|20 hours 34 min ago||You are correct. When you are||
You are correct. When you are ahead - especially late - you suppress the other team's willingness to run and accumulate running ydg. But you're not necessary stopping the run in the most literal sense.
|21 hours 30 min ago||I don't think LBJ does many||
I don't think LBJ does many clubs these days, but I could be wrong.
|22 hours 53 min ago||Football Outsiders, if I'm||
Football Outsiders, if I'm not mistaken, said something to the effect of "teams don't necessarily run successfully to win, they run successfully because they're winning." Likewise, when you're winning, you're generally better able to *stop* the run.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I'm not quite sure what this||
I'm not quite sure what this could mean
|2 days 23 hours ago||I once asked an usher to hold||
I once asked an usher to hold my case of Goebel while I dug for my ticket.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Didn't G. Rice already land||
Didn't G. Rice already land Sarah Palin?
|2 days 23 hours ago||Kyrie is capable of providing||
Kyrie is capable of providing more value at this point in his career than Wade given Wade's injury history in the last couple years. Wiggins is more of an unknown, but LeBron was reportedly getting frustrated with Bosh's tendency to get comfortable waiting around at the 3-pt line for a LeBron kick-out.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I think that means the Cavs||
I think that means the Cavs could reacquire Zeller without the subsequent hit to their cap. The Tyler Zeller exemption.
|2 days 23 hours ago||.....and that he would wear||
.....and that he would wear the thickest head of dignified, grey hair that I've ever seen from one of our coaches. Any sport.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Nussmeier. Assuming he can||
Nussmeier. Assuming he can make progress with the OL, the offense will show capable improvement over last year.
Cue the sideline TV shots of the confident, visor-wearing reason for our newfound efficency... against the next shot of our hot-seat sitting, gumpy, non-headsetted, underachieving nice guy. I don't necessarily agree, but we could be hearing that narrative as the running game finds its level and DG reduces INT's.
|3 days 23 hours ago||The student section.||
The student section.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Exactly. Even three-stars||
Exactly. Even three-stars must have a guy like Turtle in his crew.
|4 days 19 hours ago||There are plenty of inherrent||
There are plenty of inherrent lifestyle, health and legal risks associated with coke. But if cola is how you roll on a particular evening, LET ONE OF YOUR BOYS KEEP IT IN HIS POCKET. Even as a three-star, the party will find you.
|4 days 22 hours ago||This post wins today. Each||
This post wins today. Each one of the pics gives me chills.
I used to say ND was my superbowl because I came of age during the Holz/Bo era.
But I never walked out of a stadium with tears running down my face and unable to talk like I did after the OSU game in 2011.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Bo wore a headseat. So, you||
Bo wore a headseat. So, you know....
|4 days 23 hours ago||I've been wondering that||
I've been wondering that myself for a couple of years while reading between the lines of info from Fort Schem. However, it sometimes take people a few years before they're comfortable in a leadership position. Hopefully Gardner's superhero game against Ohio gave him some traction.
|1 week 2 days ago||As an aside, the US/Belgium||
As an aside, the US/Belgium match scored a 9.8 rating. On a Tuesday afternoon. The US/Portugal match had a 16.5 rating on Sunday. Neither of these included Univision or the WatchESPN App). The 18.2 million viewers of Sunday's game (and this was a conservative figure) was more than any game of the NBA Finals or last fall's World Series and the average NFL game (18 million/15 million/17.6 million).
So clearly someone needs to join Ann Coulter and tell folks that nobody cares about soccer.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's bullshit.||
|1 week 3 days ago||NOT OVER. WHY? BECAUSE IT||
NOT OVER. WHY? BECAUSE IT ISN"T FUCKING OVER.
|1 week 3 days ago||Lukakered||
|1 week 3 days ago||Sideshow Bob sure does like||
Sideshow Bob sure does like to whine and grab his 'fro a lot, no?
|1 week 3 days ago||Not offsides??||
|1 week 3 days ago||We're stealing this fucker.||
We're stealing this fucker.
|1 week 3 days ago||TIM MUTHAF**KIN HOWARD||
TIM MUTHAF**KIN HOWARD
|1 week 3 days ago||Walk it off. That's how we||
Walk it off. That's how we do it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Why Wondo here?||
Why Wondo here?
|1 week 3 days ago||yeah. I've had a good vibe||
yeah. I've had a good vibe about his game today.
|1 week 3 days ago||Howard really wants to chuck||
Howard really wants to chuck one out to the wings.
|1 week 3 days ago||Don't bother going to the||
Don't bother going to the high post, guys.
|1 week 3 days ago||Too easy for Belgium to take||
Too easy for Belgium to take space. Luckily, Howard is good at football.
|1 week 4 days ago||Why are the streets in||
Why are the streets in Belgium lined with trees? Anyone?
