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|1 day 14 hours ago||Right, but Glasgow will be||
Right, but Glasgow will be back next week, and will likely displace JB rather than Miller, if Kalis cannot go.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Also, 83% was 2012 Iowa. For||
Also, 83% was 2012 Iowa. For this game it was 68%.
|6 days 16 hours ago||One would think that with the||
One would think that with the amount of money he was making he could afford a holster specifically designed for the model of gun that he was carrying.
|1 week 2 days ago||If he is back for The Game,||
If he is back for The Game, hopefully he experiences the same level of success that Henne did against OSU when his arm was barely attached. I don't recall a lot of sympathy from OSU fans about his injury.
I do feel bad for Braxton, as he is a talented player and this seems like it could affect his pro career. Wit that being said, immediately before I saw the first report on this story, I had just finished reading the comments to the 11W preview of Michigan. After reading those comments, I was thinking to myself that the OSU faithful were pretty cocky considering that they are one hit away from having to start a freshman or having Cardale "play school" Jones be their starter (not to mention their own issues with inexperience at OL, RB, LB, CB, etc.). I guess Urban will have to earn his money this year (albeit against a pretty terrible schedule).
|1 week 6 days ago||This was pretty much my||
This was pretty much my thinking, too. Didn't OSU's D-line benefit from the PSU debacle and other defections?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Way too early to be too upset||
Way too early to be too upset about it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not really. It would seem to||
Not really. It would seem to me that affinity for a team probably has a far greater bandwagon effect than hatred. If you have only followed CFB for a few years and are looking for a bandwagon team, MSU would seem like a solid choice. Hatred for a team likely takes longer to develop, so it makes sense that there is little hatred for MSU, since they traditionally weren't given much thought at all by most CFB fans.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Those are absurd sanctions||
Those are absurd sanctions for an MIP, which is based on an arbitrary age distinction.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||In Idaho it depends on||
In Idaho it depends on whether or not you have "supervised probation" or "unsupervised probation." For supervised, they can put just about any conditions they want, while unsupervised just means the sentence can be reimposed if you screw up. Judges here often impose alcohol bans, even for non-alcohol-related charges.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Chris Berman (singing): San||
Chris Berman (singing): San Diego super Chargers, San Diego CHARGERS!
So our socks look like something the Chargers should wear. Meh, they're socks.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Not to be that guy, but it||
Not to be that guy, but it sure seems that saying you are going to do something in recruiting and actually doing said thing are often two very different things.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||He went forward. Last year.||
He went forward. Last year. Unfortunately, in retrospect, that was kind of impressive.
|14 weeks 13 hours ago||Yes, if Pipkins was REALLY a||
Yes, if Pipkins was REALLY a 5* then he wouldn't let little things like a neck injury and an ACL tear keep him from dominating the B1G. Such a bust, that one.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I am not seeing the straw man||
I am not seeing the straw man here. There is a legitimate question as to why a crime like larceny, with a real, live victim is treated less severely than the victimles crime of smoking weed.
Of course someone can be upset about arbitrary rules with excessive penalties, especially when the enforcement of such a rule essentially forces an athlete to leave school rather than continue attending. Even a half-season penalty keeps the possibility of return open, while a full-season penalty is far more likely to cause McGary and others like him to leave for the pros. For an organization that claims to care about the athletes being "student-athletes," it is a stupid and draconian rule.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Wasn't the pitch for Hoke||
Wasn't the pitch for Hoke that he took bad teams and really turned them around? How is that different from what Franklin has done? Are people just concerned because Franklin appears to have no scruples and that doesn't appear to bother either the PSU faithful or the recruits?
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty much this. Hopefully||
Pretty much this. Hopefully one of the current backs really becomes the go-to guy, racks up 1,000 yards and puts all of the running game hand-wringing to bed. There is talent there, and once they (OL and RB) become more experienced (under an OC with a consistent scheme), the results will come. Then we can stop worrying about every tweet and raised eyebrow from a recruit and focus on grinding opponents into dust.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
Well, that embed failed. I will deal with it, I suppose.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, but Everybody Murders is||
Yes, but Everybody Murders is correct in stating that a jury would not be told what the sentencing guidelines would be. As trier of fact, the jury's only job is to determine whether or not certain facts were proven by the proseuction beyond a reasonable doubt. Was each required element of the crime proven beyond a reasonable doubt? If so, and if no affirmative defenses were proven, then the jury's role is at an end and they should convict. By the same token, his background and family situation have nothing to do with whether or not those elements have been proven, and should not be taken into account by the jury. The length of the sentence and the mitigating circumstances should be left for the judge to consider and to address at the sentencing hearing.
