|23 hours 20 min ago||Ugh, I predicted 9-4 last||
Ugh, I predicted 9-4 last year, and comfortable wins over UConn and Akron. I did nail Gallon as 2nd in receiving in the conference behind Robinson (not that it was a difficult prognostication). Got reasonably close on Gardner going 3000 yards, 29 TDs, 13 INTs, 350 rushing, 8 TDs (he was 2960/21/11/483/11). Everything else was trash.
Nussmeier is good, certainly an upgrade over Borges, but not the godsend we are all hoping for. A simplified gameplan, and week-to-week consistency help everyone out, but the OL still has too many issues for this to be anything but an average-at-best offense.
Gardner is 2nd team All-B1G, finishing with 3100 yards passing and a 30/10 TD/INT split,and tacks on 400 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
Green and Smith split the vast majority of carries. Neither looks great, but both are serviceable. Green has 600 yards and 7 TDs (4.1 per carry), Smith has 500 yards and 5 TDs (4.2 per carry).
Funchess is a world beater. Despite drawing double (and occasionally triple) coverage on a routine basis, he is B1G WR of the year, bringing in 95 catches for 1450 yards and 13 TDs. Darboh uses those silly forearm muscles to take advantage of the single coverage offered by having Funchess opposite, making 45 catches for 700 yards and 6 TDs.
The OL is still bad, but they improve on a week-to-week basis, giving some hope for competency in 2015.
The defense plays well, but disappoints due to the sky-high expectations of the fan base. Clark leads the DL by registering 6.5 sacks. Ryan is back to his sophomore doom-bringing days, and brings nothing but chaos from the MLB spot, ending with 110 tackles, 15 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
The secondary is the disappointment. Peppers plays well, but people cool down a bit on the Woodson comparisons for the time being. Countess ends up being the true #1 corner this year, with Lewis and Taylor splitting duties on the other side as neither separates himself. Wilson is fine at the free spot, but hopes of having an impact from the strong spot are dashed as both Thomas and Clark play, but are liabilities.
Wile and Hagerup are both solid; both contend for All-B1G honors at their positions. Norfleet and Peppers split the KR duties, but neither break one. Peppers has the higher return average. Norfleet returns punts, and does get a return TD there.
Schedule wise - Michigan takes advantage of a fairly weak schedule, and starts 6-0. Though the record is good, there are obvious red flags on the team, especially off uncomfortable wins over Minnesota and Rutgers to start the conference season. Penn State, emotionally charged in their first big test of the Franklin regime, spoil the night for the 105k Michigan fans in attendance. The bye week comes at a good time, as a number of guys are dinged up. Unfortunately this doesn't help in East Lansing, as the Spartans continue their run of success in the series.
Without Tre Roberson to threaten the defense with his legs, the Indiana game gets easier, especially since they still do not possess a defense. Northwestern struggles to replace Colter's production, and doesn't find a true replacement for Mark. Both games are reasonably comfortable wins for the good guys. Maryland's array of receivers is a struggle to contain, and Michigan gets caught looking ahead to Columbus. Diggs pulls his best Lockett impression to get the upset. Barrett has struggles early on in the season, but by the middle of November he's comfortable with the playbook and reminds viewers of the junior version of Troy Smith. The OSU DL abuses the still middling OL, and though the rest of the OSU defense is still full of issues, Columbus celebrates yet another victory. Michigan ends up 8-4 in the regular season, and ends up in the Gator Bowl. They play Texas A&M, and win the game as Gardner refuses to go out on a bad note. Final record of 9-4, Hoke gets another year, and we all prep for life after dual-threat QBs.
|1 day 3 hours ago||They didn't pick MSU players||
They didn't pick MSU players for all 26 spots. INJUSTICE!
|2 days 4 hours ago||I'll be missing the Utah and||
I'll be missing the Utah and Rutgers games this year due to weddings. I missed the Iowa and Delaware State games in 2009 due to them. Fall weddings are the worst.
I almost missed the North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth Frozen Four games in 2011 when I was working/living in Sweden, until I realized that I could use my work laptop to VPN to one of our US servers to trick ESPN3 into letting me stream it.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Not all sites, obviously, but||
Not all sites, obviously, but I just googled "2015 NBA Mock Draft" and it seems pretty split between Okafor and Mudiay. Granted, it's normally difficult for a guard to go first since everyone wants giant and athletic forwards more than anything, so we'll see. Either way, he needs to find a team where he can play and not be some benchwarmer who's still trying to learn the game.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Mudiay is projected to be the||
Mudiay is projected to be the #1 pick currently. So really it's whether you think him going to Europe for a year would drop him out of the #1 spot.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Short's certainly is good,||
Short's certainly is good, but the only ones above it I'd consider inferior would be Revolution (good selection, but nothing really jumped off the page at me when I was there a few weeks ago), and maybe Goose Island (though their Bourbon County stuff is astounding). New Glarus is much like Short's, in that they don't distribute outside Wisconsin, but I would highly recommend picking up some of their stuff if you make it to Cheeseland.
Also, Three Floyds is an experience. Drove back from Milwaukee with my wife last Sunday from vacation, and we decided to grab lunch there since it's on our way. Death metal blaring out of the speakers, we got to watch a subtitled Planet of the Apes on the TV. But holy hell are their beers great. Apocalypse Cow is pretty much the best DIPA I've ever had.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh, went to Right Brain last||
Ugh, went to Right Brain last year with a few friends while on vacation in TC, and it was one of the worst breweries we've ever been to. A lot of their stuff was bad, as I think they're trying too hard to make really creative beers without having good base recipes to work with. Not only that, but some of their beers had that 'buttered popcorn' taste that tends to be indicative of an infection via not thoroughly cleansing their brewing equipment.
My favorite brewery we stopped at in TC was The Filling Station. They may not have the best array (at least as of last July), but each of what they had was very good. Of course, we stopped at Short's, which was fantastic, but not exactly TC.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||As good as Eichel is, I'd be||
As good as Eichel is, I'd be hesitant to call him the likely Hobey winner. BU is a fairly weak team, so he will end up being the centerpiece of their offense, which can be a lot of pressure for even the best freshmen. Teams will play to shut him down as a result.
I remember when Phil Kessel was entering college with similar hype, but in a much better situation at Minnesota, with a lot of predictions of him winning the Hobey. He ended up with 51 points in 39 games, which was very good, but he wasn't even a finalist for the Hobey. I'd predict one of the Miami guys (Czarnik or Barber) will end up with the award, though there's always an outside chance a goalie, such as Wilcox or Hellebuyck, has a great season and swipes it.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||This. I mean, the||
This. I mean, the Stanford-USC major upset from the same year comes up regularly, and now Stanford is better than USC and has won four of the last 5. Nobody cares that we were a win over OSU away from being in the Rose Bowl that year. Nobody cares that we beat Golden God Timothy Tebow in the Capital One Bowl.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||the 20+ rule||
That rule only applies to players coming out of the Canadian major junior leagues. NCAA players, US juniors, or Canadian juniors outside of the CHL are not protected by that rule.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'm going out on a limb and||
I'm going out on a limb and assuming it's a heterosexual marriage, so he's probably not that kind of friend.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Based on the crystal ball||
Based on the crystal ball thing at 24/7, it's looking like a UK/KU battle. Pretty sure he's stated that he's 100% leaving the state for college.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Where is Peppers?||
Where is Peppers?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||He only did it for one game||
He only did it for one game at a time, but I'm pretty sure this was part of his Breaking Madden series.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Pure coaching ability, he's||
Pure coaching ability, he's top 5. But he hasn't won a NC yet, so they'll hit him on that. What I'm wondering is how many NC-winning coaches does ESPN put above him? I could see them putting K, Izzo, Calipari, Donovan, Pitino, Self, Williams, and Boeheim ahead. Ollie might be too new to the scene, Brown and Fisher are too far removed from their titles, and Tubby Smith has been terrible since he left UK.
