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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: December 03, 2018, 11:30:31 am »
Been a while since ive posted and for good reason too. My wife and doctor seem to think it could contribute to my health issues. Not easy being a passionate fan when you inevitably get worked up over things all while dealing with typical health issues of an old man :).

Few things i like and dont like so far from the Cent(feel free to engage in healthy debate):

Dislike: Not thrilled with how the cent started against out of conference teams- that being said I think we could agree there has been a slight dip in overall depth  over the past few years

2. Swat starting 1-2 in conference. Could Coach Kowalskiís head gotten too big due to overload of success from day 1? I think the garnet end up coming around but interesting story line nonetheless

3. Mcdaniel. I dislike mcdaniel. Remember a few years ago when they were competing for a final playiff spot? I know itís early but we could see another down year for the terror. Cosching change coming?

1. How the Diplomats have dealt with adversity. Legendary robinson dealing with illness isnít easy when the guy has been their face for decades now.

2. Mules look to be the mules we have grown to love. Mules off and running! 2-1 start in conterence not to mention the youth movement on that roster. Returners gnias and Duke of hazard didnt play early on. Must have been injuries or who knows what

3. I liked Hopkins preseason and Iím standing by that. Hopkins will win conference but donít count out Franklin and Marshall to keep it interesting.

..until next time..

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:56:41 am »
Well well well.... its been too long but Corp. is back.  Been to my first mule game since the hip injury (damn wife didnt put salt down on the driveway i fell and damaged my hip.).  Nothing like getting back to the barn for a game with playoff implications.  What a game for maybe 4/7th of the game.  Williams got a lot of looks early and hit early which gave him confidence for the rest of the game.  Ursinus size overwhelmed the Mules who usually play 4 guards/wings around 1 big got exposed by the 2 big man offense of ursinus.  Overall was happy with the level of play I saw.  Some ridiculous talent on display with Williams, Rindock going back and forth making shots and assisting on plays then Mcleod/Baez vs Quattro/Stark.  Man that was fun to see.  As a Mule fan, Best of luck to Ursinus in the playoffs moving forward talk about a great team win.

Now on another hand..., what are we thinking for the all league teams/awards? I know there is still a game left but I think it is pretty wrapped up.

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:56:09 pm »
     Woah woah woah settle down there Day-trader (@jmcozenlaw)  Futures and commodities aren't rocket science.  Even @monix (Mcdaniel Alum) would most likely be able to figure them out.... ok well maybe not....slow down corporal.....

      Corporal Hicks- School of Hard Knocks Alum

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:45:37 pm »

      Corporal Hick's long awaited return is finally here.  The Cent is finally back in action tonight and lucky for me I'll be in bethlehem visiting my wife's second cousin "nut hog".  Don't know how he got that nickname but he says thats what they called him back in college....yikes.  I think I may just have to stumble into the Mules vs. Moravian game tonight.  Very eager to see how new Coach, Kevin Hopkins looks to bring his Amherst philosophies with him to Allentown/the centennial.  I'm interested to hear what you other fellow message boarders are excited for?

Looks like we no longer have only 1 salty monix, but 2.   Sad!

With the recruiting class that F&M has brought in to back up superstar Fed, they have to be my personal early season favorite to win the league.  No disrespect to Swarthmore and their team, I think they will be right up there challenging F&M for the conference. 

Very excited to see how Pat Doherty(ex lafayette assistant) reshapes the Fords.  He has got to be excited to get his first go as a head coach even though he would rather have the job that Coach Hopkins has in Allentown.  Fords have a little talent bet they could surprise a few people. 

Game lines:
Hopkins -2.5 vs Marymount
mcdaniel +1.5 on road vs PSU brandywine
WAC +10.5 on road vs Salisbury
F&M -2.5 on road at miz
Haverford -4.5 at home vs PSU harrisburg
Mules +4.5 at Moravian
Swat -12.5 at home vs Hood

LOCK OF THE NIGHT: Mules +4.5 on road vs Moravian

Corp. out.

