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|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rutgers is ranked 72 in US||
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|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rutgers is ranked 72 in US||
Rutgers is ranked 72 in US News and World Report college rankings, only slightly behind Maryland (57), and ahead of numerous Big Ten schools including Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, and others. Not sure where the belief that Rutgers is poor academically comes from.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||How does fact that BC games||
How does fact that BC games were low scoring show that defenses have an "inherent advantage" over offenses? That's like saying that the fact that Baylor games are high scoring means that offense has an inherent advantage over defense.
Offenses don't put up points in a vacuum. The number of points an offense scores depends, in part, on the quality of the defense they play. If you play a terrible defense you usually score more than your average number of points, a mediocre defense you score your average number of points, and a good defense you score less than your average number of points.
If a great defense plays a great offense, the offense will score less than it usually does, but on the other hand the defense will give up more point than it usually does. This doesn't mean that one has an "inherent advantage" over the other.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It is a truism in football||
It is a truism in football that if a great defense plays a great offense that the great defense usually wins. I have seen this happen so many times that I pretty much expect Bama to win.
Well, I dispute your overall premise. I haven't seen any stats or evidence showing that a "great" defense beats a "great" offense more than 50% of the time. Those terms are subjective in any event, so what you consider "great" can be altered so that the results meet your expectations. I mean, by most metrics Boston College had a "great" defense this year, yet they barely won any games, even against mediocre offenses.
As for your Alabama point, when you're using Alabama as an illustration the real question is "why does a team with the best defense in the country and also a pretty darn good offense usually beat its opponents?" The answer is pretty obvious. A team with a great defense, by definition, will usually hold a great offense to less than its usual number of points. So, for example, a Baylor or Oregon will score 28 points instead of 45. Combine that with a darn good offense as well, and it's hardly a surprise when a team like Alabama wins championships.
Hopefully it is a model that we follow next year.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||In addition to all the||
In addition to all the factors Brian noted, we simply can't get away anymore with having one big man surrounded by four wing players.
It worked when we had six NBA players on the roster, but even then we had problems defending and rebounding against the Michigan States of the world, and needed ungodly offensive performances to pull out victories. You simply can't count on that, game-in and game-out, no matter how much of an offensive genius Beilein is. It's a lot easier to win games, even when your shots aren't falling, if you can outrebound your opponent and defend inside.
This team desperately needs a true stretch four who can play alongside a center, instead of masquerading as one. I hope, hope, hope that after this year, the plan is to play Wagner as a four, and have him play alongside Doyle, Teske, etc. (If Kam can ever learn to shoot a 3 he would be an ideal backup -- I'm not giving up hope on him yet). We need to have two people taller than 6'9 on the court at all times. Forcing the Irvins and Robinson's to guard power forwards is not going to work in an ordinary (read, non-Trey Burke, Stauskas, and/or Hardaway) year.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe not this year given the||
Maybe not this year given the makeup of our roster (read, plethora of talented wings and dearth of big men), but in the long run is there any possibility of Moe playing power forward, next to a more traditional center (Doyle or Teske)?
For the entirety of Beilein's tenure he's been forced to play undersized guys at the 4, leading to major issues when we play teams with multiple big men. It would be so nice if, for once, we could trot out a true stretch four, rather than forcing a natural small forward to play that role. We'd be able to compete better on the boards and defensively without sacrificing spacing.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Makes little sense? He||
Makes little sense? He viciously took out Tejada without even pretending to go for second base, breaking the guys' leg. What makes little sense -- actually, no fucking sense whatsoever -- was that Utley was called safe even though he left the basepath and never even tried to touch second base. The suspension is warranted. Unfortunately it is too little too late, as the Dodgers got an undeserved win as a result of Utley's dirty play and umpire incompetence.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Actually, he's saying that||
Actually, he's saying that Rudock doesn't see the field well, and because of that Michigan is making it simpler for him by having him only look at half the field.
And he's right. How many times this year has Rudock simply not seen a wide open receiver? Field vision is a skill, just like any part of a QB's game, and one in which Rudock is lacking.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Well, I for one think Mgoblog||
Well, I for one think Mgoblog is the perfect place for you to tout your skills as an airplane pilot and air your passive aggressive views of Captain Sullenberger. I mean, what else is this site for if not that?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Disappointing ending. Allowed||
Disappointing ending. Allowed them to break 100 yards at the end. This unit better figure out how to close games or it's going to be a long season.
(I don't really have to add a /s, do I? That was freaking awesome.)
|20 weeks 5 days ago||As a NJ native, I can tell||
As a NJ native, I can tell you that your ranking of colleges is way, way off. Lafayette and Lehigh are not particularly impressive schools, and Rutgers and Maryland are certainly not "safetey" schools if you don't get into them.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||But you didn't say "he's||
But you didn't say "he's there because he wasn't going to get the opportunity to play multiple positions here." That would have been unobjectionable. Instead, you said that he transferred because "he was going to have to compete for it everyday" here, making it seem like he was afraid of competition. Which was a complete misrepresentation of what was in the article, and a dick thing to say about someone who played hard for Michigan for years.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||The checkmark shows up next||
The checkmark shows up next to his name in his biography, but not on each individual tweet.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I haven't seen this||
I haven't seen this supposedly-deleted Harbaugh tweet discussed anywhere on this thread, so apologies if it's been posted already. Anyone know anything about whether this is legit? Truly hope not.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||I hear what you're saying,||
I hear what you're saying, but in the first film didn't Sam Neill's character have a similar arc, in which he didn't like kids at first but then discovered a paternal side in protecting Hammond's grandkids from velociraptors (as one does)? I recall one of the final shots of the movie was the kids resting against him in the helicopter, while Laura Dern looked on approvingly.
