Peppers at 10, which seems low.
|1 day 5 hours ago||And the current research||
And the current research suggests that concussions are only a partial factor in the development of CTE. The research suggests that subconcussive contact (the type of collisions that linemen have when they knock helmets together on virtually every play or that happens to linebackers when they use their helmet in a tackle) is a larger factor.
(Given this research, it will be interesting to see what happens as research is expanded to soccer players, who have the same kinds of impacts when heading the ball, part of the reason that US soccer has now banned headers up to U-12 or U-14).
Anyway, here's the most important summary of relatively recent research.
|3 days 3 min ago||Or Harbaugh. My favorite||
My favorite part of this highlight is Harbaugh, on the bottom of the screen, throwing his hands (with playsheet) in the air the second that Hargreaves bites.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Khaleke Hudson. Need to get||
Khaleke Hudson. Need to get some players experience at safety, given that Kinnel is the only player with any experience coming back next year. Hudson seems like the most likely candidate.
|4 days 2 hours ago||The food (pizza, subs, etc)||
The food (pizza, subs, etc) is the epitome of mediocre, but will provide a good base for a day of drinking and the setting is terrific.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Ashley's is terrific and has||
Ashley's is terrific and has an amazing beer selection, but from your description (drinking lots of beer outdoors) I'd go to Dominick's. More space. Pitchers (or at least giant mason jars) of various Bells beers. Outside.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Not to downplay a really well||
Not to downplay a really well played defensive game by UM, but Ohio State had one of the two most dynamic offenses in college football (along with Clemson). Florida's offensive coordinator was Doug Nussmeier.
The hope from the Florida game comes from the offense's performance against a strong Florida front. Particularly the progress in the running game.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, that's a real threat.||
Yeah, that's a real threat. We'd give up all TV revenue for the terms of the current contracts (the Big Ten has a grant of rights that covers all schools) and we would basically see our AD collapse.
|1 week 1 day ago||Both important points. You're||
Both important points. You're seeing exactly the same thing going on in the Big 12 right now, with university presidents driving expansion and also driving it in potentially unexpected directions, like Tulane, as a means to bolster the conference's academic credentials (as opposed particularly to Memphis).
Also, what leverage does UM have to make the switch? Michigan fans are upset, but it's not like the schedule, as is, causes issues for the conference at large. About the only way I could see it happening is if UM gave State two more back to back home games, but that, of course, would be seen, by those inclined, as proof of Manuel's incompetence. But the fact is that UM's got no leverage.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't think it was a price||
I don't think it was a price paid to State to stay in the east. I think the Big Ten schedulers sat down and decided, "The three historic powers in the East are UM, OSU, and Penn State. Those teams should have one home and one away game against each other every season." With that the biggest priority, they just scheduled the rest. Obviously, MSU and PSU have swapped places the past few years, and I think it's likely to continue, given the coaching discrepancy. But I think that was the priority.
Brandon could have made it known that alternating OSU and MSU at home was essential to UM, but he didn't, and MSU was happy to accept back to back home games.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wore out his welcome...||
Just to add to the questioning of the "he wears out his welcome" meme ... Stanford has unique conditions that could tend to lead a hyper-competitive coach to complain, namely, its admission standards that are above and beyond almost any other NCAA program, and yet there are no signs that there was any tension between Harbaugh and admissions or other aspects of the university. The only story that ever came out were complaints about his expensive toilet, and I'm not even sure those came from within Stanford.
And did any of his former players at SF actually complain that his style was wearing them down? I think it's likely the whole idea was cooked up within the toxic atmosphere of the 49er front office.
|1 week 2 days ago||I doubt pro gamblers touch||
I doubt pro gamblers touch these kinds of bets, but, given the history of recent champions, experienced starting QB would be way down the line of key qualities.
Going back a decade, not even half of the teams that won had returning starters at QB.
|1 week 5 days ago||Mattison wasn't on that||
Mattison wasn't on that staff. He left in the offseason to go to ND. Herrmann was the DC.
|1 week 5 days ago||The o-line depth is the real||
The o-line depth is the real scary part. If the line sees any significan injuries, they're plugging in either players who have failed to impress (Kugler, Dawson) or redshirt or true freshmen.
|1 week 5 days ago||There were plenty of assholes||
There were plenty of assholes in the stadium during the Carr era. Ask John Navarre.
|1 week 5 days ago||Maybe the "they've won 7 of||
Maybe the "they've won 7 of 8" folks live outside of Michigan, where you run into a lot fewer MSU fans.
|1 week 5 days ago||Is Hinton writing anywhere||
Is Hinton writing anywhere now?
Grantland had just really started to cover college football extensively when it was killed. It's too bad. Michael Weinreb isn't missed, but both Hinton and Holly Anderson (who seems to be politics editor at MTV News) were good reads.
And UM would seem to get 3 clear checks (First-term coach, DL of Doom, and Elite Secondary). Don't think we'd clear the elite recruiting bar given the two down years under Hoke (players that will be sophomores and juniors this year... apart from Peppers). Might be mitigated, though, by the fact that Hoke's best classes are redshirt seniors and seniors this year.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That actually maintains the||
That actually maintains the same number of TOs that currently exist in NCAA (4 fulls, 2 30-second), only separating them into two halves.
Given that NCAA bball already bakes time outs in every four minutes of game play, they could get away with three total.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't be surprised if||
I wouldn't be surprised if the night game actually depresses interest in single-game tickets slightly among Iowa fans. If you're an Iowa fan without season tix, chances are decent that you live somewhat far from Iowa City, a night game means getting a hotel (often for two nights) or requires a significant late night drive. You're probably not going to go with young kids. As the poster below suggests, there are a number of other attractive games, in division, to go to. And it's also late in the season with a likelihood to be cold.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Why let coaches call time out||
Why let coaches call time out at all? They're not on the floor playing the game. Let the players make the decisions. If they're well coached, they'll know when to call time out. If they're not, they won't. (This should hold for football too).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Logistics||
The real wrench in this plan is the Rose Bowl, which won't give up the 4:30 PM slot on New Years Day (and to a lesser extent the Sugar, which claims it has a right to the 8 PM slot, but that's a much more recent thing).
Given that, the best solution would be for the Rose and Sugar to always host the semis, giving up a right to host the championship game, which would rotate among the other 4. The second best solution, in the years when the Rose is not hosting, would be a NYD with a 1 PM semi-final, Rose Bowl, 8 PM semi-final.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No kidding. What this plan||
No kidding. What this plan seems ideally suited to do is to create strife in those parties as people are checking their phones during dinner, sneaking away to watch the game and ignoring people who aren't interested in college football. It also sucks for the hosts who have to decide whether to have a tv on or not.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Looking at Wisconsin's Big||
Looking at Wisconsin's Big Ten schedule, man, they're really getting paid back for all those old schedules in the late 1990s/early 2000s where they'd win the league while missing either OSU or Michigan.
Their first six league games... @MSU, @UM, bye, OSU, @ Iowa, Nebraska, @Northwestern. That's five 10+ win teams from last year plus Nebraska, with the two easiest games coming at the tail end.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||To be fair, I had that||
To be fair, I had that impression as well until I actually looked. And I've been to the Rutgers campus 4-5 times.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's all but guaranteed to be 3:30||
That week is a dumpster fire competitively in the league. Even if Wisconsin comes in with two losses (which is likely since they play LSU @ Lambeau and @ MSU before they play us), the next best game is Northwestern @ Iowa, and that's already scheduled for noon. In fact, it looks like the only other game that doesn't already have a time, according to ESPN, is Minnesota @ PSU. There's virtually no chance that ABC chooses that game for the 3:30 slot.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||On campus||
It's definitely sterile, but their stadium is right across the river from Rutgers main New Brunswick campus and in the middle of a secondary campus that houses the golf course, various athletic stuff, etc. It's really not much farther than the distance between central campus and the stadium at Michigan (or much different than the distinction between central campus and south campus).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I've been down to Rutgers||
I've been down to Rutgers from the city fairly frequently for academic events. Really easy. It's about an hour on either Amtrak and NJ Transit out of Penn Station. Timing seems to be about the same. Obviously a lot more NJ transit trains and it's substantially cheaper. And I don't think all Amtrak trains stop there.