South Region football / Re: FB: Centennial Conference
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:58:24 pm »
Dark horse team of the year: Bryn Mawr

  Just a joke folks.  Looks like the same old centennial as we know it.  Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Susquehanna on top.  Interested to see how the rest of the year plays off.  Excited for the Hopkins Mules game as it never disappoints.

Corp. Out

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:54:45 pm »
Agree with both Dave and Red.  I like the hire for the Mules.  Seems like its been a crazy last 6 months for the Mules good to see that they have 2 new coaches and that they can put their best foot forward moving on into the future of the program.  Very intrigued to see if the following for the mules will be affected by the dismissal of coach Mcclary.  I'm loooking forward to catching a few games in Allentown this year for sure.

Corp out 

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: September 04, 2017, 10:35:54 pm »
Long time no blog for Corp, but I'm back just like the rest of the Cent student athletes. 
    News about Connor Smith is interesting, but you can't blame the guy.  A full time position is something you cannot pass down when you're in the position that connor is in as a young aspiring NBA coach.  Speaking of NBA coaches maybe @hopkinsnest can bring back the ridiculously stupid, but entertaining theory that Jeff Van Gundy will appear in the Cent in hopes of manning one of the sidelines.   

       Hope all of you stayed safe from Harvey if any are from Houston. 

Is it even d3boards if @monix doesnt try and critique every move by the Mules?  We all understand your loyalty to Coach Mclary, but that has nothing to do with Hopkins.

I'm considering going on a Centennial fall tour this year and stopping by all of the campuses in hopes of catching a pick up game or 2.  I can't achieve top message boarder without doing some work for it right? Cent ball is right around the corner and I cannot wait to see how each developing storylines unfold

Corp out 

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: June 12, 2017, 11:29:46 am »
            Interesting that you say that @hopkinsnest.  Though I was a fan of that Dickinson team I didn't get to many games.  I was able to catch some on my desktop for the most part.  The one game I was at was the Dickinson vs Mules showdown in Carlisle(my brother Igor lives not far outside of Carlisle).  I think if Wixted would have been involved with a Kardashian that season an accurate representation of what his year would have looked like would have been the product he put on the floor that night when he was faced against Centennial Super athlete Brandon Larose.  Larose held him to 4 points I believe and completely disrupted his rhythm.  Wixted, a great player of course, still no match for a Kardashian curse.  Nobody is immune to the old Kardashian Curse.  The Red Devils still won the game because of the great supporting cast they threw together along with coach Seretti's 5 out or 4 in 1 out system that they run.  Was way too much for the Mules to handle on that night(Collins,Cox,Angradi,Hinnencamp). Can obviously see why they won when they throw out 2 of @hopkinsnest All Time Centennial team players out there.   Say, anyone know what Gerry is up to now in his postgrad years?  Heard a couple different things.  Not sure if anyone has ties to Gerry or Dickinson but I was just curious.  Heard that he was going to Culinary school, he was playing somewhere, he was a teacher, and even going to grad school to get his bartender license.  Hopefully one of you can clear it up for me considering those are 4 totally different things. 


Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: June 09, 2017, 11:10:45 am »
      @Hank, seems like a direct correlation of what the season will look like to me  ;).   On another note, just curious to see if any of you fellow message boarders are following the NBA finals?  I could not be more disappointed in Tristan Thompson.  Getting out rebounded by a guy who is in the middle of his adolescent years (Curry).  Seems like I found another direct correlation: Anytime a Kardashian starts dating a player, their play starts to tail off.  Thoughts and opinions encouraged.


Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« on: June 02, 2017, 10:53:25 am »
     Rest In Paradise, Cold Case.  Sad to see one of our own go...

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: June 02, 2017, 10:49:41 am »
            @Reserved Seat, very true I almost forgot about that.  Just another reason why I believe he could have made an impact at a higher level. 

