Saturday, December 23, 2006
I hope to have more Falcons Cast's and blog posting’s in the 2007 portion of the Fresno Falcons season. In the meantime, check out the Falcon Player Blog, Falcons Musings and evil Bako’ writers Matildakay and NL.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Many thanks to Bako for breaking the Falcons out of their slump Tuesday night.
Hopefully, Bakersfield will give-it-up to Fresno again Friday night in Bakersfield. Ahhh, Friday night. It's a great night for a Fresnan to find themselves a slump-buster in Bako.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
A podcast about the Fresno Falcons and it is here:
Here the first ever podcast centered around being a Fresno Falcons fan. Click on this link: FalconsCast and then download the mp3 file of the first show. I hope you won't be sorry.
Something else that is new and was started by the makers of The Unofficial, is the Fresno Falcons YouTube page. Check that out by clicking: Falcons Youtube Channel.
Check them out and tell us what you think.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Speaking of looking out, keep your head up for a new Falconscast (podcast related to the Falcons) and a new YouTube page, coming this week.
Do you have any Fresno Falcons pictures from this season - or any season? Go to the Falcons Flickr Page and join the group then post your own.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
The Roadrunners will have one of their star defenseman BACK for Friday's game.
C U out their.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Jack Carnefix, ECHL Vice President of Communications, (609) 452-0770, Ext. 16
PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that fans can now access game scores, game summaries and league standings on their cellular telephone and wireless devices at http://wap.echl.leaguestat.com/.
The “Wireless Application Protocol” site is a plain text miniature version of the statistics information available on the official web site at www.ECHL.com which is formatted to fit on a smaller screen.
In addition to the current day’s games, fans have the ability to see scores from the previous day as well as the schedule for the upcoming day and there is a link to the league standings.
"Wireless Application Protocol", if that doesn't sound like hockey, I don't know what does.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Read the new player blog at FresnoFalcons.com - good luck bringing it up though.
Watch the Falcons on B2 Networks or on Channel 32.
Also, coming in the next couple weeks, a regular Falcons report by me on the Dorktown Podcast.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
There was a real buzz going through the northern concourse before the game -very cool.
Seeing the Pacific Division Champion banner unveiled was great. What wasn't was the on-ice fireworks and the ensuing smoke that setoff a coughfest throughout the Save Mart Center. The smoke didn't really dissipate till the second period.
There was no radio broadcast playing in the restrooms for the game. Hopefully that was just an opening night glitch and the restroom radio will return.
I was really hoping Murphy, after making a comeback from last season's injury, would score the first goal, but assisting on it will do just fine.
Did you take some pictures from opening night? Don't forget to post them on the Falcons Flickr Page.
Other scores from the ECHL's Opening Night.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Hopefully, we will see more coverage of the Falcons this year in the Bee. I wouldn't count on it though, they're barely mentioning the NHL this year. It's a good thing I have NHL Center Ice and NHL.com, otherwise I wouldn't know the season had started.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Go check Bako writer N.L. Belardes' blog for the delusional Wrangler fan musings.
Find out why Vegas has moved into Falcon territory by clicking HERE.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Save Mart Center fans were treated to a very solid pre-season game by the Ducks and Sharks this past Saturday night. Check out a recap of it from Yahoo Sports, complete with a picture gallery.
I was disappointed that Cheechoo didn't play (resting up) ,also fellow Shark and Hanford native Scott Parker didn't see much action either. To compound the lack of local flavor, former Fresno Falcon and current San Jose Shark - Nolan Schaefer didn't get to play due to an injury.
Hope the Sharks keep coming back but next time let's get my team, the Vancouver Canucks, to play them.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Disgruntled with the Falcons official board, one fan went rouge and started his own board and it has got some people coming over. It's called The Official Unofficial Message Board - In no way affiliated with this blog The Unofficial...Officially.
I Don't know if the Falcons' "official" Board Moderator is offended by this rival board.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Here is your chance to share your Falcons photo's with the rest of the fan base. If you have a flickr account, just click this link: Fresno Falcons Group, join the group and post your Fresno Falcons pics to the group. If you don't, join up! It's free and not that hard to use: Flickr.com (then join the group and start position'!!!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
For all you Fresno Falcons forum junkies, here is a quick fix Old Falcons Forum. I don't think you can post anything on it though, just wander through.
For those needing to do some Falcon related posting, while we wait for the new forum, just click the comment link in this post (or any post) and comment away.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Unfortunately, Fresno doesn't play Bakersfield until November 28th. Does that mean The Unofficial has to wait till the end of November before we can talk smack to Condor Blogger NL Belardes?
