here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|3 days 14 hours ago||Agreed||
I miss Mr. Blue and even Nefarious Eduardo.
|3 days 17 hours ago||"Our OL is bad"||
Being able to say "Our OL is bad" would be a nice change of pace from "our OL is historically bad." Here's to improvement!!
|3 days 17 hours ago||Probably from the coaches and others||
A lot of these reporters spend the offseason traveling around campus to campus visiting with coaches and teams. You know, doing actual reporting. If they are "hearing something" then its probably from a well connected person. If it was based off of what they saw on the spring game, they would have said that.
|3 days 17 hours ago||People forget||
People forget all the day to day minutiae of history, and instead just remember all of the highlights. And if the person was an all-time great like Jordan or Babe Ruth, they forget about all of the horrible shit that person did on the side.
Nearly every sports star has had the benefit of playing their careers in an era without 247 reporting, cell phone cameras everywhere, and loosely/poorly fact-checked sources as the basis of "reporting."
So with all of that said, Jordan would not be as reveered if he was playing in this era. Can you imagine the firestorm if word got out that LeBron was a degenerate gambler, or if he just up and decided that he was going to go play basball now instead of siging with the Heat or the Cavs? Jordan absolutely held the sports world hostage for the entirety of his "retirement." Its foolish to pretend otherwise. If LeBron pulled the same stunt now, it would bring the networks and internet to their knees.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Hmmmm...||
I think some of you missed the sarcasm/satire.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Papa John||
Brian, you left out Papa John from your possible Brandon replacements. He graduated from Ball State, which is of course Brady Hoke's alma mater. And he's in commericals with Peyton Manning a lot, so he probably knows about football and sports. The ties are undeniable.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Well Bonnie...||
"Well Bonnie...we're pretty fucking far."
|1 week 15 hours ago||You buried the lead||
Dude, you totally buried the lead here. The incident went down at the GROWN AND SEXY Lounge. That's right...Tracy Sprinkle at the Grown and Sexy Lounge.
|1 week 2 days ago||^This||
This entire thread is kind of a moot point. If the OL can't get it together enough to be mediocre (and considering the massive amounts of youth and inexperience, I'd be thrilled with mediocre), then it doesn't really matter who is starting and excelling at various skill positions or on the defense.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm wondering what games you're actually watching.||
I'm wondering what games you're actually watching. The difference between Morris and Bellomy is night and day. Plus, there's a lot more incentive to get Morris ready to take the starting job for his junior and senior year. Bellomy is already a junior, and if he's starting as a senior some crazy, crazy things have happened.
|1 week 4 days ago||Its nowhere close to $5/subscriber||
FYI, the Big Ten Network doesn't get anywhere close to $5 per subscriber. Most reports have them getting a dollar in the B1G footprint, and a dime outside the footprint. At $5.54 per subscriber, only ESPN is in that $5 ballpark. And as far as regionals go, YES gets around $3/subscriber in the New York area.
But in general, the whole Rutgers/Maryland move was all about adding TV markets. With those additions, the Big Ten has NYC, Chicago, Philly, Washington DC, and Detroit in their footprint. Five of the top 11 markets. No other conference has more than two of the top ten (although if you want to stretch and give the SEC both Dallas and Houston, then they have three). When the TV deal is up in 2016, it'll create huge amounts of income for the schools. So in addition to extorting huge amounts of money from ESPN/Fox/Whoever, they might also be able to leverage their network into getting something like $2 a subscriber in the footprint.
|1 week 6 days ago||Don't live on or near campus||
My first and only tip would be don't live on or near campus. That's fun if you're in college, or just out of it, but not cool for adults. AA is a big city. Lots of good housing options nearby and in surrounding cities if they don't mind a short commute.
|1 week 6 days ago||That and, you know, winning 24 games in a row.||
That and, you know, winning 24 games in a row.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not having any identifible||
Not having any identifiable skills is what made him fall. Needs to put in a lot of work this summer if he wants to survive in the NBA. Without a guaranteed contract, he's going to have to fight.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No there's not||
Stealing is stealing. Who you do it to doesn't change the act. All the moral bullshit is just how you justify it to yourself.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Who cares if there's nothing novel about it?||
CRISPed in the DIAG above me put the Moneyball comparision better than I did with the Hatteberg references.
