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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 13, 2016, 12:47:22 pm »
All you rushing to write off UST (glaring at Palmer)--- the road to the MIAC crown still runs through Schoenecker. Yes, the Toms are (by the lofty standards they have set the past decade) struggling a bit, but that was to be expected, given the losses from last season and the drop in experience level. Entering the season, I bet Boll and Shaeffer each played more minutes last season  than the rest of this year's roster combined. I figured 2-3 in non-conference, 7-3 first pass through the league and 9-1 second swing through (18-7), good for at least 2nd if not a tie with Bethel for the championship. As Tauer tries various cmobinations together, there might be some rough patches, but over time the SS Tommie will sail smoothly and UST will be the one team no one wants to play in the MIAC Playoffs.

I heard someone (glaring at Palmer again, but maybe it was Papa Hoops) repeatedly saying "UST's front line is weak, both defensively and offensively"--- yeah, maybe, but they still shut down SJU's bigs in the paint, esp Mr Wiess whom I recall Palmer touting as a MVP contender.:)   The Hamline loss baffles me, but after 36 years (and 38 games to UST + 1 to MAC)...Hamline was bound to win on the Tommie campus....even the blind squirrel finds a nut or two. And Hamline is not half as bad as some of you guys seem to consider them. Instead of touting Mac as a dark horse, I' look to the other end of Snelling or south to WInona for a sleeper.

Final standings will be
UST (possibly a tie at the top)

playoff champ-- UST

NCAA tourney-- UST & BU

West Region football / Re: MIAC in-game updates board
« on: November 26, 2016, 02:13:35 pm »
it was #81, Slavik. He hugged tight to that ball.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: March 23, 2016, 11:37:41 pm »
He and another Tommie torment a Macalester Scot by playing keepaway with ItTM.
why would we waste energy on Mac?  :)  Bethel GAC or SJU would make sense

West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 19, 2016, 08:06:03 pm »
Dont the Benedictines run a MIAC school too?


West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 19, 2016, 08:01:15 pm »

West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 19, 2016, 12:52:37 am »
Excellent post Smitty.....but I'm not going to look forward to next year ...not just yet.....not with the TOMMIES in tomorrow's national title game. Absolutely amazing game tonight....I was on the edge of my seat from tip off to final buzzer. Incredible defense shut down CNU's big gun (hmmm...didn't DP claim UST had no defensive stopper and thus was doomed to lose early rounds at best....but I'm sure his recollection is now that he predicted a UST national title). Cullen Ogren turned into a beast tonight, coming off the bench to more than adequately replace Saarela who was hampered with foul trouble all night.  Schaeffer and Montero continued to show why they deserve consideration for All American honors. Great job by the coaching staff (all of them  PapaHoops, each & every one). Now to flatten another bunch of Benedictines tomorrow and bring hoe the walnut and bronze!

West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 12, 2016, 11:50:02 pm »
Congrats UST on making the Final 4. Watching the game, UST reminds me of the UW-Stevens Point championship teams. Good luck and bring it home.
3rd Final 4 in 6, what a game! a pair of titans battling it out....gritty, physical play...athletic players well coached...its going to be hard for the semis or title game to top this one....shades of 2011!!

West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 15, 2015, 09:47:42 pm »
AWESOME job tonight Tommies!! Watching the webcast wasn't as good as being there, but a couple of rum & diet cokes made up for it. Truly an impressive TEAM effort, especially  in the 2nd half,\. Defense wins championships and UST's D shined, limiting the Pointers to just 16 points in the half and 28% for the night. For the first time in this rivalry, the road team wins, and UST now has a 2-game streak vs the defending national champs and is 5-3 vs UWSP all-time. UST owned the boards, too, 36-29, highlighted by 14 rebbies for Ryan Saarela. Balanced scoring was a key, led by Grant Shaeffer's 15, Taylor Montero's 13 and Cortez Tillman's 12. All in all, an excellent win

West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 02, 2015, 11:09:38 pm »
It was a fun one to watch last night at BU...could have gone either way.  I thought BU was going to put them away when they were up 10 with 5 minutes left, but UNW clawed their way back.  Magnuson had a great night, assuming that he is still early in the learning curve, he should be a very good player for 4 years for BU.

I'm pleasantly surprised that they've gone 5-0 (only 1 of those being a cupcake) without Wojta, and I think it will be good for them that they've learned to function on offense without him, as he's made a lot happen on that end of the court historically.  I still have no details on his injury, but noticed that at the Buena Vista game, he was on crutches, and he is not using them anymore.  Certainly hope he's back soon...maybe they were targeting Saturday's conference opener?  (doubt it, but that'd be nice).

Agree with your standings at 1 & 2, but do you really think Olaf will finish 5th?  Maybe you're like me in thinking that BU - CORD - OLAF are all really quite close and could end up anywhere in the 3-5 slots?

Feels good to have hoops rolling again!
Pretty much correct....but I'd say BU could challenge SJU for 2nd, while OLAF & CORD battle for 4/5th.

