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Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

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In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

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Indiana Athletics 2019-20

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  • #76
    Wow, IU football is close to winning a big bowl game. You can’t put into words how big this would be for the program. Hope they can close this out.

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    • #77
      Ugh, of course.

      Warch that missed extra point kill us.

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      • #78
        Totally collapsing now.

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        • #79
          This is how you choke
          Larry Bird and Ryan Grigson- wasting the talents of Paul George and Andrew Luck

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Mr_Smith View Post
            This is how you choke
            ut is doing some dumb **** ... if iu wins, THAT will be a choke

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            • #81
              Feels like another missed kick is coming.

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              • #82
                What an awful loss. So close to a signature win for the program, but we just couldn’t escape the fact that at the end of the day, we’re still IU football. So many coaching and execution blunders.

                At the end of the first half, we got down to the goal line but inexcusably let 5 seconds go off the clock and couldn't run a play. We had to kick instead.

                Our defense backed off and allowed their QB to get them back in the game even though he wasn’t playing well.

                Multiple special teams blunders. They allowed a long return in the second half and then there was the inexcusable blunder of not being ready for the onside kick. How many big onside kicks are we going to see against Indiana teams? Seems like I rarely see successful onside kicks unless it’s against a local team in a big game like the Saints against the Colts or the one last night.

                The missed extra point stung, then we had the missed 52 yard FG. You could feel some painful kicking moments coming when the ESPN announcers kept talking about our kicker’s recent struggles. I almost would have rather gone for it on (I think) 4th and 8 instead of setting him up for a mammoth 52 yard kick in that situation. I had zero faith in him making that kick there.

                We amazingly got another chance at the end and immediately had a long reception, then ran 4 poorly executed plays to end the game. However, we probably would have missed the FG anyway in heartbreaking fashion had we got ourselves within range.

                Just blunder after blunder after blunder.

                Still a very nice season by IU standards, but that was just a hideous loss. We were so close to a signature bowl win for the program. Our program would have had some massive momentum with a 9-4 record and a signature bowl win. Frustrating.

                Looks like IU had a nice fan turnout at the game, which was nice to see. IU has such a large dedicated fanbase. I just wish our programs would give the fans a nice signature win sometime. Nothing disappoints quite like IU basketball and football.

                Being an IU basketball and football fan in my lifetime is just full of never ending torment.
                Last edited by Sollozzo; 01-03-2020, 10:08 AM.

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                • #83
                  Went to the game. Disappointing loss for sure. I can't believe I actually thought we were gonna win that when we were up like 9 with about 5 minutes left. But the inexcusable handling of onside kick reminded me..... It's still IU football! 😄
                  edit: i just learned IU made a new bowl record. 467 times a team up 13 with 5 minutes left had NEVER lost. And then IU football said hold my beer!
                  Last edited by clownskull; 01-03-2020, 12:47 PM.

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                  • #84
                    It's hard to hold it against a kicker, especially a college kicker, missing a 52 yard FG. OTOH, that missed PAT proved to be crucial and I have less sympathy for that one. I was taken by surprise with the onside kick all things considered, but then all things considered, it was a good play there anyway considering worse case scenario (for TN) likely was IU not moving the ball even if they had gotten it midfield and playing conservatively with the lead.
                    But I'm not the coach and the coaching staff should've been preparing IU for the possibility of an onside kick.
                    Major blunder because clearly IU wasn't prepared.

                    Then the handling of the TO and the final seconds of the first half was inexcusable. I can only think someone mistakenly thought IU was out of timeouts. There's no other explanation for that clock management.

                    IU's ineptness on offense in the first half ultimately spelled their doom later. The defense, at least for most of the game, did its part and the TN QB couldn't get it going. But by the 2nd half, and with TN's big gun receiver back in the game, it all came to them when it needed to. And then IU was IU and found a way to pull defeat from the jaws of victory.

                    I also questioned the decision to take the penalty resulting in a 2nd and 9 (IIRC) versus taking the play and having a 3rd and 3. The problem being that IU had trouble with obvious passing downs. If I remember right, that played out here with IU even taking a loss on one of the next two plays. I'd have taken the 3rd and 3 where it could've been a run or pass, and any pass play could be quick. Not make it and it still was a closer FG attempt, but 3rd and 3 was more make-able in my mind for IU than having two tries from 2nd and 9.


