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  • Originally posted by Drew S. View Post

    I strongly disagree that I’ve disparaged Barr. I’ve been critical, but when a coach is 2-9-1 and his team hasn’t shown up for half the games I think that is fair.

    Have you talked to any Umass fans? I’m close to someone who is a Umass hardo and he says the diehards want the AD gone. He has massively screwed up their two biggest sports. Carvel has obviously done a good job but I think for most folks that doesn’t come close to mitigating the damage to football and basketball.

    I’m not saying the person has to be a UNH insider as much as someone with ties to the area. I don’t think you need someone to manage the athletic department as much as someone who can fundraise, bring some energy to the program, and hopefully raise its profile. All of the outsiders Maine has hired have ranged from underwhelming to harmful.
    Gendron was beyond underwhelming/harmful/incompetent, yet you sang his praises even as he dug a very deep hole at Maine.

    Make up your mind, or shut it down... (Maybe just shut it down, come to think of it.)

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    • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
      Changing the topic briefly, the Union Leader had this article today on the issue of the timing of NHIAA soccer matches, which had generated some discussion on here earlier this month:

      It's a matter of timing for New Hampshire high school tournament soccer | Sports | unionleader.com

      “I think the concept is very good if done right,” said (Coach Rob) Grabill, whose Hanover team was the Division I runner-up this fall. “It allows the official to counteract any stalling measures by a team that might want to kill the clock. ... The final decision rests with the official. The watch is on their wrist.”
      As a sports official that doesn't have that kind of timing (ref keeps it on the field) I've always wondered about how soccer officials keep things consistent. I get it if a player has a shot on goal and time is out...I prefer when th clock on the field stops at say 2 mins then the table controls it with a horn. To me being consistent is the single most important thing in officiating (as well as fairness!!)

      Obviously this timing technique has been used forever but I don't know that I have always thought it was a good idea. But then again...I have no experience using it. I guess...it works?
      Here we go 'Cats!!

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      • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
        As a sports official that doesn't have that kind of timing (ref keeps it on the field) I've always wondered about how soccer officials keep things consistent. I get it if a player has a shot on goal and time is out...I prefer when th clock on the field stops at say 2 mins then the table controls it with a horn. To me being consistent is the single most important thing in officiating (as well as fairness!!)

        Obviously this timing technique has been used forever but I don't know that I have always thought it was a good idea. But then again...I have no experience using it. I guess...it works?
        The best way I've heard it explained, 'Ref ... soccer is guided by, but not a slave to the clock. With an historical approach to timing, final whistles for halftime or full time almost never come in the midst of an attacking move, and the match official will never, ever blow for time up when a team is in the process of generating/taking a shot at goal. The clock continues to tick up to 45 or 90 minutes (or 105 & 120 in extra time in knock-out and/or Cup competitions) unabated, with no stoppages for delays like injuries, substitutions (limited as they are at levels higher than NHIAA and NCAA) and a myriad of other reasons we see the clock stopped for in many other sports. As you probably know, there are no timeouts in soccer.

        The match official is basically allowed to exercise their best judgment on adding the legitimate amount of added time a/k/a "stoppage time" on top of the regularly allotted time. That added time usually takes into consideration the legitimate time lost to injuries and subs, adjusted (usually more) for less-legitimate, contrary to the spirit of fair play delaying tactics like slow restarts, feigned injuries/cramps, overlong goal celebrations, etc. And the amount of added time declared at the end of the half/full time is always described as a "minimum" amount, to give the match official added flexibility to guard against continuing stalling tactics. Having a firm clock or buzzer approach isn't going to do anything to lessen chronic stalling, etc.

        Soccer has always been a game where continuous action and limited stoppages are seen by itself and its fans as its virtues. Playing on a huge pitch (usually 115 yards long by 75 yards wide (UNH plays to the full 120 yards marked at the end line of the football grid) with 22 players, 20 of which are expected to be moving constantly in 45+ minute segments, probably does lead to tolerance to some degree of the exaggeration of injuries, if only to provide the players with a momentary respite(s).

        Traditional soccer fans don't really like the open substitution allowed at NHIAA and NCAA levels, mostly because it breaks up the flow of play. Most of the criticism that VAR (video replay) has come under has been for similar reasons. Casual observers of the game tend to (overly?) fixate on simulation and clock-related issues. My own take is, if VAR was used only for obvious errors, all-of-the-ball-over-all-of-the-line, and simulation - and not on whether an attacker was 2 cm. offsides, I'd be good. But I'm veering off course now ... so hard stop, Happy Thanksgiving Day to all!!!
        Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
        Montreal Expos Forever ...

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        • 'Cats fly out to Oregon on the Patriots plane...cool! Let's Go Soccer.Cats!!

          HR'S Predicts for the weekend:

          Harvard 3 UNH 2
          UNH 4 HolyCross 1

          Let's go HockeyCats!

          Not predicting soccer score! What say you wildcatdc? Chuck? Dan?
          Last edited by HockeyRef; 11-26-2021, 01:33 PM.
          Here we go 'Cats!!

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          • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
            'Cats fly out to Oregon on the Patriots plane...cool! Let's Go Soccer.Cats!!

            HE'S Predicts for the weekend:

            Harvard 3 UNH 2
            UNH 4 HolyCross 1

            Let's go HockeyCats!

            Not predicting soccer score! What say you wildcatdc? Chuck? Dan?
            UNH 1 Oregon State 1 (UNH advances on PK's) :-)

            Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
            Montreal Expos Forever ...

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            • Glad to hear the insight.

              Prediction: Harvard 6 to 1
              The Umile legacy:
              14-15 8th place,
              15-16 10th place
              16-17 10th place
              17-18 11th place
              18-19 8th place
              19-20 9th place
              20-21 10th place
              21-22 9th place

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              • Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post
                Glad to hear the insight.

                Prediction: Harvard 6 to 1
                Wait! Why did you delete the prospect references? I found that really helpful. Was going to look them up while watching tonight’s game.
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                • UNH holding their own in the first and carried the play for a better part of the period. Let’s hope they can keep up the pressure and actually find the back of the net a time or two, or three .
                  GO BLUE!

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                  • Originally posted by d.gerry View Post
                    UNH holding their own in the first and carried the play for a better part of the period. Let’s hope they can keep up the pressure and actually find the back of the net a time or two, or three .
                    Agreed. Still look good early in the 2nd. Would be nice to finish one.
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                    • Originally posted by d.gerry View Post
                      UNH holding their own in the first and carried the play for a better part of the period.
                      Well, Umile did address the team this week...
                      UNH Hockey: From "Why Not Us' to "Woe is Us"

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                      • I feel like Saviano would have buried that SH chance. Great game to watch. Robinson solid.
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                        • Did Harvard just skate out to Black Betty??
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                          • Pierson on a breakaway....again!!
                            Here we go 'Cats!!

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                            • Wow. What a great win.
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                              • First road win of the year. Made it interesting at the end with taking a late dumb penalty, but held on for the W. Robinson looked solid again tonight. Maybe the competition has been good for him.
                                GO BLUE!

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