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|1 day 5 hours ago||The top teams with Superbowl||
The top teams with Superbowl appearances is fascinating.
I wonder how that would change if it was only last 30 years? 20 years? 10?
|2 days 8 hours ago||btw, where are you in||
btw, where are you in AZ?
Down in Tucson.
|2 days 14 hours ago||It doesn't have to drain the||
It doesn't have to drain the soul of the man.
I do a lot of things for my wife (of 24 years), and I find I enjoy doing things for her.
She's a good woman and if she needs something or wants something I try my very best to provide it for her. That does not drain my soul.
The foundational premise here is the two are compatible and have mutual regard for what is right and good for the other. If that is not present, then yeah ... just slogging through obligatory duties would be draining.
There's an aspect to Harbaugh's advice that really should be abided by -- do not sweat the small stuff ... or, stated another way, pick your battles. Resisting and arguing about little things is a recipe for unhappiness.
|2 days 14 hours ago||I was always a fan of "Harlan||
I was always a fan of "Harlan Huckleby" ... he was a kick-ass running back, and his name flowed beautifully. I can definitely hear Keith Jackson saying that name ... putting the emphasis on the first syllable of the first name and drawing it out ... "Haaaaar-lan Huckleby."
|2 days 15 hours ago||Like others have said, I thnk||
Like others have said, I thnk we'll see him inside initially, then he'll move to outside as the situation presents itself.
This has me thinking, though ... imagine you're an opposing OC looking at Michigan -- "Well, I can't just run straight at that DL. Screen passes? Nah ... Peppers blows that up. Over the top? Crap ... Lewis is out there." What a nightmare.
Also, picture Onwenu getting a chance to play NT in a goal line, with Mone, Glasgow, Hurst ... Mattison must be the happiest damn DL coach in the country.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Re: college vs. pros ...||
Re: college vs. pros ... there's also the element some seem to really enjoy and draw personal satisfaction from, which is the opportunity to teach, coach and shape the lives of young people.
I think it was Larry Brown (in the realm of basketball) who said the most satisfying job he's ever had was as a high school coach. He went from college coach to the pros, and now he's back in college.
I suspect that rings with Harbaugh as well. I suspect he truly, truly enjoys the opportunity to help young people get their feet down solid and their head on straight. That's pure Bo (who got it from Woody), and it rubbed off on Harbaugh.
So Harbaugh is in Nirvana ... top program doing what he loves to do.
|3 days 13 hours ago||I love me a good, consistent,||
I love me a good, consistent, reliable, cardiac-avoiding kicker.
I am hoping Nordin is that guy.
While I'd love him to be that guy who hits an occasional 60+ yarder, I'd much rather have him be the guy that can nail it consistently from 40 to 50+.
If he's that guy ... then I'm on board 100% with a scholarship for him.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Me! Me!||
I'll sheepishly raise my hand to this question. :-)
|5 days 13 hours ago||Pressure is being unprepared||
+ 1 to the sentiment expressed there.
It applies not just to football, but to pretty much every aspect of life.
It's a current pet peeve of mine that in my line of work I run across so many people who seem to take preparation for a sales call or meeting to be wasted time. They seem to think it is somehow better to "wing it." They are almost always proven wrong. Often the result is wasted time by everyone else in attendance at the poorly prepared meeting.
Lou Holtz is a good man, no doubt. I don't care for his Notre Dame homerism, but that's because I despise Notre Dame. If Lou Holtz was a homer for, say, Minnesota, I would merely smile at his homerism.
|1 week 10 hours ago||We'll see how things pan out||
We'll see how things pan out going forward. I acknoweledge the points you're making, but I truly think we're entering a new phase. Teams without a historic base to stand on will find it harder and harder to get ahead. Those with a history (Texas) can regain some standing, but the longer they're down the harder it'll be to get back.
The playoff means it's even more important to be very good, which means more emphasis on getting top recruits. The craziness we've seen this cycle will intensify. In the B1G it'll be OSU and Michigan and the rest will struggle to keep up. Iowa got lucky this year and was embarrassed by Stanford. With a playoff system the cream rises, is rewarded, and the rest diminish in stature.
Which is why I'm happy we have Harbaugh now.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Matter of opinion ...||
... and of course everyone has their own view of things.
There are two elements to this -- who has been successful historically, and who has the chance given their current circumstances to keep up. The second part of that is key because with the playoffs we are now in an all-out arms race to be in the "top 4" discussion.
(Incidentally, this is why I think the Harbaugh hiring was so critical -- the window is closing on programs to step to the next level or fall back and never recover.)
B1G: I have my doubts PSU will ever really recover. Wisconsin is faltering, as is Iowa. Nebraska can't keep up in the new arms race.
ACC: Florida State and maybe Clemson, but we'll see whether they have longevity. Miami is a tire fire. And nobody else matters.
Big 12: Mostly OU. OSU, Baylor, and TCU have been good recently. We'll see if they can keep up. Texas may never recover.
Pac 12: Stanford, USC, and we'll see if Oregon regains its legs. Washington is a work in progress. WSU and Oregon State are perennial has-beens. I doubt Arizona will ever be in the discussion. ASU has Todd Graham, and he's an idiot.
SEC: Alabama, LSU if they can learn how to recruit and coach a QB, and a healthy Florida (maybe). Georgia is a "we'll see." Ole Miss and MSU are outsiders always looking in. Arkansas is limited by Bielema. A&M and Missouri are fading. UK and Vandy are jokes.
