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Subject: Re: Harvard 52, Yale 50 - in New Haven


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joiseyfan
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Date Posted: 11:48:33 01/28/18 Sun
In reply to: Observer 's message, "Harvard 52, Yale 50 - in New Haven" on 21:56:56 01/26/18 Fri

As a long-time opponent of the tournament, I will readily agree one of the few legitimate reasons for one is to counterbalance in-season injuries.

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John Harvard
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Date Posted: 19:19:50 01/28/18 Sun

Then I think you may have it backwards. What if a team wins the league and suffers a key injury in the semifinals in Philly?

Far more risk, impact and variability in that instance. Harvard already was decimated by a stomach bug at the Wooden Classic. That would just cost a weekend of league play, or the entire tournament- and this the season.

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joiseyfan
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Date Posted: 20:14:30 01/28/18 Sun

The sole purpose of the tourney is to choose an NCAA rep, NOT the league champion. So the logic would be to determine the best team of the moment, i.e. the tourney finals.

And not to give anyone a home court advantage, BTW.

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Eastern Sports Fan
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Date Posted: 20:29:48 01/28/18 Sun

Ivy League looks like a real grind already and it feels like the team which survives the 14-game marathon as Champion could well be the first Ivy Champion not to represent the League in the NCAA Tournament. The waste of time in Philadelphia will pit four teams that have absolutely zero chance of being invited to March Madness as an at-large squad. At least one of them earned the spot with the best record over seven home games, seven road games to rival courts and (maybe) a playoff in case of tie. Now these in-season games are meaningless.

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John Harvard
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Date Posted: 19:16:04 01/29/18 Mon

If the winner of the 14 game tournament was the Ivy Champ, is the winner of a weekend in Philly the "Fake Champion"? Has a certain ring to it #fakechamp or #the2gametournament

Be glad I'm not on twitter.

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joiseyfan
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Date Posted: 19:41:23 01/29/18 Mon

The winner of the 14-game season is the champ, ties are co-champs. The tourney determines the automatic NCAA slot, period. End.

Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s that really wasn’t explicit, and playoffs were sometimes billed by the schools as championship games, which the league later declared they weren’t. By the mid-‘90s, the 14-game championship was explicit. It continues, also the seven-game round robin in lacrosse.

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