|3 days 5 min ago||I assumed this was picking a||
I assumed this was picking a factory truck, not taking an existing one and boosting them. In that case I'd still take the SRT-10, then let Hennessey put a pair of turbos on and have myself a pickup that puts down about 1000hp. Totally useless? Yes, but I also have no use for a truck in general.
|3 days 32 min ago||The Lightning is fine, but it||
The Lightning is fine, but it doesn't have the novelty of the Viper engine like the SRT-10, nor the old-school appeal of the Syclone. I'd love to see Ford to do something ridiculous like put the GT500 engine (or the powerplant for the upcoming GT) in an F150, but that won't happen.
|3 days 44 min ago||While I will never own a||
While I will never own a truck, if I had to get one I'd probably go with the 2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10. Maybe even go back to the 1991 GMC Syclone. If I'm getting a truck, I'm getting something fast at least.
|4 days 22 hours ago||The fastest car I've ever||
The fastest car I've ever been in is probably a 1967 Shelby GT500 that a friend's dad bought. However, I did (stupidly, in retrospect) have by WRX up to 145 once on a highway with no other cars around, and that's easily the fastest I've ever been in a car.
Slowest is the time my wife and I had to drive from Traverse City to Pittsburgh in her Kia Rio with one of the injectors broken; I had to take over the shifting because the misfire would shake the car under 3500rpm. In terms of cars that were actually working properly, maybe the pink Ford Aspire that one of my high school friends had.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Can we just trade Rutgers for||
Can we just trade Rutgers for Oklahoma straight up?
|1 week 1 day ago||FYI, I was referencing a||
FYI, I was referencing a certain recent event involving Paterno:
Joe Paterno, in his own words, on why he waited until the following day to call anyone after hearing what McQueary had told him about seeing Sandusky with a boy in a campus shower in 2002: "I ordinarily would have called people right away, but it was a Saturday morning and I didn't want to interfere with their weekends."
|1 week 2 days ago||Paterno was looking for the||
Paterno was looking for the right time to retire, but he didn't want to ruin anyone's weekend.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm hoping to either upgrade||
I'm hoping to either upgrade to an STi (hoping they bring back the hatch soon), or move to a Focus RS (345hp in a hatchback sounds like a goddamn blast). I got the WRX when I was still in college (thanks to not having student loans, a pretty good internship, and a fellowship for my Master's degree), so hopefully I can make the upgrade to something a bit faster. Not that the WRX is slow or anything, but I sometimes find myself wanting just a bit more.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, I learned mostly by just||
Yes, I learned mostly by just straight buying my WRX back in 2005 and forcing myself to learn. It wasn't pretty the first week or so, but I still have the car, 10 years and 130k miles later, original clutch, and no mechanical issues.
I tried to teach my wife how to drive it, but she just gets frustrated. I'm hoping to convince her to let me replace it with another manual when it comes time for me to retire the trusty Subaru.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Awfully confident that we||
Awfully confident that we won't lose both games. What makes you think it's 'safe money' that we beat either of them, even if both games are at home?
As to the question, OSU each and every day.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Just go with a projector.||
Just go with a projector. Best AV purchase I've ever made is the setup I put in my basement.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Probably something like a||
Probably something like a Honda CRV or a Subaru Forester. With the dog and all the road trips my wife and I take, we need more room than either of the compacts (Kia Rio and Subaru Impreza WRX) we have right now. I'm hoping I can convince her to trade in the Kia, not my WRX though.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||No match for||
No match for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F7TMlrDXtw
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I shave like 3 or 4 times a||
I shave like 3 or 4 times a year. I think I need to shave soon, because it's too hot and humid outside to look like I just descended from the mountains.
I generally trim it down with whatever electric trimmer I have (I think it's a Norelco, but it's from some trimmer set my wife bought me a few years ago). I use a Gillette something-or-another to clean up the cheeks and under my chin.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Gotta be the Canyonero.||
Gotta be the Canyonero.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||My first car was a gold 1999||
My first car was a gold 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, with a beige interior. We inherited it when my grandma passed away, and it had sat in her garage for about a year while she was bouncing between the hospital and senior care center.