Stations very close to campus. Seems like the stadium's a bit further away. About 2 miles to the station. Obviously, with a night game, the train back is kind of a pain.
All the advice I've ever gotten for going to Rutgers is "don't drive" because the parking's such a pain, but that's on a weekday. Don't know what the gameday situations are like.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Jack's a great vet to have||
Jack's a great vet to have but he's coming off an ACL and there's a team option to void his contract for $500,000 vs paying him $6.2. Hard to see the Nets picking that up when they've got so much dead money
|5 weeks 1 day ago||They don't really have||
They don't really have anything to lose. They're a terrible team that's guaranteed to be terrible for the next few years, until they get out from under all the dumb trades they made when they were transitioning to Brooklyn. They have to take a gamble that a guy with lottery upside gets over his health issues, even if it's not likely. When you're a bad team picking in the 20s, you might as well go for the 7/1 shot at drafting a guy who can become an all star, because you've already got a whole roster of 1-2 tool journeymen.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously, Brooklyn has by||
Seriously, Brooklyn has by far the most boring roster in the NBA, just totally devoid of exciting players. It's probably the worst roster too. For all the problems of Philly, at least they've got an imagined plan for how they get better. For the Nets, they basically just have to sit and wait until they start to get their draft picks back at the end of the decade.
Caris is exactly the kind of move they have to make, ie, pick a guy with lottery potential but a bad injury history, probably too high, in the hopes that he hits.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Good in terms of playing||
Good in terms of playing time, but as we've seen with Nik in Philly, that's not always a good thing. Worry would be that the only guys on the roster that can occupy a leadership role and teach Caris, and the other young players, how to be a pro and to understand how the game is played in the NBA are Brook Lopez, who's on the training block, and Jarrett Jack, who's coming off an ACL, has a hefty contract ($6.3 milliion) and a $500,000 team option buy-out.
Jack is known to be a good, solid, team-oriented vet, so if he's there, it'll be good for Caris, but it's hard to see the Nets paying $5 million+ for leadership.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||They never held a referendum||
They never held a referendum of all tribal members but the tribal council apparantly passed several "sense of the tribe" resolutions opposing the mascot.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||nm||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The Sioux weren't even on the||
The Sioux weren't even on the territory west of the Missouri River until the 17th century at the earliest. They head out there from the area west of Ojibwe territory when the Comanche started trading horses up to the Mandan villages and the Ojibwe push west.
The idea that they enslaved and killed hundreds of thousands of other native people is a claim that I've never heard any scholar of American Indian history make, and lord knows, there's been a lot of scholarship on the Lakota.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||On the WNT, all of those||
On the WNT, all of those things, plus the comparative advantage of the US being far more committed to women's soccer than any other nation.
And the WNT suffers from some of the same technical deficiencies that the men do. In the last WWC, there was a lot of dismay about the desultory tactics (get it wide and cross it) and critique that France and Germany were technically superior. But the difference was not nearly as stark, and the coach figured out a high-pressing style that could counteract the issues. (And I think men's team coaches in the US, down the ladder, should be encouraged to play high press, both because it suits our particular advantages and because playing against it is the best way to get better technically).
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Clubs foot the bill for||
Clubs foot the bill for development because of the possibilities of huge returns on player transfers if/when one of their players attracts big club interest. Clubs like Ajax, Feyernoord and Southampton have made transfer dollars from youth academy player development part of their overall financial strategies. It also means they invest a lot in scouting and are fairly ruthless at cutting kids that aren't developing out of their academies.
I'm not as clear how the transfer market works in South America, but my impression is that the originating clubs get percentages back when players as players are transferred throughout their career.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||And the tribal council of the||
And the tribal council of the second tribe (Standing Rock) had numerous votes opposing the use of the name and mascot.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think that's||
I don't think that's accurate. This article says the Standing Rock Tribal Council voted to formally oppose the name in 1992, 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2011. There was supposed to be a tribal vote on it but it never happened.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Do the heros have to be||
Do the heros have to be American?
The dramatic change in the amount of soccer that's televised is creating soccer heros for kids. They're just not American. At my kid's school, which is admittedly in NYC, I'm very confident that Messi would win a poll for "favorite athlete." Soccer jersies far outnumber any other sporting appearal in the hall. I overheard my kids in an animated debate the other day, not over Messi vs. Ronaldo (which is very common and heated) but Ibra vs. Alexis Sanchez (which is a bad debate, but still). They constantly search for "best football skills," "best Messi goals," etc on youtube. And they and their friends play pickup soccer far more than any other sport, doing the "I'm Messi" "I'm Ronaldo" thing that I did with Jordan or Magic when I was a kid.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||D'oh.||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||It'll be interesting to see||
It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next decade, because today, exposure is not the main problem. The vast majority of young kids today are exposed to soccer widely, likely as their first team sport (baseball's weirdly complicated, little kids just can't get the basketball up to the hoop and can't dribble consistently). In many leagues, there are mechanisms for identifying the most talented kids in the recreational leagues and encouraging them to enter a more intensive academy with 3 practices a week (one issue here is certainly the way this creates a class divide in coaching access).
Soccer is now, at least at my kids' school, about tied with basketball and football in terms of sports kids watch on tv. There are far more soccer kits than there are football jerseys and basketball jersies in the hallway. Everyday after school, they play soccer, in huge variations, from 20 v 20 pickup games to weird little all-guys for themselves 6 kid games.
Some of this, no doubt, is a manifestation of living in NYC. But I don't think exposure's the problem. The problem is now a development structure that requires parents to have the money to pay $2-3k per year for their kids to get good coaching in the crucial developmental years when touch and control is developed and when talent is identified. If there's going to be a continuted barrier to development in the next decades of American soccer, it's going to be a barrier that's more about class than it is about exposure.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The quality of youth||
The quality of youth instruction is central to the argument. If you put Russell Westbrook and Adrian Peterson into the developmental infrastructures that existed in their time as kids, you would not get Messi with greater speed and strength, you'd get faster, stronger versions of Gyasi Zardez.
And the US would probably be slightly more successful in a kind of brute force way, but they'd never consistently compete with the top 8 soccer nations in the world, because they wouldn't be able to keep the ball.
Not to bag on Zardes. He was one of the only players out there who didn't look terrified the other night and was actually willing to try to go forward. He probably played our only effective pass of the game, the one that put Yedlin through down the wing.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The number os women playing||
The number os women playing soccer globally is miniscule compared to men and the difference in developmental infrastructure is even greater. Until very recently, there were no European clubs that featured women's soccer.
The US is one of the first nations to have women playing competitive team sports and had an existing infrastructure (recreational and college women's athletics) within which skills could be developed.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||LeBron would be a pretty||
LeBron would be a pretty mediocre goalie, I imagine. Being 6'8 is too tall to be a top end keeper. 6'4 seems about the top end. The extra inches don't do much to protect the upper parts of the goal (which tops out at 8 feet). It would be an advantage cutting out crosses, but being that tall makes it take longer for a keeper to get down quickly to stop shots and opens up more spaces in the junctions of the body to shoot through.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The funny thing is that the||
The funny thing is that the single most used word to describe US teams on the world stage is "athleticism." Which means that our players are known for being able to run a game to death and dominate in the air, and, at times, overcome more skilled teams with physical ability.
The other word that's used is "naive," as in having little understanding of how to react and adjust to the game on their own. And that's because the one thing we lack, more than other nations, is touch, the ability to control the ball, relieve pressure, and organize an attack. Better athletes, at this point, is not the problem. It's their development in youth soccer that too often (and this is getting better) emphasizes athleticism as the path to winning, rather than the development of the skills of touch, control, and thought, that most coaches think have to be in place by 10 or 12.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with this. He has the||
I agree with this. He has the right ideas for the reshaping of US soccer institutionally but he's a bad tactician. This was hidden at Germany because he had Jogi Lowe as his assistant. It was evident at Bayern.
