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  1. Rpi question

    1. Yes. Mandarin would potentially be a difficult draw for a district champion right out of the gate. Obviously, someone would still draw them, but larger regions would spread it out more. Not much different than Lee and Edgewater being "mis-seeded" due to the wild card format last year. 2. Maybe even six classes. Furthermore, any playoff format that includes the North Florida Educational Institute, who is just plain bad, cannot be taken seriously. 3. Would solve a lot of scheduling problems. All good ideas, which is why they probably won't do them. As for Mandarin, they should win their last two barring any lapses like they had during the beginning of the third quarter last week. Four of the teams above them play one another this week, so the losers of those games will be dropping. Winning their last two should put them in the 6/7 range. If they happen to lose one then they have no business in the playoffs in the first place. They do not have any "bad" losses this year, but losing to either Ed White or Fletcher would fall into that category.
  2. RPI Week 8 Classes 1A-4A

    Pick your poison...a bunch of average teams making the playoffs or an 0-10 team making it. And the even more idiotic thing about the 0-10 team making it was the fact that no one had enough functional brain cells to slip in a "better overall record" tiebreaker prior to resorting to flipping a coin.
  3. RPI Week 8 Classes 1A-4A

    Yep. They need to handle Lee and Raines. Neither are gimmes. Wolfson's last three are easy. They are probably going to win them. Been a weird year. Who would have ever thought schools like Westside, Wolfson and Terry Parker would be in the playoff mix?
  4. RPI Week 8 Classes 1A-4A

    Haha, you know something is foul when TCA has Wolfson nipping at their heels for a playoff spot........WOLFSON!!!! They haven't won a playoff game in 40 years and have barely sniffed them since.
  5. Columbia vs Lee

    Historically, Lee is one of the better Gateway football programs and has produced quite a bit of college and NFL talent. They did go through a long lean stretch after Corky left for Bolles, but it seems OJ has gone in there and righted the ship over the last few years.
  6. RPI is a joke

    Just need to reserve judgement and see what happens in the end. This is only the first release. Things will change and there are lots of moving parts. Every system has flaws. Nothing is perfect. With regards to Region 1, this will most likely be Bartram's only week at the top. No matter what they do, they will drop below the FPC/Seminole winner (or maybe even both) the second they step on the field with Nease on Friday and will continue to drop from there because three of their remaining four opponents are RPI killers (around .500 or less) and most of their previous opponents will end up with either record or weak schedule issues. They have hit their ceiling, both in the RPI and on the field. That is why I take very little stock in early rankings. Realistically though, my old fashioned eyeball test tells me that there are no viable state title threats up here in 8A-1 for 2019. None of these teams are equipped for any type of Mandarin run that occurred last year. The region winner will almost certainly come from one of the other districts. I don't need any RPI formula to tell me that. Just my $.02 here.
  7. Jax TCA vs Venice this Friday

    They better figure out how to stop someone on defense or they are looking at a 4-6 or even a 3-7 type year. Granted, their schedule is ridiculous, but you gotta win at least one or two of them...right? For RPI sake?
  8. Raines Vikings

    I have lived here a long time. Cannot count how many times those two have played and the expected winner ended up losing. Records, who has the best whatever or anything else are meaningless in that game. It's personal and those kids play all four quarters on adrenaline. Ribault has been offensively challenged for quite a while now, but they are still 2-2 in the last four vs. a Raines squad who was in the middle of their best run in school history. None of it matters. Throw it all out when Raines and Ribault play. Will be fascinating to watch unfold.
  9. Raines Vikings

    No. A better question might be "Will Raines even win their district?" That question will be answered on Oct 12, televised for all of us to see. The stakes for that game are now huge, far more than just beating your rival across the road. Winner will be in, loser may go home...depending on what some computers have to say. The rest of the district offers little resistance to those two. That game will be for all the district marbles and it is a game where literally anything can and will happen. Yikes.
  10. Who Will Be This Year's Biggest Bust?

