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Esso Ayche

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  1. Can confirm Sat is the fall back day for varsity in IL. My cousin is a 1A HC and he will start the season with 7-8 Friday games scheduled and end up with one or two, at best. I surmise it is a trickle-down effect of official shortages that prioritizes higher classes (and maybe money? Don't know if you get more money for higher classes there, or anywhere). 8-man is getting bigger much faster in IL than in IN and I think it will compound the official shortage as smaller schools keep maintaining programs with the 8-man. I don't know how many non-traditional programs will suddenly arise to 8-man, but I think it will be more of a higher maintaining of programs that would have otherwise folded, and the declining official population to cover it all.
  2. 8-man has to be Saturday if Illinois is any indicator.
  3. I don't know how this FB suggestion on one of my recent searches fits into the greater complexity of the universe, but I'm just going to leave it here for now.
  4. Honestly that mascot captures most of us growing up in southern/central Illinois. Should just be a wide swath of teams called the cornjerkers. Or The Corn Leaf Cuts. Either or. We played Milford many times back in the 90s. Always the worst 2 hour bus ride home.
  5. I am aghast. @gonzoron gave me my first negative reaction. Yet, to finally gain the attention of such a GID legend... maybe I should have been trying harder this whole time? We'll call it a wash.
  6. The Running Beige Peaceniks. Well, maybe "beige" took it too far. The Running Clear Peaceniks. Tbh, the "running" moniker may be in violation of the ADA. All right, the In Motion and/or Static Clear Peaceniks. Ok, so "peaceniks" does exclude the warmongers among us. Ok, I got it: The In Motion and/or Static Clear Peaceniks for War and/or Temporary Cease Fires. Crap... is "clear" excluding those who are opaque and/or translucent?
  7. I was being facetious with my chagrin. But since you mention it, Indiana Fan's qualifiers for making his list include: "Recent success, moving in right direction, great leadership, places people would want to play at and be involved with." In no particular order, I'd say GS would respond with "Check, check, check, check aaand check." In the last ten years, with the exception of 2014 and 2020, GS has lost to the eventual 3A state champ or runner-up every year. Memorial (3x), Chatard (2x), Brebeuf, and Heritage Hills. That only accounts for nine years, though. Not sure what the outcome of the tenth was, but I will Google it and let you know what I find out.
  8. You HAVE to be a masochist for starting this thread. For shame, sir. Or ma'am. No judgement.
  9. The PAC made an argument that it was Indiana's best small-school conference this year https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/high-school/2022/06/23/ihsaa-sports-pac-4-high-school-titles/7698910001/ "The 2021-22 athletic season was a banner year for the PAC with four team state champions – Gibson Southern football, Forest Park girls basketball, Tecumseh girls basketball and Tecumseh softball – and one individual state champ in track and field with Forest Park's Rachel Mehringer (100m hurdles). Only the Circle City Conference (six) won more team state championships than the Pocket this year. Not bad for a conference with an average enrollment of 563 students."
  10. There is an @Donnie Baker joke here somewhere. Seems like low hanging fruit, tbh.
  11. I'm a relative newcomer to the GID (longtime lurker, first time poster), really only starting reading as a guest around 2017 when a fellow coach/friend suggested checking it out for definitely not the first time. More of an, ok, ok, I will look into it. September 22, 2017, to be precise, but let's not get into the weeds on that. I immediately knew my work productivity from there on out would be diminished by an unforseen amount. I've seen many, many references to Mr. TA over the years (mostly vague, but always positive), and I would love to hear some stories from those who knew him better and are willing to share.
  12. Can confirm the sentiment from all sides, it's all a bit of your state of mind at any given point. When I was a kid growing up in rural Illinois 95% of my commutes were five minutes or less and 4% were under ten minutes. Going on a 30 minute drive was finally a reason to put your seatbelt on since it was so far away and you had to get on the "highway" (I know at least some of you had to have lived through that ridiculous mindset back in the day). When I lived in Charlotte I had a 12 mile commute to work that took, on a good day, 50 minutes through no less than 25 stop signs/lights. It was a game to see what my daily red light/green light ratio was. The 50 minutes were peak conditions, which which happened maybe 1 day in 3. It was frequently an hour and not uncommon to see 75-90 minutes in the evening once every other week or so. I didn't think much about it because that was just what it took to put food on the table. Now that I'm down here (that's down in God's country, for those who don't know) I travel 25 miles on rural highways in 30 minutes on the dot 95% of the time. The other 5% is during some days in the spring/fall if I get behind a tractor, and then it takes me 31 minutes. There is no way in Hades I'd take a job that made me travel much further, or with any less consistency, than that now.
  13. I think you misspelled "tragedy"? But I dunno for sure, my aotocorekt is curenntly distabled.
  14. It was a very exciting game for all 25 minutes. Multiple big stops by both defenses. I got a great series of pics of Triton's #22 going up and wrestling the big 50/50 ball away from the two GS DBs that bracketed him on the play that set up the go ahead touchdown in the last 30 seconds or so. A really nice, clean, strong play on both sides of the ball, 22 just came up the winner. I was super pumped I was able to get swung around and focused to get clear shots of that (though an incompletion would have been a lot cooler! Lol). On the day for GS's JV/frosh team, I was most impressed by the freshman QB. There were a very small handful of typical freshman-type decisions (forcing things that were not quite there... but not much that was hugely egregious), but he otherwise put up a ton of good balls and got touch on it when needed. A couple mistakes in the tight Triton game proved costly, but he'd get an 'A' grade in my book on the day. The freshman DB that battled Triton's 22 on the big play at the end had an overall solid day as well on the D side. Looking forward to what these young guys can do down the road!
  15. I'm just here so I don't get fined. And so HHF takes the PAC off "steady" and into "thriving", because we don't want the SIAC being perceived as the better GID conference.
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