St. Thomas Penalized for Being Too Good

St. Thomas has become too dominant for the MIAC’s liking, especially in football, and now the Tommies are being kicked out of the league they helped form 99 years ago.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that after extensive discussions, St. Thomas will be “involuntarily removed from membership.” The four-sentence news release said the MIAC Presidents’ Council cited athletic competitive parity as its primary concern for the move. St. Thomas, an original member of the MIAC dating to 1920, will compete in the MIAC through the spring of 2021.

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This move is unbelievable from so many standpoints:

  • The other schools met in secrecy without giving St. Thomas due process. St Thomas has given the MIAC many proud moments through its athletic accomplishments and elevated the position of the entire conference.

  • The element of inclusion, is included in some way, in the missions of all the schools, in the MIAC. So much for inclusion.

  • I have always been taught, and experienced that by playing better competition you would improve.

  • So, instead of working hard, to elevate their programs, they have chosen to dumb down, so they might be able to win a game.

  • Can you imagine the New England Patriots kicked out of the NFL.? or how about the Yankees licked out of the league?

St. Thomas now must decide its athletic future. Options include finding a new Division III conference, jumping to Division II or beginning a climb to Division I, a process that would take 12 years.

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In the long run this move may be beneficial to the Tommies. They have always excelled, at evaluating a problem, and putting forth a plan to solve it. I am convinced that they will now become a power in Division II.

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PGA: Brooks Koepka

This is the sign, that awaits you, as you enter Bethpage Black, at the 2019 PGA Championship.

Entering the 4th and final round of this years tournament, Brooks Koepka held a commanding 7 shot lead. He had played superbly in the first 3 rounds setting many records;

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Best round of golf ever at Bethpage Black, a 63.
Best 36 hole score in a major tournament.
Had a 7 shot lead going into the final round.
He has won 4 majors in less than 2 years, a record.
First in 45 years to win the PGA wire-to-wire.
He has won 4 majors in 8 starts.
First time in history, to be a 2 time defending champ. in 2 majors.
Moved in to the no.1 ranking in the world.

As I watched the back nine, in the fourth round, some drama began to unfold. DJ was mounting a charge, while Koepka was surrendering his 7 shot lead. Then with an opportunity for DJ to tie Koepka,with a birdie, on the 16th hole, DJ had a bogie. That was the end of the pressure. Koepka held on to win by 2 strokes over DJ.

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All attention now is on the U.S. Open, at Pebble Beach, in June. Can Koepka maintain his mastery of the majors? Can Tiger regroup and challenge at Pebble Beach?

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5/19 Chip Shots

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors: Looks like strained calf injury, will keep him out of the Western Division Finals. No timetable at this time. The Warriors have made a few adjustments with Durant out of the lineup. Back to Curry Ball for all intents.

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Michigan’s coach John Beilein to the Cavs: Coach Beilein, 66, known as an offensive mastermind, has decided to take his talents to Cleveland. He steps into a lions den that has had 6 coaches, since 2009. His Michigan teams were an annual powerhouse. He has been touted as a great developer, of young players, and young teams.

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John Daly, pro golfer: Daly has been granted an exception, to use a golf cart, in this years PGA Championship, at Bethpage Black in New York. Daly claims he cannot walk 6 holes because of advanced arthritis.

 

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Tiger Woods when asked how he felt about it, responded “I walked with a broken leg, so….” referring to his 18 hole playoff victory, over Rocco Mediate in the 2008 U.S. Open, at Torrey Pines.

Minnesota Timberwolves: They again failed to improve their draft status, via the NBA Lottery, as a matter of fact; they entered the Lottery with the number 10 pick and dropped to the number 11 pick. The Timberwolves new president, Gersson Rosas attended the function.

Here is the Zion Sweeptakes NBA Draft order:
1. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Memphis Grizzlies
3. New York Knicks
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Phoenix Suns
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Atlanta Hawks
9. Washington Wizards

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Are the 2019 Minnesota Twins for Real?

Since 1991, when the Twins won the World Series, they have been up and down. They even faced contraction, in 2002, not the residue of a successful franchise. Under the guidance of manager Ron Gardenhire (2002-2015) the Twins won 6 division titles during his 13 year reign. They always were stymied by those Damn Yankees in the playoffs. They were always a couple players away, from being a legitimate American League contender.

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The Pohlad family hired the dynamic duo of Falvey & Levine in 2016. This year is the first year, they have fully put their own team together, starting with a new young(37) manager;Rocco Baldelli, and all new position coaches. In this off season, they acquired the following players, relatively inexpensively. They appear to be team oriented, happy to be a twin, and fit the mold of what Falvey & Levine were looking for.

Nelson Cruz……..…$14,000,000
Marwin Gonzales..$12,000,000
Michael Pineda……$  8,000,000
Jonathon Shoop…..$  7,500,000
C.J.Cron………………$  4,800,000
Martin Perez……….$  3,500,000

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The Twins are coming off of a 3 game series with the Toronto Bluejays, where they outscored them 20-1, outhit them 38-8, out homered them 8-1, and had an ERA of 0.45 vs the Bluejays 8.56. Kyle Gibson strikes out 11. Total Domination!

Just short of the 25% mark of the season, here’s some fun facts for those Twins fans, who have been waiting for some bragging rights:

The Twins have the best record in Baseball: 23-12.
Rosario leads in homers with 13. Annual pace of 52.
Polanco is leading the league in hitting @.344.
Polanco is number 3 in slugging % at .603.
Buxton leads league in doubles with 15.
Berrios is 6-1, with a 2.53 ERA.
Perez is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA.
Garver,Polanco,Cruz,Kepler,Cron all have 7 homers. Annual pace of 28.

The Twins are definitely hitting on all cylinders.

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