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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Now they're 5-0: MACA volleyball Tigers

OK, so there's no more "conference" for football, but I guess there is in volleyball. All these alignments can get confusing.
Our Tigers are looking very good in West Central Conference volleyball play. We have first place secured at present. The Tigers built their stock further with (another) win by sweep on Tuesday. Success vs. Monte came by scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-15.
Click on the permalink below to read about the sweep wins over Benson and ACGC last week. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." It also includes coverage of the MACA football team's loss to Minnewaska Area. Thanks for reading. - B.W.
Tigers 3, Montevideo 0
The Morris Area Chokio Alberta girls are undefeated overall (5-0). Brooke Gillespie came at the Thunder Hawks with three serving aces. Karly Fehr batted two serving aces, while Lindsey Dierks and Koral Tolifson each had one.
Fehr chalked up 20 set assists. Four Tigers each had one ace block: Fehr, Jenna Howden, Carly Maanum and Moira McNally. Riley Decker set the pace in digs with 14. Gillespie had ten digs and Lindsey Dierks had eight.
On to hitting: here it was Gillespie setting the pace with her eight kills. Ashley Solvie and Howden each had six kills, while Dierks and Maanum each had three. Fehr added two kills to the mix, and Haley Erdahl one.
Abby Olson had ten kills for the visiting T-Hawks. Kaylee Glomstad performed three ace blocks. Olivia Hagen had nine digs. Grace Sulflow was the busiest setter, getting ten assists, and Hagen produced two serving aces.
Whither sport of football?
We're reading about efforts on the part of the football powers-that-be, to reduce health dangers of the sport. George Will questions whether football can continue as it has, with proper health precautions taken. Football is by definition violent. Violence seems the whole point.
Maybe back in an age when we groomed young men to be warriors, it seemed reasonable. Today that thought gives pause. I remember as a child hearing speeches expressing the hope "there will be no more war." It was balderdash, as we got dragged into the biggest hell pit of all time: Viet Nam. About half of the deaths in Viet Nam happened after our leaders in Washington D.C. realized it was a failure. Yes, our nation really did experience that.
Today, football as a model for militarism seems obsolete. In this age of new media that penetrates everywhere, a debacle like Viet Nam would not repeat itself, I feel. Iraq was bad enough. We backed away from intervention in Syria.
Football? Here's a question I have been offering over the recent past: If all the players in the NFL outside of the quarterbacks and wide receivers were low-round draft picks, would anyone notice or care? Actually, it might be nice to see offensive linemen who actually look like athletes, with well-defined bodies, rather than these huge masses of flesh that are just designed to obstruct.
Coaches are adjusting now, prepared to test their whole depth chart in games, due to players being pulled because of injuries or concussions. The NFL is afraid of lawsuits. Who isn't afraid of lawsuits? It's a relative thing, with all coaches knowing the other coaches will be doing the same thing. The quality of backup players will become more important. In the meantime, the Vikings look lousy. I really don't care.
You know, that "true purple" color may have fed nostalgia for a while, but I'd actually like to see the team go back to its standard old uniforms, like of the '90s. A uniform only seems "cool" if the team is winning anyway, right?
"Are you ready for some football?" I'm really not.
- Brian Williams -morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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