My hope would actually be that JK's kept on but that Andy Moeller, his main tactical assistant, is sent packing. Moeller coached the U-23s and their games against Columbia had exactly the same scared tactical approach that we had against Argentina. And that approach was, in part, about tactics... sending out a team designed to destroy without the possibility of possessing the ball even a little bit under pressure.
Ultimately, Klinnsman's to blame for the tactics his teams employ, but Moeller's the one drawing them up.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This could be a case of the||
This could be a case of the US media being totally unfamiliar with the rampant rumor mongering of the British football press, though. There are numerous papers in the UK that will print wild rumors with only the barest suggestions of interested parties, or completely on their writers own supposition of what might happen.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Jesus. This is the worst case||
Jesus. This is the worst case starting lineup.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That is a crazy side of the||
That is a crazy side of the bracket. Spain, Italy, Germany, France, England. Wow
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||I just don't see how you can||
I just don't see how you can slot a 17 year old, no matter how talented, into the main playmaking position on the field, particularly when that's not where he plays for his club. I'd love to see him start, but up on the left wing or as a secondary forward (the Wood position). As a #10, you're ladling too many responsibilities onto him and are likely to get a bad performance, rather than giving him a simple assignment (run the wing and work inside to the channels) that frees him up.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This Croatia team has a||
This Croatia team has a decent chance to win the whole tournament. A lot of phenomenal players and Modric is just on a different level right now.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||And it really sucks that||
And it really sucks that Wood's card occurred on an improper restart by the referee. Jones hadn't yet left the field after getting sent off.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This is what I'm hoping for.||
This is what I'm hoping for. It allows Johnson to drop back to help Besler (and he's going to need help) but free enough to move forward when US has possession. Nagbe's better in the middle than out on the wing. Beckerman allows Zardes a little more freedom to try to attack. And it leaves Pulisic, then Wondo, available to come on as subs if we need a goal.
Don't know what Wondo would add to the team as a starter, other than getting in Dempsey's way. He's certainly not one to make the kind of runs that Wood was making and not the kind of player that's going to be particulalry effective on the break.
I fear that we're going to see Wondo, Zusi, Beckerman.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Pulisic is a promising player||
Pulisic is a promising player and has probably seen more early success (at least in Europe) than any other US player, but I don't think you can give him his first start in a fairly unfamiliar position against Argentina in a semi. I favor starting him, but I don't think you can slot him into the main playmaking role. Given the options, I think I'd favor a 4-3-3, with Pulisic and Zardes flanking Dempsey (midfielf of Bradley, Johnson, and Nagbe). The more negative version is Johnson and Zardes flanking Dempsey and a midfield of Bradley, Zusi, and Beckerman.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||He waited too long to sub and||
He waited too long to sub and then he subbed as if it were 11 v. 11. Beckerman's a great defensive sub with everyone on the field, as he does well defensively in tight spaces, but with the game more open, he would have been better off going with someone with more speed.
He's been good on the tactics from kickoff, and starting Besler instead of Orozco (shifting FJ to the right) was an unexpected and effective call.
It'll obviously be interesting to see what he does with all the changes he's forced to make. My faint hope is that Wood's card gets rescinded because it happened after an improper restart (Jones was still on the field). I really hope he doesn't go Beckerman, Wondo, Zusi. There's just not enough quality there to try to spring counters. I'd keep Besler in, shift FJ into the midfield in Jones's free role and insert Nagbe in Bedoya's role and, I guess Pulisic if Wood can't play. That's not his best role but Wondo seems purely to be a late game desparation move.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Or square it to Wood at the||
Or square it to Wood at the penalty spot. That play kind of sums up Bedoya. Lots of hard work and running but without the quality to really change the game.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||While Fox is terrible, the||
While Fox is terrible, the camera work isn't their fault, as they're using the international feed that goes out to all countries
|6 weeks 1 day ago||He is suspended if the card||
He is suspended if the card stands. There is a hope the US could get it rescinded on appeal, because the card happened on an improper restart, as Jones hadn't yet left the field from being sent off. I think it depends on whether the card was given because a tactical foul or for unsporting behavior.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Sterling better be sure his||
Sterling better be sure his track suit fits well because he's not taking it off the rest of this tournament
|6 weeks 3 days ago||In totally unsurprising news,||
In totally unsurprising news, clashes between England and Russian fans in the streets of Lille.
The Guardian updating ... https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jun/15/euro-2016-hit-by-fres...
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Wow, that's a pretty||
Wow, that's a pretty surprising development. Neither was great in the first game but those are, arguably, France's two most talented players.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Eh, I'd say the potential for||
Eh, I'd say the potential for loss is actually much greater than gain if you start putting totally inexperienced players on your back line.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||For those who haven't seen||
For those who haven't seen it, Fellaini's gone blond for the tournament.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Both teams did come out to||
Both teams did come out to play, unlike, say, Northern Ireland, but given the other teams in the group and the structure of the tournament, both really needed 3 points if they want to go through as a 3rd place team.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Yikes. Ireland player lucky||
Yikes. Ireland player lucky to stay on the pitch. That was an orange tackle. Studs exposed into the ankle.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Great, if unfortunate, finish||
Great, if unfortunate, finish by Clark into his own net.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Have they found any real||
Have they found any real outside backs or are they doing the same 4 CB backline they played at the World Cup?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This is a big turn around||
This is a big turn around from the Ireland team at the last Euros, who were utter crap.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This game has been||
This game has been surprisingly action packed.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'm kind of surprised he||
I'm kind of surprised he hasn't already resigned. Knowing the CBF, they'll probably go through two more managers before the Olympics.
If they don't win the Olympics, it might be the last straw needed for them to finally go outside of Brazil for a manager.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Almost none of those. Most of||
Almost none of those. Most of the guys that we've seen (save Morris and Green) have hit developmental peaks that are subpar at the international level.
Mix has been flat bad in MLS. Gonzo seems to be fifth choice right now and Miazga will hopefully knock him further down. See if Jozy can go 4 months without doing his hammy before trusting him. We've got loads better options than Shea on the wing. Let's see Green get actual first team minutes as a professional.
Id be thinking Miazga (if he gets a loan, don't see him getting much time at Chelsea the ext couple years), Gil, Hyndman, and Kiesewetter are at the head of the line but it's really about who develops. Big issue, as always, is lack of outside backs.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Copa||
The Copa, by the way, has the worst possible tie-breaking procedure. Penalties right after regulation, no extra periods, except in the final. Have no idea why.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||It's an interesting idea that||
It's an interesting idea that is at least worth trying over a few tournaments (like the Golden Goal was). It would force teams to send numbers forward and thereby open up counterattacking possibilities.
Far too often the extra-time thought process seems to be "if we can get a smash and grab goal by sending 3 guys into the attack, great, but let's at least make sure we get to the shoot-out by keeping 6-7 guys back."
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I read that as "we'd be happy||
I read that as "we'd be happy coming out of that game with a tie" and therefore expected the US was going to set up to defend, but you may be right.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||It's the US's best lineup||
It's the US's best lineup when the US has possession. Defensively, Bradley has a tendency to chase too much when he plays in front of the defense, which takes away from his role screening the center backs. I could see starting with Beckerman against Columbia just to provide more defensive discipline while going with the lineup above in the last two group games.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I think the point he's making||
I think the point he's making is that in a pay to play club/academy system, talented kids whose folks lack money end up playing high school soccer where they see really limited development, or even have their development harmed by Route 1 tactics.
I forget all the details of Dempsey's story, but I think he got a scholarship to play club soccer in Dallas but it involved his parents doing some kind of hellacious 150 mile communte from East Texas.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I think there are two things||
I think there are two things here.
1. Teams stalling with the lead, which I agree, refs should be better about cracking down on. It usually has to be pretty egregious before they indicate they're adding time. (I think they informally do this to a certain extent ... it's why second halves almost always have more added time).