Doesn’t matter, we ain’t waitin’ – CONDORS PLAIN SUCK.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Just in case you get all your Fresno Falcons news from The Unofficial (What are you thinking if you are?), here is the latest from Kattie Smith:
GOOD BYE "CLARKY" HELLO JOE
Fresno, Calif. – Fresno Falcons CEO John Tull announced today that the team has hired Joe Babik as Director of Media Relations. Babik will be responsible for all of the team’s media relations efforts, in addition to serving as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for all Falcon radio broadcasts.
“Joe brings five seasons of play by play experience to Fresno and we look forward to starting a new era of Fresno Falcons hockey on radio,", said John Tull.
A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Babik graduated from Syracuse University in 2001 with a degree in broadcast journalism. While at Syracuse, he served as an intern with the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch for three seasons.
Babik spent four seasons as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations with the ECHL’s Pee Dee Pride from 2001-2005. During the 2003-04 season, he was selected as one of three broadcasters for the radio broadcast of the ECHL All-Star Game in Peoria, Illinois. Last season he worked with the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League.
“I’m excited to join the Falcons organization. I’ve heard nothing but good things and am excited to start,” said Joe Babik.
Season tickets for the 2006-2007 season are on sale. Guarantee yourself great seats to 36 action-packed Falcons home games at the Save Mart Center! Starting as low as 3 easy payments of $108 per month for three months. For more information contact the Falcons front office at (559) 485-PUCK.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Second longest game in history. What an incredible game,comeback and effort by the Falcons. I almost had to change what I began writing at the beginning of period three. Unfortunately, I didn't have to change it:
Alaska goaltender Cris Beckford-Tseu is too damn tall; It's not fair to the rest of the league.
A six foot three goaltender with Spiderman like reflexes - How is this guy not in the NHL? I know a certain Vancouver Canuck team that could use him.
The Falcons went further than they should have. The Unofficial takes its hat off to them. But how can you expect the Falcons to win four games against some guy whom should be blocking shots by Shaq instead of shots by Luke Curtin.
Congratulations to the Fresno Falcons on a great season. And to American Conference champ Gwinnett: Have fun getting one past Beckford "Spidergiant" Tseu.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
NEWS FLASH: DREW, the Falcons Zamboni driver, is suspended for game five.
I'm not making that up. Apparently, after game two, Drew got into an altercation with Alaska Ace player, Kimbi Daniels (number ten). As a result, Drew won't be drivin' the Zamboni for game five.
So, it will be up to Falcons fans to booo Daniels every time he touches the puck.
And it will be up to Falcons fans to buy Drew a drink at Shooters, after the game.
Monday, May 15, 2006
The Falcons must win game five. They do that by having a solid power play; something they've been lacking this series.
The Falcons must win the series. They must just so I can see if Fresno will give a damn that they're playing for the Kelly Cup.
Friday, May 12, 2006
But, why do I have to pay two dollars more to see them in the playoffs?
Isn't this [playing in the playoffs] considered "bonus time" in the overall yearly budget? The owners are getting EXTRA games to sell tickets, why can't they just charge everybody the same price as the regular season? I'm sorry but the tickets are already a little pricey for a minor league hockey game.
Yes, this is high-end minor league hockey in a new arena, but it still isn't Vancouver vs. the New York Rangers in GM Place.
It's Fresno guys. We love the Falcons, but there isn't too many ponds freezing over around here, know what I'm sayin'?
Monday, May 08, 2006
Thank you to the Falcons team for not panicking after the game five and six loses and stepping up to win game seven.
Thank you to the Bakersfield Condors for giving us a true Highway 99 rivalry. The Condor's, in The Unofficial's opinion, is now the Falcons #1 rival, replacing San Diego.
Thank you to Bakersfield writer Matilda Kay for being a cool person to hang with during game two (even if she ripped the Save Mart Center). And to Nick Belardes for being a worthy smack talk adversary throughout the series. In fact, his writing frequency and style kicked the crap out of The Unofficial. But we're still waiting for that Podcast from game two...
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
That's because, Fresno needs a weekend playoff game. These Monday + Tuesday games just ain't fair. Fresno should be getting the weekend sales, not the lesser opponents.
Speaking of lesser opponents, I think I nailed Condor blogger and podcasterNL Belardes into the boards, so to speak, when we had a nice smack-off during game two of the Condor series. Though I was helped by a strong Falcons performance. The podcasting proof will be up soon.
In the meantime, check out the great rundown of game two, that N.L. gives on his Condors Blog.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
"We've been to Bakersfield, Bakersfield has NOTHING on us!" that's how John Tull started the evening, pumping up the crowd. One thing is for sure, the Condors have nothing on Fraser Clair. Fraser had a playoff "career night" by beating Bako' almost single handed.
