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  1. So I've been fairly active on this message board for nearly five years now, although the vast majority of my time spent on this site of late is devoted to fantasy sports. I figured what better way to reintegrate myself into the community at large than to spark a discussion, with this new thread in The Lounge, in which I'm sure a very large percentage of you will be glad to participate. And that topic! I feel like it's a time in our lives that we all greatly enjoy but seldom discuss, so I decided that a thread to discuss any and all aspects of our differing, unique collegiate experiences -- whether we are preparing to attend, are attended, or have attended in the past -- would be very conducive to good conversation. So here's a little personal background. Firstly, I have always stayed very private on these boards with regards to personal information. I have never released my age or name or particulars about myself or my location etc. Partially for security reasons, yes, but also because I have always been much younger than the median age of CCSLCers and I wanted to be treated as an equal and not looked down or condescended upon. It's been a chance for me to moreover discover my mature or adult side, and hopefully in my attempts to do so I have caused some of you to perceive me as older than I really am; I always like hearing that. In reality, I was born on May 6, 1998 and I am currently 17 years old and finishing up my senior year of high school (hence the motivation for the college topic). I began participating on these forums when I was 12, and it's been interesting looking back on my earlier posts compared to recent ones and seeing just how much I have matured since the early days of my membership. So now that I've come clean and made all that clear, let me give you some background on my college choice. Yesterday, I officially committed to Creighton University, located in, as most of you know, Omaha, Nebraska. As a kid who has lived in Maryland since he moved from Illinois at the age of 1, this will be quite the adjustment culturally and I'll surely be missing home quite a bit, but Creighton is just the perfect fit for me; it's the perfect size, it's rich in Jesuit tradition which largely is in sync with my personal ideals, it's got terrific facilities across the board, plus very importantly D1, Big East sports, namely soccer, BASKETBALL, and baseball (since this is a sports logos message board, I'll say that I really like the Bluejays' recently revamped logos and various scrips and uniforms etc - can't wait to start donning tons of Creighton stuff ), its faculty have overwhelmed me with their explanations and information they've given me regarding academics and my intended major of International Business (likely with a double major in marketing), and most importantly the people, my future classmates, whom I've gotten to know these past few months have proven to be absolutely amazing people and friends, which is something I am lacking in here at home (I have recently formed a very particular and yes Christianity-derived set of morals centered around being selfless, caring, and exceedingly helpful toward others, so the ideals that people who I will be coming in close contact with hold is an important factor). I am confident that I will find lifelong friends at Creighton and will really enjoy my time in all these above aspects, especially socially. I am extremely excited to leave behind the East Coast and the prevailing attitude that comes with it for a change of scenery in the Heartland, as well as the kind and hospitable nature its people are known for. Creighton really did come out of the blue for me; I was pretty sure I would end up at Cincinnati because of my long line of family history there, my lifelong Bearcats fandom, and the fact that I loved the campus setup and residence/athletic facilities. But I realized that Cincinnati was far too big for me and that the type of people I'd likely be associating with all too often at a public university such as UC weren't ideal for me. I also applied and was accepted to South Carolina, Salisbury (MD), and USF, but had many, varying issues with each school. Marquette had the last chance to dethrone Creighton, but after visiting campus I realized that although I REALLY liked Milwaukee (more so than Omaha) and the two schools are almost freaky-similar, Creighton was still the perfect fit and trumped Marquette in a variety of key factors I described in the paragraph above. So that's my contribution to the college discussion. Please feel free to shoot questions and comments my way about absolutely anything touched on above, and please go ahead and add your college story, as it stands to date! Looking forward to learning more about you all, which school, if any, you attended, and what college was/is/will be like for you.
  2. The LPI Midseason Draft kicks off at 10:00 AM EDT on Monday, and you've got the first of four compensatory selections (due to the departure of Guarín to :censored:ing China). If you will not be able to make a selection from 10-12 Monday, send me your desired selection ASAP. Otherwise, please just remember to PM Dave once you've made your pick. :)

  3. You're up in the WFL Draft buddy

  4. LPI (Serie A) Looking for Replacement Owner

    Click here for an Italian football extravaganza. Ignore for Satan.
  5. 2015/16 International Football

    I think PSG is primed to flop considering that most of their players are just past their prime. Di María is their X-factor in my opinion, but there's no reason to believe he'll improve all of a sudden. Shakhtar arent good any more though. Otherwise Id say theres a decent chance of it happening, but theyll get played off the park in Paris.Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about, but I think that the addition of Eduardo is what will allow Shakhtar to advance. He has a great history of scoring goals and lots of them.
  6. 2015/16 International Football

    I think PSG is primed to flop considering that most of their players are just past their prime. Di María is their X-factor in my opinion, but there's no reason to believe he'll improve all of a sudden.
  7. 2015/16 International Football