It was the best car because it was impeccably clean and had about 2000 miles on it when I started driving it to school in 2001. Not to mention that the gold-on-gold was, in retrospect, pretty awesome. However, it was the worst car because, while sitting in the garage for that long without being used, it constantly had problems. The worst of which was, when sitting at any traffic light for more than 10 seconds, it smelled like the exhaust was filling the cabin. It was easily the slowest car I've driven (well, up until I met my wife and her Kia Rio), it handled like ass, and didn't even get great gas mileage. Eventually my sister took it when I moved on to college.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||All I know about Kosar these||
All I know about Kosar these days is that his daughter does porn.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Before I knew all the||
Before I knew all the technical issues that plagued them, I loved Vector's cars, especially the M12 that debuted when I was 11. They had the power, the looks, and the price tag that made them seem like domestic Lamborghinis. Unfortunately the only thing the had in common was the engine itself.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||One of my good friends just got back from||
One of my good friends just got back from California, and brought back some Pliny. That's what I'm enjoying tonight.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||It looks like Mr. Feeny from||
It looks like Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm still rocking my 5 year||
I'm still rocking my 5 year old Audio Technica ATH-A700s, and they're still pretty good for the price I got them at. I'll probably be upgrading to the ATH-M50x later this year, as the 700s are starting to show their age.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I could eat the Birthday Cake||
I could eat the Birthday Cake Oreos all day, every day, and not feel guilty in the least.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Most of the sports apparel||
Most of the sports apparel I've bought lately has been UA (golf polos/pants/shorts, running shirts, compression base-layer), and it's all been pretty high quality stuff. Haven't used any of their shoes or protective gear.
At the end of the day, though, I don't really care one way or the other.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Unfortunately we have to||
Unfortunately we have to replace our recently deceased air conditioner, so no real vacations this summer. Maybe a few camping trips or a stay-cation.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Who decided that recording||
Who decided that recording this gif was more important than seeking shelter during a tornado warning?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||She's got tacos the size of||
She's got tacos the size of her head in her hands, rendering her useless to do anything else with said hands?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||$5000 - I'd probably pick up||
$5000 - I'd probably pick up a 2002 WRX. I already own a 2005 as my daily driver, so the 2002 would be my rally project.
$10000 - Same as above, but I could start with the 2005 WRX instead.
$15000 - Same as above, but I could start with the 2005 STi instead.
Note - all of the above is generally around the 'good condition private party' sale prices from KBB.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||As far as disappointments go,||
As far as disappointments go, I'd throw Jack Johnson up there. 3rd overall pick in the Crosby draft, a fantastic junior and college career, and all the offensive talent you could imagine in a defenseman. His college career reminds me a lot of how PK Subban plays now. Unfortunately he never really grasped the overall game, and now he's the punchline for hockey's advanced stats.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||My favorite type of racing is||
My favorite type of racing is rally, specifically the off-road stuff (never really got into the Rallycross or such). I follow the Rally America series moreso than the international stuff, but it's all good to me.
Can't really say I have a favorite driver, but what David Higgins (and co-driver Craig Drew) has done the past few years is really goddamn impressive.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||When I lived in South Quad,||
When I lived in South Quad, my roommate and I would frequent the Subway at the Union because it was cheap, convenient, and accepted the money you could load onto your MCard. Right before we left for Christmas the one year, it was fairly empty when we were getting some subs, and the guy at the register gave us a free dimebag. It was pretty potent stuff too.
Also, I spent a summer working in an ice cream factory, and any damaged containers were not allowed to be stocked. Took home a lot of free 3 gallon containers of ice cream.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Some friends of mine and I||
Some friends of mine and I had this going at the bar across from our old office. So many Friday happy hours turned into late nights at Denny's, and we'd get charged for about one out of every 5 drinks (like you, we tipped heavily).
That bar doesn't exist anymore, probably due to equal parts free drinks and a 3000 person office moving 30 miles away.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||For all around fun, utility,||
For all around fun, utility, and usefulness in all seasons, I'd go with a 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STi hatchback.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I once went to a PSU game||
I once went to a PSU game (against Temple I think) and actively rooted, including chants, for PSU. After graduating from UM and becoming a productive member of society too. It was because of a girl, but still.
At least it was before the Sandusky thing broke wide open.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Car 1: Some random mini-SUV.||
Car 1: Some random mini-SUV. Drove around my father in law's CR-V, and it was pretty nice. This would be used for most vacations, road trips, and whenever my wife and I would want to do something active or take our dog anywhere.
