|58 min 56 sec ago||its a trap!||
Best listed alternative to Fighting Sioux? Admiral Ackbar of course. Ole Miss' loss could have been UND's gain.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||been there||
I gotcha. I was 7 or 8 and went with the family to a well-known ice cream place in Traverse City. Its Friday, warm, tourist season. Like the last Friday in June. Threw up right in the middle of the crowd just moments after getting daquiri ice. Absolutely cleared the place out within 90 seconds.
Dad consoled me in the car afterwards by explaining how the owner had just a dozen weekends to make enough money for the rest of the year.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||not fair||
Any thoughts of non-play action aggression were long ago choked out of Davis by Ferentz.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||but your way works too||
I think this is even better learned.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||better talent than App State||
That Eastern Washington squad was no joke. They would have been pretty good in FBS.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||waitaminute||
Ball State was uber spready. SDSU not so much.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||pot meet kettle||
Well, if they are afraid of war porn make sure they don't read Ibn Ishaq.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||follow the money||
Its less about morning/afternoon and more about budgets. The News had deeper pockets. Always did. And a few years before the JOA the ENA started a morning edition to compete directly with Freep. It cost a ton but was steadily eating the Freep away.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||um, no||
Back in the old days DN had a larger staff for more in-depth stories. A few times per year the Sunday edition would go all out on a subject that kicked off a weeklong series. There was detail you couldn't get anywhere else. Freep could never hang with that.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||snatching defeat from the jaws of victory||
The Evening News Association should never have signed the JOA. They had the Freep on the ropes. A couple more years and it would have been the Freep folding up shop.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||a cavalcade of stars||
Ben Vereen, Christopher Reeve, Beverly Sills - this show taught me all I know about opera, the great Harvey Korman, most obvious star ever - Vincent Price, George Burns, Milton Berle - classic bit with Statler & Waldorf, the list goes on and on.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||you hardcore?||
Ah, but do you remember which one is which?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||you gotta go||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||old school||
Fave? Rickey Green. Fear the 'fro.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||refs weren't the only ones Bo could get mad at||
Best Bo rage was against his players in the '81 Illini game. I think we were down early in the 2nd quarter. Bo hated Illinois for what they did to Gary Moeller and demanded his team's best in revenge.
It worked as we scored on 10 consecutive possessions - 70-21 final.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Bolivia for them||
Who on Earth downvotes MGoBrewMom?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'd pay to see this kid play||
The kid has to wrench that body hard to get any kind of mustard on those throws. Definitely not an elite arm.
But man that is one fun highlight tape. Kid has moxie. Extends plays, moves his feet well to buy an extra half-second in the pocket. Reads the field pretty well too.
We are told that Harbaugh likes a "football player" and will find a way to get him on the field. Romano might be a longshot but he is most definitely a football player.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||wrong one||
Lou would be better.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||remember it well||
I was at that game. Bought what was probably the very last ticket sold. Top row, on the aisle right behind a basket. Insane atmosphere.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Its Ferentz||
Don't blame Davis. He came to Iowa expecting to run uptempo and throw the ball much more. He came expecting to develop a QB and give him the car keys. There has been a soul crushing and its the head coach's fault.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Better Call You Know Who||
Opening up a Culver's would beat managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||kid is very good, but he ain't perfect||
Costello's arm action is often too long. On throws that require less mustard he is leaning back thru release.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||LL CEO makes half what other guy makes||
Next to USSSA LL is run by saints.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||LL CEO makes half what other guy makes||
Next to USSSA LL is run by saints.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||LL CEO makes half what other guy makes||
Next to USSSA LL is run by saints.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||um, no||
Its not a common practice. Might have been before Almonte but it ain't now. Parents and coaches must assemble a small dossier for each kid on the team. My son played on the local 11U LL tournament team last summer. Its pretty rigorous and it will get moreso this summer.
In case anyone is still reading, the Michigan team to beat is Rockford. They've won lower level state titles each of the last 2 years. The 11U title in '14 and the 9-10U title in '13.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||geez I feel old||
Sooo......... not a single solitary soul got the Kingston Trio reference in the post title?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||would love suggestions||
KFC cole slaw is edible? By 8 & 90-year olds I suppose.
I wish *someone* did a decent cole slaw. A good slaw I could eat every day.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||cooking oil I think||
I agree Popeye's flavor is awesome and probably better. But I find myself an hour or two later liking it less. Feel more sluggish.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||you don't have a freakin' clue||
Let's try this again. I grew up in GP ('82 grad), my family stayed after I left and I still have family there.
