national champs baby
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I remember a couple games in||
I remember a couple games in '76 with Indiana that were pretty big. One in particular. But them I'm old.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I was wondering how||
I was wondering how significant the Wisky changes were going to be. Anyone know if kids on the OL are looking for an exit? Wondering if the Badgers will be keeping/integrating the pin & pull techniques their OL is specifically recruited for.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||OSU averaged just 62||
OSU averaged just 62 offensive snaps those last 7 games with just 110 attempted passes over that time. You're not going to get big yardage totals like that. The quality is more important then the quantity. 7.38 YPA with a true frosh QB is pretty good.
And you try doing your job with the nation's sports media hovering like vultures over the program. And Urban Meyer too. Good luck with that.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Roushar is so forgettable....||
... that I couldn't remember 2011. My bad.
No, I'd say Bollman had it tougher than Roushar. The national spotlight was on Columbus and plenty of bad stories leaked out during the season. Roushar was the beneficiary of much better circumstances in EL. He had a boss whose job was safe and who can coach a bit himself. Bollman had Luke Fickell, exhibit 1 for the Peter Principle.
The first starting QB was Joe Bauserman. Bauserman was really, really bad. Bollman had the unenviable task of deciding which QB to play; the limited vet who at least knew the playbook, or the raw but physically gifted true freshman Miller. Handing the job early to Miller would have been a signal to everyone that the new staff was willing to maybe forego a win or two now in order to get more experience for the future. Bauserman had to be allowed to fail first. And fail he did, getting just 5.72 YPA on sub-50% completions.
Bollman did a very decent job with Miller. In 2011 Miller notched 7.38 YPA and a 138 QB rating. In 2012 under the auspices of certified offensive genius Urban Meyer the sophomore had 8.03 YPA and a 140 QB rating. Improvement right in line for a freshman to soph transition. If Bollman was bad and Meyer really good we should have seen a much bigger improvement. Don't forget too that Miller injured his ankle against Nebraska in 2011 and was not 100% for awhile.
I'm not going to claim that Bollman is a certified offensive genius. But he *is* an upgrade over Roushar.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm going to play the devil's advocate here||
Bollman is an upgrade over Roushar.
The hand Bollman was dealt in 2011 was pretty tough. The cloud Tressel left the program under didn't help and everybody in Columbus knew the staff was gone. Including the players. The starting QB was dreadful. He should have been pulled for Braxton Miller much earlier that season. Still, Miller was very, very raw. And the advance gameplanning Bollman executed for Michigan was outstanding. You guys forget that game went down to the wire and Miller was explosive. Bollman did a really nice job of prep with the kid.
I know I'd take Bollman over Roushar any day. Roushar was arguably the worst OC in the B10. Greg Davis was terrible at Iowa but at least he had a lot of injuries - peace be upon AIRBHG - as an excuse. Gus Malzahn or Chad Morris couldn't have turned MSU's offense into a juggernaut LY. But they still have too much talent to look like they did. Bollman for Roushar is a good trade for Sparty.
Look at this from another angle. Tressel allowed Bollman to be his OC for 10 seasons. Dantonio canned Roushar after 1 season. No way this is a downgrade.
|13 weeks 7 hours ago||Umm.... no. My yards per play||
Umm.... no. My yards per play model had OSU's O ranked well above #70 during the Tressel years and I'm sure Mathlete would agree. You might be thinking of gross stats. Which are, well, just gross.
|13 weeks 7 hours ago||I don't know if he ever did this but......||
.... I can easily picture Rick Mahorn pulling some guy's arm into his privates to draw a foul. And if Mahorn could do it so could Zeller.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||My wife worked in furniture for a number of years.....||
..... and she tells me that if you bought yours from say, Gardner White its a couch. If you purchased it from a high end place its a sofa.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||The the frosh numbers were a||
The the frosh numbers were a lie. Go back and look at the tape. There is no comparison.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Watching Becker, Paris and||
Watching Becker, Paris and Muransky blow holes in the Husky line you could drive a tank through.
Ty Wheatley rumbling for 235 yards on just 15 carries against those same Huskies. Man that guy must have ingested a whole drum full of steroids. His freshman season he looked like a stiff wind would blow him over. The next season he was built like a freight train with legs.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||If a Super Bowl-winning QB||
If a Super Bowl-winning QB can't rape anyone he wants the terrorists have won.
|16 weeks 4 hours ago||There is more than one way||
"When he's crushing people's heads like he did at Minnesota he's an All-American; when he's not he's still a major asset."
And that's because when he's not crushing heads he is pinching faces.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||I agree. The kid is a freak||
I agree. The kid is a freak but he's not the next Clowney. He doesn't tackle so much as wrap up.
But he does have the makings of a superlative receiver.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Or...||
I believe the technical term is "bazillions".
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Next up||
Adam Grinwis is certainly good enough to do this.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Well, who knows how long Omar||
Well, who knows how long Omar will stay with the Galaxy?
|18 weeks 21 hours ago||How much is Netflix?||
Just 4 months away. Any longer and I'll blue myself.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||He's a laugh *riot*||
Besides, I do indeed respect Juan Cole's comedy chops.
Never read ZeroHedge though. Do you always read your own monologue into things?
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure you'd call||
I'm not sure you'd call InfoWars libertarian. But then I rarely see the place.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Tsk tsk||
You describe Grantland and forget to mention Scott Brown's work?
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Not *everything* UM is great||
Come now, you sell yourself short. I do see you have a comedy blog there.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Flying Monkey roll call||
Definitely reason.com/blog is awesome. I'd add the Corner to that.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||If its good enough for Chris Ault......||
Don't know why anyone hasn't mentioned pulling Lewan by himself to his *left*. Line up a TE next to him, have the TE downblock and pull Lewan into space. Nevada runs - or did run it anyway - this from the Pistol to great effect.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh. Its not the||
Ugh. Its not the "undisciplined" DT play that makes that trap work so well against the Lions. When you're running Wide 9 all kinds of traps open up.
