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|2 hours 34 min ago||That Taylor Lewan is such a||
That Taylor Lewan is such a dirty player for the things he was doing in that game....
|2 hours 36 min ago||Entirely typical. I recall a||
Entirely typical. I recall a teacher in high school, whose classes I never took but whose room I was in a few times, who had bumper stickers like that affixed to a corkboard. It was like, man, the rivalry stuff is one thing, showing support for your alma mater is one thing, but you do have students who are gonna go to that school.
|2 hours 44 min ago||That and 'Walverine' and its||
Sparty logic used to go something like, Michigan fans are bad because they have no connection to Michigan, and all those riots and couch-burning parties that take place outside student apartments are just a bunch of "troublemakers from outside the community."
|2 hours 46 min ago||Cotton Bowl rings with the||
Sheesh, I didn't even know about those. Talk about a thing that reinforces my point.
|3 hours 10 min ago||Michigan State has absolutely||
Michigan State has absolutely no way to build itself up or compliment itself without it being some kind of ripoff or teardown of U-M. Remember those bumper stickers that said "U Call It Maize We Call It Corn"? Now they have "Those Who Stayed Are Already Champions." That kind of thing has gone on for years and never stopped. Their very fight song was originally written to say, "Smash right through that line of blue." They have nothing original. They're people with such an inferiority complex that the only way they can feel good about themselves is to tear down someone else. That's why the Little Brother thing was so apropos and continues to be to this day. It's not about who's winning, it's about how they act.
|4 hours 11 min ago||Diaco's bullshit Central||
Diaco's bullshit Central Florida fixation is the saddest damn thing. They have a countdown clock and everything. It's such a terrible motivational tactic - I can't imagine the players actually respond to that with anything other than a "sure, Coach" and private eye-rolling. Fuck the state of college football today, man. You got Texas and Texas A&M refusing to play each other ever again, no more Missouri-Kansas games, UVa-Maryland is kaput, the Brown Jug is no longer played every year, NU-OU is dead and gone.....but coaches are installing countdown clocks for fake-ass games they desperately want to call a rivalry while the other side is like "huh?"
|4 hours 19 min ago||Quick regression analysis||
Quick regression analysis suggests we should put Barrett under pressure about 59% of the time, then. R2 is 0.8, which isn't bad for such a small sample size.
|4 hours 29 min ago||Always figure 3 points for||
Always figure 3 points for homefield advantage. Now put the game in Ann Arbor and its a 29.5 point line. That's enormous for a line. What do you want, 40, 50 points? Those lines almost don't even exist, except between the top P5 teams and the worst Sun Belt ones. It's not unreasonable to think we could win by "only" three touchdowns - what you're ranting about sounds awfully like Sparty-flavor disrespekt.
|5 hours 10 min ago||Penn State is favored over||
Penn State is favored over Purdue by only 11.5? I think I need to go pawn a few things.
|20 hours 41 min ago||Yup. The game is won on||
Yup. The game is won on offense, since they score most of the points, but the soul-crushing morale destruction happens on defense.
|22 hours 35 min ago||Yes to a kicking competition.||
Yes to a kicking competition. But you put the ball at the 2, like for an extra point (college, anyway) and make the biggest guy on each team do the kicking. Best score out of 10 wins.
|22 hours 38 min ago||Yes. But between the||
Yes. But between the coaches.
|1 day 18 min ago||Based on the number of||
Based on the number of replies in this thread, I think the title should be changed to: "Connor Cook trolls Michigan, it works".
|1 day 4 hours ago||While you're at it, why don't||
While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it, eh? We're closed!
|1 day 8 hours ago||I'm not convinced.||
I'm not convinced. Interpreting opposing arguments in the most delegitimizing and dismissing way possible is not far removed from demanding white-free safe spaces. Would you be open to dismissing the entire Black Lives Matter movement for rank hypocrisy, on the grounds that they protest and often riot and loot black-owned businesses to protest the handful of black people killed at the hands of police, while doing nothing to speak out against the thousands upon thousands of black people killed at the hands of other black people? Or is it wrong to assess them based only on interpretations by their opponents?
