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  1. So are there any female coaches? Given that very few women(biological) ever played the sport and very few coaches end up coaching a sport they never played, there can't be many. However, I was curious if there were any. Sounds like a good way to get a nice newspaper article written about your team.
  2. Don Brown has got to go for sure. Michigan is one of the most talented defenses in the conference and ranks near the bottom. As much as I love what IU is doing this year, there really isn't any excuse for IU and NW to have a significantly better defense than Michigan. Maybe Don Brown is a defensive genius, but there is no reason for them to give up so many big plays. From afar it looks like his guys aren't dialed in to what he wants to do and therefore they make a bunch of mistakes.
  3. I'm not against safety, I just don't believe players that choose to play are at any greater risk playing football than they would be doing any of the other activities twenty-something's like to do. I also believe most twenty-somethings know they are low risk which is why we see cases increasing among this demographic.
  4. The threat of a lawsuit is the only logical explanation for this. I can't believe there are many sane people that think kids have a greater opportunity to contract covid or any other virus on the football field than they would out socializing. Some of the players will be concerned about the virus, but most see the same data as the rest of us and know that the 20-29 yr old age bracket is at a minimal risk(not zero) of getting complications from this virus.
  5. For the varsity football team a large portion(majority) of the kids are driving themselves to practice hours after having any contact with their parents. Should parents be leaving work to go check the temperature of their 16 yr olds? It takes seconds per kid with a infrared thermometer so if teams really think it is worthwhile, doing it as kids arrive is the best method.
  6. Glad to see the IHSAA is taking a realistic approach. I would say it is inevitable that every team would have someone test positive if we actually tested everyone. In over a decade of coaching I can't recall a season in which we did not have 1/2 dozen or so kids out sometime during at least one week due to influenza. The only reason it wouldn't be this way for Covid would be if they remain asymptomatic and it never is detected.
  7. Same with 12u baseball about everywhere we have played with the addition of no sunflower seeds and I'm very pleased the kids are able to get out and do something. I don't believe anyone really thinks banning sunflower seeds is actually going to help anything, as far as covid-19 pertains, but it's annoying sweeping them off the dugout floors so banning them is the silver lining of the pandemic.
  8. There is no doubt about that, however my point would be if we can open up factories that employ 1000's of people, many of which aren't pictures of health, what is the justification to continue to keep schools closed? Pre-existing conditions(immune deficiency, type-1 diabletes, etc...) would need to be excluded. However if; factory workers, engineers, all trades, retail workers, waiter's and waitresses are all returning to work why can't teachers?
  9. I think anyone, that isn't just stupid or cruel, would want to force anyone with a preexisting condition's to go back to work anywhere right now including into school systems. However since we now have a lot of data, from the CDC and other sources ,which show that this particular virus poses less risk to all age groups up to 24 years of age, I really question the reason to ever have closed the schools. The chart is from the CDC and clearly shows that Covid deaths for kids are significantly less than that for Influenza for the same timeframe. This begins to change for people above 25 and get's significantly worse beginning around 45 years old and older. Meanwhile people in the 25 to 70 year old group are all starting to go back to work(rightly so), but we are still contemplating delaying schooling for the least vulnerable people in our population. Doesn't make any sense to me.
  10. I have to admit, this doesn't make sense to me. Kids can pay and go to a gym on 5/24 and that is OK, but cannot step foot in the free weight room at their high school for another five weeks after that. If you have a little league field at your school kids can't step foot on the field until 7/1, but if the field is located in a city park it should be safe by 6/14. It seems like the complete lockdown of school campuses isn't consistent with other parts of the reopening plan.
  11. Lemmy


    Entertaining for sure and I really liked what they did with kick-offs and liked the punt rule of not allowing the ball to go out bounds inside the 20. Not sure that I am crazy about the 24 second play clock, pretty much forces teams to go no huddle or not audible if they call it in the huddle. Overall an entertaining product and I suspect the play will get better as the players play more ball. Some of them really haven't played in games in years.
  12. I don't believe the study showing no long term cognitive impairment and the studies shown above are necessarily in contrast. Most of these have some findings with a lot of scary conjecture thrown in by the reporter but most the articles will also contain a couple paragraph's like is shown below that give a more complete picture. Yes there may be some sort of microstructural changes when kids play football(or probably soccer, baseball, wrestling, etc..) but it heals rather quickly and there is no long term affect. If you were a pro offensive lineman in the 70's, where you may hit five days a week,and probably had several concussions in which you simply played through year after year, long term permanent damage is likely to occur. From Duke article Most of the high school students the researchers studied experienced only subconcussive hits. However, one student did experience a concussion near the end of the season. Petrella noted that the brain imaging results of this student allow for some optimism regarding structural changes caused by high school football. “In the fornix, when the player was injured, there was evidence of loss of integrity,” he said. “When we re-scanned the player after a couple of months of rest, these changes had completely disappeared.”
  13. For selfish reasons I would love to see a bye week imposed on the exact week that most schools are on fall break. Make it a week of no contact between coaches and players and that would even be better. Finally, I could go on one of the fabulous fall vacations that I keep hearing about. Everyone tells me that somehow the fall break vacations are superior to spring break vacations. I'm guessing this is just a ploy to p*ss me off, but I would like to find out.
  14. Totally agree that youth sports are by far the worst for coaches being abusive to referee's and in general making a**es of themselves. We just had this conversation within our high school staff, collectively with approximately 50 years of coaching experience we have witnessed a coach being tossed from a game(our's or opposing coach) a couple times total. This season started coaching my son's sixth grade team and it's happened to opposing coaches twice in a month. Every single play complaining to the referee or side judge and never let up despite numerous warnings until they finally get tossed. Ten times worse than anything I see on Friday's and frankly us coaches wouldn't make it thru the 1st qtr on a Friday if we were acting like this to the side judge or white hat. However, because coaches aren't paid or employed by the school for these youth positions there really isn't any repercussions. Some people seem to just really enjoy making an *ss of themselves.
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