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SERIOUSLY. I mean, especially if their own island residents OBVIOUSLY don't give a crap about this thing as none of them are there anyway...
And what IS with those armed guards standing around, did they think the place would be some kind of terrorism target or something? I haven't really ever heard of PR being a hotspot for potential terrorism, but were we the only ones who saw these dudes? And with the place about 10 percent occupied, what was the use of them calling out the PR National Guard?
 

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I really don't think ESPN cares about how many fans show up. they know if they get good teams to a tournament, many fans will follow them. They make their money on the TV and ads period. Everybody else is going to an island of sun, so if ESPN had this tournament in Chicago, how many of these teams would choose that over an all expenses paid trip to an island holiday tourney? All about good teams and money.
 

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First, it seems our guys are having trouble adjusting to shooting in this arena. We have not shot well in warm ups.

All their police here wear bullet proof vests and carry guns. Talking to one of them, there is a normal amount of petty crimes here but lots of violent crimes in some places. I much appreciate there presence here in the hotel area of San Juan. I really do feel safe.
I've been through on way to Virgin Gorda years ago... I was always told to NEVER let your baggage out of your sight, and whilst stepping out on a patio at the airport, we saw a very "busty" motorcycle officer with long blonde hair (worn down, btw) with high heeled shoes on (lol for real) getting on her bike, looked like am 80s hair band music video... @vcu70 thank YOU for representing btw... sounds like you are down there now. Y'all got loud last night in spurts and we greatly appreciate it back home, and not trying to dog you out btw, but... wish the place was full of fans like me who would have been there for games had it not been so far away. My airfare to virgin gorda last time was $1250. Not sure how much your was but I know it was a big investment. Thanks for supporting our guys and PLEASE scream like crazy for me, on Sunday.
 
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First, it seems our guys are having trouble adjusting to shooting in this arena. We have not shot well in warm ups.

All their police here wear bullet proof vests and carry guns. Talking to one of them, there is a normal amount of petty crimes here but lots of violent crimes in some places. I much appreciate there presence here in the hotel area of San Juan. I really do feel safe.
Thanks for being there. Wish I could have afforded to go to be with you guys!
 

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I've been through on way to Virgin Gorda years ago... I was always told to NEVER let your baggage out of your sight, and whilst stepping out on a patio at the airport, we saw a very "busty" motorcycle officer with long blonde hair (worn down, btw) with high heeled shoes on (lol for real) getting on her bike, looked like am 80s hair band music video... @vcu70 thank YOU for representing btw... sounds like you are down there now. Y'all got loud last night in spurts and we greatly appreciate it back home, and not trying to dog you out btw, but... wish the place was full of fans like me who would have been there for games had it not been so far away. My airfare to virgin gorda last time was $1250. Not sure how much your was but I know it was a big investment. Thanks for supporting our guys and PLEASE scream like crazy for me, on Sunday.


Thanks, sure will!
 

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First, it seems our guys are having trouble adjusting to shooting in this arena. We have not shot well in warm ups.

All their police here wear bullet proof vests and carry guns. Talking to one of them, there is a normal amount of petty crimes here but lots of violent crimes in some places. I much appreciate there presence here in the hotel area of San Juan. I really do feel safe.


Ummm. All the police in Richmond wear bulletproof vests and carry guns too? I'm not sure why there isn't greater interest in this tournament in San Juan but I can tell you that its not because of crime. San Juan is no different than any tourist city. Always people looking to take advantage of the unknowing tourist but this isn't Baghdad for gods sake. I have family in Puerto Rico and everybody is very happy there. I visit often and have never had a problem. I feel safe traveling to all corners of the island without police escort. I think some of you are making too much out of perhaps some extra security for a large televised event. You should get out of the West End more often. Sheeesh.
 

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SERIOUSLY. I mean, especially if their own island residents OBVIOUSLY don't give a crap about this thing as none of them are there anyway...
And what IS with those armed guards standing around, did they think the place would be some kind of terrorism target or something? I haven't really ever heard of PR being a hotspot for potential terrorism, but were we the only ones who saw these dudes? And with the place about 10 percent occupied, what was the use of them calling out the PR National Guard?

Like I said in my other post. Extra security for a televised event. I've seen this in almost every busy tourist city in the Caribbean and in Mexico. When your entire economy rests on tourism you don't take any chances that an incident where a tourist gets hurt could shut you down. Even a simple mugging that happens in cities all around the world everyday can be blown out of proportion and damage business. Puerto Rico is beautiful and safe.
 

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Puerto Rico is beautiful and safe.
Not at all saying it isn't safe..
Just saying, I am not sure whether or not some people saw these guys, but they are dressed like Militia, not "officers" and they are heavily armed. I haven't seen any game with anything like this. These guys are intimidating.
 
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Like I said in my other post. Extra security for a televised event. I've seen this in almost every busy tourist city in the Caribbean and in Mexico. When your entire economy rests on tourism you don't take any chances that an incident where a tourist gets hurt could shut you down. Even a simple mugging that happens in cities all around the world everyday can be blown out of proportion and damage business. Puerto Rico is beautiful and safe.
Dunno why they would need all that extra security for a max of 1000 fans in a high school gym. Why does the NCAA still try to make a PR tourney that no one ever comes to? No one has ever come. It's been like this for 30 years. Let's have the thing at the Barclay's. Build it and they will come...
 

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Dunno why they would need all that extra security for a max of 1000 fans in a high school gym. Why does the NCAA still try to make a PR tourney that no one ever comes to? No one has ever come. It's been like this for 30 years. Let's have the thing at the Barclay's. Build it and they will come...
Precisely. It just seems worthless. That's all. And these soldier dudes standing by the wayside... I didn't even see anything like that when Tre played in Russia over the summer. :lol:
 

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Dunno why they would need all that extra security for a max of 1000 fans in a high school gym. Why does the NCAA still try to make a PR tourney that no one ever comes to? No one has ever come. It's been like this for 30 years. Let's have the thing at the Barclay's. Build it and they will come...
Not sure how you classify a 10,000 seat arena as a "high school" gym. With that standard I guess you feel that the Siegal Center is a elementary school gym? Also, this is the 7th year of the San Juan Shootout so it has not "been like this for 30 years". These trips are good for recruiting and good for the fans as it gives us the opportunity to play BCS schools in a neutral environment since they are not coming to our home. Besides, if you are looking for a tourney at the Barclay's then get your tickets for the A10 tournament and enjoy!
 
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Maybe he thinks that C is the answer to our problems. If there is no obvious answer go with choice C, it's a good strategy.
 
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Not at all saying it isn't safe..
Just saying, I am not sure whether or not some people saw these guys, but they are dressed like Militia, not "officers" and they are heavily armed. I haven't seen any game with anything like this. These guys are intimidating.
Have you seen what police wear and look like recently in this country? They are militarized and heavily armed in a way they were not 10-15 years ago.
 
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