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  1. I like Dunehawks. It's original and even though I'm not sure how far it is between Valparaiso and the Indiana Dunes National Park, it would work. Beacons is a close second for me because I like the name.
  2. Comets has the most potential outside of Capybaras. Wolves and Hawks are cop out options and United makes me think of an English soccer team starting in League Two or something lower on the pyramid.
  3. So... they'll be the Cleveland Charge now, right?
  4. Very true. James Madison was very impressive for an unseeded team. Despite their loss, I got to tip my cap to them. BTW, Oklahoma and Florida State will meet in the WCWS Finals beginning tonight. On the men's side, 15 of the 16 spots in the Super Regional round are set. One game remains: Old Dominion vs. Virginia in Columbia, SC. That game will be played today and the winner there gets Dallas Baptist in the next round. The dates for the Super Regional round were also announced today.. Series Starting Friday: -NC State at (1) Arkansas -(13) East Carolina at (4) Vanderbilt -(9) Stanford at (8) Texas Tech -(12)Ole Miss at (5) Arizona Series Starting Saturday: -South Florida at (2) Texas -Dallas Baptist vs. Virginia (at Columbia, SC) -Louisiana State at (3) Tennessee -(10) Notre Dame at (7) Mississippi State
  5. The final day of regional play is upon us.. Half of the Super Regional field is set with one series set as East Carolina heads to Nashville to play Vanderbilt while NC State, Texas Tech, Arizona, Texas, Notre Dame and Tennessee all moved on yesterday. The remaining eight slots are up for grabs today beginning with the games in Starkville. Thanks to the weather, they had only one game - Campbell vs. VCU - and that was an offensive explosion as the Camels won 19-10. They'll take on Mississippi State in the first game at 12 Noon ET. Should the Camels win, there's one more game. If the Bulldogs win, they move on. Weather also played havoc in Gainesville as South Alabama lead South Florida in the 5th when the game was postponed. They'll finish that game up today
  6. Depending on where you are, it can be. I know it is in Washington and Oregon since they had a spring season. In Iowa, it's fair game. They had a traditional fall season.
  7. Day 2 is in the books.. The Stopped Sixteen: Of the teams eliminated yesterday, there were 12 #4 seeds, 3 #3 seeds (Northeastern, Nevada and Michigan) and 1 #1 seed. That 1 seed? Gutless Gators: After getting knocked off by South Florida, the Gators had to play South Alabama and the Gators went limp. The Jaguars exploded with a 10 run inning to give them a comfortable lead in route to a 19-1 blasting of the 15th seed. This loss is considered the worst loss by an SEC school ever.. yeah, that bad. Football or Baseball? - Part Two: South Alabama wasn't the only school dropping double digits yesterday. Southern Miss scored three touchdowns in a 21-0 beating of SE Missouri State; Maryland scored two touchdowns and a safety in their 16-0 rout of Norfolk State; Campbell kicked a game winning field goal in their 16-13 win over Samford.. but it was Notre Dame who told everyone to hold their beer in their 26-3 massacre of UConn. Today on Television: -South Carolina vs. Virginia (Columbia Regional - Elimination Game) - ESPNU [12 Noon ET] -Southern Miss vs. Florida State (Oxford Regional - Elimination Game) - ACC Network [2 PM ET] -UCLA vs. North Carolina (Lubbock Regional - Elimination Game) - ESPNU [3 PM ET] -Louisiana Tech vs. Alabama (Ruston Regional - Elimination Game) - SEC Network [3 PM ET] -Gonzaga vs. Louisiana State (Eugene Regional - Elimination Game) - ESPNU [6 PM ET] (Remaining games TBD)
  8. Day 1 is in the books.. Here are some highlights: Bulls on Parade: South Florida is red hot right now. After running the table to win the American tournament, the Bulls continue to make magic by upsetting Florida to open play in Gainesville. USF looks to keep rolling as they take on Miami of Florida today. Walk It Off: Two games ended in walk off fashion. Arizona State used a single to beat Fairfield while Tennessee had more of a flair for the dramatic in their walk off win.. Newbie Watch: Of the four newcomers in the tournament, none of them won. NJIT and Grand Canyon provided the biggest scares as the Highlanders jumped to an early lead on top overall seed Arkansas before the Razorbacks put their foot down while the Antelopes started fast against in state foe Arizona before the Wildcats took care of business. The others? Norfolk State didn't do too bad against East Carolina in a 8-5 loss and Presbyterian had to go up against one half of the best pitching duo in the nation in Kumar Rocker and was promptly smacked by Rocker (9 K's) and the Vandy Boys in a 10-0 romp. Football or Baseball?: A couple of games had