- Member for
- 25 weeks 5 days
- Current value
|1 week 2 days ago||Sounds like their replacement||
Sounds like their replacement (provided their incoming freshmen RBs don't make an immediate impact) will be converted LB Riley Bullough. The whole reason they even switched him over to the offense is because players like Nick Hill, Jeremy Langford, and Tompkins weren't impressing enough or showing signs of separation.
Needless to say, your point about losing those key players holds true and if you have to resort to converting a player to the other side of the ball to find improvement then it could be a long season for them.
|1 week 3 days ago||Pogba was/is an exceptional||
Pogba was/is an exceptional talent with a lot of upside, but i haven't cared for his recent antics with Juve.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Manchester United Camp||
The Manchester United Camp have already dismissed "any likelihood" of Mourinho being the successor. Best-odds, currently, are for David Moyes taking the reigns.
|1 week 5 days ago||I know your question was||
I know your question was largely rhetorical, but I'll answer anyway:
Who else is American besides Peter Dinklage? Khal Drogo?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||vicarious upvote||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||-The guy on the end of the||
-The guy on the end of the bench (Akunne?) jumping up, out of his seat, then coming to a standstill and calmly pointing at GRIII.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||i'd be interested to hear||
i'd be interested to hear what your opinion of Bo was/is.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||haha, point taken!||
haha, point taken!
|15 weeks 3 days ago||How much less could they||
How much less could they care? Are we talking about a lot...or just a little? I'm curious.
*Yes, i know im being an MGoTool.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||something tells me you||
something tells me you wouldn't be any fun playing the "would you rather" game.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Good post. They definitely||
Good post. They definitely seem to be going in a more positive direction as the season progresses. That's not to say every game will be better than the last but, as you note, they appear to be playing tougher even when they do lose.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think it is, or||
I don't think it is, or should be, a big deal. But i respect the fact that others (you among them) may think othwerwise. I don't understand, though, being ok with a tussle at home vs on the road. It should be a consistent standard. If in-fighting is a huge deal the location shouldn't matter (i concede there are a few exceptions but a hotel room is not among them). If you aren't ok with them fighting on the road then you shouldn't be ok with them fighting at home.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||well, certainly when you||
well, certainly when you separate his games into the first 9 games and then the remaining 7 games you can make that case (despite the arbitrary nature of that division).
In terms of B1G play which is where it really counts (arguably), he is averaging (through 3 games): 13pts, 5.7reb, 1.3 ast, 1.7 stl, 0.7TOs..
For the first 3 games of B1G play he is above his season averages (or below for TOs) in all categories. Now, my point isn't, in any way, to toot this guy's horn or make him out to be an all-world player, but rather to simply disagree that he's getting (or seems to be getting) worse.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||What??? The guy is||
What??? The guy is inconsistent and often sloppy, but a simple stats-check refutes your observation:
Dawson led all scorers with 17 points and had 4 rebs, 3 assts, 3 steals, and a block. The guy is usually a turnover machine but only had 1 tonight.
To throw out another stat, it was his best scoring output of the season.
Way to make me defend an MSU player.....but stats don't lie.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||"My penchant for hyperbole||
"My penchant for hyperbole goes in the shape of a parabolic arc. Tomorrow and the next day, I'll call things exactly how I see them. But, Sunday, whoo boy, it's going to be the most hyperbolic day in the history of mankind."
I see what you did there!
|18 weeks 2 days ago||that shot of hyperbole is||
that shot of hyperbole is giving me a buzz : )
i know what you mean, though.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||You know what.....you're||
You know what.....you're right. Wow.
That will teach me to blindly believe (and restate) what a game-announcer says without a quick visit to the recruiting sites to confirm. I'm off to find some ice cream to go with this humble pie.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||To throw a smidgen of||
To throw a smidgen of the-always-unpopular objectivity into the debate, these selections may not always be landslide picks:
Gary Harris (Freshman, MSU) went 6of8 behind the arc (75%!!) en route to 22 points in their game vs Purdue.
AJ Hammonds (Freshman, PUR) had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3blks (was a big factor in Nix and Payne going 3 of 11). This kid was only a 2 star recruit.
Obviously, I'd still give the nod to GRIII because of the double-double but damn are there some outstanding freshmen in this league.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||To answer your question,: No,||
To answer your question: No, i don't think you do....and i don't either.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||They don't seem to have the||
They don't seem to have the hustle and/or fire of McGary and Morgan but i will say that they have better post moves. I'm hoping by season's end to see a lot shimmies, cuts, hooks, and fakes out of those guys.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||is it not christmas break?||
is it not christmas break?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||You can dislike both sites||
You can dislike both sites but the comparison isn't necessrily apples to apples.
The main difference between Eleven Warriors and the RCMB is that one (EW) is a blog (much like MGOBlog) and the other (RCMB) is a public message board branched off from the 247sports Michigan State site (Spartan Tailgate).
Personally, i find nothing wrong with the staff-writers (or Mods if you will) for Spartan Tailgate or Eleven Warriors. It's the fans that post on the message board(s) that often define these sites and give them a bad name. For many a Sparty site is still a Sparty site and likewise for a buckeyes' site, but if you are feeling objective (we all have the gift) the writers themselves are fine or, at the very least, much like any other team-based writer.