Which they are willing to give up because the pass rush trade off is supposed to make it worthwhile. Pass D is a heckuva lot more important then rush D in the NFL.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Kelly already has the most||
Kelly already has the most important assistant of all: Chuck Martin. The guy can coach. I'd dump Diaco and give Martin the entire defense.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Truth is||
Kelly is pretty darned good at handling the wider support communities involved with the program. Its something he took seriously each step of the way.
GVSU was pretty easy and Mt Pleasant did require a little more of his time. The jump at Cinci was huge and the AD there made sure Kelly knew it was an important part of the job. BK stepped up and did by all accounts a marvelous job on the banquet circuit.
In fact that success contributed to an amusing level of griping when he left for South Bend. As though Cinci boosters could somehow begrudge him that job. BK's sales job convinced them he really wanted to stay for the long haul.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Its not that Chizik was||
Its not that Chizik was unimportant to their success, its that he vigorously ran off the guy primarily responsible for their success - Malzahn - and hired a guy to replace him with a philosophy so different that it essentially guaranteed at least a season of failure.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Sheesh||
Yes, he's quite the tool for wanting to move on from GVSU (lower division), CMU (AD didn't like him), Cincinnati (always 2nd fiddle).
|19 weeks 23 hours ago||Or Hellen Keller||
I would have gone maybe with Stevie Wonder, but that will do.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Not quite||
Except that Nik is better then Cheryl Miller. Or his own sister.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Why did the chicken cross the road?||
Because the classics never go out of style.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I know one of his staffers I like||
I don't know about the rest of his staff but Chuck Martin is a keeper. If the CMU AD were smart - he's not - Chuck would have gotten the job after Kelly left for Cinci.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I suppose it makes sense||
You mean the Bears are looking at Peyton Manning? Well, you never know when that neck could go.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||You are not alone||
No bro, pos all the way.
|21 weeks 19 hours ago||Yes, obviously a dog in||
Yes, obviously a dog in Hunny's situation may need something different for awhile.
But BARF is a trial-tested diet. Ever hear of evolution? I loves me some evolution.
My dog gets his some of his raw meat gently cooked for a short period of time to deal with the shortcomings of our industrialized food supply. For example a chicken thigh gets about 45 seconds per side in over medium heat.
For smaller dogs you might want to pre-prep things a bit. I've heard of some owners using an industrial blender to pre-grind some cuts.
But as I said I didn't think this was the time nor the place to get into specifics. And then you criticize me for not going into specifics. Thanks much.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Best wishes and prayers for||
Best wishes and prayers for Hunny.
Please allow me to be a bit impertinent and offer some advice for your dog-loving future. Maybe you've done this but I'm sure some doglovers here have not.
Feed your dog a species appropriate diet. He'll thank you for it.
Our first dog was a black lab/shepherd/golden mix we named Goliath. Name fit. Thing was a beast. One day when he was 4 I took him out to a local field popular with dogs. Met a nice lady with a pair of dogs. One a pup. The other one was older. She asked me to guess how old it was - a black lab mix. He had some grey around the mouth but a slim and tight frame. The former factor said old, the latter said young. I split the difference and guessed 6.
He was 10. This dog was darned athletic for a 10-year old. I asked her secret. She said "a BARF diet". BARF = bones and raw food. You can look up the basics; I won't cover that here. I told my wife about it when we got home. I wanted to try it; she didn't, I didn't trust myself to do it right. So it passed though I never forgot it.
Fast forward to spring 2009. Goliath isn't doing well. Wife organizes what she thinks is his last trip to the vet. I don't think he's doing quite that badly just yet. Doc agrees with me. Says he will give big G a cortisone shot and "we'll see" in 2-3 months. I lie to myself and say we'll just get another shot then.
In the meantime I changed G's diet. To a BARF diet. No sense pussyfooting around now. I'll make it a shorter story and just tell you that we had G for another 7 months. In that time he lost 17 pounds and a number of his symptoms from the spring disappeared. Most notably his increasing glaucoma which reversed completely. Vet was genuinely suprised to see him; he'd assumed G had passed months ago. I couldn't postpone the Reaper permanently but thanks to BARF he was delayed for a good long while. And after a month of BARF he was even jumping on beds again.
On that last day - December 1, 2009 - I made a promise that I would not make the same mistake with our next dog. He'd get an appropriate diet from day 1. Goliath died earlier then he had too and it was completely my fault. I'm not making the same mistake twice.
We went all of 6 days without a dog. Murphy will be 4 in May; a purebred Golden. The previous owner already fed him an appropriate diet which I considered a nice bonus. I wish I could say that he's perfect thanks to BARF. Thing is Murphy is the product of one heckuva genetic legacy. BARF's true benefits will be seen only as he gets older.
But I can tell you the benefits you get right away: less poop, tighter poop, less smelly poop, less water consumption, sweet, sweet puppy breath long after he's past the puppy stage. The vet will never tell you your dog could stand to lose a few. I'd need a control for this but I'd wager the temperament improves. If you think your dog likes dinner time now, just wait till you start feeding him raw meat. You may find yourself admiring your dog's carnivourous capabilities. My son & I used to time Goliath with a stopwatch. Its never too early to teach a young boy how to make a line on a sporting event.
Anyway, pardon the ramble. Prayers for Hunny.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Ring Ring||
Joe Delaney called to remind you the Chiefs have had some pretty bad luck too.
But yeah, Andolsek's death never got enough attention in this town. He would have made the Pro Bowl his last season had he not uttered one too many racial epithets during play. He and Spielman were pretty tight.
Andolsek was the widest homo sapien I've ever seen. My wife suprised me with a trip to Lions' camp at Oakland U his rookie summer. Far off in the distance I saw an older Lion, a well-known DT whose name escapes me now. Eric Williams? Eric Williams. The guy was working on his own away from everyone else, with a coach. Every few minutes some other player was brought over to go one-on-one with Willams for some snaps. He ate them alive.