So the Germans can march in the shade.
|1 week 4 days ago||I will refuse Bud Light and||
I will refuse Bud Light and Coors Light in every circumstance. And I love beer more than I should. If offered a Bud or Miller/Miller Light/Coors in someone's driveway or garage on a hot day I will drink it.
|1 week 4 days ago||Belgian beer is cloudy and||
Belgian beer is cloudy and sweet. I don't like their beer. Beat Belgium.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sounds like you enjoyed most||
Sounds like you enjoyed most of the Lloyd Carr era. 17-13 and 13-6 were pretty standard outcomes. The wins were cool, and we took them for granted. But it always felt like Lloyd kept the game close on pupose for some reason.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||State's defense never seemed||
State's defense never seemed fast to my naked eye. Agressive, well-drilled and effecitve, yes. But guys that have plus-speed? Not sure about that. Or if it matters.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, no need - I'm not proud||
Hey, no need - I'm not proud of the tone I took with you or Yeo. You guys always seemed like good cats. Suarez and really pissed me off this week because I completely bought into this notion that Rodgers and Gerrard got him to turn the corner. Top that off with an all nighter last night at my desk while I finish my workplace annual budget. I'm just ornery. And FIFA. Ugh. It will pass.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||There was some earlier||
There was some earlier interpretations that the ban prohibited activity related to transfer. They have, if fact, clarified the wording. There remains the practical chilling effect of the ban on a future deal.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||They could. I could see||
They could. I could see adding time to keep him out of England until the rumored megadeal with Barca can be inked. No way in hell he wants to face the English press at this point.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Anfield won't get the chance||
Anfield won't get the chance to apply their own punishment. FIFA kinda handled it. I suppose they could tack something on, but Suarez will be in a warmer climate ASAP. Except, they can't move him. FIFA'd.
Your sentiment about always representing your club no matter what is quaint, but it also assumes that Liverpool wouldn't hold him accountable. They don't really get that opportunity.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No doubt in theory. But||
No doubt in theory. But there's no comparison to today's EPL and the FA of the 80's in terms of finance, popularity and stature. Do you think the ownership groups will sit quietly if FIFA continues its over reach? I think you will see a super league of european teams before you see FIFA/UEFA win a battle against the EPL.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And I will continue to bang||
And I will continue to bang this because in addition to creating a precedent it is inconsistent policy.
FIFA applied punishment, as they are able to do. What is different is that they applied unilateral punishment for an overt physical act that occurred on the pitch which extends to the club season. And now the club suffers collateral damage for an act committed on FIFA's watch. It is inconsistent because FIFA didn't act when the FA sandwiched a four-match suspension at the end of 2013 and a six-match suspension of domestics around Suarez appearences in the 2013 Confeds Cup.
Anfield completely loses an asset with no ability to deal him to another club - which is likely their wish at this point - because he can't be transferred during the suspension. That's what has me pissed. Not your condescending remark about losing "my precious Suarez."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Reds fans were already down||
Reds fans were already down on him. IMHO, they're more upset they can't do anything with him until October.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I've said repeatedly that||
I've said repeatedly that something had to be done, and many here asserted (and want) this punishment to be more severe. But FIFA is overreaching and reactionary in this case.
When Suarez bit Ivanovic in club play he was banned by the English FA. Yet FIFA seemed unconcerned and allowed him to play for Uraguay. However, this punishment (again, something was forthcoming and deserved) prohibits Anfield from doing anything (sale or otherwise) until mid-October. It's a bad precedent for a physical altercation. They happen all the time. And yes, biting is bad. But so are headbuts, punches, overly-agressive tackles, eye-pokes or any number of other dirty acts on the pitch. They will now be handled by FIFA. At the expense of the clubs that pay the salaries.
As a result, the clubs like Chelsea, Juventus, et. al., will be more resistant to international play because they have invested significant resources in their clubs and the damage their players take for their national teams is a major anaccountable depreciation.
This is why you will hear more talk of a superleague involving not just the EPL, but the major clubs from the other euro associations.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Cool, I negged you for not||
Cool, I negged you for not reading all of my posts. I said repeatedly that: 1) Suarez should be given some form of FIFA punishment and 2) released/sold from Liverpool.
I gave a number different explanations why I think that FIFA would (and did) go relatively light on Suarez, so take a look if you're inclined. Or just continue to neg me. Whatever works.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I was approaching this break||
I was approaching this break from work like an impending snowday. Without a snowday, its..I don't know..do I work?!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I also hope that Anfield be||
I also hope that Anfield be allowed to allocate its own punishment - which I think will be forthcoming.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Or the severe discipline is||
Or the severe discipline is for punching refs, fixing games, etc., as you so dillegently proved.
On the other hand, discipline may not be for banning players from domestic clubs in major leagues for shit that occured in international play because, well, FIFA doesn't want to set the precedent and take on the EPL when they know fully well that the EPL is already sick of their players getting otherwise abused abroad and could very well decide to use this event to make their point.
Congrats on being up on Portuguese football. You're a better fan me, or just about anyone else I know.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You've repeatedly given||
You've repeatedly given examples of FIFA bans. That have...no similarities? I'm appropriately enlightened. Where did this Pinto lad play his matches? Right. Not the EPL. Or any other club that I (or much of the football world) give a shit about.
As unique as the Suarez offense was, he will not get a six-month sentience. Just re-read my posts above. I'm gonna resort to story boards or maybe finger puppets if you choose to continue.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's not similar to using||
It's not similar to using knife or fixing a match, which is what you argue. Again, FIFA thinks it's not completely dissimilar.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not sure why you continue||
I'm not sure why you continue to be unclear: FIFA will not hand out the punishment you want because there is no basis for it. It was a shocking physical outburst, yet ultimately similar in nature to a headbut, punch or elbow - none of which ever got a player a FIFA lifetime ban or other major suspension from a domestic league.
