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West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 10, 2020, 10:08:53 pm »
I'm gonna check out for a bit.  Catch you on the flip side, fellas.

West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 06, 2020, 09:35:12 pm »
Bartch makes the roster.  One of eight lineman named to the squad.  Great work, Ben!

Helluva accomplishment.  Way to go, Ben!

West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 04, 2020, 10:51:23 pm »
I still have nightmares about Zimbleman.  Kinda glad I don't have to see that!

West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 03, 2020, 10:29:17 pm »
We just received a welcome video from our daughter's first-grade teacher.  Her son plays football for Bethel.  Is that something I should address with her?  :o

Here's a familiar face!

That's awesome, Faunch.  I've seen clips (John used to show us what he referred to as "the classics" i.e. plays that were executed to perfection), but I have never seen the entire game.  I will have to make some time for that.

His brother, Tom, was a tough wrestler, too, from the stories I have heard (both were 3X MIAC champs).  I went to a SJU wrestling alum event at BWP with a few buddies and my dad last winter.  It was awesome to meet a few of Dad's teammates and hear stories from back then!  It was also great to reconnnect with Fr. Don!

-Gary Svendsen '72: Wrestling

-Gary Svendsen '72: Svendsen was a three-time MIAC champion and a two-time National Catholic Invitational champion wrestler. He also won the 1972 NAIA national title at 134 pounds and finished his career with a program-record .921 winning percentage (105-9 record).

Gary was a teammate of my dad's.  I'd heard the name before but didn't realize quite how bad-ass he was.  I sent the article to my dad--he said that once at the national tournament, Gary beat an opponent, but there was some question around the score, so they made them re-wrestle the match, and Gary won again.  :D

I saw this blurb on Bartch today:

3.Bartch has something. A fair expectation for offensive lineman Ben Bartch is to give him this year to acclimate from Division III St. John's University to the NFL. It is after all, a really big jump. On Monday, the first day in full pads, he gave me a reason to pay attention to him this summer. He lined up against Jernigan in one-on-one pass drills and handled Jernigan with excellent footwork and even better hand position. I know that was Jernigan's first day on the field, but the technique from Bartch was on point and something you don't necessarily see from guys in their first camp – no matter the level of their college experience. There's a lot to like about this kid. Though we shouldn't expect to see it this year, it's nice to have a "jar on the shelf," which is to say a talented player who you can form your future around. You have to have young talent waiting in the wings. I think they've got a talented one in Bartch.

Unfortunately, the rapid covid test is not as accurate as the one that takes 48-72 hours.

Pretty sure that comment from jamtod was a cheap, Tommie jab.  :o

Dove hunting starts September 1.

I've heard it's loads of fun when you get into them.  I always bring a gun when I take the dog out once dove season opens in case I stumble across some.

On to other topics for this fall. Good news for me, the DNR deer hunting area harvest numbers have been released and my area (in the middle of corn & soy bean country) has been designated "Intensive Harvest" which means with bonus permits each member of my party can take up to three deer.  :o

Nice!  And you'll have plenty of opportunity without SJU football occupying your time.  I may actually try duck hunting this fall--generally I'm busy with football, and then once pheasant season starts in October, that's all I think about.  I'll get some extra use out of the Beretta I bought last year.

So, what is all this spring 2021 talk about?

I quote:
The MIAC Presidents Council has decided to postpone the football season, with the hopes of playing this spring. With all the unknowns during this pandemic and future schedules, all season ticket renewals that were paid will be good for the Fall 2021 Johnnie Football Season.

Because we are unsure how many home games and capacity allowed, more information will be provided about the spring football season once it becomes available. These spring games will not be included in the Fall 2021 Football Season. Ticket information will become available at later date. 

Yup.  Just got an email from SJU stating that my season tickets will transfer to fall 2021.

Not surprised in the least.  From the Star Tribune:
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference plans to postpone competition in several fall sports until the spring, sources told the Star Tribune on Friday.

Some coaches and athletes have been told that football, volleyball and soccer are among the sports that will switched from this fall to the spring if the NCAA and public health officials allows it. Golf and tennis are likely to be played this fall.

MIAC Commissioner Dan McKane did not confirm the changes. He said via e-mail Friday that the league is “working through all details’’ of a fall sports plan and will announce its decision Tuesday afternoon.

Several Division III leagues have announced the postponement or cancellation of fall sports in recent weeks as COVID-19 continues to spread. Last Tuesday, the NCAA Division III Management Council recommended the cancellation of all fall sports championships. The NCAA’s Board of Governors met Friday to consider that recommendation in all divisions, but it put off that decision until next month.

Last week, the MIAC canceled nonconference competition in fall sports. Carleton, one league member, announced July 10 it would cancel all fall sports. Carleton also is postponing competition in winter and spring sports until after the fall academic term.

Uncertainty abounds as college teams scramble to find games
The D-3 Management Council approved a proposal this week to allow schools and conferences to move or extend fall sports practices and competition into the spring.

Under the proposal, playing seasons would be defined by the number of days, not weeks, and those days would not have to be in consecutive weeks.

“Flexibility will be imperative,’’ Management Council chair Heather Benning said in a statement. “These are unprecedented times.”

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