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Men's hockey / Greatest of All Time
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:11:32 pm »
With the passing of Jean Beliveau (and unfortunately seemingly the imminent passing of Gordie Howe), I wanted to raise a question.  Who is the greatest of all time?

To me, it probably comes down to only three names, but with such different skills that I can't compare them.  "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky, "Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe, and Bobby Orr (if he had a nickname, I'm, unfamiliar with it).  There are a number of others on the cusp, but IMO these are the only three on the final ballot.

Gretzky is without doubt the greatest scorer ever and made everyone around him better (the joke went that Gretzky and 4 fire hydrants would still be a formidable team), Howe was a formidable scorer and everything else (he was his own enforcer!), and Orr was not only a wonderful defender, he was also the best scoring defender ever.  With such different skills, I leave it to others to debate who was the greatest ever.

Men's soccer / Year-round college soccer season?
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:49:07 pm »
SI is reporting that there is a very serious proposal to move men's soccer to a split fall and spring schedule.  The advantages are argued to be that almost no weeknight games would be required, and players would have more time to heal.  The earliest this could start would be 2016.

Two questions:  would the women likely also make the change?  Would the change likely be applied also to d3?

Pro ball / Scoring Questions
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:24:26 pm »
A head-scratcher to me: in the final Tigers game of the season :(, Drew Smyly threw all of two pitches.  (I'm totally p.o.ed at Leyland's underuse of Smyly, who I think may be the most valuable member of the bullpen, but that is a different rant. ;))  The batter he faced reached base on a rare error by Jose Iglesias; later scored on Victorino's season-ending grand-slam.  Smyly was charged with an earned run - how can that be?  (If Iglesias makes the play, that would have only been the second out - no realistic chance of a DP - if that matters.)  Since the error did not avoid ending the inning, I understand the runs being earned - except shouldn't it be 3 earned runs, 1 unearned on the Grand Slam?  Seems totally bizarre that Smyly could be charged an earned run for a guy who reached base on an error (though if all 4 runs are earned, who else could it be given to?); can anyone clarify?

National topics / Pitching Meltdowns
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:12:41 pm »
Last Saturday, NCC (against IWU) entered the bottom of the ninth with a four run lead and got the first two batters out.  Then came the worst collapse I can ever recall: a hit, two hit batters, and four walks (not in that order) tied the score and left the bases full.  Yet another reliever entered the game and without throwing a pitch, balked the winning (losing?) run in!  (Even I, a die-hard Titan fan, could only feel sympathy for the Cardinal players. :o)

Can anyone top that for a pitching meltdown?

General Basketball / Best M/W combined teams
« on: March 22, 2012, 01:09:33 am »
I had a thread along these lines for a few years, but no one posted for some time; it must have disappeared in one of Pat's occasional 'clearing out the cobwebs' moves!

Thread rules:

At least one of the teams must be IN the top 25 (so CNU, despite both teams receiving votes, is out).

MANY schools would outvote some of these teams, but if your 'other' gender received no votes, you don't qualify.

My thread; my rules! :D

But what sort of fan would I be if when IWU FINALLY tops the list, I don't resurrect the thread?! 8-)

1.  IWU (men 551, women 625) 1176
2.  Amherst (men 458, women 550) 1008
3.  UWW (men 625, women 68) 693
4.  St. Thomas (men 59, women 577) 636
5.  Hope (men 469, women 51) 520
6.  UWSP (men 41, women 313) 354
7.  WashU (men 104, women 211) 315
8.  UWRF (men 62, women 52) 114

General football / 'Bounties' for Injuries
« on: March 09, 2012, 05:05:59 pm »
I've finally gotten around to reading up on the Saints (especially Gregg Williams) long-standing paying of bounties for injuring opponents.  This is WAY beyond appalling; it is, literally, criminal.  Surely it is a major felony in every jurisdiction in the country to pay a person to injure a third person.  Williams will (according to SI speculation) probably receive an 8-game suspension.  May I suggest that he (and perhaps others) should be banned for life AND receive prison time.

I'm generally leery of legal authorities getting involved in sports (I make exceptions, of course, if MY guy gets assaulted! ;D), but this is a whole different animal.  For a coach to pay for injuring opponents makes him no better than a mafia don.  Where are the prosecutors?

General football / Title IX: Good, Good, but..., or Bad
« on: December 27, 2011, 12:32:51 am »
In response to a drift from the 'Purple Powers' thread, I'm opening this new one.

I have only sons (and a non-athletic wife, and non-athletic daughter-in-law) so have no personal stake in this argument.  But I DO think Title IX was one of the best things since, well, forever.  From NO women's sports at all when I was in school, we now have national tourneys in many, many sports.

Pretty much my ONLY reservation would be not taking football out of the equation.  Several decades after the rise of women's sports, I still see no real move towards women's football (still mostly derided as 'powderpuff football' and/or turned into a sexist fantasy: 'lingerie football' :P).  Since football has a much larger number of participants than any other sport, the result (to balance number of participants by gender) has been the dropping of many (minor :P) male teams.  (Here I DO have a personal interest: my older son was recruited by EMU as a scholarship soccer player, before they dropped the men's soccer team.)

I'm still very much a supporter of Title IX, but I'd have to go in the 'Good, but...' category.  What say you all?

Region 2 football (New York and Pennsylvania-ish) / Cortaca Jug, 2011
« on: November 07, 2011, 03:27:13 pm »
Anyone can start a new topic - you don't have to beg Pat! ;D

Have at it, guys!

Pro ball / Stephen Strasburg
« on: June 08, 2010, 08:23:06 pm »
He's lookin' like the real deal so far - in five innings, 4 hits and 8 Ks.  Unfortunately, he also trails 2-1.

The OTHER game everyone is watching (Armando Galarraga's first start since his '*perfect game'), is just getting underway.

Historical/statistical archive / Comebacks for the ages
« on: May 17, 2010, 05:18:24 pm »
Today, in Big Ten play, Michigan fell behind Northwestern 14-0, and WON in the 10th, 15-14, on a walk-off homer!

Can anyone recall a bigger comeback at any level of baseball?

Men's soccer / CCIW
« on: September 04, 2009, 08:57:08 pm »
It was drivin' me crazy that the CCIW did not have a page of its own.

Jim, how could you?! :o ;D

Pro ball / MLB Topics
« on: February 08, 2008, 06:32:15 pm »
[Jim, the soccer board has a pretty active thread on the World Cup and European Leagues.  If you'd prefer to keep this purely d3, feel free to delete this thread.]

Assuming they don't get picked up by anyone this season (seemingly increasingly likely), Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens will all first become eligible for Hall of Fame consideration in the December 2112 balloting. 

a) All seem obvious first-ballot winners on the 'merits'; all seem doubtful based on the steroids allegations.  What an election that will be!  Predictions?

b) For other players on the ballot that year, are their chances increased, decreased, or unchanged?

National topics / It's a funny game...
« on: September 13, 2007, 11:43:04 pm »
Thought I'd add a new home for the weirdnesses, bloopers, etc., that are inevitable in this game we love.

SI's "Sign of the Apocalypse" this week had one that probably is not that unusual (in one guise or another), but struck my funnybone:

"A Brewers runner was thrown out at third base after manager Ned Yost's scratch of a mosquito bite was misinterpreted as the steal sign."

I've sometimes wondered how often a 'gotten scratch what itches' got misunderstood as one of the 'real' signs!

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