There's no need to try to explain the distinction between Rojas and Suarez. So I won't.
Also yes, the increasing financial significance of the major European clubs and the well-heeled foreign ownership groups now occupying the EPL will probably be a factor in FIFA decision making in this situation. It seems naive to think otherwise. The ownerships do not want the value of their investments damaged by international play. FIFA will not fight this battle by setting a precedent.
Suarez is definitely done for this tournament. Unfortunately, Anfield may decide to go another season because they'd be selling low at this point. Maximizing his value is important because Ajax is owed 10%-15% from a future sale (a "sell on" clause).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Do you read what you write||
Do you read what you write upthread?
Earlier, you dedicated time to a google search which produced a handful of articles supporting FIFA lifetime bans for corruption and fixing. However, you later admitted (now I get to deploy quotation marks) that they were not equivalent to the "violent conduct" that Suarez committed on the pitch.
And then, because the Suarez bite is "uniquely embarassing" FIFA will be compelled to act. But instead of a lifetime ban, you are giving his psychosis a "6 or 12 month suspension from football" to sort itself.
Ok. Again, there's been no example of a player or any sort getting a FIFA lifetime ban - hell, a FIFA-induced months-long ban that extends into domestic club season - for an EPL player. Use your google skills and let me know what you find. It was a bite - he didn't conspire with gamblers or prostitutes. There's a difference and a line that FIFA would need to cross.
Furthermore, someone at FIFA needs to hear your prognosis because initial reports have Suarez facing a much smaller punsihment than you'd like (click here for my google skilz). And yes, domestic clubs would revolt if - on top of their assets returning from the World Cup, Copa and the like all busted up and exhausted like they do now - they were lose players to FIFA suspensions related to international play.
I'm sick of his shit and want him off Reds if Anfield can swing it. But sorry, there's a good chance Suarez will be scoring against your side sometime soon.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I use DSL for internet. I||
I use DSL for internet. I live in NC..."CenturyLink."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Earlier you referenced the||
Earlier you referenced the fact that bans were essentially issued for match fixing/corruption. And I can certainly own up to my oversimplification of the issue.
The relevant fact is that FIFA imposing a ban for this type of offense - a violent foul - is unprecedented and probably wont happen to a player who is in the world's most lucrative league (or La LIga, etc). The domestic associations would revolt.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well said. And I tried to||
Well said. And I tried to make a similar point upthread. But wouldn't say that it doesn't have anything to do with advanced metrics - becuase it did at the time. Teams were overly focused on relatively ineffectual metrics and overpaying players for doing things that didn't help their club win games. Now, pretty much everyone has a room full of ivy leaguers with proprietary projection systems.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No, I'm definitely not||
No, I'm definitely not discounting the use of 'advanced statistics' but they definitely weren't the 'primary concept' in the book or reality. And, no, the mid/small market teams were not taking the Moneyball approach during the that era. It was pretty much the A's. Hell, the first next team to take on Moneyball was the big-market Red Sox.
You make the critical point - teams of limited means have to take advantage of undervalued assets and exploit market inefficiencies to their advantage.
I'm not sure whether Iowa is successful in this approach or not, I'm just saying that Moneyball is much more than numbers.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't watch anything on the||
I don't watch anything on the broadcast networks anyway. Sports, I guess, when I can't stream it. The music industry continues to suffer for not adapting to evolving technology and I imagine cable/satellite will suffer the same fate eventually. I've been off their grid for a couple years. I watch Netflix and download all other content via Apple TV. Never been happier.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Moneyball wasn't restricted||
Moneyball wasn't restricted to the use of metrics like WARP or OBP. It also involved breaking from scouting traditions like judging a player by his athletic appearence. For example, Kevin Youklis had amazing on-base skills but he didn't look like Joe Dimaggio - he was undervalued in the market. There was also the example of moving a player from his traditional and known position to an unfamiliar one in order to maximize your roster. Scott Hatteberg was out of baseball because, as a catcher, his bad shoulder or arm didn't allow him to make throws to 2B. During the offseason Oakland GM Billy Beane pushed the idea to move him to 1B, thereby creating value from a previously unusable asset.
So, it kinda sounds like what Iowa tries to do with their recruiting.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It would be a precedent for a||
It would be a precedent for a FIFA ban to directly carry over to a club for a player. The "worlwide bans" referenced above generally apply to international competitions.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No, he wouldn't have. MJ||
No, he wouldn't have. MJ might have defensed LBJ better than the others mentioned, but LBJ could have backed MJ into the post where it wouldn't have been close.
This is fun!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If it hasn't already been||
If it hasn't already been said, it's important to distinguish between FIFA and his club team (Liverpool). Suarez could be punished on the federation level, but probably not within the EPL. I can't think of a precedent for a FIFA sanction carrying over to the club level where tension already exists over scheduling conflicts and injuries.
