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|9 hours 54 min ago||Interesting Question...||
First and foremost, let me ring in with others and say that we can just dispense with the Coaches' Poll. Any poll put forth merely so the SIDs at various schools can rank Division I football from spatula to hex bolt doesn't need to exist in today's world.
As for the AP, unless we're going to set criteria, I am not sure how you change - it might be impractical, but I am all for data-driven polling if that could be managed. The problem is that no matter how many numbers you could present, someone has to interpret them and in some cases they are being interpreted by someone willing to discount - or exaggerate - the importance of certain items.
Someone said it above, but the polls were meant to generate discussion - good or bad. That's what they do. If we're talking about finding a way to revise them as they may feed into playoff perceptions, you might need to specify how much weight the committee can put on them - in some formulaic format too.
Long story short, if you could find a way to take the subjectivity out, then they would possibly be more fair, but they might not be as intensely followed. I could be wrong.
|14 hours 49 min ago||Quiet Game...||
This was a pretty quiet game for him, in other words. He only performed the duties of a solid safety and blitzing linebacker while also ripping a big punt return.
You know, I like that this is the definition of a quiet game for Jabrill Peppers. It makes you all the more mesmerized at the active ones.
|16 hours 59 min ago||I Thought...||
“There's not too much defense,” Kelly said. “There's probably too much analysis maybe, and we're going to streamline it and we're going to keep it fundamentally sound, certainly and we're going to allow our kids to play fast and free, and have some fun at it.”
But fast and free of coverage responsibilities is exactly what VanGorder was trying to run, right? That's what it looked like to me anyway.
|17 hours 6 min ago||Perhaps...||
If I can get my day in order in sufficient time, I might stop by in a disguise of some sort. I rarely get the chance to tailgate because I am too busy walking from my parking connections to the stadium. Of course, the forecast - notoriously unreliable but yet somehow predictive - is not all that promising, so if it is raining buckets, that comes into play too.
|19 hours 44 min ago||Why Stop There...||
Why stop there though? How about another degree? Let's probe the limits of this eligibility thing and see if we can keep Peppers while he is in a doctoral program. Yeah, the NCAA might just buy this if it is packaged properly. We just need someone to find another store like the late Fantasy Attic and get a shit ton of costumes because keeping him hidden in plain sight is going to be the problematic part.
|21 hours 54 min ago||As I Recall...||
I seem to remember maybe a thread or two about him during his recruitment, but yeah, his father was a lineman at MSU in the 1980s, as I recall, so even if we'd made a serious effort, it was probably a non-starter. I think Reschke had actually flipped spots in the linebacker corps at MSU too and by most reports was doing quite well, so quite unfortunate for him and the Spartans.
|23 hours 39 min ago||Ah, But The Magic...||
Ah, but the magic that is Greg Davis....
|1 day 9 hours ago||Saw It...||
I saw the start of the game and could swear that someone was cutting onions - very moving tribute for a very tragic loss. I also loved that the Marlins decided to retire his number, which I thought was a great and moving gesture in itself. The Dee Gordon homerun made me tear up a bit too. Great baseball moment.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I Think It Is Time...||
OT If/when Penn State fires James Franklin, who do you think will be their next HC?
I think we're good on this one now. As this was the low-hanging fruit among the PSU threads, we will take this one down.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 14 hours ago||Followup Question..||
As a followup question, are they hoping that he brings Cam with him, because if they are, then .....yeah....... I think we beat that iteration of Penn State too. In all honesty though, that's the sort of thinking that occurs when you freebase your own Kool-Aid.
Oh, and as a note to the OP - this thread might very well come down eventually. The less Penn State we have on the boards, the better off we all are.
|1 day 16 hours ago||That Quote...||
I was not nicked. I came up gingerly, but kinda walked it off and avoided a baton twirler as I got to the bench
I am going to have to find some way to work this into an incident / accident form, if I should ever have to fill one out.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Even At That...||
Hopefully, he'll get that sixth year - it would definitely be nice to have Clark for one more year. As for the present, however, having Lewis back is huge and I think between him and Peppers that at least some of the experience that we might see from younger players in the secondary can be be mitigated, and that for a unit whose young players are still looking rather good. For the short-term anyway, I tend to believe we'll be OK.
Wishing Clark a speedy recovery all the same.
|1 day 18 hours ago||This Right Here...||
It does mean that this game wasn't much of a tuneup for next week's game against Wisconsin. The Badgers will bring a much stiffer defense to town. Like Penn State, however, they will also bring an offense which is suited to being shut down by a team like the Wolverines.
I think what Tony said here is actually pretty spot on - if you watched the Wisconsin game, you watched a bigger but slower version of us in some series, and they do tend to feed into the strength of our defense. That gives me quite a bit of hope really.
|1 day 21 hours ago||It Happens....||
|2 days 1 hour ago||He's Staying, I Assume...||
Maybe now is the best time for Dantonio to move on. If you combine his ability as a coach with the recruits he can land at LSU, well, just think about what he could possibly do there. Nobody expects it to happen, but this would be a home run hire for LSU if it found a way to pull it off.
