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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby MidWestSider » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:54 am

This was a great game..  We had it!  Best $10 i've spent in a long time. 

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Postby MidWestSider » Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:20 pm

UNI's seven-footer

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LJ..  I was trying to capture the blinding sparkle from his watch.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby MidWestSider » Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:06 am

Larry Johnson on the ROO's

“It’s just fun,” LJ explains. “I don’t really like watching basketball on TV, so I usually go to basketball games. This is so far the only basketball games that’s close enough for me to watch. They have pretty good players.”

Just like any other loyal season-ticket holder, he’s been to all six of UMKC’s home games. Even last Saturday, when third-ranked Kansas was playing in the plush Sprint Center, LJ was here, down the street at Municipal Auditorium, rooting for his Kangaroos against Wichita State.

“If I come out and watch one time,” LJ says, “I’m gonna (become) a fan of a player and come back and get interested. Plus, these games always come down to the wire, and all these kids hustle, so I like to watch it.”

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCMax » Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:33 am

That's pretty cool. I thought he had a hatred of anything to do with Kansas City.
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCMax » Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:47 am

Great win for the Roos! They've had a good stretch lately, beating a Horizon League team (Loyola) and a MVC team (Wichita St.), and taking another MVC team (Northern Iowa) to OT.

Now to win some conference games! They need to dominate this conference.
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby AllThingsKC » Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:14 pm

How/why do the Roos almost always come up short in close games?  :(
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby MidWestSider » Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:13 pm

interesting reading

Make it work, UMKC, or change affiliation

Kansas City is a unique hoops market. Bigger than Tulsa, Omaha, Wichita, Des Moines or Springfield, but they all have more successful Division I programs. Their teams are more deeply rooted in the community and own an only-game-in-town advantage.

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Another arena for Kansas City? Hear this out. A 5,000-seat on-campus building for the Kangaroos to call their own with mostly privately raised funds. Some of the land-locked school would have to be reconfigured, but Hall would love to make it happen.

http://www.kansascity.com/168/story/507297.html

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby AllThingsKC » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:54 pm

MAKE IT WORK!

Also, get a football team.
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KansasCityCraka » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:11 pm

If they could build an arena with some better amenities than the Muni has I am sure there would be more than 2K fans going to games. I really think that they could sell so many more tickets if they could just put a decent team together for at least back to back years. They haven't had a decent team since I have followed them. There is no excitment around them and no local buzz to draw new fans in.
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby aknowledgeableperson » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:41 pm

The Roos as a division 1 team is an experiment that should end.  Go to D II and build up the program.  Make it a continued success.  And then after that period of success try the D I route again.

Either that or go out a hire a successful D I headcoach instead of an untried unknown that takes the team nowhere.
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCMax » Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:17 pm

How bout them Roos? Hung tough against KU, then knocked off Wichita State and Bradley, two solid mid-major programs!
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcmetro » Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:26 pm

I saw one of their games on TV the other day, and noticed they weren't playing in Muni.  I looked it up and saw they were playing in their rec center gym, which looks pretty good, and spacious enough for the Roos fans.  I'm curious why they don't make that their full-time home court.  You'd think it would allow their students easier access to the games, rather than having it downtown.  Then again, the dt games probably also bring in spectators who stay after work to catch a game (hence...more $$).

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby LenexatoKCMO » Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:54 pm

I don't think the Roos need to play on campus or in a new facility - If the Roos are going to boost fan participation and enthusiasim, they need to win games and compete in their conference.  It is really that simple.  If they compete for their conference a couple years, they will have no problem filling muni with fans and students.  Early returns do seem to support the notion that their coaching hire may start paying off in that direction.  If they keep on being mediocre or sub-mediocre, a posh new stadium right in the middle of campus still wouldn't gaurantee fan interest. 