I can't see many coaches without a title to their name being ahead of Beilein. Possibly someone like Ryan or Matta, since they've had a lot of success recently. So I'll say they put a few of the non-NC coaches in as well, and Beilein slots in around the 10-15 range.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Agree, even down to the||
Agree, even down to the strong ties to a feminine color (Marie's love of everything purple vs. Iowa's pink visitor's locker room).
|14 weeks 1 hour ago||Surprised you didn't include||
Surprised you didn't include JMFJ in your list, considering he went 3rd overall in 2005.
|14 weeks 2 hours ago||I'm sitting here, laughing my||
I'm sitting here, laughing my ass off at all the Penguins media and fans, thinking that they're just gonna swoop into Detroit and haul Babcock back to Pittsburgh as if he's been dying to coach the Penguins his entire life.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I have a projector setup||
I have a projector setup (108") in my basement, and you absolutely want to get a high quality projector - 1080p or bust if you plan to watch movies or sports (I splurged for the Epson 8350 about 2.5 years ago when I bought my house, but there are cheaper options that would work reasonably well). And you need to not have ambient light, especially if you're looking at going cheap on the projector - I have blackout curtains for the lone set of windows that work really well.
I highly recommend projectors, since my entire setup (projector, screen, surround sound) was about $2k for what is effectively a very high quality 108" HDTV, and good luck finding one of those for that price. Plus it's great for hosting parties to watch sports/movies/shows, if you're into that kind of thing. You just need to take everything into consideration if you want to have something usable that's worth what the money.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||High school highlights are||
High school highlights are nice and all, but they're still just highlights. The college game is faster and has bigger players.
Also, I'm just trying to reign in my expectations.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Yes to Peppers playing||
Yes to Peppers playing safety. I've always thought that, if you can have an elite player anywhere in the back seven, a safety is the most dangerous. Maximize his impact in both the run and pass. I'd love to see him used similar to the way the Steelers use Polamalu (when he's not hurt) if his instincts pan out anywhere near his ceiling.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||When did Dennis Franklin||
When did Dennis Franklin start coaching Penn State?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||As long as the Penguins lose||
As long as the Penguins lose early, and preferably in a spectacular fashion, I'll be happy.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||1. Greatest event every year?||
1. Greatest event every year? Eh, not sure I can agree, but it's definitely top 5. Just too much else to compete with it, especially if Michigan is in a NC game for football, basketball, or hockey.
2. Greatest ever Masters performance is Tiger in 1997, but Sunday was a formality with no drama. These past two years with the playoff drama have been great, with some incredible shots (Bubba's 40 yard hook with a lob wedge, Cabrera's cold-blooded approach on 18 last year to force the playoff).
3. I'd like to see either Dustin or Rory win - probably Dustin with all the heartbreaks he's had, to pull through and win the big one would be nice. And Rory to atone for the atrocity that was his last 10 holes in 2011; he could have pulled a Tiger on everyone and just threw it all away.
4. I do think Rory pulls through and wins this week. Aside from Tiger, he's probably the most naturally talented player on the tour, and should be contending week in and week out. With two majors already in his pocket, he joins Phil in the "3/4 of the Career Grand Slam" club. And ignites some talk of him catching Tiger in career majors in the process.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||That seems to usually||
That seems to usually indicate that he and London had an agreement of sorts. I'd be incredibly surprised if he doesn't end up in the OHL.
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||To be fair, they have about||
To be fair, they have about as good a shot at Jackson as we do. Kid's almost assuredly leaving the state for college.
However, if you look at the other prospects with interest in MSU vs. those with interest in M, we better not get comfortable next year when they have a down year. Unless Izzo actually leaves (I'll believe he heads to the NBA the day after he coaches a game), they're not going anywhere because there's still a ton of interest from high-level basketball players in their program. And even if Izzo does leave? There will be plenty of interest in that job from some really solid coaches.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE||
WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE SEAT, BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED... THE EEEEEEDDDDDDGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEE!
|20 weeks 2 days ago||That Stauskas off the||
That Stauskas off the backboard one touch pass to Walton in the corner is just so remarkable. I can't stop watching it.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Complex does not imply that||
Complex does not imply that the plays were hard to guess. You can run 100% of the time and have a complex offense if it takes perfect execution and years of practice to run the play effectively. Unfortunately, at the college level, complex offenses don't tend to be successful because you rarely have the combination of talent and experience needed to run them.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Well, technically, Naz Long||
Well, technically, Naz Long was the difference as he didn't do anything, leading to his team losing...
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Unions are generally as||
Unions are generally as strong as the money at risk for the opposite side. For college sports, we're talking several billion dollars at stake when you factor in the revenue for the schools, conferences, and NCAA overall. There's a huge amount of power on the players' side; if they decide to strike en masse (unlikely, but theoretically possible), it won't be long until there are widespread changes to appease the players.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Very few athletes, especially||
Very few athletes, especially those in revenue-generating sports, truly utilize the value of a scholarship, and many of those are not exactly on their own accord. Look at our very own coaches trying to steer Da'Shawn Hand away from engineering because they deemed it "too much work to balance school and football." Look down the roster and see how many of the basketball, football, and hockey players are doing things like "sports management" or "general studies".
And what about walk-ons? What if we're at the 85 scholarship limit and another Kovacs shows up. Now he's paying $40k as an out-of-state student for tuition and housing, playing football for a team that has a profit of more than $60 million a year.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||At the risk of trashing their||
At the risk of trashing their APR, and as long as they can convince any kids to hop on board knowing the university has no problem firing kids for having a bad week of practice.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||On one hand, I'm happy for||
On one hand, I'm happy for the players, and I think it's completely justified given that they've been basically unpaid university employees for a very long time. However, the implications of this and the O'Bannon case could spell total doom for amateur athletics in the NCAA, which isn't fun.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||?||
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe because a lot of||
Maybe because a lot of parents of kids who are top-tier athletes in money-making sports like football and basketball see their kids more as meal tickets than wanting a classy coach. Hence the desire to play on glorified AAU teams like Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, UNC, etc.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Oiho: still better than Ohio.||
Oiho: still better than Ohio.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Stopped there on the way back||
Stopped there on the way back to Pittsburgh from vacation in Myrtle Beach on Friday. Food was pretty good and the beer selection was quite solid. Don't spend much time at all in Virginia, so it was nice to see a lot of VA micros available to sample.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||You mean Mike Pressler, who||
You mean Mike Pressler, who had players who were falsely accused of a heinous crime? To which the NCAA responded by granting all of the players free transfers because Duke themselves decided to cancel the season? I'm not sure what you're implying by bringing the lacrosse case into this.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||You play... to win... the||
You play... to win... the game.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Are we limiting it to the||
Are we limiting it to the hash marks, or do you actually expect teams to try to kick an XP from, essentially, the sideline if a touchdown is scored while leaping over a pylon?
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, unless you're well||
Yeah, unless you're well versed in the financial and legal side of everything that goes into these contracts, probably not the best idea to negotiate yourself. Especially in the land of unguaranteed contracts like the NFL has.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Balls to the face never||
Balls to the face never ceases to amuse.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Why isn't Izzo on the list?||
Why isn't Izzo on the list? The way he's fought through so much adversity, with all those injuries, and still has a shot at a split conference title if everything goes his way... it's just a spectacular coaching job.