Not once, not a single solitary time did I *ever* hear a Jewish slur or see someone mistreated.
In fact as a youngster the rotating presidency at Lochmoor was held for a year by a Jewish guy. Big hitting lefty.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||crock of shit||
No head in the sand. I grew up there. I know damn well what I'm talking about. You're a BS artist with chip on his shoulder.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||cumong man||
You're dinging the Pointes for something that happened in the *50's*? Really?
I grew up there. I have personal knowledge. I can tell you Jews were not mistreated nor slandered.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||damn cake eaters||
As a GPN'er it pains me to say North is smack dab in the middle now. The cake eaters at South are definitely on top.
Vis a vis most other suburbs the Woods is still great. But it ain't what it once was. Decline started in the 90s when St John's started buying up and renting houses adjacent to the hospital.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||a little different||
Back then, and into the 80's and 70's GPW & S were a bit different than your side of town. GPN was always a bit more diverse than GPS.
Actually, we had just one black family at GPN while I went there ('82). They were treated quite well. The father had a couple of feathers in his cap. He was a small biz owner like many in GPW. And he had been convicted of tax evasion. The one crime that warms the heart of a true GP'er.
In fact, older GP'ers on this thread may figure the name out. It was definitely in the news at the time.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||but he's unavailable for comment||
Yes, we could ask the family of Dr Benjamin Gravel just how quickly society deteriorates past Windmill Pointe.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||whaaaaat?||
Poor treatment of Jews in GP? First off, you could count the Jewish families in the Pointes on one hand. At least when I grew up there.
Second, the ones that were there had no problems at all and were in fact upstanding members of the community quite well treated. Perhaps you've heard of the Kricksteins?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||good hire||
Creighton's first season went pretty well. EMU now runs an offense recognizable to sentient beings.
|16 weeks 9 hours ago||moar pleez||
Yeah, put me down for recruiting any lineman named Big Thick.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||love it||
Upvoted for the avatar. Looks exactly like my son.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||no thank you||
I wouldn't have the guts to ask Big Ed why he & Bubba & Becker took their senior seasons off.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Anyone familiar with Baxter's||
Anyone familiar with Baxter's Academic Gameplan thingy? Seems expensive.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I could have QB'd da Bears and Steelers to winning mark too.||
This reminds me of why I looked sideways at da Bears. No way on Earth that HARBAUGH should have been stashed behind Mike Tomczak.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||cumong man||
After reading this piece I just wish Brian could get behind HARBAUGH a little more.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||HARBAUGH||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||you have some catching up to do||
No, GTV did not account for shot distance and proximity. Because in '85 they didn't have the kind of data available now. The GTV stuff is thrown into the dustbin of history:
Even Gilovich has conceded the importance of this paper.
The clutch hitting effect is really small. Take a .280 hitter and if he's clutch he becomes .281. Its that tiny. But it is real.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||that used to be the correct answer||
Turns out its not really that simple. For example recent evidence suggests there is indeed a "hot hand" effect in the NBA, once you correct for shot distance and defensive proximity.
And there is a clutch hitting effect in MLB. Its just so small you can't see it in a single player's career.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Problem with that is the||
Problem with that is the notion that somehow Central stopped WKU in the 4th. Not really. The comeback started at the tail end of the 3rd as WKU led 49-14. They had the ball inside the CMU 10 and turned the ball over in the endzone. Chips get the ball on their own 20 and march 80 in 10 plays.
Later in the 4th WKU runs a throwback screen that gets a receiver loose and running deep into CMU territory. Chip defenders strip the ball from behind at about CMU's 10.
CMU never really stopped WKU.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||oh, some of us liked it||
Since I had CMU plus the points I thought the 2pt call was sheer *genius*.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||whoa||
Slow down there big fella. Let's not say anything you'll regret later.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||that took an effort||
You missed the point entirely. The Vikings were slavers. White slavers. The NFL honors the memory of slavers by allowing a team to be named after a people famed for taking slaves. If you think naming a team "Redskins" is evil - I don't - then naming one after slavers is a heckuva lot worse.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||sad||
Not racist. But if you have a problem with the Redskins, you should really have a problem with the Vikings. Why celebrate white slavers with their own NFL team?
|19 weeks 4 days ago||except of course for Dan Snyder||
What's wrong with the Redskins?
|19 weeks 4 days ago||yup||
That's a Golden for you. They're a bit more aggressive around food than the average dog. The following video demonstrates further:
Though that competing dog doesn't look like a Shepherd but a Belgian Malinois.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||possible||
I found this hard to fathom myself. But there is recent precedent. Andy Reid spoke glowingly of Philly to Chip Kelly. And it really helped.