|17 weeks 7 hours ago||Right, but if you expect the||
Right, but if you expect the offense to be even marginally improved by the addition of Nuss, the simplification of the scheme, and the more evenly balanced (in terms of experience) O-line, then it is pretty reasonable to think that we are inching slowly upward rather than down. We are also getting more talented and athletic on both sides of the ball with the addition of Hoke's recruiting classes.
The point is that even with marginal improvement, the close wins become more comfortable and the closes losses become close wins. And if you don't think that the team will likely improve on last year's terrible record, then we should have cleaned house on the staff and started over. Personally, I expect improvement, even if just barely, in a lot of areas, and those little improvements can have a huge impact on the outcome of a game.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||There is something to this.||
There is something to this. Sometimes the coaches that are known for developing less heralded recruits do not have the same level of success with the blue chip guys. If you are looking for a school that has maximized the potential of blue chip recruits, MSU would not be atop the list, even for a defensive player. As someone said, they have not done much in the NFL.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Upvoted, on the assumption||
Upvoted, on the assumption that this comment is directed at the NCAA, fate in general, or the overall state of affairs, and not at Mitch.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Ok, but nothing in my comment||
Ok, but nothing in my comment sought to pass any judgment on the relative severity of the misdeeds of the two schools. There is no comparison. My point was simply that the NCAA's sanctions seem to have little to no lasting effect, meaning that they probably have little to no deterrent effect.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||It is sad to see programs||
It is sad to see programs like PSU and OSU be hit with sanctions and yet face little long-term harm as a result. Hell, very little short-term harm in OSU's case.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||No, it's not like that, man.||
No, it's not like that, man. They are just big time supporters of the National Association of Marlon Brando Look-Alikes.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||'Cuse has rivals? Are you||
'Cuse has rivals? Are you referring to Georgetown? It took me a little while to even come up with that, because I was thinking football and I have no idea who Syracuse's football rivals are.
Also, the grey Syracuse uni on the left reminds me of what Nike did for Boise State a couple of years ago. Are they out of ideas already?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||That is a neat story, except||
That is a neat story, except for the fact that one thing that Tate had going for him was his accuracy, while Denard's accuracy was his greatest weakness. The one thing that QBs can do that other positions do not is hurt defenses by getting the ball to playmakers in a position to make a play. For all of his weaknesses, I do miss Tate's accuracy on short and intermediate throws. I recall him being able to make throws that would be in just the right position to allow the receiver to catch the ball at full speed and get north and south as soon as possible. Whether we are talking about Denard, Bellomy, Devin, or Shane, I am getting tired of Michigan QBs alternating between overthrowing receivers and making the tackle on their own receiver by throwing the ball into the dirt. While I am sure that the porous O-line hasn't helped matters, I don't think that either Devin or Shane is anywhere near a pinpoint passer at this point.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||I believe that he is also||
I believe that he is also being recruited as a RB. Wisconsin has done a pretty good job of cranking out a series of highly productive RBs.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||But only four, right?||
But only four, right? RIGHT?!?!
|19 weeks 2 days ago||That's not entirely fair. If||
That's not entirely fair. If the O-line was trying to do the same things as last year and were equally bad, then that would be cause for greater concern. The fact that they struggled in their attempts to do brand new things means that the upside may be greater, even if it takes a little time to get there.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I take it as saying that the||
I take it as saying that the line is what it is currently (i.e. sub-par), not because a lack of talent, but rather due to a lack of reps in the system. This might mean that the off-season and in-season improvement will be far greater than during the average year. We are not being limited by the ceiling for our players but rather their experience in the system. Frequent repping of a more simplified offense might help them make a major leap sooner rather than later.
To put it another way, Borges wanted them be able to execute the entire complex playbook, which resulted in about a 40% success rate, while Nuss wants them to be able to execute far fewer plays at a 90% success rate before adding in more plays. With the talent that we have in the passing game, the run game just needs to not put the offense in a hole on first and second downs.