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||Pretty sure||
Pretty sure www.nbcolympics.com is streaming everything in the Olympics it can.
|26 weeks 6 hours ago||Sweden up 2-1 at the end of||
Sweden up 2-1 at the end of 2. Olli Jokinen with the goal for Finland, and Loui Eriksson and Erik Karlsson score for Sweden.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Sweden with a huge mistake in||
Sweden with a huge mistake in the 9th end. 4-3 match, they have the hammer, and Canada scores 2 to go up 6-3.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I hope that game ruins the||
I hope that game ruins the psyche of Malkin and Ovechkin for the rest of this season. Those two played like garbage the whole tournament except the first 5 minutes against Slovenia in the first game.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I think, because of the||
I think, because of the endurance and athleticism required to pull off the moves they're required to do, it can be safely considered a "sport."
My issue with competitions that are "judged" is the lack of clarity when it comes to scoring. If the scoring was so clearly written out, I don't understand why sometimes the scoring has such a range to it amongst the judges. I also feel that reputation has far too much impact in the scoring. For example, in the men's half-pipe snowboarding, I thought Shaun White had a terrible second run in the finals, and still got higher than 90. He landed on the lip of the pipe twice, and while he didn't fall, I can't for the life of me figure out how that scored higher than some of the guys that hit the 80s without anything nearly as 'unappealing' to the average viewer. It just seemed like he got the benefit of the doubt since he is so widely considered the best snowboarder in the world.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Holy hell, Netherlands sweeps||
Holy hell, Netherlands sweeps the men's 10k speed skating, and have now won 20 speed skating medals so far - 19 in long track skating, 1 in short track. They lead the medal count and haven't even had to journey outside of the skating track.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||The IOC is ridiculous. Sure,||
The IOC is ridiculous. Sure, let's get rid of women's hockey due to competitive issues, but still insist on having table tennis in the summer games when China has won 24 of the 28 gold medals ever awarded, and 47 of 88 total medals.
You can't grow a sport if you give up on it before the competitive balance ever gets a chance to be seen.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||There's also the 3rd and 4th||
There's also the 3rd and 4th runs for the two-man bobsled, and the US team of Holcomb and Langton currently sit in 3rd, 0.04 seconds out of the silver medal.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, but he's also one of the||
Yes, but he's also one of the few skaters who is world-class at more than one distance (both 1000 and 1500). I think there's little doubt that Kramer is the top skater in the world right now, with the way he's dominated the 5 and 10k distances.
Davis has also admitted that he's noticed his age more this season, and on the slower ice in Sochi, every little bit is magnified.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Shani Davis will fail to||
Shani Davis will fail to medal in the 1000m. Disappointing performance, but he's 31 so it's not a huge surprise that he's not as fast as he was in 2006 or 2010.
E: Davis ends up 8th, Netherlands continues their dominance on the long track by winning gold and bronze. That makes 8/9 medals in men's long track going to Dutch skaters (sweeping the 5000m and 500m events already).
|27 weeks 3 days ago||You do realize this is a||
You do realize this is a highlight tape, and not a "here are all of his plays from Tournament X," right? In the Nike EYBL, he was a whopping 3/17 from 3 (granted, he was playing up 2 grades, but at his height this shouldn't affect his 3 point shooting that drastically). At the NBA level, No center with 10+ 3-point attempts on the season is worse than 26% from that range, and only 3 of those 11 are under 30%.
Yes, he has incredible potential, but let's not act like he's "Kevin Durant crossed with Chris Paul" like some sports media folks are trying to say.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||According to 247, he's 7'0"||
According to 247, he's 7'0" but 194 pounds. Kid has a lot of bulking up to do if he wants to be anything like Durant.
Also, from what I saw in those highlight videos, HS and AAU defenses are a joke.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Shaun White takes two falls||
Shaun White takes two falls on his first pass, sits in 11th of 12. No US rider in the top 3 after the first set of runs.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, that was a pathetic end||
Yeah, that was a pathetic end by the US. It seemed like they had no idea what they were doing with half those throws.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Greg Bretz moves on to the||
Greg Bretz moves on to the finals, Taylor Gold is out in the halfpipe. Hope to see the US go 1-2-3 in the finals, but that 15 year old kid from Japan looks real good.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||McDowell has tons of talent,||
McDowell has tons of talent, and I wish him the best, but something about him reminds me of Will Gholston (minus the dirty play). If he gets everything working, he'll be a dominant force, but I think he has a serious chance of not ever truly panning out.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Purdue is bad, Beilein seems||
Purdue is bad, Beilein seems to have learned how to get the team to play on the road lately, so I'm saying a sort of slow paced 72-57 game, with the result never really in doubt. Stauskas only gets 13 on a cold shooting night for our Canadian overlord, but the rest of the team more than makes up for it.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Bo Ryan's face is the stuff||
Bo Ryan's face is the stuff of nightmares.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||You can't have a successful||
You can't have a successful "Grand Experiment" if you're shooting holes in your own facade.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||If the coaches think they||
If the coaches think they have a shot at someone they covet more (whether it be Stidham or Rosen or someone else), why should they just 'settle' for someone else? Signing Day 2015 is over a year away, I don't think they need to be in a rush for a QB commit right now, and if Malzone is that likely to commit if we offer, I'm fine with waiting to see how things go with the other guys first.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Doesn't that make it bulimic||
Doesn't that make it bulimic rather than anorexic?
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Watch this be the year we get||
Watch this be the year we get a 16-over-1 upset and everyone loses the first day.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Penn State's chances are||
Penn State's chances are going to rely very heavily on the arm of Hackenberg. If Franklin's staff has a dedicated QB coach who knows what he's doing, and with their two top 2014 guys being WRs, they could be a dangerous offense. The OL and the entire defense will be the great question marks, especially now that they're fully removed from Paterno's coaching regime with Vanderlinden and Johnson out. I can see them becoming like Indiana (give up a lot of points, but also score a lot) for the next 2-3 years while they rebuild the roster with 25+ man recruiting classes.
It's also going to be a relatively easy recruiting job for Franklin, as besides QB he'll have a lot of playing time to offer top level guys. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see them reel in a top-5 or 10 class in 2015 and 2016.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have faith in this||
I don't have faith in this team beating Wisconsin or MSU either home or away (4 losses), I doubt we win either road game against Iowa or OSU (2 losses), plus Indiana on the road is never easy as Wisconsin showed (1 loss). That's 7 very possible losses, and at that point you're betting that we win at least 4 of: home against Iowa, Indiana, and Minnesota, on the road at Purdue and at Illinois. I can see 9-9 happening, especially since Iowa already won a big road game at OSU, and we struggled to a 1 point win over Nebraska on the road.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Ash I'm not totally sold on||
Ash I'm not totally sold on (Arkansas was so bad that it's hard to tell what the issue was), but Johnson is a fantastic hire. Instant recruiting boost in PA, MD, DC, DE, etc., and will probably end up flipping Holley (PSU's best recruit) to OSU. He's gonna have that DL be something fierce with all that raw talent they have.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I think he's a good hire, but||
I think he's a good hire, but I'm not certain he's the home run everyone's talking like he is. He's had good recruiting classes at Vanderbilt, but he's been able to play the "come play in the SEC" card right in the middle of the SEC's dominance in terms of national perception. He very well might be a good recruiter at Penn State, but it's not like O'Brien or Paterno weren't pulling in very well-respected classes either.
