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|1 week 4 days ago||Been nice that he's gotten a||
Been nice that he's gotten a couple of Bundesliga starts of late with BvB prioritizing the Europa League and German Cup matches for their starters.
|1 week 4 days ago||Michael Bradley could have||
Michael Bradley could have played for a mid or lower table team in those big four leagues no problem. He was stuck on the bench for an upper echelon Serie A team, but he could have played for a lot of other teams in those leagues. He had previously played for a lower table Bundesliga side. I think with his workrate and physical nature he'd have been a natural for the Premeir League. But he chose to come back to MLS, and he looks worse than he did a couple years ago. The competition simply isn't as good.
Hell, Yedlin's loaned to a team that is struggling to avoid relegation in the Premier League. But he's playing a lot. And it's making him better.
For someone like Dempsey who's on the downswing, coming back made sense. Same drill for Howard, who had lost his Everton job. But when the younger guys and guys in their prime do it, it's not good for their games, and thus usually not good for the national team either.
|1 week 4 days ago||Giuseppe Rossi was born and||
Giuseppe Rossi was born and raised in New Jersey, didn't stop him from playing for Italy instead of the US.
Neven Subotic was born in Bosnia, lived in Germany for a few years (fleeing the war and his dad had a job there), and was in the US by age 10. He ended up playing for Serbia and not the US even though he'd even been in the age group US national stuff.
There are others too.
|1 week 5 days ago||The "going out" junk with||
The "going out" junk with Cook is stupid (college student goes out! oh no!), but it is a little weird to be a senior, 3rd year starting quarterback and not be a captain. That's going to make teams wonder a fair bit.
|1 week 5 days ago||Denard transferring could||
Denard transferring could have allowed him an assault on NCAA record books. But!: Denard's staying and injury did allow the NFL to get an actual look at him at running back on film/game settings, which I suggest may have gotten him drafted higher than if he'd transferred to another spread option school and only been a QB.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Davis wasn't really a||
Davis wasn't really a projected draft pick BEFORE the season and his knee injury. NFL Draft Scout, for example, had him as the #33 OLB, which doesn't even have a round grade on it. And then he injured his knee.
So he can do the supplemental draft, go undrafted, then try to hook on as an undrafted free agent pretty much whenever over the next 2-3 months.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Miller's Pub is right next to||
Miller's Pub is right next to the hotel basically if you go out the Wabash side and usually has a good selection of beer drafts, although pricey since it's in the loop area.
If you're trying to grab lunch, the 7th floor of the State Street Macy's (a couple blocks north of Palmer House) has a food court that has a ramen counter from Takashi, a Rick Bayless tortas counter, and some other stuff, but really just go to the Bayless or Takashi counter.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||He's a regular panelist on||
He's a regular panelist on NPRs Wait Wait Don't Tell Me which tapes in front of an audience in Chicago, perhaps going to one of those would give you the chance
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||It's a non sequitur and would||
It's a non sequitur and would be a good thing. The reason they don't allow it now is presumably because it would be basically impossible to figure out how many guys you could bring in in a recruiting class if you had guys who could go to the combine and then come back with signing day where it is.
However, you could easily allow it if you changed the scholarship cap to a certain number given out per year rather than the 85 overall limit, since someone exploring their options wouldn't change the number you could sign.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||I don't know, I think there's||
I don't know, I think there's a fair number of us who were well aware of what the O'Bannon suit would do and still think it was great.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Given recent naming||
Given recent naming conventions, "CSKA Ann Arbor" isn't a new MLS team?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Coaches from those Sun Belt||
Coaches from those Sun Belt schools (and FCS schools) work some of these satellite camps and get a live look at a bunch of prospects for the cost of "show up and coach" and might even get paid for it in some cases. They don't have to do any of the work to set it up, and "camp put on by coaches from Ohio State/Michigan/Nebraska/Whatever" is going to attract people a lot more than a Sun Belt camp would. Plenty of the articles out there note that a team like Georgia Southern was able to see a lot more guys by having coaches working various camps including satellite camps.
Once in a while they'll lose a guy to Power 5, but for teams that simply don't have the recruiting budget that some of the P5 teams have, those extra opportunities to evaluate and work with kids live was a much bigger positive for them than losing out on a guy on occasion.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It probably doesn't have||
It probably doesn't have value for Alabama, who already has almost any recruit happy to take Saban and his staff's calls. It probably would actually have value for some SEC and ACC teams, and it has a shitload of value for the Sun Belt teams and I haven't the faintest idea why they would have voted to make their own recruiting exponentially more difficult. Unless there was an under the table payment to the conference or something for their vote.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||An example from back during||
An example from back during the camp:
Also a quote from a January article:
“He’s just a heart-and-soul player,” said Mark Kelley, Chicago’s senior director of amateur scouting. “He plays hard. He contributes offensively. He can win a game by blocking a shot or tipping a puck in. He’s in the dirt the whole time, there’s no hard area for him, he makes it a hard area because he’s there.”
