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Folks, it's not about your kid, or even how many college kids will die, in general.  It's about required nationwide sacrifices (and frankly, the ones you are moaning about, while significant, are nothing compared to the sacrifices those on the margins of our society will surely be forced to make) in order to arrest a pandemic before it reaches critical mass and totally overwhelms our medical system within about a month.  Just take five minutes to read about what is happening to Italy RIGHT NOW.  The United States will looks like that, most likely, absent dramatic, widespread, collective action.  And if we do, it will be an absolute disaster. 

Look at the death rates for folks over 70 or so who catch this disease, they are truly frightening.  I realize those people aren't "your kids" but I promise that someone deeply cares about them. 

Now, it's of course possible that some of these measures may have gone to far.  But I'd much rather be wrong in the direction of caution than wrong in the direction of insufficient action.

Well put

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2020 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 11, 2020, 03:08:40 pm »
Old me would give Jknezek a K+ for that. I'll get back to 200 posts eventually.

East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: March 05, 2020, 09:10:01 am »
Checking out the facebook ramblings, not all are happy with Ithaca's decision to move to turf and add lights.  Also concerns with lights "blocking the view" of the lake, as well as the outdoor track which I guess needs some repair as well (plans did not say whether or not the track was being renovated).  I can see both sides, but I would keep it grass if it were up to me.  There are three football practice fields that also have a decent view of the lake, and one of those could always be converted to turf with stands if need be.  There are also three grass soccer fields above Butterfield and the new Higgins turf field across campus as well.

This isn't really a football move, although a lot of people are fixated on what it means for the football team.

Butterfield gets used 4-6 times a year. Football homes games and commencement. Allowing it to be used year round, by multiple teams, and possibly for other things beyond just IC athletics, has a huge benefit for the college.

(Regarding the missing home game, it was probably that ECAC game, but I know that there have been other instances where they tore the field up so bad that, had they had a home game the next week, they likely wouldn't have been able to play there. The grounds crew does an amazing job, but sometimes the weather just hasn't cooperated)

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: March 04, 2020, 03:08:44 pm »
One thing to remember with FTA is that they can be influenced by late-game fouls.

Thompson, for example, went 6-for-6 from the line in the last 1:12 of the LL Title Game, the first ones being shot with the Bombers up by 5. He went 4-for-4 in the last 54 seconds against Hobart, the first ones coming with IC up 7.

Those points count like all the rest on the scoreboard, but they're more driven by other teams' desperation and you having the ball than anything you're doing on offense.

That could push the scales in a tight race like this one

East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: March 03, 2020, 01:30:47 pm »

Kind of sad news.  I haven't been up in a few years but the smell of grass, mud and dirt is missing from football games.  I guess lights will be interesting though.  Also assuming this means other teams will be using the field (for those who didn't know, Butterfield was always a football only field unless things have changed over the past 5 years).

This is overwhelmingly good news.

The news story points out that the field is only used 4 to 6 times a year. Getting to use another surface 365 days a year, at all hours of the day, is huge for the entire campus community. Not to mention, the costs associated with maintenance. There were weeks where that field got straight up destroyed.

Yes, I'll always remember the triple option stompings fueled by IC's grass, but I'm glad they're making this move.

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: March 02, 2020, 08:50:05 am »
Sebastian Alderete 28-11-4 in the title game, that's kinda good.

Hooray we win we wait to see where IC goes and if Hobart and/or RPI join them.

and the IC women won the LL over Vassar on a Grace Cannon bucket with 6 seconds left; truly everything has come up Milhouse on this day

The Cannon basket actually came with .3 seconds to go. Livestats had it wrong, but there's video on IC's athletics Twitter feed. Just a fantastic weekend for IC hoops

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: February 26, 2020, 11:27:10 am »
Survive and advance. The Bombers are in win or go home mood, so there's no points for style. IC got the W, and that's all that matters to me. A 21-5 season thus far, just fantastic, NCAAs or not

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: February 25, 2020, 09:27:44 am »
Hobart should be rooting hard for Ithaca tonight! 