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: May 31, 2017, 02:01:07 pm »
       Interesting you say that @GoDiplomats about Moune.  I almost forgot about him when thinking about an all time Cent team.  I think he should definitely be considered and absolutely be regarded ahead of Walsh.  Nothing against Walsh as I enjoy the way he mans the paint, but Moune was another breed.  Cedric could dominate a game on both ends of the court leading his team to some very successful seasons.  Moune to me seemed to fly under the radar with his quiet demeanor, but dont under estimate his legacy.  I think he was also apart of the reason why Federici was able to play so freely and comfortable his freshman year making the acclimating process a lot easier.  That and along with Centennial Popovich's system that he continuously runs and gives opponents fits.  Hey @Red,  I think it was you who mentioned earlier about your relation to Cedric?  If thats the case, and you don't mind me asking, what is the relationship and also what is Cedric doing with himself in his post centennial era?


Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:29:33 pm »
      Tomato/Tomoto, Potato/Pototo lets not nit pick here fellas.  I think you all know what I meant when I said blog.  I however am recently newer to writing on this "messaging board" although I have been a pretty frequent reader and follower of the Cent for years now. 

Bored at the office so what a better way to pass time than to make some predictions
Very early predictions for All Cent teams this year?
Mine would have to be
First team:

4.Scibili (if healthy)
5. Baez

HM in no specific order- Rafferty,Mcleod, Janicot(Mardukas would like this one), Eric Williams, Slyka. 

COY- Robinson in other news the sky is indeed blue
POY-Federici as he eclipses the conferences all time scoring record
DPOY- Walsh
MIPOY- Rafferty
Best hair- With the departure of seniors Pete Christ/John Hunter it looks like its time for Dan Vila of Johhny Hop to take the crown.  Young man has quite an impressive head of hair on him
Best story line- With Wiley really starting to take over the conference the comparisons of Killing and Milligan will become more and more realistic.  Similarly to what we are seeing with Lebron/Jordan debates
Message Boarder of the year-Might have to go with Veteran D-mac on this one.  Just seems like his year.
Rookie of the year-Too early to tell.  Not familiar with enough recruiting classes.  TBD
Best Hospitality for a game- Memorial Hall for its plentiful seating, but Dip Zone for its atmosphere
Underachieving team of the year-Dickinson.  With the loss of Brown I think they could struggle also because the need to fill position.  Not easy getting thrown into the fire in the Cent.  Especially with some hostile message boarders(Hoopdog1414,Monix/HopkinsNest7)
Best student body representation- Johns Hopkins.  Man I've seen a few games in Baltimore and those kids are funny but ruthless.  Look forward to catching a few more. 
Matchup of the year-Whenever Swarthmore matches up with The Dips.  Has the potential to be a slugfest of the 2 top dogs
Best Fan- Reserved Seat.  Goes without having to explain


Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: May 25, 2017, 02:08:29 pm »
              Well well well..... nothing like showing your hand.  Only referencing players from the last 7 years or so for an all Centennial team.  Keep in mind fellow writers, the Cent was established in 1981.  Another form of giving yourself away @HopkinsNest7 or should I say....@Monix.  By the way, Happy belated to you HopkinsNest7/Monix.  This blog was created well before you hit your adolescent years which is why it makes sense as to why you only reference players that have recently played in the Cent.  Guys on your list who should never even be considered for an All Time Cent team: Angradi, Stavetski, Graves, Walsh, and Wiley(not yet at least.  Still has some things to prove as a rising junior).  No disrespect to the student athletes mentioned, but lets be real here.  Angradi a better shooter than future Cent all time leading scorer, Federici?  I think not.  I'll leave it here because I'd rather not bash anyone on this forum but I mean lets think logically before we post.