|1 day 15 hours ago||They Said Oakland Was In||
They Said Oakland Was In Play. Then He Did THIS.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Is there room for opinions||
Is there room for opinions that disagree with yours? I don't think calling someone's opinion "idiotic, tone-deaf, and infuriating" are likely to change a single mind. Part of the problem with the whole "let's talk about race" thing in this country is that usually the people who most often insist that we need to, are also the ones declaring that opinions that disagree with theirs don't belong in the conversation.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Doesn't racism harm society||
Maybe, but, y'know, maybe not. Hypothetically, if there were only a tiny trace of actual racism but a torrent of complaining about it, the answer to that question would almost certainly be "no."
The truth is, complaining about racism when none is present is likely to engender more actual racism, or at minimum, a ton of resentment. On the list of things you don't want to be labeled in society today, "racist" comes in at #2 below only "pedophile." And obviously, crying wolf only desensitizes people to the real complaints.
I'd allow that, on the whole in the US, racism is a bigger concern than people complaining about racism. But I think the latter is catching up. And this is a big country, with an infinite number of different localities and dynamics and situations, and there are places and times where the complaining is more harmful than the actual racism. And the people involved will probably be forever turned off to any real and more harmful instances of racism.
If eradicating racism in this country is a goal, and it's truly important to involve all white people in the fight to end it (kind of similar to the complaint about "why don't all Muslims stand up and denounce terrorism?", isn't it, but regardless) then weeding out the phony complaints and silencing the Social Justice Warriors (you know which kind I mean) ought to be as important a goal as putting a stop to nooses in locker rooms. Not everything that's claimed to be racist actually is. Not every cry of racism deserves equal credence. Rather than deciding if one thing is more harmful than another, it's better said that they go hand in hand and both ought to be stamped out.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Actually, the thing that||
Actually, the thing that killed me about Drew Sharp is not that he was a no-talent hack - he wasn't. Once a month, almost like clockwork, he would produce something that was smart, insightful, well-written. The rest of the time he would turn to the dark side and find the worst things he could to say. He coulda been a contender, so to speak, but he preferred not to.
I never could fathom why he chose to see the world that way, but that quoted email sheds more light on his motivation than his whole body of work as a columnist.
|2 days 5 hours ago||There isn't any difference in||
There isn't any difference in the effect, but there is in the motivation. To see what I mean, take a look at Colin Kaepernick, who had to explain very carefully that he didn't mean any disrespect to veterans by his protest, and even modify it based on that feedback. I think it's disrespectful anyway, which is why I think your point holds true. But I think Kaepernick's reaction to the reaction proves mine.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I do suspect that a lot of||
I do suspect that a lot of these incidents are just people knowing what sets other people off and pushing those buttons. I mean, if you really, really, really wanted to piss off a black person and hit them where it hurts, let's be frank, everyone knows how to do that. Essentially it's trolling instead of deeply rooted hatred. The problem is that it's also impossible to tell the difference.
|2 days 6 hours ago||"Any" white executive? OK||
"Any" white executive?
OK then, let's just go ahead and fight broad stereotypes with broad stereotypes, that's a great way to, as they say, have a dialogue.
|3 days 59 min ago||This is true, but also,||
This is true, but also, there's no telling how much extra time it'll take you to score the touchdown after making the 4th down - and therefore, how much easier it will be for Wisconsin to burn away the remaining clock on offense.
Also, the assumption is that kicking the FG is a much more likely proposition than making the 4th down. Turns out that making 4th and 5 is roughly a 40% chance. Probably less against the Wiscy defense. Kicking the FG is about, I dunno, 2/3 chance at worst, and not very defense-dependent.
|3 days 1 hour ago||The Michigan I grew up with||
The Michigan I grew up with is one where most Saturdays brought around another basically faceless Big Ten opponent that wasn't expected to provide much more than a token challenge. We beat them last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and we're going to beat them again today, and we're going to do it again next year too. Simple. If the game was a bit closer than a blowout, like say 28-14 instead of 31-7, it didn't matter because drama was a thing to be saved for special weeks. Not for Illinois.
