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|1 hour 46 min 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.
|2 hours 16 min 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.
|3 days 1 hour 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 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?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You're embarrassing. Fifty||
You're embarrassing. Fifty years from now, if and when people read your comment, you'll be a laughingstock.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You guys must be delightful||
You guys must be delightful at dinner parties.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Miami. There's a stable||
Miami. There's a stable environment for him.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Well, given how few key||
Well, given how few key players graduated last year -- maybe a half-dozen or so important contributors -- that's a rather specific accusation.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Because hardship means real||
Because hardship means real hardship, ie: a player with a relative who's in bad shape, physically or financially. Usually the waiver is so the player can go home to help out, be supportive. I'm just not sure having a parent who can't fly to games due to a bad ear will qualify as significant hardship. Also, how many players have parents who fly cross-country to their games? Most definitely do not.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed. Sorry about the mom.||
Agreed. Sorry about the mom. But an ear surgery that keeps mom from flying doesn't seem to merit hardship. Plus, the kid didn't come close to the 100-mile radius.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||In retrospect, Redd would||
In retrospect, Redd would have been wise to stay at PSU.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||LA Daily News writer Scott||
LA Daily News writer Scott Wolf, who hates the Big Ten, wrote:
Former USC tailback Ty Isaac is expected to transfer to Michigan, according to CBS Sports.com. Frankly, Isaac’s style seems better suited for the Big 10 so this seems like a good move for him.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Is anyone here plugged into||
Is anyone here plugged into USC enough to get an accurate consensus re Isaac's performance and potential there? Were great things still expected of him? Or was he expected to be buried on the depth-chart?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Also means we don't||
Also means we don't absolutely need to land a blue-chip RB recruit this year. Would be nice regardless. But since this recruiting class is unusually small, maybe that spot can now go to a greater area of need.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Well, if Isaac has to sit out||
Well, if Isaac has to sit out a year -- and this scenario seems most likely, given the rules -- the transfer shouldn't have much impact on Green. He already knew he'd very likely have other highly ranked backs coming in this year or next. He was fine when Harris committed. Now it looks as if Isaac may just be taking Harris's place. Granted, Isaac has a year's experience. But Harris is a phenom. Seems like a wash, more or less.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe the reports are wrong.||
Maybe the reports are wrong. But from what's been reported, the hardship involves his mother not being able to fly due to some sort of ear surgery. Not sure this will qualify as bona fide hardship -- especially since Ty didn't transfer to a school within 100 miles of Joliet.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||All that SEALS stuff was||
All that SEALS stuff was silly PR nonsense that really added up to nothing. I'm glad.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So the Elite 11 is actually||
So the Elite 11 is actually the Elite 14?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Ty Isaac" just sounds like a||
"Ty Isaac" just sounds like a Michigan tailback name.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||People always assume it's the||
People always assume it's the player, rather than the school, that cooled. Note that Crawford, unlike the other two decommits, has been conspicuously silent. So it could well be that Michigan cooled on him, for whatever reason. Programs, unlike players, rarely come out and say why a recruit has turned them off. To do so would be tacky and damaging to the kid. Better to just privately "allow the guy to resign," as they say in the corporate world. Happens not infrequently. Could well be the case here.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Dude, perspective. Every||
Dude, perspective. Every school has a few decommits every year.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Why do all these stars keep||
Why do all these stars keep going to Kansas, which consistently underperforms. Plus, they have to live in Kansas.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Not surprising. But accurate.||
Not surprising. But accurate. Fitzgerald's "advice" is totally inappropriate and self-serving. He's a dick.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Hmm. Can we have a thread on||
Hmm. Can we have a thread on this subject every day?
|13 weeks 1 day ago||The pistons need a PG, not||
The pistons need a PG, not more forwards. They'll take either Ennis or Smart.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||He's not a pg. His two||
He's not a pg. His two weaknesses are defense and ballhandling.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Isn't the answer simply that||
Isn't the answer simply that the NBA has a right to set an age limit for the employment of its players? Assuming it's legal for the NBA to do so -- is it not? -- then there you go. Nobody seem to be challenging the NFL's age-limit. As for the NBA: young players who won't/cant attend college can play oversees or (perhaps) in the D-league. I realize the D-league is affiliated with the NBA. But maybe the arrangement can be tweaked to accomodate under-20s. Ideally, the NBA will turn the D-league into something more like a true minor-league system akin to that which successfully serves MLB.