At some point they bring Andolsek over. Coach blows whistle and they scrum to a draw. Reset, do it again. Reset, do it again. Now Williams is pissed and decides to dish the kid some extracurricular physical abuse after the whistle. From the view of my binoculars the kid doesn't seem to respond at all. Williams is now just yelling at him. Coach decides to bring someone else in and Andolsek walks quietly away.
I didn't know who the kid was and I look him up on the program. Andolsek, 5th round from LSU. I learn his number and decide to keep an eye out for him after the practice is over.
Practice ends and the players begin the hike over to our part of the field and start signing autographs. I'm keeping an eye out for Rodney Peete. Hard to miss; the guy looked like a movie star from 50 yards away. He gets closer and closer, but someone else gets in my line of sight. The guy is so wide that he blocks Peete from view completely. Its Andolsek. A total eclipse of the Peete. Rodney could have died on the spot and I never would have seen it.
I get Andolsek's autograph and I'm practically speechless. I'd never seen a human built like him before. And never since. They called William Perry the Fridge. Andolsek got a nickname too; the Table. Could have called him the Doorway, because I don't know how he could fit thru one. He would have gone down as maybe the best guard ever to wear the Honolulu Blue & Silver.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||After watching Russell Wilson||
After watching Russell Wilson run the zone read against Buffalo more then he did his entire season at Wisky I'm not so sure anymore. Kelly might well pull it off.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Fake, for now||
Fred Jackson: "Skipper is like Jake Long, only big"
|21 weeks 6 days ago||We can get better fry cooks||
Well, fry cooks with tOSU degree <<< fry cooks without tOSU degree.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Doesn't anyone want to||
Doesn't anyone want to comment about the Bomber? Never been there.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Am a little surprised no one||
Am a little surprised no one has considered Andersen's potential impact on our MANBALL shift.
While Andersen is a great defensive coach, the run D innovation his DC Dave Aranda has pioneered may actually work in our favor. Looking forward to Brian breaking the Xs & Os down next season.
|23 weeks 1 hour ago||So?||
From the article:
"McVay made more than the CEO of the American Red Cross, which has revenues of $3.5 billion."
True, but most bowl organizations are less corrupt then the ARC.
Salvation Army >>> Red Cross
|23 weeks 20 hours ago||Thing is, I actually believe||
Thing is, I actually believe that.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Anything Petrino does is||
Anything Petrino does is going to be interesting. Ark State has had a lot of success doing things a certain way with Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn. They'd like to keep doing things in that way. Chucking it out the window for Petrino doesn't make a lot of sense.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||No||
Ark State has a good thing going. They're trying to extend it, not start over.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I don't believe Gus Malzahn||
I don't believe Gus Malzahn thinks Chizik is a good guy.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Grow a pair||
Are apologies really necessary? I think not.
|25 weeks 22 min ago||This is the big question||
This is the big question SoMiss folks have to ask themselves. Was it worth it to can 17-year man Jeff Bower to hire Larry Fedora? Everybody knew that Fedora wouldn't last too long in Hattiesburg. Bowers was a good coach who won consistently with the budget he was given. Kids graduated at a decent clip and Bower represented the school well. But Fedora brought the Golden Eagles to heights they hadn't seen before.
Thing is Bower is only 59 years old. I wonder if he would consider coming back.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Easy vote for Jordan. He||
Easy vote for Jordan. He started as a freshman and made meaningful contributions in the midst of a giant tire fire. McGloin did not succeed until removed from a tire fire.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||what do they think of?||
Death to web designers that hide links.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I can't believe this, but my||
I can't believe this, but my middle-aged eyes can't find the link to click.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||HERE IS THE DISCOUNT:||
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I don't see the 2yrs/8.98||
I don't see the 2yrs/8.98 deal. Got a link? All I see is $26 for 2 yrs.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||What, no votes for Smith &||
What, no votes for Smith & Gee?
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Um, a lengthy career says||
Um, a lengthy career says otherwise. 127-73 at 4 stops before Minnesota. Jackass he might be, good football coach he definitely is.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I've been saying it all||
I've been saying it all season and its nice that the feed showed some of you; Adam Grinwis is a really good keeper and has an excellent shot at a productive pro career.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I did that once. April 27,||
I did that once. April 27, 1984 at Joe Louis Arena. I purchased the very last ticket from TicketMaster. Seat was horrible and the reported temperature at one point hit 120 degrees.
Pretty good game though.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I maybe got that beat....||
..... 7th grade boys team.... seconds winding down in the 4th and up by a couple and a fluky play puts the ball in my hands. I didn't want it, couldn't find anybody to pass it to and the other team was bearing down.
So I thought - I don't know how I had the time to actually work this idea out - that if I threw the ball high enough that the clock would run out before the ball came down.
Derp. Derpity derpity derp.
Had I attempted this gambit say, in 9th grade I may have been able to run a rough calculation then go to plan B: soil myself. Needless to say there were still some seconds left though thankfully I didn't cost my teammates the game.
|27 weeks 7 hours ago||I don't know if those corners are any good.....||
.... given that TD ball was awfully late. QB made it way harder on the receiver then it needed to be.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Other way around||
The Crew have a good relationship with Akron because Porter is a great coach.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, that sure was a smart||
Yeah, that sure was a smart move to run Gus Malzahn off wasn't it?
|27 weeks 4 days ago||If the QB pulls the give and||
If the QB pulls the give and tosses right NU might have scored. They had the right numbers in the box. Someone was supposed to block Demens. The odd alignment cause confusion. I'm guessing the left guard didn't do his job.
|28 weeks 20 hours ago||Yet another solid effort from||
Yet another solid effort from Adam Grinwis in goal. I keep touting the kid and y'all keep ignoring me.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||If I've said it once I've||
If I've said it once I've said it like 5 times here: Adam Grinwis is a really good keeper. More people need to pay attention to this kid.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Following Gus Malzahn is not||
Following Gus Malzahn is not the best of career moves. Following Gus Malzahn and trying to install an offense diametrically opposed to the traits that Gus Malzahn selected for in his recruits is *really* not a good career move.