Maybe this is the product of a child's mind, the same kind of mind that takes it for granted Mom and Dad will make the 12-hour drive with no trouble at all because they're the grown-ups, and can't comprehend of what could go wrong, in contrast to the adult mind that always says, "drive safe and call us when you get there, OK?" and means every word.
Still, Michigan football was the greatest back when other bowl games were games you went to in between Rose Bowls. I missed taking three-quarters of the Big Ten for granted. I took Illinois for granted this week and it turned out I had every right to do so. The maize is the right maize again and looks frickin' terrific in HD. I even think the new matte-ish helmets look absolutely just right in the autumn twilight. The only thing that's left now, to bring back the Michigan of my childhood, is to take the silly serifs off the numbers and to find one running back who can carry the ball 30 times a game.
|3 days 2 hours ago||There's a huge substantive||
There's a huge substantive difference. As LJ points out, a touchdown wins you the game if you make that FG and then get the ball back. It only ties the game otherwise. Of the following things, none of them are guarantees:
- Making the 4th down
- Scoring a touchdown after
- Making the 2PC
- Stopping Wisconsin from driving for a GW FG
- Winning in OT
And you put everything in terms of "you need a stop and a touchdown." No, you make the FG, then you need a stop and a touchdown. You make the 4th down, you need a stop and a touchdown....AND a 2PC, AND you need to play overtime. That's an incredibly crucial difference.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, but keeping in mind,||
Yeah, but keeping in mind, they would no longer need the 2PC. (They would want to try it anyway, theoretically being up 15-14 after the TD, but they wouldn't need it.) A life-or-death 2PC which only ties the game isn't a great situation. I think it's a defensible decision. It's not like Wisconsin was setting the world on fire with their offense. Reasonable thing to take the points and then tell your defense to go get the ball back.
If the score was 44-36 instead of 14-6, I'd feel much less strongly about that, but it's not a crazy thing to do, especially when you need five yards.
|3 days 5 hours ago||I +1'd because funny, but||
I +1'd because funny, but actually I think the thing to do if we win is to put the trophy in the most prominent possible place to remind everyone that it's back where it belongs. Constantly and obnoxiously.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Almost certainly human||
Almost certainly human nature. It's why I don't participate in the apparent contest to see who can express the most outrage at the most people. People always judge other people and organizations first by how they themselves were treated. We rush to see the good in those we know and the bad in those we don't. It's not much different, IMO, how we might cuss out somebody who cut us off in traffic for being a brainless fucking imbecile with no regard for others, yet instantly forgive our own friends and relatives if they did the same thing.
I don't jump on the fuck-PSU outrage bandwagon, not because what happened wasn't outrageous, but because it could've happened anywhere. I don't think there's anything uniquely perverted about Penn State fans, or for that matter Paterno, I just think human nature in general is what caused Paterno to do something other than immediately take a flamethrower to Sandusky upon hearing the accusations. When you've worked side by side with someone for 40 years, it's easy to brush aside whispers and an accusation in favor of your daily personal interactions. Similar concept for their fans. There are cults of personality at dozens of schools, because that's what college football has done for everyone, and I suspect a similar thing would happen if Bear Bryant, Woody Hayes, Bobby Bowden, John Wooden, or various other personalities had been accused of the same thing.
|4 days 6 hours ago||This year, the NHL champions||
This year, the NHL champions are in Pittsburgh, the NBA champs are in Cleveland, and the MLB champs are soon to be either Cleveland or Chicago. To hell with the salt coasts. Rise of the Midwest, bitches. Perhaps in a couple months the ultimate Third Coast state will follow.
|4 days 17 hours ago||This game really lends||
This game really lends credence to the idea that Speight's shoulder was screwing with his accuracy. Bye week, two weeks to rest it, he comes out slinging it. Coincidence? Probably not.