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|2 hours 39 min ago||I don't normally assume guys||
I don't normally assume guys will flip just because they're locals. But am I the only one who just feels like this one is likely to happen? It would be easy for him to end this thing now. But he hasn't. And he clearly has some attachment to Michigan. Plus, Harbaugh and Wheatley. Plus, doesn't Urban normally forbid verbal commits from meeting with coaches from M and MSU? If Weber just met with Dantonio, and if he's scheduled to meet Harbaugh, wouldn't this suggest that he and OSU aren't very solid?
|5 hours 52 min ago||Ass.||
|6 hours 18 min ago||Yeah. Too bad for him. He was||
Yeah. Too bad for him. He was probably 5th on the depth chart, assuming Drake recovers.
|6 hours 19 min ago||I always liked his attitude.||
I always liked his attitude. Good kid. Played hard. But I guess this opens the door for both him and the team. One more slot to fill. Good luck to him.
|6 hours 23 min ago||Oklahoma is one year removed||
Oklahoma is one year removed from an orange bowl victory over Bama. I'd say he's fine.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Barring absolute catastrophe||
Barring absolute catastrophe with Morris or Speight during the pre-season, we should assume the coaches intend to RS the two incoming freshmen. Which means we only have two QBs. Which means Bellomy probably sticks.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Thank you for saying this.||
Thank you for saying this. Sure, S&C coaches are important. But jeez. Rare is the S&C coach who's a game-changer, one way or the other. I'm sure Barwis is a perfectly good one. But mostly, it seemed, he just had a good branding thing going. When a team is no good, everyone always points to the S&C coach. Usually, though, it's more complicated than that.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Well, the same attributes||
Well, the same attributes applied to the past seven years, so let's not be too hard on the one guy. You could say the same thing about the "legendary" Barwis. Those teams always faded, too.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Although nobody wants to||
Although nobody wants to acknowledge this, it's actually a good book.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Carmelo is obviously far more||
Carmelo is obviously far more talented than Darko. But Carmelo is also a prima donna ball-hog whose overall contribution does not justify his huge salary. The real prize was Wade.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Josh Smith was by far the||
Josh Smith was by far the worse of the two. Retrospect is easy. At the time, though, everybody wanted Darko. Drafting him was a reasonable bet, especially given how few draft picks are sure things. Smith, by contrast, was widely known to be selfish, overrated, and generally not a good egg. The team didn't revolt against Darko. And his contract wasn't nearly as crippling as Smith's. This isn't a close call.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Cass is very much a Michigan||
Cass is very much a Michigan pipeline. But not an especially good one.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I understand why the coaches||
I understand why the coaches are saying this to recruits. It's the literal truth. But I'm sure the coaches know the transition will ultimately produce some attrition (and will therefore open additional spots). There will be guys who just don't fit the Harbaugh Way. Or don't want to fit. We'll likely see a few transfers by the time spring practice is done. Also, the whole "we only have a few spots left" is a helpful sales pitch.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Some are worse than others.||
Some are worse than others. But frats generally tend to be pretty stupid and sheepish.
|6 days 4 hours ago||This great piece is mostly||
This great piece is mostly just boilerplate fluff of the sort AC normally serves up.
|1 week 4 hours ago||If I were a coach, a silent||
If I were a coach, a silent commit would make me far more nervous than a kid who isn't yet committed. Silent implies significant degrees of uncertainty and deception, and I'd constantly be wondering if I'm being played. With silent commits, you're holding places for them. With players who haven't committed, at least you can keep recruiting other players at that position and not be left holding the bag on NSD. I do wonder re the percentage of silent commits who end up backing out. But I guess we'll never know.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, although he's failed as||
Yeah, although he's failed as a HC, he seems to be a pretty talented OC. Bama fans loved him till the OSU loss. Then the fans naturally blamed him for everything -- even though it was Bama's defense that really fell flat. Such is the life of an OC.
|1 week 1 day ago||But there will almost||
But there will almost certainly be a bit more attrition. It's inevitable.
|1 week 1 day ago||Um, not it doesn't. It still||
Um, no it doesn't. It still has him committed to OSU.
|1 week 2 days ago||If so, such punch-pulling||
If so, such punch-pulling would seriously undermine Bacon's credibility. But maybe it's just that Bacon didn't learn this info till later.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good for DG. During his brief||
Good for DG. During his brief stint at WR, he definitely showed promise -- especially for a complete newbie. Sometimes his route-running was off. But of course it was. Also, he wasn't exactly blessed with a high-caliber passing attack. He's a really smart guy, and a remarkable athlete. He could make this transition. He may well be a better long-term investment than a certain other Michigan WR.
|1 week 5 days ago||Most of LA proper definitely||
Most of LA proper definitely is not "ghetto as fuck." Most of it is middle class. And a lot of it is wealthy.
|1 week 5 days ago||A sincere question: if you||
A sincere question: if you boast about being humble, can you really be humble?
|1 week 6 days ago||We definitely don't have a||
We definitely don't have a roster full of scrubs. We have a roster full of unrealized potential. Most teams in the league have lesser talent. Also we had the youngest team in the league this past season. You have to believe that better coaching, plus natural maturation, will improve the team. It's just a matter of how much.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's also good for M to be||
It's also good for M to be ranked with lower expectations. Less pressure. More motivation.
|1 week 6 days ago||I feel like it's OSU, then||
I feel like it's OSU, then MSU, then it's wide open for multiple teams, with Wisky and M being the likeliest contenders.
|1 week 6 days ago||Way to go, Mariota. Slide in the fourth quarter.||
Way to go, Mariota. Slide in the fourth quarter.
|1 week 6 days ago||No one is ever again gonna believe Oregon is for real.||
No one is ever again gonna believe Oregon is for real.
|1 week 6 days ago||Oregon has once again proven to be soft.||
Oregon has once again proven to be soft.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Yeah, the whole "LA is a bad||
The whole "LA is a bad sports town" is yet another one of those lame cliches about the city. Most of its teams -- Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, even the Galaxy -- draw very well. The Clips and Angels do respectably. So do USC and UCLA. Yes, attendance tends to flag when the teams struggle. But you could say that about most cities. Been to a Pistons game lately? Or a typical MSU football game?
LA's NFL reputation had merit only to the extent that LA -- where there's plenty of alternatives, and where there's no real winter -- doesn't desperately need NFL football. But its "failure" to keep an NFL team stemmed mostly from bad, flighty ownership. Also, today's NFL is far more popular than it was when the Rams played in LA. And while it's true that LA fans tend to arrive late and leave early, that's generally a function of LA freeway traffic. If you're leaving work at 6 PM, or if you've got to get the kids in bed by 10, you're gonna miss part of the game.