He's also not been challenged real hard, as the SEC East has been awful lately. The best SEC win in his tenure is Georgia this year, and Ole Miss last year is his only other win against an SEC team that went to a bowl game. So it remains to be seen if he can win big games.
I don't expect him to fail, but he's also not as terrifying as Urban Meyer going to OSU was. He'll be tough to recruit against, especially in PA and along the east coast, but I honestly have no idea how it will be on the field (his teams were never great statistically at Vanderbilt, and we also have no idea how successful Nussmeier will be). He's been pretty average in FEI (45, 43, 45 the past 3 years), and is basically average on offense and defense (ranging from 35-75 in offense and defense FEI during the same time).
|32 weeks 1 day ago||WHAT. This isn't April 1st,||
WHAT. This isn't April 1st, is it?
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Man, Canada really buying||
Man, Canada really buying into the theory that it's so hard to play with Crosby that only Kunitz can do it.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh, I still can't believe||
Ugh, I still can't believe they talked about picking a fast team, and then went and picked Brooks Orpik over Keith Yandle. Orpik skates like he's in a barrel of molasses and he's terrible when he's not running into players and knocking them over on sheer size alone. He's a new-age Derian Hatcher, only less talented.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Are we really in a position||
Are we really in a position to laugh at MSU for "only" finishing 3rd?
|32 weeks 4 days ago||It's a sweltering 18* here in||
It's a sweltering 18* here in Pittsburgh. Hoke would be wearing shorts and drinking a Pina Colada.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I still have no goddamn clue||
I still have no goddamn clue why goddamn Brooks Orpik is on the team and not Keith Yandle - Orpik is a garbage player and he's going to get exposed big time on the big ice.
And no Bobby Ryan is kinda intriguing, but I'm also struggling to figure out who you drop off that roster to make room. Scoring isn't a terrible issue, and Ryan is kind of a one trick pony in that regard. I'd agree that Saad is the better pick-up in case of injury.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Not totally sure, but my||
Not totally sure, but my guess is they expected KSU to take away the running game (or what semblance of a running game there is with this team) and force Morris to beat them through the air. So, rather than put the dump truck in at RB, they wanted guys who could catch the ball out of the backfield and make plays in space.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Is Al Borges still the OC? Do||
Is Al Borges still the OC? Do we still not really have anyone to replace Lewan and Schofield, and coming off a season with the worst interior OL at Michigan in a very long time? I don't think even Peyton Manning makes this offense a week-in-week-out functional unit.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty sure O'Brien was the||
Pretty sure O'Brien was the OC. Maybe not necessarily in name, but he was the one calling the plays.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||There is no QB competition.||
There is no QB competition. It's Gardner's job, and it will be Morris's if Gardner gets hurt again.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not saying our 8-0 win||
I'm not saying our 8-0 win over Germany means any more or less than Canada winning 7-2. I'm saying Canada appears to be struggling by losing to the Czech, not to mention being currently behind after 2 periods to Slovakia. You know, the same Czech team that you're suggesting the Germans decided would be made easier by graciously accepting a blowout loss to the Americans.
I'm hoping for the dream scenario of Canada losing this game, a Czech win over Slovakia, and the US beating Canada tomorrow forcing Canada to deal with Sweden on their home ice in the first elimination game.
Edit: Ugh, Canada scores two late goals in the third period to go up 4-3, and ices it with an empty netter to win 5-3. Gross.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not blaming RGIII for||
I'm not blaming RGIII for whatever Shanahan did, but he's now had two significant knee injuries (once at Baylor, once in the NFL). If you take away his ability to run the ball via injuries, he'll be out of the league very quickly because he's not good enough through the air alone.
From what I saw of Tannehill, I think mediocre is pretty accurate. Granted, he's young and fairly raw as a QB, so he could very well turn into something approaching good. But at this point, I haven't seen enough out of him to think he's a future long-term starter in Miami.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||He may not be a complete||
He may not be a complete unknown, but he also didn't play against much top competition. He's the best bet amongst QBs in this year's draft, but that doesn't mean he's any sort of guarantee.
Also, the bust rate hasn't exactly been stellar lately. The list of 1st round QBs recently:
2010 - Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow. Tebow is a joke and everyone knew it was a terrible pick. Bradford has been ok when healthy.
2011 - Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder. Newton is a very good QB, but the other three are anything but.
2012 - Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden. Tough call since they only just completed their second seasons, but Luck is 18th in passer rating, RGIII is 22nd, Tannehill is 24th, Weeden is 34th. Weeden looks bad, RGIII can't stay healthy, and Tannehill looks mediocre. Only Luck looks like a long-term starter in the NFL at this point.
2013 - EJ Manuel. Probably too young to tell at this point, but finished 29th in the NFL in passer rating on a pretty bad team.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||It's probably a good thing||
It's probably a good thing you aren't a NFL GM. You never pin your hopes on an unproven college QB over a proven commodity like Stafford when you've got a team in a win-now mode.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, I know that, but the||
Yes, I know that, but the Czech team lost 5-1 to the US and just lost 3-0 to basically the same Germany that the US pounded 8-0. I didn't say Canada sucked, I said that them losing to the Czech was surprising.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Notre Dame doesn't really||
Notre Dame doesn't really scare me that much. They'll be rebuilding a lot of their team (OL and DL specifically), and Golson was pretty mediocre two years ago. Who knows how much progression he has made during the past year. It's on the road, so we could easily lose, but I'd put it firmly in the toss-up category.
Rutgers should be a win. Hoke hasn't been good on the road, but he has beaten bad teams like Northwestern and Minnesota in road games, and Rutgers is a pretty bad team.
Penn State I think should be a win, as they continue to suffer from the sanctions by lacking a signficant upperclass contingent. Plus, with it looking like O'Brien might be out the door, who knows what happens to the current roster or who they manage to hire.
I do agree that, as of right now, MSU and OSU are pretty likely losses, though if Braxton makes the (stupid) decision to go pro, things could get interesting on offense for OSU.
We *should* be 10-2 next year, and if it's anything less than 9-3 (barring significant injuries), I think it'd be time to seriously look at the future of the coaching staff.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||The Canadian loss to the||
The Canadian loss to the Czechs (in the shootout, but still) is looking more and more surprising with Germany taking it to them. Hopefully Canada goes medal-less again this year, because screw those guys.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Oh good, now I get to listen||
Oh good, now I get to listen to the Pittsburgh radio people talk about how it's such a travesty that Penguins players are getting suspended and acting like they're the classiest team in the league and wouldn't stoop to such goonery.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||This is getting rather||
This is getting rather comical. Maybe it's all setting us up for something amazing on January 1st!
|36 weeks 11 min ago||This just makes me want to||
This just makes me want to touch Kate Upton in her hot pocket even more.
|36 weeks 5 hours ago||Wooo Friday! Time to get||
Wooo Friday! Time to get blackout drunk at lunch and then go back to work!
|36 weeks 1 day ago||My guess would be that he||
My guess would be that he either a) thinks Kile interfered with him, or b) thinks he made the save and wants a review.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||yay||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO||
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I think toll roads should not||
I think toll roads should not have speed limits.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||It'll never happen. But it's||
It'll never happen.
