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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: December 29, 2016, 09:17:26 am »

   PS This new lavender boards background is really awful

Not a big fan either. Thankfully it hasn't yet started showing up in purple when used on my smart phone. That is still a nice, readable, shade of blue. Trying to get used to the lavender, but...

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:28:39 am »

W&L just picked up two Richmond area kids that can play; MLB and QB. Both attracted lots of interest, several walk on opportunities, D3's in the area all over both. Congrats !!!

Good to hear and I love the heads up. +K. W&L doesn't really do anything to publicize recruiting, not uncommon obviously, but it means it's hard to get excited about. I like to peruse the roster as soon as it is posted and look for numbers, listed positions, listed sizes, and hometowns, but I don't go back and look into their Huddle stuff the way some people do. If they stick it out and get on the field, I'm happy to get behind them!

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: December 27, 2016, 11:07:06 am »
Ahh. I guess after having seen the headers for 11 years I've grown blind to them.

I can work to make it a little darker at some point but purple is the new theme color for D3boards, across the ... well, board.

It's not like I'm going anywhere so I'm sure I'll get used to it. Just to my eye, it makes the page look very washed out and harder to read. There are no contrasting darker colors anymore so a darker purple would definitely help.

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: December 27, 2016, 10:16:54 am »
Which words are white?

On the menu page all the headers are white. As are things like the "Post Reply" header while typing this response.

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: December 27, 2016, 09:19:41 am »
Ouch. Not sure I like this lavender. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it's too washed out and makes the white words harder to read.

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: December 21, 2016, 10:34:23 am »
Happy Holidays to all my fellow ODAC posters. May your holidays be merry and bright!

General football / Re: The saddest days of the year
« on: December 21, 2016, 07:07:26 am »
The day has arrived again. :(

+k. I wondered if it would get bumped again.

Men's soccer / Re: WashU Men's Soccer
« on: December 20, 2016, 07:53:26 pm »
No. Though he wasn't much better. Which is sad that in over 20 years we still think it is ok to let disrespectful, womanizing, braggarts be President. Which comes back around to the whole it makes it harder to teach young men it is wrong to be a womanizing, disrespectful, jerk toward women. 20 years we should have seen some progress, but apparently not enough. Hopefully by the time my daughter is old enough to go to college enough voters will understand about common decency to stop rewarding these men. But I might be too optimistic about our fellow citizens.

East Region football / Re: FB: New Jersey Athletic Conference
« on: December 20, 2016, 02:50:40 pm »

All the points are fine, but in the end who do you have the jump over?  I said Platteville and I think that is an easy one, but after that who?  I think they were the best team in the East at the end of the season and if they played Alfred would have has a similar game to the Mount result.  The game with JCU looks really good, but good enough to forget about 2 loses, no matter when they occurred in the season.  Win that game as mentioned and all bets are off as far as the other losses go and you can move them up the poll.

Point taken, however, who did Hardin Simmons beat that was even ranked?  Wesley has two wins over ranked opponents while HSU has none.  Platteville has none,  and Alfred has one against #25 SJU......


Hardin-Simmons had 2 losses to ranked teams. Platteville had 3 losses to ranked teams. Alfred had one loss to a ranked team. Wesley had 2 losses to unranked teams. That's also a fair way to look at it. I think you could move Wesley up a slot, maybe 2. But those losses just aren't great. Neither are really bad, Del Val is RV and 9-2, CNU was 7-3. But neither of these teams you keep pointing to lost to teams they shouldn't have. According to the rankings, Wesley did that not once but twice. It's hard to keep pushing up a team that under performed in multiple games. You can't just look at wins and ignore the inconsistency. It matters. Especially when other teams aren't showing that kind of inconsistency and only lost the games they were expected to lose.

Over the years I've had the pleasure to see Wesley several times in person. I'm always impressed with their talent. I'm not always impressed with their discipline and execution. I think talent carries them when the other two fail. But it explains things like the "surprise" losses the last two years now that they need to be consistent week in and out in a strong conference.