some football like scores as Oregon and Charlotte won their games 13-10. Also piling on the runs were Louisiana Tech (18-2 rout of Rider) and VCU (19-4 massacre of Campbell). Today's Televised Games 12 Noon (ET) Games: -Jacksonville vs. Virginia (Columbia Regional - Elimination Game) - ESPNU -(15) Florida vs. South Alabama (Gainesville Regional - Elimination Game) - SEC Network -Michigan vs. Central Michigan (South Bend Regional - Elimination Game) - ESPN2 -Duke vs. Wright State (Knoxville Regional - Elimination Game) - ACC Network 3 PM/4 PM (ET) Games: -UCLA vs. Army (Lubbock Regional - Elimination Game) - ESPN2 -Central Connecticut State vs. Louisiana State (Eugene Regional - Elimination Game) - SEC Network -Miami [Fla.] vs. South Florida (Gainesville Regional - Semifinal) - ESPNU Early Evening Games: -(12) Ole Miss vs. Florida State (Oxford Regional - Semifinal) - ESPN2 [6 PM ET] -Arizona State at (2) Texas (Austin Regional - Semifinal) - Longhorn Network [7 PM ET] -Georgia Tech at (4) Vanderbilt (Nashville Regional - Semifinal) - ESPNU [7 PM ET] -(11) Old Dominion at South Carolina (Columbia Regional - Semifinal) - SEC Network [7 PM ET] Late Games: -(8) Texas Tech vs. North Carolina (Lubbock Regional - Semifinal) - ESPN2 [9 PM ET] -(14) Oregon vs. Gonzaga (Eugene Regional - Semifinal) - ESPNU [10 PM ET]
  9. Since I didn't do anything last year, it's fair time to give a review and update everyone on my end.. Washington: The biggest change comes from the Greater St. Helens League itself as the 3A and 4A schools are now in one league. This gives the combined 3A/4A league the same amount of members as the 2A league (9 schools). One of those 2A schools, Fort Vancouver, plays football at the 1A level (It's for better competition as the Trappers were basically the punching bag at the 2A level for the last few seasons). With the 2B schools, Winlock is playing at 1B while everyone else stayed where they are. Another thing to keep an eye on is potential nickname changes. The state recently passed a bill that will outlaw Native American nicknames for high schools by 2022. Columbia River, a member of the 2A Greater St. Helens League, already did that by changing their nickname from 'Chieftains' to 'Rapids'. This decision will mostly affect two schools in my local area: Toledo and Kalama. Toledo, who are the Indians, would be forced to change despite a verbal agreement with the Cowlitz Tribe (part of the bill states that Native American based nicknames can stay only if the school is near where the Tribe is located. The Cowlitz Tribe is based in Ridgefield). Kalama, who are the Chinooks, might have an easier time because they'll just need to change the mascot. Oregon: Rainier and Clatskanie are still 3A schools with their district getting two new schools for the spring season - Coastal Range League rival Warrenton (who did well enough at the 2A level to earn an automatic upgrade) and Blanchet Catholic. Neither team did anything noteworthy in the spring season. Iowa: After a weird season that saw everyone (and I do mean everyone) get into the playoffs as part of ways to deal with COVID-19, things will get back to normal.. well, a new normal. Starting this season, there will be seven classes with a new 5A class making their debut this season. The 5A schools will be in 6 groups of 6 schools each. What makes this class different is that each group will be using the 'Success Model' of scheduling. Essentially, this is a tier based system that intends to give these schools competitive games throughout the season. Each of the 36 schools are ranked by RPI and four years' worth of playoff performance with the highest ranking teams in Tier 1 and the lowest in Tier 6 and each group has one school from each tier. The schedules are created for these schools to play similar level schools and are NOT in a round robin format. There is also an extra 'assigned' game against another school in the same tier (For example, the two West Des Moines schools - Valley and Dowling Catholic - will play each other in their assigned game). My alma mater, Denison-Schleswig, is now a 4A school for football. In their district are schools they are familiar with in LeMars, Spencer and Storm Lake and two they aren't too familiar with in Webster City and Fort Dodge. Formats are also different depending on what class you're in. 5A, 4A, and 3A have 9 game schedules while 2A, 1A, A and 8 Man all have 8 game schedules. Playoff field sizes are different as well as 5A, 4A and 3A have 16 team fields (5A is all at-large bids while 4A and 3A have automatic bids for the top two in each district and 4 at-large bids) while 2A, 1A, A and 8 Man have 32 team fields (2A, 1A and A have automatic bids to the top four in each district while 8 Man has automatic bids to the top three in each district and 2 at-large bids).