2. Normal stoppages of play for the ball out of play or free kicks. Those are regarded as part of the game and I on't think there's any need to regularly have 10 minutes of added time per half because of balls out of play and free kicks. I generally think the length of the halves is about right as they're currently played.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||It's not like fast breaks are||
It's not like fast breaks are absent in soccer. Rapid counterattacks became the main weapon against ball dominant teams like Barca. Counterattacking fast break goals were essentially what allowed Leicester City to win the premier league this year.
Without offside, you'd just have teams parking 1 or 2 forwards in each penalty area and just booting the ball as far as they could when they got possession. The game would essentially look like a tired pickup basketball game, where guys aren't bothering to get back on defense. Which is the antithesis of exciting.
The offside rule actually allows the fast break. It means that counterattacks are about timing the pass to players making runs at speed toward the last line of defense.
All of these goals are, in part, products of the offside rule.
As is the most famous goal in US soccer history.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||But that threatens the kind||
But that threatens the kind of niggling time keeping that makes college basketball and NBA so painful, i.e. When did the ball go out... How much time was on the clock when the ball went out? Did the ref stop the clock in time? It's actually much more straightforward to let the ref keep the time
|8 weeks 3 days ago||American sports are fixated||
American sports are fixated on "ball in play" as the measure of timing. Soccer just has a different relationship to time. And things are still happening on the field during a throw in or free kick... guys are making runs, the defense is organizing itself, etc.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||It doesn't make sense if||
It doesn't make sense if hockey and basketball are the standard. It does if you regard soccer as a different sport with a different relationship to time.
The clock in soccer has always been regarded as less an exact timer than a guideline for the ref. It's part of the sport that the ref has discretion as to when the match ends. It's a fundamental part of his authority. Indeed, putting up the sign board with the time added on is a relatively recent addition.
Plus, it gives everyone another chance to yell at the ref.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||The ref is not supposed to||
The ref is not supposed to adjust the game time for throw ins or prompt restarts. It's only adjusted when he judges teams to be wasting time, for goals and substitutions, and for injuries. Normal stoppages of play don't require him to add time.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||The Golden Goal rule changes||
The Golden Goal rule changes because studies showed that even fewer goals were scored in extra times, as teams went even more defensive to avoid conceding a goal that would end the game. The current rule makes for extra times that are wildly entertaining when one team scores, as the losing team throws everything forward and opens itself up for counterattacks.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||That's why the proposals for||
That's why the proposals for selecting the research teams went through the NIH's double blind peer review evaluation process. That the NFL didn't like the result of the review speaks to their attempt to engineer a favorable study, not the predicting ideas of BU's researcher
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Penn State has an enormous||
Penn State has an enormous inferiority complex. It manifests itself as a persecution complex.
Many Penn State fans believed they would totally dominate the Big Ten and the reality has been anything but. To explain it, they've blamed various conspiracies (from Michigan favoring "Referines" to a league office supposedly biased against them to the supposed attempt to besmirch Paterno). Even their new slogan ... "unrivaled" ... speaks to an inferiority complex.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||And the T'wolves never even||
And the T'wolves never even made the playoffs with him as their best player. I don't think it's ever been shown that a team can win with Love as their best player
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'll bet you knew/had Western||
I'll bet you knew/had Western Dave for sure.
I've met Kevin a couple times at conferences as we're in the same field (20th century US). He seemed terrific and totally down to earth, unlike lots of folks of simular prominence.
Fine was a terrific storyteller as a lecturer. Learned a lot about how to structure lectures from him.
It was a rough class to GSI, though. It always filled, which meant 75 students in 3 sections and there was a killer combination of a 15 page paper followed a week later by the final. You essentially had to grade for about 10 hours a day 10 days straight.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I have a UM history phd||
Yeah, I have a UM history phd and teach at the university level. I actually GSI'd for Fine during one of his last years at UM (it was his 50th year of teaching, '98 maybe)?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Boyle did his PhD at||
Boyle did his PhD at Michigan, though (under Sydney Fine), so it's kind of a full circle.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Things turned out pretty well||
Things turned out pretty well for Iowa (apart from the Rose Bowl).
|12 weeks 5 days ago||It's pretty good. Very||
It's pretty good. Very watchable with the main drawback being that the least interesting characters are the two leads.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Add last year's Florida||
Add last year's Florida offensive disaster to this pile of anti-Nuss evidence.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Burgess either missed that||
Burgess either missed that game entirely or went out after giving it a try, but there was an additional injury in the secondary, I'm pretty sure it was Adams going down with a knee on that terrible resodded field. And that defense, for all it's strength, really only had 5 guys that played in the secondary (Hall, Trent, Adams, Ryan Mundy and Brandent Englemon). With Adams out, they were stuck playing base against a team that played at least 3 WRs as their base offense.
And you could fault English for not developing more depth during the year, but when you look at the roster, there's just not a lot there. The only backups in the secondary that would go on to contribute in future years were Jonas Mouton and Stevie Brown, and those guys were both freshmen that would have to move to LB to see the field.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||For what it's worth, US||
For what it's worth, US Soccer now bans headers until U-14. Any headers result in a dead ball restart for the other team
|13 weeks 3 days ago||This is a great answer. At||
This is a great answer. At least under Borges, for all his faults, we had exciting offensive performances (Devin vs OSU) interspersed with the 27 for 26. Nussmeier, after all the hype, ran a tremendously boring offense that seemed to consist of nothing but a bunch of 4 yard crossing routes.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||English shoulders a lot of||
English shoulders a lot of blame for the inability in developing a plan to defend the spread, but there was an injury early in the OSU game (Jamar Adams maybe?) that totally screwed what was an already sparse secondary due to recruiting failures. I think the alternative to walking Graham out over Gonzalez was to insert Johnny Sears. When the question is "Should I play Chris Graham or Johnny Sears?" it doesn't really matter what the answer is.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||You're right that many||
You're right that many grounds were fundamentally unsafe, but the South Yorkshire police made a huge number of negligent decisions that created the crush on the terraces. And there were some tragedies where the fans were to blame, like Heysel. This wasn't one of them.
Read the inquest report that came out today.
-Appointing a new police superintendent 10 days before the FA semifinal.
-The failure of that superintendent to familiarize himself with the management procedures for a facility that had three previous crush incidents during FA semifinals during the previous decade.
-A decision not to close the pens once capacity was reached, as had been previous practice.
-A failure to delay the start of the match once there was a crush situation near the turnstyles outside and a decision to open an exit gate, creating the situation inside.
-Preventing the vast majority of ambulences from reaching the pitch.
And then decades of ass covering and blame shifting.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I think there's already a||
I think there's already a Jamie Vardy biopic in some level of development.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think this quite gets||
I don't think this quite gets Leicester's strategy. They rarely put 10/11 behind the ball. They've been leaving Vardy and Mahrez or Okazaki up the field to drive the counter when they turn the ball over in the midfield. And they play high press too, their first goal against Swansea came when Mahrez forced a dumb pass that he intercepted (with his elbow, shhh) and slotted home.
They don't want to possess the ball, like, at all. I think they're last in the league in possession stats. But they're thrilling on the counter. When they turn teams over, they spring into attack, with Vardy using his speed in the channels and Mahrez playing up the flank.
I do think that Tottenham is more interesting, in they've got more varied players, but Leicester is terrifically efficient in their ability to spring out of defense into attack and to finish.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I imagine the Olympic model||
I imagine the Olympic model would essentially mean allowing student-athletes to control the marketing of their own likenesses, and therefore wouldn't involve Title IX at all, because the benefits would not be provided by an entity receiving federal educational funds but from a private business.
It might, however, mean that ads with student-athletes couldn't feature the block M or the logos associated with other universities. How such marketing would interact with, say, university appearal contracts is another matter.
