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|3 days 18 hours ago||Do you think we'll get the QB||
Do you think we'll get the QB situation sorted out before the opener or can we expect an on-going controversy throughout the season?
|3 days 18 hours ago||Measuring interior D-Linemen||
Measuring interior D-Linemen on tackles is like measuring Linebackers on PBUs. It's a nice stat they they should certainly get on an occasion but it's certainly not the de facto indicator on how well they're playing the position.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Touche. I guess I blacked out||
Touche. I guess I blacked out how truly terri-bad Purdue was last year. Michigan still went 12-1, right?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I saw people using tablets||
I saw people using tablets (not sure if Surface) during last night's HoF game. Makes sense to me although I'm waiting for Dez Bryant to smash a tablet against a wall/bench during a game this season. Probably would get a 2-year suspension plus a $500,000 fine because he's a "repeat tantrum thrower."
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Even then I think Purdue||
Even then I think Purdue probably pulls 8-9 wins out of this schedule. It's not exactly daunting. ECU had some impressive OOC wins vs. UNC and NC State but outside of that they did what just about any school from a power conference would do in that league.
It's the Boise State argument. Really how good are they? And then, do you want to find out? Nobody wants to put Boise on their schedule because losing to them hurts you more than beating them helps you. That's the stigma. I get what Spurrier is saying about the regional thing but scheduling good non-AQ schools like ECU, Boise, last year's UCF, etc. aren't necessarily good for football buisiness either.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Closer to sounding like a||
Closer to sounding like a sandwich to me...
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||Point taken but, to clarify,||
Point taken but, to clarify, it's the media making a stink about there being a distraction with Sam, not the NFL. Nobody actually inside the league has said anything about him being anything other than a model citizen and a rookie trying his hardest to make the team.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Chelsea fan since the||
Chelsea fan since the Gianluca Vialli years. Your post gives me a sad. I had a much better time watching them when they were irrelevant and owned by Ken Bates. Since Abramovich bought they team they've been more focused on branding and importing expensive talent. IMO they're trying to become the Yankees of the EPL.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Mizzou is the only out of||
Mizzou is the only out of conference stadium I've attended and that was a pretty good time. There wasn't anything special about it, it just felt homey to me.
|8 weeks 19 hours ago||Player endorsements||
The NCAA isn't serious about amateurism and fairness. If that were the case there would be a hard-cap on coach's salaries, on facility expenditure, and enforced income distribution between the sports a school has. Middle Tennessee State cannot compete because they don't have the money to pay a coach $6M/Year or build a stadium that holds 80k+ fans. They can't put in a rec facility with PS4s and pool tables for their players.
The current system is unfair not only to the institutions but to the players as well. Allowing the players to benefit off of their likeness is at least fair to the players. Nothing major will change. The institutions that can afford new facilities and 7-digit coach salaries can also afford some form of player compensation. Those that can't, can't. You're still going to have the same top-50 you do every year. It's. Not. Different.
Those points aside, I'm fairly certain that you're still not going to see just whomever is QB at Oregon in a Nike ad on national TV. You'll probably get the top 10 or so players from the previous year film some endorsements in the off-season but 90% of what you will see is Devin Gardner's face on a WTKA billboard on M-23; small-time local endorsements. If I'm Nike I'm not shelling out big dough to put someone's face on an ad that only maybe 4-5% of the population will recognize. I want the Manziels, the Tebows, the T'eos, or I'm going with a pro-athelete.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||So much for Beckerman being a||
So much for Beckerman being a lock. He won't start today. Cameron moves to MF in his place.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I have the most heterosexual||
I have the most heterosexual boner right now.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Personally, my take on this||
Personally, my take on this is that we are terrible in the middle third of the field. Our first touches, especially vs. Germany were abysmal. Bradley and Jones both were terrible on the first touch and caused us a bunch of possessions.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Not sure I've ever been this||
Not sure I've ever been this okay over a loss before...
|9 weeks 1 day ago||idk, the Denver Broncos are||
idk, the Denver Broncos are pretty good...
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I think his quality of||
Yeah, I think his quality of play is being overshadowed by that final turnover there. He played pretty brilliantly on the attack. I was bummed that his put-back hit the defender but that happens. In that scenario you're basically doing your damnedest to make sure you don't get under the ball and drill it over the bar. Maybe this game goes differently if that finds the net or maybe it doesn't.
The US team as a whole seems to have this ability to play quality ball when they need to but then make 1-2 major errors that cause complete disaster.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||Depends on if that's in your||
Depends on if that's in your contract or not. I have friends that get performance bonuses as well as stock options. The argument isn't performance based pay though, it's whether or not the NCAA has the legal ground to restrict players from profiting off of themselves. It's like if your company told you that you weren't allowed to have a lemonade stand in front of your house:
"Why not? It's my house, my time, I should be able to do with it what I want. "
"If you do that then you're fired"
It's arguing the legality of that statement.