So I guess I'm saying there is a chance.
|20 weeks 3 hours ago||I'd like to help you in this fine endeavor....||
..... so an upvote for you good sir.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I'm an old guy too||
I got it. ;)
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Cumong man||
That's what you mean by problem solving? Sheesh. You're a creature of the State. Without it you don't exist.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Eh||
Lemme know when the field of social work solves an actual problem first.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||he doesn't want to have a heart attack. literally.||
Cutcliffe has a bad ticker. He wants to be at a place with less pressure. He ain't coming here.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||not just for the Lions either||
Jeez I miss Killer.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||thank you||
There are precious few places these days where you can count on readership that gets that one.
|21 weeks 14 hours ago||slight correction||
The Flexbone's direct ancestors are the Wishbone & Run-N-Shoot. Flex the Wishbone's RB's out to the slot and make a small adjustment to the FB depth and you have the Flexbone.
And when it was first run back at Hawaii ~25 years ago the playcalling was vary much a mix of Wishbone vs Shoot. By '94 it had really become the run dominant animal you see now. Though you'll still see some Shoot in the passing game.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||which would not be bad||
The O would put a lot of butts in seats. I do think the O has evolved a bit from the Houston days though. Maybe because Briles can recruit a different kind of player to Waco. Baylor runs way more deep stuff than Houston ever did. Unless the opponent's secondary was of GERG quality Case Keenum was dumping the ball off quite a bit. Yards per catch was definitely lower.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||i know he's not available and not coming if he was, but ......||
Briles would be awesome. While his offense is spread in personality the X's & O's are expressed as Yeoman's old Veer. Don't think this would be a huge adjustment. And for MANBALL types there is plenty of power blocking if the defensive alignment dictates it.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||he's a freakin' genius||
Gus can run anything anywhere. His first success as HS coach was running a Wing-T. When he left Springdale he was throwing 80% of the time. His first season at Tulsa was if I recall something like 170/270 run/ground yardage split. Next season with weaker thrower at QB Gus turned it around to 270/170. Whatever we have he can score with.
I highly doubt Cowherd's mystery man is Gus. But if it is, and he's gettable? Yes, we want him.
|22 weeks 37 min ago||cumong man||
You're kidding right? GaT is just a *wee* bit better than Florida.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||no no no||
Yikes. Zona under the previous coach ran a system a heckuva lot closer to RR's than Carr MANBALL.
|23 weeks 23 hours ago||"I would tell you this, that||
"I would tell you this, that the role that I'm playing as Athletic Director, as interim Athletic Director"
Ok, that is about an obvious Freudian slip as they come.
Its also a big whiff of Alexander Haig: "I am in control here, at Shembechler Hall".
|23 weeks 2 days ago||yes||
This. I don't know if Nuss will or deserves to stay. But my reading of the things that have and haven't changed since Borges left leads me to this very conclusion. I do think Hoke has imposed constraints on Nuss.
Some things really were Borges' fault. The OL is nowhere near the tire fire it was LY. Run plays mate better with pass plays. Borges' twisted take on base/counter/counter-counter basic theory exists no more.
But other things really do have Hoke's imprint on them. Like the execution (and as John McKay said, I'm in favor of it) of our 2-minute Chinese fire drill.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||not quite||
Graham is not necessarily a spread-to-pass guy. At Tulsa was spread-to-run after 1st season. He hands this off to the OC and gets out of the way. Which is why a Graham/Stitt combo is so tasty.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||some of us have to live with other people||
Our only child is a 12-yo son - with a big pitching arm - who can wear a different Tigers t-shirt to school for weeks before repeating despite growing 5 inches in the last year. What makes him happiest makes the whole family happiest.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||yes to this||
Aranda caught Anderson's eye by coming up with X's & O's that gave Nevada's Pistol run game fits. Was able to graft two-gap principles onto a one-gap defense to stymie the backside of a zone run without sacrificing on the front side. He's an excellent technician.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||loved it.||
True dat. If you've never seen Ernie you're missing a good time. My 12-yo saw it thrice.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||right coach wrong reasons||
Yes Graham hired Malzahn and later Morris. Those moves in and of themselves weren't a big deal. The big deal was that he let them run their offenses without interference.
People forget what a big deal this was when Graham took over Tulsa. Malzahn had a very rought time of it at Arkansas because McNutt wouldn't leave the offense alone and he eventually sidelined Gus completely.
Graham trusted Gus and told him he was being hired for his offensive expertise and would be left alone to show it.
