Anyone that attends any of the Elmira Bulldog games at South Side are immediately entered in a drawing that could win them a pair of courtside meet-and-greet tickets for one of the Elmira Bulldogs games, Feb. 12-13, 2010, at First Arena, where NBA legend Rodman will be making his pro head coaching debut with the Bulldogs.

Everyone that attends the game will receive a lucky number ticket, and between the first and second quarters, five numbers will be drawn. Those winners will have a foul shooting contest at halftime. The winner of this contest will win a pair of lower priced tickets to one of the Rodman games.

This contest will take place for all five games at South Side High School. After the final winner wins at game five, all of the previous four winners will shoot again with that night's winner. The overall winner on the final night of Jan. 23 will win the courtside meet-and-greet tickets. All of the previous four winners need to be in attendance on the night of Jan. 23 to have a chance at the courtside tickets.

The courtside tickets include a postgame meet-and-greet with Rodman, their photo taken with Rodman and an autographed basketball.

Former Syracuse player to suit up for Hype

In what was originally shaping up as an already exciting Elmira Bulldogs season opener has just taken a even more sudden twist. Game rosters for Saturday were due to the league office by 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. A last minute addition to the game roster for the visiting Hudson Valley Hype is former Syracuse University star player Louie McCroskey. McCroskey played three seasons at Syracuse University from 2003-2006. McCroskey played in 96 games for Syracuse University during that time period, while appearing in the starting line-up for 21 of those 96 contests.

"We had no idea a former Syracuse University star was going to be on the Hudson Valley Hype roster," stated bulldogs head coach and general manager James R. Schutz. "This game has taken a whole new meaning, and with all the Syracuse University fans in the area, I hope fans show up early enough so they can get a seat before they are all gone."

The Elmira Bulldogs, who are still the heavy favorites to win Saturday's season opening game, will have more than one star in the line-up. The Elmira Bulldogs' roster features three players with Division 1 college experience, such as reigning EBA League MVP and former NCAA D-1 star 6'2" guard Aubin Scott (LIU-Brooklyn-NCAA D-1) and former NCAA D-1 star 6'0" guard Haron Hargrave (Sacramento State University-NCAA D-1) who did a stint in the NBA training camp of the Sacramento Kings before heading to Romania to play professional last season. In addition to those players is Brian Jackson, 6'1" and one of the top point guards in the world who started at point guard for NAIA D-1 Mountain State University while leading them to the NAIA D-1 sweet sixteen and elite eight.

The Elmira Bulldogs have the following players with NCAA D-2 experience: Denny Mortimer 6'5" forward (Lock Haven University-NCAA D-2), Kirk Stewart 6'6" forward (N.Y.I.T.-NCAA D-2), Brandon Lawley 6'7" forward (Mansfield University-NCAA D-2), Mindaugus Boruta 6'9" center (Valdosta State University-NCAA D-2). Phil Valenti 6'5" guard of the Elmira Bulldogs played at Adelphi University a NCAA D-2 college for two games before taking a red shirt season before heading to NCAA D-3 Hamilton College.

In all, the Elmira Bulldogs have eight out of 11 players who have played at NCAA D-1, NAIA D-1 or NCAA D-2 colleges on athletic scholarships. The only three players who have not are Kenny Gethers (R.I.T.-NCAA D-3) where he was all-conference, Cameron Arterberry (Plattsburgh State-NCAA D-3) where he was also all-conference, and Elmira, N.Y. native and South Side High School graduate Eric Bresett, who was all-conference and all-region at Corning Community College.

"They may have Louie McCroskey from Syracuse University but we have three or four players just as good, if not better, than Louie McCroskey, and they can not come close to matching our depth," Schutz stated. "We're going to run them until they turn blue in the face and then we will run them some more."

This much anticipated showdown between the Hudson Valley Hype and the hometown Elmira Bulldogs will take place at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, from South Side High School in Elmira, N.Y. Tickets will cost $7 for adults and $5 for youths.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Fans are being encouraged to arrive early due to the Hudson Valley Hype's recent addition of McCroskey, who is sure to attract his fair attention of the plentiful Syracuse University fan base.