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|12 min 46 sec ago||Conventional wisdom might||
Conventional wisdom might that the passing game will suffer because of the weather, but I think a receiver has a big advantage here - he knows which way he's going in advance. Much easier to move first than react. Calvin could very well have a beastly game.
|11 min 51 sec ago||In that case, no argument||
In that case, no argument from me. I'm reveling in the ridiculousness.
|23 min 7 sec ago||Pretty ironic given your sig||
Pretty ironic given your sig quote. If football is a manly sport then sometimes you gotta suck it up and play in conditions like this. Why should every single game be "speed and skill?" Sometimes let's just have a game of endurance, too.
|35 min 22 sec ago||This is awesome. If I were||
This is awesome. If I were coaching I'd go apeshit for blocked punts, it's the likeliest way to score. If you rough the punter who cares?
|3 hours 32 min ago||No.||
|1 day 20 hours ago||It'd be even cooler if you||
It'd be even cooler if you could vote as much as you wanted on any one post, with each vote giving or taking away points from the poster, with that stipulation that every vote cost you points as well. At the very least it'd be interesting to see if I had a tolerance threshold for just going FFFFFUUUUUUCCCCKKKKK YYYYYOOOOOUUUUU and clicking the down arrow 5,000 times.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I think the most likely||
I think the most likely outcome - not that I'm doing anything but opinionating - is that a "Division 0" is created for what we now call the BCS teams and what next year we'll call the Power Five or whatever. Those teams do have a considerable amount of leverage and are probably tired of D-I continuing to add schools like Incarnate Word and Grand Canyon just because nobody will rewrite the rules to make it more exclusive. And the more of those schools, the less voting power they have. Totally get that part of the argument of why there'll be a schism. But I think the obstacles are larger than their collective will to try and overcome them, and the concession they'll wrest from the Indiana States is a new football division with different rules.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I know I've never seen the||
I know I've never seen the two in the same room before.
|1 day 22 hours ago||That's a colossal if. A much||
That's a colossal if. A much bigger one than it's ever given credit for. People tend to assume it's a given that the big-power schools can make more money by leaving the NCAA, but duplicating the necessary infrastructure is not cheap. Everything from new rulebooks to compliance manuals to layers upon layers of bureaucracy to 30-odd new national championship tournaments - and it apparently takes two years just to leave a conference, so surely it will take longer to split from the NCAA. Especially when you have to create all that new crap from scratch, or at a minimum delve through the layers and decide what you need to change right away. Even issues like, do we all leave as a conference or do we use the opportunity to kick a few unwanteds to the curb? And then you're also expecting everyone to agree on the idea in the first place - because it's not gonna happen without a critical mass.
In short, there are hundreds of decision makers each looking to do what's best for their school. All those stars have to align before this schism occurs. It would take a lot for that to happen.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Yeah, it's been kicked around||
Yeah, it's been kicked around for years, because people want to imagine patterns and orderliness. That won't happen without a centralizing influence to force order to come from chaos. The NCAA is not that influence.
|1 day 22 hours ago||If anything increases||
If anything increases pressure I think it'll be the extra losing. Playoffs force everyone to end the season on a down note, except for one team. Fans of teams that get to a BCS bowl and then win it will feel better than fans of teams who get to the playoff and lose. It's the bronze-medal phenomenon.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I probably only speak for||
I probably only speak for myself here, but I think unfairly grayed-out comments are easy to spot - they're usually followed by non-grayed-out comments of a reasonable tone. Plus you could see the headers.
Ultimately I think my broader opinion is that practically any moderation system is better than no moderation system. I'd rather have the problems that come with one than the problems that come with not having one.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Here's the other thing the||
Here's the other thing the negbangs did: people could express their displeasure of a post without actually having to write about it, and when people write about it, they do so with a distinct lack of civility. I'm as guilty as anyone. I'd much rather click a little arrow. Does that sometimes result in groupthink and undeserved negbangs? Yeah. Is that still better than when every time Gnarly Face posts, five posts pop up underneath calling him a jackass? Yes. If we could somehow have a combination of the up-and-down arrows and the graying out of posts that'd be faboo.
|1 day 23 hours ago||On the plus side, if we do||
On the plus side, if we do manage to advance, there's nothing scary about anyone in Group H.
|2 days 3 min ago||Ah, true. Pretty unlikely||
Ah, true. Pretty unlikely though.
