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|1 hour 9 min ago||I'm not surprised to hear the||
I'm not surprised to hear the less than rave reviews for Donnal. Isn't he playing out of position at the 5? The departures of McGary and Horford are going to wreak havoc on the lineup this year. Last year Donnal was getting rave reviews, but as the successor to GRIII, not to Jordan Morgan. Everyone was excited that Beilein was finally going to have has Michigan Pittsnogle. Now those plans have to be put on hold. In order to get into the tourney lots of guys are going to have to exceed expectations again, especially Doyle. It sounds like he's going to be the guy at the 5. Even if he is good there. I imagine that teams are going to try and get him into foul trouble constantly.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Is Michigan not allowed to||
Is Michigan not allowed to take and/or broadcast any video of this? I don't see why they couldn't just set up an iphone on a tripod and put the footage on mgoblue.com later.
|1 day 17 hours ago||You've got to be extremely||
You've got to be extremely risk averse to go for the guaranteed money when all you need is about two or three years just on an NFL roster (max) to exceed that. Given that first round picks are a huge investment, that's pretty much a guarantee even if you are massive bust like Ryan Leaf. And then there's massive upside to it.
|1 day 19 hours ago||No. In Henson's case it was||
No. In Henson's case it was an awful decision. He got $17 Million for a six year contract. David Carr, the first pick in the '02 NFL draft, got $46.2 Million for 7 years, with $10.9 of that guaranteed. Henson probably would have gotten that amount. He was likely to be the first pick. Plus, he had no future in baseball. He was a mediocre pro prospect, at best. His upside in the NFL was insane. He could still be playing right now like Tom Brady is. Bolting school to play baseball was a huge and short-sighted mistake.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I also posted this||
I also posted this downthread, but in case you don't see it....
Is there any chance of the UFR gaps ever getting filled in?
|1 day 19 hours ago||I have been wanting to see||
I have been wanting to see this for a while --
I would really like to see Brian go back through the backlog of games without a UFR and get those games on record. I think that we have only two UFRs in the past six OSU games, and no real UFRs for the bowl games. These are really good evaluation tools. You take the four or five really big games that we have played every year for 5+ years and we have never gotten a UFR for about half of them. Even games that are old enough that all of the players are gone I think would make for interesting reading and good reference material. I'd love to see a UFR of Carr's last game.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I don't remember Ross being||
I don't remember Ross being out but I do remember at least one of our safeties being out (or maybe both of them). Jush Furman was a replacement and he was Gad awful.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Here's to hoping that we||
Here's to hoping that we never have to face him again.
In 2001, Tressel beat us in his first game because our future first pick in the draft got $17 million to be a shitty baseball player instead. His replacement pretty much singlehandedly lost the game for us. It was a 6 point contest where we were -4 on turnovers. They got 17 points off of turnovers, plus another two points on a bad snap where the QB wasn't looking for the ball.
In 2004, our starting redshirt sophomore QB went down with an injury in the week leading up to the first game. We started a talented true freshman but he was still a freshman
In 2005, Jake Long and Mike Hart were way less than 100% for The Game. I don't remember if Long even played.
In 2007, Mike Hart and Chad Henne were barely functional
In 2009, we were without our most valuable offensive player (Molk), along with our top two tailbacks -- Minor and Brown..
In 2012, our starting QB got hurt and we were playing a new QB in his fourth start.
My reaction is -- fucking finally. I hope that we win a 4-point game where the opposing QB throws 4 interceptions and the game ends as Ohio State reaches our 1 yard line. I want the Buckeye nation to experience the pain of losing a game because of a critical injury at a position with no depth.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Yay lots of two tight end||
Yay lots of two tight end sets. I'm so excited about the prospect of seeing AJ Williams and Keith Heitzmann on the field instead of Darboh, Funcess, Chesson, Canteen, or Norfleet.
