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|6 weeks 2 days ago||Fellow Butler Alum||
I didn't know Andrew, even though we were part of the same freshman class. He was one of Brad Stevens' great successes. When he first showed up that guy could barely catch the basketball, and even when he did, he often turned it over. By the end of his career he was one of the most important guys on the team, and like Jordan Morgan, shut down many of the highly rated guys he went against (Cody Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, etc.)
I'm certainly hoping for the best. He's done pretty phenomenally considering the tough circumstances.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Dawkins performance=Irvin vs. Minnesota||
After Dawkins hit his second three, I said to myself that they really needed him to have a break out performance like Zak Irvin had against Minnesota last season. And boy did he ever do that. I think, like Irvin last year, this burst will lead to more playing time for Dawkins.
I am still a bit worried about the offense as a whole. It definitely got better as the game went on, but I am dismayed at the big men's inability to set a screen that does anything, and also the fact that the guards aren't looking to get all the way to the tin, or dis to a big man when they drive. It seems like the only reason guys are driving is to kick it back out. I would really like to seem more off ball cutting that will hopefully result in easier buckets.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Ace and Brian||
I don't know if this was intentional, but thank you for using a Jimmy Ruffin. It's a nice homage to a great artist who just passed.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||My thoughts||
I think Donnal might be the best of all the bigs at positioning, he also seems to be 1b to Wilson's 1a in terms of mobility. I can see why coaches are starting him, even though he has his own bugs to work out. Unfortunately, I didn't really see anything from any of the bigs that tells me any of them are gonna be able to hang with serious centers this year. I think it might be something they just have to deal with and scheme around.
Chatman seems a little over his head right now, and I think that's ok. The game experience he's getting is the main thing that will help him improve his feel for the game. I think the tools and smarts are all there for him, but it's just a matter of getting 100% comfortable with the pace of the game.
The Big 3 all seem super comfortable in the flow of the game, and have all made significant strides from last year. One thing I feel should be noted is that Irvin seem 100 times more active when other peoples shots go up. He only had five rebounds in this game, but there were several others that he effected the outcome on. Hopefully, his activity will pay off in the rebounding and defense department going forward.
Overall, I think this team will be really fun to watch, but might also come with some aches as they figure all of it out.
The announcers... ick. It reminded me of all the things I don't like about Dakich, without any of the things I do. The Maximus thing, dogging Irvin for not driving, the love for Caris, etc. It was all a bit too much and got really tired, really fast.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Starting five||
Unsurprisingly starting five is Walton, Levert, Irvin, Chatman, and Donnal
|31 weeks 4 days ago||I want a TE not Jeff||
I want a TE not Jeff Samardzija!
|33 weeks 3 days ago||37-21d||
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Manning||
I think Manning and Wellman are the most compelling speakers on the staff. I like how Roy can still seem intense while speaking a calm, laidback tone, quiet intensity.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||12 team league||
QB- Matt Stafford (or Tom Brady)
RB1- Marshawn Lynch
RB2- Reggie Bush
WR1- Desean Jackson
WR2- Emmanuel Saunders
TE- Antonio Gates
Flex- Darren Sproles
K- Steven Hauschka
2- Mike Evans
3- Hakeem Nicks
4- Brandon LaFell
5- Eric Ebron
6- Mike Tolbert
I have a lot to work with, and I still have a few 1a/1b situations. Brady could obviously supplant Stafford, Eric Ebron could very well be better than Antonio Gates, MJD could vie for a starting role, and any of my bench bench WRs could blow up. All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about it.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||WR corps||
I want to make two comments about the discussion of the WR corps:
1. I think Chesson might surprise. Seth's point in This Week's Obsession about drag routes might mean Jehu gets some opportunity to catch the ball going full speed across the field/down field. He also has really elite long speed. I thought his catch against MSU was really pretty good.
2. You compared the WRs to Edwards, Avant and Breaston, but what about Manningham, Arrington, Breatson, Matthews?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Chesson||
Jehu is a personal favorite of mine, and I'm really rooting for him to do well. I think the point that Seth made in This Week's Obsession is really important. Jehu could be amazing on drag routes. Chesson showed in the Akron game last year that he has some serious speed and moves coming laterally across the field.
I can't believe the season is so close.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Junior Hemingway||
How has no one said Junior Hemingway's speech after the Sugar bowl yet? For me, that was one of the times when I had started to think of football as a burden and viewed it very negatively. But, that moment showed me how football can change someone's life and how that team had persevered.