Car 2: Cherry red Porsche 911 GT3 RS (or GT2, if they ever release it again). I've always wanted a top-shelf 911, and God willing I will have one before I die. I'd probably drive this to work whenever the weather was nice.
Car 3: A fully rally-built Subaru Impreza WRX STI. I'm talking Subaru Rally Team's Rally America style build. Road legal, and would kill it come winter time (and summer when I can take it on some back country dirt roads).
Car 4: This is a tough one - do I want another ridiculously fast car (either the Ferrari LaFerrari or the Koenigsegg One:1), something classic (a 1969 Camaro SS), or a plush convertible for cruising around on a nice summer day (BMW M6 or Bentley Continental GT)... it's hard to go against my love of appaling speed, but I'd have to take the BMW.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||People need to be||
People need to be responsible, but the last bar shouldn't have either let a visibly intoxicated in (0.17 is pretty impressive) or not let someone get that intoxicated if they were sober initially. Here in Pittsburgh, a bar was held partially responsible for allowing someone to get so drunk he proceeded to do 95 on a city street and kill some pedestrians.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||A lot depends on position -||
A lot depends on position - if I'm a (decently mobile) QB, I'm not sure there's a better system than Meyer. If I'm a WR, I'd love to play for Holgorsen or Briles. If I'm a LB, I'd play for Saban. If I'm a DB, there's arguably nobody better than Beamer (only because of Foster, but still).
In general though, I'd choose to play for someone who can balance being a successful college coach and someone who prepares you for the NFL. My top 5 would probably be (in no real order): Harbaugh, Saban, Miles, Meyer, and... someone like Strong, Richt, or Fisher.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Best I can||
Deadspin has the video: http://deadspin.com/closed-captioning-error-blesses-nik-stauskas-with-fanta-1693839333?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Until Paterno killed it (and||
Until Paterno killed it (and both teams joined different conferences), Pittsburgh-PSU had a similar dynamic. One could argue Washington-Wazzu as well.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Nitpicky, but vacating wins||
Nitpicky, but vacating wins doesn't mean you turns wins to losses. You just vacate the win; A 30-6 record doesn't become 0-36, it becomes 0-6.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||The 2010 NCAA regional final||
The 2010 NCAA regional final against Miami-Ohio we ultimately lost in double OT should have never made it to that point except for the boggling early whistle before we scored in the first OT.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||The play immediately before||
The play immediately before the Clowney-Smith decapitation, when the ball was obviously short of the stick but the ref gave us a first down anyway.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Uh, that's the wrong Devin.||
Uh, that's the wrong Devin.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||In all honesty, I don't see||
In all honesty, I don't see this team as much more than a 6-6, 7-5 sort of team. There's just too many question marks. No QB on the roster has shown anything resembling competency at the college level. WR is really weak without Funchess. The DL is average at best. Safety will likely be a problem.
If I had to bet, I'd go with 7-5. I'll say they lose Utah, MSU, Minnesota, PSU, and OSU.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Time to crack open my bottle||
Time to crack open my bottle of Ardbeg Auriverdes!
|33 weeks 3 days ago||While I think Miles does have||
While I think Miles does have the potential for a few 9-3, 10-2 type seasons, I also worry that he would end up hanging on longer than he should and starting the whole end-of-Carr-regime downturn again.
There really aren't many Plan A type guys out there once you get past Harbaugh who are reasonably attainable. Mullen and...? If they strike out on Harbaugh and Mullen, I don't think there's any sense in hiring a guy like Addazio or Schiano. Why hire a guy who is a know mediocre-at-best quantity (like we did with Hoke)? I'd actually be okay if the backup guy is PJ Fleck. I know his dedication to the "row the boat" thing is strange, but I think he'd bring a ton of energy and enthusiasm to the program. The fanbase in general might hate it, but I'd much rather take the (admittedly massive) risk with him than pull a Nebraska and hire a middling-at-best coach.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||So basically, Michigan just||
So basically, Michigan just needs to have someone put in a $4 million bet and give Harbaugh the winnings as his salary...
