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Locally, most people say the Norfolk street Monticello as Monti-sello instead of properly saying Monti-chello like the instrument Cello, is pronounced.  C has a ch in Italian.  
or the Law offices of Montag-na.  Montagna means mountain and is pronounced like lasagna.  The gn has a quick blended “nea” sound.  Gnocchi is another examples Neaw-ki.

unless the dude pronounces his name in the Americanized or I like to say, wrong, way.  :)

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On 5/14/2022 at 11:07 AM, metalman said:

Locally, most people say the Norfolk street Monticello as Monti-sello instead of properly saying Monti-chello like the instrument Cello, is pronounced.  C has a ch in Italian.  
or the Law offices of Montag-na.  Montagna means mountain and is pronounced like lasagna.  The gn has a quick blended “nea” sound.  Gnocchi is another examples Neaw-ki.

unless the dude pronounces his name in the Americanized or I like to say, wrong, way.  :)

From my understanding, both ways are the correct way to say Monticello. I always go with "chello" like the instrument but either works.

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4 hours ago, urbanlife said:

From my understanding, both ways are the correct way to say Monticello. I always go with "chello" like the instrument but either works.

The way someone says Monticello and Boush tells me whether or not they're locals/hang with locals or not.

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I use Monti-"chello" and "-sello" interchangeably, but definitely say "Bush" St. I didn't know it was another way to pronounce Boush until recently.

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13 hours ago, BFG said:

I use Monti-"chello" and "-sello" interchangeably, but definitely say "Bush" St. I didn't know it was another way to pronounce Boush until recently.

Apperently outsiders will pronounce it bOUsh. They seem to emphasize the OU sound together. 

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I guess ODU is now officially in (back in?) the Sun Belt Conference as of July 1.

Do you guys think the football stadium is right-sized after the recent renovation or will they need to go bigger? Maybe cap it at 30,000?

 

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Looking over the list of Sun Belt stadiums, they have the second-smallest venue - ahead of Coastal Carolina - but a lot of the stadiums fall in the low-to-mid-20K range, so they're in good company. I do think they should get rid of the old end zone bleachers on the North end, rebuild to connect to the main bleachers and expand to at least 25K. I honestly don't get why they rebuilt the stadium only slightly larger than Foreman Field. 

Honestly, just expand to 30,000 and call it a day. ODU's not joining the ACC or SEC so it's not like they need 70,000 seats.

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On 10/28/2021 at 2:17 AM, Urbanlooker said:

Interesting opinion can you explain a few of these reasons?

1)  W-L:  37-49 since transitioning:

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/old-dominion/index.html
 

2)  Season ticket sales have plummeted:

“And while losing helped dampen ticket demand, season ticket sales have been on a steep and steady decline since ODU accepted in membership in Conference USA in 2014. Sales have dropped from 14,500 to 7,200 during that time.” 

—ODUsports.com
 

 

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4 hours ago, baobabs727 said:

1)  W-L:  37-49 since transitioning:

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/old-dominion/index.html
 

2)  Season ticket sales have plummeted:

“And while losing helped dampen ticket demand, season ticket sales have been on a steep and steady decline since ODU accepted in membership in Conference USA in 2014. Sales have dropped from 14,500 to 7,200 during that time.” 

—ODUsports.com
 

 

Season ticket sales were over 10,000 with more than a month before kickoff. 

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8 hours ago, baobabs727 said:

1)  W-L:  37-49 since transitioning:

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/old-dominion/index.html
 

2)  Season ticket sales have plummeted:

“And while losing helped dampen ticket demand, season ticket sales have been on a steep and steady decline since ODU accepted in membership in Conference USA in 2014. Sales have dropped from 14,500 to 7,200 during that time.” 

—ODUsports.com
 

 

ODU hosts Virginia Tech four more times through 2031 (something that can not happen if we were still in FCS), and we're now in a conference with App State and JMU.  The only mistakes were heading to C-USA instead of the Sun Belt, and keeping Wilder for as long as we did. As an actual ODU fan I'm very happy we made the move cause if we didn't we'd be left behind by all of our athletic peers.

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42 minutes ago, Arctic_Tern said:

ODU hosts Virginia Tech four more times through 2031 (something that can not happen if we were still in FCS), and we're now in a conference with App State and JMU.  The only mistakes were heading to C-USA instead of the Sun Belt, and keeping Wilder for as long as we did. As an actual ODU fan I'm very happy we made the move cause if we didn't we'd be left behind by all of our athletic peers.

Agreed. I am an ODU football fan as well. I have had season tickets all but one year when it was prohibited by my work schedule.

There are some facts, and opinions to consider when looking at the attendance figures through ODU's transition to FBS football. The sellouts we're great through the early years. I believe they were aided both by the excitement of a new program, and by the talent of a star QB, in Taylor Heinicke. We cannot know how either of these factors factors benefited attendance.

I have heard and read countless remarks that the conference ODU was in (C-USA) had few teams which drew much interest from the fans, the main exception being Marshall. I understand why ODU joined C-USA, although it was not a great fit, it was ODU's only opportunity at the time. ODU had already lost it's main basketball rivalries in both VCU and GMU, so there really wasn't much holding us back. 

I believe ODU's new conference, the Sun Belt, presents a huge opportunity on many levels. There is increased revenue from the ESPN media contract, from travel cost savings due to the tighter geographic footprint, and from increasing ticket sales. There are also both tangible an intangible benefits in being associated with other universities the fans can relate to, and easily travel to.

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I think Sun Belt offers better competition plus better travel. When your team doesn’t win games, ticket sales decline. If they play like they did the second half of last season, the numbers should go back up again. 

Doesn’t hurt that there are still fans who don’t want to be in a crowded stadium. 

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Well, then, that just goes to show you that wins and losses, and attendance, aren't everything!

Nope. It's mos def all about the Benjamins. And the hope of a Bowl game...which translates into even more paper. 

This "transition," as it were, is quite literally littered with teams who, once dominant (or at least successful) in FCS (1-AA) play,  find themselves perennial losers playing with the big boys.  

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Norfolk Tides batter Gunner Henderson has moved up to the Major Leagues. He was a top prospect for the Orioles and I was lucky to see him play his last games at Harbor Park. Unfortunately for the tides, we kinda lost our best batter! 

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