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What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by Purple_Portland_Pilot_113 on Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:53 am

Am I the only one that notices, Santa Clara isn't much of a competitor in many sports in the WCC. It just seems like they concentrate too much on academics (not that that is a bad thing, It's great!) But I just don't understand. Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Duke are all competitive in some sports. Is the reason because Santa Clara is too small. Is it because they don't have that kind of money. If so, should we kick them out of the WCC, they seem to be in the cellar for most sports.
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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by ekrauss on Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:05 am

I could be wrong, but I think Santa Clara has money and I think they are bigger than Portland. I don't think their academic standards are much different than other WCC schools. I think it's just that some of their sports are in a down cycle. Why, I'm not exactly sure.

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by MaizeBluePurple on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:06 am

I think that they are just in a down cycle. They have been very good at women's soccer, and I expect them to be good again, once they stop being hit by the injury bug. And they were good in basketball in the not too distant past. I am not sure about the other sports.

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by DaTruRochin on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:16 am

And there was that Nash kid that played for them in men's soccer and basketball, I wonder whatever came of him...

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by Purple_Portland_Pilot_113 on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:20 am

As Arnold Rothstein said in 8 Men Out, "That was yesturday, this is today."

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:01 pm

DaTruRochin wrote:And there was that Nash kid that played for them in men's soccer and basketball, I wonder whatever came of him...
In the North End we refer to Martin as the "[crummy] brother."

And I saw a picture of Steve wearing a Tottenham shirt, so forget him too...Twisted Evil

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by PilotNut on Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:09 pm

SCU is in a down cycle right now... In recent history, SCU has had national champion caliber men's & women's soccer teams, and strong hoops teams. Times are a bit tough now for them, but I am certain that SCU will return soon...

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by DaTruRochin on Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:26 pm

PurplePrideTrumpet wrote:
DaTruRochin wrote:And there was that Nash kid that played for them in men's soccer and basketball, I wonder whatever came of him...
In the North End we refer to Martin as the "[crummy] brother."

And I saw a picture of Steve wearing a Tottenham shirt, so forget him too...Twisted Evil

And he is VERY good friends with that French professional team handball player...

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:05 pm

I think we definitely need SCU in the WCC. I don't expect the down cycle to last long, especially with Brandi Chastain playing soccer on SCU's field in the WPS this past season. That has to be helping their recruiting for women's soccer. To me, SCU totally fits the mold of a WCC school: a small academic-minded Catholic school on a river or near the waterfront with quality student athletes...

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Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:17 am

onetouchfutbol wrote:I think we definitely need SCU in the WCC. I don't expect the down cycle to last long, especially with Brandi Chastain playing soccer on SCU's field in the WPS this past season. That has to be helping their recruiting for women's soccer. To me, SCU totally fits the mold of a WCC school: a small academic-minded Catholic school on a river or near the waterfront with quality student athletes...


Ummm, it's a bit of a stretch calling the San Jose river a waterfront....


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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by onetouchfutbol on Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:28 am

Purplegeezer wrote:
onetouchfutbol wrote:I think we definitely need SCU in the WCC. I don't expect the down cycle to last long, especially with Brandi Chastain playing soccer on SCU's field in the WPS this past season. That has to be helping their recruiting for women's soccer. To me, SCU totally fits the mold of a WCC school: a small academic-minded Catholic school on a river or near the waterfront with quality student athletes...


Ummm, it's a bit of a stretch calling the San Jose river a waterfront....


Actually, I might not have been clear, but, I was referring to the Pacific Ocean...

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by MesaPilot1 on Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:36 am

Purplegeezer wrote:
onetouchfutbol wrote:I think we definitely need SCU in the WCC. I don't expect the down cycle to last long, especially with Brandi Chastain playing soccer on SCU's field in the WPS this past season. That has to be helping their recruiting for women's soccer. To me, SCU totally fits the mold of a WCC school: a small academic-minded Catholic school on a river or near the waterfront with quality student athletes...


Ummm, it's a bit of a stretch calling the San Jose river a waterfront.... Razz Hi Angela, I mean .......
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I might be wrong but isnt their star guard out for the season. The WCC Player of the year graduated, the lost two good players, one of who was close to or made the all_-fresman Wcc team. I think I know what they need geez, a riverwalk in Like in San Antonio down the drainage ditch there. It would help with recruiting tremedously,J"K idding.


