RPI's next game.


    This is based upon 2 October 2021 for the start of next season.


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