I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|2 min 38 sec ago||POSSSSSSBAAAAAAAAAANNNNNGGGGG!||
|4 hours 29 min ago||Quite the opposite. Mattison||
Quite the opposite. Mattison would sit back and absorb mild body blows, block any shot to the head, and only throw a couple counterpunches of his own.
|5 hours 48 min ago||The problem with the theory||
The problem with the theory of "give Shane the 2nd team snaps but redshirt him" is - how does Bellomy become a legitimate backup in that scenario? The guy's gotta practice sometime, and he hasn't been getting meaningful practice snaps in a year. You can't put a guy in in that scenario, even for a series. At that point you might as well direct snap it to your RB for all the good having a QB back there will do you.
|22 hours 8 min ago||It wasn't a penalty, it was||
It wasn't a penalty, it was losing yardage on consecutive plays due to conservatism (just run and be safe even though it hasn't been working) that really pushed us out of plausible field goal range.
|22 hours 34 min ago||I should clarify that south||
I should clarify that south Chandler is not actually like Scottsdale at all in terms of attractions for the visitor. But man, Scottsdale is douchebag and silicone cougar central. You can certainly have a good time there, and it's a major step up from college town nightlife, but don't expect Vegas.
|22 hours 41 min ago||Four Peaks is a better place||
Four Peaks is a better place to go for a meal. Papago has much more variety if you're just out to sample beer.
|22 hours 47 min ago||Chino Bandidos is now in||
Chino Bandidos is now in Chandler. Pizzeria Bianco is great, but Cibo and Pomo are just a smidge below, and when you factor in the 2 hour wait for Bianco, either of the alternatives are a better bet. Plus at Pomo the owner comes around and pours you a shot of some sort of magical homemade cinnamon booze after your meal.
|22 hours 57 min ago||I was there for the ND game.||
I was there for the ND game. The entire roof area is done up maize and blue. It's a bit.... rustic, maybe, but it was a fun place to catch a game.
|23 hours 56 sec ago||+1000||
|1 day 21 min ago||"Ate a live Longhorn" ftfy||
"Ate a live Longhorn" ftfy
|1 day 39 min ago||But "are you afraid of their||
But "are you afraid of their offense?" is not the relevant question. The relevant question is "Are you significantly more afraid of their offense scoring a TD from their own 40 vs their own 20?", I submit that the answer to that is (or should be) no.
With 50 seconds and no timeouts left, down by a TD, they are going to need to hit a low percentage big play, maybe two, unless you're giving them the ball in the red zone. Big plays are highly variable - a busted coverage or missed tackle can lead to an 80 yard score just as easily as a 60 yard one. And in any case you usually defend that situation by playing soft on short to medium routes and runs, so your 20 yard initial field position advantage can get eaten up fast. Which is exactly what happened. Basically we sacrificed a chance to seal the victory for 20 yards of field position we didn't plan to aggressively defend anyway.
Keep in mind that in that particular case I also would have favored running more aggressive plays to get the game-sealing first down, so "kick a field goal or punt" is not the only point I'm arguing.
|1 day 1 hour ago||I think I made the same face||
I think I made the same face as your avatar when I read that.
|1 day 1 hour ago||I figure Nick would take the||
I figure Nick would take the statue with him on the plane.
|1 day 1 hour ago||The time left is an||
The time left is an interesting consideration as well. Even with an unsuccessful onside kick, the offense will probably need to get a couple first downs to get into comfortable field goal range. So you'll have your chance to stop them, especially considering they will likely play conservatively.
And if you fail to stop them, you'll almost certainly have some time left to respond. On the other hand, if you give the other team 4-5 minutes left and 80 yards to go, they have a good chance to make their possession the last of the game if they choose (which is obviously disastrous if they score).
|1 day 1 hour ago||Even relatively aggressive||
Even relatively aggressive coaches (and I'd count Hoke in that category) seem to have a particularly hard time getting over their lizard brains when it comes to "the importance of field position", especially late in contested and/or high scoring games.
Granted, it's probably tough to empirically quantify on the fly, but there seem to be certain games where "playing for field position", except in extreme circumstances, is a sucker's bet. The shootouts against Indiana and OSU obviously fit this mold. We were having so little success stopping the opposing team that any chance to get the ball back / extend a drive, whether with an onside kick or going for it on 4th and medium, starts to make a lot of sense.
I'd also argue that the end of the PSU game fit this, at least when it came to the decision to play very conservatively and then punt on our penultimate regulation possession. In that case, an interception, turnover on downs, or a missed field goal would have had minimal downside - basically a 60 yard field to drive instead of 80 - for the potential upside of sealing the game with a score or a first down to run out the clock.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Gozer the Gozerian?||
Gozer the Gozerian?
|1 day 3 hours ago||Don't tell me that if Lloyd||
Don't tell me that if Lloyd Brady held up a sign, you wouldn't do whatever it said.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Have we become so jaded and||
Have we become so jaded and hysterical that I actually need to use the /s tag now?
|1 day 4 hours ago||For the more culturally||
For the more culturally minded (and for something to do before 11PM) I'd suggest the Desert Botanical Garden and the Musical Instrument Museum. For a family friendly event, the zoo puts out a pretty amazing display of holiday lights (3.5 million lights or so).
|1 day 5 hours ago||Congratulations on being the||
Congratulations on being the only one to get the joke. I'd give you a +1 if I could.
In 2010, we could only struggle for a half against MSU and Wisconsin. Now we can struggle for a whole game against UConn and Northwestern!
|1 day 7 hours ago||Borges has completely turned||
Borges has completely turned the offense around in just 3 years. That's an accomplishment.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Getting picked by the Gator||
Getting picked by the Gator Bowl would not have improved our 7-5 regular season record.
Arguing that you'd rather see a matchup with an SEC team (even a mediocre one) is one thing, but there are a lot of people griping about how we "sank to such a lowly bowl" and at the same time arguing for a matchup in a bowl that would have meant we "sank" lower. It would be like Trey Burke complaining that he didn't get picked by the Clippers or something.
Ultimately, Michigan got picked ahead of two superior teams, in terms of B1G standing: Minnesota and Nebraska. We should be thankful. And while the stadium kind of sucks, I submit that Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale is a nicer place to be in December than Jacksonville.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Not so sure we earned being||
Not so sure we earned being picked ahead of Neb and Minny, but I'll take it.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Maybe he can swing by and ask||
Maybe he can swing by and ask DB for his Gator Bowl ring?
|2 days 17 hours ago||Why is everyone missing this?||
Why is everyone missing this? This year, this is the more "prestigious" bowl.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Taylor Lewan and Craig Roh||
Taylor Lewan and Craig Roh are both from Phoenix.
|4 days 22 hours ago||I think the real issue was||
I think the real issue was that criticism of Brian went from "I vehemently disagree with your opinions!" to "you are a moron and a bad fan and how dare you write about football anyway, you unathletic nerd!"
|4 days 23 hours ago||He WAS good, and he DID have,||
He WAS good, and he DID have, often, good points, and intelligent discussion.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Analyst Brian could be his||
Analyst Brian could be his current avatar. Fan Brian would need to be that seat-cushion Braveheart.
|4 days 23 hours ago||So wait, who among the pony||
So wait, who among the pony avatars are punished posters, and who are just Brony Michigan fans? I'm confused.