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Date Posted: 12/10/15 1:02:05pm Thu
Author: The Lone Haranguer
Subject: Re: Hmmm
In reply to: 'gate80 's message, "Hmmm" on 12/10/15 10:40:51am Thu

'gate80, don't forget all the studying the players had to do!

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[> [> [> [> The glass is 98% full -- The Future, 12/10/15 9:01:55pm Thu

'80. it's amazing how no matter how well Colgate football is doing, you can bring up the same five things from the past 30 years as proof that Colgate hates Colgate football. Just stop. If you love Colgate football--which I think you do--live a little. These are the good times. You're going to miss them.

Everyone who knows Vicky says Colgate put in a bid they thought would win the UNH game. The teams Colgate is playing are higher ranked and draw more. They are going to win any tiebreakers in terms of bid--plus these teams should be hosting (but not winning!) these games. They had better regular seasons and draw more fans. If the bids are close, UNH, JMU, SHSU should host--and that's OK.

As for the TV broadcast showing Colgate kids studying (12 YEARS AGO!!!) This is a TV producer's decision. The story of the game was smart kids who don't get scholarships playing against a 1-AA power. You need footage of the smart kids, so you show the Colgate studying. Showing Colgate's smart kids on TV is not a bad thing and Aveni didn't tell ESPN to shoot it.

Accept that we have a great team and a great AD and a great coach and that we are going scholarship and playing (and beating) Syracuse next year and they just hired a jock president and things are getting better because... there are people at Colgate who love Colgate football.

Maybe I can distract you:
Here's an article about Lehigh players getting arrested. It has been suggested that a few shouldn't have been playing in the Colgate game:


Best of times...

Story of the tournament...

Future is bright...

Say it over and over. It's fun!

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[> [> [> [> [> I am happy, Future, trust me on that! -- 'gate80, 12/10/15 11:51:15pm Thu

I haven't been as optimistic about the future of Colgate football since 1982. I said our victory last week was one of the most impressive in my 40 years of following the Raiders. I think Vicky and Hunt are terrific. When have I said otherwise? I was going to travel to Texas this weekend until the game time was changed.

I didn't start this thread about bidding for home playoff games. But when I hear it said that Biddle didn't want to play at home for the semis in 2003, after 2 great home playoff victories against spirited crowds, I have to call bs. This is the first I've heard this in 12 years.

I trust we now are bidding for home playoff games, which is terrific. I agree with you completely that we will almost always lose a competitive bidding process for the reasons you cited. Which is why it was such a shame when we forfeited home field in the rare situations we could have obtained a home game. Wagner was 3 years ago, not 30. Did you see the post from the SHSU grad about how they always bid high to make sure they get a home game? I was off by a factor of 10 in a prior post - our endowment per student is over 125 TIMES what SHSU's is. Do we bid high? This is the first year we have bid at all.

It wasn't just ESPN showing our players studying and taking tests before a title game. The Colgate Scene ran pictures of this, as they did in 1990 when the hockey team played Wisconsin in the national championship game. The only thing more absurd than sending out those pictures would be if we actually made the players take tests in their Chattanooga hotel the morning of a freaking title game! (Did we??) This has been a recurring theme since my college days, when we fed Bob Hope lame jokes about our fb players studying so much that they were neglecting their football. We couldn't go to the playoffs when we were ranked #1 because "academics are paramount at Colgate". Even our athletic website motto - champions in the classroom and in Div 1 athletics - betrays a totally unwarranted academic insecurity that insults me as an alum. We are a top 25 liberal arts college for cryin out loud, why do we need to do this crap?

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