But it's not because of the time constraint - if a gold medal winning soccer team plays 6 games during the Olympics, then why can't an American football team do the same thing? Because we're used to having only one game a week? How about you man up and play games with only 2 full days of rest between games.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Well, there are at least two||
Well, there are at least two on Michigan's team alone in Chesson and Darboh.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Is Braxton even projected to||
Is Braxton even projected to go early enough to make sense to leave early? ESPN (I know, not the most reliable) has him 116th overall, which puts him in the early 4th round. That should put him around a $500k signing bonus and a 4-year, $2.5 million deal. If he falls to the 7th round after returning, it's more like 4-year, $2.25 million salary and a $50k signing bonus. So really, he wouldn't be sacrificing much by returning, especially considering many deals in the 4th round and beyond are negotiated to pay the player significantly less if they aren't on the 53-man roster, which Braxton may not make unless he makes big strides in preseason workouts on his passing skills (or makes a position switch without the on-field looks Denard had at the end of last season).
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Even with Georgia's injury||
Even with Georgia's injury issues, if Carlos Hyde can tear us apart, I fear for what Todd Gurley will do to our defense.
|37 weeks 5 hours ago||Remember when Dirk Koetter||
Remember when Dirk Koetter was all the rage after his stint at Boise? And Dan Hawkins? And Brent Pease was supposed to take all that Boise magic with him to Florida?
I'm going to let this one play out before I call it a home run hire.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||It also depends on||
It also depends on circumstances. For example, is this hypothetical 2014 Michigan football team 11-0 going into Columbus, or are they 7-4 again? If the question posed was "do you take the 2013 national championship in basketball or a win over OSU in 2006," that becomes much harder, in my opinion, because then that 2006 team plays for a national championship. The fact that we were 7-4 heading into the OSU game this year means that, sure, we ruin their season, but it doesn't make ours appreciably better when you look at the big picture.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Basketball, without a doubt.||
Basketball, without a doubt.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||ND - Going out on a limb and||
ND - Going out on a limb and saying we win. Golson is back, but he wasn't great by any stretch last year, so I'm not convinced he's the solution. Plus they lose Tuitt and Nix with no apparent replacement.
Rutgers - This should be a win. They were a mediocre AAC team, so they should be a mediocre-at-best B1G team.
MSU - Sadly, we contine this awful stretch of losing. It's no longer a "let's spend 364 days gameplanning for this," it's just a team with a great defense and generally effective-enough offense. As long as Dantonio is there, winning in East Lansing isn't going to be easy.
Northwestern - Win. No more Kain Colter, and Siemian isn't the Unstoppable Throw God he was last year. Venric Mark returning is scary, but without a truly mobile QB he's not the same threat from the RB spot.
OSU - Loss. No more Hyde, but they're not exactly hurting for offensive playmakers, as it would be incredibly surprising to see Miller go to the NFL when he doesn't have a viable position. 11 games to get a new OL to gel, plus returning all that DL talent, and it's going to be tough to win in Columbus.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure if London is gone -||
Not sure if London is gone - Virginia might not have the money to pay the buyout payments they still owe Al Groh and his staff, along with what they'll owe London and his staff.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||What about if the coaches||
What about if the coaches show up?
|38 weeks 4 days ago||A lot of teams jump a one||
A lot of teams jump a one loss OSU though. Including the MSU team that would beat OSU. Hell, there's a not-zero probability that, should things shake out in their favor, a one-loss MSU could play for a national championship. It'd require a lot of things to go exactly right for them (Baylor and OkSt each losing, Missouri losing to A&M, Alabama beating both Auburn and South Carolina, FSU losing to Florida and Duke, South Carolina beating Clemson, and maybe ASU beating Stanford in the P12 title game), but it's entirely possible.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I think you mean Alabama||
I think you mean Alabama would win easily. They'd rather close up shop on all the other sports if it means maintaining the dynasty they have going on, and keeping Saban is priority #1 for that happening.
|40 weeks 4 hours ago||We really need to have a||
We really need to have a section of the site with all of the unposted, uh, posts, just so we have things to read while we move the knife further down our forearms.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Yost isn't the OC at Mizzou||
Yost isn't the OC at Mizzou anymore (he resigned at the end of last season). Plus he turned out to be not very good, and wasn't the OC when Chase Daniel was there (Dave Christensen was, and he's the HC at Wyoming now). If anything, Pinkel is the guy running the offense for the most part.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||"Find me two teams more||
"Find me two teams more disappointing than Michigan and Northwestern this year. Or two teams even close to as disappointing as Michigan and Northwestern. And make them play a football game. And then watch it. Doesn’t sound like much fun, now, does it?"
They did this already, and called it "The World's Largest Outdoor Not-Cocktail Party." And lo, it was not a sight to behold, unless you like watching Todd Gurley slowly turn Florida's defense into a fine paste paired with otherwise total incompetence everywhere.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||To be fair, that's the same||
To be fair, that's the same number of people they'd have even without VCA being in use already.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||I believe Pinkel does most of||
I believe Pinkel does most of the offense at Missouri - at least they've been running the same style offense since Pinkel was hired in 2001, and has gone through Dave Christensen (who was with Pinkel as OC for an astounding 16 years!), David Yost, and now Josh Henson.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||With the amount of money the||
With the amount of money the program is raking in? Of course they could - if a school like Clemson can afford to keep Chad Morris on at $1.3 million a year, there's no reason why Michigan, with an operating budget much larger, can't similarly afford a top-tier OC.
Continuity is another question, but plenty of schools have handled coach/coordinator turnover without significant issues. Hire the position coaches in a smart manner and you have an easy pool of candidates already familiar with the system to plug and play.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||The same overrated ND team||
The same overrated ND team that actually was competitive against MSU? A team from the same MAC that Akron is in? I'd gladly take the team from weeks 1 and 2 versus whatever the hell it is that exists currently. At least that team had some semblance of confidence.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Read the transcript of Hoke's||
Read the transcript of Hoke's press conference on the front page - it's like this coaching staff refuses to acknowledge what's wrong with the gameplan. Until they recognize their shortcomings and do something to actually attempt to fix them, this team isn't going anywhere or beating anybody.
Northwestern? Sure, they're 0-5, but I guarantee you Fitzgerald smells blood in the water with this program.
Iowa? They have a very good front 7, so hello another negative rushing performance.
OSU? Haha, no chance.
Bowl game? Depends against who, but with the Big Ten being bad overall, we'll get bumped up a spot or two above where we should be and will likely draw a team better than us. Plus, they'll get a month to prepare their defense to sit with 9 in the box because it's obvious we refuse to take advantage of defenses cheating against certain formations.
|41 weeks 6 hours ago||Well, tackle over isn't||
Well, tackle over isn't working, so maybe he's expecting Borges to go with the heavier 4-guard setup.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Someone's gotta yell at that||
Someone's gotta yell at that yellow team QB for floating a late pass on an out route - that's interception city, baby!
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, you only got half your||
Yeah, you only got half your face blown off.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||LOL||
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly there really aren't||
Sadly there really aren't any. Some people might say Fox & Hound in Ross Township (about 15 minutes north of downtown, so feasability depends on where in Pittsburgh you're staying), but in my experience, it's more of a generic "there are a lot of TVs so you'll be able to watch the game" sort of place rather than a true Michigan-friendly establishment. I believe it's where the Pittsburgh alumni group tends to meet at.
If it's too far out of the way for you, any sports bar (and there are many) should be okay with the OSU and PSU games being at noon and Pitt at 7, as only WVU will have any measurable demand for viewers at the same time slot.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Meet the Parents is a||
Meet the Parents is a terrible movie.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Gallon is awesome, but he's||
Gallon is awesome, but he's probably not going to win the Biletnikoff unless Mike Evans (TAMU) and Brandin Cooks (Oregon St., and a member of the Short WR Guild with Gallon) get hurt.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Bring back Barwis!||
Bring back Barwis!