At the least, it would elminate conflicts like those that occurred with Jeremy Bloom, where a football player who was also a world class freestyle skier couldn't accept the sponsorships vital to being a pro skier, or when Darnell Autrey of Northwestern in the 1990s wanted to appear in a movie as he pursued an acting career.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||And it really depends where||
And it really depends where you are in the country. If you're in Phoenix, which relies on old dirty coal plants located up on the Navajo Reservation for a lot of electrical generation, then an electric car is going to be less green. If you're in the Pacific Northwest, which relies on hydro, it's going to be greener. Michigan's largely a mix of coal, nuke and natural gas, but has seen a boom in wind over the past 6-7 years.
Here's Michigan's energy map and profile
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Gained tremendous new respect||
Gained tremendous new respect for Wright for crediting Archidiacano for the last play, essentially saying, "we put it into his hands and trusted him to make the right decision" rather than pointing to the play design (which was also terrific, it was the baseline in bounder who hit the shot).
Love it when coaches trust their players to play rather than playing into the "genius coach" thing that's rampant in college basketball.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Agree on the general point||
Agree on the general point about reviews and that the reffing at the tournament was, as usual, below the level of the play itself, but the refs were checking to see if there was any time left on the clock, not whether he got it off. Similar to Chatman's 3 against Indiana.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Ah yes, the pick and roll. A||
Ah yes, the pick and roll. A gimmick for 70 years
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Ferns||
Out of all the (thankfully minimal) departures, Michael Ferns is the biggest mystery. As an early commit, he was one of the main recruiters for his class. Just looking at the roster, he had to expect that he'd have a very good shot at starting in 2016, and yet he transferred one year into the program. Granted, that was one of the most painful years in program history, but his departure has never really made sense to me. Maybe plain unhappiness at being far from home is the best explanation.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Let's never, ever allow Irvin||
Let's never, ever allow Irvin to shoot from the right side of the floor next year.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Pitt's on a whole different||
Pitt's on a whole different level for them, because PSU killed the rivalry game with Pitt, with Paterno essentially claiming that PSU was to good to schedule a regular game on any basis other than 2 home games for every away game.
Losing to Temple was embarassing, losing to Pitt would be a whole different level, particularly given their deeply stupid "unrivaled" slogan.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
Yep, and it's their second game of the season, on the road, breaking in a new QB, a new offensive system, and three new Dline starters.
I want Franklin to stay but I so want them to lose that game just to watch the reaction. How about they lose to Pitt but beat OSU and MSU to save his job....
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Franklin||
Looking at their schedule this year, I'd think he'd be in pretty hot water if they lost to Pitt away and failed to beat UM, MSU, or OSU (the latter two are at home).
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Martin-type figures are at||
Martin-type figures are at the center of a lot of AAU ball and Michigan, because of the precedent of the Martin scandal and because of Belein's professional ethics, won't go near them. The root of Belein's recruiting difficulties are his refusal (with the support of university administrators) to engage with the corrupt world of AAU "grassroots basketball."
For example, the main AAU guy in DC (the "GM" of DC Assault) was sentenced to 100 months in prison a couple years ago for cocaine and heroin distribution. Here's a snippet of si's story on him...
Malone "controlled so much talent that coaches recruited his players, hired his coaches and overlooked his past indiscretions. Three of 10 recruited scholarship players on the Duke roster in 2010–11 were from D.C. Assault. “I think everyone was shocked,” says Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski of Malone’s drug-dealing career. “How would you know that? I feel bad for the family. He’s been a great father to Nolan.”
But some weren’t shocked. When he was coach at Maryland, Gary Williams refused to deal with Malone, telling his assistants that he wasn’t going to deal with a drug dealer. “I know what he is,” Williams, who declined to comment for this story, told The Washington Post in 2009.
To get access to Malone’s players, a college would often have to hire Assault coaches, and this just extended Malone’s power and reach. Nearly a dozen Assault coaches have joined college staffs in the last decade. Mark Turgeon, who replaced Williams with the Terps in 2011, immediately hired Hill from Kansas State. Turgeon declined to comment to SI, but this gave Maryland, Under Armour’s flagship Division I basketball program, access to Under Armour’s top AAU program."
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I just don't know if you can||
I just don't think you can take the eras as occuring on equal footing though, though, given both how Michigan's administrators reacted to the Martin scandal and how recruiting's changed.
The cloud that surrounded Michigan basketball, and that led to the Ellerbe and Amaker eras, has colored the choices that Michigan's administration has made toward basketball recruiting, particularly with an emphasis on utter cleanliness on the recruiting trail. And this occured during an era of dramatic change in recruiting, with connections to shady AAU brokers and the rise of the one and done era.
I think Belein's carrying out the wishes of Michigan's administrators, who are clearly not willing to do what even a school like Duke is willing to do in terms of subsidizing AAU coaches in various ways. And those decisions cut out a good number of the truly elite recruits.
Belein has clearly missed out on the limited number of elite prospects he's had a chance to recruit recently (Jaylen Brown, the kid who decommitted for Syracuse) but he's also competing with significant restrictions that are both of his own ethical determination and that meet the demands of folks in the administration who felt very burned.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||His cap hit would be 2.5||
His cap hit would be 2.5 million if OKC picks up his 4th year. Given that they'll be trying to resign both Durant (if he reups on a 1-year as most people expect) and Westbrook, that might be significant (though with the exploding cap number in the next two years, it won't be nearly as much as it once was).
Regardless, he needs to get out of there because he's unlikely to see a meaningful increase in playing time unless there's an injury to one of the guys in front of him.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Bad fit||
It really sucks that McGary went to the Thunder. I have no idea why they have held onto him.
It's hard to tell if he hasn't developed at all or if he's just stuck behind Adams and Kantor (on a team that's going to play Ibaka at the 5 and Durant at the 4 in crunchtime, anyway).
But he's not playing at all and it's hard to imagine OKC picking up the option on his contract after next year. His agent should really be pushing for any kind of trade they can get.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Given he's got a job waiting||
Given he's got a job waiting at his dad's slumlord business, doubt he's got anything to worry about. This seems like a clear case of apple ... tree.
|18 weeks 5 hours ago||I had a friend who was an||
I had a friend who was an assistant prof on the ND faculty when the previous expansion was being discussed, and he described a fairly even split among faculty about joining the Big 10 that broke along the lines you describe.
Faculty who saw the institution primarily as a liberal arts school, particularly people who were both faculty and clergy, saw it endangering ND's mission. Others saw it as a tremendous opportunity to mesh the liberal arts and research, with increased funding and cooperation providing new scholarly opportunities for faculty and students. My friend thought it was a lost opportunity created by ND's overly insular nature and self-regard. (He's since left for another position, largely because South Bend is a tough place to be young junior faculty).
|18 weeks 5 hours ago||For what it's worth, Notre||
For what it's worth, Notre Dame is not an AAU member, and they just joined for hockey. They're the first institution to become part of the Big Ten in any capacity that's not in the AAU.
IIRC, the earlier invitation for ND to join in all sports (in the early 2000s) would have required them to beef up graduate programs and apply for AAU membership. I'm guessing the current hockey only arrangement doesn't have this requirement.
I wouldn't be surprised that, if there is further expansion, the Big Ten and the CIC (the academic component) are formally separated so that institutions could join the athletic conference without being incorporated into the academic consortium.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||"they were like 100 to 200||
"they were like 100 to 200 years away"
Those are some very, very custom guns.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||That hardly describes how||
That hardly describes how Iowa plays. Sure, they have Woodbury, but they're primarily an up tempo team that relies on a lot of drive and kick, with their wing guys alternately slashing and shooting 3s.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Can't play Donnal and Wagner||
Can't play Donnal and Wagner together in Belein's offense. The spacing doesn't work
|19 weeks 5 days ago||This is right on about the||
This is right on about the changing place of the 4 in modern basketball.
We're not seen the advantages because of Irvin's struggles after back surgery and also because our ball movement/offensive flow hasn't been great. One of the things you see in the NBA, even with the shorter shot clock, is bigger 4s being run through 3 and 4 pick and rolls a possession. Combined with ball movement that switches the point of attack quickly around the court, big 4s struggle to hedge and recover and can get caught in bad switches.
