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Lysander

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  1. 8-10 Scrimmages

    Wouldn't mind hearing about the BS/LC scrimmage since Chatard is playing LC in Week 2 and BS in Week 9. That said, I can never make heads or tails of scrimmages I watch.
  2. CYO Football

    I am going to likely embarrass myself by asking this, but, Guru - where is MTCA?
  3. Don't know about you guys but I am trying to get home so I can make my way to the scrimmage at this point.
  4. Lest someone consider me criticizing my brethren back home, I write this with pinch between cheek and gum. Staying honest to my raisin'.
  5. You think its tongue in cheek because you are fundamentally rational. Believe me, take a drive down US 52 to Franklin County and see what they have to say about it. The only thing "in cheek" there is Skoal.
  6. Smack Talk

    Good for fiber these days.... Can't speak to the hippie music stuff but I know my cereals.
  7. I get how some folks might somehow feel the idea behind this is ultimately to benefit Indianapolis area schools. As someone who grew up in, arguably, the poorest corner of the state we thought that anything coming out of Indy was for Indy...but that feeling doesn't make it true. Even so, I am still for the "all-in" but would like to see Sectionals seeded - at minimum, the top 2 teams. The reasoning behind seeding Sectionals in an "all-in" tournament is valid..and fair. Any argument against is based on "feelings" and far, far from "fair". That said, I do find myself leaning more each year towards where Bobref and Footballking are coming from. I think it would add some import to certain regular season games that often doesn't exist now. At the same time, I could see some schools just deciding to pack it in as regards football since they never see the light of day as regards playoffs. Alternately, it could have the opposite effect. If only 50% of the teams make playoffs it could be an inspiration for some of those schools that are usually poor in football - making the playoffs being the reward and goal in itself regardless how far they may get. Under the current system, for some schools, I imagine that the first round of Sectionals only offers up "one final Friday night butt-kicking" before hoops season starts. That said, I am still for the "all-in" but there are some valid reasons for a different approach.
  8. If its not too late, add me to 4A and 5A. I put in my vote already for 3A...and I noticed the defending champs are getting very little love so far - so I gave them some.
  9. 1. East Central 2. Lawrenceburg 3. Batesville 4. Greensburg 5. Franklin Co. 6. South Dearborn 7. Connersville 8. Rushville #1 is an easy pick. #2-4 could move around but they are definitely Nos. 2-4. Hard for me putting Lawrenceburg below #2 given the past few seasons (and the fact I watched them effectively beat East Central last year...then somehow - lose) no matter how many they may have graduated. #5 Probably. Don't see them breaking the top 4....could fall lower #6-8 could also move around but they are likely to still fall into 6-8. I could, maybe, see one of them moving up to #5
  10. My modern experience (not counting my leather helmet days) is that Freshman football's FIRST priority was to keep kids loving the game and having fun doing it. Don't run kids away from the game. By playing with those of similar size and age (and developing a sense of class unity), they have something to build on and develop comradeship and pride in their class. Its goal is to keep that certain small kid engaged so that when he has that 6" and 50lb growth spurt he hasn't left the game behind two years previously (or the short heavy kid that adds inches and turns into a tight end). There are so many stories about what kids looked like Freshman year versus what they became as Seniors. I get it if you frankly just don't have the numbers but I think you are at a severe disadvantage (at least in 3A upwards) if you can't or don't field Freshman teams. Its great to win games, etc., but if you really think that is the real priority of Freshmen football, I think it's a mistake. It's to keep kids in the game and playing the NEXT year.
  11. Chatard had roughly 45 boys on the Freshmen team last year. Typically, they seem to run in the 30s to low 40s. Typical Freshmen class will probably range between 80-90 boys. Frankly, Freshmen teams allow for a smoother transition from Jr. High to HS WITH your classmates versus being mixed in with Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors since there is no separation between JV and Varsity in practice.
  12. Couple of head scratchers. Columbus East finished 6 or 7th All Classes per Sagarin last year (ahead of everyone in 5A) yet they only rank 3rd in 5A in preseason. LC was very, very arguably the 2nd or 3rd best team in 6A at the end of the season and they don't even make the Top 10.
  13. You'd think that Northridge as both the 12th and 13th best team in 4A could put both those teams together and end up in the Top 5.
  14. 8-10 Scrimmages

    Chatard is generally composed (almost entirely) of CYO kids. There may be an exception or two....but it's pretty rare. That said, I have been to enough HSE sporting events to know how they feel about a particular private school....I hear about it most every time I am up there.
  15. 8-10 Scrimmages

    So it is "at" Chatard? I had it in my mind that it was at HSE. Guess I should just check the schedule. These two schools played Freshmen and JV games last year. Hopefully this might be some future lead in to a regular season game. Edit. Bigfish - I don't know why Perry Meridian is no longer scrimmaging Chatard.
  16. Conference Indiana 2018