On the other hand, Liverpool may act on their own by agreeing to sell Suarez to someone (like Barca or Real) or handing him a suspension of some sort. Remember, this is the same ownership group that put up with Manny's bullshit with the Red Sox. Until they couldn't. Likewise, Brendan Rogers seems like a manager that won't tolerate sheanigans.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Except when Wade broke||
Except when Wade broke Rondo's arm during the 2011 playoffs with a body-slam in the lane.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I can't stand LBJ and I||
I can't stand LBJ and I carried a picture of Larry Bird in my wallet until 1998 or so. LBJ is a better player than any you just mentioned.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Reds fan. Can't support him||
Reds fan. Can't support him anymore. He seemed poised to become the next megastar. I was afraid he'd walk this summer. Now, I'm just hoping he hasn't hurt his sale value. I don't get it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You are right about the||
You are right about the collusion. And Low has said the right things, for sure. But even if we believe his nice remarks, I can't stand the tought of losing to one of my friends at something.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Klinsmann didn't leave on||
Klinsmann didn't leave on good terms with the Germany MNT or his Bayern Munich team. Plus, our German players, etc. It wouldn't shock me if the game against Germany is an actual competition.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Bradley coming to life would||
Bradley coming to life would be nice. It'd be like getting an extra player.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rooney had some jump today.||
Rooney had some jump today. Gerrard was nearly invisible in the last 1/3 of the game, but England's defense was horrible throughout.
Awesome story - in FIFA '12 or '13, I sold Gerrard, bought a bunch of young players and went on to dominate the EPL for a few *years.* Could you imagine the shitstorm that would create in Liverpool if John Henry, et. al. let him walk? As they might do with Suarez?
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Going in, I swore this would||
Going in, I swore this would be a classic WC "play to a draw/collect a point" match.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Van ass kicking.||
Van ass kicking.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||How often does Spain play||
How often does Spain play down a goal? Serious question.
EDIT: down TWO (2) goals.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||SHIT! PUT THAT AWAY!!!!||
PUT THAT AWAY!!!!
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Nice flop from Van Persie||
Nice flop from Van Persie
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Right. Because the||
Right. Because the Netherlands won't bother to attack the remainder of the game.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Have you read his other||
Have you read his other posts? All he's been doing is bitching about people falling. I get it.
My issue is with the double standard - we'll largely ignore the players who flail and fall in the Murican sports, but prattle incessantly about soccer's annoying tendency to do the same.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||So it's the number of times a||
So it's the number of times a player in sport rolls when they flop. Dwayne Wade doesn't roll as much he flops. Therefore, soccer sucks!
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||But after watching Ginobli or||
But after watching Ginobli or D Wade - hell Lebron - I'm not sure why people think soccer has a monopoly on flopping. Shit, since '05 or so seems like NFL WR's are overselling pass interference.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Diving? Dwayne Wade says||
Diving? Dwayne Wade says 'Hi.'
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The OP said nobody cares||
The OP said nobody cares about soccer, so I'm sure nobody cares about your link. Except me. So, you know, thanks.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||President/Coach sets a||
President/Coach sets a strategy and philosophy for player acquisition.
GM executes the acquisition of players within the organizations resources.
Batshit Owner panics in 1.5 years and shitcans everyone. Lather, rinse, repeat.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Did some real soul-searching||
Did some real soul-searching and learned that these were the happiest I remember feeling after a UM football game. In order:
Year/ Opponent/ Significance/ Attended?
1989/Ohio State/ Bo's Last...going to the Rose Bowl/ Yes
2011/Ohio State/ First win in forever/ Yes
1997/Ohio State/ #2/ No
2011/ ND/ did not expect this/ No
2011/ Nebraska/ kicked their ass and they were cool about it/ Yes
2013/ ND/ Optimisim abounds, I was homesick and around lots of free microbeer/ No
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I sat in the north endzone in||
I sat in the north endzone in EL that game. State fans were extremely hyped and I have to admit that it was a great atmosphere. They had a TE or big FL - can't remember his name - who got rocked a couple times on McCallister ducks lobbed over the middle. Both times (seems like 2x) he popped up and pumped a fist at the Staee student section.
The vibe....just wasn't gonna be our day.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Threat. Right there.||
Threat. Right there.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Milleneals and Boomers||
Milleneals and Boomers actually share prettty similar traits. Both were coddled. Both were the products of boom birth cycles. Both are generally considered narcissitic. And yes, Boomers have largely birthed and raised the milleneals. I realize that you're used to hearing kind words of encouragement, so I'll try to rephrase things to sound nicer in future posts.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||While ball skills and foot||
While ball skills and foot skills can be two different things, I've noticed its a lot easier to teach ball skills to a player that has good footwork. Foot skills in tackle football are underrated. Ideally, the player has played a sport like tennis or basketball.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Milleneals are aged||
Milleneals are aged 18-33.
