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|3 hours 45 min ago||Ugh||
Listening to you describe it might be even worse than watching it.
|5 days 19 hours ago||For the most part||
I feel like the NFL rules have been designed solely to maximize the ratio of ad time vs football time.
|5 days 19 hours ago||This is a good point||
the salary cap keeps everyone (mostly) mediocre. Sure some teams rise above it like New England, and some teams still always suck, like Detroit and Cleveland. But for the most part everyone else has become just a random number generator. What that means is that you don't have the intense emotional feelings you get in other sports. For example, in baseball EVERYONE hates the Yankees because of their payroll. That adds to the flavor of the games when you have imbalance and David vs Goliath stories like that.
The flip side is, having every team have a basically equal shot is good for fan morale, again unless you happen to live in a place with totally incompetent ownership like Detroit. But the salary cap also leads to so much constant player churn that it is hard to stay attached to players these days.
|1 week 2 days ago||At this point||
Everyone playing for ND had a good look at what an @$$ Kelly was and still chose to go play for him, so I don't have much sympathy.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah||
preferrably someone who is insured.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||I would be more excited about 78-0||
If we had done it against an actual Div 1-A football program.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Ridiculous||
Easily one of the most ridiculous, if not THE most ridiculous game in Michigan history. It was like watching NCAA football on a video game console where both teams were running nothing but money plays.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||I say go||
Go. Cheer for Michigan. Don't be slient, but don't be d***s either. Expect some curse words to be tossed at you. Warn your kid in advance that some people are going to be drunken asses.
IMO it will be a fun bonding experience. There is a greater than zero chance of negative Spartan fan interaction, but as long as you keep your wits about you it shouldn't be too bad. The worst I've ever had from a Spartan fan is getting hit in the head with an ice cube.
Now, Ohio State, THAT is a different story. I wouldn't go back there with anyone I cared about. MSU is like drunk frat boy mean. OSU is like Deliverance mean.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||it looked like Michigan was playing a high school team.||
it looked like Michigan was playing a high school team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Amazingly enough, Peppers got||
Amazingly enough, Peppers got a Rutgers defender to bite on his read-option fake to no one.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why don't officials have to||
Why don't officials have to answer to press conferences? "What were you possibly looking at when you blew that obvious call"?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Indiana just got screwed by||
Indiana just got screwed by the always incompetent Big Ten replay officials. Unreal.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Why does anyone think the NFL is a better job?||
There would only be a few reasons the NFL would be a better job.
1) Money. Well Harbaugh makes BANK, so that isn't an issue
2) Publicity. Uh, could Harbaugh possibly be getting any more publicity than he is getting right now? He's a rock star.
3) Better place to live. Ok, there are a few NFL cities that might be better places to live than Ann Arbor. But AA is also "home" for Jimmy, and that counts for a TON.
4) Desire to avoid recruiting. From what I can see, Harbaugh LOVES recruiting, so I see no problem here.
The only reason I could see him leaving is if some NFL team decides to give him FULL control--GM & coach, where he could basically run the whole show like Belichick. And even then I don't know if he would want it, but that might be something that would interest him.
Personally I think the job he has is about as good as it gets, but I'm a bit biased. :) I think Jim is a pretty smart guy, and I think he may see things my way as well. He doesn't strike me as a guy who is constantly pining for what he doesn't have. He knows what he currently has is awesome and I think he appreciates it.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||I don't think||
Ausmus is nearly as bad as many make him out to be, but I don't know that he's great either. I do admit that the fact that this team did keep battling and stayed in the hunt till the end is a plus, but I also agree that some of his bullpen decisions are suspect. Or course, some of that is that the Tigers always have a crap bullpen. This year it was Lowe that was supposed to be good that was absoultey positively garbage (untill late in the season). And they probably make the playoffs if K-Rod doesn't blow that 3-run lead with 2-outs a week ago.
After watching the wild card play-in game, every other team can just be glad they don't have to watch Buck Schowalter self-torpedo their team like that. I thought Leyland made some kooky in-game decisions, but i don't think he ever did anything that face-palmingly frustrating. Sure, let the guy with the 5+ ERA end your season while your Cy-Young candidate reliver with the 0.50 ERA eats a sandwich. THAT makes sense. Good lord, why are these guys paid big money?
