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Interesting article regarding Wesleyan and NESCAC football in general. Had not seen it previously. Worth the read if you have not seen it.

https://amp.slate.com/culture/2017/12/wesleyan-university-football-is-good-business.html

There is actually a whole sub-topic around this article. You can definitely discuss it here but you might want to look at the existing discussion as well:
http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=8753.0

We read the whole thread...

We will save our fellow NESCAC friends the trouble...most of the thread was spent arguing which conference was more analogous to The Ivy League....NESCAC or UAA. You can read it if you want, but that is pretty much the sum of it.
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Interesting article regarding Wesleyan and NESCAC football in general. Had not seen it previously. Worth the read if you have not seen it.

https://amp.slate.com/culture/2017/12/wesleyan-university-football-is-good-business.html

Old news....discussed at length on this Board when it was released. Enjoy the read, but bad job by the author, IOO, who distorted many of the so called “facts” in the article.
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Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: OFFSEASON: Mega Draft
« Last post by ronk on Today at 12:37:32 pm »
Smitty,
 u picked Matt Hanna - Colby; it's now said that he's walking-on @ Louisville, instead.
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Men's soccer / Re: 2017 South Atlantic
« Last post by lastguyoffthebench on Today at 12:35:34 pm »
NCAA Rankings Prediction 2018
1 Lynchburg    10-0-2
2 MSU             13-1-2
3 UMW            9-1-3
4 Emory          8-4-1
5 Rowan         10-4-0
6 Oglethorpe    9-2-0
7 W&L             7-3-1
8 York/WPU/RUC/Salisbury

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« Last post by Ryan Stoppable on Today at 12:34:46 pm »
Clearly not, as smedindy said he added them.  Despite my promise to get them on the ballot somehow, I just couldn't find the space with adding WashU and still undefeated Kalamazoo.

...

But almost certainly NOT Eureka - their only hope of making my ballot is a postseason win, which would likely be a HUGE upset.

Admittedly, I haven't seen either of these teams in person. But where's the big difference between what Kalamazoo and Eureka have done so far? I'm not seeing it.
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Men's soccer / Re: D1 vs D3 comparison
« Last post by NEsoccerfan on Today at 12:29:04 pm »
And a +K to you as well and to your boy.
Over the last 40 years the best two players (arguably) have been two short South Americans.

I am 5 12' myself, and I think that guys 2 inches or more taller than I am have a bit of a disadvantage in the game.
A low center of gravity does wonders in terms of turning radius and overall manipulation.
There are tall guys that are really skillful ballers, but I think this is more rare than people think.

Also, you hit it on the head, brain speed is much much more important than height.

SLU has had a 6 6' center back for the past 16 years or so, and this works I think in that particular position, but still not necessary.
The sweeper I played with was 5 9'.

Brain Speed/Foot Speed combination is what it takes, this is not basketball or American football.

Iniesta one of my favorites. 5' 7" and not exactly a physical specimen relative to strength and traditional view of an athlete. Slightly built. But a magician on the field.  Pele and Messi short in stature but physically stronger build than Iniesta. All well under 6ft. Maradonna another. Like you said sometimes shorter players have and advantage over taller players. Short turn radius, often quicker in short distances, etc. Messiah did a mission type trip to Colombia summer 2017 where they played several amateur and one pro team.  Most were shorter players but my son said they all were extremely comfortable with the ball at their feet.

Just curious, how did they fare against the Colombian sides?
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East Region football / Re: FB: New Jersey Athletic Conference
« Last post by Red Hawks 12 on Today at 12:26:25 pm »
I blame Rowan, they failed us when they got smoked years ago by the West Coast team in the Stag bowl.

"Keep Pounding"

Sam Mills
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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« Last post by Bucket on Today at 12:26:14 pm »
Does anyone know the tiebreak rules in the event Conn and Tufts end the season with the same record and a head-to-head draw?

The next tiebreaker is record vs top-four finishers, so the two other than themselves. After that, I'm not sure!
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East Region football / Re: FB: New Jersey Athletic Conference
« Last post by Bobcats47 on Today at 12:17:43 pm »
My annual St Thomas ranking rant follows:

How does St. Thomas get ranked ahead of Wesley after getting whomped by a lower ranked St. Johns and has no wins over a ranked opponent this year?  Can anybody explain that except that of a subjective bias because a big crowd? 

-Ski

I think that's based upon eye test and history. However, they have some big guys and solid coaching. I wouldn't get too much worked up about that, I think they are still a very solid team. There are quite of few teams that are ranked based on same factors, however history would tell of us to keep them where they are until they get a second loss.
That'd be the only way I could explain it. Doesn't make sense that Wesley loses by 1 to the team ranked 1 ahead of them and moves down a couple. St. Thomas loses by 20 to a team below them and doesn't get bumped more than a few places. But recent history has had St. Thomas having more success in the playoffs compared to Wesley. So there's that. East coast stigma also prevails IMO.

It's because Wesley Sucks! Seriously there is a stigma about teams from the east coast and their overall top rankings. The only way this changes is if one of us finally wins the entire thing.
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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« Last post by fisheralum91 on Today at 12:16:57 pm »
Congrats to all you Fisher guys. No "0-fer" this season.  As for my Union Dutchmen...sadly a giant step backward.  :'(   Looking forward to a future Dutchmen/Cardinal matchup.

No 0fer this year- and Im sure that the kids are glad that they got the win, but the Cards have a lot of work to do (and healing) in order to get another elusive W.
MVille came to play and beat a decent UC team.  There are really no gimme wins...period
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