And finally, running Gus Malzahn out of town and replacing him with an OC that will need at least two years to get some suitable talent to run an offense is legally actionable malpractice.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Let me help you with that......||
... its a nice first try but I think we can spiff it up a bit. How about the Spartan Citation for Union and Manumission?
There. That looks about right.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||even better...||
... a leprechaun holding a bottle of whisky. Would still be better.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||You underrate just how big||
You underrate just how big the losses on the OL were. All 4 of those guys were starting for their respective NFL teams on Opening Day the next season. Its believed to be the only time in NFL history that has happened.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Came close to using Minny.||
Came close to using Minny. Only a light lean on PSU. Would only recommend those if you can get better than WA prices.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||A point in Deion's favor:||
A point in Deion's favor: when Jimmy Johnson got him in Dallas he stuck him in a zone first defense. That's like giving Rembrandt finger paints.
Also, I'm not sure what position Everson Walls played at the end of his career in Cleveland, but at the end of his time in Dallas he was playing at safety, not corner. And for more than just a season.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||You did not, good sir. Any||
You did not, good sir. Any joke worth doing is worth doing over and over and over again. Never gets old.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||From the article: "Clark||
From the article:
"Clark bursts upfield and Michigan stunts Black outside, getting both a delay on the QB and a second tackler in space."
This is an effective tactic against the triple when not overused. There are counters and if the offensive coordinator is right they can make hay. Mattison came nowhere near overusing this. Should have been called more.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Hmm...... I would say AFA's||
Hmm...... I would say AFA's scheme is more varied. That's not quite the same thing as more complex.
And just because AFA had a better record LY doesn't make them better than Navy. The respected Massey Ratings actually had Navy a couple of spots higher LY.
Air Force was better most of the last decade? Pal, I want some of what you are smoking.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Problem is the two service||
Problem is the two service QBs aren't all that comparable. Ricky Dobbs was a special athlete that academies rarely succeed in recruiting. Also as I recall (because I had Navy plus the points in that game) the emotional setup was very good for the Middies. And Jim Tressel had a documented record of failure against the flexbone going back to his days at Youngstown State. I actually looked at some old footage of a YSU-Georgia Southern game. Tressel had no handle at all on the Xs & Os as GSU cut thru them like a hot knife thru butter.
That said AFA's per play stats weren't all that impressive. I do think they aimed pretty squarely at Will Campbell.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, yes it was stupid of you||
Yes, yes it was stupid of you to respond.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Danielson sucks||
Danielson blamed Gardner's space on the DB falling down. Then the replay clearly shows Gardner putting on a sick pattern that *made* the guy break his ankles. And Danielson refuses to correct his error.
Props to Denard for throwing that ball away from the closing safety.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||It was Toledo's field||
It was Toledo's field position/punting. 8 punts, 7 dropped inside Zona's 20 and just one touchback. Zona was working with long fields all night long.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Zona was very unlucky. They||
Zona was very unlucky. They dominated on the ground and in the air. The Toledo punter and coverage teams dropped 7 punts inside the Zona 20 and gave them long fields all night. And Zona's kicker blew a 25-yard chippie to win on the final play of regulation. Too bad; the final drive was a thing of beauty filled with some masterful execution.
RR & special teams........ hmmm........
|38 weeks 5 days ago||He could be either target on||
He could be either target on a stick/draw combo package. Like much the idea of this kid getting to the 2nd level with a head of steam.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I recommend watching this||
I recommend watching this highlight video while listening to Ride Of The Valkyries. Awesome.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||This is real easy. Divide the||
This is real easy. Divide the pointspread on the game by 23. That is your projected turnover margin on the game. Is Michigan favored by 23 over Directional U? Then on average the good guys will be +1 in turnover margin on the game.
|40 weeks 1 hour ago||I was waiting for someone to||
I was waiting for someone to suggest that perhaps Mr Kalis has a healthy dislike of donkeys.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Seems to be a mistake. I'm||
Seems to be a mistake. I'm sure by #1 you really meant #793.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Fred Jackson also sez that||
Fred Jackson also sez that Chris Pittaro is going to be so good at 2nd base that Lou Whitaker will have to move to third base.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||FSC will be an excellent||
FSC will be an excellent showcase for goalie Adam Grinwis. Adam finished off a fine summer season in the PDL for the Michigan Bucks by being named PDL Goalie and Rookie of the Year on Friday. This kid is going to go places.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, the flexbone generally||
Yes, the flexbone generally doesn't feature zone blocking. The Illini will be doing *nothing* but zone blocking, and Nebraska is a predominantly zone blocking outfit as well.
In recent years Navy has done a little zone blocking here or there. Not much and when they do it you can't tell without running the video back.
OT: there are indications Navy will be introducing some wrinkles this season. If AFA was later in the season it could have given us something else to prep for. AFA/Navy/Army/GTech all have the ability to quickly adopt something one of the others introduce.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||We may well stuff AFA, but||
We may well stuff AFA, but just because they all feature an option doesn't make AFA = (Ilinois, Nebraska). AFA runs a different scheme.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I have a secondhand report||
I have a secondhand report via multiple PSU alums here in the office that says UM, MSU coaches are there as well.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Who is good? Goalie Adam||
Who is good? Goalie Adam Grinwis is pretty darn good. His summer season just ended as my PDL Bucks were upset by FC London in the Elite 8. Bucks fans have been spoiled by good goaltending. The last 3 were Dominic Cervi (recently of Celtic), Steve Clark (currently #1 at Honefoss in Norway), and Mitch Hildebrandt (with NASL's Minnesota). Adam definitely fits in with that bunch. Barring some disaster I can definitely see him playing professionally. The team wasn't good last season but after watching him this summer I'm confident that things would have been much worse without him.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Crushing heads? So passe. All||
Crushing heads? So passe. All the cool kids are pinching faces.
|44 weeks 5 hours ago||Not sure I'd call what Knox||
Not sure I'd call what Knox had in MLS a "career".
