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|23 hours 23 min ago||His sample size||
is small, but he's been successful when given the opportunity, unlike, say Funchess, who tallied -11 yards on his 2 carries. I understand not trying that again. I don't understand not giving the ball more to Norfleet.
He's not demonstrated an ability to be a downfield threat in the passing game, but I'll take a 7+ YPC average from the slot receiver/3rd down back. The problem is, no one was a downfield threat last season. Gardner needed to use his backs as outlets far more often than he did.
|1 day 1 hour ago||to be fair||
I get to do that to everyone else on the roster, too. Take away the one 38 yarder and he's still averaging 6.6 YPC.
Green had a long of 62 against Appy St. Taking that away from him leaves him with a pedestrian 409 yards on 81 carries. 307 of his 471 yards came against Miami and Appy St.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Norfleet's stats||
In three years, he has 15 carries for 130 yards. That's 8.7 YPC. I don't know, if I had a back that was averaging almost 9 yards a carry, I think I'd utilize him more than every third game.
|3 days 23 hours ago||PhDs vs. MDs||
This line of discussion always reminds me of a great cartoon I saw many years ago. The maitre d' of a fine restaurant is on the phone taking a reservation and he asks the caller, "Is that an actual MD or just a PhD."
When my friend got his PhD, he changed all his magazine subscriptions to be addressed to Dr. Blah Blah. His reasoning was that he spent enough time getting the darn thing, he was going to make sure he took advantage of it. I liked that idea, but I only changed one subscription. Every week I'm reminded by SI that I'm Dr. ST3.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Let me guess||
you get overly excited when the new phone books come out.
|5 days 58 min ago||Happened right in front of me||
I was sitting on the goal line, about 15 rows up. I was an incoherent mess for a couple hours after the game, mumbling, "he tackled him in the endzone," over and over, wildly lashing out at random State fans we passed on the way from the stadium to Cottage Inn. It still hurts. That was a national championship caliber team.
|5 days 1 hour ago||The Horror||
I thought the rumor was that the whole team was smoking weed pre-game. That's the only way that outcome makes sense to me. Add in some of the rumors about the early-tourney losses in the Frieder era, and I'd say weed cost us a lot more than just one season of Mitch McGary.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Exhibit B||
this year's Super Bowl. NE was getting torched by that tall WR from Seattle, so NE adjusted and brought in that rookie FA from South Alabama. Meanwhile, Seattle's DB hurt something on the INT and was replaced. NE went after that guy for the rest of the game. That game was less than a month ago, yet I've already forgotten all of their names.
|5 days 5 hours ago||My greatest Harbaugh moment||
is when my sister told me her roommate shared a hot tub with Jim. This was about 30 years ago, so the details are fuzzy, but my sister's roommate was good looking in an, "East Quad hippy who grows marijuana in her room" kind of way.
|5 days 5 hours ago||How about Air Force?||
They play football and would bring a unique prestige to the conference.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Oooohhh, snap||
The Moe/WD war of words continues...
|5 days 22 hours ago||I admit||
they're not great options. I was thinking more about travel logistics. In basketball, it's common for schools to get paired up so you make a road trip to two geographically similar schools. You go play ASU on Thursday night and then Arizona on Saturday. That's the only thing I was getting at. Colorado St. has more panache - for lack of a better word - than Utah State, but both are sub Pac 12 standard. I'm not sure who BYU could pair up with. It seems like these things come in pairs due to scheduling headaches with odd numbers. Do any of these schools fit the bill:
Fresno St., UNLV, Gonzaga (no football, so no.), Nevada, Boise St.? It's really slim pickings unless the Pac wants to really expand their footprint with a Texas-like school, but I can't see the Longhorns moving west out of the conference they own to one where they would be treated as an equal.
|6 days 1 hour ago||BYU to Pac12 makes most sense to me||
Arizona and Arizona State
Washington and Washington State
Oregon and Oregon State
Just bring in Colorado State or Utah State with you to pair up with Colorado or Utah and bring the conference to 14 teams like the B1G.
|1 week 1 day ago||post-season||
I hope we finish strong and at least make the NIT. I didn't say anything in the CIT/CBA thread (or whatever those other tournaments are called). Part of me wishes they'd accept a bid if that's what it came to for the lower tourney just so Bielfeldt, Dakich, Lonergan, Chatman, and Donnal can get some more PT. College is fleeting, I'd want every opportunity I could get to suit up in the maize and blue if I was fortunate enough to be a player.
I'd love to see Max light up some lower-level club with 17 points like he did earlier in the year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Saving the season?||
Interesting question. Let's look at the 7 losses.
@ND, he had a good game, we got stomped. That's not on him.
Utah, Special teams lost that game. That loss is squarely on Hoke and puntasaurus rex.
Minn, Hoke lost that game when he decided to start, and stick with, Morris.
@Rutgers, the refs cost us that game by incorrectly ruling Darboh's catch was a drop. Funch had a good game. Not on Funch.
@MSU, we got hosed again by them. Not on Funch.
Maryland, lost by 7, he went 5-30. Maybe, just maybe if he had an 8-80 type game, we win, but then again weren't the weather conditions bad?
@OSU, 7-108. Not his fault.
So even if Funchess had the season we were all hoping for, the team still finishes 5-7, maybe 6-6.