I would have no problem with Wesley a spot or two higher this year, and most years I think they are firmly in the top 4-8 teams in the country. At times this year I think they played well enough to be in the top 4-8 teams in the country. But at times they simply didn't play well enough to look like a top 25 team, and you just can't ignore those times based on the last game of the season. So it balances out into a very good ranking, even if it isn't where the Wolverines are used to being. But even at 15th, they are still considered inside the top 6.5% of DIII. 93.5% of the division would be pretty happy to be so well thought of.

Men's soccer / Re: WashU Men's Soccer
« on: December 19, 2016, 03:07:55 pm »
And Amherst cross country ... and Princeton in swimming.  The sheer number of these being revealed in close proximity suggest, sadly, that this behavior has been widely prevelant, and now that a few have been exposed, we are seeing a cascade (the Cosby effect) of past incidents coming to light.

Of course it's widely spread. It's been around for decades in one degree or another. It's just that mores are changing and now it is, quite rightly, becoming no longer something considered funny, but something that is wrong. I would wager that this behavior goes, or at least went, on with most men's teams and fraternities to one degree or another. It certainly did when I was in h.s. and college, though the lewdness varied greatly. Now that it is being exposed, it will either slide deeper underground or, for those that are smarter, it will stop.

I don't expect this to be the last case, especially if they are going to hold past actions against future teams. Electronic documents simply don't go away. But I do expect that exposing the behavior will cause it to stop happening in the future, at least in a way that is so easy to discover.

South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: December 19, 2016, 10:02:22 am »

I meant we were left out of that.

It was a list of conferences in the middle of the country. Must Linfield and the NWC be included in every list?

Pretty sure you know the answer to that Pat!

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:59:22 am »
That's a big step. It's not like Chattanooga is a program in the dumps. They are very competitive outside their money game in a very good FCS conference. They played Sam Houston State tough in the second round of the playoffs this year, third straight time they've made it, and the team has OK fan support unlike some FCS schools. Good for him as he must have really impressed with the interview stage, but he's going to need to hit the ground running hard.

Men's soccer / Re: WashU Men's Soccer
« on: December 18, 2016, 04:56:29 pm »
Seems like this is starting to happen all over. I get that this stupid stuff has been going on for a long time, certainly when I was in college, but the world is changing and these guys need to wise up.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 15, 2016, 01:05:51 pm »
W&L has a frosh RB/KR that played some this year. Listed at 5'5", 163lbs. He looked about that in his pads. Lightning fast and out of one of the real power h.s. programs down here in AL. It'll be interesting to see him develop. I met his parents and brother at a game I went to this year, I don't think he's going to get much bigger.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 13, 2016, 04:57:48 pm »
Subject change: if the NFL is trying to expand into Europe (why get rid of NFL Europe BTW if there was a market??) why are the Browns going to play there? I mean are the Brits really supposed to see the Browns and think 'Man U got nothing on these blokes!

I think the difference is that there is an appetite for NFL football and not so much for NFL Europe football- which was basically a second or third rate impersonation of the NFL.  Liverpool FC touring the States in the summer is a must-watch big deal (for US soccer fans) in a way that, say, Norwich City touring the States just wouldn't be. 

Sending the Browns to play at Wembley though is a thing that could damage relations with England and probably ought to be reconsidered.

I don't think there is a market in Europe for the NFL, but there might be enough of a market in London to establish a team. Whether it is worth the hassle is another question. I think, at the moment, the NFL is mostly doing education. Football is not an easy game to understand if you weren't raised with it. The platoon style is very different from any other major sport played globally. The minutia and breadth of the rule book is simply astounding. So you can't just open up a franchise in Europe, or a league as was tried, and expect it to succeed. You have to actually introduce the game. The seemingly ever-increasing number of London games is designed to do that by not just pulling in one set of fans, but testing to see if there are enough fans to support a season's worth of games. The NFL is closely tracking not just tickets sold, but WHO is buying the tickets. If the same 60K buy the tickets, it's no good. But if there are 180K different buyers for 4 games, and only 60K repeats, that starts to look better.

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