Too often, we only run 1 or 2 pick and rolls a possession, which doesn't stress the defense much, and stay on one side of the floor (Dakich is really good at pointing this out) which limits the amount of space defenders have to cover. We also lack players other than MAAR and Walton that can take advantage of bad switches by beating guys off the dribble. (This is where losing Caris really hurts). We've also got a bunch of subpar defenders, which limits the ability of such a lineup to extend pressure up the floor.
In short, the philosophy behind the system is sound, but it's not being run to its optimal ability and it's being run by players with limited skill sets. That's in part due to injury, in part to recruiting, in part to coaching.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Sure, but that weakens their||
Sure, but that weakens their argument about why they won't hold the game on a day other than NYD.
Essentially, the Rose Bowl's instransigence is the major problem keeping the semi-finals off New Year's Day, and they're only able to be intransigent because the Big 10 and Pac 12 back them up.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||They're probably not idiots.||
They're probably not idiots. They almost certainly know that the best situation is to play the playoff games on NYD. They're stuck since the Rose Bowl (and Sugar, I guess) refused to move off its customary time (unless it's a Sunday, of course).
They had essentially four options.
1. Award the semis to the Rose and Sugar every year, awarding the championship game on rotation to the remaining 4 bowls.
2. Saying "screw you guys" and counterprograming the Rose and Sugar with the semis on NYD.
3. Choosing the current situation.
4. Wrapping the semis around the Rose Bowl in years it didn't have the rights to them, ie one semi at 1 EST, Rose at 4:45, second semi at 8:30. (This is the best option, if the Sugar wasn't wedded to its time, which it shouldn't be b/c it's in a dome and isn't tied to the Parade of Roses, which I don't care about but a lot of people seem to).
#3 sucks for everyone who's not on a bowl committee, but unfortunately, the people that voted were people on bowl committees and their collaborators in the conferences. They weren't being idiots, though, they chose the option that didn't totally screw anyone in the room, even though it did screw over the viewers (and college football, more broadly)
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I don't understand the||
Yeah, I don't understand the Rose Bowl's position:
"Our time at 4:30 on NYD is sacrosanct, we can't possibly move it" vs. "We do not play the game on a Sunday" seems incongruous.
It's probably an artifact of old blue laws in Pasadena, but I doubt they're in effect for anything now (except for apparently the Parade of Roses/Rose Bowl.)
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Curious to see if the Spurs||
Curious to see if the Spurs can keep their bigs on the court against the Warriors' Draymon at center crunch time lineup. No one else has been able to beat them by going big this year, but ... Pop.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Why not this?||
|22 weeks 1 day ago||It's because the efforts to||
It's because the efforts to celebrate secessession and the Conferderacy have long attempted to obscure the rationale that motivated it. Which was, as clearly stated in the declarations of secession and the Confederate Constitution, the preservation of slavery.
No one's asking folks in the South to obscure all southern history before the civil war, they're raising objections to the moonlight and magnolias portrait that held slavery was a benevolent institution. Indeed, these objections are asking white southerners to come to terms with the facts of their states' histories. They're objection to telling Mississippi's history in a way that says that those fighting to keep 37% of the state's population enslaved were somehow engaged in a noble battle for freedom.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Slavery's not only a southern||
Slavery's not only a southern story, though the Lower Mississippi Valley did have the highest concentration of millionaires in the nation at the time of the civil war. It's also a story of American capitalism. Almost every insurance company in the US at the time sold insurance on slaves. Banks allowed slaveowners to take out mortgages on slave bodies. Northern mills ran on cotton produced in the slave south.
This is because slaves were the single largest financial investment in the nation. To give a sense of the centrality of slavery to the American economy, the estimated value of slaves at the time of the civil war was $3.5 billion, more than the value of the nation's manufacturing and railroads combined.
This is a great article on the history of the American economy on the eve of the civil war.
Here, Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the books that reshaped his understanding of slavery's econmics.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||If the governor of||
If the governor of Mississippi could come up with ways to articulate southern pride that included black people as part of the South I don't think anyone would have a problem with it.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||UM's enrollment, by||
UM's enrollment, by comparison, is 4.6% black, with a statewide population that's 14.2% black.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Both resigned||
Without going into whether there was a reason for them to quit, a discussion which will devolve rapidly, they both resigned, so their grounds for any suit would be super dubious.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Highly recommend parts one||
Highly recommend parts one and two as well. The stuff in part 2 with the lift dismounts is totally bananas, as is the end.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Hill||
Don't think you can afford to redshirt Hill when M's losing our top 3 corners and potentially Peppers. He's got to be prepared to start as a sophomore, which means getting him some time this year.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||People always focus on||
People always focus on concussions, because they're the most obvious injury on the field of play, but most of the CTE research points to repetitive subconcussive head contact, the kind that happens on the line or when making many tackles that don't result in concussions, as the main issue.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I would imagine this gets||
I would imagine this gets worked around by referencing a subspecialty within whatever degree program the guy would be entering, ie MBA with an emphasis in corporate restructuring (or whatever you want to fill in there that UM has and UT doesn't).
Still, good for the Ross admission committee. The only issue I've ever had with the grad rule is whether it screws with the norms of the grad programs that the person would be entering.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Transition, ref behind the||
Transition, ref behind the play, Robinson came down on the ball when Stone was going up to finish on the break, that kind of play usually involves the defender getting arm.
In other words, like a lot of bball reffing, the ref guessed based on what he thought likely happened. And as happens in about 10% of those plays, it didn't and the call was wrong. But that's almost certainly why he called it.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||You clearly don't read the||
You clearly don't read the edge of the interwebs-Badgers version, a place full of cheerleaders pregnant by Barry (ick), Bo's mistresses, shirtless Bielma passed out on the floor of State Street Brats, and Paul Chryst being utterly unremarkable.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Confirmed that he was the||
Confirmed that he was the returner on the last punt.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Obviously avoiding the staph||
Obviously avoiding the staph infections that inevitably follow Schiano.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||You know he's coming off back||
You know he's coming off back surgery, right? A bad back will really screw with the coordination of a jump shot, not to mention the ability to go in and bang for rebounds. He's probably not going to be completely right all season.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||This is the best I've seen||
This is the best I've seen Donnal play.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Borges>Nuss||
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Boosters likely get a giant||
Boosters likely get a giant tax deduction for their donation, so this kind of thing does have a social cost, in terms of tax revenue and/or other potential charitable giving.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||English||
Carr had already replaced Herrman with English between the 2005 and 2006 seasons. It was a wild soap opera. English briefly took a job coaching the Bears secondary before Carr lured him back by offering him the DC job (and helping Herrman find an NFL landing spot).
If it happened now, it would have broken the Michigan interwebs.
A journey back to the haloscan days when the headlines were in unreadable highlighter yellow...
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Peppers||
Julius Peppers is the best comparable. 6'7". 287. Packers pretty successfully transitioned him to OLB from DE. He's a total athletic freak, though, far more than even Taco.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||OLB/ILB||
Think of it not as 4 LBs, but 2 OLBs/2 ILBs. OLBs need to provide edge rush, set the edge and be able to play in space a bit more than the buck in the current scheme. ILBs are traditional LBs, ability to blitz a bonus.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||And will have had the||
And will have had the opportunity to build relationships with coaches at the big high school programs in Florida, which always provided Nebraska with key players. Given they're likely stuck with Riley for at least two years, getting Frost HC experience in Florida is kind of a best case scenario for Nebraska long-term.
|35 weeks 3 hours ago||If anyone, I'd bet it's Ross.||
If anyone, I'd bet it's Ross. Coaches might want his ability to take on Olinemen releasing in space rather than Bolden's (and to a lesser extent Morgan's) tendency to eat blocks.
|35 weeks 4 hours ago||That Rutgers is putting||
That Rutgers is putting together a lengthy report about misconduct under Flood likely means that they're going to fire him for cause and try to avoid paying the buyout.
Call it "the Beckman."