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Hahaha, if this happens I'm||
Hahaha, if this happens I'm just going to find a new team to root for.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Why is John Harbaugh on this||
Why is John Harbaugh on this list? He's nowhere near a serious option. It's far less likely than even Patterson, who reportedly said he has no interest.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||My opinion: You should steal||
My opinion: You should steal signs if you can (and if the team is dumb enough to not have the ability to change signs), but you can't make a gameplan out of it. If you're worried about the other team stealing your signs, either change it up or deal with the consequences of being predictable.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||No.||
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Bringing up academic rankings||
Bringing up academic rankings is such a lazy argument when we're discussing sports.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Now this is a recipe I can||
Now this is a recipe I can get behind.
Probably a stupid question (I'm a real newbie at proper cooking, but damnit I'm trying to learn to make delicious and relatively healthy food for the wife and I), but as far as the brining process goes, at what point do you put the turkey in the brine? I'm assuming you don't want to boil the bird, so these are things I need to learn still.
Also, since you seem to have a bit more experience than I do (this was my first year owning a smoker, so I've been sticking mainly to the brisket/pulled pork/ribs stuff since it's a bit easier), is there anything to be gained by injecting the turkey? I do this with my brisket and pulled pork, and they've turned out fantastic and juicy, but I'm not sure that you'd gain a lot here since the bird is hollow and you're already brining it overnight.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Since it's only a few weeks||
Since it's only a few weeks away, let's hear some recipes for smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving! I'm planning to do that this year now that I finally own a proper smoker, and I'm just wondering what some techniques are so I can prepare a great turkey for our guests (and the leftovers). I've checked out some various recipes online, but you can't go wrong with more information.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Peyton as HC? No way. I'd be||
Peyton as HC? No way. I'd be fine with him as a QB coach/OC-in-training under a coach like Mullen who has a history in coaching offense, but not as a HC with no coaching experience whatsoever.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Pickerington is basically||
Pickerington is basically Columbus - when you're writing a national article, it's not that big of a deal. People know where Columbus is. Joe Schmoe in Phoenix likely has no idea what the hell a Pickerington is. Also, per Wikipedia (I know, not a scientific resource), LeVert was born in Columbus and then moved to Pickerington.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think either Harbaugh||
I don't think either Harbaugh is a serious option, so I'm not going to bother ranking them. Miles isn't leaving LSU at this stage in his career. Gundy isn't leaving OkState, and we're not getting in a bidding war with T. Boone Pickens for him. My top 7 is thus:
1. Dan Mullen - I think this goes without saying. If he's willing to leave Starkville to come to Ann Arbor, whomever is the AD would be nuts to not make the move. The SEC Network money flowing in at the end of the season might push Miss St. into a position where they can match offers though.
2. Butch Jones - Local guy, recruits well, is showing signs of undoing some of the damage Kiffin and Dooley did to Tennessee.
3. Chad Morris - Innovative offensive mind, recruits well, though his deep ties to Texas and the south means he needs a good staff around him while he builds a local network.
4. Kirby Smart - Same as Morris, except on defense. Especially if he took a swing at Bob Stitt for the OC spot and gave him free reign (which might move him to 2 actually).
5. Ruffin McNeill - Probably not willing to leave the south, but he's done a bang-up job at ECU.
6. Beau Baldwin - FCS guy, but wildly successful at Eastern Washington.
7. Bob Stitt - As noted above, I'd rather have him as the OC with a defense-first head coach, but if all else fails.... goddamnit all I want is some exciting football. Give me 67-65 triple OT wins against Illinois over 18-13 shitfests against Penn State every day.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||That's, uh, a lot more||
That's, uh, a lot more touchdowns than I think this team is capable of.
I'm gonna say we beat Indiana and then lose out the rest of the year. Indiana seems like it'll be a 20-10 sort of game. I'd guess Northwestern wins 27-13, Maryland wins 34-16, and OSU wins 45-10. Brandon is gone the week after OSU, Hoke is gone before Christmas. I won't venture a guess on the identity of the new coach besides it won't be an exciting name (no Harbaugh, Miles, or Mullen).
|40 weeks 14 hours ago||What pain? This is so bad||
What pain? This is so bad it's actually funny. I can't comprehend how these people can be so incredibly terrible at their jobs.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||I liked one of the analogies||
I liked one of the analogies I saw: It's like speeding. If you've gone past a cop doing 5 over the limit 99 times and he's never pulled you over, you still don't get to be pissed if he pulls you over the 100th time you do it. You broke the rule/law. Sure, you'd like the official to be more consistent, but not calling it one time doesn't mean you can't ever call it.