|3 weeks 6 days ago||They have multiple forwards||
They have multiple forwards that are UFAs after this year that aren't going to be signed again. He was the guy they seemed most excited about at last year's prospect camp. And then he went out and had the year he had. He'll get a shot at making the team.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Mo Douglass! He played for||
Mo Douglass! He played for the Bears for years, a special teams ace and a 5th or 6th defensive back usually if I remember right.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I assume that Major Tennison||
I assume that Major Tennison is actually the alter ego of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf's son right?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If he really did get arrested||
If he really did get arrested for grabbing ass, he really must have grabbed the wrong ass, like the principal's daughter or something. Because no one gets arrested for that. Suspended from school maybe, but arrested and charged? I suspect it's a little more than that.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The Blackhawks love Motte (he||
The Blackhawks love Motte (he came in for a lot of glowing reports from last year's prospect camp) and have several pending UFAs in their top 3 lines. I'd expect them to sign him.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||College Hockey News reporting||
College Hockey News reporting the same re: Notre Dame, so this appears to be happening.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Yeah, I think for a guy who||
Yeah, I think for a guy who is already the best or among the very top players in college, it is rather silly to leave him there. You might stunt his development. This isn't like baseball where you can leave a guy in the minors an extra month to get that extra year of team control.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Too bad the UIC Pavilion||
Too bad the UIC Pavilion doesn't have ice anymore (UIC was actually in the CCHA back in the day until they discontinued the hockey program), as that would have been perfect, it's about a mile from the United Center, could have easily gone between the two. Instead it'd probably have to be at Allstate Arena. You could hop the CTA blue line between the two and take a shuttle or bus from the Rosemont stop to the arena, but it's not remotely as convenient.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||They seem to think these||
They seem to think these neutral site conference tournaments can work because the old WCHA Final Five worked, forgetting that was the case because over half of the teams in the league could drive to the Twin Cities. Same drill with the old CCHA ones - damn near everyone could drive to Detroit in 4 hours or less.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Everyone loves Mountain Man||
Everyone loves Mountain Man Macklemore from that team
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The reporter stated it like||
The reporter stated it like an asshole, and Yale was one of two teams in college basketball that had a top 20 rebound rate on both the offensive and defensive boards. So it was a dickishly phrased question that was also a dumb question.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||There were very few turnovers||
There were very few turnovers in the second half. I think they went the first 10 minutes of the half at least without turning it over.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||The difference between the||
The difference between the Vegas line and the KenPom line can be called the Haith Dividend. I'm sure the sharps took one look at the coaching matchup and the initial line and pounded Michigan hard.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||They gave Lovie an assistant||
They gave Lovie an assistant budget that was apparently third in the B1G behind OSU and Michigan. About damn time one of the other programs starts spending the money required to compete.
I don't know if he'll win big at Illinois, but what Illinois needs to do first is to matter again at all, get some respectability. That I think Lovie can do. I think he'll actually be a pretty good recruiter, he's certainly beloved by his players. They need some sort of draw, a splash, to get back in the recruiting game, and this is a reasonable one. May as well take the chance - they already suck. And it's definitely got the backing of the boosters and grabbed interest of some of the fans who lost interest.
I also don't think Lovie will be heading back to the NFL. He's in his late 50s, and just got unexpectedly tossed by a NFL team. This seems likely to be his last stop.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Just Pratt could eat the||
Just Pratt could eat the flat
So the defense could eat no screen
|8 weeks 5 days ago||An analyst/not-full-assistant||
An analyst/not-full-assistant spot for Kill might be good if for no other reason that you can have a guy work a reduced schedule since he isn't taking up one of your limited assistant slots, and for his own good he probably shouldn't be working full assistant hours.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||There was a guy in Michigan's||
There was a guy in Michigan's law school while I was there who was a long snapper. I'd imagine there's a lot more work for an actual offensive lineman though in film study and such.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Is he going to grad transfer||
Is he going to grad transfer to Vandy and play during his 1L year, or is he just doing the law school thing and done with football?
Wouldn't fault him either way. Nice to get a year paid for, but your 1L year is what gets you your summer post-2L job and thus likely your first full time job, so I could understand wanting to focus on school too.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||In celebration of the month,||
In celebration of the month, the North will send Richard Sherman down there to march to the sea and burn the whole damn state down.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||I don't know about Forbes,||
I don't know about Forbes, but if I recall correctly Torbes also might be vetted
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Skyline Chili||
Is meatsauce for spaghetti rather than actual chili
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Also a sign of the zombie||
Also a sign of the zombie invasion:
|10 weeks 6 days ago||MTV News is the other home of||
MTV News is the other home of a lot of the Grantland people. The head Grantland editor was hired there and he hired a lot of the out-of-contract Grantland people, including Brian Phillips.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||If you can clear 1.0 PPP on||
If you can clear 1.0 PPP on offense, you beat the Buckeyes. It's been the case for almost every game this season for them.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||I worked with a guy who's son||
I worked with a guy who's son walked on at USC on the O-line. After a year or two he decided he didn't want to play anymore, and within a year he'd dropped like 80 pounds. With the amount of running around/conditioning those guys do in addition to the lifting and other exertion in playing the game, you have to consume a frankly uncomfortable amount of food (for some guys) in order to maintain your muscle and weight.
Hence, guys tend to get either much thinner (because they basically had to force themselves to eat that much) or get very fat (because they keep eating a ton but don't exercise remotely enough) after they quit the gamel.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I think Reed's wife carried||
I think Reed's wife carried the full-size bag, it was funny because it looked almost as big as her.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Purdue being down there is||
Purdue being down there is nuts considering their front line is made of Ents.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Patrick Reed actually had his||
Patrick Reed actually had his wife on the bag for a few years until she got pregnant with their first kid. She was on the bag for his first Tour win.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The important thing is that||
The important thing is that crew is all on Pebble on Saturday. This is by design since the TV coverage is basically limited to Pebble, and this way they have all the celebs on the CBS broadcast on Saturday.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||There are a fair number of||
There are a fair number of celebs in the field who are there to play specifically with a buddy on the Tour. Or the Tour guy committed to the event right after their buddy committed to the event. Jake Owen is with Speith for that reason, Josh Donaldson with Dufner, Toby Keith and Stricker, Bubba and Mark Wahlberg, obviously Gretzky plays with his son-in-law, etc.