But the metro area's best soccer resumes this weekend in Pontiac as the Michigan Bucks host their PDL conference's playoffs. On tap at 6pm on Saturday the Bucks play Real Colorado, and at 8pm its Thunder Bay vs FC London.
If you enjoyed Le Rouge you'll love the Bucks. If the two met the Bucks would be a sizeable if not prohibitive favorite.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Believe me, no one in Mt||
Believe me, no one in Mt Pleasant thinks EMU is a rival.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||I hope lots of y'all show up.||
I hope lots of y'all show up. Then after the game if you still need a fix head on out to Pontiac to watch the PDL Bucks play. They've got two more reg season home games - next Saturday against Cincinnati and the following Sunday (July 15) against 2nd place River City.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||I've got some fairly strong||
I've got some fairly strong family connections to GSU. An interviewer like that needs to be addressed. Care to reveal the name?
|51 weeks 6 hours ago||Taylor Martinez makes Craig||
Taylor Martinez makes Craig Krenzel look smooth.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||I wonder if anyone has named||
I wonder if anyone has named a thoroughbred "Craig James Killed 5 Hookers" yet. Can you imagine such a horse at the Kentucky Derby?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Guys its not like DC FC is||
Guys its not like DC FC is the only game in town. What about my Michigan Bucks?
A proven winning operation that most years features a couple of UM players. Anyone remember Mike Holody? Kevin Taylor? Season tix are just $35 and they play in Pontiac.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I was thinking maybe the||
I was thinking maybe the Fighting Shemps.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||The theory works out better||
The theory works out better if scheduling is taken into account. A team will average +1 in turnover margin for every 23 points it is favored by. You might want to re-run the numbers after taking this into account.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Screen plays, think screen||
Screen plays, think screen plays.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||writeup got the name wrong||
The Clemson OC is Chad Morris, not Chad Wilson.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||The college system ain't||
The college system ain't perfect, that's for sure. But youth development has improved substantially in recent years and the colleges have turned out great drafts the last 3. Still it would be nice if we got rid of some of the silliness. Kids don't learn game management when coaches overselect for physical strength and speed because the substitution rules are insane.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Not all refs are adversely||
Not all refs are adversely affected. Back in the day some sharp NBA bettors used to track the movements of Earl Strom. If he showed up at an arena money would be wagered on the road team. Some sharps estimated he was worth a full bucket off the home court advantage.
The effect was real, but it wasn't a full bucket. The NBA HCA began dropping right around the time the league went to three refs.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Methinks the Book of||
Methinks the Book of Revelation needs amending. Dark times these.
Please someone make sure Brandon is nowhere near the TV this afternoon.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||You're going to blame a guy||
You're going to blame a guy for leaving *Rice*?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Mary Jo Kopechne was not||
Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Best staff in the nation?||
Best staff in the nation? Does that mean he's bringing back Dan Mullen?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||The Tartars will be 7 or 7.5||
The Tartars will be 7 or 7.5 pt dogs next week to a superior Pittsburg State team. This will vary a bit depending on the injury to WSU RB Davis.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||You shouldn't buy the||
You shouldn't buy the seedings. GLIAC competition much, much better than the HBCU. Winston-Salem is actually *worse* than the average WSU 2011 opponent. By a couple of points.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Ah, but we covered the line||
Ah, but we covered the line that night. +6.5 if I recall. I think there were some 7s leading up to the game. Bo was money when getting points. Auburn didn't need to pass; they had Bo Jackson!
The defensive Xs & Os were laid out well. The Tigers moved the ball reasonably well until they got in deep. The field got small and crowded and our defensive discipline stood Bo up.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Thank you for the story. Love||
Thank you for the story. Love background stuff like that.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||You forgot the necessary added qualifier....||
..."with the heart and determination of Mike Hart" but *fast*.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Can I haz moar pleez?||
That. Is. Awesome.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Can I haz moar pleez?||
That. Is. Awesome.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||This will be the greatest UFR||
This will be the greatest UFR *ever*.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Mike Martin is a walking||
Mike Martin is a walking violation of the Geneva Convention. Hopefully he isn't reported and arrested before the bowl game.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||The boy obviously aspires to||
The boy obviously aspires to be the next Lloyd Brady.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I'd cut the SDSU defense a||
I'd cut the SDSU defense a bit of slack on the Army game. In Ellerson's first season (2009) he ran the flexbone he ran at Cal Poly (with a dash of I-form thrown in). In 2010 he moved to a veer framework purer than anything Lou Holtz ever ran.
And this year Ellerson shifts to a wishbone. SDSU had a week to prepare for something they not only won't see again, but more importantly hadn't seen more than 7 days before the game.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Well, you'll learn less from||
Well, you'll learn less from this game because once again Rich Ellerson has tweaked formations. Last year he abandoned the flexbone for a near straight veer attack. This year the wishbone makes an appearance.
You do learn plenty about the coaches.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||My wife went to CMU, and I||
My wife went to CMU, and I can guarandamntee you that every August she will badger me for the date and place of the WMU game, and my general impression of this year's matchup.
She wasn't amused by my contention that during Jeff Genyk's reign the best series in the state was EMU-CMU. Easy. Genyk tried to make EMU matter, and to matter you need a hated rival. He picked CMU.
2004 EMU 61 CMU 58 4OT
2005 EMU 23 CMU 20 OT
2006 EMU 17 CMU 24 OT
2007 EMU 48 CMU 45
2008 EMU 56 CMU 52
The last game featured 174 plays from scrimmage. It also featured an increasingly unhinged Genyk. More than an hour before kickoff he got into it with some CMU peeps on the field. Still, for a hardcore football fan it was quite the spectacle: 5 years under Genyk and the EMU-CMU games were decided by a total of 20 points with 3 going into overtime.
