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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« Last post by jknezek on Today at 04:39:59 pm »
Offweek =  :(

Just wanted to bring us back up top.  :D
Thanks, Birddawg79.  I've been thinking about the St John's/St Thomas rivalry in the MIAC and, for that matter, our own HSC/RMC tradition which has produced many of the top attendance figures in DIII.  What does the ODAC need to do to create some other key rivalries?  For example, who should play the last game of the season in 2018?  Here are some suggestions based partly on tradition and partly on geography:

HSC and RMC   Duh, leave this one alone!
BC and SU   Sort of a NoVA/I-81 thing.
E&H and FC  Already some bad blood here in the hills of SW VA ... Hwy 58.
GC and W&L  Three hours and a billion dollars apart ... Lee vs the Underground Railroad.

Might change this around some.

HSC and RMC -- yeah, no one messes with this one.
SU and FC -- Escape from the USASAC Bowl
E&H and BC -- the Millenium bowl or the Faded Glory Bowl? (E&H ruled the 90s, Bwater the early 00s)
GC and W&L -- the Conference Misfit Bowl (one is in the wrong state, the other answers the question which of these schools is least like the other)

Frankly the ODAC just never really built rivalries outside The Game. Bwater HSC is pretty hotly contested, and W&L/HSC is pretty nasty lately, but that's all just a function of HSC being good for basically 15 years. It's kind of an odd conference that way. I definitely say Sewanee is W&L's rivalry game these days, now that Centre is more or less off the schedule.
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Romans 1:29
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are GOSSIPS,

1 Timothy 5:13
Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also GOSSIPS and busybodies, saying what they should not.

 2 Corinthians 12:20
20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, GOSSIP, conceit, and disorder.



Proverbs 26:17
17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
    is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

Proverbs 11:9
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« Last post by jknezek on Today at 04:36:11 pm »
Offweek =  :(

Just wanted to bring us back up top.  :D
Thanks, Birddawg79.  I've been thinking about the St John's/St Thomas rivalry in the MIAC and, for that matter, our own HSC/RMC tradition which has produced many of the top attendance figures in DIII.  What does the ODAC need to do to create some other key rivalries?  For example, who should play the last game of the season in 2018?  Here are some suggestions based partly on tradition and partly on geography:

HSC and RMC   Duh, leave this one alone!
BC and SU   Sort of a NoVA/I-81 thing.
E&H and FC  Already some bad blood here in the hills of SW VA ... Hwy 58.
GC and W&L  Three hours and a billion dollars apart ... Lee vs the Underground Railroad.

You underestimated according to Google... I'm still not sure what the heck my alma mater does with the interest on 1.472 billion? Frankly I find it mildly embarrassing they are still charging tuition.
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Men's soccer / Re: 2017 Great Lakes Region
« Last post by Domino1195 on Today at 04:34:30 pm »
(Snip)
But searching for the magic dust to explain what ails them is silly. The magic dust is better players.  All of the intangibles being referenced... culture, branding, chemistry, ownership and buy-in.... hell in this case even tactics - are they the difference maker in a contest between 2 elite teams? Yes. But Kenyon isn't elite this year.  The good news is they still are very good - and I think there is enough in Gambier to say they will be elite again in the future. 

I don't like the word Elite - Elite is defined by time, and time eventually provides an end to this status. This year I've seen more top GL teams beat themselves.

I've seen dozens of GL games this year and I can provide a scouting report on most of the top teams: I know what they do well, I know where they can be weak. I know how teams can win and lose every game.  It's not parity this year - although I think there are a lot of teams that are very equal and capable - it's inconsistency.  Of the inconsistent play I've seen, the most significant factor is poor decision-making.  It is speed of play, it is three-touch, holding the ball too long.  It is the back line getting caught out of position, not communicating. It is a non-assertive DM and midfield.  It's defenders playing "Honduran" defense: doing dumb crap like trying to dribble out of their defensive third.  It's overly aggressive GK's who should be shot every time they come racing out of the 6 for NO REASON other than they're bored.

