Friday, October 18, 2019

The Notre Dame of eSports

OCTOBER 18, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. The Notre Dame of eSports

It’s not often that Ohio State enters a sporting event against a smaller school as an underdog, especially when the competition comes from a recently founded science and technology college with an undergraduate enrollment of just 750 full-time students.
But that's exactly how Ohio State's student newspaper, the Lantern, described its team.
"With no jerseys, scholarships or prior practice as a team, Ohio State League of Legends was the underdog heading into its semifinal match against Harrisburg University Team A," student reporter Aaron Lien wrote in a recent article about a college esports tournament.

Through a traditional sports lens, it's a ludicrous scenario: A school that has no other varsity sports teams is expected to beat a competitor that has an NCAA Division I athletic program with a budget of $175 million or more and a student body more than 10 times its size. But there is nothing traditional about esports, nor Harrisburg University.

>> Situational Awareness: The eSports training facility is 2,500 square feet - a gamer's haven. The annual budget is estimated at $2 million, including coaching and staff salaries, facilities, technology, travel and event production.

>> The Big Picture: Harrisburg can establish its brand through gaming while other, better-known institutions with deeper coffers aren’t involved. If the university can establish a brand of excellence in college esports similar to what traditional powerhouses such as Alabama or Duke have done in football and basketball, the thinking goes, it can elevate the profile of the school as a whole.

>> They Said It: And in some sense, [the goal is to] become the Notre Dame of esports - a smaller, private, independent [university] that can keep pace and, on any given day, beat the big guys." - Eric Darr, president, Harrisburg University

>> Go Deeper thanks to Alex Andrejev, Washington Post

2.  The Tommies vs. The Johnnies

Jerry Haugen has been part of 47 of the previous 88 football games between Saint John's and St. Thomas. If you do the math ... that 55 percent of all Johnnies-Tommies games.

On Oct. 16, 2019, as the St. John’s football team prepares for another matchup with St. Thomas, the defensive coordinator remains disbelieving the classic rivalry with the Tommies is coming to an end.
“I was hearing that stuff about St. Thomas leaving the MIAC when it first came out last spring,” Haugen said. “And I said, ‘This is going nowhere. This is not going to happen.’ ”
Haugen paused, shook his head and said: “Apparently, it’s happening.”

“It bothers me that they are leaving; the way it came about,” he continued. “I see athletics as being a challenge, not just to exist. And St. Thomas is the challenge. Beat the Tommies in anything, you’re pretty good.”

>> Why It Matters: Thirty-thousand-plus at Target Field in 2017. Crowds reaching 18,000 at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville. And this Saturday, 20,000 at Allianz Field.

>> Keep Reading from Patrick Reusse, Minneapolis Star Tribune


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3.  Your Streaming Schedule

These are games worth tuning in for. All times EDT 
  • Soccer (M): Hobart at #9 Rensselaer, 4:00 (watch)
  • Soccer (M): Johns Hopkins at #3 Franklin & Marshall, 1:00 (watch)
  • Soccer (W): Claremont-M-S at #7 Pomona-Pitzer, 2:00 (watch)
  • Football: #4 Saint John's at #11 St. Thomas, 2:10 (watch)
  • Volleyball: #4 Carthage at #2 Calvin, 2:30 (watch)
  • Field Hockey: #14 Christopher Newport at #3 Salisbury, 6:00 (watch)
  • Volleyball: #1 Emory vs. #3 Chicago, 2:00 (watch)
    4. Weekend Preview

    Football -
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (at Southwestern)
    2. Mount Union (vs. Capital)
    3. UW-Whitewater (at UW-Stevens Point)
    4. Saint John's (at #11 St. Thomas)
    5. Wheaton, Ill. (vs. Washington-St. Louis)
    6. Muhlenberg (vs. Ursinus)
    7. Berry (at Birmingham-Southern)
    8. North Central (at Carroll)
    9. Ithaca (vs. Hobart)
    10. Bethel (vs. St. Olaf)
    Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Amherst (at Colby)
    2. Calvin (at Adrian)
    3. Franklin & Marshall (vs. Johns Hopkins)
    4. Washington and Lee (at Virginia Wesleyan)
    5. Chicago (at Brandeis; at NYU)
    6. Oneonta (vs. Brockport; vs. Geneseo)
    7. Kenyon (vs. Wabash)
    8. Claremont-M-S (vs. La Verne)
    9. Rensselaer (vs. Hobart; vs. RIT)
    10. Catholic (at Juniata)
    Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Middlebury (vs. Trinity; at Amherst)
    2. Messiah (vs. Lebanon Valley)
    3. William Smith (vs. Rensselaer; vs. Union)
    4. Washington-St. Louis (at #21 NYU; at Brandeis)
    5. College of New Jersey (vs. New Jersey City)
    6. Johns Hopkins (vs. Swarthmore)
    7. Pomona-Pitzer (vs. Claremont-M-S)
    8. Christopher Newport (at Mary Washington)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. (at North Central)
    10. MIT (at Coast Guard)
    Field Hockey - NFHCA
    1. Middlebury (vs. Trinity; vs. St. John Fisher)
    2. College of New Jersey (at #20 Montclair State)
    3. Salisbury (vs. #14 Christopher Newport)
    4. Bowdoin (idle)
    5. Franklin & Marshall (at Washington College)
    6. Tufts (vs. Connecticut College)
    7. Rowan (at Ramapo)
    8. Williams (vs. #15 Bates)
    9. Vassar (vs. William Smith; at Rochester)
    10. Johns Hopkins (vs. Swarthmore)

    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (vs. Hendrix; at Case Western Reserve; vs. #3 Chicago)
    2. Calvin (vs. Ithaca; vs. Elmhurst; vs. #4 Carthage)
    3. Chicago (vs. Rochester; vs. #1 Emory)
    4. Carthage (at #20 Hope; at #2 Calvin)
    5. Claremont-M-S (at Whittier; vs. Chapman)
    6. Colorado College (vs. Schreiner; vs. Centenary; vs. Southwestern; at U. of Dallas)
    7. UW-Whitewater (at UW-River Falls)
    8. Trinity, Texas (vs. JWU Denver; vs. Austin; vs. St. Thomas Texas; vs. Texas Lutheran)
    9. Johns Hopkins (vs. Swarthmore; vs. #25 Susquehanna)
    10. Berry (vs. Rhodes; vs. Hendrix)

    5.  Comings and Goings

    6.  1 Pumpkin Thing

    Planning to carve a pumpkin or two this weekend in preparation for Halloween? The first step is getting a pumpkin that's seed-free and ready to be carved. Here's a quick mess-free method for cleaning out a pumpkin today!

    >> Have You Ever?: Used a drill and an egg-beater to do the trick?

    >> Be Smart: Don't throw out all the pumpkin insides! Save the seeds for a delicious roasted snack.

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