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  1. Guru, Well, I think your statement implied that all OH schools intentionally program a "soft" OOS schedule. I think the two schools mentioned above (Moe and X) are not properly susceptible to that criticism. They have scheduled some tough OOS competition. But, I acknowledge that if the standard for a non-soft OOS schedule is calendaring games with teams that are likely to beat you, X especially would have a hard time meeting that standard, because there are not many teams in a given year that are likely to beat them. And if you judge the intentional "softness" at the time the games a
  2. Guru, I disagree about OH teams only scheduling sure wins out of state. Moeller and (especially) X have been pretty aggressive with their scheduling. Of course, they are usually very strong, so I suppose you could say that scheduling even the top teams in the country is often likely to produce a win.
  3. I wonder how often any 8th grade kid actually makes this choice. For most, school choice is about a lot of things. But football is probably not near the top of the list. Academic opportunities, transportation, matters of faith or philosophy, cost, reputation, college admissions record, family affinity, friends all would seem to come higher on most people's list of considerations. (Not all people, but I would think most people.) Even if one were considering the choice as a young man, it would be very hard to make the choice. Nobody is faced with any certainty. You may be a small kid
  4. IMO, numbers do help. They are not, however, the only factor differentiating T and X from others. T has a smaller enrollment than Cinci St. X and Louisville St. X and beat both. The difference though is modest. I do think double the enrollment has to be a positive factor. But . . . while the numbers can help keep a larger school competitive year to year -- look at soccer or baseball -- they don't explain the "dominance."
  5. I think you may be right about the margins, when considering the playoffs. But I can think of a couple of factors that would tend to enhance modern margins, other than a change in the way Trinity and St. X do things. First, there are now more classes, more from each district in the platoffs, and more rounds of playoffs. I think -- just by intuition -- this would tend to create more blowouts in the playoffs, particularly in the early rounds. Second, offense at the high school level is more refined than it was in the old days. Trinity was running a modified version of Nebraska's old veer o
  6. Good question. I'm not sure, however, I agree with the premise. When I was at T ('77-'80), I remember a lot of forty and fifty point games, with 4 TD margins being expected. In fact, I think one of the biggest advantages Trinity had (and has) was the ability to get PT for younger players during the tail-end of games with large margins. I remember one game - Waggener, 1980 -- when the first team retired in the second quarter. Back then, there was the occasional non-T, non-X team that had a run of good years. Butler comes to mind -- they won state in 1979. But we've had Male do the s
  7. Thanks for the kind words, Jim. Off topic, but I thought the guy on the (Internet) radio broadcast last night nearly blew out a vocal cord on TP's long TD to end the half. On re-reviewing my earlier comments (excerpted in your post), it dawned on me -- and I swear I did not do this intentionally -- that the four concepts align with some that may be familiar to the THS crowd: Pride - Commitment, Loyalty - Team, Discipline - Detail, Achievement - Tradition.
  8. It's been a long time since I've posted anything, but I thought I might add a few thoughts on this topic. In my view, the public/private issues that simmer every time this topic comes up are not trivial, but the differences in public and private schools obviously do not hold all the answers. If they did, other privates would be more dominant than they are. Publics would not beat privates as much as they do. I think -- and I know others will disagree -- there is probably something to be learned from T and X specifically, rather than just looking at them as all-male private schools that
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