Some of the others they'll assign with tie-ins. Jerry Kelly's a Wisconsin native and he's paired with Aaron Rodgers, for example. And Bill Murray used to be paired with various guys (and they checked with the pro beforehand because not all of them could deal with his antics) but he won the Pro-Am with DA Points (who's an Illinois guy) and Points won the pro title, and they've played together ever since.
So no, not random. I think some of them do get assigned somewhat randomly, but there's a decent chunk of the business guys that are there that get paired with a pro who their company sponsors, for instance.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'd like to see Caris play a||
I'd like to see Caris play a couple of short stints tonight. Don't overextend him, just get him out there for a 3 minute stint in each half maybe to let him get a little full-speed action, and give someone a short rest. Don't want to overextend him obviously, but a small amount tonight, and then a more substantial bench role in the next game or two building up his minutes seems like a good way to go about it.
I mean, even that little bit of relief would probably be helpful to the team right now.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||Or if the organizers are||
Or if the organizers are being dicks, they'll put Harbaugh in a group with Alex Smith.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Don't know if it'd be all 3,||
Don't know if it'd be all 3, but if season ended now Connor and Motte would almost have to be there, one leading the nation in points and the other leading in goals.
Also, LOL Motte being property of the Hawks from a 4th round pick, because of course the rich get richer
|12 weeks 5 days ago||You'll have to submit that to||
You'll have to submit that to the Department of Redundancy Department
|12 weeks 5 days ago||And let's not forget about||
And let's not forget about Ol' Skillet Hands.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||At this point I wouldn't read||
At this point I wouldn't read anything into anything. They all know people are watching every little detail and it's fun to mess with people when it requires like 2 seconds of your own effort to make a bunch of people freak out. I know I would have at that age.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Glad to have him, but can't||
Glad to have him, but can't help but feel it's a missed opportunity for Wisconsin to not have offered a guy named Cheeseman.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The plan was for them to||
The plan was for them to fight probably in September after taking a fight before that. More build-up time.
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||He might have been getting||
He might have been getting the picture from non-communication though. The staff needs to be more blunt. Considering Harbaugh is usually pretty blunt with where guys stand on the team, it wouldn't be that much of a change to also be blunt with guys who you might not be able to take earlier than mid-January.
Be clearer before the dead period and this isn't a story at all.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||naw dude it's "The Victors" a||
naw dude it's "The Victors" a tribute song for favorite alums Victor Borge and Viktor Vaughn the Venomous Villain
|14 weeks 3 days ago||They may as well. They||
They may as well. They magically find grant money for athletes they want, and there's also the "anyone whose family makes less than Xbox has free tuition" thing that probably covers a fair number of players.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Wisconsin is 1.5 hours closer||
Wisconsin is 1.5 hours closer to him.
Source: my high school was in that conference and I've made the drives to both Madison and Ann Arbor from home.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Food Lab guy actually tested||
Food Lab guy actually tested that and found it didn't realy make a difference
|14 weeks 4 days ago||There was a Cottage Inn||
There was a Cottage Inn carryout on my walk home from bars and I'd sometimes call an order when I was getting ready to leave and it would be ready when I stopped by on my way home
|14 weeks 5 days ago||"This is absolutely crazy,||
"This is absolutely crazy, especially when you consider the B1G made $157M."
The B1G made a hell of a lot more than that, they distributed 32 million a team in 2015, and expected to be 35-ish this year, so their rev numbers are probably pretty similar to the SEC.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Multiple outlets singled him||
Multiple outlets singled him out as a top performer so far so it's not just one or two guys with that opinion.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Looks like Tarzan, plays||
Looks like Tarzan, plays like, uh, someone who is on IR all the time.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||If he were visiting on a||
If he were visiting on a weekend with nothing going on (or worse, a Rutgers game) I'd be a lot more worried but they host Maryland this weekend, and who wouldn't take a free great seat to a top 25 matchup like that?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Which is why he said 3-4 end.||
Which is why he said 3-4 end. Not all 3-tech DTs could plausibly be a 3-4 end, but Henry's big enough to handle that.
If he tests well at the combine (and I suspect he will) I think he'll go in the 2nd round, maybe even 1st. A guy with his combo of size and quickness can be used in just about any defensive system.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||And I was looking forward to||
And I was looking forward to buying the name rights to MSU's basketball arena so they'd play in the Dickbutt Center
|15 weeks 6 days ago||When it comes to three point||
When it comes to three point shooting, it is Robinson & Co., which is what he meant I assume
|16 weeks 17 hours ago||Not to mention being able to||
Not to mention being able to work at someone else's camp is a benefit to both the players at the camp and the coaches who work the camp - the coaches get to evaluate a bunch of players basically for free (because their school isn't spending the money to organize it) and the players get exposure to more schools all in one place to increase the likelihood someone offers them a scholarship without having to go to more camps.
If Michigan wants to invite other coaches, including FBS coaches, to its camp and some of those coaches want to do it, I don't see why it's any of the SEC's business. Harbaugh thought it beneficial to make the offer and to let others in, and Fitz thought it beneficial for him and his program to take Harbaugh up on the offer. Why does anyone else get a say in that?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||" WHAT'S THE FACT THAT I||
WHAT'S THE FACT THAT I WATCHED THE LAST EPISODE OF TRUE DETECTIVE FIRST BECAUSE HBO GO IS DESIGNED BY MORONS
Or you could have said "What's True Detective Season 2" - confusing and not particularly good
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Butler pinned a couple quick||
Butler pinned a couple quick fouls on Haas which I think helped. Purdue turned it over a bunch in that one (Swanigan had 7 himself) and Butler didn't, so while Butler didn't actually shoot well and Dunham was mired in his horrendous slump, they built out a lead in the 2nd half and held on. The former NC State Hobbit actually had a really good game for them.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||So you're saying Speedy||
So you're saying Speedy Eaglet wants to be Speedy Duckling instead?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Whoever starts at QB will||
Whoever starts at QB will have a nice cushy intro, unlike Rudock. Our OOC schedule suuuuuucks. The first two were bottom 10 in S&P+. Colorado's the best of the bunch and they just barely avoided being in the triple digits in S&P+.