X'ers - 34-47
Boomers - 48-66
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Great point. But our||
Great point. But our athletes have size AND athleticism. Lebron isn't an *ideal* size for the type of game he plays - that's what makes guys of his ilk (Majic, Bird) such a difficult matchup. As a country, we seem to have more of these anomolies than other countries. But they're playing 'Murican sports.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||True enough. I forget how||
True enough. I forget how tall he is. But I think Megatron has enough lateral mobility to cut off the flank. You forget the cuts and the footwork required to release past a DB at the snap.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Read his post, son. You||
Read his post, son. You kinda missed the point.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Boomers. This dipshit is an||
Boomers. This dipshit is an X'er. Our parents got divorced in the 70's and went to key parties. They were too hung over to helicopter for better grades and spots on the lacrosse team.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||I don't think Shaq had the||
I don't think Shaq had the mobility any position. Maybe late in the game on a set play/corner kick.
Megatron would be great on a the flank. Could you imagine him taking a though ball or flying at the goal toward a cross against some tiny Euro keeper?
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||There are a shit-ton of||
There are a shit-ton of millenials on this board. They like huggy grading scales and participation medals.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Hijack: Can you imagine an||
Hijack: Can you imagine an alternate universe where we somehow allocated our elite athletic abiity from other sports into soccer? In other words, picture Lebron as a keeper...in-his-prime Allen Iverson as a striker...Ray Lewis as a center back?
I love this game, I wish our country was better at it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Do porn movies still have||
Do porn movies still have plots? I guess bad porn movies have plots.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||But rather than Joey Belle||
But rather than Joey Belle and Kenneth Loften, you got Big Stein and Yankees. 1996 sucked.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||RDT was a facsimile - like||
RDT was a facsimile - like Coldplay or the McRib.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||DenverBuckeye------>the new||
DenverBuckeye------>the new RDT??
|8 weeks 3 days ago||This is an honest question||
This is an honest question because I didn't play past high school, but how hard is it to actually avoid helmet-to-helmet contact? Ex players on ESPN are the first to complain about the practical enforcement of this rule. It seems entirely logical to me: don't hit players in the head. Again, I don't know...is is this possible given the speed and size of *today's* players.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||To be fair, Buddy only tried||
To be fair, Buddy only tried to take care of Ray "Voodoo" Taylor after Hurrican Katrina. And we saw the Karmic ending.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Ground ball, stabbed by||
Ground ball, stabbed by Foulke, underhands to first...
Fellow saux fan. Dudes were downright irrational around here last October. Don't blame them. Tigers had a team that could have beaten StL, as well.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly. Add his reluctance||
Exactly. Add his reluctance to be a second-choice after Harris and there you are.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||You don't need to bring up||
You don't need to bring up our respective records to make this point - obvious things are obvious. We rushed the field in 2011 because our wins against Ohio are non-existant in the SEC era. And a HS kid has no idea that we were an elite program unless his dad or uncle tells him.
Meyer's negative recruiting likely consists of some reference to Hoke's increasingly hot seat. That's a pretty typical recruiting move against a rival and I'm not sure if we should be upset about it.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand how it is||
I don't understand how it is "clear" that Michigan's interest in Huff indicates that Staff thinks McGary is staying. The only way Huff can committ is if Dawkins doesn't OR McGary leaves. What am I missing?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't want to ever hear||
I don't want to ever hear Build Me Up Buttercup again. That never happened. Like Godfather III.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Are you serious?||
Are you serious?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I keep watching the youtube||
I keep watching the youtube highlight of the failed 2pt attempt against OSU, hoping that DG lobs it to Gallon (who seemed to be breaking free toward the flag) rather than forcing into Dileo.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I'm thinking this was a guy||
I'm thinking this was a guy we couldn't lose. And we lost him to OSU. I'm not sure how it could have turned out worse for us. MSU, I guess.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Stern changed the rules||
Stern changed the rules because he had Jordan and the #3 market knocking at the door. That said, it's amazing to think the Pistons were one bad possession in '87 from beating the Celtics and playing a beatable Lakers team for the title and another bad possession from beating the Lakers in the Finals in '88. Who knows how it plays out - four straight? Stern would have immolated himself.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||When/where can I order a few||
When/where can I order a few of these? I like it.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Forget about all that. Just||
Forget about all that. Just try to diagram that quote. I dare you.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||As much as I loved seeing Nik||
As much as I loved seeing Nik ball, he needs better (pro) competition to take his game to the next level. GRIII could actually use a year as an Alpha dog to refine his game - just like Nik did this past season.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Not his best play, but it's||
Not his best play, but it's defensible.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Or you could just give the||
Or you could just give the kid from Detroit the same value ($400?) as the kid from California and call it even.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||..and advertising..and||
..and advertising..and restaurant biz...as well as the live in NJ/hang out in the City losers like me...NY was flat-out f-upped in the 80's. It only mellowed when Giulliani turned the place into Disneyworld.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||It's a good scheduling for||
It's a good scheduling for them. An SEC matchup most likely under the lights against a beatable program that pulls in the ATL market. It's like GA Tech matchup, only better.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||My life would go on if||
My life would go on if college athletics lost its *amateur* status, right or wrong. In Ohio, millions of people will lose their identity.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Bunch of savages on this||
Bunch of savages on this board.
|14 weeks 20 hours ago||I was going to neg you before||
I was going to neg you before you suggested it.
Can we get a META or something about the need to avoid commenting on sports you don't like. There's nothing more dickish and boring than taking the time clicking on a discussion regarding a sport you don't like for sole purpose of posting that you don't like the sport.
