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Wheaton must be really kicking themselves for losing to Millikin in the last minute.  Otherwise, they just won the AQ if NCC/IWU/Wheaton had all finished 7-1.  But at 8-2 (overall), they are virtually dead-meat.  Kind of a shame - if we had the D1 selection process, they would probably be in the post-season (two last minute losses to solid teams and a blowout of a then top-4 team), but by the D3 criteria I just can't see that they have any realistic chance at all.

Ypsi,

There's a ton of football to be played yet. 1. Kinda early to assume IWU & NCC both finish 9-1 ...we could be looking at one of the craziest CCIW seasons we've ever seen. If you think IWU is just going to walk their way to 9-1 with Carthage and Millikin still on the schedule, I'd say you'd better think twice. Carthage controls their own destiny. I think they roll into B-Town with a huge chip on their shoulder... especially when you consider the very questionable pass interference call on Carthage (on 4th down) that kept the winning drive alive for IWU in 2016. Next Saturday, Carthage @ IWU is gonna be a dogfight!

2. Also, way too early to assume WC is "dead meat" in terms of a playoff birth... IMO.

On a separate note, I'm becoming more and more convinced that the CCIW is the 2nd best conference in the country this year, behind only the WIAC.

1. Absolutely correct.
2. If WC isn't already out of the playoffs, it's hopes are on it's deathbed.

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Everything went splendidly for NCC in Wheaton last evening................................ ...right up until the time they got off the bus.  :(


QUESTION ------> What do Daniel Day Simpson and the NCC pass defense have in common?










ANSWER --------> Whereabouts unknown!

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I bet the delay favored Wheaton,  so it allowed them to see what was working/not working,  but I think North Central still wins this game late.  (My two cents)

I'm going to disagree.  North Central had controlled play for 25 minutes or so and held a 13-0 lead.  Wheaton, right before half, mounts a drive sticks it into the end zone and cuts the lead to 13-7 and grabs the momentum.  The Crusaders are fired up on the field and on the sideline.  Momentum (to quote Keith Jackson) "just took off a white jersey and put on a blue one".  From what I could hear on the internet, the rain soaked crowd (that remained) had been reenergized.  And, Wheaton is receiving the second half kickoff.  Not great for the Cards.

However, the skies opened up, everyone goes home and we start again on Monday.  Momentum carry over?  I don't think so.  Now we play a jamboree with NCC spotted six points.  I'll take it.  Maybe we could get a mulligan once a year that if a game starts going south  on the road, you can stop it, take two days off to regroup and start from the same spot.

I would like to hear some other takes on who it favors.

I, too, sense the delay will favor the Cards. Much do to the momentum factor as the weather, rather than the Cardinals, snatched it from Wheaton. Now old mo is up for grabs again. Much will depend on the opening series for both teams. Can WC take the 2nd half kickoff, march into NCC territory and put some points on the board, or can NCC stop them and then add to their current 6 point advantage.
Realizing the first half ended with Wheaton in possession of the mo factor, did any NCCer make a Jason Heyward type speech in the interim?
Has NCC learned that when WC inserts Peterson at QB, it doesn't automatically signal a run??

And the answer to the the highlighted portion of the above question is a resounding YES...........again, and again, and again, and again, and again!

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At least one Wheaton resident will be overjoyed at the postponement. In a rather bizarre incident in the second quarter a lady, who evidently lives very close to the Wheaton football field, chose to demonstrate her displeasure over the fact that the game was still being played after around 10:00 by walking onto the field with her dog. Members of the Wheaton administration confronted her quickly and signaled to the Wheaton police, stationed at the other end of the field, to indicate their intervention was needed. The gendarmes approached the woman and her canine companion and, after a short discussion, escorted them from the field without further incident.


Although, to the best of my knowledge, it did not involve either a woman, a dog, or the police, there was evidently another humorous incident that occurred during the first half of the game Saturday night.  :D
It seems that at around 10:00, an elderly local male resident stormed the press box demanding that use of the PA system be discontinued. His reasoning was that the only place he could go in his residence without being able to hear the game description was his bathroom. The incident was that much more unusual in that the gentleman was reported as being dressed only in his pajamas at the time.  ::)
Other than the action being discontinued at the half, It was not known exactly what was done to alleviate the situation.

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I bet the delay favored Wheaton,  so it allowed them to see what was working/not working,  but I think North Central still wins this game late.  (My two cents)

I'm going to disagree.  North Central had controlled play for 25 minutes or so and held a 13-0 lead.  Wheaton, right before half, mounts a drive sticks it into the end zone and cuts the lead to 13-7 and grabs the momentum.  The Crusaders are fired up on the field and on the sideline.  Momentum (to quote Keith Jackson) "just took off a white jersey and put on a blue one".  From what I could hear on the internet, the rain soaked crowd (that remained) had been reenergized.  And, Wheaton is receiving the second half kickoff.  Not great for the Cards.

However, the skies opened up, everyone goes home and we start again on Monday.  Momentum carry over?  I don't think so.  Now we play a jamboree with NCC spotted six points.  I'll take it.  Maybe we could get a mulligan once a year that if a game starts going south  on the road, you can stop it, take two days off to regroup and start from the same spot.