Even though it wasn't a big crowd Monday night, the Save Mart (or "The Cooler", as I call it) had a real playoff edginess - It felt good.
Tuesday night's game will have a sharper "edge" in the stands, as Bakersfield blogger and man about town N.L. Belardes will be in the Save Mart Center - and I will be sitting next to him.
I may need some back-up; somebody to pull his sweater over his head at-the-drop-of-a-puck.
**FYI: New pics from FalconsvsCondors game one can be found on the Flickr badge, down on the right.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
I'd be willing to bet that Condor's Blogger NL Belardes will take a break from his hiatus to chime in on this one.
Series prediction from The Unofficial: Falcons in six.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
As you read the Falcons media release below, you'll find out some Falcons will be at the Grizzlies game Thursday. Let's just hope one of the Falcons lay a MASSIVE check on new Grizzlies mascot Parker
FRESNO, Calif. – Join the Fresno Falcons for a Pacific Division Finals Playoff Rally at Grizzlies Stadium tomorrow when the Grizzlies host the Las Vegas 51s at 7:05 p.m.
The Falcons will be introduced down on the field before the game with one player throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. The players will then adjourn to the stadium concourse where they will sign autographs through the first couple of innings.
Slated to play against the Grizzlies tomorrow night is All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, who is now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former American League batting champion is currently rehabbing an injury with the 51s. For more information on Grizzlies ticket prices, please visit www.fresnogrizzlies.com.
The Falcons continue their post-season run in the Pacific Division Finals after sweeping the San Diego Gulls in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. They open their next best-of-seven series against either the Bakersfield Condors or Long Beach Ice Dogs in Games One and Two of the Division Finals at Save Mart Center on Monday and Tuesday, Apr. 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are on sale for both games at all Ticketmaster outlets and Save Mart Center’s box office beginning as low as $14 for Silver Section seats and just $10 for Student Section seats.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 03, 2006
A very nice full report on the past Falcons vs Stockton Thunder game. Unfortunately, it's a game the Falcons lost but it's still a fine report. It even has a picture gallery from the game and a pre-season interview with Jamie Holden.
After perusing through Sharkspage.com I realized that it's is a kick-ass hockey blog. Better than this one and certainly better than some lamewad Bakersfield Condors Blog.
Monday, March 20, 2006
"A thrilling game in front of a season-high crowd of 10,814" is what Falcon media relations wizard Brian Clark said after the Falcons latest win over Long Beach. 10,814 is a lot of Fresnans watching hockey.
It's great to see Fresno is finally starting to wake up to the fact that its got a great hockey team here and we need to keep supporting it.
I do have a warning for all of you new to Falcon games and specifically to the folks that play “Chuck-a-Puck”: If you decide you’d rather chuck your puck at team mascot Freddie instead of the target on the ice, you may be bounced out of Save Mart.
At several games this year, I have seen a guy asked to leave or heard security pinpointing a person who was chucking improperly. When I say improperly I mean, throwing-at-the-back-of-some-guy’s-head-whom-has-seats-on-the-ice.
So think twice the next time you “chuck”, Freddie may be watching
Sunday, March 12, 2006
This was only the third time Phoenix and Fresno played each other this season? It felt like they were old rivals playing at the end of a home-and-home series.
There were several fights in Saturday night’s game and it reminded me, a little bit, of old time hockey. Since the fighting, this season, in the NHL and ECHL is sparse, compared to the past, it was kind of refreshing – in a twisted way – to see all the fights.
I’m not saying there needs to be more or less fighting; I’m perfectly entertained by pure hockey. But, it is fun to watch some “old time” hockey – twisted as that may be.
Monday, March 06, 2006
They weren't on the front page but they were a nice length, which is rare. Much better than the usual blurb of "The Falcons won with two goal's by Luke Curtain, beating the Condors 4-2."
I'm sure the sparse Falcon coverage by The Bee isn't due to Ken's lack of reporting but speaks more to the importance the Bee's sports editor places on the Falcons. The Falcons are given front page space, it seems, only when Save Mart's ice is bad or...well...umm...only then.
I say more Falcons coverage Bee! Let K-Rob write freeeee!
Monday, February 27, 2006
Falcon coaches went on the message board after Cory’s incident to give the fans an update:
Matt Thomas and I, Ryan Mougenel wanted to take this opportunity to
thank all of you who have offered Cory Murphy and his family thoughts
and prayers. I write this as Matt and I are still very numb from the injury
that Cory suffered last night, but we wanted to relay the message that
Cory is going to get through this and will be fine.