SpartanTailgate has the (mis)fortune of being the most popular MSU site (i think?) and when that's the case, you will get plenty of the riff raff that has come to define RCMB. If you go to the message boards of GoBlueWolverine (Scout) and TheWolverine (Rivals) you will see the same thing.
MGOBlog has excellent writers and in many ways we are spoiled but there are plently of times when the MGoBoard fails to live up to the quality of thought, reason, and objectivity laid out by the staff-writers.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||hmmm. Interesting. I think i||
hmmm. Interesting. I think i would actually agree then. If we are including all recruits then i can see how the hiring and firing of Ellerbe and Amaker opened new doors and opportunities for Izzo.
On the very specific subject of Izzo being great vs good i will have to kindly continue to object and disagree. I believe he is a great coach, not simply a good one. Even under the circumstances and parameters which you point out (and that i largely now agree with) I still believe the coach has to perform. Each situation is different but there are many great and talented teams out there in bball and other sports, where the coach does not perform well based on the talent available. Again, i do agree that Izzo's is Izzo because of Ellerbe and Amaker but i think he has done great things with that circumstance not just good things.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||You're right, 1 or 2 wins a||
You're right, 1 or 2 wins a year doesn't help Izzo achieve his "great" coach status....which is my point.
As far as the recruiting goes, you make a fair and probably correct point about the newly-found footing for Izzo on the doorsteps of these great recruits that otherwise may (or may not) have gone to Michigan. But Izzo has been their head coach for 17 seasons (now on his 18th) and has had successful seasons with top Michigan recruits as well as bad season with top Michigan recruits. He's had plenty of 5 star players be far from the reason why his team did well in a particular season.
You brought up Amaker. In his time at Michigan, Izzo didn't win the B1G once. They also got knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round 3 times. They did go to the final 4 in the 2004/5 season, though that team included Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown, and Chris Hill, none of which were from Michigan. Paul Davis was a 5 star recruit on that team (from Rochester) but his mom is a MSU alumna and he grew up going to State games so i doubt he would have gone to Michigan anyway.
Izzo's most recent string of successful seasons has all come while Beilein was at the helm. Obviously, this isn't an attack on Coach B but more so making the point (and it's unfortunate that it has to be made) that Izzo is a great coach, not just a good one, and it has nothing to do with Ellerbe and Amaker. You can hate the guy all day long, as many do, but 17 seasons is a good sample and it points to him being a great coach.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan state plays Michigan||
Michigan state plays Michigan twice a year in bball (sometimes once, sometimes more if we meet in the B1G tourney or the very rare chance of meeting in the Big Dance). But on average they meet twice a year.
You note that Izzo owes much of his success to Brian Ellerbe and Tommy Amaker in obvious reference to what they "didn't do" while at Michigan. That being the case could you elaborate on how those two former coaches losing to Tom Izzo once or twice a year were the subsequent reason for Izzo reaching those deep tournament runs, final fours, and a championship. There are over 30 games in a season and two, in general, won't define a coach or a season.
Izzo is a great coach. You don't have to pamper to the guy, praise him left and right, or even particularly like guy, but i think you'd be hard pressed to say he's just a good coach and not a great one.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan is undefeated,||
Michigan is undefeated, ranked 3rd in both major polls, and has looked consistently dangerous thus far. It is only fitting that they appear as a #1 seed in Lunardi's bracket.
That being said, i personally predict (or have a hunch) that no B1G teams end up as one seeds. I think the B1G is just that collectively good. Teams will be beating up on each other all through the conference schedule. I do, however, think Michigan will remain one of the four best teams in the nation (which is what the #1 seeds are supposed to be) but i believe their final record will be surpassed (on paper only) by a team who underwent a much less challenging schedule. Still, anything could happen.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I'm senseing an extreme||
I'm senseing an extreme "Gingers don't have souls" undertone to your comment on McGloin. You may well be on to something.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||I think you misread what i||
I think you misread what i wrote.
You stated, in your original post, that MSU is struggling with turnovers (which is true). You then stated that until they get a true PG, they will continue to struggle with TOs (the point i disagree with).
My response was that the person playing the PG position (Appling) is not the problem as he has a positive A/TO ratio. Appling may not be a true PG, but he is playing the PG position. You can basically lable Appling anything you want but it doesn't change the fact that Izzo has him at the 1. In my opinion, MSU's TO problems have come from Nix, Payne, Dawson and Byrd. All of these guys have struggled with possession of the ball. Dawson's production slightly makes up for his mistakes but Payne and Nix in particular have been liabilities. If MSU were to get a "true PG" it would not change the fact that the aforementioned players have been sloppy with the ball. That is my point. That who they have playing PG (true or not) is not their problem (at least as far as the TO issue is concerned).
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Appling not being a true PG||
Appling not being a true PG is not MSUs problem. Appling still has a positive Asst to TO ratio and has been positive in that regard in every game (check the stats). Their Turnover issues are coming from high-minutes players like Dawson (5 TOs tonight), Nix, Payne, and Byrd (although his minutes are dropping fast). I'd argue appling has been fine for MSU and he's the reason they beat Kansas and squeaked by ULL.
As a team, though, you are right Turnovers are killing them. Tom Izzo teams will always be higher TO squads becaus of their style but the current numbers are just horrendous.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Don't apologize||
I enjoyed reading it.