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|1 day 10 hours ago||It was unlikely before, but||
It was unlikely before, but somehow this incident makes it even harder for me to imagine that Mr. Rawls spends much time watching primetime network TV dramas.
|2 days 17 hours ago||And how much of that was||
And how much of that was Gardner? If you just compare our running back yards to last year, I'm sure it looks even better. Being able to run better without having to send your QB screaming into enemy territory every third play is even better than it looks here.
edit: sorry I see others beat me to this point. But it's a good point! The gigantic improvement in the running game seems obvious, although App St / Miami caveats apply.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Also, our failure to run||
Also, our failure to run against a good team (ND) still looked a LOT better than our run failures did last year (such as MSU). Even against ND, the running backs each went for over 20 yards, some holes were there, and serious TFL on handoff plays were rare. Granted, we didn't run the ball well against ND, but that still was a major improvement from last year against tough competition.
There's no question the running game has improved, and our highly touted young offensive linemen are starting to look the part. This is as much as we could have hoped for in the first few games under Nuss, and justifies the firing of Borges completely IMO.
|1 week 2 days ago||That endzone PI was hogwash.||
That endzone PI was hogwash. Both guys looked at the ball, both guys went for the ball, both guys made incidental contact -- that's a no-call everywhere, and especially in the endzone. Worse then after you watch it is you have to listen to homer ND announcers (doing a national game, mind you) immediately praising the call. That did make me angry at the time, but there are no refs that could have saved us from the rest of the game.
|1 week 2 days ago||@Rutgers might be the||
@Rutgers might be the toughest game left on the schedule..
|1 week 2 days ago||Some of this is nonsense. We||
Some of this is nonsense. We were getting pressure like they were? What game was he watching? Jack Miller played well? Not to mention that I guess the Peppers stuff last week was just deceit. I know this isn't a fun press conference to do but spending breath praising your center and DL play after that game is bewildering.
|1 week 4 days ago||A source:||
Sorry to reply to myself.. not fast enough to edit that one.
Here's a source, although ESPN's website fails to sort properly by net punts:
It does seem true that Alabama was in fact the very best team in the country last year at net punting. So, I'd say the blog post linked to here is misleading at best (evidenced by the fact that the original post here misinterpreted it).
|1 week 4 days ago||That blog shows Bama #1 in||
That blog shows Bama #1 in net punting. It shows them 112 in net return average. But in reality, few of their punts were returned at all. So, this is not good evidence for the claim that NFL style punting is bad, actually -- quite the opposite.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"John the Savage" is my||
"John the Savage" is my favorite character from my favorite novel. I, myself, am not too savage. I'm here on Friday night grinding out some PS4 Diablo 3, so that's definitely something John would be none too proud of.
Regardless, it's true that I earn my keep currently as a neuroscientist, and it is also true that the thrust of the OP here is pure superstition, which is exactly what science is supposed to correct! So it does kind of irk me. But, cheers to all of Mgoblog regardless. I'm as pumped for noon as the rest of you. And now, back to my monk..
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Technically, I too am a||
Technically, I too am a scientist. But shhh.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I know you're trying to have||
I know you're trying to have fun, but superstition is pretty much the exact opposite of science.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||“Northwestern has been||
“Northwestern has been an indescribable experience for me,” Mark said. "It has been my home for four years, and has molded me into the man I am."
First off, don't call something indescribable, and then proceed immediately to describe it. But wow, it doesn't get any more lukewarm than that.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The '84 Tigers had a 22-23||
The '84 Tigers had a 22-23 stretch, you know. Was that a long enough middling stretch to qualify as a train wreck? 36-40 ain't good, but it's not a "train wreck"; all you have to do is make the playoffs, and preferably by winning the division. Nobody does that in August.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Everybody panics so quickly||
Everybody panics so quickly with this team. I remember the things I saw posted on my FB the first day we dropped out of first place all year -- some two months into the season. That didn't last. Let's all just relax. It was only about a week ago that we had the biggest division lead in baseball.
What's happened since then is the Royals haven't lost in a week, we lost some tight games to good teams, and now we're the day after a brutal 19-inning loss. And what timing for Verlander to have the shortest outing I can remember him having..
This is a confluence of negative events, which is sorta unlikely, but probably happens once or twice during a baseball season. Likewise, there are times when things run freakishly good and you win 12 straight on the road. Fans really read too much into the short-term fluctuations of sports.
