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Bizarre Web page

By mrasor Published: July 4, 2006

Miscellaneous


A poster on ZipsNation dug up this site, FearTheRoo.net.


It is a countdown to the day of the Penn State/Akron game. But it also seems to predict something else, perhaps the launching of a Fear the Roo fan site.


With GoZips.com undergoing some changes, it wouldn't surprise me if the university had a hand in this. Maybe we're looking at Hunter Yurachek's first big marketing move.


But probably not. After a domain lookup, I found that the new site is registered to Adam Sich of Akron. Sich created the site on Dec. 12. This was during the Fear the Roo hysteria between the MAC Championship and Motor City Bowl. Google and Yahoo searches revealed nothing about Sich.


FearTheRoo.net was chosen, I imagine, because FearTheRoo.com was unavailable. The latter has been purchased by an Internet site wholesaler out of Santa Monica, Calif.


Sich's page would be the Zips third fan site. ZipsNation.org is the clear leader, with UofAZips.com trying to establish a similar membership base.


  • The Plain Dealer's Roger Brown noted all the coaches who have left Akron, putting a positive spin on it.

  • Brown also reports the voice of Zips women's basketball is leaving. Tommy Gelehrter could be headed for Waddellville in southern Ohio to do the UC Bearcats games.

  • Don't hassle me about this. I know it's a Zips blog, but these are desperate times. The Indians' slugger Travis Hafner must make the All-Star Team. How can you do your part to see that he makes the final spot on the roster? Vote here. Or download this photo illustration to use as your background. Or download this campaign poster. Photo illustrations are courtesy of Buchtelite art director Kiel Fleming.

Women's basketball


Here is an ABJ feature on coach Jodi Kest. It profiles her path from tomboy to head coach.


It appears Kest is a very hard worker and well-received by her players so far.


Men's basketball


I haven't posted a Tom Gaffney story on the blog in a while, so here is one.


It's a brief about Steve Swiech, the Zips 6-foot-9 stud recruit who will sign a letter of intent in November.


You won't see a Keith Dambrot quote about Swiech until then. In the spring, I talked to Dambrot about this year's class. Once the topic of 2007 recruits came up, his lips tightened. Understandably so. You don't want to screw around with the NCAA.

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