I would like to hear some other takes on who it favors.

I, too, sense the delay will favor the Cards. Much do to the momentum factor as the weather, rather than the Cardinals, snatched it from Wheaton. Now old mo is up for grabs again. Much will depend on the opening series for both teams. Can WC take the 2nd half kickoff, march into NCC territory and put some points on the board, or can NCC stop them and then add to their current 6 point advantage.
Realizing the first half ended with Wheaton in possession of the mo factor, did any NCCer make a Jason Heyward type speech in the interim?
Has NCC learned that when WC inserts Peterson at QB, it doesn't automatically signal a run??

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The second game half of the season between North Central and Wheaton will commence at 6:00 tonight in Wheaton.
The Cardinals dominated the early first half action, but the momentum swung to the North DuPagers as the action was halted by the elements at 10:30 PM.
It will be interesting to see whether the two day postponement of the second half will be of more benefit to the Birds or the Wheaties.
Has the interim more allowed NCC to recover and regain the upper hand it held early, or to dissipate the power that Wheaton seemed to be building as the first game half ended??
Tune in at 6:00 for the answer.  :-X

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 16, 2017, 11:17:01 am »
NPU sorely lacks height with or without their All-American.

With 4/5s of it's starting lineup gone from a 16 point loss in last season's final game, the eastern Vikings are lacking a lot more than height. Colin Lake has been one of the most underrated/undervalued players in the conference for at least the last two years, but there is only so much business a 5'7" 145 pound guy can get done by himself. Now, with Jordan Robinson's departure for the season, if not forever, the pressure only increases to replace many aspects of both NPU's offensive and defensive presence. While it is highly unlikely any one player can come close to replacing Robinson's contributions, it seems the NPU recruiting class is going to have to make a major contribution in order for the Vikings to come close to last year's noteworthy campaign. And, since we really haven't heard much about this year's class, the question remains about whether it contains any player(s) who might help the Parkers with what appears to be a rather sizable shopping list rather than one whose sole need is some added height.

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At least one Wheaton resident will be overjoyed at the postponement. In a rather bizarre incident in the second quarter a lady, who evidently lives very close to the Wheaton football field, chose to demonstrate her displeasure over the fact that the game was still being played after around 10:00 by walking onto the field with her dog. Members of the Wheaton administration confronted her quickly and signaled to the Wheaton police, stationed at the other end of the field, to indicate their intervention was needed. The gendarmes approached the woman and her canine companion and, after a short discussion, escorted them from the field without further incident.

* Kudos to the Wheaton sideline reporter who quickly determined the nature of the disturbance and reported as such.  :)

The game was called/suspended at approx 10:30. At the time, the Wheaton broadcasters, top notch in their description of the action, reported that the game likely would not have been able to be completed tonight anyway. Evidently, Wheaton has some type of ordinance that prohibits the field lights being on past midnight. Odds are that with the halftime break still to take place before 2nd half action commenced, the game couldn't have been fully completed by midnight anyway. Plus, the Thor Guard System, which signaled a very lengthy first half delay after a lightening strike, was apparently ready to go off again.  :)




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The NCC-Wheaton game has been officially halted/suspended at halftime with the score NCC 13, Wheaton 7.
The 2nd half is postponed and will be played at Wheaton beginning at 6:00 Monday.

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Accordingly, for a long time it was basically "the next time we get the money bucket filled, we're building a new (the old one was built in 1070) science hall."

That explains North Central's class schedule including "Understanding the Humors" and "The Preservation and Use of Leeches."

And further substantiates the adage "they don't build them like they used to." 😊

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Aren't most schools landlocked?
I would think something like this would greatly depend on how supportive the EC President and Board are of athletics. I know that at NCC the current President, and even moreso the recent past President, supported athletics very strongly. However, despite their strong support, both took the position that academics come first. Accordingly, for a long time it was basically "the next time we get the money bucket filled, we're building a new (the old one was built in 1070) science hall." Accordingly, the newest building on campus is the the recently opened 125,000 sq foot, $60 million dollar Wentz Science Center rather than placing a dome over the football stadium or replacing the 86 year old Merner Fieldhouse, affectionately referred to by many as "The Hangar."

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Don't know if it will adversely effect Wheaton or NCC more, but Saturday night's Bell Game seems almost certain to be played in a downpour. 90% chance of rain in the afternoon, and 100% in the evening, and this forecast has remained a constant over the last several days so it seems like a pretty good bet.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:30:18 am »
Anyone aware of any teams not starting practice Sunday?

It will be interesting to see if there are any eligible expected starters or any subs that likely would have seen > 10-15 minutes of PT, that do not return for any of the conference teams. 🤔

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When I was a kid growing up in Connecticut, the moms would ring a cow bell when they wanted us to come home for dinner. 🐄 🔔 😊

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Gregory, I'm with you.  Little Brass What? ;D

BELL, Ypsi, BELL. 🔔
Something of your's thats been rung a time or two too many!  ;)

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