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Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« Last post by EB2319 on Today at 06:43:38 pm »
"Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring."

"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is."

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by repete on Today at 06:42:26 pm »
I remember three things about the 2003 Stagg Bowl.

One of which might be a false memory, which would be:  1)  A Mount Union receiver dropped a touchdown pass early in the game.

2)  Mount was definitely subpar (by Mount standards) at QB and RB.  Huge drop-off from Adamson and Pugh the previous

3)  It seemed that  every player on every play on defense and special teams was in position for St. John's.  I kept waiting for a mistake.  I'm still waiting for it.

That the 2003 MUC team was sub-par might be true with 15-year hindsight.

 That was not the talk before the game. Heard plenty of about this potentially be one of the best teams, better it was said than the one that needed a last-minute FG to beat SJU in 2000.  Heard all this stuff about Dillard, Kinnard, Knapp ... and they looked pretty darn good in running that win streak to 55. You folks here know better, but it might be a good team having a bad game . . . . against another good team that had its game plan, especially on defense, dialed in ... and made fewer mistakes.
Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« Last post by Saint of Old on Today at 06:19:53 pm »
Yes...I find the preoccupation with "beautiful futbol" in D3 soccer to be somewhat amusing.  This is not La Liga, nor is it year around club soccer.  This is D3 soccer...featuring good, hard working athletes who play a very short regular season leading in to a high pressure "one and done" NCAA tournament.  The object is to win.  If I were a coach, I'd be encouraging athleticism, fearlessness, winning the 50/50s and strong, high pressure defense from front to back.  If you have the time to knock it around and effectively build up an attack...great...but you gotta do what you gotta do when faced with various circumstances in the moment.  And you'd better be adaptable.  It's about effectiveness and not aesthetics...
I think there is a reason they call ours the beautiful game.
I was the first or second poster to congratulate the Amherst boys for reaching the promiseland a few seasons ago.
They deserved their crown and no one can take it away from them. Ever.

I think it is an all-time debate that is maybe as old as football itself.
I prefer (as a fan) to watch a passing team with individuals who are skillful on the ball and have really quick brain speed.
I love to see a #10 make a pass that I did not see before he made it and his teammate (9/7) being the only other human that knew the play in advance and made the right run.
Total football when played by good footballers cannot be beat in my opinion.
I still think there is a place for winning, after all at the end of the day that is what survives the test of time, championships, but soccer should be played on the ground in my opinion, and is more pleasing (to watch atleast) that way.
I think SJU is more of sure thing but I do think Whitworth will be better than GAG and will hang around for at least a half. I can't believe you can win the Northwest Conference undefeated and only be comparable to the 4th team in the MIAC.

After the s*** that got slung on the NWC board the last two days I'm hoping for a triple monkey stomp.  I would love the triple stompout for maximum humiliations.  I know the players don't deserve the beatdown for poster behaviour (thank God for our sakes, eh, as the players would hate us all) but I want the Pirates to suffer.

Sure, it may be small of me.  But TFB.

They were right, y’all are a sensitive bunch
Getting this in real quick since he plays tonight and I'm heading out right now.

Joe Neal - Concordia (TX) vs Southwestern 11/20
Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« Last post by Saint of Old on Today at 06:07:20 pm »
Note=1st day in Massachusetts and the first 2 stores East of the Mississippi to open legal weed stores. As you can imagine lines are going around blocks to get in. 219 Million in revenue for the state but a real slow and methodical rollout is unfortunate. Anyway, maybe there is a strand that could help Van Brewer and give him confidence to stick guys.

This made me laugh so hard, although I wish I hadn't been eating lunch while reading it. When I started reading the paragraph I wondered how the heck it was relevant at all, but I got my answer by the end.

This Tufts team is impressive - the fact that the Bos have become a top program only 8 years after being in shambles with Ferrigno is something else.

Have to give Ferrigno credit for having a LFC training shirt in his first Google Images result, but with that mustache my goodness does he look familiar...
Post of the Season shortly before the Final 4 Mr. Right!!!
From my experience the best players are normally those that are always calm in possession.

There is a Strain for everything my friend :)
South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« Last post by Pat Coleman on Today at 05:54:06 pm »
I know I'm not Wally, but the SCIAC has eight football-playing members and can sustain the loss of one before it would be in danger of losing its automatic bid.

If it slipped below seven football-playing members, it would have a two-year grace period before losing its AQ, like the ASC did in 2014 and 2015 before moving to Pool B in 2016.
South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« Last post by DFWCrufan on Today at 05:51:21 pm »
You can't just have St. John's in the "west" and Centre in the "south" and call it good.  Centre can't drive to anybody else in your "South" region, except Berry and they're not going to pair those two together if they don't have to (they don't). 

Go ahead and bracket the 32 for me in a way that:
- creates your perfect balance
- is informed by the NCAA's regional rankings
- maintains 1 first round flight
- doesn't guarantee more than 5 flights before the semifinals

I'll hang up and listen.

Hey Wally I have a question, I've heard rumblings that a certain SCIAC program might hang up their program, and if (theoretically) two were to do that would that possibly remove a AQ from SCIAC? Would that throw a wrench into things? Since everyone is still dragging the dead horse pinata out I thought I'd switch it up.
North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by JCUStreaks70 on Today at 05:48:36 pm »

To all my friends from John Carroll - JCUStreaks70, Bluestreaks66, Onward On, John Carroll and whoever else.

First, congrats on a great season. I know it fell short of your expectations. But, a whole bunch of teams would love to have a 9-2 record. It shows that the Blue Streaks have a solid program and will be heard from in the future. I think every team has it's bad day. Mount certainly has had a few. Unfortunately, yours was in the playoffs.
Second, no one around here (here being in Alliance and the Mount Union community) wanted to play JCU again. No matter what the records may be, UMU vs JCU is always a dog fight. That happened once this year. And once is enough!
Knowing the type of guys you all are, you'll be rooting for the Raiders. Might not be easy, but it is the OAC.
Best to all of you in the off-season. I know you'll be back next year. Have a super and safe holiday.

Thanks MUC.. For anyone worried about me and thinking I'd be on Suicide watch, I am fine.... I think..

It was a tough loss on Saturday, and I wish it had gone differently; but Randolph Macon wanted the win and played a better game. It sucks going home early, but I can't help but think of the positive in this situation (yes, I found one)..

I have expectations now, and we have now made the playoffs without Arth (so the program did not die when he left) .. When BlueStreak66 and I were playing we were 5-5/6-4.. We didn't even get close to smelling the playoffs. And here we are 6 years later and 4 playoff appearances in that time. 2013's disappointing finish to SJF was easy because A.) it was our first appearance in 10 years and B.) it was another at large bid. In 2014 and 16 then, we finished in the Top 5 even after losing to UMU in the Quarter's and then Oshkosh in the magical 2016 run... But this one, did not have any "at least" finish..

So while this loss sucks, I can at least be excited for where we can go from here.
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