For example, I don't like college hockey or the Walking Dead. Therefore, I don't click on those particular discussions. It's not difficult to understand.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Mag - Was it just the||
Mag - Was it just the poster's opinion or was DG actually quick? Or was your remark a witty response? My sarcasm check valve is broken today.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||That was a pretty good||
That was a pretty good stretch. A magical run of awesome. The entire campus was in a good mood that was broken only by finals.
A typical occurrence, I'm sure: After the second Dead show, I stopped by Bells Pizza and ordered a large pie (meatballs, xtra oven time) and trotted home to my apt near Glen/Fuller just in time for the delivery. The driver gave me the pie in exchange for a bit of the, uh, nightcap I had freshly packed and loaded.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Veep is a good watch that I||
Veep is a good watch that I avoided until recently. The first season was clunky but season 2 was funny. Julia Louis Dreyfus must be on steroids or something.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I'm glad they still think||
I'm glad they still think enough of us to make fun of our HC. I saw Dan Hollis speak at a function in E Lansing a few years ago. There were four (4) remarks that directly referenced Michigan. This was after MSU had beaten us for the 4th straight in football. Even when we suck, we're in MSU/OSU's head.
Meanwhile, the Figthins want to pretend we don't exist.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Too soon. Good on you if you||
Too soon. Good on you if you can get through it.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Randle was carrying the rock||
Randle was carrying the rock like a football on that last tieup. Wasn't even looking to shoot and was expecting a call.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||went to MTM to give another||
went to MTM to give another look to UK after the TO
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Appling. Was there a player||
Appling. Was there a player more overrated than him? Matt Steigenga?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Just like that it's a game||
Just like that it's a game again. 5 minutes is forever.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||We have a good program. I||
We have a good program. I expected to get to the 16 this year and we got to the 8. Let's relax and enjoy the show.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Did UConn basically give up||
Did UConn basically give up the last posession of the 1/2? 17 seconds on the clock, casually walks it up and heaves an last-second attempt from Staten Island.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||Kentucky?||
|15 weeks 1 day ago||This is probably my problem||
This is probably my problem entirely, but I think the Wisconsin accent is probably the least favorite accent in the country.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks! I've wondered about||
Thanks! I've wondered about Izzo's relationship with Dantonio for a while. Specifically, is Izzo acting like a complete wanker this year because of the attention and success of the football program? This was a pretty know problem at Michigan during the Frieder/Bo days. Why bother mentioning it if it isn't a problem. Quelling speculation? Bullshit.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||You think 4/5 star prospects||
You think 4/5 star prospects with offers from places like OSU visits AA just to eat a meat sandwich at Zingermans? A 5 star don't walk into Schembechler Hall unless he wants to commit. They're sittin' there just waiting for you to tell them to give us a commit. Are you gonna take it, Brady? Are you man enough? What's the problem, pal?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Oh, no! Ahhhhh! Didn't pose||
Oh, no! Ahhhhh! Didn't pose for a picture!!!
I'm pissed at myself for opening this thread.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||There were various times -||
There were various times - select ocasions - during my undergraduate experience where these lights would have been difficult to....process.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||There are no palatable||
There are no palatable options at SS in MLB right now. Trading Lombardozzi for Alex Gonzales seems like a push, but the Tigers baseball ops are probably confident that he has a season of competent glove work left in the tank. Sometimes the devil you know, etc.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||AGone has the "can't||
AGone has the "can't hit/can't field" box checked. Was that an option?
|15 weeks 5 days ago||It's not uncommon for people||
It's not uncommon for people in Ohio to identify Kentucky as their baskeball rooting interest. UK is probably considered "close to home." Louisville thinks they're close in proximity and culture to Cinci - not the other way around. Coin flip between UK and OSU, IMHO.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Ref's seem more likely to||
Ref's seem more likely to give an agressive team the benefit of good calls. The Texas bigs seemed tired and Angry Morgan was able to make plays without fear of a quick whistle. Contrast that to the last game against Staee when Payne came out of the locker room like some unholy beast from hell and quickly put Morford on the bench. Hopefully, we get angy Morgan.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Our coach is better than||
Our coach is better than their coach. We'll win halftime.
|16 weeks 2 hours ago||The Michigan hats were||
The Michigan hats were claimed by previous winners. Or sold in Ohio when people were buying all of our jerseys.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||The Ark||
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I will likely be out of my||
I will likely be out of my brain, as well.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||It's not like Wofford is||
It's not like Wofford is knocking 'em down either. 15 seed, blah, blah, but our D isn't a turnpike to the rim today like it has been in other games.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||It looked like we we over||
It looked like we we over playing our transition defense after we put up shots. In other words we weren't sending anyone at the boards in favor of getting back early to avoid the post make/miss transition runs that Staee got in the last few matchups.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||If MSU lost, they wouldn't||
If MSU lost, they wouldn't have been in sych yet. Tom is one step ahead of you.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Izzo has manipulated the||
Izzo has manipulated the if/then narrative like a master all season and the media has been complicit. This is how coaches at major programs survive unfulfilled expectations: "If we we weren't hurt, then we would have beaten Michigan, won the B10 and been the team playing for a #1."