Cory is undergoing surgery as we speak to repair a piece of bone that
fragmented from his fibula breaking. He also suffered a dislocated ankle
which will also be set. Although losing Cory is a huge blow to our hockey
team, we wanted to let all of you know what a resilient and amazing
group of guys we have in this room and Matt and I know the response
that the guys will have for Cory will be well documented as we continue
our journey and bring the most dedicated fans in the ECHL a Kelly Cup.
We met with Cory and his wife Mellisa last night, and they wanted to
thank the amazing support and love you have all shown to Cory and his
Thanks again and we thank you for your thoughts and prayers!!!!!!
Heres to bringing a Championship Home to Fresno!!!!!!!!
All the best Ryan Mougenel and Matt Thomas
The Unofficial wishes the speediest of recovery’s for Cory and hope to see him back on the extra frosty ice of the Save Mart, next season.
** Other local bloggers have posted on Murphy. Check out The Zera's eyewitness account on the Murphy injury: http://www.bryanandsarah.net/2006/02/hockey-jones.html
**Here's the latest on Murph: UPDATE
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
On Friday, while the country’s biggest metal rock band KORN opens its world tour in the Condors home Arena, the Condors will be in Fresno to play our Fresno Falcons. So while Bakersfieldians (Or is it Bakos? Fielders? Lords? Fresno Smog Suckers?), mosh with themselves and listen to their hometown band, the Falcons will hopefully be making their own mosh-pit with nothing but Condors in the middle.
The Falcons are 2-0-2 against Bakersfield. On the surface, this is a pretty good record. But dig deeper and you find something very disturbing. Of Pacific Division teams, the Condors have the best record vs. the Falcons. This can not stand. The Condors are the Falcons biggest valley rivals and arguably their biggest rival in the ECHL – The Gulls are in a down year and Stockton actually has to beat us to become a rival.
NEXT BEST THING
While Korn may not be coming to Save Mart, the Zooperstars are. So, maybe I can convince the Mart’s audio/video folks to play some Korn and let me form a Mosh pit with the Zooperstars in the middle.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Right now, New Jersey Devil Scotty Gomez, is trying to help the U.S. Olympic team win the gold medal in Torino. Last year, at this time, he was trying to help the ECHL's Alaska Aces win a Kelly Cup.
During Gomez stay on the Aces' roster, I made sure to catch the Aces when they came to play the Falcons at Save Mart (Why is there no cool grocery nick name for Save Mart Center yet?). Gomez had nothing else going on because of the NHL lockout so he decided to play for his home states team.
After watching Gomez for a couple games, I was surprised to find there wasn't much of a visible difference between him and the ECHL players. He did seem to have crisper passes, but that was about it. That says something about the ECHL's players.
Gomez isn't the only former ECHL player in this years Olympics. As ECHL.com reports, there are many current and former ECHL players in the 2006 games. Even Fresno Falcon division rivals Stockton Thunder have a player on the Latvian team.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
I don't think the Falcons minded too much since they acquired eight points from the Thunder. This four game stretch might be looked upon as where the Falcons won the Pacific Division. I wonder how Long Beach feels about the division leading Falcons getting to play the expansion Thunder four games straight?
Up next for Falcons is a tough Idaho Steelhead team. It really doesn't matter. Just as long as Idaho's sweaters aren't black and yellow.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
During my decision to order the game, I briefly forgot that the game overlaps some other big broadcasts Wednesday night: The Grammys, "Lost", "American Idol" and the Canucks vs. Blues game - Vancouver's my favorite team. That's a lot of damn good TV for one night.
What the hell, that's what Tivo is for; on with the Falcons via the internet.
Real easy to order the game, I just clicked the B2 Network button a couple minutes before the game and I was taken to a page where I filled in some billing info' and, within a minute, I was watching the Stockton feed.
As expected, you only have a small screen to watch on. You can expand it to fill the screen but you lose a lot of resolution. It’s hard to see the puck but an educated hockey fan doesn't need to see the puck to follow the action.
The feed is mostly smooth, with only an occasional jump or freeze. Brian Clark's 1550 radio broadcast is played over it. Clark's play-calling is pretty much in time with the video feed.
For this broadcast, there is only one camera to view the game with. This creates a bland, no score overlay, view. But the camera man does get some occasional tight shots when play is mucking it up around the goal.
There are no commercials so you get to watch the raw "in house" feed. Brian Clark's mic is on the whole time but he rarely says something during the breaks. Although a funny moment (funny in an eight year old boy humor way) happened during the second intermission when Clarky announced to his director he was making a restroom run.