At Auburn after Newton "graduated" the cupboard was bare. I think 4 of 5 OL graduated as well. So the points dipped a bit and Chizik started meddling with it. Gus leaves and a year later everyone at Auburn realizes the wrong guy was head coach.
Graham can credibly lure a guy like Bob Stitt to Ann Arbor. When he tells a coach he'll be allowed to do his thing you can take that to the bank.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||nononononononononono||
For the billionth time, Heeke did not hire Kelly.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||He really did this at Central||
If we hire Heeke the first thing he'll do is ignore football and re-sign the wrestling coach.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Pick another metric to bitch about||
There is no less consistent stat then defensive turnovers.
|27 weeks 8 hours ago||I'll take him||
Except that Codger Clint turned out to be right on the money with that speech.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||fwiw||
My db sez that on average the tenure at non-P5 schools is ~20% longer.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||of course they party||
You *have* to party in Mt Pleasant, otherwise the natural gas smell gets to you. They do know how to live it up.
- Married to a Chip
|28 weeks 5 days ago||proviso||
Yes, but TO margin is not a repeatable skill. 3rd down conversions may be.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||no||
I might be the only WR fan on the planet who thinks Pastorius was overrated.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||not quite||
Actually, that riddle goes like this: "If half a hen can lay half an egg in half a day, how many pancakes does it take to cover a doghouse?"
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I said it all week||
"Or why a heretofore deep and competent secondary gave up 404 yards to Gary Nova"
Why? Three reasons. 1) Ralph Friedgen, 2) Ralph Friedgen, and 3) Ralph Friedgen
|30 weeks 3 days ago||are you sure?||
Interesting that you think hiring Enos is a feather in Heeke's cap.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||um, no||
Interesting idea, except for the fact that Jones & Kelly weren't hired by the same AD. Kelly was hired by Deromedi. Jones was hired by Heeke. And Heeke hired Enos.
In fact Heeke seemed to dislike Kelly more than a bit. When Heeke first hit Mt Pleasant in the new job his first dealings were with the wrestling coach.
If you wanna go ask Deromedi that might be an idea.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||minor fail||
You forgot to mention Rutgers' biggest asset: new OC Ralph Friedgen.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||you really think Phil Knight is gonna let him go?||
Helfrich ain't going anywhere. He was born and raised in Oregon and is very happy there. Read the recent Grantland piece.
Butch Jones: I question a guy who had Dan LeFevour for 3 seasons and couldn't get a better YPA than Kelly did in Danny's freshman season. Especially when Kelly had the kid riding the bench to start the season and basically had to make things up when the original starter - Brian Brunner - went down.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I'm being serious here, not sarcastic||
So........ who exactly was kicked out for not adding value? Can you give a name? Any name will do.
|31 weeks 15 hours ago||No||
I have a problem with a head coach who has Dan LeFevour for 3 years and can't get a higher YPA out of him than Brian Kelly did in his freshman season.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||no doubt||
Oh absolutely. I remember well the mess Chip Kelly made of Oregon.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||I had to sit down||
Fred Jackson? Oh please no. Not a chance.
Hecklinski? I could see that.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||no pushover||
If you think Rutgers sucks, think again. Any team whose OC is Ralph Friedgen most definitely does not suck. The Fridge is back doing what he does best.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||now now||
Dominos' pizza was crap *long* before Brandon became CEO.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||good call||
Kansas is probably a step down from NC State. Don't know that home ties would be enough.
But hell yeah he should be a candidate here.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||slight correction||
I believe the term you're looking for is "crapweasel".
|32 weeks 4 days ago||ugh||
I have found the ESPN play-by-play charts to be very problematic. Most games have at least one or two records that are very difficult to parse mechanically.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||nope||
Those archives are empty.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||hold on||
You don't really think Bellomy will be in the mix do you?
|35 weeks 8 hours ago||+1||
|35 weeks 8 hours ago||Enos, Enos, Enos||
We looked good against CMU LY because they are coached by DAN ENOS. The Chips put themselves in a 16 point hole on Saturday against Chatta-freakin-nooga before finally waking up and playing like the bad MAC team they are.
|35 weeks 8 hours ago||not good enough||
Much thanks for the preview, but Grinwis isn't pimped nearly enough. Yes he is better than Louro. Louro *might* have more longterm upside. But Adam is clearly better right now. No question.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||can't take it anymore||
Wife went to CMU, and one of my husbandly duties is keeping up on the football team. Am close to telling her I need to be released from this as long as Enos is still coach. I think AD Heeke has to go too. Which ain't happening.