    Predictions? Sure! Group A 1. Real Madrid CF 2. FC Shakhtar Donetsk 3. Paris Saint-Germain FC 4. Malmö FF Group B 1. Manchester United FC 2. PFC CSKA Moscow 3. VfL Wolfsburg 4. PSV Eindhoven Group C 1. Atlético de Madrid 2. Galatasaray SK 3. SL Benfica 4. FC Astana Group D 1. Sevilla FC 2. Manchester City FC 3. Borussia Mönchengladbach 4. Juventus FC Group E 1. FC Barcelona 2. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3. AS Roma 4. FC BATE Borisov Group F 1. FC Bayern München 2. Arsenal FC 3. Olympiacos FC 4. GNK Dinamo Zagreb Group G 1. FC Porto 2. Chelsea FC 3. FC Dynamo Kyiv 4. Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Group H 1. Olympique Lyonnais 2. Valencia CF 3. Zenit Saint Petersburg 4. KAA Gent
  8. 2015 MLB Season Thread with Postseason Discussion

    Price, Verlander, Simon, Sanchez. Not a terrible playoff rotation, plus they could have traded some excess bats for another starter and definitely some bullpen help; there were plenty of quality arms available at this year's deadline for relatively cheap.
  9. 2015 MLB Season Thread with Postseason Discussion

    This Tigers team's hitting is absolutely devastating. They never fail to crush mistake pitches, and there have been several "pitcher's pitches" that they have put good wood on as well. These guys just flat out hit. Now, I understand that the Tigers have scuffled this season and that Cabrera was hurt for awhile there, but watching this team hit, I think I now understand why Dombrowski was let go. I'll bet ownership knew that this club could definitely make a playoff push despite their lower-than-expected record given their offense and the fact that the AL Wild Cards are essentially up for grabs. I'm guessing that ownership would have rather seen Detroit pick up some bullpen help and maybe another starter, but Dombrowski, the great GM that he is, knew that he could get a disgusting return from Toronto for Price, a load that wasn't worth renting him for just a few months, and smartly he made a great deal (which is easy for me to say as a Cubs fan watching Daniel Norris demolish the Cubs with his big left arm and his ing bat right now). So ownership wanted Detroit to go for it because with their offense and some bullpen help, they easily could have grabbed a wild card, gotten hot in the playoffs, and made a deep run. But Dombrowski kinda did the franchise a favor by working some fantastic deals that replenished a farm system that desperately needed to be replenished, but in doing so began a rebuilding process of sorts and went against ownership's interests and lost his job because he was on an entirely different page than ownership. Tigers fans, am I far off here with my observations?
  10. 2015/16 International Football

    Exact repeat of last season's debut against Leicester, wasn't it? That said, I think this Watford side is going to be one of the EPL's surprises this season. They carry over a deadly attack from last season's Championship squad, and they did a marvelous job bringing in a multitude of under-the-radar transfers.
  11. The Pointless Realignment Outpost

    NFL-style MLB Realignment (playoff format would mat h that of NFL with Wild Card Round consisting of five-game series and all other series consisting of seven games) American League East Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Indians New York Yankees Raleigh/Durham (formerly Tampa Bay Rays) North Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Montreal Expos (expansion) Toronto Blue Jays South Chicago White Sox Houston Astros Kansas City Royals Texas Rangers West Las Vegas (expansion) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sacramento Athletics (formerly of Oakland) Seattle Mariners National League East New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Pittsburgh Pirates Washington Nationals North Chicago Cubs Colorado Rockies Milwaukee Brewers Minnesota Twins South Atlanta Braves Cincinnati Reds Miami Marlins St. Louis Cardinals West Arizona Diamondbacks Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Here's a handy (albeit crudely drawn) map so you can see that despite some weird divisions -- such as St. Louis and the White Sox both being aligned in the South -- this actually makes a hell of a lot more since geographically than the NFL's current divisional alignment.
  12. 2015 MLB Season Thread with Postseason Discussion

    I was at that game donning a Cubs hat, monitoring the out-of-town scoreboard, and vehemently rooting against the Giants. It was incredible. And with that breathtaking Braves win and the Cubs-Pirates rainout, the Cubs have leapfrogged San Fran for WC2 once again. Nonetheless, this week is going to be a serious gut check for this Cubs team; I'm looking forward to the remaining games in Pittsburgh and especially the series with the Giants.
  13. 2015 MLB Season Thread with Postseason Discussion

    IIRC, he was at the Cubs-Marlins game either today or yesterday. He was also at the Cubs-Reds game in Wrigley when they played on Sunday Night Baseball a few weeks back; I'm pretty sure he goes to nearly every Sunday Night Baseball game played when the Marlins aren't at home. That son of a gun sure does get around....
  14. 2015 MLB Season Thread with Postseason Discussion

    Bumgarner doesn't have a good history at Nationals Park; I remember going to a Nats-Giants game a year or two back and he got lit up with plenty of long balls in that game too. We started calling him Bomb-garner that game. Heh.
  15. LPI (Serie A) Looking for Replacement Owner

    The LPI is in need of one expansion owner. You'll have a chance to start a club from the ground, and it's a boatload of fun, trust me. Parma always cooks a delicious pasta dinner for visiting clubs! I really think you should click here and fill out an applicaton. Grazie mille!