In the end, I was glad to have spent the six bucks for the game. It was a nice edition to Brian Clark's radio call. I wouldn't recommend doing it for home games, just go watch them. But, if I only have to spend six bucks to not go to Stockton, that’s money well spent. Plus the Falcons won in overtime, I picked a good game to watch.
Now where’s my Tivo remote?
Monday, February 06, 2006
With all of that traveling up and down Highway 99, the Mammoth Orange Stand better have enough burgers to fry.
The nice thing for the Falcons is that Stockton - in the first year of the franchises existence - has the worst record in the ECHL. By the end of this quirky series, the Falcons should have an even firmer grip on first place; depending on what the second place Ice Dogs do this week. Long Beach is currently seven points back and the Falcons have two games in hand.
The down side of this series – for the Falcons – is it’s even tough to beat a bad roller hockey team, four games straight. And, by the end of the second or third game, chances are, things are going to start getting chippy – Is chippy like the BEST hockey term ever?
Also watch for some of that chippy stuff if the team busses coincidently meet at the Orange Stand.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
What's the point of all this? It's to give some different angles on what's goin' on with the Falcons (with respect to everyone on the Falcons Forum and Bee writer Ken Robison). It's also to trade smack-talk between other ECHL bloggers.
Bloggers like Condor's lead smacker N.L. Belardes. Feel free to visit his blog and tell him how much Bako sucks.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
The ECHL All-Star game was great. Couldn't have asked for a better game with the Nationals winning a goal-fest and Fresno Falcon Luke Curtin wining the game MVP. And I saw THE sports tropy: the Stanley Cup.
I would like to say "nice job" to Fresno and ECHL fans for showing up (on a Wednesday night) and providing the best attended ECHL All-Star game in five years.
Fresno's recent history of supporting major sports events has been weak.
A couple seasons ago, Fresno hosted the WAC Basketball Tourney - Fresnans didn't turn out. Last year, Fresno hosted the women's NCAA Basketball Regionals - You could hear the players sweat dripping.
Now Fresnans have another chance to show they can host an event. The Fresno Falcons and the Save Mart Center are hosting the ECHL All-Star Game Janurary 24-25th.
This is our chance Fresno. Our chance to show the sports world we can support a major event that doesn't exclusively involve a Fresno team.
The "Stars" of Dorktown will be there - How about you?
Hockey is the best sport to watch live. If you're a Fresno Falcon fan, the only way to watch a game live is to, well, be there (no LIVE television version of the game).
There is a televised version of the game but it is taped and played the next day. The idea being you might not go Save Mart and see the game if you can watch it live on television.
I've always thought it would be nice to have a live "boob tube" broadcast, just to get ya thinking about the Falcons. Then you might go out and pay to see them the next time.
Well, now you can see a live broadcast and pay.
If you go to the Fresno Falcons website ten minutes before the start of the game, you can click on a B2Live button and be taken to a website where you can pay six bucks to watch the game live, over the internet. I haven't tried it yet but I plan to; just to get me thinking about the Falcons.
For only the second time in History, a Fresno Falcon has made it to the NHL - thanks to an injured Russian. Here's the story:
FRESNO, Calif. – Former Fresno Falcons goaltender Nolan Schaefer appeared in his first National Hockey League game this evening and helped lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 overtime victory against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Schaefer replaced Sharks starting goaltender Vesa Toskala at 7:12 of the second period and recorded 12 saves on 13 shots against through the remainder of regulation and into overtime to earn credit for the victory. He was called-up to Fresno’s NHL affiliate from the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Barons last weekend when Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov suffered an injury in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets last Friday.
Schaefer, selected in the fifth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks, was assigned to the Falcons at the outset of the 2003-04 season following a four-year collegiate career at Providence College. He appeared in 12 games for Fresno that season, posting a 5-5-0 record with a 3.12 goals against average, .910 save percentage, and one shutout before receiving what turned out to be a permanent promotion to the Barons and the AHL.
Schaefer becomes just the second Fresno player to appear in an NHL game after wearing a Falcons uniform. Defenseman Garret Stroshein, who played 20 games for the Falcons during the 2001-02 season, played three games for the Washington Capitals in 2003-04.
As a result of Schaefer’s call-up to San Jose, Falcons rookie goaltender Jamie Holden was re-called earlier this week to Cleveland, which has yet to play a game since Holden’s arrival.
There was no thanking of Fresno by Nolan...whateverrrrrr. It's to be expected. People who get their starts in Fresno tend to forget all about their Fresno days.
You know, people like Kevin Federline Spears.