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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35010 on: October 10, 2017, 10:02:05 pm »
That banter would've had to have been sent by telegraph or Pony Express.

Telegraph and Pony Express were still WAY in the future.  ISU and IWU are only about a mile apart, so we just yelled really loudly.  For Millikin, we used smoke signals (usually burnt corn from Manito).

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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35011 on: October 10, 2017, 10:19:56 pm »
I can state thoroughly, definitively, and with complete and utter finality that the rest of the league doesn't give a deuce about your trophy, Kovo. Do you see any other CCIW schools that play trophy games? No. Given that trophy games in general are good publicity and a good rallying point for football programs in terms of the larger campus community, you'd think that the other seven CCIW schools would try to start their own trophy games if the Little Brass Bell game was such a coveted event. But they haven't, and it isn't.

Frankly, I wonder how many people from the other seven schools (six, back then) were even aware of the existence of the Little Brass Bell prior to North Central hiring John Thorne prior to the 2002 season, given that NCC was a perennial also-ran prior to his arrival. Wheaton had won 38 of the 52 Little Brass Bell games (there was one tie) before NCC hired Thorne, and those Wheaton wins were typically by a lopsided margin in the late '80s and the '90s and into the Oughts. Heck, I wonder how many Wheaton people aren't even aware of the Little Brass Bell now, given that a large bloc of the Wheaton campus community has little or no interest in Wheaton athletics whatsoever.

It wouldn't be anything more than a footnote were it not for the fact that the ascendance of North Central under John Thorne has made Wheaton vs. North Central the pivotal game of the season in this league, since those two schools have won outright or shared the last eleven CCIW titles.

I'd probably watch it on Saturday, since NPU has a bye, if I wasn't calling an NPU volleyball match that afternoon instead. But my interest in watching NCC @ WC is only because it promises to be an interesting, well-played game.

Thank you for recognizing that it is MY trophy....but I beg to differ, it belongs to NCC.  And, you had to bring up my playing days as an also ran.  Heck we lost to NPU my sophomore year ---at home! :-\

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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35012 on: October 10, 2017, 11:03:47 pm »
Hey, it could be worse.  The Wabash guys think their bell game is so important that they create a separate d3boards.com forum in which to discuss it, and they have the chutzpah to place that forum on the General Football page rather than the more provincial North Region page.

Actually, that thread (and a new one each year) is put up by a DePauw fanatic, Breckenridgebear.

Ah, I see that now.  I was deceived by Breckenridgebear's Wally Wabash avatar...  until I zoomed in on it.

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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35013 on: October 10, 2017, 11:07:21 pm »
I can state thoroughly, definitively, and with complete and utter finality that the rest of the league doesn't give a deuce about your trophy, Kovo. Do you see any other CCIW schools that play trophy games? No. Given that trophy games in general are good publicity and a good rallying point for football programs in terms of the larger campus community, you'd think that the other seven CCIW schools would try to start their own trophy games if the Little Brass Bell game was such a coveted event. But they haven't, and it isn't.

Frankly, I wonder how many people from the other seven schools (six, back then) were even aware of the existence of the Little Brass Bell prior to North Central hiring John Thorne prior to the 2002 season, given that NCC was a perennial also-ran prior to his arrival. Wheaton had won 38 of the 52 Little Brass Bell games (there was one tie) before NCC hired Thorne, and those Wheaton wins were typically by a lopsided margin in the late '80s and the '90s and into the Oughts. Heck, I wonder how many Wheaton people aren't even aware of the Little Brass Bell now, given that a large bloc of the Wheaton campus community has little or no interest in Wheaton athletics whatsoever.

It wouldn't be anything more than a footnote were it not for the fact that the ascendance of North Central under John Thorne has made Wheaton vs. North Central the pivotal game of the season in this league, since those two schools have won outright or shared the last eleven CCIW titles.

I'd probably watch it on Saturday, since NPU has a bye, if I wasn't calling an NPU volleyball match that afternoon instead. But my interest in watching NCC @ WC is only because it promises to be an interesting, well-played game.

