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South Region football / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: Yesterday at 04:53:30 pm »
texans are proud of their football! And people forget that Friday Night Lights is based on a real football program in Texas, and it really is the experience of a lot of high schoolers in the state

The book, the movie, nor the TV show really make that something to be overly proud of...

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South Region football / Re: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 03:35:10 pm »
Sorry if this has been discussed in the past but I am not going to look up 221 pages to find the answer.  I live in the Pittsburgh South Hills but my work takes me to Columbus OH, Dayton OH, Cincinnati, OH, Florence KY, and all the small towns in between.  Last week I drove past a Thomas More bus on 70 heading to PA.  My question is how did a small college in NKY get in an athletic conference with other small colleges that are over 5 hours away?  Was there really no other closer options?  I can understand football to a degree after all it is 5 trips a year to make.  But all the other sports has to add up cost real quick.  Does anyone know the history on this?

Sorry if this is coming across as confertational or rude, I do not mean to do that.  But as a person who makes these trips 3-5 times a week with a Ford F-150, I am perplexed that Thomas More does not have better options to save travel time and money.

Mike

Sometimes it's about mission and values. The SAA schools stretch from Kentucky (Centre) to Georgia (Berry) and West to Arkansas (Hendrix). The UAA, depending on the sport, stretches from New York City (NYU) to Atlanta (Emory), to St. Louis (Washington U) and north to Chicago (Chicago).

Other times it's simply because those are the only available D3 schools. The ASC has an 800+ mile bus ride between Louisiana College and Sul Ross State. The USASC has a similar trip, although one that ends next year, between CNU in Virginia and Huntingdon College in Montgomery AL.

TMC might be closer to the OAC or HCAC, but they are a bit of a geographical orphan, especially for football. The only other DIII football school in Kentucky is Centre, a member of the SAA that is spread out everywhere. MSJ is close by, but they just ended the Bridge Bowl games after repeated spankings. I doubt the OAC wants another member, and the HCAC isn't as competitive a conference as the PAC. It's a two way street. You have to want to be in the conference, and they have to want you. TMC and the PAC may not be a perfect fit, but it probably is the best of a tough situation.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2014 D3 Season: National Perspective
« on: Yesterday at 03:10:56 pm »
Nothing is ever perfect. There is always going to be a team that feels slighted. I know in football the only RRs that count are the last super-secret ones. Therefore, much like the FBS rankings that were released this week, the preliminary rankings are irrelevant. Is soccer the same?

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South Region football / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: Yesterday at 03:08:01 pm »
Heh, some of the stories I could share from my undergrad days at a D1 school would make my poor mother roll over in her grave.  Alcohol was usually involved... surprise, surprise.

I hear you guys had a lot of fans at your last game.  12k+?  Grats.  I don't think we've ever hit that number (seating capacity of under 10k). but I know we've had a few games where there was standing room only.  It always makes for a great atmosphere.

Exact about was 13,627, with UWO having brought a good contingent on fans. Previous record was also against UWO back in 2012 with 12,318. Too bad the students/other fans don't show up in force during the end of the year/playoffs. It'll drop to below 3,500 the first playoff game.  :'(

To be fair, the UWO game will most likely be much more entertaining than the first round playoff game and that first playoff game falls the weekend before Thanksgiving. The first two rounds are ill-timed, but they are what they are and it is necessary to have our overall outstanding tournament.

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General football / Re: NCAA Playoffs Travel Issues
« on: Yesterday at 03:06:28 pm »
With the playoffs coming near and many possible playoff teams being left on an island with no other teams with 500 miles and to prevent rematches and inadequate seeding. How should the NCAA respond.

This is nothing new. The NCAA will limit first round flights with rematches. We had a year with 2 first round flights, might happen again. But with DIII already voting to cut championship costs, I expect we'll see as few flights as possible. DIII has already voted to slash traveling parties by 10% (not sure when this kicks in) and to kill some stipend money for host institutions. Don't expect any radical changes.

How should the NCAA respond? Charge more for the membership and seed teams appropriately. Since the membership will inevitably shoot this down, it is obviously not a concern for the members so odd seedings and geographic pairings will continue.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2014 D3 Season: National Perspective
« on: Yesterday at 02:11:02 pm »
One thing we all have to remember is that championship criteria is universal across D3. So the guidelines of using SOS and RROs to rank teams are used in all team sports. As is the A/B/C system. It's a fairly good system, especially when you consider that the Regional Committees meet only a couple times. The people on those committees all have other full time jobs. So this criteria, and this system, have to be both universally applicable and streamlined for time.

Would it be nice if the committee members spent as much time watching games as some of us do? Of course, but primarily they are coaching their own teams or managing their own departments at the same time. It's just not feasible. So simple metrics help distill data across a large database. There is still flexibility within the guidelines, so SOS and RROs aren't straitjackets, but they are very good starting points for both the teams and time available.

Do we argue about the last couple teams in and the first couple left out? Of course. No system is going to prevent that since everyone has an opinion. Do we quibble about the seedings? Of course, but those are also driven by money. In the end, the game is played out on the field, with the top teams included, and only the fringes being questionable. Given all the variables and constraints, we are fortunate to have things this good.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2014 D3 Season: National Perspective
« on: Yesterday at 10:54:11 am »
Since schedules are not equal, SOS is always going to be very important. If you play and lose to top competition, that has to be weighted as well as playing and beating weak competition. SOS isn't perfect, but it is necessary. While teams can't always control the schedules, and even sometimes when they do set up a competitive match a few years ahead it may not pan out, if you are a "second chance" school, meaning non-AQ, you are going to need some meat on your schedule. Without it, there is a lot of skepticism about whether you deserve that Pool C second chance, or how highly you deserve to be ranked as a Pool A. Beating the weakest teams doesn't mean you are good, playing and losing competitively to good teams is a better indicator of where you belong when the playoff field is composed of those good teams.