But hey, who says you should run a scheme that fits your personnel?
|5 days 19 hours ago||In Boren's case, you can,||
In Boren's case, you can, because he was coached by the guy who is widely regarded as a shmuck by the Buckeye faithful and probably Tressel's worst assistant -- Bollman, who put lots of mediocre, poorly developed 5* linemen on the field.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Shaun Crawford, come on down?||
Shaun Crawford, come on down?
|5 days 19 hours ago||I was weirdly not pissed off||
I was weirdly not pissed off about the first Horror for some reason. During the game, at least. I think that my brain just couldn't process it.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Daniels was more important||
Daniels was more important than that. He had 49 catches for 745 yards last year. By comparison, Devin Funchess had 49 catches for 748 yards last year. Their leading returning receiver had 15 catches. ND is going to miss Daniels.
|5 days 19 hours ago||or Beilen||
|5 days 20 hours ago||I haven't followed the||
I haven't followed the progress of ND's receivers, but losing Daniels has to hurt more than that. He wasn't just a contributor. He was the only returning productive receiver from last year.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Nahh. You chose the wrong||
Nahh. You chose the wrong grandparents.
|5 days 20 hours ago||I'm not high and mighty. I||
I'm not high and mighty. I just want a better chance at winning the game. So if they just lost a few guys who were expected to be contributors (on top of the talent that they lost from last year's team), then I'm totally allright with that.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Possibly. It's also possible||
I guess she could still be a 7 or an 8 but the players don't settle for less than a 9 without extra incentive.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Ugly or Stupid? Possibly||
Ugly or Stupid?
|5 days 21 hours ago||Ohhh, those poor exploited||
Ohhh, those poor exploited slave athletes.
|6 days 30 min ago||Only if he gets a Devin||
Only if he gets a Devin Gardner "back injury"
|6 days 1 hour ago||People aren't expecting too||
People aren't expecting too much for a redshirt freshman to be better than Miller was last year.
|6 days 1 hour ago||That's not a very encouraging||
That's not a very encouraging comparison. Demens spent his first three years playing for an abysmal defensive staff and, by all outward appearances, he should have been starting his redshirt sophomore year.
|6 days 1 hour ago||We ran lots of zone last year||
We ran lots of zone last year and Miller was terrible at it.
The only potential saving grace here is if Miller has really improved that much.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Usually, I would agree. But||
Usually, I would agree. But how much do you trust our current staff to correctly and immediately identify who the best players are and what the best combo is? I'll bet my balls that at least one week 1 starter gets yanked due to poor performance before the Big Ten season starts. If that guy ends up being Cole, then you have pissed away his redshirt (unless you can conjure up a "back injury"). You have also probably wasted valuable practice reps with Magnusson at LG, instead of LT, which is where he will slide out to if Cole starts but gets benched. I just really hope that Cole doesn't get meaningful snaps this year.
|6 days 19 hours ago||I would also be surprised if||
I would also be surprised if the starting lineup has both Miller and Glasgow, especially if Glasgow is at LG. I think that Glasgow is either the starting C or the emergency option at RT. To me, the most likely left side is either Cole-Mags or Mags-Bosch. I am really hoping that it's the latter.
|6 days 23 hours ago||This needs to happen to every||
This needs to happen to every program in the Big Ten (outside of maybe Iowa and Purdue) about ten times in a row for us to break even with fate. I have lost track of the number of critical projected starters that we have lost since the end of the 2007 season that have devastated us over and over and over again. Venric Mark is probably the one guy that NW couldn't afford to lose, and they did. Welcome to my world, Northwestern fans.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Nothing at this point. I'm||
Nothing at this point. I'm cautiously hoping that Nussmeier will be different and that even if he runs an offense that is old school on the surface, it will still manage to keep the defense guessing while exploiting mismatches. Being able to get out of bad plays at the LOS will help, and so will having an offense based on "bread-and-butter + constraint plays". Talent has obviously been a huge part of Alabama's success on offense the past few years, but I really like how they have gotten the most ouf that talent by making teams pick their poison.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Everyone is back -- does that||
Everyone is back -- does that mean that Delano Hill is back?
|1 week 17 hours ago||This. Stanford's history is||
This. Stanford's history is pretty unimpressive until 2010. They are at a historical high right now that will be really hard to maintain because of some natural disadvantages that they have.