And while the first two conference opponents are solid teams they both come to Ann Arbor. The first road game is the only roadie of the bunch against a team that was not a really good team in 2015, and it's not an intimidating setting. And then a bye and home against Illinois. By that time, if kinks in the offense need to be worked out with the new QB, they ought to be largely fixed when we hit the three nasty road trips in the last 5 games.
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||MSU has at least as many as||
MSU has at least as many as Wisconsin and they managed to pay the Nard Dog 900K+ to keep him from leaving for a different coordinator job, and they pay a lot more for Dantonio than Wisconsin is paying for Chryst. Barry's full of shit.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Didn't realize Ole Miss was||
Didn't realize Ole Miss was in the game
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, Manningham was great at||
Oh, Manningham was great at Michigan, and Chesson certainly doesn't have his production yet, but if the late-season was the light going on, his measureables are more in the Braylon/Terrell type than Manningham type. He could be an absolute monster.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Given Chesson is 3 inches||
Given Chesson is 3 inches taller and also faster than Manningham, the 2.0 version appears to have significant upgrades. Which is pretty great.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||At least next year's schedule||
At least next year's schedule allows O'Korn or whoever wins the job some time to get his feet under him. First 5 are at home, and none of the first 3 are against teams likely to be even mediocre (best of the bunch finished #98 in S&P+ this year and we don't see that team - Colorado - until game 3). So he'll have 3 to get acclimated, then face some real defenses at home in PSU and Wisconsin.
But man, the second half of the schedule, with the three road games being @MSU, @Iowa, @OSU, whoever's starting better be good by then.
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||A friend and I led tours when||
A friend and I led tours when at MLaw. We are not women, let alone attractive women. Tour guides were volunteers who were personable and could answer questions. Some women, some men.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Ah yes, Tupper. Reminds me of||
Ah yes, Tupper. Reminds me of this (the Butler Blue III/Tupper mascot summit):
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Seems like instead of||
Seems like instead of PROFILES IN HEROISM or the Hoke 2007 PROFILES IN CRONYISM the Cubit hire should get PROFILES IN NEPOTISM
|20 weeks 22 hours ago||Rob Ryan's defenses have also||
Rob Ryan's defenses have also usually ranged from bad to outright terrible.
It's almost certainly Leavitt that Fishaw is referring to. His defenses at USF were generally good to excellent. A little worried about why he was fired from there though.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Norseman means man from the||
Norseman means man from the North, and they're Northern Kentucky
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I'm guessing they used to be||
I'm guessing they used to be the Norsemen and deleted the "men" part.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||You could have figured that||
You could have figured that out by him not being a captain as a 3rd year starter at QB.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||There's a limited number of||
There's a limited number of slots available based on the 85 limit, and they were promised elsewhere from what I understand, as well as promises to certain targets, and they couldn't guarantee one for Reese as a result. Kid wants EE, other solid programs are willing to give him that, so he takes the sure thing. Can't blame him, most of us would do the same.
Given how he's handled the situation, he's a good add to whoever he chooses, at the very least you know you're getting someone with a good head on his shoulders. Good luck to him!
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Rodger's article on the||
Rodger's article on the Bahamas Bowl last year was pretty excellent:
|21 weeks 1 day ago||With that last name I really||
With that last name I really wish he was Sylvester McMonkey McDoom
|21 weeks 1 day ago||you jokers and your Butt||
you jokers and your Butt cracks. everyones a comedian
|21 weeks 1 day ago||It's not like we haven't||
It's not like we haven't benefitted recently from being the P5 to offer a guy at QB who basically everyone else wanted to play at a different position, and turns out the kid was right to want to take his shot at QB. Hard to blame a kid for chasing what he really wants in football, particularly when it's at a school that is 1) a great school and 2) a lot closer to home (presuming Cal will give him a shot at QB first).
|21 weeks 5 days ago||To get a full explanation of||
To get a full explanation of that you'd need the coaches and others who were there to talk. For obvious reasons, that was probably going to be hard if not impossible.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||He's being upgraded from the||
He's being upgraded from the pear tree to a nice tall Eastern White Pine
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Fangio finally figured out||
Fangio finally figured out how to make Shea McClellin useful for something other than injuring Aaron Rodgers that one time, which is nice.
And yes he's not coming to college from the Bears job.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Just make the eagle blue & background the maize|
|21 weeks 5 days ago||18 year old McGary was 2||
18 year old McGary was 2 years out from being on our roster (he turned 20 in the summer of 2012, before he got to Michigan), so yeah.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Rob Ryan's defenses also have||
Rob Ryan's defenses also have been largely terrible in the NFL, which is more of a disqualifying factor.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||He was HORRIBLE as the Bears||
He was HORRIBLE as the Bears DC. The D the last two years sent all sorts of the bad kind of franchise records.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Still think Ride of the||
Still think Ride of the Valkyries needs to play when Wagner enters the game.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||He's not leaving. The Bears||
He's not leaving. The Bears just cleaned house in the front office and coaching staff, that staff is getting minimum 3 years (unless someone leaves to take a better job, Gase could absolutely move on to HC in the near future), and he's probably getting paid pretty well since the Bears didn't go cheapo on the head coach this time around. Considering it's a new system and they don't have the right guys to run the defense they look surprisingly not completely incompetent at this point.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||We got new information later,||
We got new information later, via Bacon's book among other places.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Response to negative||
Response to negative recruiting of top WR recruits: "We just put a WR and a TE on the All-conference first team in our first year here"
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I'd let him decide, but yeah,||
I'd let him decide, but yeah, he's pretty much everything you'd want in a guy wearing the #1, willing blocker (also good at it), game-breaking speed, good guy, and his production the last month of the season once everything seemed to click probably warrants it.
|22 weeks 19 hours ago||Cole only played early and||
Cole only played early and then sat with an injury, so it's highly likely he'll be granted a med redshirt for this year.
|22 weeks 19 hours ago||what, no haloscan?||
what, no haloscan?
|22 weeks 20 hours ago||Indeed they were. This really||
Indeed they were.
