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|6 hours 36 min ago||Hang it up, man||
Both hips, and now your back.
You were greatness when you had it, Spike. You made your mark. But an NBA career was never in the cards, and I'm guessing someday you'll want to chase around your grandkids. Listen to what your body's telling you. I'm sure you've got the will to come back, but how far can you go? Save what you got left for the rest of your days. There's a lot of life after basketball.
|1 day 14 hours ago||All hands to the tweet decryption stations||
"The grind is rewarded"
OK, so, this looks like plaintext English, but it's actually a 4096-bit RSA. But with a little quantum computing and a secret decoder ring, I was able to extract a portion; it's obviously incomplete:
B* SU** TO *R**K YO** O**L*INE
I think the complete message is, "Be sure to truck your off. line", with a typo here or there. It's Twitter, after all. Jay's obviously after another D-line recruit.
|1 day 16 hours ago||What's the point of the vote then?||
Why even have a vote if to keep it you have to do as you're told?
|1 day 19 hours ago||The zero experience is apparent||
I'm no football coach either, but I have been around long enough to know when to read a situation.
To your point, I certainly would have such a play in the book. I'd bet money they do. But this game was very much a story about how the offense couldn't execute consistently. The defense was gassed and the refs were giving OSU everything, but neither offense was having the sort of day where they could get two yards if they absolutely needed it.
If they tried to do a two-point conversion, one of three things would've happened. One, it's a pass and OSU mugs the receiver, no call. Two, it's a run and it gets stuffed because the O-line blew an assignment or the RB screws up the blocking. Three, it's a misdirection and it gets blown up because a lot has to go right on a day when nothing was.
For that matter, Michigan had won the game. Perry was interfered with, no call. The defense got held on the long Samuel run in 2OT, no call. The spot was probably short; more importantly, that doesn't matter. The review was just show; it was a very close call and a game-deciding one yet that was the fastest video review I'd ever seen. The refs had made up their minds. It's hard to argue Harbaugh was wrong when Michigan wins a legitimately called game. You can only do so much to overcome that kind of handicap when the opponent is genuinely good.
|2 days 15 hours ago||It's not really stocking||
Michigan has this ongoing "pulse" problem that was created in the RichRod/Hoke years. It's going to take some time to smooth out.
|1 week 17 hours ago||So, it's like this||
You know when eucalyptus leaves aren't crispy fresh, kinda gettin old and frumpy, but not bug-ridden either, still edible? Decent.
|1 week 1 day ago||Same here||
But can we at least put up a goddamn fight? And I don't mean a hobbled, tragically mis-coached QB playing out of his mind to make up for a lack of leadership. And losing anyway because of course.
I'm so sick of this not even being a rivalry, but a one-sided affair with the occasional heroic effort to keep OSU from falling asleep. I'm so ready for a win but FFS let's start by punching them in the mouth enough times that they stop laughing.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well, I guess bad weather would favor us||
Barrett goes from meh to bad, and our QBs are already bad.
Our best shot is to make this an ugly, low-scoring, high-variance game.
Oh, and we'll block a punt, but because it's an Aussie punter and B1G refs, the latter will short-circuit when Johnston runs outside the tackle box and we'll get hit with a penalty.
|1 week 1 day ago||This needs to go like BYU||
Where the Michigan offense that shows up isn't the one the Buckeyes spent all week preparing for.
And even then, they're going to have to execute these plays, which is terrifying because our passing game is a sputtering mess right now.
|1 week 1 day ago||o_O||
|1 week 2 days ago||This game is NOT about matchups||
Mark my words: If it becomes about matchups, Meyer wins an ugly blowout. Not because our guys aren't good, but because Meyer will attack, and if Brown lets him then that's counting on Stribling to make a solo tackle in the flat. Durkin was happy to make it about matchups and got destroyed. The theme of this entire FFFF is that Meyer is second to none at creating the matchups he wants. He adjusts quickly and adapts to whatever you do to counter. Seth calls them the Borg for a reason.
Brown does not run a read-and-react defense, precisely because that's what coaches like Meyer feast on. He shoots first and hopes to make the offense adjust to him. If it works, it will be by far the most effective counterpunch to Meyer's shenanigans. If it doesn't, Meyer will have Samuel with the ball vs. Stribling in acres of space. But the one thing Brown won't do, contrary to his presser, is put athlete on athlete and see what happens. He is going to blitz the crud out of that offensive line and try to blow up plays before they can develop.
More than any other game, this is going to be a scheme chess match, but I strangely don't think it'll be close. One coach will win decisively. There will be negative plays. The question is whether the positive ones go for 3-5 yards or 30-50. If it's 3-5, you can cause the OSU offense to misfire -- 1st and 10, 2nd and 6, 3rd and 9, and now Barrett's forced to pass out of trouble against Lewis/Hill/Thomas/Stribling. A bad drive will be something like 1st and 10, 2nd and 12, touchdown.
|1 week 3 days ago||Harbaugh will give the offense chances||
They have to execute them. Unfortunately they've been sputtering lately. Hard to move the ball when the QB misses a goddamn 5-yard slant.
The D has everything it needs to hold OSU in check, at least but a bad outcome for Michigan would be something like getting shut out 17-0.
|1 week 3 days ago||I dunno about "interesting"||
Of all the scenarios in the huge gamut of outcomes, I think a back-and-forth battle might be the least probable.
