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Messages - matblake

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Good game Cards. Mobile QB and experienced secondary was the difference in this one. Was puzzled by the lack of running plays by Wheaton and by continuously going after an all American defensive back. The Thunder will now need to go computer era of the BCS on the rest of the conference.

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Bell Week game preview is out...

https://northcentralcardinals.com/news/2021/9/15/week-2-football-preview-wheaton.aspx

MIAC Pickems has NCC as a 3.5pt favorite
OAC Pickems has NCC as a 6.5pt favorite


NCC has won 3x @Wheaton in 20 years with the last win in 2013.

It's heating up.

I don't agree with those spreads at all.  If I were handicapping this game it would be Wheaton -3 (home field) and O/U at 55.

Here is my wish list for Saturday night:

1. No train traffic during the course of the game.
2. No rain delays (I'm busy on Monday).
3. An exciting game full of good sportsmanship that ends with no serious injuries for either team.
4. A NCC win.

Too much to ask for?

I'd be content with 3 and 4.

Can't give you 4.  Sorry.  8-)
Deal as long as the rest of the year remains the same as 2019!

Ugh, you got me..........

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Bell Week game preview is out...

https://northcentralcardinals.com/news/2021/9/15/week-2-football-preview-wheaton.aspx

MIAC Pickems has NCC as a 3.5pt favorite
OAC Pickems has NCC as a 6.5pt favorite


NCC has won 3x @Wheaton in 20 years with the last win in 2013.

It's heating up.

I don't agree with those spreads at all.  If I were handicapping this game it would be Wheaton -3 (home field) and O/U at 55.

Here is my wish list for Saturday night:

1. No train traffic during the course of the game.
2. No rain delays (I'm busy on Monday).
3. An exciting game full of good sportsmanship that ends with no serious injuries for either team.
4. A NCC win.

Too much to ask for?

I'd be content with 3 and 4.

Can't give you 4.  Sorry.  8-)

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Looks like my wondering if the Aurora has played a game NCC has not and if it would make a difference was extremely foolhardy. Should have known. My bad guys.

Iíll admit it, I stopped watching. When did the backups start appearing? Granted, it might be a bit harder to say for certain skill positions is a ďbackupĒ since this was the first game and the rotation isnít completely clear to the fans yet.

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With this being North Central's first game, it will be interesting if they have some early miscues before they really settle in and if they do have miscues, will Aurora take advantage of them. 

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Also, it hasn't been brought up yet, but for those who were in attendance at Clemens Stadium this past Saturday, what did you think of the videoboard and single-point sound system? I feel like its going to throw me for a bit of a loop when I go back for homecoming.

I think the new video board is great. The biggest thing for me is the replays. The board is huge and the quality is outstanding. Iím still wondering about the view from the visitor side of the field.

I thought the sound quality was good.

North Central/Aurora is the game Iím most interested in. Will provide a gauge on the strength of the Johnnies.

It's a really interesting matchup. Both NCC and SJU had all world QB's they are replacing. Interested to see who NCC has after Rutter, and yes, how Aurora matches up (and bounces back after a heartbreaker).

One key diff between NCC and Aurora is that NCC is absolutely loaded on offense except at QB. They bring back every skill player and 3 of 5 OL including a consensus AA. On defense they bring back 8 starters on a top 20 def. The only question for NCC is QB and the kid they are starting is a dual threat freshman who has been on campus and in practice since Jan 2020.

North Central also hasn't played a game yet.  It will be interesting to see if North Central will have to shake some rust off and if Aurora will be able to take advantage of rust related miscues.

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Region 6 football (Midwest and Island-ish) / Re: FB: Northwest Conference
« on: September 08, 2021, 02:20:47 pm »
d-train and wildcat +k for both of you :D

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Matblake,

This Aurora game was actually scheduled AFTER Beebeís arrival.  Aurora will have the advantage of having already played their first game and getting the kinks worked out.  It will be interesting to see how they will line up to defend the Cards.

I stand corrected on the scheduling.  Good on the Cards.  Based off what people are saying about the game in Collegeville, NCC should know where they stand going forward.

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I'm usually more a a "half-empty" type of fan, so I thought I would switch it up and list my concerns first, followed by what I enjoyed with regards to Wheaton.

Penalties, penalties, penalties.  We've got to break this pattern of being one of the most penalized teams.  We've seen it make a difference in the past and it will make a difference in the future.  Everytime there is a big play, I worry how it will get called back.