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 09:14:25 am »
I tend to like Easterbrook's column. Most weeks it's an entertaining mix of football, pop culture, science, and other things. It's worth a read. I did get annoyed by his wrong comment this week, and a few others he's made over the years. But that goes for just about every columnist I've ever read. Occasionally I send columnists an email detailing mistakes or misconceptions. I've only gotten something back once, and it wasn't from Easterbrook. All that being said, it's not a big deal. I did fire off another email after this week's column, but it isn't the end of the world. If you don't like it, stop reading him. For the most part, that one occasional paragraph about D3 in his columns isn't going to do much damage to people's perceptions. In fact, most people simply don't, and won't, care, regardless of what he writes about D3...

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South Region football / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: Yesterday at 09:08:51 am »
I like these boards. For the most part, the really elite team fans are pretty reasonable, don't lord it over other teams, and do a nice job of fitting in, even when there is such a huge disparity in the teams. But sometimes, well, it's good for a laugh. You gave those TLU guys so much hope they were thinking they were under-ranked because they were a threat to UMHB. The rest of us, unconstrained by not having to worry about looking like overconfident jerks, knew it wasn't likely to be a good game and had a nice chuckle out of it.

On to this week. HSU isn't a threat to UMHB unless UMHB shoots themselves in the foot. There isn't a game left on the regular season schedule that is a threat to UMHB. I'm not sure there was a serious threat on the schedule to begin with. UMHB still has to show up and play, but you don't have to worry about some HSU poster trying to lay a trap. We know the way this game is going to go, and it isn't going to be a close one...

Enjoy it UMHB folks. You have a great team. Yes the opponents have to be played and taken seriously, but you don't have to try and find ways to worry about every game.

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To get things fired up early for the All Blacks match later this week, I'll pose a question to you all about a minor controversy brewing. A recent article on Rugby Wrap Up argued Americans attending the match, regardless of actual allegiances, should not wear All Blacks gear. The author thinks it will send the wrong message to team USA and the viewing public. The message being, rugby is something foreign and unpopular in America. He wants everyone to wear red, white, and blue for just one day. Some commentators have gone as far as calling the wear of All Blacks gear unpatriotic. The match is sold out and there will be lots of folks watching on television. It's likely to be the biggest rugby match ever played on American soil. I'm willing to bet most Americans attending the match are All Blacks fans, as they're widely considered the best team in the world. What say you?

Link: http://rugbywrapup.com/2014/10/no-ferns-allowed-one-rule-for-usa-vs-nz

It's an international test.  Your allegiance was determined by your birth.   Any Yank wearing black isn't a ruby fan but a poseur.

So what happens if you're 100% Dutch and the USMNT is playing the Orange in Soccer (a friendly or the World Cup).

Seriously, I've always rooted for the Netherlands and haven't had to pic and choose. It'd be tough. Not the least for the tension Rev is feeling...his favorite team is far superior to his national team. This past World Cup I was going nuts for both, but as Holland got further once again, the intensity and loyalty continued deeper into the tourney.

In my defense, at least I have some genetics (and decades of familial, community and high school indoctrination) causing my torn loyalties. If it ever comes to pass, I'd guess I'd cheer for team USA  ???

Cue Oz calling me a pansy for being a soccer fan in the first place  :P

Along these lines, a point others have made is that the author implies all Americans were born in the United States, a nation of mostly immigrants. What should people do if they were born in NZ and emigrated to the USA?

The USA is NOT a nation of mostly immigrants. We are a nation that was founded by immigrants, but the vast, vast, vast majority of current American citizens were born in the USA and do not have dual passports.

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Using "Olympics" and "integrity" in the same paragraph is a bit problematic ...

+K. Of course you can also add NCAA, NFL, NBA, FIFA, MLB... hmm, almost any sports ruling body seems to drop the ball when it comes to integrity, common sense, and legal issues.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2014 D3 Season: National Perspective
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:41:18 pm »

There is only one Pool B bid, but I believe those that miss Pool B also will fall into Pool C pot.

Yes. Pool B bids are decided first. Teams qualified but not selected for a Pool B bid fall into the Pool C process.

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:36:13 pm »
How the Hell does one give anyone a karma vote... Asking for a friend....

Ability appears after you have 200 posts.

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To get things fired up early for the All Blacks match later this week, I'll pose a question to you all about a minor controversy brewing. A recent article on Rugby Wrap Up argued Americans attending the match, regardless of actual allegiances, should not wear All Blacks gear. The author thinks it will send the wrong message to team USA and the viewing public. The message being, rugby is something foreign and unpopular in America. He wants everyone to wear red, white, and blue for just one day. Some commentators have gone as far as calling the wear of All Blacks gear unpatriotic. The match is sold out and there will be lots of folks watching on television. It's likely to be the biggest rugby match ever played on American soil. I'm willing to bet most Americans attending the match are All Blacks fans, as they're widely considered the best team in the world. What say you?

Link: http://rugbywrapup.com/2014/10/no-ferns-allowed-one-rule-for-usa-vs-nz

It's an international test.  Your allegiance was determined by your birth.   Any Yank wearing black isn't a ruby fan but a poseur.

You don't root against your country. The American Outlaws have shown we can have a passionate national supporters group for soccer, rugby can do the same over time. If the USA is playing, Americans shouldn't come dressed as the opponent.

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West Region football / Re: West Region Fan Poll
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:30:23 pm »
If you get someone from the NWC and SCIAC and got up to 5 people you could do the rest of this year. I do the South Region. It's a lot of fun, not a ton of work, and helps with my pick-ems. We only have 4 or 5 people submitting votes and it's enough.

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