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Will be interesting to see||
Will be interesting to see the LB snap distribution in UFR. Gideon seemed to get far more snaps than usual, and they started right after that play. Of course, that could have been the plan all along and I couldn't keep track of whether they were at Bolden or Morgan's expense. But it did seem like the coaches made an immediate change and went to, at least, an even distribution of snaps
|36 weeks 23 hours ago||It's going to come from 9||
It's going to come from 9 intentional safeties.
|36 weeks 23 hours ago||CyHawk belongs in some||
CyHawk belongs in some grandmother's glass fronted display case.
Land Grant belongs in a pile of scraps outside someone's woodshop.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||The SEC's in-conference||
The SEC's in-conference scheduling is really crazy.
They have 7 team divisions and 8 conference games with one fixed cross-over game. It both means teams very rarely play teams in the other division and makes for longterm competitive imbalance. It's surprising that the teams locked into a really difficult cross division game (particularly Tennessee with Alabama, but also Florida with LSU and vice versa) aren't pushing to expand the conference schedule to 9 games and do away with the FCS games.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Love all the SEC coaches||
Love all the SEC coaches explaining how altruistic they are by scheduling FCS teams.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||The Hurst thing is based on||
The Hurst thing is based on someone else's observation postgame. Don't actually know if it's true.
Indiana had 90 plays. That includes the OT, of course. But you're exactly right that the first quarter was the problem and that once you burn energy reserves, particularly for a quick twitch sport like football, it's really hard to recover.
FWIW, we went from 4th nationally in opponents plays faced to 23rd based on this game.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Not being able to get off the||
Not being able to get off the field in the first half hurt the D-Line a ton, too. You could tell that Henry, especially, was totally gassed in the 4th and Hurst was apparently so tired he couldn't play in the 4th.
So not only were they short-handed without Glasgow, but you had d-linemen facing probably twice the number of offensive snaps, even before OT, than they had in any game this year.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Freddie de Boer||
That Freddie disliked Grantland is a true measure of its quality. He's the same professional troll who wrote that Ta-Nehisi Coates wasn't ready to write for the Atlantic just as he started to blow up.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||DL vs OL||
Even if Allen, Conklin and Kieler can go, olinemen that are recovering from lower leg injuries vs this defensive line seems like a bad combo. Trying to anchor with a knee or ankle sprain against stunts from Godin, Glasgow, Henry, and Wormley all day appears .... difficult.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||That's crazy. What's the most||
That's crazy. What's the most hostile environment he's played in? Oregon? Nebraska?
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Running game||
IF, and it's a big if, UM can get the RBs to the second level with some regularity, I'm pretty confident in Harbaugh's and Drevno's ability to screw with the run fits of MSU's secondary and bust a couple of big runs, particularly since their LBs play in much the same way that NU's did last week, ie, see a key and go. If their DL is able to blow up the Oline, that won't matter, but if it's a stalemate up front, UM stands a good chance at having a significant rushing day (with a lot of 2-3 yard runs but with 3-4 20-50 yarders mixed in).
I expect to see a ton of pre-snap formation changes from UM to attempt to mess with MSU's defense and induce them into bad run fits.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||I think there are two||
I think there are two plausible arguments you could make about MSU's data being off:
1. You could argue that losing both Conklin and Kieler have depressed the run numbers and that they'll will be back in the starting lineup at something close to full strength, which will shore up MSU's ability to run and protect Cook. It's hard for me to believe that those two won't suffer some drop off in ability from being out so long if they do play, but it's a plausible argument.
2. You could argue that UM's not well positioned to take advantage of MSU's big defensive weakness in the secondary, with Rudock's struggles to push the ball down the field.
That said, Steele's argument, based on Dantonio's motivational ability, seems like a big heap of feelingsball for a stats guy.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||That's the major issue. If||
That's the major issue. If the NCAA remains with CBS, then The tournament would have to start after the Masters, which is the first weekend in April. A three week tournament puts the Final Four right into finals for a lot of schools. Can't see the university presidents going for that.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I've always assumed that the||
I've always assumed that the league saw UM, OSU and PSU as historically the best teams in the east and that their priority was ensuring that each team had a schedule that was home and away with the other two every year.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Maryland's recruiting area||
Maryland's recruiting area might seem better, but I think Oregon's actually in a stronger position. Oregon gets a huge portion of their recruits from California (39 on their current roster) where there's a huge population without many Power 5 programs in close proximity (essetially only the other Pac-12 schools), whereas Maryland has to compete against a huge number of more prestigious programs from three Power 5 conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 10) trying to pull players out of their recruiting area.
Essentially, Oregon's able to position itself as the best option for the just below elite players in California that don't get USC or UCLA offers, or that aren't interested in Stanford, for stylistic or academic reasons, but who still want to stay on the West Coast. That's a really rich recruiting area, where the only real other competition are the Arizona schools, Cal, and maybe UW.
|42 weeks 22 hours ago||They were also playing at 9||
They were also playing at 9 AM PDT.
|42 weeks 22 hours ago||Hey, now. Northwestern has||
Hey, now. Northwestern has TWO bowl wins.
The 1948 Rose Bowl (vs Cal) and
The 2012 Gator Bowl (vs. Miss St)
|42 weeks 1 day ago||#M00N||
I believe Siemian fell down on the potential game-winning 2-point conversion. #M00N was too terrible to be allowed to go into OT.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||I think that the Iowa faculty||
I think that the Iowa faculty senate voted no confidence in the regents, not in the new president, though they obviously don't have confidence in him.
This hire is like the Brandon story but deeply, deeply weirder. Like in the Brandon hire, there were 4 candidates, 3 with strong experience in the field (academic administration, in this case) and a 4th from the private sector.
Where it gets weird is that Brandon at least had plausible experience with the university, having served as a regent. People at the university at least knew who Brandon was. The new Iowa president has no background with Iowa nor has he ever had a role in a university setting other than adjuncting at Harvard BS. Where it gets weirder is that, while Brandon had extensive experience as a CEO of a relatively large and complex organization in Dominos, the Iowa guy was president, not CEO, of Boston Market and before that a v-p of IBM. And add in that the guy's essentially been a self-employed business consultant since leaving Boston Market and it's a completely incomprehensible hire for an important university (insert snarky Iowa jokes here).
I'm an academic who is open to bringing in university administrators from the private sector (as long as they dont demand private sector salary levels). This guy is beyond the pale because he's both lied and has clearly been hired as part of a political project on the part of the regents to transform the university, not to lead it.
EDIT: Just looked and the faculty senate did vote to censure the new president for "a failure in professional ethics" for innacuracies on his resume and for failing to list co-authors of papers that he credited to himself.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||The regents don't seem to||
The regents don't seem to realize how counterproductive this kind of thing is to any effort to change the university (and from my reading, they're clearly interested in dramatically expanding distance learning, and likely adjunctification, to try to cut costs). The faculty have authority over curricular matters as a matter of their shared governance of the university. No curricular transformation, which includes accepting distance learning credits toward majors, is going to happen if you don't have faculty buy in. It's impossible to get faculty buy-in when you foist a clearly unqualified choice that they've already told you is unacceptable on the university.
There's a way to pursue these changes that include the faculty as part of the shared governance of the university. As was the case at UVA, regents, largely those appointed from institutions that don't have experience in shared governance, are ham-handed (insert Iowa pork producers joke) in their attempts to impose such changes and they serve to increase resistance to change rather than to create it.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||She had many faults, but it's||
She had many faults, but it's at least partially to her credit that UM weathered the economic collapse of 2007-9 better than almost any other institution, public or private. When the UC system had required furlough days for faculty and staff, when Harvard and Yale had to open short term lines of credit to meet payroll, And when universities across the nation suffered deep cutbacks and cancelled innumerable faculty searches, UM went on relatively without a hitch, expanding programs and hiring new faculty when almost no other institution was.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Keep pushing that argument||
Keep pushing that argument that "a Michigan degree travels." It's not uncommon to see UM gear, car stuff, etc around the NYC metro area, whereas Auburn's pretty rare.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Which is how playing QB||
Which is how playing QB works. If your primary target is open, that's where the ball goes.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||The one time the public got||
The one time the public got to see the QBs in competition, at the practice open to students, almost everyone came away saying exactly what Harbaugh has said, namely that Rudock was the best QB and that it wasn't close.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||I think Boren's family also||
I think Boren's family also paid his way (which is the rule for infra-conference transfers, I believe)
|44 weeks 6 days ago||And yet, he probably made a||
And yet, he probably made a good decision for his development as a football player
|44 weeks 6 days ago||I think you mean "Since||
I think you mean "Since Rudock is a starting QB for Michigan, it's easy for grumpy bloggers to hate him."
|45 weeks 2 days ago||I think they're awful and||
I think they're awful and totally antithetical to the player centeredness that makes soccer unique.