Also, am contractually obligated by said wife to include a "fire up" salutation in all CMU football posts. So, Fire Up Chips!
|35 weeks 5 days ago||ah, memories||
Why is Math so much fun?,
Everyone seems to say.
When all other Subjects
Are work work work,
Math is just like Play.
Oh yes, just like Play.
|36 weeks 11 hours ago||Old Bit Police||
I'm sorry, we were looking for "that's what she said".
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Junior?||
Jake was arguably the team's best player as a soph.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||No||
Later. After the victim regains his health.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||the real shame||
One moment of abject stupidity and the arc of the victim's life is changed. I can't help but think of all the hard work he put in over years and years to get to the point where he's a Michigan student at a great university..... then poof, a bunch of internet commenters cry over the loss of a thug from the football team.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||priorities||
I'm hoping this doesn't ruin the *victim's* life. At this point why give a damn what it does to York's life?
|38 weeks 1 day ago||excellent news||
Molk's skill set is probably a better fit for Chip Kelly's scheme than San Diego's anyway. Good for him.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||You owe me||
I will never get those minutes back.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Wait a minute.....||
Elon Musk is not evil?
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Go Bucks! No, not *those* Bucks......||
It sure would be nice if we could take this soccer fever and give a UM team member a boost this weekend. Goalie Adam Grinwis plays for the local PDL Michigan Bucks and the Final 4 is being hosted at Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac this weekend. Semis are Friday night with the Bucks kicking off against Jersey Express @ 7:30pm. If they win the final is Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
The quality is pretty high, and this Bucks' squad might be better than the one that went to back-to-back title games a few years ago.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Spoke too soon......||
And...... it turns out Fabio was cut today:
Sounders fans lament they didn't have a place to stick Fabio while he develops. And he was taking up an international slot which Sigi Schmid wanted to clear so he could bring back a couple of players who are nearly done rehabbing.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Gotta say I'm surprised Fabio||
Gotta say I'm surprised Fabio has hung on this long. Didn't think he was athletic enough.
Adam Grinwis is someone who should definitely be drawing an MLS check soon.
|43 weeks 11 hours ago||Can't believe Brian didn't bring him up||
Pozbang for the only guy here who brought up Fagundez. Already a proven pro who has the tactical acumen too many Nats guys don't have. One of the few MLS'ers I make it a point to follow as much as I can. Just needs to get that paperwork done in '17.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||+googleplex||
Verily, dos a cero.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||needed 1 more scoreless inning||
My cousin nearly set the MIAA record for ERA with Hope back in the day. 6' 4" and plenty of heat.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||While the final score in '76||
While the final score in '76 looked bad we did lead by 5 at the half. And that team was a ball to watch. That was racehorse basketball and Green was electric.
And if Hubbard doesn't break his leg his NBA career looks a lot better and longer.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Man that chart is ugly. I||
Man that chart is ugly. I count 115-333 from two-point land not under the net. Wow that's bad.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||SAT scores too am sorry to say||
Well we all know why the ACT scores are not, um, balanced.
1st GPN grad to wear the winged wheel: Jimmy Carson. Who I pitched batting practice to as a youngster.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I doubt he will be comping his HS coach any tix||
Legwand becomes the 2nd grad from Grosse Pointe North to play for the Red Wings. Go North!
You don't see those pansies from South producing Red Wings.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Every day of the week and twice on Sunday||
That right there is a pretty good sign you have a winning idea.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Yeah, that's the kind of||
Yeah, that's the kind of stuff I'm talking about. If it weren't in the context of hoops recruiting its a stunt that would attract the attention of law enforcement.
Frieder was a fractured soul that desperately needed affirmation from all the wrong sources. ASU gave him love and Frieder lost some of the drive he had here.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Many years back I happened to||
Many years back I happened to meet a guy who played ball with BJ Armstrong in HS. Would have been '86 or '87. I forget precisely why, but he had the chance to play some friendly hoops at Crisler. Just screwing around. Also got to watch a couple of practices. He described to me how the big names on the team would blatantly ignore Frieder whenever it suited them. Saw a couple of players mock Frieder behind his back. He had little control.
Freider's reputation as a recruiter is well known. Don't know if it exists online, but after Frieder left I remember some recruiting letters getting into print. I remember reading a couple. Embarassing stuff. I know coaches pump potential recruits up but some of the stuff reminded me of how shameful Nixon & Kissinger were when they met Mao. And Frieder was writing this stuff to kids in *7th* grade.
He got stars to campus and then could never rein them in. Its why his best teams often showed up well for big games but snoozed thru many.
