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|12 hours 34 min ago||I'm not sure if I'm going to||
I'm not sure if I'm going to subject myself to the pain of reading it. I can't imagine writing one right now. Am a litle interested in the podcast though. Probably be a bunch of sighing and "whelps" followed by Ace trying to over-silver-lining something. Should be good.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Yeah, he's a whipped puppy. You see that run where||
Yeah, he's a whipped puppy. You see that run where he hesitated about sliding and ended up taking an awkward hit? Any tendency to use his athleticism has been beaten out of him.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Waiting for this staff|
|3 days 13 hours ago||"At the rate he's going,||
"At the rate he's going, Charlie Weis gonna be the all time winningest coach in Kansas history. Two wins a year, that's just another 24 years, Jayhawk fans. God's real, and he doesn't like you at all."
I had a sad for everyone in Lawrence.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Thing is, by now people||
Thing is, by now people already have their minds made up on whether or not they think Hoke should go or if we should give him more time. Any loss will cause the former to grab their torches and pitchforks while the latter pull out their 2010 recruiting profiles and point to the absense of OL prospects.
Personally I'm just tired of hearing about "toughness" week in and out and then flipping on my TV on Saturdays and the only toughness I see is that of our QB's ribs. My heart goes out to these kids when I see them give it their all and then see the coaching staff mail it in in the 2nd half vs. Notre Dame or punt from the 37 vs. NTM. Then we as fans get called out for not supporting the troops...
If I'm being 100% honest I couldn't care less if Hoke or RR or Jim Harbaugh is running our program so long as they do it honestly, look after the kids' best interests, and win football games; in that order. Hoke has, to my knowlege, checked the first 2 boxes. If he can start producing wins then I'm good.
|4 days 12 hours ago||I think, at least here,||
I think, at least here, "biggest" and "most important" aren't necessarily the same thing and I would argue that this game is neither. MSU and OSU are certainly bigger games and more important to hoke keeping his job. A loss to Utah would probably be forgiven with win over MSU or [especially] OSU; hopefully both.
|6 days 9 hours ago||In the grand scheme of things||
In the grand scheme of things you're right: it's really not all that bad and we have less to complain about than a lot of programs but it's not what we're used to and we demand better. Think we're the only ones? Take a stroll through some Texas Longhorns boards, namely the comments sections, and let me know what you see. Fan-bases that have traditionally known success and then lose that success tend to not react as well as those that don't. Remember in the 90's when MSU fans' only retort was "yeah? well wait until basketball season." That's not good enough for us.
And on a related note to the fans, it probably wouldn't be so bad if MSU and OSU fans weren't so damn insufferable.
|6 days 9 hours ago||There's a lot of not-good||
There's a lot of not-good football teams ahead on our schedule. Utah should be a pretty good barometer of how the non-MSU/OSU games will go, on the surface they appear to be AT LEAST as good as a middling B1G team, if not better. If this game is narrow on either side of the ball expect a stressful season. If we win handily then we should expect wins against everyone but MSU and OSU and, even against them, there's hope.
If we get blown out then you can hang up your football jersey and dig out your basketball jersey.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Set-ups like that really only||
Set-ups like that really only contribute to the circle-jerk. God-forbid I have to read something that is of a different opinion than mine.
|1 week 15 hours ago||:( That's not nice. True, but||
That's not nice. True, but not nice.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The most useful thing you'll||
The most useful thing you'll get out of these things are vague injury reports. "Devin has a boo boo but he'll be good to go" or "Doctors are evaluating Jake and they'll be the ones to make a determination on whether he can play for us."
Everything else is going to be an excerpt from the textbook for "Coach-speak 101." There's really not a point in asking useful questions when you're not going to get a useful answer.
|4 weeks 10 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?
|4 weeks 10 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.
|7 weeks 12 hours 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?
|7 weeks 13 hours 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."
|7 weeks 13 hours 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.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Closer to sounding like a||
Closer to sounding like a sandwich to me...
|8 weeks 4 days 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.
|8 weeks 5 days 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.
|8 weeks 5 days 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.
|11 weeks 4 days 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.
|11 weeks 6 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.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I have the most heterosexual||
I have the most heterosexual boner right now.
|12 weeks 3 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.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure I've ever been this||
Not sure I've ever been this okay over a loss before...
|12 weeks 5 days ago||idk, the Denver Broncos are||
idk, the Denver Broncos are pretty good...
|13 weeks 15 hours 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.
|13 weeks 4 days 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.
|14 weeks 6 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.
|14 weeks 6 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