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Zag 77
11-13-2015, 10:20 PM
Clearly there is a lot of disappointment that the game was not completed and the facility conditions were crummy. However, the Zags were clearly excited by the prospect of going to Okinawa and spending the time with the military, and nothing I saw or read this week contradicts that. It sounds like the military treated them well and the troops appreciated their presence. Nothing gives a young person the opportunity to understand the world better than foreign travel, and our players got an educational experience that will stay with them long after the game itself is forgotten.

ZagsGoZags
11-13-2015, 11:42 PM
One of the ways the military could have treated them well was pay more attention to the facilities. The Pitt Coach said he saw trouble coming because he ran into some of the same problems in Hawaii. After all the money and hours the military spend on this event as a spectacular event, how much would it have cost them to air condition the place for one day? Even chop holes in the walls and put large air conditioners in them? I'll stop now. In spite of poor facilities planning, I think the time in Okinawa was definitely worth it.

KStyles
11-14-2015, 12:09 AM
One of the ways the military could have treated them well was pay more attention to the facilities. The Pitt Coach said he saw trouble coming because he ran into some of the same problems in Hawaii. After all the money and hours the military spend on this event as a spectacular event, how much would it have cost them to air condition the place for one day? Even chop holes in the walls and put large air conditioners in them? I'll stop now. In spite of poor facilities planning, I think the time in Okinawa was definitely worth it.


I'd look at throwing the blame on ESPN Events (http://espnevents.com/) before the military.


The military is there for a reason, and that reason isn't hosting NCAAB games.

ZagaZags
11-14-2015, 12:11 AM
I'd look at throwing the blame on ESPN Events before the military.

+1

GoZags
11-14-2015, 06:17 AM
I'd look at throwing the blame on ESPN Events (http://espnevents.com/) before the military.


The military is there for a reason, and that reason isn't hosting NCAAB games.

Absolutely agree ...

DixieZag
11-14-2015, 07:01 AM
Yep. It clearly wasn't the military that bought the floor, organized the other infrastructure, brought in game management, all that.

I don't know how much of it ESPN does themselves, and whether there are portions of the project that are contracted to other specialists, just don't know. It sure was a predictable problem.

Are there such things as portable AC engines or something that they could have pumped in there for a day or two?

Zagceo
11-14-2015, 07:40 AM
Yep. It clearly wasn't the military that bought the floor, organized the other infrastructure, brought in game management, all that.

I don't know how much of it ESPN does themselves, and whether there are portions of the project that are contracted to other specialists, just don't know. It sure was a predictable problem.

Are there such things as portable AC engines or something that they could have pumped in there for a day or two?

http://guboards.spokesmanreview.com/showthread.php?55064-At-what-point-do-you-call-the-game&p=1144937#post1144937

DixieZag
11-14-2015, 09:10 AM
http://guboards.spokesmanreview.com/showthread.php?55064-At-what-point-do-you-call-the-game&p=1144937#post1144937

Thank you, CEO.

So, to the extent there is blame, it ought to go to whoever got the game management contract (ESPN Events?) and skimped on renting a half dozen of those things?

ZagsGoZags
11-15-2015, 08:04 AM
agreed, large portable air conditioners would have been even better,
and it looks like ESPN had a more direct role in providing facilities ready to play
looks like lessons learned for ESPN in the future