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|4 hours 1 min ago||I'd lose two things. First,||
I'd lose two things. First, the Emeril tag line. Second, Draftagedden. And I'd relegate all OT threads to a separate and far-away land. Otherwise perfect.
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|4 hours 23 min ago||Meh. Sorry, that schedule is||
Meh. Sorry, that schedule is neither exciting nor tough.
|1 day 12 hours ago||So I Shallman going to remain||
So Shallman is going to remain an H-back, right? Would there not be any benefit to making him a FB who actually carries the ball, in the mold of a Chris Floyd? I've always wondered about the benefits of a) using FBs who are never offensive threats and b) H-backs, who tend to receive only spot duty. Seems as if the running FB has become an anachronism. I'm honestly not sure why, and am hoping someone here might be able to explain.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I love every year, but||
I love every year, but especially those that begin with experienced senior quarterbacks.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Interesting how people||
Interesting how people conclude this is a top-ten defense based on nothing except a couple scripted scrimmages against a dubiou o-line. Our defense wasn't exactly killing it last year.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Well, I think maybe you're||
Well, I think maybe you're slightly discounting the fact that last year was DG's first full season as a starter. (The prior season, in which he started a handful of games, almost doesn't matter, since he spent the bulk of that year practicing and playing as a WR.) Rare is the QB -- and I'm including the top-tier ones -- who's a monster in his first full season. Usually the great ones make a big jump after the first full year.
Now factor in a) the degree to which DG was playing behind an absolute trainwreck of an OL, one that constantly had him fearing and running for his life, and b) the degree to which DG improved as the season went on. There are no guarantees. But he's shown enough for us to reasonably anticipate a very good-to-great season from him -- assuming he can get a reasonable degree of protection and blocking.
|4 days 6 hours ago||At one point, Swarbrick||
At one point, Swarbrick flat-out lied. He said we shouldn't confuse these allegations (cheating) with past cases such as Golson's. But although ND never actually said what Golson did -- officially, they chalked it up to "academic issues" -- Golson himself has acknowledged that he cheated on a test. Swarbrick is a lying douche.
|4 days 7 hours ago||At some point, will Fox and||
At some point, will Fox and Yahoo acknowledge their significant errors in reporting that all 4 players had been "dismissed" from the team? No, of course they won't. Because they're Fox and Yahoo.
|4 days 7 hours ago||They didn't say anything.||
They didn't say anything. They didn't even say when the alleged fraud occurred, even though the players obviously handed in suspicious papers at certain points in time. Papers are dated. It was all a big stonewall.
|4 days 8 hours ago||The written statement by ND||
The written statement by ND says only that the players are being kept off the field pending the end of the investigation. It says the 4 players have not been dismissed from the school:
The University of Notre Dame is investigating suspected academic dishonesty on the part of several students, including four members of the football team. Because of the potential for violations, the University notified the today, and the four football players will be held out of practice and competition until the conclusion of an ongoing investigation and the University honor code process. Any possible academic dishonesty by other students will be addressed appropriately.
|4 days 8 hours ago||According to ND's statement,||
According to ND's statement, the 4 players are just being held out during the investigation, and haven't been dismissed.
|4 days 9 hours ago||WTF is "Campus Insiders"?||
WTF is "Campus Insiders"?
|4 days 9 hours ago||The longer ND stands silent||
The longer ND stands silent on the matter, the more I begin to think the scandal goes beyond four cheating players. If the matter stopped there, you'd think ND would just say it -- on a Friday -- in order to make it yesterday's news by Monday.
|4 days 10 hours ago||ND, being ND, will probably||
ND, being ND, will probably wait to comment until the very end of the day today. Which happens to be a Friday in the middle of August: the news-cycle graveyard.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Brian's OP said UNC got of||
Brian's OP said UNC got of "scot free." That was true the first time. But the NCAA has since re-opened the investigation. So, although the NCAA usually ends up being all bark and no bite, UNC has not gotten off scot-free.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Well, maybe. We don't yet||
Well, maybe. We don't yet know the circumstances under which ND handled this. Maybe they were proactive. But maybe they just had their hand forced and are just getting out ahead of the story before it would break elsewhere.