Bottom line - I think we're entering a new age of college football where those with muscle are going to flex, and those without muscle are going to get squeezed out. There are teams who have historically had some national success, but I suspect their days are over. We align around a set of powerful teams that are in the discussion (20, and okay ... 30, but that's tops) and all the others fade from the discussion.
|1 week 14 hours ago||"I'm so old school that I||
"I'm so old school that I read it in newsprint"
I laughed out loud at that.
I remember actual newspapers. Hell, I remember going to the comic page and reading Dick Tracy, Nancy and original Peanuts.
Shit. I'm old. ;-)
|1 week 14 hours ago||Agree right back at you. When||
Agree right back at you.
When I think of a college playoff system, I think about how many teams at the start of a season are really in the discussion for such a playoff.
You cite 50-something teams that might be part of that discussion, but I'm thinking the number is closer to 25 to 30. If that. And I think as the years go on and the separation of the haves from the have-nots continues, the number shrings to 20 or less.
If we stick to just the P5 conferences, 20 teams is (on average) 4 from each conference. For the B1G it's OSU, Michigan, MSU and ... well, now we start reaching.
We could go through the other conferences, but the point is ... there just aren't that many teams that have a historic or recent claim to being seriously part of the playoff discussion.
Which is why I'm not a fan of the playoff, because I see it further eroding what once was a great game with regional rivalries. But that's a soapbox for another time.
|1 week 15 hours ago||He (Greenstein) likely||
He (Greenstein) likely experienced a little blowback from his earlier article, and I don't mean just from Michigan fans. The blowback probably took the form of, "C'mon man, get real ... this is what the top programs do." So he's backpeddling a bit to regain a bit of credbility.
I'm of the thinking that the college playoff has racheted up the intensity of things quite a bit. The top programs have gone to their higher gears, and the lesser programs are left wondering what the hell is going on. I suspect it's unsustainable for the lower programs ... they will eventually give up trying to pretend they can compete at the highest level. They'll field teams, but it'll be like Purdue or Iowa State ... they're happy with 7-5* and don't expect much more.
* Purdue would be elated with a 7-5 season.
|1 week 1 day ago||I really like||
I really like Magnus/Thunder's site. And I echo the sentiment to rate the PWO recruits. Even if it's cursory reviews, it'll be interesting.
|1 week 1 day ago||Agree ... this one will go to||
Agree ... this one will go to the Panthers, and while it won't be a blow-out it won't be in doubt.
Cam Newton's head finally caught up with his body. He's going to dominate this game.
|1 week 2 days ago||Reporting from Tucson...||
Arizona girls are nice, but ASU is crawling with them
ASU is well known for it. Second only to Ole Miss ... which beats all, hands down.
|1 week 5 days ago||This creates more problems||
This creates more problems than it fixes.
It also assumes Harbaugh wants Swenson ... and Swenson wants Michigan.
|1 week 5 days ago||Michigan isn't in this||
Michigan isn't in this situation because it's evil or untrustworthy, but rather because it's been disorganized and sloppy.
I did not think we'd ever see "sloppy" in a sentence related to Michigan and Harbaugh.
There's a part of me that would like to think this is just Harbaugh getting his system up and working as he wants, and these are regrettable hiccups along the way. But as I was reminded on another site, Harbaugh had 4 years at Stanford and knows how these things work.
I am somewhat perplexed by it all.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This was a very enjoyable||
This was a very enjoyable podcast to listen to ... lots of good points made back and forth on this issue. I'm way out of WTKA's broadcast range, so this after-the-fact podcast post is really nice.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Okay, I'll confess my||
Okay, I'll confess my ignorance ... who is that?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Things just don't get handed||
Things just don't get handed to you.
This is why I think this settles out as a net positive once the dust settles.
The message Harbaugh seems to be sending is the expectations for competitive improvement are ever-present ... and just because a recruit commits does not mean they can relax.
That will drive some recruits away from Michigan. But that will also draw the hyper-competitive recruits to Michigan. And by all accounts, it's the latter type that Harbaugh wants. In time, the hyper-competitive and naturally talented will come. And that will be awesome.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's a very well-written||
That's a very well-written article by Spath. Highly recommended reading.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's the first thing I||
That's the first thing I noticed too. ;-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think it was Brandon||
I think it was Brandon Graham.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Or Mike Lantry. (That's||
Or Mike Lantry.
(That's something old guys like me will forever remember.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What?! You've changed your||
What?! You've changed your avitar!
There's too much change. I need a hug. :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you, sir! :-) So, a||
Thank you, sir! :-)
So, a quick story ... I work in IT technical sales, and a few years back I was working with a large railroad company. The image of railroads is one of gritty switching yards and miles of lonely track, which is all true enough.
But the guy I was talking to from the railroad company told me they have a lot of PhD's per square foot at their headquarters trying to come up with railcar routing algorithms to maximize revenue per ton-mile based on a long string of factors.
The math boggles my mind.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think you should come up||
I think you should come up with a five-variable linear programming model for this. :-)
There's no way to project the effect of all this, and there's likely no way to measure the effect after the fact. But it makes good fodder for a sports blog discussion.
(And by my typing out "linear programming" I just transported my memory back to 1979 and I shuddered.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ain't nothing wrong with||
Ain't nothing wrong with being addicted to recruiting news, or news about kickers ... or kickers for that matter. :-)
For what it's worth, I would love to have a kicker that's a lock to put up 3 anywhere inside 60.
Whether Nordin is that guy, I don't know. But if I could wave a magic wand and create such a guy, then hell yes I want him.