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Congratulations Jackson Erdmann, 2018 Gagliardi award winner.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:29:46 pm »
I do now have the show. Audio is bad. I think because they are out in the wind.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:24:42 pm »
I canít get the pre-game show on d3. Anyone able to connect?

West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:32:57 am »
Last night, UST looked incredibly flat and out of joint the first 20-25 minutes. I'd call most of it "hangover from the high of the Bank". Trailing by as many as 15 - and looking bad doing so- they pulled things together and rallied to overcome a tenacious Bethel squad. After a scoreless first half, Nelson caught fire with 18 second half points, none of which were as big as a pair of FTs in the final seconds to ice the win. Not a pretty win, but the big rally shows this team has some moxie, which bodes well down the road.

Was anyone at any of the other games?

I didn't watch this game - or any others, as I usually don't find much time to do so until January rolls around, but I was curious about this result, given the way that SJU absolutely demolished BU.  I do think that SJU is certainly better than BU, but I don't know if they're going to be 35 points better regularly?  Maybe they are, and they're just that good, but BU being right there with UST was certainly encouraging.

My guess is that BU laid a bit of an egg against SJU, and SJU being a good team, punished them for it.  Will be curious to see how the rest of the season shakes out for Bethel, UST, St. Olaf, and how they all stack up against each other and SJU.

I watched the Bethel UST game, and came away impressed with the tenacity of the Tommie team.  Although undersized, they played active athletic defense, and the UST coaches kept rotating in fresh wings to keep up the defensive pressure.  Primary scorers look to be the FY wunderkind Anders Nelson 18 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists, Connor Bair 13 pts, and streaky shooting Michael Hannon 13pts. UST has little to no depth in the front court behind Bair & GT Johnson.

Bethelís got four main players who contribute offensively, Derek Magnuson, Matt Ambriz, Jack Jensen & Granger Kingland.  Jensen has really developed a nice outside shot to go with his terrific slashing ability & quickness.   He was the high point man last night with 22 pts on 6-12 fga, & 9-9 FTs. Magnuson had 17 pts, Ambriz 11 pts. Granger Kingland was in foul trouble most of the night and didnít play his usual game 5 pts, 2-7 fga. I was quite surprised Bethel lost this game.

It will be interesting to see how the Tommies fare against the taller Jays whose starting lineup goes 6-2, 6-4, 6-5, 6-6, & 6-8. Plus, more size & quickness off the bench.  When SJU played Bethel, for some reason, the Royals were without the services of SR forward Derek Magnuson, and as a result, the Jays not only pounded Bethel on the scoreboard 90-55, but also on the boards 40-20.

SJU is definitely the league favorite, but if the Oles get Nate Albers back, I still think it could be a 4 team race between the Jays, STO, UST, & possibly Bethel. Looking forward to seeing how the season unfolds.

Additionally, the Bethel bus broke down on the way to Collegevile and they arrived shortly before game time.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 11, 2018, 12:56:10 am »
    Wow. DeAngelo Fulford and Louis Berry have been named to the AFCA D3 All-American team. This is without a doubt the most prestigious All-American team. Looks like "crow" is on the menu for those of you who relegated Fulford to second and "lucky to be on the second team" status.

He still only made second team... and I still think heís lucky to be there.

Now, if he throws for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns against UMHBs defense Iíll happily eat crow.

Exactly. On both points.

Purple:  You can shout from the mountain tops until you're blue in the face, but it fails to disprove that he hasn't played well this season against anyone with a pulse.  I'd overlook round 2 because of the ankle, but that doesn't explain JCU or JHU.

I am scrolling through the playoff box scores and recaps, and honest question, but has any quarterback this year looked good against a defense with a pulse? I see Jase Hammack's St. John's game as the chart-topper, and he was still just over 50%. The best thing about that performance was the 0 picks. If 2tds-3int on just north of 50% is bad, then Erdmann's effort against the Cru looks just as shaky. He just had more yards because he got nearly 50 attempts. If I have overlooked someone (which is likely), please just let me know.

