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Everything posted by tradertwo

  1. This type thread usually gets a lot of play... I think maybe because it's in the "general" football forum, not many people have seen it ( I just did for the first time). @Southtowner usually has good insight even out of his area, might be that he'd have some input. Henry County has a good case for the top spot. Most reasonable people would give them the nod over all other teams for various reasons... they've beaten "better" opposition, sheer numbers (depth), common opponent comparison, and enrollment size (classification). One team that I'm not sure about though, is Peabody. The tide is talented and deep... their coaching staff (not just the HC) is great, and they've beaten everybody on their schedule (so far) by pretty much whatever they wanted to win by. Position vs. position Henry Co. probably stacks up better, but as a team I'm not sold that Trenton wouldn't outscore the Pats should they play. Milan sort of exposed Covington as one dimensional, but with better play calling on offense coupled with their extraordinary defense, they could give both Trenton and Henry County fits. I'm sort of leaving Haywood out of the conversation, but to me, they just don't seem on the same level as the other three mentioned.
  2. I envy you... there's no place like home, but man I love it up there!
  3. It's all about the intent of those in control Mike... Memphis City ( now defunct ) was allocated around 500 million dollars in 2010-2011 from Race To The Top and Bill Gates combined... it only took two years for them to be bankrupt. Our system got a bag of peanuts out of the deal and we raised GPA, graduation rates, ACT scores, and college enrollment percentages.
  4. Sigh... it's no use, you just don't get it.
  5. You still had days here and there, around here seeing a mallard or pintail was akin to looking for that redheaded woodpecker that Arkansas claims isn't extinct... occasionally had a "sighting", but unconfirmed.
  6. A lot of in town decision makers were paid nicely too... many teacher salaries went into the six digit realm. Not saying that teachers don't deserve to be compensated, but the economics have to work out to meet the bottom line. I myself am "in the business" so to speak for almost 12 years, and if something isn't working great in our system we find out what works better for others and implement it. For you (and others) to defend the actions of those PROVEN to be using (sacrificing the education of) the kids for their own benefit just says that that culture has to change before the kids interests are placed first. Booker T Washington is a great example. They actually did the research, and implemented programs to further education and reduce absenteeism...their GPA and their graduation rates jumped almost 30% while violence within the school went down almost that much. Booker T's administrators and coaches, not the ones from Trezevant and Freedom Prep are the ones who Memphians should put on the pedestal, but everyone knows who has a "loaded" football team, not so many know about Booker T's success.
  7. Know what?.. I'm not quite done yet. The now defunct Memphis City System got over 400 Million of the entire states allotment of 500 million from President Obama's "Race To The Top" education program, along with 90 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Within two years they were bankrupt, dissolved the system, and forced Shelby County to absorb the students and dilapidated facilities, almost bankrupting them. VP Joe Biden ( after touring the city ) reported to Pres. Obama that the reason was "a culture of failure" in Memphis. My grandfather had an old saying... "do as you've always done, get what you've always got". Keep doing it your way.
  8. Done with this... you obviously won't accept the gravity of the situation. Like arguing with an atheist who picks single text from the Bible and attempts to twist the meaning. We don't worry about our football players grades here... just about ALL our students graduate (that's right 100% graduation rate best years, 98% worst year for the past 10), and 90 + percent college enrollment rate. When you worry about educating kids first, all of them are included... I am having a great day.
  9. Half a million??? Long distance charges must be bad in Memphis, because the investigation was on the telephone with SCBOE. Why was the principal a joke to you... he lost more than anyone else involved, and stood to gain NOTHING either way. I evidently care more for those students than you do... you are defending the people who chose to lie about their academic achievements rather than ensure that they actually got a proper education. Dexter Manley was a millionaire who attended Yates High School and Oklahoma State University... also who couldn't read signs on the freeway because of the same type situations that you defend. I saw him crying on national television saying that he'd give back the money and fame for an education.
  10. You don't have to know the man, just a man who knows the man...lol!
  11. What you locals don't understand, is that "lousy" on Reelfoot is good for most everywhere else.
  12. You're right, he did have every reason to lie... he could have lied and kept his job, he could have lied and been Principal of a school that won state, and he could have lied and saved face with the public. He instead chose to tell the truth, and it cost him his job to do so. List your reasoning of what the man had to gain by trashing his own school. Teli pretty much ran the school because football has more meaning to the public in Memphis than character and academics, and he was placed upon a pedestal because he had assembled a great team. Damning evidence in the form of the players transcripts was found on Teli's own computer. I have much respect for the Principal and the lady secretary who lost their jobs for outing the situation... I wonder how many would have the fortitude to do the right thing if they stood to lose as much.
  13. Yep. If it was a hardship issue, it should have been addressed as such. Too late to change horses in mid stream... TSSAA rarely reverses it's self after passing judgement.
  14. Blast from the past! Google my bud and the pic on the front page is me and my buds from about 20 yrs. back. I'm the handsome devil kneeling. If you call, tell him "Red" sent you... he may just charge you double... it's an inside joke.
  15. Seriously.. if you want the best, and are looking for a trip that you won't forget. JackieVanCleave… look him up on youtube. I love to pick at him, but he's a good dude and can catch fish in a bathtub!!!
  16. Big rivalry game... we'll bring everything we've got, but to be honest we're a longshot at best. Not deep enough to begin with, and way too hurt right now.
  17. Just had his retirement party this past summer from the crappie tournament trail... and yes, he doesn.t mind letting you know how good he is.
  18. No problem, one of 'em says he can catch 'em on a bare hook!
  19. It isn't impossible... I personally know a couple who can.
  20. Depends on which Waverly team shows up, and who gets the first break in the game. Houston County is a good, solid team... they don't "lose" games like they used to, but they aren't great anywhere on the field. They block, tackle, run hard, play with discipline, and don't turn the ball over and that will win a lot of games. Waverly is better when they are "on". The Tigers are bigger and stronger on both lines, and have a competitor at QB who will find a way to get yards. They have talent running the ball, and as a team they know how to win important games. I can see Houston County winning if they just grind for four quarters without making mistakes. I can see Waverly getting an early score or a big turnover to take momentum and opening the game up too. I don't like picking winners when the game could easily go either way, but if you said that one would win big over the other, I'd guess Wavo, so I'm leaning Blue Tigers.
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