Thank you for recognizing that it is MY trophy....but I beg to differ, it belongs to NCC.  And, you had to bring up my playing days as an also ran.  Heck we lost to NPU my sophomore year ---at home! :-\

The Naperville Police must've had you guys on suicide watch after the game.
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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35014 on: October 11, 2017, 12:22:36 am »
That banter would've had to have been sent by telegraph or Pony Express.

Telegraph and Pony Express were still WAY in the future.  ISU and IWU are only about a mile apart, so we just yelled really loudly.  For Millikin, we used smoke signals (usually burnt corn from Manito).

Some corrections to this post.  Telegraph and Pony Express DID exist in our day (my memory is fading with age), though a gentleman of your erudition must know the Pony Express never came within hundreds of miles of B'town.  We had telegraph, but the Sheldonites of Magill Hall kept cutting the wires to try to prevent their depredations (including, but not limited to, stealing ISU's bell) from getting out.  Since ISU was exactly one mile from Franklin Hall (I know, having run it enough times in a futile attempt to make the Titan track team), really loud shouting sufficed for taunting ISU.  For Millikin, we relied on the smoldering remains of "all the corn in Manito".

And that's the truth, though I've left out the rampaging Mastodons.

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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35015 on: October 11, 2017, 06:40:10 am »
I can state thoroughly, definitively, and with complete and utter finality that the rest of the league doesn't give a deuce about your trophy, Kovo. Do you see any other CCIW schools that play trophy games? No. Given that trophy games in general are good publicity and a good rallying point for football programs in terms of the larger campus community, you'd think that the other seven CCIW schools would try to start their own trophy games if the Little Brass Bell game was such a coveted event. But they haven't, and it isn't.

Frankly, I wonder how many people from the other seven schools (six, back then) were even aware of the existence of the Little Brass Bell prior to North Central hiring John Thorne prior to the 2002 season, given that NCC was a perennial also-ran prior to his arrival. Wheaton had won 38 of the 52 Little Brass Bell games (there was one tie) before NCC hired Thorne, and those Wheaton wins were typically by a lopsided margin in the late '80s and the '90s and into the Oughts. Heck, I wonder how many Wheaton people aren't even aware of the Little Brass Bell now, given that a large bloc of the Wheaton campus community has little or no interest in Wheaton athletics whatsoever.

It wouldn't be anything more than a footnote were it not for the fact that the ascendance of North Central under John Thorne has made Wheaton vs. North Central the pivotal game of the season in this league, since those two schools have won outright or shared the last eleven CCIW titles.

I'd probably watch it on Saturday, since NPU has a bye, if I wasn't calling an NPU volleyball match that afternoon instead. But my interest in watching NCC @ WC is only because it promises to be an interesting, well-played game.

Thank you for recognizing that it is MY trophy....but I beg to differ, it belongs to NCC.  And, you had to bring up my playing days as an also ran.  Heck we lost to NPU my sophomore year ---at home! :-\

The Naperville Police must've had you guys on suicide watch after the game.

Not really.  We were pretty accustomed to losing.  As you accurately pointed out, until Coach Thorne arrived NCC wasn't very good---except for the 7-1-1 in 1982.

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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35016 on: October 11, 2017, 10:46:51 am »
Sked:
Millikin @ Augustana, 1 pm
Carroll @ Illinois Wesleyan, 1 pm
Elmhurst @ Carthage, 1 pm
North Central @ Wheaton, 7 pm

North Park has the bye.

Massey:
Millikin 34, Augustana 28 (MU 67%, AC 33%)
Illinois Wesleyan 33, Carroll 3 (IWU 99%, CU 1%)
Carthage 35, Elmhurst 13 (CC 94%, EC 6%)
North Central 31, Wheaton 28 (NCC 59%, WC 41%)
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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35017 on: October 11, 2017, 12:43:38 pm »
Ypsi, perhaps we can get ISU to again "lend" us their bell for our 50th class reunion in 2020. 

Looking forward to a glorious Homecoming weekend -- IWU vs. Carroll -- for a good HC game.  Theme is "TITANS Around the World," so I'm sure I'll see lots of old friends, returned study abroad and international students alums returning to campus from far flung places.