I think the above is a little off-track on their argument; it's not going to be they get a % of #16 jerseys sold though and that may be your point. LeBron James doesn't even have arrangement.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The aforementioned roster||
The aforementioned roster balance isn't referring to next year so much as it's referring to which class he'll belong to. If he plays next year then we'll have 3 running backs in the class of '13. That's fine for competition but our future roster will be more "balanced" because eligibility will be spread out and you won't have a bunch of players at one position exiting at the same time.
That's not to say that roster balance trumps winning now, especially in the case of Hoke where his seat is getting warmer which is why Brian said "but not so good for this year, when offensive production is critical for the perception of the program." It's a pro/con situation.
It's entirely possible that the team will get better if Isaac can play this season. It's also entirely possible they won't. It's been all-too-frequent in recent years that fans and, occasionally, members of this blog have declared that recruit/player X is going to lift the team (Sam McGuffie, Tate Forcier, Ondre Pipkins, Shane Morris, etc.) and they must start/play now. Maybe not explicitly but it's been discussed. My point is: temper expectations for what, if anything, this one player can do for the team on day 1. He's probably not going to be the difference between 7 and 10 wins. There are a multitude of other issues.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||This||
5* RB or not, if he doesn't have a hole to run through it won't matter. Adrian Peterson couldn't have averaged 100yds behind our line last year and that was with two NFL tackles. Getting hit behind the line before you can make a move is not a good thing. Ask Vincent Smith.
If we got a 5* guard transfer from another school I think there would be a little more hand-waving for him to start immediately, roster depth be damned. As it stands, *upgrading the RB position isn't going to keep them from being hit before they hit the hole.
*Remember, Green was a highly rated recruit as well
|14 weeks 23 hours ago||If the scholarships can bear||
If the scholarships can bear the burden (which they can, we didn't take a QB in '12) then I don't see why this could be a bad idea for anyone but Rodriguez. More competition is always better and I have yet to see anything to substantiate claims of "character issues."
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I'll be shocked if you see a||
I'll be shocked if you see a play this year where Ebron has his hand on the ground. "TE" is merely a designation used to pay players like Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez (RIP) less money these days.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I think what a lot of people||
I think what a lot of people are missing here is how abysmal the Lions were in the red zone last year and I think that was how they prioritized that #10 pick when better defensive options were taken off the board.
I would have liked to see Haha or Dennard here but I'm certainly not as disappointed as a lot of people seem to be.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||1. Economics are in play||
1. Economics are in play here, not morals. What percentage of the NBA players (read: employers to potentiall strike/boycott) are black vs. homosexual? What percentage of the target audience (read: $) for the NBA is black vs. homosexual?
2. We're talking players vs. owner. An owner has significantly more influence than a player where the league is concerned. If player X is a bigot, other players can say "I don't want to play with that guy" and the team can choose to not renew/extend his contract, trade him, etc. Team suffers for 4 years tops because of locker-room drama, etc. In the case of an owner, players can choose not to sign with that team for as long as he/she is the owner. Team suffers for however long that person is the owner, typically much longer than your avg. NBA player contract. This ties back into economics since the NBA probably isn't making any money selling Clippers jerseys anymore.
tl;dr when something doesn't seem "fair" in life, follow the money and you'll eventually find out why it's not fair.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I need to refresh my page||
I need to refresh my page before I start typing the same response someone else did 5 minutes before me.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Racism is racism, regardless||
Racism is racism, regardless of your reasons. Hitler hated Jews because he thought they were to blame for WWI and conspiring against Germany and her interests. Extreme example is extreme but just because you have "reasons" for hating another group of people does not make that right.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing has changed, people||
Nothing has changed, people have just warped what the first amendment means because they learned about the constitution in the 4th grade and took "free speech" to mean "I can say whatever I want whenever I want without repurcussion." The UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT cannot charge you with a crime purely for what you think/say/opine. Your employer, association, etc. can most certainly take action against you. This is no different. The United States government cannot do anything to strip him of his franchise but the association can say "you and your franchise are no longer apart of the association if you choose not to sell."
|17 weeks 1 day ago||True. Maybe the new NCAA||
True. Maybe the new NCAA policy on food doesn't mean double for him. Simple math dictates that he requires double food for playing double sports.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||This is my thought. Winston||
This is my thought. Winston is perpetually in legal trouble and gets nothing. Manziel signs some autographs and gets crucified by the media. A&M needs some better boosters.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I don't understand where we||
I don't understand where we as a fan-base get off on questioning what coach B does any more. He has taken a program in shambles and put us in the 2nd weekend of the tournament and beyond in 2 consecutative years now, ignoring the fact that he got a team with a 6'4" PF to the tournament.
If he's not beyond reproach, he's damn near it (I sometimes question clock management but then I remember I'm not a basketball coach) and recent success has spoiled this fanbase immesureably if this is seriously the conversation we're having at this point.
tl;dr Black magic voodoo sorcery that no one here will ever be able to comprehend.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||This is the right answer.||
This is the right answer. Picking up a late recruit is never desperation, it's filling a late need. Plugging in someone unqualified to play a position in the hopes it works is the desperate moment before you throw your hands up and move Taylor Lewan over to the 2nd RT position.