|4 days 12 hours ago||I'm with you there, brother.||
I'm with you there, brother. And, anyway, I'm still quietly high and mighty about it. I just wouldn't be too loud about it.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Everyone loves an ND scandal||
Everyone loves an ND scandal (especially one that doesn't seem to have any real victims). But given that the last year has brought us the Gibbons mess and the York assault, maybe we shouldn't get too high and mighty about ND. Just saying.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Although I generally||
Although I generally appreciate appeals for sanity and calm, I'm not sure I quite get Brian's point re York. No, of course we shouldn't cry out for blood-justice. Yes, forgiveness and second-chances are important. In this case, though, we can actually see that York violently sneak-assaulted a defenseless person, causing severe injuries. Maybe the victim said something provocative; it's probably even likely. But a verbal insult does not a justify a brutal physical assault. Michigan should honor due process. Given the clear video evidence, however, I'm not sure there's any scenario in which either the team or the school can allow York to stay in AA.
|6 days 9 hours ago||The home-and-homes against||
The home-and-homes against Arkansas and VaTech strike me as frustrating. Both programs have a lot of history, and both usually field good teams, but the match-ups seem like no-win propositions for Michigan. They're good enough to beat us. But if we beat them, everybody yawns. Really, nobody outside their respective states cares about either of those teams, both of which are sort of in decline. But, hey, I guess we had few other options.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Why would Duke be in any way||
Why would Duke be in any way a "huge" matchup? They've gotten better. But they're nothing to get excited about, and their football fanbase is tiny.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm over 18 and I love it.||
I'm over 18 and I love it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Woe to those who draw large||
Woe to those who draw large conclusions from spring game performances. Those are not consistently reliable predictors of anything.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||During road games, it is||
During road games, it is remarkable how many fan-bases consider M their arch-rival. Several fans told me that at Iowa and PSU -- two schools I've never considered true rivals.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I've been to all the stadiums||
I've been to all the stadiums you mention, except for OSU's. And I've been to most of the others. Without question, the best in-game experience is at PSU. The atmosphere in and around the place is truly electric. The fans, while feisty, drunken, and occasionally rednecky -- for one thing, shouted gay slurs are commonplace and unchecked -- rarely are truly mean. Most comments directed at M fans are playful, and PSU fans are uncommonly gracious at tailgates.
After Madison, which is pretty great, the best campus is Iowa's. Iowa City is a friendly and surprisingly sophisticated (for, you know, Iowa) little town with plenty of good food, bars, and hotels. The people are friendly. The in-game experience is very good. It definitely feels as if the entire state is there.
Indiana's campus is lovely but rather small and quiet. The stadium is nice in a "Hoosiers" kind of way. It's small and old. But it's permanently open to everyone. You can enter the place whenever you like, day or night. And they have a large play area for young folks who don't want to sit inside for four hours. The fans are friendly and largely indifferent to the game. They do not expect victory. One strange drawback: While students get too drunk at many campus, especially during night games, I've never seen a more hammered student-body than the one in Bloomington. Before a noon start, the student tailgates were borderline scary.
ND is fun in an experiential sort of way. But the fans are surprisingly tepid, and the "town" is virtually non-existent. There's nothing to do there. And, although I won't get into politics, I think most visiting fans will agree that all the abortion-related signage and sloganeering (which is all over town) feels a tad inappropriate.
Illinois and Purdue are toilets.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Looks amazing and||
Looks amazing and forward-thinking. And I'm all for pushing the envelope, especially if the money isn't coming from taxpayers. And, yes, any business that stays in Detroit is better than the opposite. But I do have mixed feelings. History proves that sports stadiums rarely civic revitalization. They create very few good jobs. They're only in business for x days a year. And mostly they just enrich their owners.
The city needs to draw suburbanites (read: white people) to downtown Detroit in a sustained and substantial way. Sure, one great building might encourage others to build nearby. Comerica has helped improve its neighborhood. But would a new hockey arena draw any more people than the current one does? I'm not so sure. Is this "district" to which Ilitch refers a viable prospect or just a PR pipe-dream? I wonder what others think.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I love that people assume||
I love that people assume this is the Freep trying to hurt the school. Such homer nonsense.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||PSU is by far the best game||
PSU is by far the best game environment.
Iowa City is the sleeper for best town.
Illinois is a toilet.
South Bend doesn't exist.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Consider the fact that the||
Consider the fact that the signing was announced at the very end of a big holiday weekend -- the media dead-zone, when far fewer people are paying attention to news reports. I doubt this was a coincidence. They just tried to sneak it past in order to limit backlash.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, let's start a new||
Yeah, let's start a new thread for every single random regional preview. When is Boise.com previewing the league?