And that '89 roster shouldn't have been a surprise to win it all. They should have been favorites. I believe 9 guys on that roster logged 1K+ minutes in the NBA. Give those guys to Dean Smith for a year and they win multiple titles going away.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Zero, zip, nada||
There is *zero* chance we win the title with Frieder as coach. Frieder's success as recruiter was directly responsible for his failures as head coach.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Great article, but its missing something||
Am a little bit surprised not to see our increase from '71 onward linked to the new auto labor contracts signed that year. This state's decline in wealth and population started in earnest then and the resultant decline in HS player quality plainly evident by '76.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Wish Pinnacle had a line on this.||
I'd bet $ against it. Outside Sochi? I'd bet $ on that.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Mormon toilets *work*||
Remember all of the jokes made about those yokels in Utah? Mitt Romney & the Mormons look pretty darned good right now.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Even the Dowager Countess||
I would think the 4th Earl of Grantham should exhibit better manners.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I feel bad||
And I'm really a fan of your posts. But fu*ar has been a thorn in my side since middle school.
My dad had an entire speech at my wedding about the name.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||You're kidding I hope||
Cromulent is my nom de guerre. Not my "real" name.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Sorry||
I downvote any post that uses the acronym FU*AR. Too darn close to my name.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Rory Delap had many throws||
Rory Delap had many throws far better than that one. And there was a kid in these parts that had the same skill. OU product and one of my son's fave players Stu Givens.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Death to Fran Tarkenton||
To a young Lions' fan the sight of Fran Tarkenton running around was infuriating. Someday Tarkenton is going to assume room temperature and I'm going to dance a jig. I've been waiting a damn long time for that day.
When I was 6 I detested the Vikings as much as Ohio.
Though in FT's defense, how could one *not* suck on That's Incredible? At least he didn't give children nightmares, like Rhonda Bates on Speak Up America.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Beg to differ||
The new EMU coach will do better than you think.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||UK NFL = pretty good||
Actually I spent a good portion of this NFL season watching streams of a UK feeds of NFL games. Can't remember the name of the thing. They had a couple of US guys leading the studio effort in a panel of 4. The US guys were bad and the top Brit analyst was fan-freakin-tastic. I'd bring him over here in a heartbeat.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Aim higher||
I'd say more like mid-budget porn.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Which is followed by......||
There are dozens of us! Dozens!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Ok, so maybe I haven't had my||
Ok, so maybe I haven't had my yerba mate yet and I'm not thinking straight. Seems to me that ([# of plays gaining a first down]/[# of first downs started]) is always pretty close to 1. If you gain a first down, don't you get to "start" it?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||The '76 team was as||
The '76 team was as entertaining a Michigan squad as any that has followed since. That includes the national championship team, the Fab Five and last year's team. Give the '76 team a three point line and they'd average in the low 90s.
That year in the tournament they faced an undefeated Rutgers team that topped the NCAA in scoring average. Lots of biased East Coast media tooted their horn. Less than 10 minutes into the game we led 22-8. An object lesson in racehorse basketball.
Phil Hubbard was an all-time great Wolverine, yet he was not half the player he should have been. Never truly recovered from his broken leg. Was just a guy in the NBA and should have been more.
Great staff too: Orr on top with assistants Frieder and a certain Jim Dutcher. Though actually by '76 Dutcher had already left for Minnesota. You may remember his work - Kevin McHale anyone?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Frieder was not a good coach.||
Frieder was not a good coach. One of the era's great recruiters, but therein laid the germ of his problems with player development and Xs & Os.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||You forget||
Um, no. Rickey Green had quite the 'fro in '76 and moves that Baxter could only dream of.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Yeah, that Indiana game I||
Yeah, that Indiana game I think was the last of the regular season. Epic stuff.
Some people would call Grote a hustler. My dad said he epitomized "leather jacket basketball". He said if Grote could get away with it he'd wear brass knuckles on the court.
My dad liked Grote a lot.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Congrats!||
You sir, have won the interwebz.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||He had the worst luck too||
Felt bad for Rogers. After the first collarbone injury he stayed on the straight and narrow. Had a great rehab and looked fabulous in camp. Then the 2nd collarbone break and everything fell apart.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Penn's help is conditional of course||
Of course, if you're a political prisoner in Cuba Sean's help ain't gonna be forthcoming.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This dominance will continue||
Army (and to a lesser extent Air Force) will not knock Navy off the top until they modernize their athletic departments. Full explanation here:
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This is true.||
You got it. And there is plenty of distaste for AF's coach in particular. You should try Googling "air force" and "howdy doody".
