March 31, 2013

2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the Frozen Four: Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State, Yale, UMass-Lowell.

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’2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2013 tournament, with attendance data‘.

    2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the Frozen Four

At Providence, RI: 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I East Regional winner, Quinnipiac Bobcats.
1st Round: Quinnipiac 4, Canisius 3 /
2nd Round: , Quinnipiac 5, Union College 1.
Photo and Image credits above –
Photo by Tim Brule at
Quinnipiac sweater logo illustration by Two Hearted River at

At Toledo, OH: 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Midwest Regional winner, St. Cloud State Huskies.
1st Round: St. Cloud State 5, Notre Dame 1 /
2nd Round: St. Cloud State 4, Miami (Ohio) 1.
Photo credits above –
Rachel Lewis at
Unattributed at

At Grand Rapids, MI: 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I West Regional winner, Yale Bulldogs.
1st Round: Yale 3, Minnesota 2 (OT) /
2nd Round: Yale 4, North Dakota 1.
Photo and Image credits above –
Photo by Peter Arnold at
Yale sweater logo illustration by Two Hearted River at

At Manchester, NH 013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Northeast Regional winner, UMass-Lowell RiverHawks.
1st Round: UMass-Lowell 6, Wisconsin 1 /
2nd Round: UMass-Lowell 2, New Hampshire 0.
Photo and Image credits above –
Photo by Jim Cole/AP at
UMass-Lowell sweater logo illustration by Two Hearted River at

March 25, 2013

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2013 tournament, with attendance data.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 9:39 pm

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament- map

D-I Tournament Scores (

The 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament begins on March 29. The 16 qualified teams meet up in 4 regionals. Info here: ‘2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament‘ (

The Frozen Four for 2013 will be in Pittsburgh, PA on April 11th and the final is on April 13th at the Consol Energy Center (home of the Pittsburgh Penguins) on April 13th.

Defending champions are the Boston College Eagles of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It was the Eagles’ 5th national championship won on the ice, and their second title in 3 years.

#1 seed overall this year is the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Quinnipiac University of Hamden, Connecticut is private/non-sectarian school about 5 miles north of another tournament qualifier, Yale (of New Haven, CT). Qunnnipiac has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,000, and is best known for something which has nothing to do with college athletics, and that is its widely-utilized polling service, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute {see this (}.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats play in the TD Bank Center in Hamden, CT, which opened in 2007 and has a capacity for ice hockey of 3,386. The Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s ice hockey team drew 3,122 per game at ‘The Bank’ in 2012-13, which made for a respectable 92.2 percent-capacity, and was an increase in attendance of 598 per game from 2011-12. The Bobcats’ 3,122 per game put them at 27th out of 59 Division I teams {attendance data here, ‘Men’s Division I Hockey Attendance: 2012-2013‘ (}.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats (formely the Quinnipiac Braves) have only made the tournament once before, in 2002. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Bobcats are powered by Senior Goalie Eric Hartzell, a workhorse who played in 38 games for the Bobcats in 2012-13, and ended up with a whopping 2,282.59 minutes, going 27-6-5 and with a goals-against-average of just 1.5243 per game – which was third best in D-I in this season, behind Goalie Ryan McKay of Miami (of Ohio), and Goalie Conor Hellebucyk of UMass-Lowell [note: Miami and Mass-Lowell are two other teams which have made the tournament this season]. [D-I stats, here (]

The three other #1 seeds in the 2013 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament are the Minnesota Golden Gophers (#1/2 overall), the Massachusetts-Lowell RiverHawks (#1/3 overall), and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (#1/4 overall). Notre Dame just upended the most successful D-I men’s ice hockey team, the Michigan Wolverines, on Sunday March 24 in the CCHA tournament final by a score of 3-1. This means that Michigan’s consecutive tournaments streak is over at 22 straight (from 1991 to 2012) [Note: on the map page here I don't have a list for all-time tournament appearances, but I do have one for all-time Frozen Four appearances (at the bottom right-hand corner). If you want to see a specific team's tournament appearance history, click on the following link, '2013 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament', then click within the text there onto the blue-lit team's name, to get to their Wikipedia page.].