  10. Geez, Brooklyn. You didn't need to beat Boston down that badly..
  11. Good lord, that's a snoozer. At least be original here.. what about Discovery Brothers? That's original.
  12. Time for the brackets.. first off, the 16 seeded teams. These are the host schools for the upcoming regional round. 1. Arkansas 2. Texas 3. Tennessee 4. Vanderbilt 5. Arizona 6. Texas Christian 7. Mississippi State 8. Texas Tech 9. Stanford 10. Notre Dame 11. Old Dominion 12. Ole Miss 13. East Carolina 14. Oregon 15. Florida 16. Louisiana Tech Super Regional #1 - Fayetteville vs. Ruston Fayetteville: Arkansas, Northeastern, Nebraska, NJIT Ruston: Louisiana Tech, Alabama, NC State, Rider Super Regional #2 - Lubbock vs. Palo Alto Lubbock: Texas Tech, North Carolina, UCLA, Army Palo Alto: Stanford, Nevada, UC Irvine, North Dakota State Super Regional #3 - Tucson vs. Oxford Tucson: Arizona, UC Santa Barbara, Oklahoma State, Grand Canyon Oxford: Ole Miss, Florida State, Southern Miss, SE Missouri State Super Regional #4 - Nashville vs. Greenville Nashville: Vanderbilt, Indiana State, Georgia Tech, Presbyterian Greenville: East Carolina, Maryland, Charlotte, Norfolk State Super Regional #5 - Austin vs. Gainesville Austin: Texas, Fairfield, Arizona State, Southern Gainesville: Florida, South Alabama, Miami (Fla.), South Florida Super Regional #6 - Starkville vs. South Bend Starkville: Mississippi State, Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth, Samford South Bend: Notre Dame, Michigan, UConn, Central Michigan Super Regional #7 - Knoxville vs. Eugene Knoxville: Tennessee, Liberty, Duke, Wright State Eugene: Oregon, Louisiana State, Gonzaga, Central Connecticut State Super Regional #8 - Fort Worth vs. Columbia Fort Worth: Texas Christian, Dallas Baptist, Oregon State, McNeese State Columbia: Old Dominion, Virginia, South Carolina, Jacksonville (Last Four in were Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina and UC Santa Barbara while the First Four Out were Baylor, Pittsburgh, Georgia and Ball State. These schools in the First Four Out list could potentially replace a school if they cannot play due to COVID-19)
  13. After a year off thanks to COVID-19, the Road to Omaha returns as 64 teams look to reach TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The first step is naming the hosts for next weekend's regional round. 20 teams were chosen as potential host sites largely because of COVID-18 protocols. From that list of 20 teams, we have the 16 regional hosts. They are (in alphabetical order).. -Arkansas -Arizona -East Carolina -Florida -Louisiana Tech -Mississippi State -Notre Dame -Ole Miss -Oregon -South Carolina -Stanford -TCU -Tennessee -Texas -Texas Tech -Vanderbilt Of the host schools, Texas is hosting for the 28th time (followed by Stanford at 19, South Carolina with 18 and Mississippi State with 15) while Louisiana Tech is the only first time host. The field will be set tomorrow at Noon (ET). Some things to look at until then.. The Fate of Fairfield - As one of the weird anomalies created by COVID-19, a few conferences went ahead and decided not to play any non-conference games. The Metro Atlantic was one of them. Taking advantage of this decision was the Stags from Fairfield. They blitzed their way through the conference schedule with only one loss (to Siena in the first game of a double header). After blazing through the opening round, the Stags would get tripped up by Canisius in the double elimination portion of the conference tournament. The Stags would win the next two games, but lose to Rider in the finals.. Much like Colgate in basketball season, Fairfield (37-3) took advantage of the RPI and is right now number 2 in the RPI behind Arkansas. The Stags should be a shoo-in, but how will the NCAA see their record compared to others? First Timer Party - Four schools will be making their debuts in this season's tournament: NJIT, Presbyterian, Norfolk State and Grand Canyon. NJIT won the America East tournament by default after weather ruined the last day of play (The Highlanders were the only unbeaten team left), Presbyterian sneaked in as the last seed in the Big South tournament and ran roughshod through it (including two wins over a good Campbell squad), Norfolk State won on a walk off single to take the MEAC title and Grand Canyon won their tournament by holding off UTRGV.
  14. This will be Brentford's first appearance at the highest level of English Football in 74 years.
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