Then supergenius Ron English in Ypsi takes over and deemphasizes the CMU game. The obvious result: CMU 56-8, in a game not nearly as close as the scoreboard indicated.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||2nd to last play: Lewan does||
2nd to last play: Lewan does not club a LB. The TE just outside him does. Lewan took on a DE. I've watched that clip at least ten times to make sure. Unless Lewan was lined up as a TE.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||The current ND offense may||
The current ND offense may not use more than one back, but Kelly will do so if he has to. He ran a lot of two back in his first two years at CMU with Kent Smith.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||If you're serious about this||
If you're serious about this pastime you'll need a minimum of 6 outs.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Arteta isn't the stud he was||
Arteta isn't the stud he was 2-3 years ago.
If Arteta played for almost any other country he'd have been a national team star at the WC final last summer.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Its a waste to post a thread||
Its a waste to post a thread on what Phil Steele thinks. Overrated.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Hope's stache is better than||
Hope's stache is better than Dave Wannstedt's.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||The load option out of the I||
The load option out of the I is really a counter to the standard I-triple option. If the FB dive is bangin' and the DC counters with some funny biz on the interior you hit'em with the load option.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||"There aren't too many pro||
"There aren't too many pro games with 20+ point spreads."
I'm not sure what that has to do with my post. A 10 pt NFL fave will average about +0.4 in TO margin, as will a CFB fave of the same number. Just because there are fewer big NFL faves doesn't mean the relationship doesn't hold. It does.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Using the line on the game||
Using the line on the game helps project the turnover margin. For every 23 points a team is favored by, expect a +1 turnover margin. The relationship is linear, and that scale is good enough to use in the NFL too. My boxscores go back to 1990.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||At one point the Cottagers||
At one point the Cottagers had *5* Yanks on the roster at the same time: Bocanegra, McBride, Johnson (GAM), Dempsey, and Keller.
Ahh, those were the days.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Ok, after about 3 minutes of||
Ok, after about 3 minutes of that I think the video needs a subtitle: Hibs Adventures In Shambolic Defending.
You'd think Hibs were fielding all Spanish sides with all the matadors in that tape.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Style is a biggie. Stay away||
Style is a biggie. Stay away from any team coached by the man named Sam Allardyce.
Fulhamerica for me. And any other team with a Yank. Though my favorite player is Ji Sung Park. Slagged by Man U fans when he originally signed because they thought he was there just to sell shirts in southeast Asia Park is a superb combination of skill, style and spirit. If your son grew up to be the Ji Sung Park of plumbers you'd go to your deathbed with a smile on your face.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||And....... no Ream.||
And....... no Ream. Seriously: stfu.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Seriously, like stfu: it was||
Seriously, like stfu: it was on Ives' Q&A this afternoon.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Its never to early to start||
Seriously, like who is going to play in the middle? No Ream & Goodson. Maybe we could put up a cardboard cutout of Gooch, circa 2008.
We could really get blown out here.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||This should make for a great||
This should make for a great Special1TV episode. I predict Sven will sign a fetus.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Yup, kid must be a Spinal Tap||
Yup, kid must be a Spinal Tap fan. Probably would be a shoe salesman if he couldn't play football. Maybe a haberdasher.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Not guilty <> innocent.||
Not guilty <> innocent.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||My sentiments exactly,||
My sentiments exactly, considering the farce that is gameday at EMU. For monetary considerations I must pay attention to EMU football and its a bit embarrassing to learn of the universal disdain visiting fans have for the the crapulence at Rynearson.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||That is precisely what I||
That is precisely what I thought. I love me some Xs & Os
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Hang On Sloopy is pretty good||
Hang On Sloopy is pretty good if you happen to have Ramsey Lewis tickling the ivories.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Can we be sure Frank is a||
Can we be sure Frank is a Dumars' hire?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Danny Kannell is now||
Danny Kannell is now officially the unluckiest man of the 2011 CFB season.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Ho ho hoo. You are correct||
Ho ho hoo. You are correct sir!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Mea maxima culpa; it appears||
Mea maxima culpa; it appears Feldman has indeed been freed. Free at last, free at last, Lord Almighty free at last!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Tough to feel sorry for NK||
Tough to feel sorry for NK players who get to consume a decent diet, unlike the vast majority of slaves there.
OT: it would be cool to ban ESPN links here until Bruce Feldman is freed.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||No, I do get it. But what||
No, I do get it. But what Bob was referring to and what I've read on that Bucknuts thread are two different things.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Gosh that's harsh. I see no||
Gosh that's harsh. I see no reason to slander truck drivers here.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Good point, seeing as how||
Good point, seeing as how most NFL coaches relish playing to their QB's weaknesses.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Gotta give Chad his props.||
Gotta give Chad his props. When he changed his name he gave headline writers everywhere goosebumps. Off a bad game: "Ochocinco Mucho Stinko".
|1 year 47 weeks ago||True. But you leave out the||
True. But you leave out the best part. "World" was his nickname. The day it became his legal name, friends gave him a new nickname: Lloyd.
Just keep calling the guy Ron.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Do we know that Fickell||
Do we know that Fickell *doesn't* molest goats?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I would love to see a Pistons||
I would love to see a Pistons blog named in honor of one of the toughest, least skilled players ever to don the uniform: Ron Lee.
Or, how about the classic journeyman Edgar Jones, he of the new-nickname-a-week club?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Go Bucks!||
If Stacy is going to stay home perhaps Dan Duggan can outfit him with a 2012 Bucks jersey as well.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||JoePa's playbook is so old||
JoePa's playbook is so old size 42pt font hadn't even been invented yet.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Or Steve Howe, if you like your references a little older||
Clint Dempsey blew more chances than John Daly.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||If Herb became a Div I head||
If Herb became a Div I head coach I know I'd be looking for places to bet my shekels against him.
Herb is a bright guy. He knows Xs & Os. He is good to have on a staff. But you want him working with someone else, not running an offense. I would say he's kinda sorta the offensive answer to Bob Davie. Davie might know more about defenses than any man in the game not named Bill Arnsparger. But as a head guy........