This really should have been Butt and Henry and then everyone else.
|22 weeks 22 hours ago||The truly funny part though||
The truly funny part though is that University of South Florida is north of University of Central Florida. Guessing that Florida Man assigned the names.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Part of it was "they played||
Part of it was "they played in the wind/rain so OSU didn't even pretend to have a passing threat" which allowed MSU to play the run even more aggressively. One of the only times OSU tried to take a shot, Miller was wide open for a TD and Barrett missed him by a mile.
MSU also had better linebackers than we did, with a very good defensive line.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I did like seeing the coaches||
I did like seeing the coaches going for it on 4th down with it 35-13 even with Speight in and the defense showing some pride and stopping OSU from scoring on that drive OSU started goal to go after Bosa's pick. No quit by anyone, battle to the final whistle.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know if it's that||
I don't know if it's that surprising that Sabonis had pretty advanced skills considering his dad was one of the most skilled centers the NBA has ever had even though he came to the NBA with already-destroyed knees and other problems - great passer, shot 37% from 3 his first two years in the league, etc. You have that kind of skill around as the guy you're learning the game from and you're bound to develop your skills earlier, right?
|23 weeks 1 day ago||"When he isn't doing that||
"When he isn't doing that he's urging Penn State to spread the field and "run downhill" one week after Indiana had success doing anything but that."
If only he had seen the game against Indiana, perhaps from the broadcast booth...
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I want to invent a new||
I want to invent a new category for this throw. (DO+, 3, protection ½, Chesson route +)
How about DO∞
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Last time I had to be in Ohio||
Last time I had to be in Ohio for that weekend, on the night before we were out at a bar with one of those internet-connected jukeboxes and I played The Victors multiple times
|23 weeks 5 days ago||So will Lewis be on PSU's top||
So will Lewis be on PSU's top receiver, a defensive strategy we can call the Godwin Law?
|23 weeks 5 days ago||They're pretty cheap, but||
They're pretty cheap, but pretty decent quality for mass-produced denim
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I have no idea why they||
I have no idea why they thought a Taco/Godin/Strobel/Ross at BUCK was a good idea for even a single snap. And when IU got Godin/Strobel on together they did a lot of tempo it looked to me to make sure they stayed on the field.
Chalk it up to lesson learned, I hope. OSU will step on their throats like that if they try to pull that kind of thing against them.
|24 weeks 14 hours ago||Nope. Iowa just played one on||
Nope. Iowa just played one on Saturday.
|24 weeks 14 hours ago||And here I thought there was||
And here I thought there was only underaged drinking at Rick's Cafe
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I don't get the impression||
I don't get the impression that IU fans want him fired either. This would probably be the case in a typical offseason but ESPECIALLY in this offseason. There's no way they'd end up with an upgrade with so many better (read: every Power 5 job available, plus some of the others that could be stepping stones to a big job) options out there.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Saban's time as an assistant||
Saban's time as an assistant with MSU overlapped with Rison's time there in part, and Bama did apparently offer.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||so in the words of a famous||
so in the words of a famous former IU coach CLOSER THAN THE EXPERTS THINK
|24 weeks 4 days ago||That looks like a British||
That looks like a British Open. The bumpy terrain, the brownish grass, and several of the rota courses are on the sea
|24 weeks 5 days ago||It's the Bryan Bickell||
It's the Bryan Bickell contract except 3 years longer, and 250K more cap hit. That seems... unlikely to work long term. Hell, the Hawks already have basically dumped Bicks to the minors only a couple years into the deal.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, not just for grilling||
Yep, not just for grilling either. For checking your thanksgiving turkey, for steaks or chops you cook slow in the oven and do the reverse sear to finish, for pretty much any meat cooking really, it allows you replicable, dead-on results every time.
Heck, if you do coffee in an aeropress or french press, you can check your water temp to make sure it's where you want it too.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Well, they're green, so I'd||
Well, they're green, so I'd go with
|25 weeks 1 day ago||The Pepp-O-Meter really||
The Pepp-O-Meter really should be called the Scoville Scale but perhaps that's too obscure for the average football viewer?
|25 weeks 4 days ago||The great hope is that we||
The great hope is that we have like 6 guys competing for the job. Someone out of O'Korn, Speight, Morris, Gentry, Malzone and Peters is going to win the job. With that many guys competing, and with all but Peters being here for at least a year absorbing the system, and with Peters planning to enroll early IIRC, the end result is probably at least going to be decent.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Skyrim? Just as long as Drake||
Just as long as Drake doesn't take another arrow to the knee...
|25 weeks 5 days ago||The funny thing is with as||
The funny thing is with as many bad football ones as they've done too, I thought the whites with the stripes on the leg and armband looked really sharp on Saturday.
They have a hilarious record with basketball though, between last year's Fanny Pack/Cummerbund shorts, the infamous Zubaz shorts with sleeves on the jersey, this road tread belt crap, all look awful.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Been there, done that.||
Been there, done that.
|26 weeks 16 hours ago||1. Fieri Sunset 2.||
1. Fieri Sunset
3. Crying Jordan
4. Flaming Dumpster
|26 weeks 16 hours ago||ESPN at least claimed that||
ESPN at least claimed that the sports people would still be doing their sports stuff on the ESPN site through their contracts' end, so I'm guessing Hinton, Lowe, etc may still be there, although I don't know when their respective contracts finish up so who knows.