As I said earlier, the Staee alumni need to hear this. If Izzo wins today, the season long narrative works as intended and his stature remains intact. Lose and he has to fall back on the "if we hadn't spen so much time playing with a short roster, then we would have been in better synch against Michigan."
|16 weeks 5 days ago||We took a haymaker from||
We took a haymaker from Statee. No worries.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||What was GRIII doing on||
What was GRIII doing on defense there?
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Not falling. Let's not get||
Not falling. Let's not get blown out early. We're due for a run.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||did morgan even touch him?||
did morgan even touch him? serious question. was there any contact?
|16 weeks 5 days ago||1) The Tommy Amaker||
1) The Tommy Amaker Experience
2) The Fab Five ESPN 30/30 the Wasn't a 30/30
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Useful starting pitching -||
Useful starting pitching - which is a conservative value statement on a guy like Peavy - is always more useful that a SS that projects to an optimistic .300/.300/.600 slash-line. I'm not sure that Dombrowski got taken, but the Red Sox have, and will, benefit.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I was intially bearish on||
I was intially bearish on this matchup. In the last hour or so, I'm feeling better about it. We have more guys playing better offensively than they do with GRIII and Lavert contributing more as of late.
They have two guys that really worry me - Payne and Harris. And Payne finally had his first good game today (against bad interior defense). Dawson still isn't right. We fucking own Appling - shit, he's practically an embedded Wolverine over the course of his career. Staee may go off on us, but I'm feeling pretty zen about the matter.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||UVA plays Manball: walk the||
UVA plays Manball: walk the ball, gritty defense. We do ok against those teams when we're not giving up possessions.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||There were a few comments as||
There were a few comments as such in the game thread.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I appreciate this sentiment,||
I appreciate this sentiment, but Craft has gotten an undeserved run for the past few years as a gritty over achiever. Folks are kind of tired of the act.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Craft must've been trying to||
Craft must've been trying to draw a foul there, no? How else could that have looked so ugly?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||OSU cheerleaders||
OSU cheerleaders looking....healthy.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Craft won't foul out. Not||
Craft won't foul out. Not that it mattered with clown-face on the bench
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Holy shit?! Travel?||
Holy shit?! Travel?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||good strategy for ohio to||
good strategy for ohio to foul. their FT defense has been lock-down all game.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||so Ohio's gonna get tired||
so Ohio's gonna get tired here right?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I hear you. I'm just worried||
I hear you. I'm just worried that our loss today (if it happens), coupled with the sheen that an ACC tourney win would give Duke/UVA, would be all the voters need to keep us at a #3. I have a feeling that Staee beats Wisconsin - while setting the game back approximately 30 years.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||We had more steals last year.||
We had more steals last year. I'm thinking that Lavert and Walton should improve in that metric with another year.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I thought there were times||
I thought there were times where our set defense did manage to cut off penetration. The last few minutes of the half we were careless with the ball. Hard to play defense after turnovers.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Not a great finish, boys.||
Not a great finish, boys. Ohio thinks they can play with us.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Jesus Staskus. Hit the guy||
Jesus Staskus. Hit the guy rollin!
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Keep an eye on NC State/Duke.||
Keep an eye on NC State/Duke. NC State and TJ Warren have been playing well and Duke is vulnerable outside Cameron.
As stated elsewhere, we need Duke and UVA to not win the ACC tournament in order for UM to secure a #2 in the dance (win or lose) or leap to #1 if we run the BTT table. I have a bad feeling that a loss against Ohio could drop us and our 8 losses to a #3.
|17 weeks 19 hours ago||Steve Smith has trouble||
Steve Smith has trouble running routes with that giant serving fork that sticks out of his back. And he's kind of a pain in the ass. The pain in the ass part was tolerable when he productive.
|17 weeks 20 hours ago||I hate wake up calls. I'd||
I hate wake up calls. I'd rather just kick their ass.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||@msu. Winning in front if||
@msu. Winning in front if 15,000 people who hate you with the heat of 1,000 suns because they couldn't couldn't get into your sch.....
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I fear this will move||
I fear this will move Spielman and Matt Millen up the ladder.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||But, also: "You want it to||
But, also: "You want it to be one way? Don't you? You want it to be one way. But it's the other way."
|17 weeks 4 days ago||No, Coach K "does things the||
No, Coach K "does things the right way." Know this.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't matter. The ref had||
Didn't matter. The ref had blown the whistle before MJ's first step to the hoop.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I wonder if Izzo might feel||
I wonder if Izzo might feel personally marginalized by the success MSU's football team has experienced - particularly this year. Subtle competition between sports in college athletic programs is probably fairly common.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Can someone explain why||
Can someone explain why Wisconsin is predicted ahead of us as a 2 seed? There must be a legit reason, but I haven't heard it yet.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||RIP indeed. He brought the||
RIP indeed. He brought the Lions back downtown where the belong and loved that franchise as much as any one of us. Coaches and front office pros across the League knew him as a fair and loyal owner - maybe to a fault. He was part of Detroit.