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Kelly offered Martin the DC||
Kelly offered Martin the DC at CMU, but he stayed back to become the head coach. Kelly then offered Martin the DC position at Cinci, but Martin stayed home. He only joined Kelly when he got the ND job. Kelly would have liked to give Martin the DC job in South Bend, but no way is ND going to allow a lower div coach to jump up all the way to a major BCS coordinator position without some top shelf experience.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||"Offense hardly matters since||
"Offense hardly matters since that's Brian Kelly's show; Diaco's departure might put some wobble in a unit that's been pretty good ever since he figured out how to defend Navy."
Um, no. Chuck Martin had more of Kelly's trust than anyone else he's ever coached with. If Kelly had Martin on the offensive side of the ball there was a good reason for it.
And no, Diaco never figured out how to defend Navy. He just had massively superior defensive lines. Look at the #s ND gave up when they removed the first string defenders. It was not pretty. Birddog covered this in some detail.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||While written from Navy's||
While written from Navy's point of view this is an objective look the deep structural issues all of the academies face in football and explains why the Middies are currently the dominant program and will likely stay that way in the near future:
"Mike" is one of the best cfb bloggers around; you'd do well to read his stuff. And because I'm a big Ivin Jasper fan, GO NAVY!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Of course, we ain't them||
Baylor moved the ball pretty well in the air against KSU.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Fred can do better than that||
No, according to my Fred Jackson Hype Generator, the comment would have been something along the lines of "He's like Tom Brady, but smart".
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I bet not. They don't run a||
I bet not. They don't run a spread at USC, so there would be some down time before he got his own guys recruited. Given the media pressure there this would be a replay of Ann Arbor. At Zona he had a big head start. The offense already ran a form of the spread. He likes the place and they like him. He might move, but not yet.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Coaching tenure at non-BCS||
Coaching tenure at non-BCS schools averages about 20% more than BCS schools. Monken & Turner ain't getting fired after a single season. Molnar and Chow are on thinner ice. Firing Wilson ain't happening.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||There is another explanation||
This is a move to make things easier on the Ohio student. One less letter in the alphabet to memorize. Next up for elimination will be that pesky letter "Y". Is it a vowel or consonant? Who knows? Just get rid of it.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||No, back in Springdale Gus||
No, back in Springdale Gus was throwing 80% of the time the last couple of years. And his first year as a true OC at Tulsa he threw the ball plenty. It wasn't just about attacking defensive adjustments against the run.
In years 2 at Tulsa he had a new QB who wasn't quite as good a passer. And Herb Hand had been in his ear for a year about amping up the spread run game. That's the season when you really saw what Gus' offense looks like now. But with the right QB Gus has no problems going back to the Mustain/Springdale days.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I don't know why......||
You seem to think he *really* put the entire thing on a cheap DVD. And how to run it as well.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||There is only one coach to call||
Dino Babers, Dino Babers, Dino Babers.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Ohio seems to have a habit of||
Ohio seems to have a habit of recruiting players that look old. Granville Waiters.
That just may date me a bit.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||1st time I heard Dierdorf do||
1st time I heard Dierdorf do a game was 1986, with CBS. Opening week of the NFL regular season, the marquee game - defending champs the '85 Bears at home vs Cleveland. A 45-35 win that turned out to be (arguably) Chicago's best game of the season. He got to do the intro by himself and was so good I about fell off my sofa. Think William F Buckley with a midwest accent.
The next season he was in the MNF booth. You have earned your retirement sir.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I can't believe this kid||
I can't believe this kid doesn't have offers from at least 5 MAC schools already. Nice comfortable feet in the pocket, though sometimes he's throwing off his back. Preferred walk-on? Yes please.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Too soon?||
I blame Borges.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Back to the original post, in||
Back to the original post, in what alternate universe was Briles "having a bad time"?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I've been beating the drum||
I've been beating the drum for Art Briles for a long time. Ain't gonna happen here. Briles is a Texas guy thru and thru.
But former Briles' assistant Dino Babers is tearing it up at Eastern Illinois. There are a number of teams in the midwest area that could use a good offense. The Briles' scheme does indeed use Power, and the QB doesn't have to run a lot.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I would include Bryce Petty||
I would include Bryce Petty in that conversation.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Actually in 2007 Briles was||
Actually in 2007 Briles was still at Houston so no, Briles was having a good time winning his 2nd consecutive C-USA division title. Try again.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||For the love of God, please EMU call Dino!||
Assuming the EMU "braintrust" stops listening to Lloyd Carr the first call they should make is to Dino Babers at Eastern Illinois. The guy is in his 2nd year at the FCS school and has them ranked #2 in the entire division. He also runs a fun offense that will put butts in seats.
