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bobref

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  1. School Fight Songs

    Did you know that the Maroons have - or, at least, had at one time - a marching kazoo band that played at their football games? Quite a sight.
  2. You fail, but obviously they don’t. I’d like to hear from @Trojan Dad and other CG faithful about the hue and cry being raised in the district over this extravagance... or not.
  3. Just like one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, one man’s waste is another man’s investment. The folks at Center Grove have decided that, for their community, this makes sense. In another community, e.g., Frankfort, it might not. But, by all accounts, the Center Grove community is thriving. So, for my money, they’re entitled to the benefit of the doubt. Not all return on investment is capable of precise measurement. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
  4. You don’t get to decide how other people spend their money.
  5. It’s ironic that kids are being held out of football at a time when the sport is safer than it has ever been. There is a lot of work being done now to attempt to quantify risks, and to assess the effect that rules changes, contact restrictions in practice, and new coaching techniques have on those risks. But that’s going to take some time. I’m confident that 10-15 yrs. down the road, the pendulum will swing back the other way.
  6. By all accounts, a true student athlete. He will be very successful at Notre Dame.
  7. As expected. http://www.nwitimes.com/high-school/munster/munster-selects-jason-grunewald-as-new-mustangs-football-coach/article_f55789f7-38f1-509d-a153-baddee8e32d2.html
  8. That is your speculation, not mine.
  9. I don’t think it’s appropriate to “out” people who applied for a job and didn’t get it, unless it’s reported in the media, or the guy being “outed” is OK with it. i will say, however, that with the naming of the new coach at Hanover Central, if you knew who the other finalist was for that job, you would be absolutely stunned.
  10. Cathedral and Penn

    I saw Naperville Central in person last year. They ended up winning the DuPage Valley Conference. I would put them on a par with Carmel, Center Grove, Cathedral, Penn, etc. I thought they were a step below the Warren, BD level.
  11. I think the “late” decision by Coach Marsh was more a reflection of the fact that the successor was already hand-picked, so there was no concern about continuity or transition. As to DT’s observations about the decline of Region football over the years, I think his last two points are very accurate: * Gun shy and resource hoarding admins have no interest in taking a chance on an outside candidate, regardless of resume. * There is no push from the community to hire a difference maker.
  12. Cathedral and Penn

    HF’s Coach Greg Buzea is no stranger to Freed Field, if that’s where the Penn-HF game will take place. He took the Portage Indians there several times ... without much success. But I particularly remember the 1998 regional, when Portage staggered the Kingsmen with 2 quick TDs, and was in good position to add a third when a roughing the passer call went Penn’s way. They ended up kicking a field goal, and eventually won, 23-21.
  13. Anthony Johnson - South Bend Adams, Notre Dame, and 5 different NFL teams, including both the Colts and Bears.
  14. Valparaiso Head Coach

    He will do very well at Valpo.
  15. From the quotes in the article, he’s done some research into the Mendoza College of Business at ND. He could do a lot worse, and probably not a lot better.
  16. Because of the Notre Dame involvement.
  17. OK, you now have my attention. Academically, where does this kid stand?
  18. https://notredame.rivals.com/news/notre-dame-offers-2019-lb-jack-kiser Nice to hear that this kid has his eye on more than football. I’ve never seen him play, but he’s listed at 206, and he’s not playing LB at Notre Dame unless he bulks up a bit from there. Is he fast enough to play safety? I wonder how he compares to someone like Nick Zachary a few years ago from Sheridan, who was the best 1A player I ever saw.
  19. On the other hand, there is also a body of evidence that playing football through high school carries no measurable risk of cognitive issues later in life. https://www.sbnation.com/2017/7/11/15952184/cte-study-wisconsin-high-school-football. Reported in the Journal of the AMA, which is a credible source.
  20. There may be. Why don’t you provide some examples? I would be willing to bet they have some risks associated with them, too.
  21. To be fair, Muda, you’re looking only at one side of the equation. You’ve provided information on the long term historical risks, but haven’t made (to my recollection) any attempt to assess the benefits of playing the game — and they are considerable. All of life is basically a risk/benefit analysis. In the last 10 yrs. or so a lot more information has surfaced to help people evaluate the risks. But that doesn’t mean the benefits are any less real. Moreover, if you want to get really detailed about it, any risk/benefit analysis should use not the absolute risk presented by the game, but rather, the “marginal” risk, i.e., the degree of risk by which football exceeds whatever activity you might undertake in place of football. For example, if you won’t let your son play football, but instead he spends his time skateboarding ... well, that’s not a risk-free activity, either. Another point that is often overlooked in this debate is that we’re not talking about the risk level from when you or I played, years ago, i.e., the “historical” risk. We’re talking about the risk going forward. Rule changes, coaching education, better equipment, development of different techniques, limitations on contact in practices, all of these things combine to make the game safer than it has ever been. Yet, the benefits remain relatively constant. Of course, at bottom, it is - and has to be - an individual choice. But for those of us who love the game - and I know you do - it’s important that all of the relevant factors be considered when making that choice. It’s illogical to make a decision based only on the historical risks, without examining either the benefits or the actual risk as it exists today.
  22. I can’t afford the pay cut. Seriously, though, if I were czar, the first thing I would do (for football only, since I do not pretend to know much about other sports) is get with the Indiana Football Officials Assoc. and work with them to design a half dozen or so “canned” meeting presentations for local associations, film heavy, with handouts and a script. Required for every official who wants to work ... and not just those who want to work in the playoffs. Next, I’d work with local associations (at the same time attempting to consolidate them to reduce numbers by at least half) to develop some standardized training and evaluation programs. I’d also be pitching a fit about the ineffective - and in many cases, counterproductive - way we decide which officials get to advance in the playoffs.
  23. No argument with anything you’ve said. Let me just add, for perspective, that the challenges in providing “training” to Indiana’s thousand or so football officials are formidable. They include (in no particular order and without any attempt at an exhaustive list): High school officials come in all shapes and sizes ... and abilities. They also come with varying degrees of commitment. I was a crew chief for 25 yrs., and during the season for that time I probably spent at least 5 hrs. of prep - assembling the pregame, watching film, working with rules, cases, and mechanics publications, providing the crew with feedback, attending meetings, etc. - for every hour spent on the field. What percentage of those 1,000 officials do you think are doing something like that? Probably not very many. A lot of those cannot devote that time to it because of family or work. There are also many who are just not that highly motivated. The NFL has about 130 officials. The difference between the best NFL official and the worst is about this much (you can’t see, but I’m holding my thumb and forefinger about an inch apart). The difference between the best and worst Indiana HS officials is, by comparison, about a mile. The shortage of officials means that we are putting just about everyone with a pulse on the field. In the past, you worked a couple of years under the watchful eyes of veteran officials at lower level games before you even sniffed the field. We are forced to put people on the field now before they are close to ready. Most of the training has to happen on the local association level. But the oversight and coordination of the local officials organizations (of which there are about twice as many as there should be) by the IHSAA is all but non-existent. There’s a ready explanation for that. See #4 below. The IHSAA executive staff is not organized in a way that is conducive to expanding training, oversight, or education of officials. There is an Asst. Commissioner in charge of officials, but that is purely for administrative purposes, like licensure and renewal. But there is no officiating “czar” who is responsible for such critical officiating-related tasks as recruitment, retention, training, evaluation, and advancement. Many states have such a position on their executive staffs. But Indiana does not. This may seem like a no-brainer, but remember, such a person would have to be paid and that would come right out of the schools’ cut of revenue. Want better officiating? Taking care of these 4 issues would be a great start.
  24. In the medical business, they call that "self-referral," and it's illegal.