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Herb Hand interview was||
Herb Hand interview was overrated. But then, so is Herb. Tulsa did well under Gus. Then Gus left and Herb had problems. Then Tulsa hired Malzahn's doppelganger Morris. And Tulsa thrived. Herb ain't bringing paradise to Vandy.
I give credit to Herb for showing Gus what he knows about the spread running game. At Springdale HS Gus preferred to throw as soon as he got off the bus. But then, at Arkansas Gus was the inspiration for the Wildcat. Somehow I think Gus would have managed at Tulsa without Herb.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Note from a pedant||
Steele really doesn't do any of the legwork on this stuff. An assistant does it and Phil puts his name on it.
|2 years 2 days ago||Aging: Don't forget John||
Aging: Don't forget John Terry.
|2 years 2 days ago||If Pep got the Old Trafford||
If Pep got the Old Trafford job over The Special One I think Jose would light himself on fire.
On 2nd thought he'd light *Pep* on fire. But it would make for a great Special1TV episode.
|2 years 4 days ago||I'm thinkin' The Sorgi||
I'm thinkin' The Sorgi Incident should be a punk band based out of Madison - guys dolled up like cheerleaders. Think Badgers meet New York Dolls.
|2 years 5 days ago||The Sorgi Incident: great||
The Sorgi Incident: great name for a band.
|2 years 1 week ago||The band in the video looks||
The band in the video looks like it was part of a big Shields & Yarnell sketch that went way too long.
|2 years 1 week ago||If his name was Hammer||
If his name was Hammer Magnum, his nickname would *have* to be "Sledge".
|2 years 1 week ago||I've wondered quite a bit||
I've wondered quite a bit just how much of a head case Mustain would have been if Gus Malzahn had been allowed to run the offense. Gus really didn't become a true convert to the run game until he spent a season with Herb Hand at Tulsa. At Springdale HS Gus started throwing the moment the kids stepped off the bus.
Someday Gus will go back to a pass-dominated attack. Just depends on the parts he has to play with.
|2 years 1 week ago||I'm sure the Vest sealed the||
I'm sure the Vest sealed the deal by offering Marsh a really great deal on a car.
|2 years 1 week ago||Shuttlesworth||
Ed Shuttlesworth. His last name *is* the nickname.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||gosh, I thought||
someone had erected a statue in Stan's honor. I'd do it myself, but I've already spent the money I made betting against Stan LY.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||so then assuming||
some sort of advanced intelligence is applying an official mgoblog policy here is overstating things. Gotcha.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||May I ask *who* is flagging these?||
I suppose the "Overrated" tag is an improvement.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||how much do I have to prostrate myself to get an explanation?||
I can do it all day. Married guys often develop the skill of self-debasement as a survival tactic.
You can tag this as trolling & redundant and still give a reply. I don't mind; I'm trying to learn here.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||just honestly perplexed....||
... I'd like an explanation as to why the tone of my original comment earned a flamebait tag. I'm assuming it was the tone anyway. If I should have started another thread that would be helpful too.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||not trolling.....||
..... just wanted an explanation. There wasn't anything remotely bad about my original reply. Please explain.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||what flamebait?||
Why did my comment here get tagged as flamebait?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||so let's ignore||
Avila's poor plays late in the game. Darn near throws a ball into left field on the throw to third, and allows a ball from Papa Grande to get by him. I'll give him a bit of a pass on the E; if you keep throwing heaters 4 feet out of the strike zone eventually the catcher is going to muff one. But still.
I'd like to find a clip of the Peralta-Granderson contretemps to cut up and show to my 8-year old boy. So many mistakes wrapped up into one nice object lesson for young players.
Baseball is a couple of big, unteachable skills and a steamer trunk of small and very teachable skills. And that play was a good illustration. Granderson has good speed down to 2nd, but starts his slide too late and unforgivably turns over because he wants to see if throw is wild and he can get up for another base. Two brutal mistakes.
Peralta uses fine natural instincts to grab Avila's less than stellar throw - see a theme there, Alex? - and has the presence of mind to make Granderson pay for his thieving ways.
But then he uses poor technique in applying the tag. Granderson has to come back. You don't go extend yourself away from the bag to tag Curtis, unless you also block the base with your body. If you can't block you must let Curtis tag himself out by keeping the glove hand close to the bag. Often the ump will give you the benefit of the doubt on bang bang plays if you use good technique.
But Peralta reaches, allowing Granderson to evade the initial reach and get a hand back on 2nd. The tag happens, but well away from the base. The two actions - Grandy's hand on the bag and Peralta's tag - happened so close in time but spatially far apart its unclear to me which came first. But the ump had his eyes on Peralta's tag and bailed Jhonny out. Good fielders don't make plays like that difficult for the ump.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Hoke @ Ball State||
Didn't Hoke run stretch at BSU? I seem to remember Nate Davis working out of the gun approximately 100% of the time. Admittedly it wasn't Borges, but I don't think Hoke has a problem with zone.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Umm.....||
..... that's *cromulent*.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Really?||
How tired the "Bradley sucks" meme is.
Mixx's game still needs plenty of polishing, though I'd like to see him too. More important is whether we see Lichaj and/or Chandler.
Davies? Really? He's not in full MLS shape yet, let alone USMNT.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Wow.||
35 cents? That seems to be a big split. You could get lower vig elsewhere.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Hansen is a creep. I once||
Hansen is a creep. I once worked with a woman who lived in Detroit during the worst years of the Devil's Night era. On one particular Devil's Night someone lit a dumpster on fire just a few yards from her side door. She and some neighbors tried to put it out and found Chris Hansen and his TV truck already there filming. The truck was in the way and they pleaded with Hansen to move it. No dice. Hansen needed his lede and that trumped common decency.
Hansen is evil.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||I'm ok with losing Taylor||
I'm ok with losing Taylor Decker as long as we can get Brooklyn Decker.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Who knows, maybe if Ralph||
Who knows, maybe if Ralph "Death to Pitching Arms" Houk hadn't been our manager in '76 Mark's career might have looked a whole lot different. Maybe Mark would have made enough money so he didn't have to get under large, dangerous vehicles. Maybe Mark would still be here today.