The other for me is the Michigan-Louisville game in the national championship. It wasn't really sadness or happiness, but rather longing. Like, this isn't supposed to be the end, there's supposed to be a little more, there's supposed to be closure.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Pass first... probably||
I agree that they will probably have to do a significant amount of passing to open up things for the running game, but my points were about whether they could get better in the next two weeks. Both of my points still hold even with what you said. Zone blocking is an art, and you don't every stop getting better at art, that's what separates it from industry. So, I still contend that they will get better over the next 13 days as they get the lion's share of the reps.
|36 weeks 5 hours ago||Respectfully disagree||
I have to disagree with because of two important points.
1. As Hoke said, he's going to pick a line this week and then let them go as unit. No more shuffling of personnel or position. That alone should allow them to come together and play more as a group.
2. I'm not sure if you read the front page primers on zone blocking, and how the scheme works, but one of the things it emphasizes is you have to rep zone over and over and over. It's an experiental learning thing, so the more they do it, the more they will be comfortable with making split second decisions that determine whether a play goes for 2-3 or 10-15.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Vacated wins and all time win %||
The vacated wins would probably result in a shift in the all time winning percentage. This isn't really of any importance, but I just had the thought.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Well, that wasn't the most||
Well, that wasn't the most exciting or fluid interview ever.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||embed|
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Funchess number||
I sort of wish that Funchess was still wearing 19, it was really unique, but 87 is cool, too.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Comparison||
I think Weber brings some of the best attributes of both Deveon Smith and Derrick Green.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Well Coach Hoke keeps talking||
Well Coach Hoke keeps talking about competition and depth. I guess that makes me third string.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry if my previous message||
Sorry if my previous message came off as questioning the guys skills. He definitely can play. My main thing is when I watched his highlights my first reaction was "Wow, that drive looks a lot like something Nik would do." But then my second thought was "Oh, but Nik would've dunked that."
Definitely a great system fit, and he'll only get better with strength and conditioning.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Stauskas lite?||
He seems to be less athletically incined, and weaker with his dribble. Also, definitely needs to add weight, but he seems to do a lot of the things that Stauskas could do. I think, especially with a year to get acclimated, this would be a really nice pickup. It would also provide a bit of a safety blanket for both the 2015 and 2016 recruiting cycles.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Kentrail Moran||
Kentrail Moran is definitely the second coming of Vincent Smith.
3. receiving skills
4. mountain goats people
5. tough little bugger
Also, he's probably a better inside runner than Vince was. In summary, DO WANT.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Messi||
Everyone soak this stuff up. You are watching a legend during the peak of his career. Messi is unbelievable, it is so amazing to watch.
On a separate note, Vincent Kompany, the centerback and captain for Belgium, is playing great, and this game might be 2-0 or 3-0 without him.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Geoff not Jeff||
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Double Post||
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Do you watch/follow soccer?||
Do you watch/follow soccer? Sometimes you just have to keep your head above water and wait for your opportunity. Especially when you are down your top striker and then lose one of your best attacking players 30 mins into a game.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think Donovan||
I don't think Donovan would've solved any of the issues the US had during the World Cup. It might have been nice to have him as a spark plug towards the ends of some of those games, but honestly, he wasn't what they needed.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Altidore and other points||
I think you might be missing a couple things. First, losing Altidore is a much bigger loss than you might think. Did you notice how much more effective Dempsey was once Wondo came on? He isn't a natural hold up player. Altidore's chemistry with the other attacking players is really good, in particular, his link with Bradley, Dempsey and Johnson was missed.
Second, Gonzalez was such a liability when it came to distribution, and Cameron was too when at CB (even though he is normally excellent in that department). It is so hard to attack when your only option out of the back is the newly termed AUP (Aimless Upfield Punt). I think that neutralized Bradley's ability too.
Third, chill out. It takes a while to build a coherent soccer system. Klinsmann has had the team for three years. See what he can do as he has some continuity.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||The future||
I know it's not time to think forward yet, but quite a few of the players helped their stock in the overseas soccer market. I think Yedlin made a serious statement in his limited action. Fabian Johnson looked like the real deal for all of his minutes. Jermaine Jones might even be in for a bump up after his play.
I'm still in that emotional vacuum stage, I can't seem to feel anything, except wishing it was still going. I'm not sad or angry or anything, just longing.