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RCN4: Your Source for Stoners News* April 20, 2009

Posted by Master Shake in General blog.

*Not actual news

Which way to E. Stroudburg?

"Which way to E. Stroudburg?"

Recently on RCN4 (it may have have aired on RCN Daytime, I can’t be sure) was a fairly innocuous interview with Chairman Stellato about the Stoner’s upcoming season.  Everything was pretty standard-issue, except for the part where he claimed that the Stoners lost most of their players from the 2008 championship team to the Pocono Snow because (and I’m paraphrasing) ” it was easier (for them) to get to E. Stroudsburg U. than Whitehall”, or something to that effect. 

On the surface, which is as far as I have looked, this claim or official position or whatever you want to call it, just doesn’t make sense.  After reviewing the 10 or so players that have switched teams, fewer than a handful (3 or 4) are currently located closer to E. Stroudsburg than Allentown. At this point I’m not even sure who is returning aside from Sam Bishop, their star GK from last season, as they have not published their 2009 roster. Of course, to be fair only the Snow and Buffalo have announced their full squads thus far. Reading only has a partial list.

C’mon. Saying that most players chose Snow over Stoners because of proximity is like saying the reason more polar bears drown now than in the past isn’t because the ice caps are melting, it’s because “they just don’t swim as well as we thought they did”.

UPDATE!  Don’t forget to check out the comments section for the Chairman’s rebuttal. In other news Penn’s Army was dropped from the Stoners website.  



1. Fred Stellato - April 24, 2009

I should have known that when you “quoted” me, and then ended the quote with “or something like that”, that the quote would not be accurate….I strongly encourage you to review the RCN show again, so that you can attempt to be a little more accurate….I never said “most” of the boys who switched squads did so because it was easier for them to get to Stroudsburg than Whitehall….what I did say was “many” of the boys who have switched squads were from that area….of the 8 or 9 players who have switched squads, as you said, 3 or 4 have that Stroudsburg tie and it WILL be easier for them to train and play with the Snow….so, sue me for referring to 3 or 4 out of 8 or 9 as “many”…

I never said, as you claim, that that was the reason they switched squads, nor was this expressed as an “official position” of the Stoners….

As far as who’s coming back, watch the show again and see who was on the show….otherwise, wait until our next press release, like everyone else, and you’ll find out about the rest of the returning players….you know how to reach me, so if you are dying to get accurate info, feel free to call me….Fred Stellato

2. Master Shake - April 26, 2009

Forget the semantics lesson for a second. It’s the overarching intimation that the reason your side was gutted was due to proximity.

That is simply not true – I have no idea what was behind anyone’s motivation to move on, but to blame it on a shorter car ride is not borne out by the facts.

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