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Postby jlbomega » Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:01 pm

There is no reason why they cannot dominate their conference and get into the NCAA's most seasons.  If they actually made a tourny appearance or two and marketed the program better people would go.  Municipal is a fun place to watch basketball IMO and with everything going on downtown I could see UMKC basketball becoming everyone's second team (behind KU, MU, and KSU).  I think rebranding the school from UMKC to University of Kansas City would help a lot.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KC-wildcat » Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:19 pm

kcmetro wrote:I saw one of their games on TV the other day, and noticed they weren't playing in Muni.  I looked it up and saw they were playing in their rec center gym, which looks pretty good, and spacious enough for the Roos fans.  I'm curious why they don't make that their full-time home court.  You'd think it would allow their students easier access to the games, rather than having it downtown.  Then again, the dt games probably also bring in spectators who stay after work to catch a game (hence...more $$).


The rec. center is small.  Don't know how it looked on tv, but I'd be shocked if capacity was much more than 1,250.  I mean, that rec. center setup is MUCH smaller than my highschool gym was. 

Sure, UMKC probably isn't breaking any attendance records, but in the longrun, I think Municipal Auditorium may be better for the program.  Maybe down the road, an on-campus arena would be beneficial.  However, if you've been on that campus, you'd know that land is sparce.  I don't know where they would put it.  On the other hand, maybe they should just renovate Municipal???

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCMax » Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:21 pm

LenexatoKCMO wrote:I don't think the Roos need to play on campus or in a new facility - If the Roos are going to boost fan participation and enthusiasim, they need to win games and compete in their conference.  It is really that simple.  If they compete for their conference a couple years, they will have no problem filling muni with fans and students.  Early returns do seem to support the notion that their coaching hire may start paying off in that direction.  If they keep on being mediocre or sub-mediocre, a posh new stadium right in the middle of campus still wouldn't gaurantee fan interest. 


About 4-5 seasons ago they went on a long winning streak and were starting to draw very good crowds in Muni. All it would take is serious competition for a Conference title to draw decent attendance. jlbomega is right, there is no reason why they shouldn't dominate their conference. I would bet UMKC has more resources than a lot of other Summit league schools.
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Postby aknowledgeableperson » Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:20 pm

I thought they were looking at building their own facility on the campus for BB, VB, and all.
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcdcchef » Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:42 pm

KCMax wrote:About 4-5 seasons ago they went on a long winning streak and were starting to draw very good crowds in Muni. All it would take is serious competition for a Conference title to draw decent attendance. jlbomega is right, there is no reason why they shouldn't dominate their conference. I would bet UMKC has more resources than a lot of other Summit league schools.


their greatest shot at capturing the city's heart was when whats his name, dumas, was playing? forgot the guys name, but they had a winning campaign that year and were considered legitimate contenders to win their conference that season.
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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcmetro » Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:19 am

kcdcchef wrote:their greatest shot at capturing the city's heart was when whats his name, dumas, was playing? forgot the guys name, but they had a winning campaign that year and were considered legitimate contenders to win their conference that season.


Tony Dumas.  I forgot about that dude.  I remember having his basketball card when I was in junior high.

Also, Michael Watson did some good things for that program.  I've never understood why they can't get over the hump and make the big dance a few times per decade.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby phxcat » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:26 am

KC-wildcat wrote:The rec. center is small.  Don't know how it looked on tv, but I'd be shocked if capacity was much more than 1,250.  I mean, that rec. center setup is MUCH smaller than my highschool gym was. 

Sure, UMKC probably isn't breaking any attendance records, but in the longrun, I think Municipal Auditorium may be better for the program.  Maybe down the road, an on-campus arena would be beneficial.  However, if you've been on that campus, you'd know that land is sparce.  I don't know where they would put it.  On the other hand, maybe they should just renovate Municipal???


The Muni is awesome!  The college basketball history there is palpable.  At this point, I wouldn't think that a school at their level would need much more.  I think that the Muni is the best option- nice size but not too big, it is part of Kansas City, as the Roos should hope to be.


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