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|7 hours 39 min ago||Surprised OSU is playing||
Surprised OSU is playing Clemson, but I guess that's how the BCS pairing went down. That will be one of those Holiday Bowl track meets, so at least fans will see some fireworks.
MSU and Stanford is going to be one of those close games that feels like a rock fight until you look up and see the socre is 24-21.
|7 hours 41 min ago||They'll be competent on||
They'll be competent on offense and pretty good on defense. Losing the players they have this year will be significant, and all the player development of 3* players doesn't replace a decent number of NFL players in a single year. I think their offense will be better next year with Cook, and maybe that will make up for a step back on defense. I figure they'll win 8-10 games next year as well. Losing Narduzzi will probably hurt a bit too, but Dantonio knows how to coach and will keep them humming along. They are a good team, and they'll be a tough out for years to come.
That said, I do think this little stretch will be the apex for this team, just because of a bunch of factors that were out of their control. OSU, PSU, andUM have been going through various struggles the past couple of seasons to various degrees, and that has helped MSU snag players and maintain stability while other squads have been unsettled. But PSU should get over the hump in 2-3 years, UM seems largely back on track in terms of recruiting and (I suspect) player development, and OSU probably won't go undefeated for another 20+ games but is obviously a class leader in the conference. This MSU team reminds me a bit of those Iowa teams from years past; a couple of seasons they look dominant and then they hit a bit of a rough patch with player development and recruiting and they struggle. MSU will be a really good team in this conference as long as Dantonio sticks around, but I don't think the rest of the conference is going to let them get too far away.
|7 hours 48 min ago||Kind of like how UM was the||
Kind of like how UM was the best 4-loss team last year. I think they have a chance, but that LSU offense is a lot better than in years past, and you have to think that defense will ve stout despite some struggles.
|7 hours 49 min ago||I never thought I'd be||
I never thought I'd be pinning for the Alamo Bowl, but jebus. The "Copper Bowl"? What is this, Grapes of Wrath-inspired naming conventions? What's next, the Joad Cup?
|13 hours 23 min ago||That was an absolutely silly||
That was an absolutely silly game. This team feels like a .500 squad, which is probably good enough to win this crap division.
|19 hours 57 min ago||I'd like an 8-team playoff||
I'd like an 8-team playoff and just remove one regular-season game; financially I'm guessing certain conferences would complain but for competitiveness it wouldn't disrupt all but the top couple of teams.
|20 hours 8 min ago||Cedar Village is barely a||
Cedar Village is barely a step above a tinderbox most years, so I'm surprised it was just couches that burned.
For once, though, I guess they "deserve" to burn stuff. They are having by far the best season in East Lansing in decades.
|20 hours 9 min ago||The officla OSU recap says||
The officla OSU recap says Hall didn't play, but I'll take that with a grain of salt.
|20 hours 10 min ago||I know the point of this||
I know the point of this thread is to highlight the hypocrisy displayed by a bunch of anonymous people on the internet complaining about a rival, but who cares? What in Urban Meyer's past would have led anyone to believe he would have come down particularly hard on Marcus Hall? The fact he did keep him out (I've seen different reports saying he played a couple of plays and the official OSU site saying he didn't), I guess, is commendable after he flipped the double bird on national TV and was chastised by the conference. That said, a broken clock is still right twice a day, so just because Meyer kind of followed through on a promise doesn't make me think we'll see a new level of upstanding, thoughtful behavior out of the Shoe.
|1 day 6 hours ago||There is still more than||
There is still more than enough time for MSU to Sparty away this game.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Kind of funny that even the||
Kind of funny that even the announcers are trolling MSU. Hopefully nobody sends the tape to Dantonio until he gets on the plane home.
|1 day 8 hours ago||MSU's defense is absolutely||
MSU's defense is absolutely destroying OSU's offense, even with with that one drive.
|1 day 9 hours ago||See, I think the narrative||
See, I think the narrative will be that Auburn's offense is terrifying and they put up 59 against and SEC defense. OSU's offense gets knocked down a bit for playing against pretty turrible defenses save for MSU.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I blows my mind that MSU only||
I blows my mind that MSU only gives up 48% completion percentage.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Stupid weak spread rushing||
Stupid weak spread rushing attack. Only works in the SEC.