After that - inability to finish is the second cause for losses. Skill lets every player down, but some of the open looks kids are missing are mind-numbing.

It's all about tactics and attitude.  Every top team has good players.  Winning is a matter of executing the game plan - tactics and adjustments; it's about attitude - the will to win. The coach, the seniors, the captains - they have to get a team ready to play.
 


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If we're talking about coaches and teams whose goal is to win games then nothing should get handed to any player on any team in any sport.  You earn a spot because you put in the work and are better than the other options.  Doesn't matter if your a senior or a 1st year.  Now, if you're running your team like a 1st grade gym class, then by all means load up on players that just want to participate.
You create a false choice. The middle ground for. Coach is to respect seniority. But seniority is not the absolute determining factor. But if you do not reward seniority you will never have a "team".
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East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« Last post by HSCTiger74 on Today at 04:25:43 pm »
Last week Union got out to a easy, quick start leading Gallaudet 17-0 at the end of the 1st quarter Then over the next 20 minutes they played their worst stretch of the season giving up 3 TDs and falling behind 21-17. Their best offensive weapon RB Connor Kinzelmann left with an apparent injury and didn't return... BUT then something happened. The O-Line took charge, backup RBs Derek Khnaizer and Travis Demby found some space, QB Nick Cascione made the throws and the defense made the stops. Union for the first time in what, 5 years, came from behind in the second half to win 31-21 (my prediction was 34-12,not bad)...NICE !!! ...This week the Dutchmen continue their odyssey with a game at Curry. I don't know much about the Colonels other than they went 3-6 last year but are off to a 3-0 start this year. I'll predict a close game, maybe OT, and I don't know if Kinzelmann will play, so since I AM a Union fan...Union 23-20.

Union is playing Purple Drank?

'gro, are you aware of this?

Yeah, I know, he is long gone....

   I'm still hoping someone comes in with a comment about "dem spicy boys", but I guess that's long gone too.
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I wouldn't ask whether they DESERVE their Senior Day, but rather whether they EARNED their Senior Day.  If a kid worked hard for 3  years and came to their final pre-season ready to compete for a starting spot, I'd say he earned it, and I'd hate to see him cut.  But if a different kid mailed it in, was a cancer in the locker room, and was more focused on job interviews and post-graduate life than competing, I have no problem seeing him gone.  Good life lesson: you gotta wake up and work hard every day; mail it in at your peril.

I have zero insight into what happened at Amherst.  The kids cut could all have earned their Senior Day and been cut unfairly, or they could all have been slackers.  But I have seen girls on PolarKitten's WLAX team mail it in their senior year (one is doing it right now), and it sucks.  You do a disservice to the other kids on the roster keeping the slackers around.
A kid shouldn't be a slacker, and never ever a cancer on the team. But if he doesn't come to compete to start you can't cut a senior. Some kids will never be starters. A coach can never sell players on being "all in" for the team when they see dedicated guys who may be marginal players cut as seniors. A coach who does that is the cancer of the team.
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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« Last post by Kelly Boggs on Today at 04:16:41 pm »
Ralph!

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Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Colonial States Athletic Conference
« Last post by jmcozenlaw on Today at 04:15:31 pm »
Bryn Athyn and Wilson join the CSAC for 2018.

http://csacsports.com/news/2017/8/30/baseball-csac-adds-two-new-members-for-2018-19.aspx?path=

Mailsy - You have to see the "gymnasiums" at Bryn Athyn and Wilson. They make Eastern, DeSales and even Rosemont look like the Palestra. OK, maybe not Rosemont!! ;)
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So are the Bennies okay with their Johnnies heading to the big city en masse? There are so many temptations. In addition to Tommie coeds, it must be fun to talk with people who aren't a direct relation.
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