I know it may be my bias acting up being an Alliance guy, and all, but the last good QB performance I have seen against a good-to-great defense on a big stage is Taurice Scott's 2015 effort against St. Thomas (his whole 2015 run, really).

Erdmann was superb against every defense he faced. Including St. Thomas. Two of the three interceptions against UMHB were deflections. Also, he played most of the 2nd half with a separated shoulder.

My experience is that the best way to handle a troll is to ignore them.  Soon they will grow frustrated with the lack of attention they crave and go away.

The SJU - UMHB game may have been the best 2 teams from what I've seen today.

Agreed.  Unless UWW picks it up considerably in the 2nd half that would seem to be the case.

Congrats to Evan Clark!

Clark (5í10, 190, St. Johnís University, August 6, 1995 in Phoenix, AZ) played five seasons with the St. Johnís University Johnnies, totalling 29 touchdowns. In 44 games played, Clark had 90 receptions for 1701 receiving yards, the 14th most all time at St. Johnís. In 2018, Clark participated in the Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp.

Five Seasons...  Hmmmm


Medical redshirt.

I expect St. Thomas to do what is good for them.

I expect St. Johnís to do what is best for them.

Regarding the Target Field game, good for St. Thomas. That was an event. People came in from all over the country for that game. With 2/3 of the crowd being red it felt like a home game for the Johnnies. Hopefully any high school recruits at the game noticed that.

Iím pleases with the move to Allianz. I expect it to be an excellent facility for a football game. One concern of mine is the tailgating situation. I donít see this as a money grab. Difference between SJU home game and profit at Allianz will likely not be significant. Big improvement in fan experience. UST campus and stadium are just not set up for the crowds this game draws. As visitors it will be nice to have seating on our side of the field that is actually for the visiting team and not Tommie high rollers.

UST, do you need to change your handle to STC old Bench, or SOB for short?

If you want to get a seat stop swilling beer at the tailgate a little earlier and get your ass over to Clemons a little earlier. Seriously, yes some added seating for that game would be a good thing.  As far as wholesale changes, I am not in favor of that. Clemons unique charm must be preserved.

West Region football / Re: FB: Northwest Conference
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:14:42 pm »
Hi everyone -- long time no see.  (Not that there's been very much to see football-wise in Salem lately).

Willamette alum and current L&C offensive coordinator Isaac Parker has been named the Bearcats' new head coach.  Hopefully he can get this thing turned around.

Good luck to him. Looks like he has an uphill battle.

I'm just going to leave this right here:

Caruso listed as candidate for Bowling Green opening
Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Minn.) head coach:

Buffalo went this route ó successfully, at that ó with Lance Leipold. Caruso has gone a whopping 116-29 at the Division III level, which includes coach of the year in D-III three times. If a coach can win without scholarships, chances are solid he can do the same in FBS.

Couldn't resist  ;D Even though it's asinine reasoning. Ummm, it's not like he's winning without scholarships against scholarship teams. If anything, he's winning with superior resources than most of the competition.

Iíll drive by his house on my way home to see if there is a for sale sign.

South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: December 03, 2018, 06:26:04 pm »
I, too, was surprised at their research. They referenced Jackson's baseball prowess for one. They even got most of the names right, though Udoibok didn't play. The only mispronunciation I heard was Streit. They said straight, which is how I said it in my head before I heard it pronounced strite.

The stadium announcer had a problem with Auger.  Which is a really tough one that took me a long time to catch on to.

South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: December 03, 2018, 04:34:28 pm »
Well that stinks.  Hard to imagine what it is they think they are preventing.

South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: December 03, 2018, 03:47:33 pm »
Does UMHB archive game videos?  Iíd like to rewatch the game and see the things I missed in person.

South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:02:59 pm »
One warning. Avoid rush hour in DFW. I landed at 1:30 and traffic was fairly heavy until I cleared Fort Worth. Not terrible but a bit slow. Still made it in 2.5 hours.

Donít think I saw a single Subaru. They are also very popular in Minnesota. I did see a lot of pickups and super sized SUVs.

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