    Haha, I knew they were going to come up eventually. Nobody wastes talent like Sandalwood does. It has been going on for almost 20 years and shows no signs of changing. At least DB makes deep playoff runs. Sandalwood has barely even had a sniff of the playoffs in the last two decades, despite having a roster full of kids with "stars" by their name every single year. Perfect example of how quality coaching (or, in this case, a lack of) affects a group of kids.
  11. Ribault & Jefferson HC out

    Not a peep from DCPS or anyone in the know about what is going on at Ribault. They are claiming it is "internal," which, in most cases, doesn't bode well.
  12. Mandarin Situation Is Disappointing

    Two of those players above (Mitchell and Douglas) transferred to Mandarin last year before it was known who the coach would even be. The other two (Beck and Oxendine) were specifically quoted stating that they wanted the opportunity to play in the largest class. Go look it up in the TU, its there. Who is going to tell them they can't? We are not busting at the seams with 8A schools up here. Currently, there are only two, Mandarin and Sandalwood. Again, Mandarin is a magnet school. Anyone can go there. If you don't like it, then go petition the Legislature to change the rules about counties designating specialty schools. If you think it was bad before....just wait. Mandarin returns their QB and loses all of their skill players. Every skill player with a half a star next to his name within a 100 mile radius is going to try to transfer to Mandarin for next season. I don't blame them one bit either since the rest of the QB talent in the state leaves a lot to be desired. But the weakest of all arguments is "They have no playoff history" or even better... "Oh, but they paid their dues..." Like it is a right of passage or something. WTF? So I guess we should just hand them something as a long time achievement award? Guess what? Columbus just wasn't good enough when they got to this point, last night or in 2014. Period. No need to sugar coat. Find a way to get over the hump. Mandarin did and they can too. Maybe their coaches should take a look at why their star studded defense full of players with plenty of Power 5 options was getting shredded by a group of skill players with offers from places like Western Kentucky, FIU, Tennessee-Martin, and the best is that the guy who torched them the worst has no D1 offers at all. Or how a defense full of zero star guys held their Power 5 bound back in check except for a couple of 30 yd runs in the middle of the field. By the way, Mandarin was a regional finalist a couple of years ago, so they did have some history. Definitely a lot more now. They have only been open since the 90's, so sorry they don't win the longevity award of 50 plus years. I guess they should have waited until then to begin participating in sports. As for Mandarin winning without those four, of course they wouldn't have. Almost every title winning team ever can be narrowed down to a handful of players making the difference and I bet the lion's share of those arrived at their schools due to similar situations. Hell, Mandarin won more games this year along the I-4 corridor than they did in their own damn stadium. Maybe all this is just that Mandarin pissed in the Wheaties of all the peeps downstate who believe that it is some divine intervention that large school titles are theirs and theirs alone. Welp, that changed last night. Time to get over it. Both teams played very hard last night and everyone from the Columbus side that I came in contact with was extremely respectful and showed nothing but utmost in class, a rarity in today's world. Pretty sad when people get butt hurt and have to start nit picking because things aren't going the way they feel they should.
  13. Mandarin Situation Is Disappointing

    Mandarin is one of three magnet high schools within DCPS, the others being Paxon and Stanton. Anyone in the county is free to go there as long as there is a spot open for them and they meet their requirements.
  14. Class 8A title game Mandarin vs Columbus

    That is the key. Constant pressure on the QB. It needs to be consistent or he is certain to find open guys in space because their offense feasts off finding mismatches and soft spots in zones. That has been every Mandarin opponents' downfall the entire playoffs, even Wekiva's, who has an exceptionally gifted defensive front seven. It has been partially due to Mandarin's O-Line playing very well and partially due to CB quickly making a decision and getting rid of the ball or rolling him out of the pocket to buy more time. Wekiva sacked him twice, but got very little pressure otherwise, which allowed Mandarin to complete chunk plays against them that they (Wekiva's D) otherwise hadn't given up all year. Don't recall any of the other three opposing defenses sacking or even hitting him much at all. Some of that is due to Mandarin just pounding the ball in second halves because the outcomes were already certain. Should be fun to watch. Most importantly though, someone is going to win their first title tonight and that is always a good thing.
  15. So i saw this on facebook and wanted people opinion of it

    Not surprising really. Too bad they only pay coaches a little stipend, basically the same little stipend I got for being a tech coordinator while teaching elementary school. Believe me, it wasn't much. Then they wonder why coaches leave and go to Alabama...just using that as an example. Well....pay them something and they may stay.