Or they may just pay them to do nothing, because ESPN.
|26 weeks 17 hours ago||Clay Travis wouldn't know||
Clay Travis wouldn't know interesting writing if it took the form of Whitlock and sat on him. Good for him for making money being yet another professional troll, but no one's ever going to him for good writing or anything legitimately interesting. The guy shares the "money is everything" philosophy with Rovell. You don't want to share ANY philosophy with Rovell.
I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to get in to Grantland 3-4 years ago and they had no interest. But he used to be a lawyer and his wife was a cheerleader, in case you haven't heard.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I concur, the first one||
Yeah, I concur, the first one hitting him right in the chin with the helmet after Rudock throws a pass is targeting, but the one he got hurt on, I don't know how you could call that one targeting. The guy is lining up the tackle to hit Rudock in the midsection, and then Rudock starts sliding and drops down, I don't know how you can call that on someone. He's not going to be able to react that quickly. The result sucked for us, but it shouldn't be a targeting call.
From AFCA: Target—to take aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with an apparent intent that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball.
And in the hints for players, "Lower your target--don’t go for the head or neck area with anything" - that seems to be exactly what the tackler was doing on the second one, going for the body, not the head/neck, and then Rudock changed his level by initiating the slide. And was hit with the guy's chest, not shoulder/forearm/helmet/elbow. Rudock is also not considered a defenseless player on the second one, whereas on the first one he likely is.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Given the replay officials||
Given the replay officials seem to be 50% less competent than the actual game officials, I'm pretty glad the officials aren't being overinclusive because the replay officials evidently can't be trusted to properly sort it out
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I'm sure based on tape and||
I'm sure based on tape and scouting, and his school plays in the small school division (lowest enrollments of the four classes) so there's probably some competition issues at play in the stats.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||"MSU is an interesting||
"MSU is an interesting combination of very good players and very bad ones."
Ah yes, the ol' "Stars and Scrubs", often seen in fantasy baseball auction league rosters.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Now the comments are just as||
Now the comments are just as bad, but with Facebook accounts attached instead.
The Big Ten Blog comments were actually some of the better ones on the site, there did seem to be a group of people who regularly hung out there posting.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||If they finish the year well||
If they finish the year well they may just keep the staff intact and take the interim tag off of Claeys. Most of those guys have been together (under Kill) for 10, 15 years and followed him up the ladder. This might be a situation where promoting from within is a better idea than jumping into the coaching carousel particularly with as many jobs as are open this time around with the usual limited pool of attractive candidates.
|27 weeks 14 hours ago||I think LJ Scott is going to||
I think LJ Scott is going to turn out to be a good running back, but it may not matter all that much if the defensive line returns everyone but RJS (there is the possibility someone could leave for the draft). State's offensive line certainly isn't going to be better next year losing Conklin and Allen.
|27 weeks 14 hours ago||Oh, it was incompetence. And||
Oh, it was incompetence. And no surprise the replay guy was a moron, this is the same conference that employed a replay official that a few years back overturned a correct incomplete pass ruling and apparently thought that no feet down, one foot in the air hitting the pylon was sufficient for a touchdown.
Just our bad luck that the flagrant incompetence heavily slanted against our guys this time. Usually when refs blow that many calls they sort of even out, but the calls missed both went substantially against Michigan and some of them were enormous calls (wiping out the interception, the TD where there was holding that could have only been more obvious if he'd have actually ripped RJS's jersey, etc)
|27 weeks 14 hours ago||Differences are 1) whoever||
Differences are 1) whoever wins the job next year will have spent at least a year learning the system, and 2) said winner will have won a competition between multiple guys. I have a lot more confidence that whoever wins the job next year will turn out to be pretty good than this year, where it was pretty much "help us Jake Rudock you're our only hope" and he didn't even have spring practice with the team to help in learning system, getting reps with his receivers, etc.
|27 weeks 22 hours ago||Clemson is where it is pretty||
Clemson is where it is pretty much due to poll inertia. They were below all the teams in front of them in the preseason polling except LSU, who was 1 behind them and since they're in the SEC, they get a jump.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||He worked extremely hard at||
He worked extremely hard at it and just, ‘Please, will you run faster, AJ?’ That has seemed to help.
Now that's the kind of coaching that is: The Michigan Difference.
No, seriously, apparently it's a huge difference from the last guys.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Wait there's a hopcat in ann||
Wait there's a hopcat in ann arbor now? how many locations are they up to now? The locations seem to be sprouting up like weeds now (I did appreciate they opened one in Detroit in the long-shutttered Agave space)
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I think punting efficiency||
I think punting efficiency numbers include the team's success in downing tons of punts inside the 10. The component pieces aren't up yet but they are #1 overall.
|28 weeks 16 hours ago||Yeah, the moment I saw that||
Yeah, the moment I saw that first replay sitting at the bar I said "Wow, great catch." If you don't overturn that one there would barely be any plays ever where you'd overturn it.