7 of the 16 teams are back from the 2012 tournament (listed from the western-most to the eastern-most team) -
The Denver Pioneers.
The University of North Dakota (note: North Dakota has no nickname anymore thanks to PC pressure to get rid of their actually rather dignified ‘Sioux’ nickname and logo).
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (who made the Frozen Four in 2012).
The Miami (of Ohio) RedHawks.
The Union College Dutchmen (who made the Frozen Four in 2012).
The UMass-Lowell River Hawks.
The Boston College Eagles (reigning champions).

Thanks to for attendance figures, ‘Men’s Division I Hockey Attendance: 2012-2013‘ (
Thanks to Jayson Moy at the Bracketology blog at site.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship‘ ; ‘List of NCAA Men’s Division I Frozen Four appearances by school‘.

Thanks to Two Hearted River at, for 4 college hockey teams’ sweater logo illustrations used on the map (Boston College, Miami of Ohio, Minnesota, and Union College), at each team’s Wikipedia page, such as ‘Boston College Eagles’ men’s hockey‘.

Thanks to for illustration of 2012-13 North Dakota sweater.

Thanks to [Wisconsin Badgers' store] for photo of 2-12-13 Wisconsin sweater.

Thanks to for Notre Dame logo.

Thanks to, for stats and coverage.

Thanks to Luke DeVoe for Quinnipiac Bobcats info, at (From The NIP To The Bank – Quinnipiac Bobcats Hockey Blog).

March 17, 2013

2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament – the 68 teams – map, with team locations / Plus 2011 and 2012 average attendances listed.

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball — admin @ 9:18 pm

2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament map – 68 teams

NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament bids by school‘ (

This is the 75th NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Final Four will be played in the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 6th, with the final on April 8th. There is one team that is making its tournament debut – the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles of Fort Myers, Florida, who won the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Below are the 2 best sites for March Madness scores, game reports, info, etc. -

ESPN – College BK/ home. BK.

On the map page, all 68 teams who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament [aka March Madness] are shown. At the far right of the map page are all 68 teams listed alphabetically, with location of their home venue listed, plus their Conference is also noted. At the far right of the map page are the 68 teams’ home attendance data, with 2010-11 average attendance, 2011-12 average attendance, and percent-change from 10/11 to 11/12 [NCAA does not release the current seasons' attendance figures until late April or early May each year]. The asterisks mean that team played to 100%-capacity or above for that season.

There are 5 Division I teams that played to 100 percent-capacity or higher last season, and 4 of them made the 2013 tournament (but the highest-drawing team – the Kentucky Wildcats, did not [Kentucky are perennially the highest-drawing college basketball team in the country (at around 23.5K or so, year- in/year-out, and at 23,721 per game and 100.9 percent-capacity last season)].

Since 2002-03, the Kansas Jayhawks have always sold out their 16,300-capacity Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, and since 2007-08 have sold a a good deal of standing-room-only tickets – last season they drew 16,445 per game for a 100.8 percent-capacity. Kansas, incidentally, have the longest current tournament-qualification-streak – at 24 straight seasons in the tournament (since 1990).

The Michigan State Spartans have been playing to sell-outs at the 14,797-capacity Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan since the 1999-2000 season, and most likely also in 2012-13, so let’s call it 14 straight seasons of playing to full capacity for the Spartans at 14,797 per game and a 100.0 percent-capacity.

The Duke Blue Devils are rolling in the endowment money and thus have no reason to expand the capacity of their home venue in Durham, North Carolina because the 9,314-capacity Cameron Indoor Stadium gives them a home-court-atmosphere and an advantage that is the envy of most other college basketball programs. So the third-most-endowed university in the USA is quite happy with the 9,314 average attendance figure and that 100.0 percent-capacity figure that they draw every year – every year since 1988-89, the first season after renovations there increased the capacity of Cameron Indoor Stadium from 8,800 (seated) to 9,314 [in the renovation of 1987-88].

The Gonzaga Bulldogs also boast a real home court advantage in their always-sold-out 6,000-capacity McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington; last season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball team finally started selling SRO tickets and ended up drawing 6,212 per game for a 103.5 percent-capacity.