|2 days 37 min ago||I don't think it's possible||
I don't think it's possible to lock up the #1 seed before the final game. You can clinch advancement but not the #1 seed.
|2 days 43 min ago||Two major obstacles to ever||
Two major obstacles to ever seeing a Cinderella story in the WC: one, there's months of prep time in between now and then, and that doesn't really help the underdog because giving a powerhouse that much prep time for a specific opponent is pretty tough on the underdog. Two, you don't always control your own fate precisely because of group play. You can win all three games and then you win your group, but you can also end up easily in a situation where you're depending on some other underdog to also win.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I have this dilemma as||
I have this dilemma as well. I can't decide who's a bigger prick, you or Justin Bieber. Would I rather go to a Justin Bieber concert or read a novel full of your fuckery? Hard to say, man. Hard to say.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Jebus, we got fukt. The||
Jebus, we got fukt. The toughest CAF team and two nasty UEFA ones. Of the other teams from our pot I wouldn't want to swap into Group B or D, but there are some damn nice-looking ones (E, H) that I sure wouldn't mind.
|2 days 1 hour ago||For some reason, and it's not||
For some reason, and it's not just soccer, every so often somebody on MGoBlog feels the need to go into a thread and be a jackass about it. I don't personally go into things like, say, UFC threads, and lob a shit grenade about how UFC sucks and all its fans are stupid, but some people get their jollies this way.
|2 days 3 hours ago||There are actually nine teams||
There are actually nine teams in Pot 4 and seven in Pot 2; the first thing they'll do in the draw is to move a random European team from 4 to 2 and then they have a fancy procedure to make sure that team is with a South American team from 1 so as not to have a group of three European teams. So if Italy or the Netherlands is moved over to 2, then they could be drawn with Brazil and us to create a disaster. From Pot 2 I'd say there are three African teams we don't want plus the European team if it's someone really good.
The flip side of course is that teams will be looking to Pot 3 as their potential minnow pot and praying they don't get the US. Italy had such a rotten showing in 2010 and I think our nightmare scenario is the same as theirs.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Of course, this year every||
There are, but most of them are in our pot.
I think we'll be alright as long as we don't have to deal with the Netherlands or Italy, although it would help also if we got someone from Africa that isn't Ghana.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, I can see why he'd be||
Yeah, I can see why he'd be popular in Columbus. Most of the rest of the world was pretty cheesed off about Tressel and his lying, hypocritical ways and Gee summed up the feelings of the faithful perfectly by thinking it was all just a big joke.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Clarification I should've||
Clarification I should've mentioned: Coming out of high school, UVA has 'em prep; they go to the local CC if they get to UVA and then flunk out. It's much rarer, because a lot of guys who flunk out prefer to just go to a school where the grades they already have are good enough, especially if they're NCAA eligible but not UVA eligible. A few, though, stay local and take the necessary CC classes.
|4 days 1 hour ago||The classes the two-year||
I think it's worth pointing out at this juncture that this is usually the barrier to JUCO players at higher-level academic schools. Fuzzy-sounding "admissions standards" are usually blamed but - at least at UVA, and I'm sure Michigan is similar - UVA doesn't take JUCOs because their credits don't transfer in. Either UVA has no equivalent class, or the equivalent class can't be verified to be up to snuff to earn a transfer credit. UVA will send ineligible players to a nearby community college to brush up their grades, but that's because UVA can control what classes they take. I imagine U-M is similar, with a similar unwillingness to just fudge the transfer-credit requirements.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Both the polls and computers||
Both the polls and computers like Ohio right now. If Ohio and Auburn both win I don't think that changes. Maybe the computers but they're only 1/3 of the vote. Human pollsters will pick the undefeated team.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Sparty hasn't been to the||
Sparty hasn't been to the Rose Bowl for over 25 years and maybe twice in the last 50. It's cute that they'll get to go again. A nice little underdog story. Barring something crazy they're going to the Rose Bowl win or lose, so they might as well win and keep Ohio out of the title game.
|4 days 6 hours ago||If the commercial doesn't do||
If the commercial doesn't do it, the presence of PETs (Performance Enhancing Tacos) in Spike's bloodstream probably will.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Fangraphs also calls Fister a||
Fangraphs also calls Fister a top-20 pitcher in the league, which is quite the exaggeration. The Tigers alone have three that are better, and it's not that hard to come up with 17 more.
|5 days 1 hour ago||It still doesn't mean the||
It still doesn't mean the same thing as "hyped up."