@SwatFan- Here come all the Swarthmore "Faithful" from out of the depths now that they are finally relevant on the hardwood.  I would have corrected you for your claim that everyone else is playing for second this year but you did that yourself.  Wise move.  Swat will be tough as they continue to build a really nice program under the Centennial Popovich (Kosmalski).  With players like the explosive scorer Wiley, the "do it all yonda", and walsh holding down the paint for them I can see them obviously contending but also making a push to win a game or 2 in the national tournament as its Walsh and Yondas last go at it.  I like what they have going there, but I just wonder how long until Kosmalski follows in the footsteps of Popovich and heads for the pros(or should I say Mula).  That may be a stretch, but realistically its only a matter of time until he has a chance at a D1 head coaching position.  We have all seen his immediate impact on that program and I must say its quite impressive. 

@Red- I too am a big fan of rafferty of ursinus.  Legit 6'4 point who is simply just bigger than his opponent on most nights.  I could see him having a really nice senior year.  I'd like to see him look to score more though as he tends to be a little passive on most nights.  With the lost of North east PA product Knowles I think we may see Raff in a more scoring role than we are used to seeing. 

On a lighter note, who's excited for the NBA finals?  Durant vs Lebron, Kyrie vs Curry.  Kind of reminds me a little bit of those Dickinson vs Muhlenberg Matchups.  Stavetski vs Angradi, and Killing vs Cox.  May be a bit of a stretch, but hey might as well have some fun with it  :)


Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:42:06 pm »
       Was only a matter of time until you all showed your hand.... Back in reference to Killing or as I like to call him "Centennial Iverson" (without the off the court issues of course).  GoDiplomats once again, I totally understand your loyalty to the Dips, but even Stevie Wonder could see that from a pure raw talent perspective that those diplomats don't touch Killing.  Yes, they most likely had more successful careers than Killing and No, that wasn't the argument this entire time.  Obviously a really good player on F&M is going to be more successful than a Mules Great.  No disrespect to the Mules, but no matter how good of a recruiter Mclary was, and he was good (i.e Killing, Stavetsky, Hargrove, Curry, Rindock(All Centennial Player), Mcleod(All Centennial talent who has battled bad knees from what I heard from my buddy Timmy in Allentown), Cohen, Miller(see previous posts), Mcclellan(NJs top rebounder13-14 behind NBA#1 overall pick Karl Anthony towns), Baez(transfer market), Cole(Skilled Post out of North Jersey), Talbert(3 ball assassin who can heat up.  Enjoyed seeing a little bit of his career at Randolph of NJ), German born Werheim(Raw talent with D1 athleticism), and Gnias from Springford PA who those of you who faithfully watch the Cent were able to see Gnias debut his nice floor vision along with up tempo style.  This past season only Rindock, Mcleod, Miller, and Mcclellan were still on the roster from that class(not really sure what the issue was with athletes walking away from the game. Thats beyond my knowledge).  According to what people claimed to be true in earlier posts Miller and Mcclellan will be walking away from the game and hanging their jerseys up. Unfortunate to see, but who knows maybe it had something to do with their loyalty to Mclary? I have no idea just throwing that idea out there.  Anyways despite Mclary being able to recruit ball players, Muhlenberg still stands no chance to out recruit F&M.  They are a perennial powerhouse every year with one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history.  They obviously always have the better TEAMS.  My point was Killing was the better TALENT.  Never did I say that was a recipe for winning culture and success.  There was a cloud above Mules during the Killing reign for a multitude of reasons that aren't fully clear to the public eye, but it seems that most speculate far too much considering we are all looking at it from the outside and weren't a part of the locker room from 2011 through the 2014-2015 season ended.  Killing who had many opportunities to play professional ball overseas decided to decline the opportunities and use his degree rather than rack up 5k at most per year playing in mediocre leagues.  Killing returned to his roots in Philadelphia where he now works in the financial district.  You can thank my buddy Ed from Philly who has ties to Friends Central which those of you who followed Killings controversial career know he attended high school. 

Moral of the story- Centennial Iverson (Killing) was easily one of the top 5 most talented players to come through the centennial.  Like Iverson, he never put it all together for whatever reasons.  No question there were more successful players, but if we're playing 1 on 1 Im taking Killing over the field.  Killing if he wasn't shafted with 5'6 height would have been a high major D1 player no question.


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