and... i like them? I think I like them.
Bruce Feldman has an ESPN Insider blog. He's been posting on it for several months and until today had never linked to another blog. What incredibly awesome foot-blog did he bless with ESPN approval? The frequently updated, maniacally comprehensive, swashbuckling marvel of mgoblog? No? How about some heisman blog that's been updated once this month? Goddammit.
No, I'm not bitter. Not even a little.
Okay, I'm bitter. Look at this guy's top ten list:
4. Boise State
5. Texas A&M
9. Virginia Tech
What? WHAT? This isn't six years into an NCAA 2005 dynasty, bub. Boise State could win the Super Bowl and still finish 11th in the coaches poll. Texas A&M is one inconsistent Reggie McNeal and a pile of doo. He's banking both on Urban Meyer magic (UMM) turning Florida into a BCS title game participant and the lack of UMM not harming Utah in the slightest. mgoblog's new publicity strategy: obvious severe wrongosity. This will cause Bruce Feldman and others to point my blog out for being idiotic, thus garnering me traffic and power.
I will miss the feeling of being infallibly correct about everything, but sacrifices must be made. I will destroy this blog in order to save it!
BuckeyePlanet tracks OSU recruiting like a hawk with OCD, which is always handy when Michigan goes up against the Bucks for a recruit. As per usual, the two rivals are battling for a number of recruits, and one of the most important is Justin Boren. Boren is the top offensive lineman in Ohio and the state's second-ranked player overall according to Rivals. Reading the tea leaves over there... well, let's let them say it. Nevadabuck qualifies as an insider over there. Here's Nevadabuck on 2/23:
Boren will be a Buckeye.
just rehashing what I've been saying for over two months...Boren will be a Buckeye...
do you think I'm just guessing??? LOL
any more doubters out there?? LOL My info is pretty solid......
(and yes, this was a feeble attempt to boost my flagging post count)
well thanks for insuring that I won't be thrown off the site if a 18 year old kid changes his mind.....LOL
I'll stand by my predictions(they are A LOT more than just informed guesses--but I guess inside info does have its privileges, doesn't it???)
I think my "batting average" with these kids speaks for itself...LOL
Boren will be a Buckeye.
I will state on April 25th at 8:10 pm Pacific Time that Boren will be a Buckeye--
This is a very very savvy young man who is also looking at life after football---and is there ANY better business position to be in, living in Columbus, then ex-OSU football player???
He is well aware of this fact, and will make the right decision.
Hey, NevadaBuck... how do you feel today?
I'm trying to decipher between what might have been said publically(ala Farrell) with what might have been said privately--
its not exactly jiving....
What's that? A classic "insider CYA" post? What happened to "Boren will be a Buckeye LOL LOL I am so 31337"? Read between the lines, kids... Boren won't be a Buckeye. Boren is only considering one other school: Michigan.
Is this a big deal? Yes. My recruit Spidey-sense tells me that Boren is the kind of kid who can come in, redshirt, and then start for four years like Jake Long. Michigan's interior line is a crowded place for the next few years but Boren might be the best prospect of all of them. Boren--son of Mike Boren, who was a LB for Bo in the 80s--was on Rivals' initial top 50 list and will probably stay there after doing 40 reps of a Honda Civic at the AA Nike Camp. He'll definitely be ranked as one of the top five interior linemen in the country--maybe number one. To boot, his little brother is 7'8", 450 pounds. Or something like that. He's a big dude.
Celebrate, for recruitin' news has come again.
(Thanks to reader TheMile for the tip.)
Update: NevadaBuck's latest: "Just got off a phone call that was not the least bit encouraging..."
Also, another site-moderator type guy called Boren and interviewed him tonight: "In my opinion, it seems that this great lineman is going to follow in his fathers footsteps and play for Michigan."
The recruiting board has been updated.
Pittsburglive has a good article on Jerame Tuman up. Tuman hasn't exactly lit up the NFL since entering the league in '99 and now has to deal with Heath Miller, the Steeler's first rounder this year.
And now Rage Against the Machine is playing as an intro to some Pistons highlights... Zach De La Rocha, your name is hypocrisy!
Such a good boy am I...
Update 4/9: Added FB Luke Schmidt, OL Matt Carufel, OL Bartley Webb, LB Eric Gordon, LB Travis Goethel, LB Toryan Smith, CB Brantwon Bowser. Linked to free Demarco Murray video. Asserted that TE Dedrick Epps will likely commit at camp.
Update 4/8: Added CB Steve Brown and LB Thaddeus Gibson. Added speculative co-lead for QB Tim Tebow. Noted that PSU leads for WR John Maddox. Also noted that Gibson is down to UM and OSU.
Tebow news is big. Rumbling from all over on this one, partially spurred by the fact that UF just got a commit from Jevean Snead, a top 100 QB in his own right.
Update update: Added link to sunshinepreps.com video of Tebow.
Josh Elliot has an article up at SI.com on NFL rule changes he'd like to see.
Interestingly, four of the changes he wants to see are already implemented in the college game: the overtime format, the 15-yard maximum on pass interference, the number of feet required inbounds for a completion (one for college, two for the NFL), and whether a receiver forced out of bounds by a defensive back without getting his feet down will be given credit for a completion (no in college, yes in the NFL).
He mentions something in his discussion of the overtime format that I have wanted to see myself: moving the OT starting point back to the 35 yard line instead of the 25. (He calls the 25-yard line "absurdly close," which is stretching the boundaries of the word "absurd.") The biggest flaw in the current system is the fact that it can literally take forever. A few six- or seven-overtime games have been played, leaving both teams exhausted and pissed off when they get waxed the next week. Moving the starting points back ten or fifteen yards will force teams to get a first down before moving into reasonable field goal range and increase the chance that a team will end up not scoring on their drive, increasing the variance of each possession. Make that change, declare the teams tied after three overtime sessions, and call it a day.
When it comes to pass interference I'd actually like to see colleges add a flagrant version of pass interference that would be a spot foul without the 15-yard maximum. The rule as currently structured can lead to a situation where intentionally committing a penalty is a good thing, which should never be the case (I'll probably subject you to a diatribe on that subject as it applies to the end of basketball games eventually). The flagrant version would probably be an exceedingly rare call, as it would only be assessed when the defensive back was intentionally committing interference, and how many times is a defensive back badly beaten enough to want to interfere intentionally and able to do so? Infrequently. But when it happens it should be penalized appropriately.
Elliots other four suggested changes are less interesting to consider. One ("don't show that blue LOS line on TV") isn't even a rule change. Another ("no cut blocks") is a radical departure from the current NFL rules that will never see the light of day. The last two are impractical. He suggests that the ground should be allowed to "cause" a fumble, which makes no sense. If the ground causes a fumble it's because you've hit it. You're down by definition. Changing that rule introduces a heap of inconsistencies my brain doesn't want to deal with. Finally, he suggests "no fair catches," which is an invitation to murder punt returners unless you reintroduce the much-reviled halo rule. It was also a feature of the ill-fated XFL, and my motto is "find out what the XFL did and do the opposite." (If you're curious, no, my motto doesn't come into play all that often.)