And who cares if there's nothing novel about it? It was kind of interesting and a change of pace. Furthermore, people bitch non-goddamn-stop about ESPN's SEC bias and all of this other nonsense, and then ESPN has the audacity to post a CFB front page article on the Big Ten doing something well, and everyone shits on it. It the long, dark, college football offseason. There's lots of nothing to write about. Is it really so bad that they wrote an article about Iowa recruiting?
And the Moneyball thing is a headline with a goal of making you click on the story. This is how the internet, newspapers, movies, and every other form of media work. It will never, ever change.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hell of a lot better than most of the B1G||
And that's a hell of a lot better than the rest of the B1G (If you're curious...MSU: 3-4, OSU: 4-5, Mich: 2-6, PSU: 4-3, NW: 1-5, Neb: 4-4). Say what you want about Iowa, but at least they are consistent and well prepared.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Could pick a lot of schools||
You could pick a lot of schools to do this story on. The two you mentioned, as well as Oklahoma State, Oregon, Missouri, and Baylor to name a few. But I don't mind Iowa as the focus. Due to their cakewalk schedule, they'll have a lot of eyes on them this fall. They should be undefeated heading into their last two games, and will be a popular "how good are they really?" team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think you really read the article||
They don't say Iowa uses a Moneyball approach with advanced stats, only that Iowa is using a different approach -- like the A's did with Moneyball -- when it comes to recruiting. There's even a paragraph that address it:
"Where Beane, whom Pitt played in the 2011 film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball," used advanced metrics and statistical analysis to better scout players and help the Oakland A's compete with large-market baseball teams, Iowa's evaluation process is a bit different from its peers."
They find guys that fit their formula (much like Michigan State), plug them into the system and rely on depth and coaching to turn them into good players. Are they every going to seriously compete with the rest of the CFB world? No. Talent tends to win out in the end. But is it good enough for 8, 9, 10 wins a year in the Big Ten? Sure. And that's a little tough to do recruiting from the places they recruit from.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Wish I had read your comment||
Wish I had read your comment before clicking that link. That was the only part of the story I was looking for. One MGoPoint for you kind sir.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||6' 4.75"||
Fraction to decimal conversions. They are your friend.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Would be like if, I don't||
Would be like if, I don't know...Arkansas or someone went through an SEC season without having to play Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, or Texas A&M. When Iowa is 9-1 or 10-0 heading into those last two games, it'll be an interesting test of the new CFB committee to see where they seed them. If they are 10-0 and they are slotted in the top 4, that's a bad sign for the future of the playoff.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"They already get..."||
I really hate the "but they already get..." argument. Who cares what they already get? Just because you're currently getting something, doesn't mean you can't and shouldn't get more.
And there's no reason to keep the money locked away. Regular college kids are able to earn a paycheck and get access to that money right away. Athletes profitting off their own name/image/likeness are no different. The NCAA/Conference/School has no business telling a student what they can/cannot do with money earned from that person's likeness.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||He knows what he's doing||
Delany is smart and knows what he's doing. His testimony was pretty helpful to the plantiffs -- and he was the NCAA's witness. He spoke his mind, and if its bad for the NCAA, then so be it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Louisville State University||
Maybe Jayru got an offer from Louisville State University.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Maybe dragons in the catacombs||
Might be the dragons in the catacombs. Lot of reflections and tough light to replicate down there.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Skywriting||
Brandon once ordered a plane to do skywriting over East Lansing. Skywriting requires blue skies.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Found the article||
It was ESPN Insider. If you have Insider, its an interesting (albeit very stat heavy) read. They feel he's heading towards being more of a no. 3 starter on a staff instead of an ace. Just how quickly he gets there is what's up for debate.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This||
Either Grantland or 538 (hell, maybe it was Insider...definitely ESPN though) had a good article on Verlander just being an average starter now and how staff ace's time can be fleeting. I think it's just that. He's fallen off more and more the last few years and just doesn't have it anymore. Happens to the best of them.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Someone gon' get eaten.||
Someone gon' get eaten.