Come on Wheaton . . . have your best game of the year and take down NCC! Bell or no bell!

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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35018 on: October 12, 2017, 12:49:30 am »
Not quite sure which is more improbable:  #4 NCC losing at unranked Wheaton, or formerly #4 Wheaton losing their third straight game.

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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35019 on: October 12, 2017, 01:03:34 am »
Not quite sure which is more improbable:  #4 NCC losing at unranked Wheaton, or formerly #4 Wheaton losing their third straight game.

Wheaton hasn't lost 3 straight since '97, Swider's 2nd year.  However they also hadn't lost to IWU at home since '96 and hadn't lost to Millikin anywhere since '01.    This is looking to be a year not to remember for obvious reasons, however the bell is still very special and I am sure Wheaton will be playing hard to get it back.
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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35020 on: October 12, 2017, 08:41:33 am »
Not quite sure which is more improbable:  #4 NCC losing at unranked Wheaton, or formerly #4 Wheaton losing their third straight game.

The improbable part is already done isn't it?   
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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35021 on: October 12, 2017, 09:07:47 am »
Not sure I’ve ever seen less chatter before an NCC/Wheatie game.   This game should’ve been a game between two top 5 nationally ranked teams.   I have no doubt the turmoil the hazing scandal had a part but injuries have hit Wheaton hard.   Sounds like they may get some of those back this week so that’s something to keep an eye on.   Wheaton will be ready to go and this will still be a great game and the Cards will have to be on their game to survive an always difficult place to play.  Cards have had their own injuries and the loss of WR Ryan Kuhl has been as big as any of them.   I’ve counted as many as 4 freshmen WR’s in the game at a time.   They’ve stepped up and played well but they need to take another big step on Saturday against a very good defense.   I believe the Offensive Line for the Cards is the key to this game.  They struggled against the Wheaton front in the playoff loss last year.  They have hopefully learned from that and will be ready.   I’m expecting a hard hitting and close game.   Cards by 3
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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35022 on: October 12, 2017, 11:55:10 am »
Not sure I’ve ever seen less chatter before an NCC/Wheatie game.   This game should’ve been a game between two top 5 nationally ranked teams.   I have no doubt the turmoil the hazing scandal had a part but injuries have hit Wheaton hard.

If injuries are what cost Wheaton the games against Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin, given the sizeable gap that was supposed to have existed between Wheaton and the two downstate teams when the season started, then I would venture to say that Wheaton was not a true top-five team to begin with. I'm well aware that Wheaton's starting lineup was absolutely loaded, and that there were some really outstanding players coming off the bench for the Sonic Atmospheric Disturbance as well. But we sometimes lose sight of the fact that depth is an absolutely vital ingredient to being a successful team, in this sport more than any other because of the high attrition rate caused by injuries. If your two-deep has any holes in it, or if you don't have third-teamers who can step up and see at least intermittent game action without being repeatedly exposed by the opposition, then you most likely don't have the depth necessary to be successful deep into November, which is what being a top-five team is all about.
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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35023 on: October 12, 2017, 12:30:01 pm »
Don't know if it will adversely effect Wheaton or NCC more, but Saturday night's Bell Game seems almost certain to be played in a downpour. 90% chance of rain in the afternoon, and 100% in the evening, and this forecast has remained a constant over the last several days so it seems like a pretty good bet.
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Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #35024 on: October 12, 2017, 05:07:14 pm »
There have some interesting discussions on Elmhurst campus about putting a dome on Langhorst Field.   The Leader, the college's student newspaper had an article on it,  but discussions about this have been ongoing.    Two major factors feeding into this are A)  Other sports can use Langhorst Field (i.e. Baseball) can use the dome all year long, despite the weather conditions.  B)  Doming Langhorst would allow NCAA sports to use the field, while simultaneously allowing intramurals and other activities to proceed on the current gym.    I'm curious to see where future discussions on this wind up heading.  One disadvantage Elmhurst has is being landlocked greatly.
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