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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:21:39 pm »
You were the one that used the word "system" first...   

They trapped the ball, no matter where it was on the court.  They frequently had 4, occasionally 5 guys in the back court.  They mass subbed at most dead balls.  They took the first "open" shot they got.   I guess I don't get why you seem to be so defensive about the possibility that they were playing very much like Grinnell?   

I find this to be a fascinating change of plans for a team that seemed destined to win no more than a couple of games.  Will they win any this way?  Is this a long term shift of philosophy for the Mac program?  Will the current players want to stick around if this truly is a shift in how they will play long term?  Lots of interesting questions.

The simple reason to this is that the only ones who play The Grinnell System is Grinnell. The System has a lot of points to it, but every team plays it differently based on their team and its personnel.

Also, we have seen other versions of a high-octane offense like the Houston Rockets which is a bit different than the traditional System. It makes it a bit more cloudy.

That said, you create a lot of arguments that they may be tenants of the Grinnell System. However, teams who use this aren't doing it for just one game. It is too complicated a program to do for just one game.
I highly doubt Mac is paying rent to Grinnell for this.   From what I've gathered of their effort v. SJU, they were applying some of the basic tenets of the Grinnell system (l doubt Grinnell has a copyright or patent on it  :) )

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Amazing how a week ago, so many were jumping on PJ's boar, hailing him as the greatest coach to ever walk a sideline in MN....after a record worst loss to NWern, I doubt anyone wants to get near his leaky boat. I've been saying since he was hired Fleck is Brewster with  more success on his resume but equally inept for the job. I give hi m 3 more seasons before he's run out of town.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 20, 2017, 04:08:33 pm »
Bethel has a hard row to hoe in December, with Auggie, Johnnie and Tommie in an 8-day span....if they go 2-1 (or 3-0) in that stretch, they move into the inside track on conference title before Christmas.

Gotta like the league's start in non-conference games... 14-4 with one of those losses an OT game vs a highly ranked team. First MIAC battle is this Saturday! I'm sure all Cobber alum posters in the Metro will be there  (assuming the married ones are out of the doghouse by then)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:49:37 pm »
Great pair of games for the Tommies this weekend in Ohio, paying some of the finest in D3 to open the 2017-18 hoops season. Despite not having either starting guard (Michael Hannon or John Veil) able to play, UST managed a solid win Friday over a good Dickinson squad. They showed a lot of guts and gumption on Saturday against the host, highly ranked Marietta. Falling down by a dozen, they exhibited the “never quit” attitude that is synonymous with UST hoops. They battled back and nearly knocked off the Pioneers before losing in OT by two. With either Hannon or Veil healthy, UST would have won the game no doubt in my mind. Still, I tip my hat to a great team effort and am excited for the next 23 games pus what I expect to be a long post-season run!
Mad props to senior Ryan Boll, who put up 18 points & 15 rebounds on Friday and then exploded for HIRTYNINE (39) points on Sat with another 11 boards!  I truly expect a phenomenal senior year from this beast!!
Was sweet to see some of the talented FY class (Ryan Lindberg, Burt Hedstrom, Simeon Davis, Toby Gillooly and JP Costello) get lot of playing time in both games, and I look forward to watching them and play for four seasons. Also seeing some guys who didn’t play a lot last year get on the court and shine, particularly GT Johnson (who was amazing on Friday) and Erik Davis (hopefully he's ready to play  by MIAC opener)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:49:38 pm »
M Hannon is in street clothes...not sure the injury. Hedstrom and both Davis have looked solid. Defense looks promising . UST has size & athleticism....just needs seasoning/experience

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nice job, MIAC footballers: http://www.miacathletics.com/sports/fball/2017-18/releases/20171117qmidt2

Five of nine schools landed at least one Academic All-District player, led by UST with five.

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When Tommies learn how to use apostrophes the school's standing in fake academic rankings is going to take off in the same way the football team did with Caruso.

You Johnnie's sure our nitpicky.

I try to never be a punctuation snob online because those people are absolutely awful, but I'm willing to make an exception after 28 pages of academic greatness talk.
They're aint no place four gramer and punk'tation discussions on this hear bored. Haint' it suppos'sed to bees about foot'ball and beer, not academic's and classroom learning's?

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:14:00 pm »
Now that the DP All Name team has been announced, the season is officially ready to begin! (NOTE to Drake- you need to contact Dr Pepper about corporate sponsorship of your name team)... the non-conference games are tonight and the Conference season opener is just 10 days away, as grant Hemmingsen's coaching career at Concordia begins with his debut game at his alma mater, Augsburg. The rest of the gang starts play in earnest on the 29th-- just two weeks away!