    No doubt the wrong page to post this but it seems the "subject" is being discussed here. I have a friend, who is arguably, one of the most successful people in her trade EVER in Indiana. She put together one of the most important business transactions for the State and for the city of Indianapolis that has ever been done - a potentially transformational deal for the city and state. I simply can't give the importance of what she did enough credit. Still, she is a small town Indiana person, incredibly grounded. If you find some fault in her....then, the problem lies with you. Wonderful person. She loves baseball as does her family. Both of her kids play travel baseball - I think one is 12 and the other 14 these days. A few weeks back she put up a series of photos from a summer travel team tournament that (I think) her 12 year old played for. They had won a tournament in Cincinnatti (I believe...but that is somewhat irrelevant). The kids and coaches were flashing championship rings, literally, the size of Superbowl rings (which I have seen up close). I am not making this up. I have two kids with State Championship football rings. One who scored a likely backbreaking defensive touchdown at LOS - which turned the game around. The rings those 12 year olds (maybe 14, if I have her kids mixed up) won for a Summer travel baseball tournament makes the State Championship football rings my kids won look like pinkie rings. I recognize that "its not all about rings"....and, honestly, neither of my kids care about their rings versus simply winning State. A team goal. Neither wore them and have left them to the safekeeping of Mom and Dad. The next time they probably look at them is as they are cleaning out the house after either the last of my wife or I passes. Even so, many others do care about "rings" and "trophies"....particularly if your HS, like 99% of them, isn't going to win one. Nothing we can do about it...its a free country. Still... Thank God there is no travel football. "NASA, we have a problem."
  17. Dang Gonzo! That's like...."real" work. Is there some kind of GID work stipend I am missing out on around here?
  18. I am in for 3A....maybe a couple of other classes as well.
  19. Cathedral challenges?

    The main story I see here is that we should all aspire to be the AD at Cathedral...some serious jack to be found in the athletic department on East 56th Street....apparently. ....and I had hoped my kid could aspire to run a hedge fund on Wall Street to make a shekel or so...
  20. I ran in a college conference championship track meet once in Chicago were the steeple chasers got blown off the back of the steeple from the high winds. If they actually cleared the steeple they fell into a pit that was full of ice instead of water. My event (1/2 mile) was won in a time that was just marginally better than the qualifying time for a high school sectional. I'll take 90 degrees any day of the week.
  21. Adding a class adds roughly 20% to the total available championships...which diminishes the overall percentage by default. That seems more about math than actual results. As to the "one and only objective", pretty sure the IHSAA and all involved have denied this fairly vociferously (at least in public) ....though, so many of us have been trying for the last few years to get that admission. We all know it...but would just appreciate some honesty.
  22. Honest question - did it really change things in that regard? I think most of the schools that ended up bumped were public. When Chatard was bumped into 4A they ran into New Pal when they were on the rise (that game still wasn't lost until the end) and would have got slaughtered by a very good Columbus East. Even then, Andrean won 3A the next year and Tri-West (public) the following. SInce then, its been all P/Ps in 3A. Cathedral, very arguably, moved into a relatively weak 5A (at the time...since Snider was down those years). 4A was where the best teams were found during that time (New Pal and Columbus East). I personally, always thought 4A and 2A were the best classes pound for pound (excepting how crazy good LCC was during that period BUT they were just one team). 4A is a shell of what it used to be with New Pal, CE, Cathedral and Roncalli gone. I love East Central, for the record, but they lost badly to 3A Chatard in the last game of the season and Chatard didn't even make it out of the 3A Regional. 5A is a great class now but its all based on some great 4A imports. 3A (all on its own) is now probably the best class pound for pound. I have enjoyed all the drama in the various classes but I am not certain it has accomplished what you cited.
  23. Conference Indiana 2018

    Unfortunately, that's just the way it is in most other sports. I get it, and I'm not going to fault folks for having to do it if their kid loves the game and wants to play past high school....I'd do the same. Actually did to a certain extent for lacrosse. But, frankly, I was always VERY up front about telling people that part (there are a TON of other great things about HS football....as we all know) of what I thought was so great about HS football was that the coaches and the schools ran the show. Edit - add that we were fortunate to be part of a program that was multi-generational and the games and rivalries meant something to the greater (multi-generational) school community.
  24. Conference Indiana 2018

    +100 Couldn't agree more. It's part of the reason I love football...no AAU, no travel teams, etc. The coaches still control the teams and playing for your high school still means something. Nothing against travel teams, etc. in other sports but, honestly, life is a helluva lot easier as a football parent. Admittedly, it has a lot to do with the fact I am lazy and would rather drink a beer in the back yard during summers instead of travel halfway across the country. Its cheaper too......cheap is good.