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I actually think Shafer was a||
I actually think Shafer was a good coach. Our D seemed to start games real well, but by the 5th or 6th time the offense went 3-and-out, they began to wear down. There was nothing anyone could do to make that defense anything other than statistically terrible.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||He also looks to throw the||
He also looks to throw the ball without the laces, something I think a lot of Leach QBs were taught to do so they can get the ball out that much quicker.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan wins this weekend,||
Michigan wins this weekend, 35-27.
National Championship will be without an SEC team, as both Clemson and Oregon go 13-0 and Alabama drops the SEC title game to Georgia. Oregon wins the game in a shootout, 49-41.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Fixing a leak that sprung up||
Fixing a leak that sprung up on our roof last Saturday with my father-in-law, and then having dinner with my wife and mother-in-law for her birthday.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know why it's||
I don't know why it's "shocking" that we would be picked 3rd. Minnesota and Wisconsin are both tournament teams from last year. OSU, MSU, and PSU aren't going to be very good. I think we're right where we should be, especially since we're losing both Merrill and Trouba, and still have serious question marks in net.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||OSU QB situation||
So with Guiton looking so good for OSU (yes bad opponents but he's still been fantastic), does Meyer ride him for the rest of the season and hope he can redshirt Miller and get two more years of (almost) guaranteed quarterback competency? I know I'd strongly consider it if I were in his position...
|48 weeks 6 hours ago||Living in Pennsylvania and||
Living in Pennsylvania and working with a lot of PSU grads, I have never seen a fanbase that so vehemently believes that everyone in the world is out to get them. And this stretches back from before the Sandusky crimes were even brough to light. In their eyes, not only does the NCAA hate them, but the refs always hate them, the media, the Big Ten conference... it's seriously hilarious (if a bit annoying).
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan 28-24.||
|48 weeks 2 days ago||This has been used by||
This has been used by Louisiana-Monroe on occasion this year. They have two QBs who, while not to the level of Denard or Devin, are respectable athletes like Morris who won't gash a defense but can churn out a few yards regularly. They even use one left-hander and one right-hander, and run zone-read concepts to get the appropriate-handed QB what is effectively a roll-out that options off a defender. Not sure how effective it is, and I don't think they use it too much, but it's certainly an interesting concept.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||While I tend to agree, I can||
While I tend to agree, I can also sort of understand from a directors perspective that there might not be an actor in the world that could properly convey the reaction a teenager like that would have learning the things he did. But I'd also love to see them try, because that could have been one of the most powerful, emotional moments of television history, both from Skyler and Junior.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||offensive line||
Looked like lots of issues up front - gonna be a long season if we can't get the run game going against Akron.
Also still no pressure from the DL and thus a lot of coverage issues in the secondary. Hopefully this is just hangover from the ND game.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, Fitzgerald seems like||
Yeah, Fitzgerald seems like the kind of guy who truly loves his school and wants to lead them to championships. He's not leaving there any time soon.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||1. Power run to the left with||
1. Power run to the left with Toussaint, pulling Kalis to Lewan. Just to see if it works as we all hope. It goes for 7, and we all have a glimmer of hope in the power run game.
2. Gardner rolls out from the 2 yard line and outruns a LB to the pylon.
3. I don't think we're going to totally blow the doors off, as they'll leave something in the book for ND, but it'll be a comfortable 38-13 win. Tipton is a good RB and they'll have two or three frustratingly long drives, but only make it into the endzone once.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Dennis Norfleet.||
|51 weeks 3 days ago||South Carolina did it last||
South Carolina did it last year - their top 3 WRs were Bruce Ellington (5'9"), Ace Sanders (5'8"), and Damiere Byrd (5'9").
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Terry might end up being a||
Terry might end up being a pretty good QB some day, but if he ends up starting games for MSU this year, I have zero doubts we win that game, crazy scrimmage stats be damned.
|1 year 21 hours ago||I think (and I could be||
I think (and I could be wrong) that the Duke lacrosse team got an effectively en masse redshirt year after the scandal that ultimately proved to be a false claim ended their season almost before it got started.
|1 year 1 week ago||Your spelling needs work The||
Your spelling needs work
The word you're looking for is
|1 year 1 week ago||Had tacos last night Carpet||
Had tacos last night
Carpet bombing the office
Co-workers hate me
|1 year 2 weeks ago||1. Fiction - Braxton has the||
1. Fiction - Braxton has the hype already, OSU will probably have a sterling record, and Gardner isn't going to be given a lot of chances to use his legs due to the depth chart.
2. Fiction - Gallon is the only proven WR, and I imagine Dileo will get plenty of time as a slot WR. Between Funchess and Dileo as the other non-Gallon options, I don't see a large number of passes heading out to Darboh and Chesson.
3. Fiction - Clark is really the only hope of a pass rush while Ryan is out, and I'd guess that he'll be the person the opposing teams try to neutralize up front. My guess for the top-5 in sacks in the conference are: Washington (OSU), Barnes (PSU), Kelly (UW), Scott (NW), and Hageman (Minnesota).
4. Fiction - Ross has an uphill battle against the likes of Borland, Shazier, Hull, Allen, Bullough, and Ariguzo. I think he's a better player than some of those guys, but remember that hype goes a long way, and there isn't much talk about Ross when it comes to the top linebackers in the conference right now, at least not from a national perspective.
5. Fact, but with caveats - I think we certainly have the talent and coaching to do it, but Gardner needs to stay healthy and we need Ryan back before November comes. We've got a tougher road than either Nebraska, MSU, or Northwestern have in that we have to play both OSU and PSU. We can't really afford to drop any intra-division games, especially to MSU or Nebraska, with those cupcake schedules they have.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||While I agree that they'll be||
While I agree that they'll be better this year than last, it's a weird argument to say they lost a lot of close games and thus will win those ones this year. It's not like they lost every close game - they were 4-5 in games decided by less than a touchdown.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||If true, it's not a HUGE||
If true, it's not a HUGE surprise.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Can Fournette and Peppers||
Can Fournette and Peppers share the Heisman? No? Well, maybe they'll each win two...
|1 year 4 weeks ago||He did state that none of the||
He did state that none of the other QBs had the high PAN streaks in their first five games, and very few in their first season as starters.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||It's about how Urban Meyer||
It's about how Urban Meyer sacrifices small children to win football games.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Settle and Hand aren't||
Settle and Hand aren't teammates. Settle goes to Stonewall Jackson and Hand goes to Woodbridge. However, their towns are a few miles apart, so I think they know each other pretty well.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Way to make me feel old,||
Way to make me feel old, jackass.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I find it amusing that you||
I find it amusing that you censored "dick" but not "fuck".
|1 year 6 weeks ago||The Navarre touchdown is the||
The Navarre touchdown is the only one that's needed for that.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Marshall Henderson is an||
Marshall Henderson is an asshole. Just a real son of a bitch.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I like the description for||
I like the description for guys ranked in the 101-110 range, defining the ranking as "Franchise Player. One of the best players to come along in years, if not decades. Odds of having a player in this category every year is slim. This prospect has "can’t miss" talent.". However, they have 2 this year, had one in 2013, 2 in 2011.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||My clubs||
I recently broke my old driver so I picked up a 913D3 with a ProForce V2 shaft - it's amazing how consistent this driver is. Best driver I've ever used, hands down.
3 wood is my old trusty TaylorMade R9 - I don't honestly use it enough to get anything new. Maybe one or two holes a round I use it off the tee and I hit my driver well enough to rarely end up in position to use it on approach shots.