While Dantonio could certainly bring to them something they desperately need at LSU - that is, a system that doesn't require Leonard Fournette to be healthy on every single play - there is one big that I think someone like Dantonio would resent which would be a fact of life in the SEC, and that's the politics of the average SEC athletic dpeartment.
Michigan State has allowed him to build that program as he wants and more or less in his image, and that's exactly what he's done. I don't know that he would ultimately get that freedom if - by some fluke - he ended up in Baton Rouge. That, and has others have mentioned, he's 61 and basically has the green light to be coach for life in East Lansing - to leave that now and start over would take an offer that LSU probably would not be willing to cough up.
|2 days 8 hours ago||As For Me...||
At least for me, in the short term, I am not terribly worried. Looking ahead just to Wisconsin at least, I think we'll be fine as we're once again meeting an offense that plays right into the strengths of this defense. Where Clark's loss might be felt is in pass-heavy games because I think Clark allowed Lewis to do a little more in coverage, at least in my own observations, but I look to Peppers , Stribling and a couple others to help fill that gap.
|2 days 10 hours ago||I Will Be Honest....||
I will be honest - this idea sort of intrigues me. I think we could come up with something that would be realtively witty and in the vein of what the blog would expect. It could be kind of ...well....a humorous sports fanblog equivalent of the old creature features from television long ago (anyone else remember TV20 in Detroit airing these films?).
|2 days 11 hours ago||RIP Arnold Palmer...||
Yeah, I share the sentiments of the OP - 2016 can throw in the towel any moment now. So many people of note seem to be passing, and now sadly Arnold Palmer is added to that list.
RIP "The King" - on the course and off it, always classy and forever a legend.
|2 days 12 hours ago||I've Done This...||
It is surprising the number of people that have A) never been to Michigan Stadium despite, in the case of my neighbors, living 20 minutes from it, and B) have never really thought deeply about their fandom. Of course, coming from a house that bled maize and blue with a smattering of Indiana (my father), we were all highly engaged and heavily into it.
I gave some tickets to a neighbor one time - someone who "grew up a Kentucky fan" (so he says, but I am downriver and it is entirely possible in this neck of the woods) - and he came back unable to stop talking Michigan. That's fine, because I couldn't either when he came back.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Coming Down...||
Lewan at it again
I think we've gotten all we're going to get out of this one.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Well, It Happened...||
Man, this is one of those events in life where you thought it might come but you were never certain if those with the power to make the decision would actually have the nuts to go through with it. That being said, it might actually be better that they did this now for a lot of reasons, many of them having to do with recruiting. Still, I did not expect to see those words - "Les Mile Fired" - now, in the latter of half of September of any year.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Asked And Answered...||
Did Michigan Stadium switch back to grass?!?
No, but to be fair, it did seem like it was coming up a little more than normal. Still basically shredded tires though.
|2 days 16 hours ago||It Was Indeed...||
It was indeed, and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Still, the most underrated display of disrespect may have been Paul Chryst's yesterday - once Wisconsin was comfortably ahead, he more or less stopped accepting penalties. That was pretty funny in its own right.
|2 days 16 hours ago||If Nothing Else...||
If nothing else, this poll has two things you don't see very often - two Mountain West teams ranked and North Dakota State on the periphery of things with some significant votes. It does make the AP Poll, as always, the more entertaining of the two major ones when it comes to discussion.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Interesting...||
Like a couple other people, I wonder if this is the staff that writes those articles too, because they seemed pretty aware of their chances going in and surprised that it was worse than even they thought. That being said, I had to chuckle when, at the beginning, they did talk about how most of the more "dispiriting" losses for PSU came at the hands of Michigan and Ohio State.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Agreed...||
In some respects, our defense will be facing the slightly larger but decidedly slower version of our own offense, which makes me wonder what practice looks like this week. I tend to agree that their offense is more or less what Michigan's has the easiest time stopping, but of course that might be said of them as well, that they could easily do that to us. That being said, I kind of expect a low scoring affair.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I Would Think...||
Now, if we're going to hire Les to be the dude who does all the Tru-Green stuff to my lawn, I think that's probably a better, funnier application of Less, but I have to think he would not just settle for being an analyst, even on a Harbaugh coached team and at his alma mater. I could be wrong though.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 days 23 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I am going to just say this because it feels good for me to get it out - even if it was just for the one week, watching the Michigan State Spartans under Mark Dantonio do some very John L. Smith / Bobby Williams / latter day Perles type things was.....refreshing.
Also, the finish to LSU / Auburn was crazy, and when I saw the final snap in slow motion, I began to ask myself - why is it that LSU players just did not see the urgency of getting set and getting that snap off? Seriously. A great play that, on further examination, rightly did not count.