I'm now a big Doc Brown fan but he's occasionally too clever by half, tries to force the pressure issue and can get RPSed with no easy way to adjust at halftime. His stuff will either destroy Meyer or not work at all.
So it's either going to be a long afternoon of throwing stuff at the screen or cackling with glee, depending on which side is better prepared.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is going to be such an RPS battle||
I can see scenarios where OSU drops another 42 on Michigan. I can also see scenarios were Michigan goose-eggs OSU. Because if Meyer gets the matchup he wants, like Samuels vs. McCray at the edge, it's going for yards. If Brown wins, OSU's going backwards.
This is going to be a ludicrously high-variance game. If I was a betting man, I'd put money on. . . hard liquor.
|1 week 5 days ago||He could be on vacation for all I care||
How are you supposed to give meaningful answers to this garbage?
|1 week 5 days ago||Brian the last couple weeks has written lots of content||
on his blog. Talk about what he’s given you on this site?
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes, thank you, that was the joke||
This happens so often it's annoying; I make a joke and someone realizes the potential for a joke, without actually realizing I made that very joke.
|1 week 5 days ago||Can't blame it on the weather||
Downfield throws maybe, but overall Indiana's QB was much more accurate in the same conditions; the stats don't show it because he was up against the #1 pass defense in the country. But for 3.5 quarters, he could at least hit a damn 5-yard slant.
|1 week 5 days ago||The comments, OTOH||
Ugh. . . shouldn't have looked.
|1 week 5 days ago||OSU can have their knight||
I'll run with Peppers the Queen over a Scarlet knight.
|1 week 5 days ago||KFaTAotW||
Shout-out to Ben Braden for protecting Smith's helmet-less noggin.
|1 week 5 days ago||Peppers probably won't work on any one player||
His job will be to make the offense uncomfortable. He can blitz, pursue sideline-to-sideline, or bail all the way to a deep safety position from a linebacker spot.
I don't see the point to a spy on Barrett because Wormley and Taco are excellent at contain and Glasgow isn't going to let a QB run by him up the middle. Lewis can cover Samuels if need be and the safeties can clean up on the edge. The 4-2 should handle anything on the inside by themselves, freeing up Peppers to keep Barrett guessing as to what he'll do.
My main concern (aside from OUR offense) is rotation. Mone, Gary and Winovich all still have holes in their games, Godin is Will Heininger the 3-tech, and if Lewis is on Samuels then either Pepper's going into coverage more often than we'd like, or we're putting a third CB on the field for long stretches. Brown definitely wants to put the pressure on OSU but it became very tough to do so at all 11 positions when Jeremy Clark went down.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd keep UFR separate||
UFR is a football metric and I'm hyping Braden because he stopped playing football the instant he realized something more important. The play should've been blown dead, anyway.
However, it is a good candidate for One Frame at a Time or Known Friends & Trusted Agents, which are feelingsball.
|1 week 5 days ago||I can meet you there halfway||
I don't think there's a rule by which to eject the tackler, and I believe there was no bad intent by Indiana, but it should've at least been a penalty. I've consistently maintained that's how targeting should be called. Late whistle or no, when someone's that vulnerable you have to stop playing football. Of course, the late whistle didn't help matters. Refs -4.
|1 week 5 days ago||OSU on a good day is unstoppable||
But I think they can be flustered into a bad day. If you can force them to execute the counterpuches that they're not quite as good at, they can stall their own drives.
We did need an answer for the edge stuff because we were getting gashed and OSU is miles better at it than anyone we've faced. I'm not nearly as concerned about the inside stuff or downfield because with the exception of some gameday curveballs like Iowa whamming Mone, offenses have been getting nothing up the middle all season and if anything have been actively avoiding our D-line. And downfield, we've got the #1 pass defense by a mile. It's why offenses started testing the edge in the first place. They'd much rather face Stribling the run defender than Stribling the cover corner.
|1 week 5 days ago||Again||
Everyone, please stop with the accusations of dirty play. You can see Braden pressing the Indiana defender's helmet into Smith's face to further protect it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Looks like Covington initially wrapped high||
Not head-high, but he had to bear-hug Smith's arms to make a play at all, so when Smith pulled away he wound up with a helmet in his arms. He might've wound up grabbing facemask along the way, but it'd be just as accidental as ripping off the helmet.
FWIW, Covington was the guy who recovered Smith's helmet after it went flying. There's just no evidence he was playing dirty.
|1 week 5 days ago||That was Braden as well||
Look at Braden's right hand. He's pressing down on the Indiana defender's helmet into Smith's face to ensure it doesn't go anywhere. Having a facemask pressed againt the side of your head isn't comfortable, but it does prevent brain damage.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nope||
Exonerate the Indiana defender in your head, right quick. Smith was still running so he had to tackle and when he did, Braden pressed his helmet into Smith's head. You can see his right hand on the Indiana guy's neck. Then as SugarShane points out, he pushes the helmet away at the last second.
Not comfortable for Smith, but better to ensure a controlled collision than risk an uncontrolled one. In hindsight his control of the Indiana defender may be the best part of the play.
|1 week 5 days ago||Hey, you're right||
He pushed him away at the last second before he fell over, but even before that, you can see in the first shot:
He's controlling the Indiana defender's helmet all the way to the ground.