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Women's soccer / Re: Northern Athletics Conference Women's Soccer
« on: October 28, 2007, 01:05:53 pm »
Barring upsets, injuries and other unforeseen developments, does anyone think the NAthCon gets more than one women's team in the NCAA D3 tournament?

Women's soccer / Re: WIAC
« on: August 26, 2007, 12:14:46 am »
Does anyone know how Stevens Point did against UW-GB today?

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: April 27, 2007, 01:09:25 pm »

There's a lot more money in a Champs League victory than in an EPL first place though.  I'd have to think with the money that goes into these clubs these days that pounds would have to be the first thing on their minds.
Generally, I think the league is the top priority for domestic fans.  Champions League is huge as well - lots of teams field weakened FA Cup sides (and League Cup as well), but I think it's a situation where you're going for it on both ends.  Neither Chelsea nor ManUtd are going to be able to rest anyone down the stretch and obviously injuries and "man management" are critical.  Basically, if United can get Ferdinand or Vidic back, they're probably home and dry - it's coming down to whether United can hold it together without Ferdinand better than Chelsea did while Terry was out.

Central Region / Re: WIAC
« on: February 27, 2007, 09:01:46 pm »
I personally don't understand why the WIAC would put anyone, Chuck, Stout, anyone in that situation. I'm not accusing him of being anything ... it's just a huge game and it's obvious that link is pretty well known. Your rebuttals say if anything, he overcompensates ... that's not good either. In fact, that hurts your point even more.
The WIAC has been really sloppy in assigning officials in a number of sports - I think it speaks more to the level of competence and integrity (very little, IMHO) in the WIAC office.  If they were on the ball, no question you don't have Chuck doing that game - which has NOTHING to do with his abilities as an official, his personal integrity, etc.

The real test is do you think the Big Ten or Big East would allow this?  I think not.

Central Region / Re: Northern Athletics Conference
« on: February 26, 2007, 12:13:45 pm »
Maybe the NAC should try to stay as "independent" - darn near got two teams in Pool B, while there would have been NO chance for a 2nd spot in Pool C.  Concordia gets a tough draw at Luther.  Carroll also has it all to do against a very good Illinois Wesleyan team. 

Central Region / Re: WIAC
« on: February 26, 2007, 12:11:05 pm »
A lot of it depends on who the teams are in the next level, since travel considerations outweigh seeding.  On first glance, it looks like Stout would end up on the road for sectionals because all three opponents will most likely be on the east coast.  If seedings hold, Messiah looks likely since Stout would be the only team that would have to fly to them.  If Stout hosts, all three of the other teams would fly.  If William Patterson comes out of the Randolph-Macon pod, then they or NYU would also be possible (3 teams drive and Stout flys) hosts.

Central Region / Re: Northern Athletics Conference
« on: February 19, 2007, 07:23:07 pm »
Well, according to the quality of win index posted in the multi-region area (under Pool C), CUW is listed as #33 - which I think is pretty good among independents for strength of schedule. 

CUW's currently 19-2 in region (which is the record that really counts), so if they can win the NAthConf tournament, they have a really good shot.  They are up for one of the 4 "Pool B" bids that go to "independents" (teams in leagues without AQ's or not in a conference at all).  I have no idea who their competition would be for those spots, though.

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