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|6 hours 21 min ago||At Least For Me...||
Far and away, at least this week, it would have to be the furtherance of Michigan State's descent into a very sad season indeed, as well as Ohio State falling to Penn State in no small part due to what I thought was some very conservative playcalling. I have a feeling the poll discussions will be interesting tomorrow as well, but yeah, we can all go to bed very pleased with how this day went.
|6 hours 50 min ago||Oh Wow...||
I am fairly certain it has been a while since we've had a weekend where we won - handily, I might add - and where MSU and Ohio State both lost. Yeah, I like the feeling the results and I could stand to experience more of these sorts of Saturdays.
It also means that the MSU and OSU people at work will be silent in their cubicles on Monday. I do not intend to be silent.
|7 hours 42 min ago||Nonsense...||
All you have to do is fill an empty gallon jug with some Benefiber and water, shake well, and then chug it. Give it several hours and you will be shitting like no one else. Indeed, you'll be cleaner than you've ever been, I would imagine.
|10 hours 57 min ago||Beaten By Moments...||
We'll run with the first Spartan Hate thread posted this time.
|11 hours 9 min ago||For Maryland / MSU...||
Here's how TeamRankings compares them:
|11 hours 43 min ago||Not Related, But...||
Not a football observation per se, but as someone who is looking to get new glasses, I must say that I did like Harbaugh's Woody-esque frames, although the mention of "Falling Down" got points with me too during the broadcast because I happen to like that movie.
|11 hours 46 min ago||Another Nice Performance...||
The loss of the shutout aside, numerically that was another nice performance by the defense, I though. 172 yards allowed on 38 plays, which is 4.5 yards per play on average, but that number is padded some by a couple notable moments for Illinois in the passing game, of course.
77 yards of rushing allowed on 23 carries, or 3.35 yards per carry was a nice performance against the run.
|15 hours 14 min ago||Switching To BTN....||
How does Northwestern-Indiana run a bit long? That's the sort of question you ask when you know you've tuned in to watch a channel for the Big Ten.
Weirdly curious to see Jeff George Jr. only because I remember watching his father play, but beyond that, it should hopefully be relatively breezy, I think.
|16 hours 48 min ago||Just Sitting Down...||
I come back from the Toledo Zoo Spooktacular, turn on the TV, and I have only one question - does NC State know that the game started?
I guess I would have thought that even being NCSU that they might fare at least a smidgen better here.
|22 hours 22 min ago||This Right Here...||
I kind of questioned why Hoke believed that being the DC at a school like Oregon was the logical next step when this step - either back down to a MAC-level program or back to being a position coach - was so much more logical for him. We'll see at Oregon, I guess, but my thought is that Helfrich's days are seriously waning, and by extension so are his - I could be wrong, of course.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Just Heard...||
I was reading some articles on this not 10 minutes ago. That is unfortunate for him since he is probably NFL-bound and I am sure he would have liked to finish out what should be his last season at Maryland. I wish him a speedy and full recovery and - if he inserts himself into the NFL draft - luck there as well.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Here We Go...||
|1 day 12 hours ago||If Nothing Else...||
The best thing about the otherwise dreaded Vote Of Confidence, at least if you coach Notre Dame football, is that at least you know your potentially soon-to-be former employer will pay you millions over the span of years to not work. Need to give your retirement account that last oompf? Coach Notre Dame football to some success.....then make them a dumpster fire.
|1 day 12 hours ago||We Have Returned...||
I didn't experience the interruption at work, but I did catch the tail end of it when I logged on back at my house, which was rather interesting considering that this was a heavily affected area. Indeed, my wife requested screenshots of multiple celebrity tweets, so try doing THAT discreetly in a staff meeting.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Very Tragic...||
Wow. Way too young, and very sudden too. I could be missing something, but I never heard or saw a story about him having any long-term health problems, but sometimes.....wow.
