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Outlaws cancel home finale

January 21, 2013

With the weather-related cancelation of tonight’s match against 1,000 Islands, the home season for the Williamsport Outlaws in the Federal Hockey League has come to an end....

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Jan-21-13 5:30 AM

You are so right Francine. Many have said from the beginning that this was an endeavor that would cost the taxpayers in the end. Stupidity at its finest.

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Jan-21-13 5:53 AM

" The Sun-Gazette counted an estimated 200 people in the stands for Saturday's game, but the team listed 867 on the official box score. Such discrepancies have been common."

Maybe the team gave out 600 or so tickets and those folks failed to show up, but since tickets were dispersed then those folks counted into their "official" tally. I heard that they were giving tickets away pretty regularly to try to get people to come out. I thought the consensus around here was - if you build it they will come - in other words that they were chomping at the bit to have hockey.

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Jan-21-13 5:59 AM

Amazing, the Mayor better hurry up and build that Civic Center with an ice hockey rink included!

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Jan-21-13 8:19 AM

200 people at Saturdays game??? Sun-gazette were you even there? It was one of the top 5 biggest crowds of the season. Do your research. I know because I was at every home game

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Jan-21-13 8:25 AM

I think maybe the SG folks need to learn to count. This estimate is bogus counting by folks who were against this from the beginning. I was at the game. They had a very nice crowd & attendence Saturday was a lot closer to the Outlaw estimate than 200. As for the infield, grow up people. They have off road races in football & basketball stadiums on Saturdays & play on Sunday so get over it. If they cannot do more than have the normally terrible Crosscutters use the facility they may as well just close it down. Have any of you nay sayers checked it out in person? . . . And yes, my son & I are baseball fans & attend at least 50% of the Cutters games, also. I hope in the end that all you negative folks are proven wrong, and it is basically the same people no matter the topic. Oh wait, remember when you all had a problem with post season high school BASEBALL being played there? You know, when they turned them away the night before the events? Thank you to Mtv for saving

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Jan-21-13 8:42 AM


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Jan-21-13 8:48 AM

So many kids enjoyed going to the hockey games and having a place to go ice skating. I hope this works out that they will be able to do this again,somewhere, next year.

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Jan-21-13 9:10 AM

You would think they would play the last game its only calling for lite snow and you play hockey in the cold! "SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN DENMARK , I MEAN WILLIAMSPORT!"

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Jan-21-13 12:07 PM

The Outlaws coming to the city has been great, with them winning the Commissioner's Cup last season it brought a winning tradition to the city. Each year the city get excited for the Crosscutters, to which they only let us down. What the city needs to do, is either transform Picklener Arena into an indoor arena which can hold the Outlaws, concerts, and other potential sporting events. It would bring in more revenue for the city, allow the Outlaws to stay, and attract more sporting events and concerts to the area. This area is dull without sports and music in it. Lets not drive away those opportunities. The city needs to be smart and work with the Outlaws in getting something done, get all of the bugs worked out and prepare for next season. If the Outlaws leave, lets face it, all we have to look forward to each year is Little League Baseball, and a failure in professional sports.

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Jan-21-13 12:19 PM

You did not need to be a psychic to see this coming. Who wants to sit in 20 degree weather to watch a hockey game? Not very darn many, evidently.

Personally, I think any shortfall from unpaid bills of these cold water clowns should be paid directly by the mayor. His bright idea...his debt. Not mine, and not the taxpayers of our city. Because for sure the Outlaws are going to do what outlaws always do...skip town and avoid the consequences.

We'd probably be advised to keep an eye on young Gabe's travel itinerary as well. Just saying...

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Jan-21-13 12:57 PM

Francine, that's EXACTLY how I took the article.. They not only eluded to the idea of the City paying for them to have an indoor arena, but it sounded as though they suggested that if they don't get one, they won't be here.

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Jan-21-13 1:03 PM

I've said in several letters in the past about things such as this, that this was a mistake. I've never been in favor of it and now here we are, a hockey team basically threatening to leave if we the tax payers, don't pay for them to have their own arena. Good Riddance. Campana needs to go with them.

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Jan-21-13 3:07 PM

You will be missed. There is not a lot to do here is Williamsport. Then when we do, people tear it down. Dont be a hater. If you supported the city instead of ***** about it, things would be better.

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Jan-21-13 6:16 PM

Couldn't be reached for comment? I'm right here. No missed calls or emails - yet Williamsport has my full contact information.

Would love to chat. Would also love to shoot for the $25,000 - though i'm sure there's no chance I'll get it in again! :)

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Jan-21-13 9:34 PM

Anyone ever go to think its most likely due to the violence that racks Lil' Philadephia now (Yes I mean Williamsport) I along with many others avoid anything to do with that city, you have to be afraid just to drive near it let alone go into it for anything.

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Jan-22-13 12:39 PM

I don't know all of the ups & downs of having the Outlaws in town this season (not from Williamsport), but given the way they exited Wayne NJ it's tough to be surprised by this turn of events.

I was at the game Friday night. Had a fairly good time despite the p*** poor performance from the home team (Danville looked pretty sharp though). When I first heard about the team moving to PA, I highly doubted they'd make much of a season of it, playing all home games outdoors. Apparently they pulled it off though, more or less. Glad I got to catch a game up there before they folded. Decided not to fork out the extra money for a jersey that night, now I kind of wish I had. Would have made a nice piece for the collection.

Maybe I'll have to come up for a game when the Ironbirds are visiting the Crosscutters. Watch them battle for last place in the NY-Penn League.

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