The right guy got fired. Let's not direct our disappointment over the season at Funchess.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would've taken a 1000 yard season||
Instead, we got a 733 yard season with 310 of those in the first two and the last games of the season, and very little in between.
I think Gardner was hurt all year, couldn't throw a deep ball and that torpedoed the season because of Hoke's inability to find a competent backup QB. Hoke paid for it. Let's all just move on.
EDIT: and blocking, I would have gladly accepted some blocking.
|1 week 4 days ago||More Donnal||
less Dakich. I don't care that Irvin's handle isn't great. Our PGs have been dominating possession anyway so we don't really need a strong second ballhandler when Spike or MAAR get in foul trouble.
Donnal's splits are bizarre. He's either solidly green or gets a DNP.
|1 week 5 days ago||It works for UCLA/USC||
because they are BOTH the home team, playing in LA. That's not the case with M-OSU. I'm not sure what the reason would be for having both us and OSU wear home uniforms other than "it would look cool," and that's a road I don't want to travel down again. Maybe Michigan/MSU could pull off the double home jerseys idea because the schools are so close.
|1 week 5 days ago||I find it more likely||
that Dave Brandon has friends at Google. No wait, scratch that, Dave Brandon having friends? Let's just call them associates.
|1 week 5 days ago||Helmet numbers||
The decision to keep them was the players. I don't recall whose idea they were in the first place.
|1 week 5 days ago||Magnum opus||
would be his greatest work. I'm not sure I'm willing to go that far, yet. But I do consider this an example of great writing. I so thoroughly identified with the intro where he writes about not having any friends as a kid because he does better than everyone else on tests. And then he contrasts his abillity to own up to his shortcomings and failures and learn from them and get better to Brandon's inability to learn. It's really well done.
|1 week 5 days ago||not me||
I didn't find this fiery or bitter. It's more a re-telling of the facts. An historical narrative of recent events that lays blame on Brandon rationally and fairly. But thanks for teaching me a new word.
|1 week 6 days ago||Brian's opus||
This is Brian's opus.
|1 week 6 days ago||Sugar||
or to be precise, added sugar. No more soda, leftover Halloween candy (yep, still have lots of that around), or girl scout cookies. This is going to suck.
|1 week 6 days ago||Rudock / Gardner||
not only were Rudock's stats better, but he has a functioning ribcage, so there's that.
|1 week 6 days ago||Rudock||
The thought of spending a whole season listening to Beth Mowins say "Jake Rudock" has me giddy. That's far and away my favorite Beth Mowins name. I get into Beth Mowins imitation-mode by saying "Jake Rudock" multiple times. Oh please let this happen.
|1 week 6 days ago||tired||
I noticed numerous times last night situations where if our defender had his hands up, he could have deflected or denied a pass or he would have had a better chance at getting a rebound. When you get tired, it's harder to keep the hands up on defense and MSU really exploited our - pardon the criticism of guys that are trying really hard and are in a bad situation - apparent lack of effort.
|1 week 6 days ago||good point||
part of the problem with the bigs rebounding numbers is that they don't stay on the court long enough to tally any stats. Walton was playing ~33 MPG. Doyle's at 18. Bielfeldt and Donnal are at 13 and 12 MPG, respectively. It's really hard to get in the flow of a game when you are only playing in 3-4 minute stretches and don't know if you are going to get 25 minutes or 5. The rotation of the bigs has me vexed.
|1 week 6 days ago||What's worse though?||
It's a trade-off. You either take Dakich's good ballhandling and ability to run the offense, with his lack of scoring, rebounding, and defense, or Dawkins/Irvin's lack of ballhandling with more size up front for rebounding and post defense. We got killed inside. And it's not like MSU is some super sized team. Schilling is 6' 9", Dawson is 6' 6" and Valentine is 6' 5". There's no reason we should have been dominated that badly. How about playing Donnal and Doyle together and force Izzo to put Valentine on one of those two, because Dawson was sticking with Irvin all night. There was a four minute stretch where Wollenman came in and we never went down to Doyle to attack that mismatch. It gets back to this team being so young that Beilein doesn't have time in practice to tweak things to attack the opponent's weakness, because he's still working so hard trying to get them to understand the basic concepts. Next year will be better.
|1 week 6 days ago||The bigs||
I don't understand why Beilein rotates three players for one position, and then gives Dakich 8 minutes. In Dakich's 8 minutes, he had 1 PF and 1 missed shots. In Donnal's 9 minutes, he contributed 4 pts, 2 rebs and a block. In Bielfeldt's 9 minutes, he contributed 5 points and 6 rebounds. I understand that he didn't want to upset the rotations, but when it became apparent that Walton was going to be out for awhile, he has to move Irvin and or Dawkins down to the 2 position which isn't that much different than the 3 and figure out how to get 2 of Doyle/Bielfeldt/Donnal to play together.
I also don't understand how we let a 44% FT shooter have his way underneath. If you have 3 guys for one position (and I'd argue Chatman and Dawkins could have also guarded Dawson) foul trouble is not a problem. Hack him anytime he touches the ball. Do not let him have any space inside. Yet, we play gentlemanly basketball and let him go 10-12, while our three "bigs" only committed 6 fouls total. Guys, you had 15 fouls to give to the worst FT shooting team in the big 10. Schilling and Costello were a combined 8 for 8 and only shot 3 FTs.