Damn you Ralph Houk. I believe you couldn't stand to see such a bright shining light play anywhere other than the Bronx and you had to snuff it out. Damn you Ralph Houk to Hell.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Blaha in person can be a real||
Blaha in person can be a real SOB. The guy also fancied himself quite the clotheshorse. Still, he used to be a damn good hoops guy. He's faded with age.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I remember leaving the||
I remember leaving the kitchen table and getting about halfway down the stairs to the basement before coming back up. I didn't think it was humanly possible. Damnit, we lost to the *Saints*. The team that nearly got Archie Manning killed on a weekly basis.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Hey we all took transistor||
Hey we all took transistor radios to the game in those days didn't we? Was always grateful to Mom for her purse, because I didn't like carrying both my mitt *and* the radio.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Same age here. I remember||
Same age here. I remember that season. Was at Bird's first MLB start in April. Against Cleveland and it was NBC's Saturday Game Of The Week. Caught a foul ball off Rusty Staub in the 6th, and for a moment I was on national TV. My own mom didn't notice me, but my little bro's baseball coach did.
Of course we won, because the Indians had been put on this Earth to lose to Mark Fidrych.
What a summer. My dad chewed me out good when I adopted too many of Mark's mannerisms on the mound. I normally talked to myself out there anyway, but Dad blew a gasket when I started moving dirt with my hands.
That seems so long ago now. Gosh I miss Ernie & Paul.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I agree re: limits of using||
I agree re: limits of using ranks. I would have preferred yards per rush/pass adjusted for schedule.
Is this dataset available for review?
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Even better would be ........||
Zebulon Pike. Then after a big win all of the "Pike's Peak" puns would *really* work.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Try reading the box score.||
Try reading the box score. Baltimore gave up only 5.1 yards per attempt. That is a pretty good number. Problem is, Flacco was held to 2.6 ypa. You don't win many games when you have a -2.5 ypa differential.
The actual point total in the game had little to do with the quality of the offenses. That happens.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Maybe he knows when and||
Maybe he knows when and whether the movie is coming. Or at the very least he could score mgoblog peeps a discount on the Caged Wisdom series.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Don't be fooled by that||
Oops. Editing a duplicated post here. I don't think mgoblog likes my Firefox much.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Don't be fooled by that||
Don't be fooled by that season at Rice. They were 5-1 in games decided by less than 7 points. They were outscored by 6.5 pts/game. They were outrushed by 1.36 yds/carry and outgained overall by 1.5 yds/play. They were *lucky*. Damn lucky to be 7-6. For stats like that the usual record is 4-9.
I agree that identifying and hiring good coordinators is part of a head coaching skill set. But Graham got lucky with Malzahn. Malzahn had a deeply dysfunctional relationship with Houston Nutt at Arkansas. Nutt probably hired Gus only for his recruits that followed him from Springdale HS. They fought over the direction of the offense often.
At the end of season Nutt told Malzahn that David Lee would take over most of his already diminished responsibilities. So when Graham offered Gus a place where he could get his no-huddle schwerve on without oversight Gus said yes even though it was a major salary drop.
And six, coun'tem, six Arky staffers were so enthralled with Gus they up and followed him to Tulsa. The recognized genius when they saw it.
But if Nutt had treated Malzahn with the respect he deserved Arky would have had a title by now and Graham would never have had the opportunity to hire him.
Of course the irony is that Nutt goes to Ole Miss and needed a QB this season after Jevan Snead left. So who does he grab? Jeremiah Masoli the miscreant from Oregon who just so happens to specialize in a spread attack quite similar to Malzahn's. Hilarity ensues when Nutt tries to craft an offense that suits Masoli but can't because he just doesn't have Chip Kelly or Gus Malzahn's mad skilz.
In sum, Todd Graham was very, very lucky to get Gus. And he was very, very lucky at Rice.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||True enough. But Hatfield's||
True enough. But Hatfield's team looked worse than it was in 2005 because he was committed to developing QB Chase Clement, who was just a freshman. Clement looked predictably freshman-like in '05 and Graham got himself a good young QB with seasoning in '06. In '08, long after Graham was gone, Clement's passing numbers put him near the top of FBS.
I'm not saying Graham is a *bad* coach. I'm saying the value he brought Tulsa was directly linked to his hiring of Malzahn and later Morris. Who is really Malzahn II.
I might have it wrong, but if Magee gets the Pitt OC I predict he'll prove to be another Herb Hand - good coach in support of the top dog, but not a top dog himself.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I don't think Graham is all||
I don't think Graham is all that and a bag of chips. He had Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris running his offenses for 3 of 4 seasons. That is the reason Pitt is hiring him. No Morris or Malzahn in 2009 and things didn't look so good. I highly doubt that Magee - if he gets the OC - is as good as those two.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||According to the Matt Millen School of Leadership....||
.... you definitely hire the first guy you interview, no matter how lightly regarded he was before you interviewed him.
And then, when you have to fire that coach and get a new one, you do it again with someone who just has a better reputation.
Then, when you have to fire *that* coach, you take your time and mull over the possibilities, interview several candidates, and settle on the one who not only doesn't have any head coaching experience at any level, he doesn't even have coordinator experience at any level.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||It varies, but over the long||
It varies, but over the long haul the flexbone - that was the original name back at Hawaii 20 years ago - calls a TO about 20% of the time.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Its an interesting thought.||
Its an interesting thought. I'd guess Hopkins would be the B back. And maybe try to convert one of the excess WRs to slotbacks.
And PJ would have to hire a good DC.
I question whether its a good fit for our current OL. Getting Lewan on MLBs would be fun to watch though.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I think the point being made||
I think the point being made is that beating a one dimensional team like a rented goalie should not be a demerit on a coach's resume.
Not that PJ would be a good idea here. He is almost as prickly as Miles, though more sane.