|42 weeks 15 hours ago||There's almost no way Hack||
There's almost no way Hack wins the Heisman with that offensive line. However, he could throw 4 TDs today with the way our secondary has been playing. Won't help him when he throws 4 INTs before having his ribcage disintegrate against MSU at the end of the season.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||As the great Jon Bois says,||
As the great Jon Bois says, never count out Touchdown Tom.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Why the hell should a||
Why the hell should a Michigan connection even matter?
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Rodriguez's staff in 2008||
Rodriguez's staff in 2008 earned a total of $4.4 million. Hoke's staff in 2011 earned $5.81. Ignoring the head coaches (Rodriguez was making $2.5 million, Hoke was at $3.3 million), that's a $600k difference. Maybe the data I found is incorrect, but it looks like there was a significant pay bump for assistants under Hoke. And interestingly enough, when Shafer 'resigned', the total staff salary actually dropped $20k with the Robinson hire.
For Casteel, it was literally a $10k difference between what Michigan and WVU were offering. Yes, WVU was throwing in the contract that Michigan was (also stupidly) not offering, but $10k is NOTHING to a football program like Michigan. It was a stupid decision at the time, and looks even worse in retrospect.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, because Beilein has||
Yes, because Beilein has nothing to lose by saying negative things about Brandon in public.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Hiring Rodriguez wasn't a||
Hiring Rodriguez wasn't a mistake. Not giving him support (assistant coach pay, the entire athletic department buying into the change, etc.) was the mistake.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Fuck you Dave Brandon In case||
Fuck you Dave Brandon
In case you did not hear me
Fuck you Dave Brandon
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Your Butch Jones link goes to||
Your Butch Jones link goes to Dave Doeren's evaluation.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||"I love to hate the team I||
"I love to hate the team I love, but more than that I hate to not care about the team I love."
This right here. It is truly painful to be so ambivalent about the team that it doesn't bother me at all that I won't be able to watch the game Saturday. And the problems in the administration keep seeping further and further into my excitement of the other teams with each completely inane press release. It's to the point that I'm probably going to skip my annual Ann Arbor sports weekend with my wife this year.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be getting hilariously||
I'll be getting hilariously drunk at the open bar of the wedding I'll be at. Never have I been happier to go to a fall wedding.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Piss piss piss piss piss Shit||
Piss piss piss piss piss
Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit
Words describing team
|44 weeks 3 days ago||In regards to the "increments||
In regards to the "increments of 5" comment, I'm totally fine with that. Most guys don't weigh the same every single day, and a generic "his average day he weighs X" is close enough. I'm pretty consistent with my diet, workouts, etc., and I regularly bounce around between 198 and 205, so when asked I just say I'm 200. Not to mention weight differences from morning to evening.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||I don't actually bet money on||
I don't actually bet money on sports, but if I did, here's what I'd take (B1G games only):
Missouri (-13) - Indiana still can't figure out how to play defense.
Utah (+5) - I just don't feel confident in this team yet, especially on offense.
Pitt (-6.5) - Iowa might not actually score any points this weekend.
Minnesota (-8.5) - Not that Minnesota is actually any good, but that SJSU might be really, really bad.
Penn State (-26.5) - I don't think Penn State is going to have fun when they play anybody with a pulse, but UMass is awful.
Nebraska (-7) - The McNeese game was an aberration, and not an accurate reflection of Nebraska's ability.
Maryland (-1) - Eventually Maryland's passing game is going to start working, and why not this weekend?
MSU (-45.5) - I don't believe Dantonio for a second about not running up the score.
Illinois (-14) - I don't know anything about Texas State, so this is a wild guess.
Navy (-6) - Oh come on Gary Nova, 5 INTs against Penn State?
Wisconsin (-27) - BG is riding high after beating Indiana, but Wisconsin is an entirely different animal.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Nobody should apologize to||
Nobody should apologize to Penn State for anything ever again.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Why is there an apostrophe in||
Why is there an apostrophe in Dantonio's last name? Why is the 'g' in Fitzgerald capitalized?
