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East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: Today at 02:51:23 pm »
OOC games are sort of interesting to me. I'm a weird fan, and I hate the frequent LL/E8 OOC crossovers. I like to see different teams, and I think it helps recruiting (for IC at least) to occasionally get out of upstate NY. I liked that they dropped Utica for St. Vincent. I really liked that they bailed on the E8/LL Bowl rematch with Cortland to play in an ECAC game. I think it sucks to not have 10 games, but the contrarian part of me is secretly glad Hobart and Fisher couldn't make it work

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:38:26 pm »
Yeah, it's weird the college would wait till now to put the schedule up on the official team page when everyone already seems to know it. I wonder what the delay was.

Having worked in multiple sports info offices during the summer, I'm guessing it was pretty low on the priority list.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: June 29, 2018, 08:58:15 am »

Had a great conversation with Coach Swanstrom about IC's 2017 season and how things are shaping up for 2018. Soft spoken guy, but definitely has an intense confidence in his players and the expectations at IC.

I think you nailed it perfectly.

When Swanstrom started here, there were a lot of questions asked of him about the legacy of Ithaca College Football. These ranged from big-picture questions about being "aware" that he taking over a program coached by Mike Welch and Jim Butterfield, to smaller ones about Hobart never winning at Butterfield in their history. There was even one abjectly unfair moment where he was asked what he was going to say to the players who thought Mark McDonough was going to be the next head coach—after he was reminded that not only was McDonough an All-American here, but "a lot of people thought" he could have been the next coach.

He, by and large, largely ignored giving the "right" answers to these questions, and by rightly refusing to take the bait on the McDonough question. At first, I kind of thought he was standoffish and curt. But honestly, I think he's just 100% focused on making the Ithaca College football team better, and dwelling on the weight of taking over from two IC legends, or caring about Ithaca's historical dominance of Hobart at home, or worrying for one second about the people who wanted McDonough over him wasn't going to advance that goal.

The McDonough stuff is crazy talk. Anyone who thought that McDonough could have been the next coach should have realized by the fourth or fifth season of one win or less at Misericordia that it wasn't going to happen.

I, too, thought McDonough could have been the next Ithaca coach in 2011, when he left. But when he didn't have any kind of success at all, even by Year 3 and Year 4, let alone 5, it doesn't matter how well beloved you are, Ithaca isn't going to be able to hire you.

I have to chuckle Pat, because I was so excited to hear your perspective on this when I saw you replied, and then saw this, and could not figure out what in God's name you were referring to. Then it hit me.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:39:14 pm »

Had a great conversation with Coach Swanstrom about IC's 2017 season and how things are shaping up for 2018. Soft spoken guy, but definitely has an intense confidence in his players and the expectations at IC.

I think you nailed it perfectly.

When Swanstrom started here, there were a lot of questions asked of him about the legacy of Ithaca College Football. These ranged from big-picture questions about being "aware" that he taking over a program coached by Mike Welch and Jim Butterfield, to smaller ones about Hobart never winning at Butterfield in their history. There was even one abjectly unfair moment where he was asked what he was going to say to the players who thought Mark McDonough was going to be the next head coach—after he was reminded that not only was McDonough an All-American here, but "a lot of people thought" he could have been the next coach.

He, by and large, largely ignored giving the "right" answers to these questions, and by rightly refusing to take the bait on the McDonough question. At first, I kind of thought he was standoffish and curt. But honestly, I think he's just 100% focused on making the Ithaca College football team better, and dwelling on the weight of taking over from two IC legends, or caring about Ithaca's historical dominance of Hobart at home, or worrying for one second about the people who wanted McDonough over him wasn't going to advance that goal.

I like Mike Welch a lot, as a coach, and a friend. And D-III football is about more than just the scoreboard so don't think my priorities are messed up. But all that said, Swanstrom is bringing, as you put it, an intensity back to the program that I believe is going to serve it incredibly well with regard to on-the-field success. Swanstrom isn't Welch, or Butterfield, or McDonough and there are probably some people for whom that won't ever be good enough (barring a return to the Butterfield-era success). But I think Ithaca football is in very good hands with him.

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The polls don't have as much sway with me as the individual takes fans have on their program's best teams.

The 2013 Bombers were a lot of fun to watch. But there's simply no way they were better than the '04, '07, or '08 teams, polls be darned. I know I've heard Fisher fans talk about their '10 team in a similar fashion.

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Pro ball / Re: Scoring Questions
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:29:20 pm »

This begs the odd question: Is the proportion of home runs with a runner on third and less than two outs greater than in other situations? 


No.

Last year, players hit 277 HRs in 9,483 PAs where there was a runner on 3rd and less than two outs. One every 34.2 PAs

In other situations, the numbers were in 5,828 HRs in 175,812 PAs, or one every 30.2

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I think we'd talk about specific years.

The interesting thing about these lists, for me, is seeing how people go about their list. I told this story a few pages back in this thread, but I was talking with Mike Welch about the best IC team he ever had, and both of us agreed it was the 2004 team...which completely missed the NCAAs. Keep in mind, Mike's first ever team was a play away from going to the Stagg Bowl, and his '01 and '03 teams won two playoff games as well.

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Which begs the question:  If the LL is so much better than the NESCAC, why do you even care what those poor, uninformed NESCAC wannabe fans have to say?  Why the insecurity to come on here trolling us?  Why not just take quiet pride in your own magnificence?

Who's trolling? The guy who made a bold claim about the NESCAC's superiority based on a factually incorrect assumption about the size of the players' on the RPI roster? Or the guy who corrected him using, actual, you know, data?

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And just a question.... honestly, I have no clue..   Are NESCAC posters going over to the liberty league or east region board and taking shots at their teams/leagues? 

No, but they'll take occasional shots at them here, which is really no different. Like the post where someone opined that the defending LL champ would lose by 20 points to three-quarters of the NESCAC.

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Pro ball / Re: MLB Topics
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:28:11 am »
Many players have struck out five times in a game before.

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Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: D 3 softball
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:43:56 pm »
The Bombers take down Texas Tyler 5-2. Ithaca has now won five straight win-or-go-home games in this postseason. What a great team

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Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: D 3 softball
« on: May 26, 2018, 07:42:51 am »
What a season by the Bombers! Probably needed to win the conference tournament to get in to the NCAas, and they go 2-1 against a team they’d lost to twice in the regular season, including a gutsy 1-0 12-inning win in the elimination game. Then they bounce back from a loss to eliminate Manhattanville in the regionals. *Then* they take out #6 Fisher-another team they’d lost to twice in the regular season- by responding to a no-hitter by scoring seven runs to get to Oklahoma City.

Now, just two innings away from elimination here, they rally for two runs to tie and then walk it off in extras. What a tough, gutsy team that refuses to go quietly and rises to the occasion when their season is on the line.

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So sorry to hear of his passing

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New York Region / Re: New York Region 2018
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:25:02 pm »
I just don't see Cortland as a one with that SOS, only 12 region ranked teams, and, if we considering the end of season, an absolute butt whoopin by Oswego. 

Speaking of late season whoopings from Oswego, I'm surprised the E8 tournament could start on time, given that the top of the 3rd in the Fisher-Oswego game required 27 pitching changes and lasted for a day and a half.  ;)

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New York Region / Re: New York Region 2018
« on: May 14, 2018, 10:00:17 am »
Posted without comment:

In Ithaca's four games in the E8 tournament, there were 18 HRs hit. In the 7 games total, there were 23 HRs

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