They deemphasize fitness, which is so central to the sport. Unlimited substitutions don't force the difficult choice between saving subs for tactical switches vs. replacing a tiring player. They make tactical changes way too easy, and overemphasize in-game coaching in favor of allowing the players on the field to adjust among themselves. There's a reason that American players are generally regarded as tactically naive, it's that they're told what to do all the time and aren't allowed to develop tactical understanding.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Long quote from that||
Long quote from that article:
As a rookie, Rodgers' six substantial outings included a scrimmage against Buffalo, four exhibition games and the fourth quarter of a December night game in Baltimore.
He was brutal every time out.
In each of the exhibition games, Brett Favre started before turning it over to Rodgers. Until his 20th and final series, when the Packers scored a touchdown in Tennessee with the aid of a 33-yard penalty for pass interference, Rodgers had not generated a point. Sixteen possessions ended with punts, two on interceptions and one on a fumble.
If the No. 2 quarterback job had been awarded based on performance in training camp and games, it would have gone to Craig Nall hands-down.
Against the Ravens, Rodgers threw an interception, fumbled twice and was sacked three times.
As the 2006 draft drew near, Rodgers told NFL Network that he had heard the rumors of the Packers possibly selecting a quarterback with the No. 5 selection in a move that would likely end his career in Green Bay. Ted Thompson, the general manager who had drafted Rodgers with the No. 24 pick the year before, didn't rule it out.
A month before the draft, a panel of 18 personnel men were asked to compare Rodgers against that year's quarterback pool led by Matt Leinart, Vince Young and Jay Cutler. Not only didn't Rodgers draw any first-place votes, he had only one second and three thirds. Eleven scouts put him fourth, and three others even had him behind Brodie Croyle and Charlie Whitehurst.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||The prime example to back||
The prime example to back this notion up is Aaron Rodgers. Bob McGinn, who's the main Packers' beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has said numerous times that he thought Rodgers was going to be a total wash out after watching him practice and talking to scouts during his rookie and second seasons. It was only after a couple seasons in which he changed mechanics, studied the offense, and practiced as a backup that the light really went on for him.
Given the potential upside that a great qb can bring (a decade plus of playoff and championship contention) and the at least anecdotal evidence that playing too early on a bad team can harm a qbs development, I would think that more franchises would hold off on playing high picks so early.
And even if this article is totally off-base, the Michigan recruitment office should be circulating it to every high end offensive recruit that's considering UM vs. a spread team.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Don't forget that one of the||
Don't forget that one of the main people implicated when the story broke was Bill Clements, the governor of Texas (he had been head of smu's board of trustees).
|45 weeks 4 days ago||I think they actually have a||
I think they actually have a new president.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Harris||
Not really understanding the Dileo/Gallon analogy. Harris is like 6'4. With more weight, he's going to be a classic downfield receiver.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Bizarre situation that's very||
Bizarre situation that's very reminiscent of the Brandon hiring. Three candidates with deep experience in the demands and criteria of the job and the fourth candidate with no relevant experience gets hired. Strange changes in the search procedure late in the process.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Even 150 would be a pretty||
Even 150 would be a pretty bad sign. This is a defense undergoing a scheme change, with almost no returning starters and guys playing DE in a 3-4 that are at least 20 pounds under the ideal weight for those positions.
I'll feel good if we do something like 225 at somewhere north of 5 ypc. The backs should be able to bust multiple 15-20 yard runs.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||I agree about riding around||
I agree about riding around for pleasure on game day, but bringing a bike, parking 4-5 miles from the stadium and riding in might be a good option for the OP to get through the game day traffic. I would always ride in when I lived on the north side and it took a fraction of the time it would have taken to drive with the game day traffic. There are racks off Keech near the Facilities Service Building.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||To people's credit, we||
To people's credit, we haven't seen a team that gets better as the year goes on for a looooong time.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Capote was talking about||
Capote was talking about something different than historical fiction, though. He was talking about the kind of creative non-fiction that he helped to pioneer with In Cold Blood, where the author utilizes the tools of fiction writing, particularly conveying the interiority of characters (ie, their inner thoughts) based on the author's best guess of what they would have been. That's kind of the opposite of Bacon's practice.
And I still don't think it's a novel.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||The rumors I heard went||
The rumors I heard went further than this (which seems like standard practice, ie give to the AD, get benefits from the AD).
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Did you find any truth to the||
Did you find any truth to the rumors that Brandon's AD was attempting to poach donors to the university's academic programs and general development office?
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Great, now you've clued all||
Great, now you've clued all of our future opponents in to Green Ass Smack.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||If Thomas would have executed||
If Thomas would have executed his block, it would have helped. Booker, the guy he blocked, made the tackle.
|47 weeks 23 hours ago||It was Bolden. He overran the||
It was Bolden. He overran the play, missed the runner, and nailed Ojemudia right in the hip.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Think they were doing some||
Think they were doing some unbalanced line stuff in the first half to see how Utah reacted.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Poggi (when in) and Braden||
Poggi (when in) and Braden were the main offenders in the running game for what I've seen on second watch of some of the game. There were some good creases that were ruined when Braden got trashed or tossed aside. Poggi isn't good at targeting yet (understandably given the recent position switch). Wouldn't be surprised if Hill takes some more of Poggi's snaps. Impossible to know about the Dawson/Braden comparison without seeing practice.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Bolden seemed like weak link||
Bolden seemed like weak link in nickel. Overrunning plays or late to react. Would like to see more Ross as 2nd LB in that alignment
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Pitt wasn't looked at because||
Pitt wasn't looked at because of PSU. They didn't want in state competition within the conference
|47 weeks 2 days ago||From the initial skims of the||
From the initial skims of the opinion, it doesn't look like the judge got into the facts of the underlying conduct (other than putting quotation marks around "independent" every time he mentioned the Mills report). The grounds for overturning were three due process claims.
1. The NFL didn't properly inform Brady of the punishment he faced or what he was accused of.
2. The NFL didn't allow Brady's lawyers to question NFL lawyer Jeff Pash at the appeal.
3. The NFL didn't allow Brady's lawyers to examine the evidence against him.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Schedule dates after the||
Schedule dates after the Maryland game are wring, unless Big Ten really screwed us with games on back to back nights.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Nope. I'll join you on the||
Nope. I'll join you on the "Borges was better" bandwagon. I thought Nussmeier was a total bust. At least the offense under Borges was capable of occasional explosions. Under Nussmeier, it was nothing but a series of 8 yard passes thrown by QBs who looked unprepared and lacking confidence. Nothing at all to stretch the field.
And Bacon at least hints in his book that it was Nussmeier, rather than Brandon, who pushed to play Morris against Minnesota.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Another error||
He also writes that winning the 2012 OSU game (the 26-21 game) would have landed us a share of the divisional title, which is true as we would have tied Nebraska at 7-1, and a spot in the Big Ten championship game, which is false because Nebraska had clinched a spot the day before by beating Iowa.
FWIW, I think this is a minor, minor quibble in what is a highly entertaining and eye opening book.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||That was shocking. I though||
That was shocking. I though charging MPowered, a student group, more than $100k to use the Stadium Club for a weekend long event was even more shocking, though.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Given the balance issues||
Given the balance issues identified here, I have a hard time seeing Braden being successful as a pulling guard. Judging from the Stanford clips of the Baugh-fense, power is likely to be the key base play in the running game.