|28 weeks 16 hours ago||Just reupholster some couches||
Just reupholster some couches with the apparel and Spartans will do the fires for you.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I remember a horrendous||
Yeah, I remember a horrendous replay review going our way 5+ years ago in this game (remember the TD where no feet were inbounds, one foot touched the pylon in the air, and they called it a catch and a TD?). It shouldn't be that hard to have replay officials who know what they're watching and know the rules. I mean, we had OSU's running back and a former MSU starting quarterback both chiming in on this one.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Bolden has the measureables||
Bolden has the measureables and athleticism. I wouldn't be THAT surprised. Draftniks love those guys.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Better A. Chair than A. Couch||
Better A. Chair than A. Couch for MSU, that guy gets burned repeatedly
|28 weeks 6 days ago||We're not going to find out||
We're not going to find out before the game. And if they play and Michigan's DL obliterates them and MSU loses, then after the game we'll probably hear about how hurt they were.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Batted 1.000 on the kickoff||
Batted 1.000 on the kickoff returns last week, I'll take that average.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||You must be too young to||
You must be too young to remember Madden when he was legitimately great.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Obviously the refusal to call||
Obviously the refusal to call Michigan State a more important game is a sign of disrespect to Mike Dantoni
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Regarding FEI, it still has||
Regarding FEI, it still has some of the preseason projections as input, which is why you see weird stuff like Michigan having a better Game Efficiency (which is unadjusted for schedule) and clearly tougher Strength of Schedule than both Ohio State and Michigan State, but still being behind OSU and just barely in front of MSU. Those preseason projections are why FEI is more skeptical.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Wisconsin probably was||
Wisconsin probably was looking at highlights of their tournament run to the title game, said "goddammit it looks like our players are wearing fanny packs" and that was that.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||"This is the play that||
"This is the play that Ojemudia is hurt on, which is crazy: this is basically a non-contact injury."
Which is how you knew it was very bad.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||He obviously either was||
He obviously either was showing it around on his phone, or sent it to others. Otherwise, there's no way anyone even knows about it to result in charges.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||David is Adam! Adam is David!||
David is Adam! Adam is David!
|30 weeks 23 hours ago||I was partial to The||
I was partial to The Toasters, Hepcat, and The Scofflaws.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||See also:||
Moe Ways getting more snaps because of his blocking.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I don't blame him much for||
I don't blame him much for the roughing call. Needs to take a better angle to avoid blasting the punter, but I don't know how he didn't get a hand on that given where he was.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||The cap is 85 at all times.||
The cap is 85 at all times. Harbaugh can't stop someone from enrolling early, but they might not have a scholarship available to give for the winter/spring. Paying their own way, especially for out-of-state recruits, isn't a viable option oftentimes.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't mind it, and an||
I didn't mind it, and an onside that goes farther than a typical one is a good option there. You don't put them practically in field goal range already. And I think it was calculated that either MIchigan would recover, or it would goad Maryland into passing the ball instead of just kneeling on it (which they likely would have done if the kick had gone deep). But if Maryland throws the ball, with that turnover machine at QB, you have a shot at getting the ball in great field position that way too even if you don't recover the onside kick. And then you potentially get another shot on the punt to either try to block it or a Peppers return.
Didn't end up working out, but didn't hurt them either. Kind of thing you can do when your defense is eating the other team for lunch and you have a returner who you think can break one.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Their defense has been very||
Their defense has been very good. The stats and the eye test agree on that one.
Their running back is decent but their offense is not good overall.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||OREGONDEFENSE has||
OREGONDEFENSE has cholera.
OREGONDEFENSE has died of cholera
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Blows, if it had to happen a||
Blows, if it had to happen a shame it didn't happen a game or two earlier to give him a shot at a med redshirt if he wanted it. Dude was playing great this year too.
Injuries: you get the death stare.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||If you were a Michigan fan||
If you were a Michigan fan pre-Rich Rod you absolutely can believe a team going into a shell and letting the other team back in it.
Hell, Tennessee has blown 3 double digit leads this year, something that wasn't uncommon 'round these parts when DeBord ran our offense as he does there. Remember that old crazy stat how we were more likely to win if we were down a TD entering the 4th rather than up a TD?
|30 weeks 4 days ago||I'm sure they're worried||
I'm sure they're worried about STAEE yutzes painting the cars, I mean town, all day
|30 weeks 4 days ago||For any "buy at the game"||
For any "buy at the game" there's also ones to wait or to watch for certain prices, i.e., keep going to the site and looking. So, they get extra clicks for whatever ad money they get on their site, and the feature drives traffic there to buy as well, so they get whatever commission they get from your purchase.
If anything, this feature is a way better piece of advertising for them than any actual advertising they can do on the site, and since the feature tells you when not to use said sponsor's services in some cases, it's not the pure "sponsored content" garbage that is infesting publications all over. Provides useful, truthful information and recommendations, but still directs traffic to the site in a way a banner ad, or even simple mentions in content, never could/would.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||They were both actually||
They were both actually already good last year. More coaching, another year of training, and they're even better.
Too bad the younger brother isn't another Glasgow beef machine, instead he's a 6'1" 200 lb. guy currently listed as a safety on the roster. Wonder if he'll make the 3rd Glasgow walkon to end up contributing eventually.
Also, thank god Tressel lost his job when he did, because Graham was originally going to walk on at Ohio State and not Michigan. If he had gone there, Ryan may have followed.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||The picture I've been getting||
The picture I've been getting from Maryland boards is we were going to have more fans there than they did this Saturday, so the night game atmosphere probably wouldn't have been a big deal
|30 weeks 5 days ago||It certainly helps our||
It certainly helps our chances when you've got mom on the visit and really pushing the academics angle. Anytime we can see that I'll take it as a positive for our chances vs. the Bama/Auburn/LSUs of the world
(less so when we're up against Georgia or Florida)
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Unless you're on one of the||
Unless you're on one of the weird cable companies that doesn't have the overflows (the dish companies both have them), it doesn't really make a difference. The overflows are HD also.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||No one had ever effectively||
No one had ever effectively sold off hosting a conference home game to a "neutral" site (that was really heavily tilted toward the scheduled road team) until Indiana did it.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Manballing with a||
Manballing with a not-incompetent offensive line.
|31 weeks 21 hours ago||Well you're in luck||
|31 weeks 23 hours ago||The edge of the probability||
The edge of the probability cone still comes very close to that area, so I wouldn't bank on that just yet. If the storm center gets that close, conditions will be horrendous.