If Hobart does happen to lose in the LL finals to RPI but beats Ithaca for a 3rd time on the way there, Ithaca being regionally ranked greatly enhances Hobart's resume.  Hobart's resume looks a lot better 4-4 Results v RRO's as opposed to 1-4 Results v RRO's (depending if Ithaca ends up being regionally ranked in the final rankings of the East).

They will probably need that added boost to help their low SOS when it comes to having a Pool C opportunity (.508 according to Matt Snyder's page prior to conference tourney play this week).

I don't know if Ithaca stays regionally ranked if they lose again to Hobart. They were 8th in the last go round, and playing Vassar (11-14, probably 11-15), Bard (0-24), and St. Lawrence (8-17 if they lose to IC) will drag down their SOS.

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: February 24, 2020, 08:21:24 am »
Have to think the Bombers are strong favorites to win the LL auto-bid the way they are playing right now. Avenged both conference losses with blowout wins over St. Lawrence and RPI, and just took out 2nd-place Vassar by 19.

And although Pool C bids are always scarce, hopefully, Ithaca has done enough to be in good position for an At-large bid (Although Cortland beating New Paltz would have helped there) even if they falter.

Pro ball / Re: MLB Topics
« on: February 13, 2020, 03:13:12 pm »
Lit up by the 2017 Astros, he [Mike Bolsinger] never pitched in MLB again. Now he’s suing.

I think he has a case.  We hosted Jake Dunning when he played for the Alaska Goldpanners out of a Florida community college.  fast forward to a Giants-Pittsburgh game.  He gets lit up and demoted with that turns out to me his last MLB outing.  I expect this is a pretty common situation for pitchers on the edge.

I don't think he has a case at all. Certainly, it's possible his performance was negatively affected by the Astros doing whatever.

Of course, he had a 5.49 ERA heading into that game. And had pitched at below replacement level in 2016, and 2014. He was worth 1.2 WAR in 2015. So it's also possible he wasn't very good.

That he pitched better in the minors later that year is basically par for his course.


Minors: 3.93
Majors: 5.50

Minors: 2.31
Majors: 3.62

Minors: 4.64
Majors: 6.83

Yes, the difference was more drastic, but given his MLB performance in 2014 and 2016, and up to that start in 2017 was poor, he probably just wasn't that good.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 discussion
« on: February 13, 2020, 09:31:12 am »
It isn't stated, for example, whether a loss to a #2 is better, equal, or worse than 2 wins over #6 or 7.

But the relative strengths of #2, or #6, or #7 aren't going to be static—from region to region or even from year to year within a region.

East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:51:39 pm »
Ice Bear's twitter notifications on his e-mail have been blowing up with Union announcing "stud" recruits for the past couple weeks.

He doesn't know anything about them but feels it's cool to at least hear that kids are signing. Maybe the "stud" label is just to make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside but Ice looks forward to learning about who some of these recruits are...someday.

Yeah, as a buddy of mine once joked, there's never been a coach who's going to say "Eh, we got some okay players, I guess" when asked about recruits. But like IB, I follow the signing process all the same

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: February 10, 2020, 09:35:15 am »
Great win for IC, which has somewhat quietly found itself in great position for a 20-win season for just the seventh time in school history.

The Bombers close the year with four home games, and will be strong favorites in each.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 31, 2020, 12:28:12 pm »
Many years ago, I wrote for a coaching trade magazine, and I wrote a cover story on Coaches as CEOs in football. The upshot is that for a lot of these guys, the biggest difference isn't in the game-day related stuff. It's all the other things that go into running a successful program that present the biggest adjustment. I have no personal experience, but from what those coaches told me, it's important to understand that aspect of the move, and embrace it.

East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: January 13, 2020, 04:05:12 pm »
What in the world is going on this year in LL postings?

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