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Iowa's schedule is||
Iowa's schedule is hilariously terrible. Depending on whether Wisconsin can find a passing game or not, Northern Iowa might be the third or fourth best team they'll face all season.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh, the Outback would be||
Ugh, the Outback would be such a disappointing slot to end up in.
I actually would be surprised if one of MSU or OSU doesn't end up in the playoff. Oregon is a very flawed team, and I think MSU wins this weekend. OSU might struggle a bit against VT, since Bud Foster is great at toying with young QBs, but I don't see them losing to anyone in conference except maybe MSU. Really, in my opinion, the winner of the OSU-MSU game should be no worse than 11-1, and possibly 12-0, heading into the B1G title game against a weak West team.
Also, I can see Wisconsin dropping a few slots if McEvoy doesn't learn how to pass by the end of the season. As good as Gordon is, he'll be facing 9-man boxes quite a bit. Really opens up that division for Iowa and Nebraska to have shiny records, which only helps the perception of either OSU or MSU winning the championship game.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Lately, I've been using some||
Lately, I've been using some hard drugs so the seemingly inevitable depression doesn't hurt as much.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Alabama, Florida State,||
Alabama, Florida State, Baylor, Ohio State
|49 weeks 2 days 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.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||They didn't pick MSU players||
They didn't pick MSU players for all 26 spots. INJUSTICE!
|49 weeks 3 days 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 4 weeks 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.
|1 year 5 weeks 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.
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Where is Peppers?||
Where is Peppers?
|1 year 8 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks 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.
|1 year 9 weeks 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).
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Surprised you didn't include||
Surprised you didn't include JMFJ in your list, considering he went 3rd overall in 2005.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||When did Dennis Franklin||
When did Dennis Franklin start coaching Penn State?
|1 year 15 weeks ago||As long as the Penguins lose||
As long as the Penguins lose early, and preferably in a spectacular fashion, I'll be happy.
|1 year 16 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE||
WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE SEAT, BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED... THE EEEEEEDDDDDDGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEE!
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Well, technically, Naz Long||
Well, technically, Naz Long was the difference as he didn't do anything, leading to his team losing...
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||?||
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Oiho: still better than Ohio.||
Oiho: still better than Ohio.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||You play... to win... the||
You play... to win... the game.
|1 year 21 weeks 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?
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Balls to the face never||
Balls to the face never ceases to amuse.
|1 year 22 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Pretty sure||
Pretty sure www.nbcolympics.com is streaming everything in the Olympics it can.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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).
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 25 weeks 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.
|1 year 26 weeks 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.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Bo Ryan's face is the stuff||
Bo Ryan's face is the stuff of nightmares.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||You can't have a successful||
You can't have a successful "Grand Experiment" if you're shooting holes in your own facade.
|1 year 26 weeks 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.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Doesn't that make it bulimic||
Doesn't that make it bulimic rather than anorexic?
|1 year 27 weeks 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.
|1 year 28 weeks 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.
|1 year 28 weeks 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.
|1 year 28 weeks 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.
|1 year 28 weeks 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).
|1 year 29 weeks ago||WHAT. This isn't April 1st,||
WHAT. This isn't April 1st, is it?
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Are we really in a position||
Are we really in a position to laugh at MSU for "only" finishing 3rd?
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 32 weeks 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.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||This is getting rather||
This is getting rather comical. Maybe it's all setting us up for something amazing on January 1st!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||This just makes me want to||
This just makes me want to touch Kate Upton in her hot pocket even more.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Wooo Friday! Time to get||
Wooo Friday! Time to get blackout drunk at lunch and then go back to work!
|1 year 33 weeks 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.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||yay||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I think toll roads should not||
I think toll roads should not have speed limits.
|1 year 33 weeks 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.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Well, there are at least two||
Well, there are at least two on Michigan's team alone in Chesson and Darboh.
|1 year 33 weeks 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).
|1 year 33 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Basketball, without a doubt.||
Basketball, without a doubt.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||What about if the coaches||
What about if the coaches show up?
|1 year 35 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks 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!
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Yeah, you only got half your||
Yeah, you only got half your face blown off.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||LOL||
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Meet the Parents is a||
Meet the Parents is a terrible movie.
|1 year 40 weeks 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.