I don't know how far in advance they want to make the decision on whether to move the game time. Obviously, if they can wait another couple of days the predictions will be a lot better. They'll probably want to plan such that people will have time to get home before anything hits if it's going to affect the area at all.
|31 weeks 23 hours ago||I mean, if in the next month||
I mean, if in the next month they announce that a contract is signed to resume the Michigan/Notre Dame series, it might be the greatest 1st year of an athletic director since ever.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||LSU has a QB they barely||
LSU has a QB they barely allow to throw. He averages about 6.5 yards per attempt and has a grand total of just over 300 yards passing in 3 games. Thing is, few teams can stand up to that offensive line and their bevy of talented RBs (it's not just Fournette). And the QB can run too.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||That BYU highlight video is||
That BYU highlight video is hilarious. Well done to Mr. Edmonds.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||So... you're saying we could||
So... you're saying we could have pass catchers named MAC HIPPENHAMMER and JIMMY JAGGERS in the same class?
|32 weeks 13 hours ago||Very good to get him in for a||
Very good to get him in for a game day. And he didn't have a lot of those available, so him using one on us is probably a good sign.
|32 weeks 18 hours ago||They should do it for Corso.||
They should do it for Corso. They'd probably throw a parade for him. There's lots of time to go to various great matchups, they've gone to D-III games before even, make it a Lee Corso Day, and if IU is 4-0, all the better.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||The redshirt is certainly||
The redshirt is certainly better for both Shane and the program overall. Guarantees the winner of next year's QB competition has no fewer than 2 years of eligibility left. Increases Shane's options via grad transfer should he not win the job.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||With apologies to MF DOOM,||
With apologies to MF DOOM, I'm already thinking it's Victor Viramontes: Venomous Villain
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I assume he's being recruited||
I assume he's being recruited for the Buck spot, which is one of the higher profile spots in Durkin's defense when it's fully implemented.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||This was the obvious result||
This was the obvious result the moment we yanked his offer. Two presumed leaders, one drops out, gee wonder where he'll go.
I know Bridges has talked about going to the same place but there's probably a reason most of the commentators think he's going to Kentucky.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||What is often called "torn||
What is often called "torn biceps" that requires surgery is a torn bicep tendon; a torn calf is a muscle issue rather than a tendon issue typically - pretty sure the tendon most likely to be involved with the calf is the Achilles which of course gets referred to as its own injury.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||That'd be one hell of a calf||
That'd be one hell of a calf strain/tear to require surgery. I don't think they'd have waited this long if it were that severe to have the surgery. This might be something else.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Much more worrisome is if||
Much more worrisome is if skycam destroys a player. It tried to kill Marvin McNutt a few years back, camera almost hit him and then it tried to choke him out with the wire.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||It's a great move. Shane||
It's a great move. Shane plays if he they need him to play. But if they don't need him, he only gains by getting a redshirt. Two more years instead of one, better opportunity for a grad transfer if he doesn't win the job for next year, there's zero downside for him. He will play if there's a situation where Rudock is out and he gets legit time, but not wasting eligibility on garbage time. Hail Harbaugh.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||They should run the Air Raid||
They should run the Air Raid or the old Mouse Davis offense because really I just want to be able to call their offense the Run And Deschutes
|33 weeks 4 days ago||As long as Peko doesn't||
As long as Peko doesn't return a not-fumble for a touchdown.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Those don't get announced, or||
Those don't get announced, or at least I wouldn't expect them to unless they stuck. Sorta like Lloyd throwing transfer papers at players.
It seems almost guaranteed that there's a legal issue we'll be hearing about soon.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Bacari is already headed to||
Bacari is already headed to visit Lucas, per Twitter reports.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Rivals also lists Illinois||
Rivals also lists Illinois and Purdue offers. And a Memphis offer is actually a good one, they pull several top 100s a year.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Robinson wasn't lower level.||
Robinson wasn't lower level. Beilein offered and got a commit from him before his rankings blew up - guy was in the top 25 vicinity by the time the process was over.
|34 weeks 14 hours ago||One of the biggest problems||
One of the biggest problems with Brandon approaching the whole thing like he would a business is a college AD requiring a different way of thinking about the enterprise. College football in particular rides on tradition and nostalgia and such. Without those sorts of things unrelated to the game on the field, and the fan's connection to the team, you are left with minor league football. You don't sell 100,000 tickets to minor league football. In such an enterprise where tradition and nostalgia matter so much, "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is the right mindset. Tickets were sold out, there was a substantial waiting list, etc. There were things that could be done on the margins but the basics of it were humming along very well.
In the business world though, the general thinking is you need to continue to improve things, to innovate, to grow. "If it ain't broke, break it" is a mindset for that kind of enterprise. So we got an AD who did all sorts of things that aggravated the paying customers likely in the name of innovation and the like. But we don't WANT innovation in the athletic department, or a so-called "wow" experience. Our "wow" experience is walking into Michigan Stadium and seeing 110,000 people in the stands, the band playing, and the connection with past favorite teams and (for many) our college or grad school years. And obviously, we want the onfield product to be good. Brandon took shots at the tradition and nostalgia that brings people back, so when the team's results were ugly, people had much less reason to go, and attendance collapsed.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Also, I love this: Tanner||
Also, I love this: Tanner Mangum is a freshman who was the Elite 11 co MVP... with Jameis Winston.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||The BYU winning pass is more||
The BYU winning pass is more properly a Hail Joseph
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Attacked the Game With||
Attacked the Game With Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind award
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Rudock/Ruddock||
Probably due to former heavyweight champ Razor Ruddock?