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Pelfrey||
is one of the worst signings I think the Tigers have made in years. Completely idiotic. The guy is, has, and always will be, hot garbage. Can't imagine WTF Avila was thinking.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||From what I can see||
When Jim Harbaugh was faced with a questionable depth chart at QB, he went out and got Jake Rudock to transfer here and coached him up into an NFL draft pick. When RichRod was faced with a bad depth chart at QB, he had Threet, a guy I might have been able to beat in the 40-yard dash, and Sheridan running the freakin' read-option.
Rich Rodriguez felt it was more important to implement his system than adapt to the personnel on hand and try to win football games. That was a choice. There was no requirement than anyone like his choice.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I would also disagree||
Depends on what you want. I've lived in both LA and Austin, so I can kind of compare directly.
Texas football people are crazy. You will get about 1/3rd of a season to succeed there before they start looking for your replacement. Expectations are pretty unrealistic, not like Ann Arbor. Basically they need to hire their Harbaugh, or it will not be good enough for them.
USC has problems too, but Pete Caroll created a blue-print for what modern USC can be, albeit probably by cheating. Still, USC when it is riding high, is still a pretty damn great program, and they aren't going to be nearly as quick to run you out of town. Plus if you are an "LA Type", the rock-star quotient of being in LA is unmatched anywhere else. If you have college-football coach money, LA may be the best place to live in the country.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Whether it was dirty or not,||
that seems like a play that should be changed. The UW guy just dove helmet first right into his knee and crushed it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Certainly can't hurt that our two star WRs are African ex-pats||
Certainly can't hurt that our two star WRs are African ex-pats
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It was well after the||
It was well after the whistle. In the video you can see tubby kicker taking out his mouth guard (because the play is over) when he gets hit.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That's the thing||
Lewis's interception is impressive mostly because he totally botched things up. If he had kept running and jumped at the right time, it would have been a run of the mill INT because of his good coverage. Now, he still made an incredible play, but as someone upthread said, you shouldn't get bonus points for screwing up and then recovering.
The Woodson play is something I've NEVER seen ANYONE else do. Maybe someone can produce video of it, but I've never seen it. I've never seen a QB-OOB-throw-away picked off before or after that day.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Official||
Even the official signalling first down Michigan on the Woodson play can't believe what he just saw.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Uh||
Seriously? A generational thing?
This isn't even a close contest. The Woodson interception was on a ball that was being THROWN AWAY. Woodson basiclaly Houdinied with on hand and somehow got a foot in.
Lewis on the other hand screwed up (self-admitted) and jumped too early, then managed to use his amazing athletic ability to still make an unbelievable interception. And honestly, we would have been better off if he had just dropped it. Fantastic play? Absolutely. Better than Woodson? Not even close.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Cmon man. If 80% of football||
Cmon man. If 80% of football leg injuries are due to "muscular imbalance" don't you think NFL teams with their deep pocketbooks would have figured out how to prevent them?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Mike Gilette struggled with||
Mike Gilette struggled with this transition back in the 80s, but not this badly.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||And just think||
No Brandon fired, no Hackett. No Hackett, no Harbaugh. Getting Brandon fired was the CRITICAL step to turning our football program around.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It is stuff like this||
that makes me question why design is even a college degree. I mean, you have to go to college to learn how to design utter s*$@ like this? Really?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
5.5 mil a year + job security might mean something to him.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||John Navarre||
Started his career going 15-19 for 265 and 4TDs against Bowling green and then came back and went 10-15 with 3TD against Rice before crashing to the earth in a road game against UCLA. Now, do I think Speight is better than Navarre? Yeah, if for nothing else than he isn't a complete statue. But he hasn't yet played on the road, and he hasn't yet played a really good team, though Colorado may be better than we think.
Speight has been just fine. He hasn't thrown a pick since his first pass, he's completing 58% of his throws, he making plays with his feet, and in general, is playing winning football. But right now, I think it's silly to be more just happy that he is good. Talking about NFL for him just yet is silly. After he drops 250+ on back-to-back top 20 defenses like Rudock did at the end of last year, we can start talking NFL.
Remember, even with his slow start, Rudock completed 64% of his throws last year, and only had 3 games all year where he completed lesss than 60% (and NO games under 50%).
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It is a stupid, arbitrary rule.||
Always has been. The rule should only be for intentional headhunting.