|18 weeks 21 hours ago||Maceo Baston Arrived in the||
Arrived in the class that included Maurice Taylor, Jerrod Ward, Travis Conlon and Willie Mitchell. Played four years with with solid numbers. Wasn't implicated with Traylor, Bullock, et. al. - which seems like an accomplishment. I remember him playing with consistency and seemed to carry himself well. I would have loved seeing him with a better cast of characters.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||"MICHIGAN" belongs on the||
"MICHIGAN" belongs on the front. "WOLVERINES" is too long and makes the gear look about as distinctive as the average high school uniform.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Looks like it's been updated.||
Looks like it's been updated. We're close to Duke in the basic metrics. I don't have access to home/road splits, but we have to be a lot better than they are. I live in the Triangle and have Duke friends who have been hanging their hat on the near-win at Cuse for a month. I've thought all season - especially after going to a number of games at Cameron this year - that Duke relies too much on their home court. Meanwhile, we notched a few signatures on the road this year.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||GR - Gone. I'm not sure he||
GR - Gone. I'm not sure he is as interested in the college game as we would like him to be. Another year of invisibility will not raise his draft status. Someone will take a chance in the first round. If he stays, we might enjoy a season of beast-mode, but I doubt he has it in him at this level.
Mitch - 50/50. Leaving now could at least get him on an NBA roster for a while. Staying another year might expose his game and lead to another injury. Like GR, the upside to another year is small and while a Mitch beast-mode in 14-15 seems more likely than GR, I'm not sure it is worth the risk to a player of his age and injury history.
Stauskas is gone. It is a good problem to have.
I echo a small concern upthread about Caris leaving. Dude seems like Rondo without superhuman steal ability. End of the day, we get him for another year.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah. Didn't you realize that||
Yeah. Didn't you realize that the official position of the board is that Jalen is a self-promoter who is only liked by older people who can't stop talking about a discredited bygone era of Michigan basketball?! And didn't you realize that talking about the Fab 5 diminishes the accomplishments of our current team? Didn't you?!!
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Kenpom has Duke at #4 before||
Kenpom has Duke at #4 before this loss. They spent most of the year right around that. We sit at #10. Not sure what that all means, but there it is.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||You might be right. This||
You might be right. This year will be interesting to see how he handles AA and possibly AAA by September. The Tigers don't have a problem jetting players through the system if they have a need. Luckily Kinsler probably won't dip below a negative WARP for two more years.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||2B tend to age poorly.||
2B tend to age poorly. Kinsler is 32. He'll project ok at the position for this year and be a passable bridge to Devon Travis. Baseball America's #2 organizational prospect, #84 overall/top 100.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Hopefully not true. *LOCK*||
Hopefully not true.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Yes. I also wonder how much||
Yes. I also wonder how much effort is involved with keeping guys who don't want to play school eligible for one year. Kentucky could be taking a one and done approach to players, as well.
|19 weeks 15 hours ago||I would not watch another||
I would not watch another Michigan football game again if they wore this gear. Yes, I am that guy.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||ND moved their traditional||
ND moved their traditional blood match against Purdue to a dome in Indy. That move alone clearly shows us how they feel about our rivalry.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||2014: The Meme wasn't that||
2014: The Meme wasn't that long ago.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I'm guessing this was||
I'm guessing this was bullshit:
"I would like to apologize to The Ohio State University, The University of Michigan, my teammates, my family, the fans and the TV viewing audience for my behavior during yesterday's game. Wearing the scarlet and grey uniform is a privlege and an honor. I let my emotions get the best of me and didn't conduct myself properly in the heat of the moment. My actions do not reflect who I am as a person and teammate. I love The Ohio State University and appreciate everything it has done for me. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry and hope everyone can accept my sincere apology."
|21 weeks 15 hours ago||I'll need to re-watch that||
I'll need to re-watch that episode as, well - I'm going off memory. But I think they wanted highlight what was likely Underwood's last true, intimate (not only sexual) relationship. In that space and time, he was closer and more honest with that person than anyone else.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Derek Jeter's intangibles||
Derek Jeter's intangibles alone regularly pushed him over the 100% effort range.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I hate Grant Hill. He played||
I hate Grant Hill. He played for Duke. And he is non-white.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||"BEAT OHIO" is tribal.||
"BEAT OHIO" is tribal. Especially when its chanted during certain occasions - near the end of the Nebraska game in '11 or at The Game itself. It needs to be used judiciously. For example, in Boston, "BEAT LA" generally shows up near the end of a Confrence Finals win.
Their "I don't give a damn" song just sounds pretty fucking stupid. Like something a kid sings at summer camp. I never understood it enough to be put off, but they seem to have fun.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||There were some stories about||
There were some stories about a few Frieder-era players that ran through my circles that would kill programs in today's social media environment. I don't hold much of a grudge, but we might be lucky the banhammer didn't hit the MBB program earlier than it did.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||ThisThisThis. I enjoy the||
ThisThisThis. I enjoy the NBA game in itself approximately 4x more than college BB not involving Michigan. The skill level matched with playoff intensity - especially when player and team rivalries show up in June - make the game a helluva lot more interesting to me. And, yes, I agree that there are too many meaningless games and a debilitating star system (see also League pushes given to Dwayne Wade in '06, Lebron/Wade in 2012 and Jordan from about '86-'98).
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I like Tacos.||
I like Tacos.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||You know what, Willie? You||
You know what, Willie? You can leave.