If we allow the seam and sideline routes to keep up those completion rates, North Central will eat us alive.  We'll endure an afternoon of 5 to 7 yard passes for first downs and our front seven needing to take more and more risks which will inevitably result in...........more penalties, probably of the 15 yard variety.   

Non-conference games that don't give us enough information.  With the 9 game conference schedule in place, we can't schedule warm-up games anymore.  I think North Central will know a bunch more about their team after their game with Aurora.  That being said, the game with Aurora was most likely scheduled prior to Beebe's arrival there.  Speaking of Aurora, a moment of silence for the old Illini-Badger Conference Board..........Thank you.  Ah, the memories!

Ok, now for the half-full stuff. That front seven is amazing against the run.  Outside of North Central, most CCIW rushing attacks will be used to keep the defense honest.  My guess will be that the outside linebackers should run extra wind sprints because they will be chasing swing passes into the flat all year as teams try to simulate a rushing attack.

John Bickle is an amazing punter.  He's a weapon that really allows you to take more risks on say third and 6 and beyond.

Starting to insert the back-ups into the game earlier.  In previous seasons, I was often frustrated at how long Wheaton kept their starters in the game with the game well in hand.  I understand the starters needing to get their game reps, so I guess that's just an opinion thing.  I just don't like seeing a starter get hurt, when we're up by 35 and you could be developing a future player or rewarding a senior who has been in the program for 4 years and plays sparingly.

Less adoration of the big play.  I'm sure some of this was personnel (player) related, but it seems like the past maybe 10 years we were always going for the big shot downfield or trying to run more sweeps from outside the tackle to the numbers.  At least in this game, there were shots downfield, but there was more balance of the 0-10 and 10-20 attempts and then 20+ sprinkled in.  The running game also appeared to be much more focused from tackle to tackle. 

Trying to get a lot of formations and personnel on film. 

It's always good to get the win.  It was weird to see Wheaton in the west end zone following the game and the players not congratulate the other team via handshake.  I really liked Northwestern's heart.  Even at the point where they were really run down, they kept coming.  That's a lesson that all athletes learn and can apply to life after athletics.

Wish there was a way for the PA system to be linked up to the audio for the broadcast so that things like the national anthem or special events at halftime like the Swider thing or Wheaton Hall of Honor or Senior Day could be heard more clearly.  Maybe it's an all or nothing thing where you'd have to hear the PA announcer cutting off the broadcasters throughout the broadcast?

Oops, last paragraph drifted into half-empty again.


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Wheaton has posted their current spectator policy. 
https://athletics.wheaton.edu/sports/2021/8/26/2021-22-wheaton-athletics-spectator-policy.aspx

Seems like reasonable regulations.  Unfortunately their bathroom already was one of the worst in the conference so I try not to go in there anyways.  Hide in the trees by the railroad!!

Outside of rain or snow, if you can get there before the end of the first quarter, you're usually ok.  After that, I agree that it becomes a risk.

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Good to hear from you again, MB. Hope you're doing well.
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Thanks Greg.  Doing my best to hang in there.  Glad for the cooler temps (if only for right now) and that football is starting up again.  Everyone has been really supportive during my difficult time since the passing of my wife.  Thanks again to all who sent PM's and their prayers my way.  I continue to be lifted up by them. 

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 02, 2021, 11:20:08 am »
My father, Bob Sr., passed away this morning. 

Dad played PG for Coach Horenberger and the Titans, graduating in 1957.  He was a huge CCIW hoops fan.

I will miss him.

https://www.palosgaidasfh.com/obituary/robert-quillman?fbclid=IwAR0Gd8V9bWjdQt8Sp7L-Hge4zlehmDR6EckQCqZT1f2K1yivXw323TzGAcA

So sorry to hear this. 

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Wheaton has posted their attendance policy for anyone who may be thinking of making the trek.
https://athletics.wheaton.edu/sports/2021/8/26/2021-22-wheaton-athletics-spectator-policy.aspx

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If you're looking for a Big Ten team with CCIW connections, look at Michigan State. Payton Thorne (son of NCC coach) is competing for the starting QB position, and Spencer Rowland (former Wheaton player) transferred in.  Here's a video where Spencer, head coach Mel Tucker, and teammates visit a Type I Diabetes Fundraiser.  Spencer Rowland is diagnosed as a type I diabetic.  https://www.wlns.com/news/msu-football-supports-one-of-its-own-by-supporting-the-fight-against-type-1-diabetes/

Ok, last post of that other division of football.  On to the real stuff!

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