Mesa at the Orleans nextdoor to Boulden or Grays roem,

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:06 pm

They hate America. Kick 'em out.

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by up7587 on Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:40 am

Here is an article that discusses the issues at Santa Clara. LINK In the comments there are some comparisons between Keating and Reveno.


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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by PilotDrummer on Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:22 am

Purplegeezer wrote:
onetouchfutbol wrote:I think we definitely need SCU in the WCC. I don't expect the down cycle to last long, especially with Brandi Chastain playing soccer on SCU's field in the WPS this past season. That has to be helping their recruiting for women's soccer. To me, SCU totally fits the mold of a WCC school: a small academic-minded Catholic school on a river or near the waterfront with quality student athletes...


Ummm, it's a bit of a stretch calling the San Jose river a waterfront....


Hey! Don't make fun of my home!

Okay, I kid. The Guadalupe River (in Geez's picture) really doesn't qualify as much of a river anymore. Though, I remember a few years back it flooding when we got some wild weather (comparatively, we call it "rain" here in Portland). When I worked at Adobe (left side of the photo) as an intern I remember sandbags down below the cafeteria (which is what you see in the photo) and lots of muddy brown water!

If we're making an argument that Santa Clara or San Jose is "close to the ocean" you have a better shot at that than saying Portland is close to the ocean. I've done the drive to the coast in both places - the Portland-coast drive is about an hour, the San Jose-Santa Cruz drive is about 30 minutes.

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by PilotDrummer on Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:23 am

PurplePrideTrumpet wrote:They hate America. Kick 'em out.
It is a Jesuit school...

Kidding! Though having a Jesuit education in HS and a Holy Cross one in college, I can tell you I prefer the Holy Cross. Smile

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:34 am

PilotDrummer wrote:
If we're making an argument that Santa Clara or San Jose is "close to the ocean" you have a better shot at that than saying Portland is close to the ocean. I've done the drive to the coast in both places - the Portland-coast drive is about an hour, the San Jose-Santa Cruz drive is about 30 minutes.

The original quote was.

onetouchfutbol wrote:I think we definitely need SCU in the WCC. I don't expect the down cycle to last long, especially with Brandi Chastain playing soccer on SCU's field in the WPS this past season. That has to be helping their recruiting for women's soccer. To me, SCU totally fits the mold of a WCC school: a small academic-minded Catholic school on a river or near the waterfront with quality student athletes...


No mention of an ocean, just a waterfront or river nearby, on which grounds I still think SCU is a stretch. I'll concede the quality student athletes part.




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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by Rob's Jacket on Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:00 pm

PilotDrummer wrote:
PurplePrideTrumpet wrote:They hate America. Kick 'em out.
It is a Jesuit school...

Kidding! Though having a Jesuit education in HS and a Holy Cross one in college, I can tell you I prefer the Holy Cross. Smile

At the time I went there, La Salle in Milwaukie was the only Christian Brothers school in the world without Christian Brothers.

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Re: What's Wrong with Santa Clara

Post by Stonehouse on Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:44 pm

LSHS... Goooooo Falcons!

I am still proud that "Whoosh Whoosh Pilots!" has its roots in "Whoosh Whoosh Falcons!"... probably the greatest thing Rochin54, MattyWizz and I ever did.

But, back to the topic of this thread... really, what is up with Santa Clara? I suppose it's just a down stretch for them, but they haven't been near the top of the conference in any sport for a few years now. I suppose their women's soccer team was #2 this year, but that's it... I'm not sure any other Santa Clara team in any other sport has finished in the top 3 the past two years, which is shocking because historically Santa Clara always fielded teams in nearly every sport that were top-half of the WCC.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:18 pm

Stonehouse wrote:LSHS... Goooooo Falcons!

I am still proud that "Whoosh Whoosh Pilots!" has its roots in "Whoosh Whoosh Falcons!"... probably the greatest thing Rochin54, MattyWizz and I ever did.

Seriously....

Do you have any idea how sad that sounds? Shocked

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