Also, I think 3 MIAC teams will make the NCAA field  :)

UST flexed its muscle tonight vs CORD tonight....hitting 60% from the field and behind the arc and going 17 of 19 form the line. Saarela stated his =case for MIAC POY with a 20 & 9 night and a hot hand shooting. Some solid play in the paint that had Poppa Hoops reliving his HS days (he is now in his alma mater's HALL OF FAME for his outstanding play on the court). Could be a big battle with Carleton Sat, especially after the Knights knocked off the Johnnies... Chen and FTs look to be the difference there.

West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 02, 2015, 12:49:15 am »
great game tonight in Arden hills between 2 teams that should both be ranked in the top 30 at worst. I was extremely impressed with BU, who looked solid despite the absence of Wojta. the big FY Magnuson is gonna be a DOMINANT force in the paint...I look forward to him and young Weiss of SJU knocking each other around over the next couple of seasons.  And (this may give AO a coronary) I really liked watching UNW (NWU?) play....they are gonna be tough as heck for the next few years or more. A pair of excellent coaches, nearly full house and a great atmosphere.

When NWern's Sprenger hefted up a potential buzzer-beating 3 in the dying seconds, my inner Tommie was getting violently ill  :)   luckily it fell off and BU escaped with the W.

Maniac's preseason projection of final standings:
1. UST
2. SJU
3. BU
6. GAC & CAR
9. HAM
10. SMU & MAC (tie)

With Thanksgiving behind us, it is time to focus on the next task: beating the Johnnie-bread stuffing out of those garish red turkeys.  May the Johnnies play be reminiscent of the flight of the turkeys in WKRP In Cincinnati

Using a time-honored Collegeville method, here are a few ridiculously lame , old jokes, rehashed to make them “situational appropriate”:

A Johnnie’s wife only has sex with him for a purpose. Last night she used me to time an egg.     

It's tough for a Johnnie to stay married. His wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from his glass! 
 Last night my Johnnie neighbor’s wife met him at the front door. She was wearing a sexy negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming home.

The other day the Johnnie neighbor came home and ran into a guy was jogging, naked. He asked the jogger 'Why?'and was told 'Because you came home early.'
Roll Toms, 36-14. Safe journeys to all!

West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 27, 2015, 04:51:37 pm »
Reusse weighs in (no pun intended) ...

Of the three of us -- you, me, Reusse -- I'd say Reusse is in the best shape. He looks good, especially for a guy about to turn 70.

he has come a long way, that's for sure

West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 27, 2015, 01:22:39 am »
Reusse weighs in (no pun intended):

alternate headline might be "Our seminary is better than yours"

A provocative and articulate read, written by St. John's University President Michael Hemesath, fund its way into my IN box (thank you S Lois):

This past March, I, like millions of other sports fans around the United States, followed the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, also known as March Madness. The tournament had a special draw this year as the University of Kentucky entered the competition undefeated and it was the favorite to have the first undefeated season in nearly 40 years.
Interestingly, early in the tournament, a friend said to me, "I'm just not that into the tournament in the way I was when I was younger — mostly because of schools like Kentucky."
What he was referring to was the Kentucky model of success, which has been built in recent years on a "one and done" philosophy. "One and done" used to refer to a team that entered the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round, thus playing only one game and then being done in the tournament. Now that phrase has come to refer to exceptional freshmen basketball players who play in college for a single year before jumping to professional teams in the NBA.
Some teams like Kentucky, and even academic power Duke, have had incredible success with this model, but it does not generate much loyalty for individual teams as fans barely get to know their favorite players who are gone after a single season.
As a college president, what I find even more problematic and ultimately damning of the "one and done" model, is the complete decoupling of academics and athletics, making the term student-athlete an oxymoron. While I can hardly blame the incredible athletes who understandably choose to make millions of dollars in the NBA, the system also treats the players who are not quite of professional caliber (the vast majority) quite unfairly. Furthermore, the Division I big-money sports system generates cynicism about student-athletes and makes the notion that athletics and academics are compatible a joke.
Yet there are institutions where these two things are not incompatible. At St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, we firmly believe that athletics and academics can go together and even be mutually reinforcing. As part of the NCAA's Division III, St. John's and St. Ben's and our peers in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference are filled with passionate student-athletes who truly compete for love of the game as there are no scholarships or other inducements to play. Our coaches might best be characterized as educators who care about the holistic development of their student-athletes, including their success off the court or field and ultimately in life.
St. John's legendary basketball coach, Jim Smith, recently retired after 50 years of educating young men on the basketball court to be successful — personally and professionally — long after they had left Collegeville. At St. John's last home game this year, dozens of players from Jim's first year all the way through his last class were there to honor Jim for all he had done for them. The loyalty of the doctors and lawyers and CEOs in the group was built on what Jim had taught them on and off the court that had played an important role in their personal and professional successes.
Jim Smith is the winningest collegiate basketball coach in Minnesota at any level, yet he never sought to move on in the basketball world for more money or prestige, preferring to stay and teach basketball and character at St. John's. Of his many successes and awards, one of the things that Jim is proudest of is the fact that only one of his basketball players in the past 50 years has failed to graduate with a degree from St. John's. Only one not done.
So if you don't find yourself quite as drawn to Division I athletics as you once were, consider coming out to Collegeville or St. Joseph and watch some MIAC student-athletes who will be going "pro" in cities throughout Minnesota and beyond as they use what their professors teach in the classroom and the lessons their coaches offer outside of it to make their communities and the world a better place.

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