Team's in first place (or so!) and just traded for David Price. Has way more talent than the second place team. Everything is fine. Look at what's happened to the Red Sox and the Rangers, if you want some perspective..
|5 weeks 2 days ago||There are a lot of witness||
There are a lot of witness reports to that effect. Deadspin has collected a lot, for example. It seems clear he revved the engine as he was going by.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||So what is going on in your life..||
.. where you have nothing better to do than post this?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||He talks about the headline..||
He talks about the headline.. I'm guessing he thinks this is "bulletin board material" because the guy at the Freep who typed the headline accidentally hit the question mark key.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Is this a joke? In the||
Is this a joke? In the article you link, he says nothing negative about MSU. I don't see how this is funny, sorry.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Nah, nerds prefer games that||
Nah, nerds prefer games that require more than a touchscreen to play, and more than $$$ to win. Games like this are just for suckers. Hard to imagine how anyone would make a thread about this on these boards. I mean, sheesh. Are you drunk (OP)?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Beilein has a no-foul||
Beilein has a no-foul defensive strategy. It looks bad, frequently, but in the end it keeps opponents off the line and it keeps us out of foul trouble. In return he generates absurd offensive efficiency. I think the focus on how bad our defense looks at times in general is misguided. I agree JM was probably our best defensive player last year. But this system is predicated on not fouling, and yes it will give up some easy hoops, and it seems to work damn well anyway. I'm not terrified about what our defense will bring next year at all, personally. We've seen that elite defense is not a prerequisite to win conference titles and make Final Fours with coach B around.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Cleveland is a better||
Cleveland is a better opportunity to win 6+ titles than Houston. Wiggins is a freak, and has a chance to be better than Harden for sure. Howard is already in decline. Meanwhile, the Cavs might add Love while keeping Wiggins. And frankly, I'd already take Irving for the rest of his career than Harden. This team is more set up for the next 5+ years easy, moreso than any other team with cap-space in the NBA.
The fact that he gets to play the "back home" angle, and show that he's a bigger person than Dan Gilbert, is all just icing on the cake, and will be great for marketing. But this is the decision that gives him the best chance of all to win 6 or more titles, which you know is really his goal.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||You don't even have a hockey||
You don't even have a hockey team (the Barons don't count), so using the Wings is a bit unfair. And hey, we've got the Lions. When it comes to the biggest sport in America, we have been boned since 1964 unlike any other, no question. That's worth a lot of negative points on any scale you wanna come up with, in my opinion.
That said, congrats. You're going to win some, no doubt. Especially if you get Love w/o giving up Irving or Wiggins. I mean, you've got arguably the best player in NBA history in his prime, plus three of the last four number one draft picks. Think of the agony if this team doesn't win, either!
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Actually talking about the||
Actually talking about the "success" of the season is a different idea, and would be interesting to look at. One important factor is that the game is always played early in the season, and thus has comparitively less impact on where the teams are ranked at the end of the season.
We could look at something independent, such as final Big Ten standing in a given year, as a measure of success to see what the ND game tells us. It's a different question, but "success" in a given year for elite CFB programs is rarely defined by winning percentage (IMO).
|10 weeks 1 day ago||You show a winning percentage||
You show a winning percentage difference of nearly 4%, over a large number of seasons. That may well be significant. Anyway, it is probably a more significant result than the percentage when the game is tied, considering that your sample size there becomes very small.
In general, sample size is probably too small to say anything (although I'm not sure about this, besides for the ties), but this is suggestive that the result of the ND game does in fact tell you something about how good that year's team is. Then again, that's pretty obvious.
As for your second point, Notre Dame is typically the most difficult non-conference game on the schedule, and you excluded that game from your calculations. For years in which we didn't play ND, I'd guess the game was replaced with something else more difficult than normal -- that is I expect that the average non-conference opponent in a year w/o ND is stronger than the average non-conference, non-ND opponent in a year we played ND. Such an effect would give you a lower winning percenage in those years, as you've calculated it.
Anyway, I know you aren't taking this too seriously, but I can't resist.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Of course, but no more||
Of course, but no more premature than suggesting none of these guys will have a Howard-length career, that's all. All that stuff is just speculation at this point. But where they were all drafted -- now these are just facts!
|11 weeks 4 days ago||On this I'm not sure..||
On this I'm not sure.. personally I see Stauskas playing forever. That shot, and that quick release -- that's not going to leave him anytime in the next fifteen years, I imagine. Ray Allen is still playing, after all.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It's true, there is no number||
It's true, there is no number 1 pick in the current crop; and in fact Juwan Howard was also a higher draft pick than any of the 2013 starters. But for one, who's to say McGary wouldn't have been a similar pick if he'd stayed three years, as Howard did? And while I agree there is no Webber-caliber player in this group (McGary has a chance, I think..), top to bottom, they compare favorably.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Hate to say it, but I think||
Hate to say it, but I think GRIII's slide is going to hurt us in recruiting. The negative recruiting line is that, if you're an NBA-talented SF, playing for Beilein can result in you playing out of position, looking bad, and losing money.
Regardless, I think he's a pretty amazing talent to get so late in the draft, and he should make that team. Good luck to him and I do think he'll do well.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I don't wanna be that guy..||
I don't wanna be that guy.. but.. come on. There are no points in baseball. You are starting to sound like my wife.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||They are 24th in ERA, so it's||
They are 24th in ERA, so it's safe to say pitching has been the major problem. 11th in quality starts suggests the bullpen is an issue, not to mention the fact that the $9 million closer has a 6 ERA.
Regardless, this team is about where they should be at this point. Six games over .500, half-game up in a weak division. If the pitching settles down they should still win the division and once you're in the playoffs anything can happen. That's all you can ask for. They were cursed by running so hot to start the year, but on balance this is about what we expected. It's a good opportunity for the bandwagoners to jump off, which is welcome.