As a larger issue I agree that popular media sometimes suggests to women that their greatest value is as a set of ovaries, but given that this franchise has already done a similar arc with a dude in this instance it may be a case of homage, rather than retrograde misogyny.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Dear god people. No, it was||
Dear god people. No, it was not a serious question.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||"No Spoilers"? It's Jurassic||
"No Spoilers"? It's Jurassic Park, not Game of Thrones.
I haven't seen it yet, but here are some spoilers nevertheless . . .
Someone will express concern about keeping all these dinosaurs in a theme park. Those in charge of the theme park will pooh pooh those concerns, claiming that their systems are state of the art, and there is no possibility that dinosaurs will escape.
Dinosaurs will nevertheless escape.
Some people will be eaten. The audience will not really care because wooh, dinosaurs!
Children will be in danger. They will not be eaten.
At the end of the day, the children, the hero and his love interest will be saved, and most people at the park will escape from danger. We will all learn a valuable lesson about attempting to bend nature to our will. But it will be clear that some have not learned that lesson, and that danger will again rear it's ugly head in oh, let's say three summers from now.
Apropos of nothing, I remember seeing the first Jurassic Park in theatres. Before the movie started, the woman in front of me was asking her friend about the title -- "What does Jurassic mean? Is that just a made-up word?" Anyone know the answer to her question?
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Upvoted for excellent use of||
Upvoted for excellent use of the term "plot armor."
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Also giants work just as well||
Also giants work just as well we found out.
Not so. The giant was stomping wights, ie the reanimated dead (zombies). Those are relatively easy to kill, the problem is that there are just so many of them (and their numbers are easily replenished).
The white walkers are the blue-eyed scaries that create the wights. They cannot be killed except by dragonglass or, as we now see, dragonsteel. (My guess is that dragonfire will work as well, which may be something we discover in the final season).
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Yes.||
|36 weeks 4 days ago||In honor of the character||
In honor of the character Moritz from the musical Spring Awakening, we should dedicate this song to our opponents whenever Wagner hits a backbreaking shot.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Pipe down, fuzzy.||
Pipe down, fuzzy.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Look on the bright side!||
Now we won't have such a logjam and difficulty finding minutes for our players of the future! Moritz Wagner, who otherwise would have been relegated to the bench, will emerge as the platonic ideal of a Beilein stretch 4, a magnificent combination of Dirk Nowitzki, Detlef Schrempf, and whatever other tall, white German NBA players I can think of! Aubrey Dawkins will learn how to play defense, and will instantaneously develop into a lottery pick! The players on this team will complement each other perfectly, who needs the distraction of a 6'7 superathlete who can slash to the rim and slam the ball at will . . . .
Shit. I was on the verge of convincing myself.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Derryck Thornton's dad has||
Derryck Thornton's dad has told a few people that Spike Albrecht might end up redshirting after his hip surgeries this offseason.
Spike redshirting might alleviate a potential problem re a lot of good players without enough minutes to go around (a good problem to have -- I'm not complaining), but even if he redshirts that wouldn't open up a scholarship, would it? How would we ever have room for Williams absent a Hatch medical scholarship, and wouldn't that mean that Jaylen Brown is officially out of the picture?
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Jinx!||
|44 weeks 6 days ago||I went from 6 to 12. Oh,||
I went from 6 to 12.
Oh, "wins." We were talking about wins.
|46 weeks 12 hours ago||acquit verb [T] (DECIDE NOT||
|47 weeks 7 hours ago||He did have a downfield||
He did have a downfield threat by the name of Derrick Alexander, perhaps you've heard of him. They hooked up to the tune of almost 1400 yards in 2000
|47 weeks 16 hours ago||Player deciding to put his||
Player deciding to put his health over football has nothing to do with Harbaugh, and is not a reason to point and laugh at the 49ers management. We have plenty enough legitimate reasons to do so.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed. As much as I've||
Agreed. As much as I've loved watching the beautiful basketball that Beilein has brought us (yay, alliteration), even our best teams have struggled against size. Even the 2013 team needed a miracle comeback to get past Jeff Withey and Kansas.
It will be really nice if, one of these days, we can turn out a team with a true center and a stretch power forward who can defend down low and rebound, so that we're not always playing David v. Goliath against the Kentuckys and Wisconsins of the world. We had a shot at that in 2013, before Mitch was injured. Oh, what might have been.
Can you imagine a typically-skilled Beilein team, with rebounding and free-throw advantages thrown in? That would be amazing. Hopefully Moritz is a step in that direction.