What offense you ask? Baylor's offense I answer. He was the receivers coach under Art Briles for a couple of seasons. And he's taken the fun to EIU. And last, but (unfortunately) not least, Dino is black. Yeah I know. A guy named Dino Babers is black? Its true. If EMU gets a brain and hires Babers EMU will have a bigger electricity bill because the scoreboard will go crazypants.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||That video of ILB Fox was a||
That video of ILB Fox was a stick-draw and Fox was the man being optioned. If he follows the TE the RB gets the ball. I don't think we have that in our playbook.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Thank you thank you thank you||
Thank you thank you thank you Brian, for mentioning the epic squared Funchess whiff on the interception. Couldn't believe all the tongue baths his blocking was getting around here on Saturday evening. I possess only a fraction of the live observation skills some have here. Couldn't understand why I seemed the only one to pick up on it. Was afraid my eyes deceived.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||We could talk about the his||
We could talk about the his epic whiff on one of Devin's picks.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||If this was 2001 when the||
If this was 2001 when the relative importance of the run vs pass was greater Jordan makes an NFL roster.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Does this mean I won't be the||
Does this mean I won't be the only guy carrying one of those crappy $15 things from Radio Shack?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Thru a lucky break I'm taking||
Thru a lucky break I'm taking my 11-year old son to his first college football game this afternoon.
I've got one of them Sansa mp3 FM thingies. WTKA is AM. What FM station do I catch the game on in the stadium?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Thru a lucky break I'll be||
Thru a lucky break I'll be taking my 11-year old to the game. I'll have one of those Sansa mp3 FM radio thingies. Which FM station can I get in the stadium?
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Not a big Butch Jones fan||
Not a big Butch Jones fan here either, but not so much because of Jones himself. I thought it nuts that the CMU AD Heeke didn't hire Chuck Martin to follow Kelly. When Heeke first came to campus Kelly wasn't even the first coach he made contact with - he saved that for the (admittedly very good) wrestling coach. Despite everything Kelly did for the Chips he couldn't wait for Kelly to go and wanted the place free of his influence.
And in 3 years with LeFevour at QB Jones couldn't match the YPA Kelly got out of him as a frosh.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||allow me some pedantry.......||
No, the preferred FJ bit is to say "X is like Y but fast", not "faster". The former implies that Y is good but not actually fast. Which only adds to the hype for X.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I ran into a kid from||
I ran into a kid from Dearborn Heights at a Ypsi tournament a couple months ago who will be classified as a 12 yo next spring that will be bigger than Lorkowski. Not as good though.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Like when was the last time a||
Like when was the last time a GP team other than Woods/Shores won the state title? I didn't think so.
I recognize a number of names from the GPWS roster; they're sons of guys who were youngsters themselves in GP when the 78/79 teams played - Rheaume & Cardinale to name two.
And the best GPWS team didn't even make it out of districts - '75. That team featured a pitcher who was later drafted one slot behind Tony Gwynn.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Um, last year RGIII played||
Um, last year RGIII played for the Redskins. In the NFL. Not for the Baylor Bears.
You know who *did* play QB for the Bears LY? Nick Florence. As a junior Florence put up 9.29 YPA. Of course I'm sure RG3 did much better his junior year. In fact, let's look at RG3's career YPA numbers at Baylor:
So in 2012 Florence put up numbers better than 3 of Griffin's seasons. Baylor's recent success is more then just Griffin.
Check out Baylor's page at sports-reference.com. The Bears' SRS rating (a simple power rating) over the L2Y is the best since the '79 & '80 campaigns.
Baylor is not an easy place to win. Briles has done a heckuva job.
|2 years 7 weeks 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.
|2 years 8 weeks 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.
|2 years 9 weeks 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.
|2 years 9 weeks 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.
|2 years 9 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 11 weeks 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.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||If a Super Bowl-winning QB||
If a Super Bowl-winning QB can't rape anyone he wants the terrorists have won.
|2 years 13 weeks 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.
|2 years 14 weeks 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.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Or...||
I believe the technical term is "bazillions".
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Next up||
Adam Grinwis is certainly good enough to do this.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Well, who knows how long Omar||
Well, who knows how long Omar will stay with the Galaxy?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||How much is Netflix?||
Just 4 months away. Any longer and I'll blue myself.
|2 years 16 weeks 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?
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I'm not sure you'd call||
I'm not sure you'd call InfoWars libertarian. But then I rarely see the place.