Oh yeah, I'm testing the new trolling edicts here.
|1 day 9 hours ago||OSU should win this game, but||
OSU should win this game, but I don't trust their defense. And they are not going to run MSU off the field, so it will be interesting to see how Urban responds to Auburn's impressive win.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I know neither of these teams||
I know neither of these teams could catch a cold on defense, but man it is fun watching teams just try to out-Madden each other on every series.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I guess I've never seen the||
I guess I've never seen the major issues with disagreeing with Brian or anyone else on the site; he seems to have more an issue with disagreement for the sake of promoting discord. Everyone's tolerance is different, but there is a way to be a combative but thoughtful ass and a way to simply be annoying. I figure M-Wolverine and mejunglechop can just start new accounts if they really want to post around here, but I'm guessing they won't, or at least not with the same tact. But nobody is holding a gun to anyone's head, and if I got banned I could just create a new account and start over again. While I continue to hold out hope that my MGoPoints can be exchanged for fabulous prizes, and think their only value is as a reminder of how bored I'm at work for the past 5 years. I highly doubt Brian or the staff will be banning people beyond the absolute worst, and maybe a couple of redeemable characters were cut down as a well, but sometimes that happens.
|2 days 7 hours ago||As one of the longer-tenured||
As one of the longer-tenured posters here, I'm happy Brian is voicing his opinions and doing what he wants to with the site. I agree that banning certain long-time posters for being, let's say "catankerous", might be a bit draconian, but that is Brian's choice and, to be honest, it didn't much seem like they enjoyed posting here much. Now they can create new accounts, comment as they wish, and see how it all shakes out. There are numerous other sites that talk about UM sports in this world, and I'm sure they can find a more receptive audience at one of them if they are unhappy with the conditions at MGoBlog.
My issue with the decision isn't so much people's claims of a hive mind starting here, because that feels like a weak slippery slope argument that reads to me as "I don't like people disagreeing with ME, though I'm fine with them disagreeing with someone else." I recognize that any place can become an echo chamber, but I've dealt with enough people around here saying it's raining even though I can see the raised dog leg above me to know that sometimes people just have their opinions, man, and they are not going to change them regardless of reality. It has a great deal to do with the ownership issue Brian brought up, and that's why I've never felt too attached to this site as some voice for the voiceless. I come to the calming shores of MGoBlog for a break from life and to discuss a sport culture I am part of; it is also the employment (and passion) of Brian and his staff. They have a vested interest in it representing themselves; I'm just a yahoo who was too lazy to create an avatar and now can slink under the radar.
It was a trying season and I think the board reflected that; the lack of voting allowed issues to fester that have always existed but are usually pushed aside or hidden by early responders. I'm happy it will be back, and I'm guessing most of the contentious issues we've seen this season will disippate as a result. I do hope the site doesn't become too ban-happy, because good conversation is essential; I doubt it will become an issue, as Brian seems pretty even-keel. And if the winds do shift and it becomes undesirable around these parts for me, I'll move on. But I'm happy that Brian has put his feelings and plans in print so that everyone is aware of how this great site will continue to mature and grow.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Maybe, but guys so dither sometimes before||
Maybe, but guys so dither sometimes before committing. Dawson jumps to mind
|3 days 19 hours ago||Sounds like the team is||
Sounds like the team is rounding into form, and sometimes you do have bad days. I mean, MSU was just run off the court by UNC at home. Not saying they are the same teams, but sometimes you just have a bad day against a good team. Glad to see the leadership is there, though.
|3 days 19 hours ago||I wondered where that lightning bolt came from||
I wondered where that lightning bolt came from when I was walking home yesterday. I apologize, and offer up one of my illegitimate children as sacrifice. They are gamey but high in God-pleasing fiber.
|4 days 6 hours ago||They are still trying to||
They are still trying to figure out life without Burke. He clearly covered up for some issues last year, and GRIII has simply not been as polished a player without Burke setting him up. I think Mitch is playing decently considering his injury, and Stauskas is a dangerous player when he isn't lining up against Duke when nobody else is hitting shots. Personally, I'm loving Caris and his maturation this year; I think he'll be a all-conference player by the end of his career. As for the freshman, I'm still not sure. They look good at times, but Walton has struggled offensively and Irvin hasn't really lit it up.
This is a 4/5 seed given the conference; I will take that after losing Burke and Hardaway.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Pope has been fine for the||
Pope has been fine for the Pistons, and while I like Burke a great deal I'm not sure he'd be any better on this team than Jennings. I'm happy for Burke that he is having a good start to the year, but that doesn't mean Dumars screwed up not taking him.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Sure didn't seem that much of||
Sure didn't seem that much of a joke. Also, how about we pump the brakes with the casual swearing, even though it makes you look totally cool.
|4 days 18 hours ago||True, but I'd counter that we||
True, but I'd counter that we also added Minitron, one of the best RB commits in the country, still had two NFL-quality OTs, and a much better QB at throwing the ball and can do a reasonable facsimile as a runner.
|5 days 6 hours ago||And there are maybe a dozen||
And there are maybe a dozen teams that could do that consistently. All is not lost.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Might need to reformat a||
Might need to reformat a bit.
If it is Georgia, that feels about right. They'll be with Murray, but they are still a good enough team with (some) of their injured players likely coming back.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Since I was alive and happy||
Since I was alive and happy with 1997, I say stay the course and just run a f'ing offense that can score against most teams. Really, UM isn't some left-behind team with no talent; have a coherent vision and this team has a chance at a title. Hell, 2006 was one win away from at least playing for a title. It's not THAT long ago that this team had a shot.
|5 days 12 hours ago||This is sophomoric, but man I||
This is sophomoric, but man I wish we had upvotes right now.