As for the irons, I tried out some Mizunos at a fitting day and fell in love, so I bought some MP53 irons and T11 wedges. They feel amazing and have been surprisingly helpful to my iron game.
Putter is an Odyssey 2 ball white ice, which I bought because I love the feel of my putts off the face.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I hope I'm wrong too. But I||
I hope I'm wrong too. But I also think that our offense isn't going to be as good as people hope - I fear that Gardner will be similar to Denard in that he's turnover-prone, and that can cost us some important games. Plus the whole interior OL likely being RS-freshmen scares the shit out of me, especially after Toussaint's struggles last year and Green having just a few weeks to prepare for the season.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Gardner breaks the school||
Gardner breaks the school record for TD passes in a single season (25, if I remember). He'll have 29 to go along with 13 INTs, and just barely crack 3000 yards. He'll make some hay on the ground, finishing with 350 yards and 8 TDs.
Green is the starting RB by the time mid-October rolls around. Toussaint will still struggle to create yards behind the inexperienced interior OL, and while Green isn't much better this first season, the staff gets him ready for big time duties next season. He finishes with 750 yards and 7 TDs at a 4.2 clip. Toussaint still gets plenty of snaps, but ends up at 600 yards and 4 TDs at a 4.0 clip.
Gallon benefits the most from a full season of Gardner, obviously, and finishes just behind Robinson in terms of the B1G receiving list. 1100 yards and 10 TDs gets him on the All-Big Ten first team at WR. Funchess doesn't score in bunches, much to our dismay. Gardner doesn't develop the necessary chemistry with him (and forces passes to other targets, resulting in the 13 INTs noted above). He finishes with a disappointing 350 yards and 2 TDs despite being hand-wavingly open on numerous occasions. Darboh has a great first season, with 700 yards and 6 TDs.
Lewan is an All-American but loses the Outland Trophy to Jake Matthews. Schofield is second-team All-B1G. Kalis is first-team All-B1G freshman and honorable mention overall. Miller and Braden are the other two interior OL, but struggle enough to reduce the effectiveness of the running game and force the passing game to score the points.
Clark brings it all together this year and provides the pass rush force we've been missing since Graham. The rest of the DL is adequate, but nothing special, and teams start neutralizing Clark as the year goes on. Ryan returns for the MSU game, but isn't as effective as he was last year due to the injury. Ross proves everyone right by dominating from his LB spot, but gets jobbed by higher-profile guys for All-B1G. Countess starts slow, giving up some things early, but as the season goes on gets more comfortable and is second-team All-B1G CB in the conference by season's end.
As for the team's performance: The CMU, Akron, Connecticut, Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa games won't be particularly close. Notre Dame's defense forces a few turnovers as the running game does nothing, and spoils the night for everyone. PSU takes us to the wire, but a late turnover by PSU's QB seals the game for the good guys. MSU preps all season for Gardner and company, attacks the interior OL with repeated blitzes, and wins a close one; they also take advantage of the generous schedule to win the division. Nebraska struggles to move the ball on our defense, and without Bellomy we have some semblance of an offense, enough to win a close one. Northwestern doesn't get an on-fire Siemian like last year, and loses by a close, but comfortable, margin. OSU, like MSU, rides an easy schedule to a division title, and they prove just a bit too much for us to handle this year. 9-3 record, Capital One bowl against LSU (which we lose when their defense smothers us).
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Out of curiosity, what are||
Out of curiosity, what are you projecting PSU's record to be if they beat both Michigan and OSU? Do that, and they've got a pretty good shot at 12-0, I think.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Penn State still has a pretty||
Penn State still has a pretty good team, all things considered. On defense, they have an experienced secondary, a very good DE in Barnes who is coming off a freshman DPOY in the B1G, an excellent LB in Hull, and a pretty decent set of guys ready to step in. Besides, when is the last time PSU had what one could call a "weak" front 7? As for the offense, their WRs and TEs, especially Robinson and Carter, are going to be tough to slow down, their QB shouldn't be too much of a downgrade as both Hackenberg and Ferguson are much more talented than McGloin but just lack the experience, Zwinak is serviceable and started much of last year at RB, and the OL returns 3/5.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I want to thank the people||
I want to thank the people that put Fournette's highlight reel together, for I would never have known he scored touchdowns if it weren't for the graphics noting such.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I could be wrong, but I'm||
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it's Dri Archer from Kent State.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Didn't look too bad for||
Didn't look too bad for Tahiti for a while there, 1 goal in the first 30 minutes. Then Spain decided to play and scored 3 times in 9 minutes to take a 4-0 lead into the half. Only about 70% possession so far, too.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Everyday, at 2:30, I look at||
Everyday, at 2:30, I look at the clock and exclaim that I'm late for my dentist appointment.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Spain's gonna blow this game||
Spain's gonna blow this game somehow, and I'm going to turn my $1000 bet into $500,000.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Tiger looks like he might be||
Tiger looks like he might be getting into a groove now, with birdies at 2 and 4 and just striped a drive on the extremely tough 5th hole. With as difficult as the course is starting to play, unless Mickelson goes nuts this afternoon he could be right in the thick of things at the start of the third round.
EDIT: Well, so much for that. Tiger goes flag hunting on 7, short sides himself, and ends up with a bogey to drop back to +3 overall. Putting better than he was in round 1, but he's playing really poorly when he misses the green. 8 and 10 are relatively easy, so maybe he gets it back before the end of the round.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Syphilis is a pain.||
Syphilis is a pain.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||If the greens get faster, I'd||
If the greens get faster, I'd expect Tiger to start getting things going with the putter. He's always seemed to roll the ball better on the faster greens (Augusta, past US Opens, Sawgrass), and with all the rain yesterday he just didn't seem to get a feel for the green speeds. He certainly had his opportunities yesterday, but couldn't hit anything but that ridiculous 50 footer (that would have gone 10 feet past had it not hit dead center). If he putts just a bit better he's at least even right now.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Personally, I think it's the||
Personally, I think it's the opposite - having an elite safety can make a defense so much more dynamic. Having a guy like Polomalu, Reed, or Berry can have a larger impact on the game as they're more likely to have an impact on every play than a corner is. I do think, however, that it's not necessarily a great thing to need to move him there, but if guys like Stribling, Lewis, Dawson, and Douglas turn out to be good corners at the college level, I would drool over a safety tandem of Thomas and Peppers. Especially if somehow we were to snag Jackson, since he could be a phenomenal corner with his athleticism.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Oops!||
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I, for one, would not be||
I, for one, would not be against moving Peppers to safety. I think he has the talent, size, and athleticism to be an absolute monster at safety. Of course, he could also be a monster at corner, so it's really on Thomas to prove that he's going to be good enough at safety to leave Peppers at corner.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I think he means that Gant,||
I think he means that Gant, at one point early in high school, was considered to have a shot to be a high 4-star, maybe even 5-star, type of guy. Then he sort of stopped developing and everyone else caught up to him.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I mean, Jaeger did win two||
I mean, Jaeger did win two individual titles and helped win the team title. Hard to argue against him, I think, regardless of how well Burke did. Burke just plays a more high-profile sport.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I've heard rumors (not sure||
I've heard rumors (not sure how legit as they're VT guys) that he's been buying into Saban's pitch that he could play the Jack LB position in their 3-4 and slide down to DE when they go to the 4-man front nickel they play quite a bit. While I think he's more of a pure 4-3 SDE and could potentially be an instant impact guy in the B1G, I can't entirely blame guys for buying what Saban's selling given how successful his defenses have been lately.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||No doubt it is good news, but||
No doubt it is good news, but I'm talking about the "insiders" affiliated with other programs. Farrell is good at what he does, but he's still just one data point. I think there's a reason why his 24/7 predictions are still 3-to-1 in favor of VT, and the Michigan guesses are 3 OSU guys, 2 UM guys, 1 Minnesota, and 5 national guys. The VT guesses span national guys and guys from UM, Alabama, OSU, South Carolina, North Carolina, FSU, Virginia, Duke, and Georgia. 3-to-1 with no contributions from any of the VT-affiliated 24/7 people leads me to believe it's still a longshot.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I'm still not convinced VT is||
I'm still not convinced VT is out of it. For all the times he's been there, he hasn't been on a lengthy trip with his family in tow. Until that happens, and he comes out of it with Michigan still "presumably" on top (or even tied with VT), I think VT holds the edge. Everything I've heard outside of M-centric guys or Farrell points in this direction.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||1. No - it's too difficult to||
1. No - it's too difficult to project that at this point. 2016 looks mighty tempting, however...
2. No - I don't see us making a return trip (see point 1), and some other teams in the league have just as good a shot as we do over the next few seasons. Probability says take the field.