The closest any other teams, which qualified for the 2013 tournament, came to a 100% home capacity in their home games last season were (I am pretty sure): the Wisconsin Badgers (at 99.7 percent-capacity); the Wichita State Shockers (at 98.9 percent-capacity); the Louisville Cardinals (at 97.7 percent-capacity); and the San Diego Aztecs (at 97.4 percent-capacity).

Thanks to Chris Dobbertean at the Blogging the Bracket site, for bracket forecasts throughout February and early March –

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament‘ .

Thanks to, for the 2010-11 attendance figures {pdf}, ‘‘; and the 2011-12 attendance figures {pdf}, ‘‘.

Team logos from each team’s page at, except for La Salle Explorers’ logo from; Montana Grizzlies’ logo from; and Temple logo from

March 6, 2013

2012-13 FA Cup, Sixth Round Proper: location-map and current attendance data of the 8 clubs / Plus captioned illustrations of the 8 clubs’ managers & top scorer(s).

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Note: click on image below to see map with chart

2012-13 FA Cup, Sixth Round Proper: location-map and current attendance data of the 8 clubs

Below, the 4 fixtures
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Below are the 8 clubs who have made it to the 2012-13 FA Cup Sixth Round, listed in order of league placement within the Premier League/Football League ladder (league tables from 6 March 2013), with captioned illustrations featuring each club’s manager and each club’s current top scorer(s) [players on current rosters/goals from all competitions]…

-(#1/1st Level), 1st place in the Premier League, Manchester United.
Below, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson; and their current top scorer, Robin van Persie, with 23 goals in all competitions (19 LG, 3 EU, 1 FA).
Photo credits above –
Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe via
Background image in illustration above is an enlarged segment of photo of the gingham-plaid 2012-13 MUFC home jersey, and was Unattributed at

-(#2/1st Level), 2nd place in the Premier League, Manchester City.
Below, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini; and current top scorers Edin Džeko with 13 goals (12 LEA, 1 EU) & Sergio Agüereo with 13 goals (9 LEA, 2 EU, 2 FA).
Photo credits above -
Roger Goraczniak at
Getty Images via

-(#4/1st Level), 4th place in the Premier League, Chelsea.
Below, Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benítez; and current top scorer Juan Mata, with 17 goals (10 LEA, 3 EU, 1 FA, 2 LC, 1 OTHER).
Photo credits above –
Unattributed at
Unattributed at

-(#6/1st Level), 6th place in the Premier League, Everton.
Below, Everton manager David Moyes; and current top scorer Marouanne Fellaini with 12 goals (11 LEA, 1 FA).
Photo credits above -
Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe via
Unattributed at

-(#17), 17th place in the Premier League, Wigan Athletic.
Below, Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez; and current top scorer Arouna Koné with 10 goals (8 LEA, 2 FA).
Illustrated article from, from 13 April 2012, by Chris Wheeler ‘From pre-match meals at Asda to walking down Wembley way! How Martinez and his amigos started a Wigan revolution‘ (

Photo credits above -
Chris Brunskill/Getty Images Europe via

-(#33/2nd Level), 13th place in the Football League Championship, Blackburn Rovers.
Below, Blackburn Rovers’ manager Michael Appleton; and current top scorer Jordan Rhodes with 21 goals (20 LEA, 1 FA).
Photo credits above -
Unattributed at
Empics via

-(#35/2nd Level), 15th place in the Football League Championship, Millwall.
Below, Millwall manager Kenny Jackett; and current top scorers Andy Keogh with 6 goals (6 LEA) & James Henry with 6 goals (5 LEA, 1 FA).
Photo credits above -
PA via
PA at
Simon Galloway/EMPICS via


-(#42/2nd Level), 22nd place in the Football League Championship, Barnsley.
Below, Barnsley manager David Flitcroft; and current top scorer Chris Dagnall, with 9 goals (4 LEA, 3 FA, 2 LC).
Photo credits above -
Unattributed at
Unattributed at

Thanks to for attendance figures.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2012–13 FA Cup‘.
Thanks to for the Fixture list image on the map page.

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