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|3 weeks 5 days ago||thanks||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||rdlwolverine...||
Didn't Main Train evaporate after one year? I seem to recall some story in SI with Orr or Frieder going back to NY or NJ to try to convince him to come back. Recall on that?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Bob...||
...were we sitting together on that one?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I saw both live, many times...||
and, yeah, that pretty much comprises the list.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||mgoviking...||
I know the fourth guy on that team was Treg Lee. But I think there was another notable athlete on that team. Do you recall? Thanks.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Wow...||
Blueroller. You and I are on the same page. You just picked out my three favorite teams/seasons.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks....||
I was feeling lonely.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||"kicker" I assume||
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||In their||
prior game IU did not run Sudfeld once, RO or other, save for a scramble.
I don't know if this bears on the discussion. but I appreciate the time and energy that has been brought to it.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||This is true||
...thanks for pointing it out.
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||I am responding now||
I will be there.
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||Not any question...||
Benny Friedman, the greatest player of all time, except perhaps Jim Brown.
I concede I never saw him play.
I missed by a couple of years.
Favorite among those I have seen?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Ahhh, Tony...||
I think they may actually know each other.
I will ask.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||No identity crisis but||
yes, he signed it Samantha Ponder.
He often signs under other names.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Local Girl Coffee..||
$ 30 per pound but primo.
Also Three Stone from the Big Island.
I have no financial interest in either, but admit I am friends with the grower/producer of the former.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Ed....||
...was right, alas.
I am sure he will remind us.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||A plus||
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I can help...||
...send me an email at [email protected].
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Actually||
...their hockey team is currently ranked right around where UM is ranked. Right now PSU and UM look like the best of a shabby lot, and may well be fighting it out for an NCAA berth. Certainly, that's a big game.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I assume this is ironic||
but I have a hunch Poole will choose Michigan,
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I had 2011 handy...||
Here it is. Net Yards Per Pass Attempt from 2011. No Bowl Games
Wisconsin 3.83 10
MSU 2.91 10
Michigan 2.05 10
PSU 1.24 9
Nebraska 0.66 9
Iowa 0.34 7
Illinois 0.19 6
NU -0.59 6
Purdue -0.66 6
OSU -0.73 6
Minny -0.91 3
Indiana -0.92 1
|17 weeks 6 days ago||A Quick Scan||
shows UM to be about 14th nationally, with 8/9 teams (including OSU) bunched together. Baylor is off the charts but their schedule is off the charts weak, # 122 right now according to Sagarin. A primary problem with a broad comparison right now is that schedules are quite variant. BC is in the top 15 (they are 3-2) but they have played Howard (a 76-0 win) and Maine (also not FBS) so you can't really take their numbers seriosuly at this point.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Good point...||
A part of the problem is that from a box score you can't distinguish a read option from a scramble. And there wil be team-specific outcomes. Michael Vick's team won't look anyhting like John Navarre's team, once you add scrambles into the equation. Maybe someone can solve this part of the equation, but I have no answer.
I can say, year after year, net YPPA tends to match up with outcomes pretty seamlessly.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for asking...||
...but i don't know the answer right away. I will look at it. I can say, historically, a team at plus 3.5 is in the running to win all the marbles. A team at plus 2.5 is usually in the top 15.
But, let me look at it.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Love this...||
thanks. Hope you are right.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks*||
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Hey...||
...pretty damned good.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||What is so bad....||
...about trying to predict a football game and being wrong? Should analysts always pick UM to win, even if they think it is unlikely to happen?
As far as I can tell the public was all over Michigan in this game. The line moved about 1 or 1.5 points during the week in the attempt by the book to balance money. But betting against the public isn't crazy; it is, indeed, what the "sharps" often do. Though, yeah, both guys picking against a 6.5 favorite straight up probably shows how gun shy many of us have become.
BYU had beaten Nebraska at Nebraska, a very good Boise team (beat VA 56-14 yesterday, IIRC) and was leading UCLA (who is undefeated and killed undefeated Arizona last night) 20-10 in the fourth Q, but losing 24-23. We lost to a very good (#1 ?) Utah team on the road and then beat two teams not quite road kill. It wasn't insane to pick BYU in this game. Just wrong, happily. Quite happily.
Heiko and Nick are terrific people and I have enjoyed this writing for years, going back to when Ken Walker was Nick's counter. I think their writings are most always interesting---even when I might disagree. But, so what if I disagree? I don't get the anger/frustration/ or whatever this is.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||What worries me about BYU is...||
1. The QB really gets the ball out quickly and he seems to have a grasp of his reads. He has a good arm and improved from game 2/3. Tough guy to rush.
2. The WRs are very tall so there are natural windows.
3. They balance the run and pass very well.
4. #28 is an exceptional RB. Maybe better than the kid at Utah.
5. They really shut down Josh Rosen.
1. #72 holds like a demon---I hope/expect for one drive killer there.
2. #7 on D gets lost when in man coverage.
3. They had trouble with the UCLA run game. However, how much we can explot that is unclear---to me at least.
I think this is a pretty close game. I would probably pass on it but never lay the 5.5.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||is this what Lombardi called...||
....a doo-dad block? The precursor to zone ideas?