3. OSU. Cakewalk schedule, relatively experienced team.
4. 1 - Damien Harris. Hopefully he can take the recruiting position with the 2015 class that Ferns had with 2014 (and Morris with 2013).
5. I don't think anyone is going to 'shock' us and pick Michigan - I don't think we get Hand, Jones, Jackson, or Smith, and there's really not many other big names we have a great shot with. Maybe Scott? Westphal is the obvious pick to go elsewhere, but I think he pulls the trigger eventually when Jackson and Smith decide to stay in California and the staff puts a bit more pressure on him.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I love that Kid Rock is worth||
I love that Kid Rock is worth $30-40 million, but still drinks Bud Light. That takes some dedication to your shitty beer.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I'm liking the four straight||
I'm liking the four straight bye weeks after MSU. Should have plenty of time to prepare for the PSU/OSU games.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Fournette is #1 in the 247||
Fournette is #1 in the 247 composite. Hand and Peppers are #2 and #3, respectively. Still, not much room for improvement.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Can you please define these||
Can you please define these acronyms? Thanks in advance.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Signed as in signed an LOI,||
Signed as in signed an LOI, per Rivals. Also, despite getting hit with sanctions, OSU isn't that far behind either at 116. That's a difference of 2 kids per year over the past 5 years, not the 6 kids per year that "5 years worth of kids in 4 years" would be.
Anyway, I'm not claiming shady tactics aren't happening. What I was getting at is that it's not the number of guys Alabama signs, as they aren't signing significantly more than a school like Michigan or OSU - it's that while we lose guys to transfers, they lose guys by giving them "medical scholarships". Also, in that 5 year period, they had 13 kids go to the NFL early, nearly half of a recruiting class. It doesn't excuse anything related to the medical scholarships they hand out like candy, but it has an effect.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||In the past 5 years, Alabama||
In the past 5 years, Alabama has signed 126 kids. Michigan has signed 121 in the same time. Doesn't sound like too big of a difference to me.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||MSU has a great team heading||
MSU has a great team heading into this year, and they'll likely end up with 2 top-5 guys for 2014 in Jones and Okafor. They aren't going anywhere for a while, at least as long as Izzo is there.
They may have had a bad recruiting season this year, but they could afford to put all their eggs in the Parker basket with 2014 looking extremely promising.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||If those projections actually||
If those projections actually happen, good God that Alabama class...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||How do they figure||
How do they figure Mettenberger goes first round? He's Anthony Morelli incarnate - great arm, but has absolutely no football smarts whatsoever. I'd take Manziel (who should be on this anyway), Murray, and McCarron before I take Mettenberger.
And what's with all these M-named QBs?
|1 year 16 weeks ago||The Wings have been playing||
The Wings have been playing some real good hockey as of late, so it wouldn't be a total surprise to see them upset the Ducks. I'm predicting a Ducks win, but that's about as close to a coin flip there is outside of the Kings/Blues series.
The way Pittsburgh and Chicago have played, though, it's real tough for me to see any team giving them a legitimately tough test except each other. And, really, the Penguins ran over a lot of teams down the stretch with injuries to Crosby, Malkin, Neal, and Letang. A full-lineup Penguins team is going to be incredibly difficult to beat, and I don't think anyone will. I'm picking them over Chicago in 6 games.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Maybe Lennay Kekua was||
Maybe Lennay Kekua was actually Tim Tebow, and the whole thing is a cover up for the next great power couple. Look for Tebow to join the Chargers!
|1 year 17 weeks ago||They were drafted in the same||
They were drafted in the same draft is about as close a connection I can find.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Look, I'm not saying Bill||
Look, I'm not saying Bill O'Brien is a bad coach or anything - I'll give him tons of credit for pulling out an 8-4 record after what Penn State went through in the 10 months before the season started. But he's got one single season under his belt, so I think it's premature to claim he's suddenly a top-15 coach in the country. Remember, Charlie Weis's first two seasons at ND resulted in a Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl.
As for Bobby Petrino, I think it's fine that he's above Hoke for now. He may be a deplorable human being, but the guy gets results on the football field. Two top-10 finishes at Louisville and a third at Arkansas, with a 75-26 career record.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Bill O'Brien at 13? Really? I||
Bill O'Brien at 13? Really? I understand the guy had a good season when the world was against Penn State, but come on.
Also, Charlie Weis ahead of Dana Holgorsen and Dan Mullen? This list is garbage.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||1. McGary 2. Stauskas 3.||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Let's not go and blame the||
Let's not go and blame the refs for the loss - we got beat by a better team. The refs weren't great by any stretch, but the only two calls I had a real issue with were the obvious goaltend by Dieng in the first half, and Burke's clean block that was called a foul in the second half. We still lost by 6 because we played like a team full of underclassmen in the second half - too many turnovers and too few rebounds.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||In all sports, I refuse to||
In all sports, I refuse to shave while things are good, so I'm looking a bit raggedy now. For this tourney run, I've also made sure to sit in the same seat of my couch and watch the game on my projector in the same sweatshirt. I also do not drink until after the game ends (it minimizes the projectiles I can use should things go sufficiently bad). If one of my cats decides to jump in my lap at any time, I do nothing to jeopardize the cat going anywhere (this includes cheering excessively or using the bathroom - I've learned to just deal with the situation).
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Should have gone with Arc||
Should have gone with Arc Deux-Trois-omphe.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I did enjoy the trade||
I did enjoy the trade yesterday that sent Marc-Andre Bergeron to Carolina. Carolina sent Adam Hall (of MSU fame) and a draft pick to Tampa for Bergeron, after Carolina claimed Hall off waivers about a month ago from Tampa.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Michigan heads to the||
Michigan heads to the championship by defeating the 2-3 zone en route to a 64-56 win.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Indiana didn't advance||
Indiana didn't advance farther, they advanced just as far - they lost in the Sweet 16 just like MSU, and lost to a lower seeded team.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I think we're a good||
I think we're a good all-around team, but it's hard to argue with Louisville as the best team left. Maybe that's just my opinion, but they are the one team I absolutely don't want to play.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||We'll need to hit our outside||
We'll need to hit our outside shots (and, the Kansas Shot aside, not settle for 30 footers) to loosen up the 2-3 zone. I think we'll be okay defensively, as Syracuse is a good but not elite offense, but it's all going to come down to who wins the battle between this offense and Syracuse's world-class zone defense.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Michigan pulls out a close||
Michigan pulls out a close one, 65-63.