As a general note to everyone, I know he is not a beloved figure here by any means, but do keep it respectful all the same.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Friday Comes Again...||
After having to do something rather unpleasant (although necessary) yesterday afternoon, I am hoping that Friday is the beginning of a rebound. After work, we're taking the kids to a Halloween thing at their school and then tomorrow, we're taking them to the Toledo Zoo's event earlier so I can be home in time for the Michigan game - actually got full price for my tickets from an Illinois fan / alum (wife's aunt is coming in from Chicago), strangely enough. Pretty sure she is driving four hours to Ann Arbor to see the Illini get pummeled, but to each their own.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Meanwhile...||
Meanwhile, down farther in the police blotter....
|1 day 23 hours ago||I Have Always Wondered...||
Even going back to my time at Michigan, I have wondered about the value of that corner. In my work life, I've had the experience of dealing with several people who manage and develop properties in the area who always talk about maybe looking into buying it too, but clearly that never gets very far.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Thanks Again...||
As always, excellent work.
Thanks for doing these, incidentally, and your dedication to them. Far and away, these videos are one of the things I look forward to the most each week, just to help get in the mood and buttress my anticipation for Saturday.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Keep It Up...||
I kind of like the combo myself - it takes two blog traditions which pair well together and solves the problem of having to adhere to the clamp downs that technically would be done on standalone drinking threads. Also, football. Hopefully, we get one of these dedicated to MACtion yet this year.
|2 days 14 hours ago||You Know....||
You know, I think the stars aligned for Kansas maybe once in modern times, and it was 2007 when Mark Mangino (the pre-Weis) took them to 12-1 and I think Kansas basktball made a deep tournament run that year as well. Back to normal for them after a "lightning in a bottle" sort of year there.
|2 days 14 hours ago||In Addition...||
The NCAA released a report on Wednesday saying that Alcorn State "failed to monitor its progress-toward-degree certification process when it improperly certified 28 student-athletes" in the 11 sports, including football, men's basketball, baseball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, women's soccer, men's and women's track and field and women's volleyball.
The financial penalty for this, per the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, was $5,000 which must go towards compliance education, although I don't know how much of that education you can do for $5,000. It probably costs more than that just to get someone to consider perhaps consulting the department on this.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Good Guesses...||
Probably good guesses.
What I typically will do is look ahead to see what is definite for the television schedule when our game is not yet scheduled, and you can usually get a pretty good idea where our game will sit. Michigan's record factors into that too, of course.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Fixed It...||
Well, I fixed the thread title - we'll keep this thread for now.
"Chickens Home To Roost"? It may as well have been "Adds Zest To Meatloaf". Titles, people.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that I did have Pequod's the last time I was there - I have a lot of trouble deciding between Lou Malnati's and that now. Pequod's was excellent indeed.
Once in a while, we'll drop some money on the nationwide shipping option for Lou Malnati's through tastesofchicago.com - they end up on our doorstep, freeze-dried, but they come out well enough once cooked. Still prefer actually being there in the restaurant, of course.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I Mean...||
I mean, if you don't build such a pipeline along the length of I-95, then you're in danger of losing all this football talent to Brown and Providence, I would think.
In all seriousness though, you don't hear from Rhode Island that often when it comes to football in virtually any respect, it seems, but this staff definitely makes recruiting a national search.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Well, my wife is a Cubs fan||
Well, my wife is a Cubs fan and she's filled with what might be termed a combination of elation and cautious optimism.
As a Tigers fan, this has me thinking baseball has gone to a weird place in 2016, but that's just me, of course.
|3 days 8 hours ago||I Dare Say...||
I dare say that we beat them on a rushing TD with the third string playing in garbage time, or is that how you beat Rutgers? It could very well be the same thing, even though Illinois is sort of Rutgers but with some intermittent competency, key word being intermittent. Extremely intermittent.
|3 days 10 hours ago||You Know...||
That Harbaugh praise didn’t necessarily feel like a Jimbo Fisher diss, since maybe he would’ve liked to have played for both. This time, he’s more or less saying he’d choose a different school if he got to do Signing Day over.
It's an interesting insight actually, and I wonder how many athletes - NFL, NBA, etc... - would say that they might have done it differently right down to the school if they could do it over again. It's an interesting question, I think.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Agreed....||
It was funny, in retrospect, that someone on a Rutgers board said that they would punch their sofa each time Partridge appeared on camera during our game with there. I do hope there is a seriously distorted and damaged sofa in New Jersey now.
I do agree, of course - he's an incredibly valuable addition to this staff, and hopefully he hangs around for a while.