                    Still, by IU's standards it was a nice season. This win could've been a great cherry on top. At least it was a 1 point loss with a chance to win, and even leading in the 2nd half versus an embarrassing loss on national TV.
                    But there are still some fundamental things that need cleaned up. Clock management... better QB protection... And situational awareness.
                    Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

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                    "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."

                    -John Wooden

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                    • #85
                      There’s just really nothing to say about this basketball team right now. Obviously it would have been tough to win at Maryland, but it’s just inexcusable to get the crap kicked out of us like that. We’ve gotten blown out on the road at Wisconsin and Maryland, lost at home to Arkansas, and almost blew that game to Norte Dame. I sure as hell wouldn’t bet any money on this being a tournament team. Our shooting is awful, the second half trends are disturbing, and we give up big runs.

                      Given our tough Big 10 schedule, things will probably get worse before they get better.

                      Maybe in hindsight we shouldn’t have canned Crean just one year after winning the Big 10 regular season outright and beating UK to go to the Sweet 16? Archie merely achieving the highs Crean achieved seems light years away right now. This program is just awful right now. Inexcusable in year 3.
                      Last edited by Sollozzo; 01-04-2020, 04:49 PM.

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                      • #86
                        Look at how Butler has their program rolling. All of these other programs find ways to be highly successful, but IU is stuck in this never ending cycle of mediocrity. I just don’t get why this program can never climb out of the hole.

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
                          There’s just really nothing to say about this basketball team right now. Obviously it would have been tough to win at Maryland, but it’s just inexcusable to get the crap kicked out of us like that. We’ve gotten blown out on the road at Wisconsin and Maryland, lost at home to Arkansas, and almost blew that game to Norte Dame. I sure as hell wouldn’t bet any money on this being a tournament team. Our shooting is awful, the second half trends are disturbing, and we give up big runs.

                          Given our tough Big 10 schedule, things will probably get worse before they get better.

                          Maybe in hindsight we shouldn’t have canned Crean just one year after winning the Big 10 regular season outright and beating UK to go to the Sweet 16? Archie merely achieving the highs Crean achieved seems light years away right now. This program is just awful right now. Inexcusable in year 3.
                          I agree with most of the observations but, no, crean was not canned too early. If he hadn't been bought out, the next year was gonna be as bad as Archie's first.
                          although, i too wonder when we're going to see his iu teams overachieve. We're lucky if they even play decent. Our guards still can't hit from 3, i wonder if we'll EVER see that fixed?
                          as far as postseason goes: I'm skeptical that they do any better than 6-7th in b10 regular season and (in classic iu fashion) flush out in the 1st round of b10 tourney play. They'll probably be lucky to make n.i.t.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by clownskull View Post

                            I agree with most of the observations but, no, crean was not canned too early. If he hadn't been bought out, the next year was gonna be as bad as Archie's first.
                            although, i too wonder when we're going to see his iu teams overachieve. We're lucky if they even play decent. Our guards still can't hit from 3, i wonder if we'll EVER see that fixed?
                            as far as postseason goes: I'm skeptical that they do any better than 6-7th in b10 regular season and (in classic iu fashion) flush out in the 1st round of b10 tourney play. They'll probably be lucky to make n.i.t.
                            I don’t want to come across as being some huge Crean fan because we can all pretty much agree about his faults. That being said, Crean’s teams won the Big 10 outright twice in a four year span (13, 16). That’s pretty good. We seem light years away from sniffing that sort of success right now. This team doesn’t even look like it can compete in the Big 10.

                            So while Crean had his warts, it looks very likely that Archie’s tenure will be even worse. About all he has over Crean right now is that he’s getting big Indiana high school recruits like Langford and Jackson-Davis, but who cares if you can’t even make the tournament with them?

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                            • #89
                              Squeaked by Northwestern last night... in Bloomington. This team can't afford to lose those games. Winnable games have to go in the win column, especially at home.
                              Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

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                              "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."

                              -John Wooden

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by Bball View Post
                                Squeaked by Northwestern last night... in Bloomington. This team can't afford to lose those games. Winnable games have to go in the win column, especially at home.
                                Yeh, that win was not confidence-inspiring. I mean yeh, we won but, going down 10 with 9 minutes left to a (previously) 5-8 northwestern team at home is not a good sign. I get bad vibes this season is going to turn into a repeat of last year with a losing record in the conference and maybe make another nit. We still got the same problems as last year: can't shoot the three and throwing the ball away all too often. Guard-play overall has been pretty terrible.

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