For all the preseason hype, I stick with the contention that the road to the title runs through The Shoe, just like it has for the past dozen years . UST is just too damn deep, too  much talent and too well coached not to be considered the favorite.

But Bethel scares the crap out of me-- they have added some major talent. Couple that with brilliant coaching, and you have the team that could break UST's string. Bethel will miss its graduated senior leadership at guard. I rate this a toss up and am already looking forward to their Dec 6 meeting at BU.

Despite all the media attention, I don't see SJU winning the crown. They have a very good, veteran squad, but I just don't see them as at the level of BU and UST. But I do think they could be the MIC's third rep in the NCAAs if all goes well, and Stokman is a lock for Player of the Year barring injury.

The gap between the top three and the rest of the pack is big.  Had Freddie G not transferred out, Id move Carleton into the discussion for any of the top three places. Without him,  the Knights are a tad thin even by CC standards. Guy Kalland will work his usual wonders on the bench and the Knights will be a solid fourth, ready to move up should any of the Big Three falter.

After that its a crap shoot between Augsburg, Hamline and St Olaf for fifth through seventh, with GAC & Cord battling for 8th.

but for now....bring on the games!!!

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I get it...the final touchdown was scored by an o-lineman...a senior..probably one that doesn't play that much. I also get it that Olaf threw 4 interceptions and couldn't get out of their own way or stop a JV team today
But going for it on 4th and 10 from the Olaf  41 up 35-0 in the 3rd quarter? And three 2 pt conversion attempts? I just don't get that.

Try getting facts right Faunchy... if the score was 64-0 at half, how could UST be up 34-0 in the 3rd quarter?  I don't see the play you reference anywhere in the box score- using alternative facts?  The play I think you refer to was with 12+ minutes left in 2nd quarter--LOTS of time left yet for a possible Ole comeback. If the Olaf defense wasn't so porous it would have been a 7-8 yard gain at most. Was the receiver supposed to drop down after 9 yards?

Also, the three 2-pt attempts took place in the first 19 minutes of play, hardly indicative of "running it up" or poor sportsmanship.

You sound more & more like Kellyanne Conway these days.   ;D

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Congrats on great career for Roberts. He killed the Johnnies when Tommies broke the long losing skid in 2010 and went on from there.
Considering Roberts was a sophomore in HS in 2010, that must have really been impressive of him! (not to mention embarrassing to SJU's D if they were unable to stop a 15 year old)

Methinks you mean Ben Wartman in 2010 (http://csbsju_ftp.sidearmsports.com/custompages/Statistics/Football/2010/100210.htm) But then again, when Johnnies meander down memory lane, facts become less important  :)

Welcome back, Maniac. This board has been desperate for another Tommie who types coherent thoughts in complete sentences. It was getting lonely here for Bench.

But in this case, that was the joke with the grizzled veteran Jordan.  ;)
I took it as such.....sorta like Keating playing football vs Custer on his way to Little Big Horn?   But it gave me a chance to revisit that box score from 2010 and savor the result. 

Of course, I know you wouldn't mix up facts...that's for fiction writers to do  :)

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Congrats on great career for Roberts. He killed the Johnnies when Tommies broke the long losing skid in 2010 and went on from there.
Considering Roberts was a sophomore in HS in 2010, that must have really been impressive of him! (not to mention embarrassing to SJU's D if they were unable to stop a 15 year old)

Methinks you mean Ben Wartman in 2010 (http://csbsju_ftp.sidearmsports.com/custompages/Statistics/Football/2010/100210.htm) But then again, when Johnnies meander down memory lane, facts become less important  :)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: April 18, 2017, 08:09:07 pm »
Starting in 2018-19, there will be no Road to Salem....it will be the Road to Fort Wayne for four years.  MUCH more convenience for MN and WI fans and teams for sure!

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The Stagg Bowl is leaving Salem...wow!  :o

Salem had a good run for sure and should have special meaning this year...not sure what a Stagg Bowl will look like in Houston.

Texas?  Maybe they think they'll get an automatic big crowd in Texas.  Or perhaps the cities offered greater subsidies.

I like the idea that the championship was in the same spot every year. It gave the event depth, making it q destination as well as a game. What do I know?   I'm a stick in the mud.
Two years in TX then two years in Canton Ohio at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium... that is a great choice

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:43:56 pm »
Congrats to "General Grant" on his All-America honor:
http://www.d3hoops.com/awards/all-americans/men/2017

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