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|5 days 13 hours ago||OK, Mr. Thought Police. I||
OK, Mr. Thought Police. I get the impression that if DB were black, you'd have called me a racist. You seem a bit narrow in the mind.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Doesn't the buck stop with DB||
Doesn't the buck stop with DB on this? Did he give Addidas carte blanche for whatever they want to design? Apparel is a significant component of the brand. The AD should have veto power over shit like this (I would hope he didn't have input, although in general, he shoud).
What's worse - that DB allows Addidas to produce this shit unchecked, or that he approves it?
I am not anti-DB by default, but is he not ultimately responsible for the apparel line?
|5 days 22 hours ago||Great post - at least he's||
Great post - at least he's got the hat right.
|1 week 11 hours ago||I share this optimism. Sick||
I share this optimism. Sick of the pessimism that '14 can't improve much, if at all. Two NFL tackles gone, blah blah. I think Nuss' offense in first year trumps last year's "offense" in spades (low bar, I know), and it'll be coaching/scheme that makes the difference. Can't wait!
The staff needs to get these kids pumped up to play on the road, and thrive off a hostile environment.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I'm glad you brioched that||
I'm glad you brioched that subject. Makes me Wonder what leaven warriors might say about that.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||What you're saying makes||
What you're saying makes sense if you believe the o-line problems last year were due primarily to youth/underdevelopment. I wouldn't say that didn't play any role, but comparing the ND, CMU, and OSU games to the middle of the season had me scratching my head a bit. Looking back after learning of AB's over-scheming, combined with frequent, questionable play-calling, I saw an o-line (entire offense even) that struggled with that, started to lose confidence, and that vicious cycle just snowballed. Speculation aside as to what transpired to produce the offensive performance in The Game, that did have us all shaking our heads as to what the season could have been.
I don't think we have to write-off the first half of the 2014 season as some necessary development process for the o-line, because I don't think that is the problem. I am a big fan of the Nuss hire, and I think, among other things, that the relative simplicity of his offense is a big difference maker. There's talent on this team. It's a new system, so I'm not expecting them to hit the ground in full stride, but I think they may be able to keep it to a slight stumble, with no fall, and they could even pull it together by the ND game. Regardless of the start, we should see steady improvement through the season - you know, what you would normally expect.
On another note, I think Peppers will have a (potentially huge) positive effect on this team - beyond the anticipated impact of his play. He seems a natural, charismatic leader. He brings a serious work ethic (contagious), and reputedly will call out those who don't. He backs it up on the field. Hoke talks alot about accountability, and here's a kid who embodies it. A guy like that can raise everybody's level of play. It's as much a mental game as physical.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||That would be OK because||
That would be OK because other schools are starting to do it.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Saban may or may not think||
Saban may or may not think Nuss is a lesser offensive mind. There's speculation, but I have not seen any details attributable to Saban or Nuss as to what went down. That's a pretty shallow conclusion you've drawn. There are other possible, plausible reasons as to why Kiffin is in, and Nuss is out at Bama.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, cuz I really meant it||
Yeah, cuz I really meant it in the literal sense.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||In his apology, Beckmann says||
In his apology, Beckmann says the column was "my effort to emphasize my disdain for political correctness", and in true PC fashion, the university issued a thorough condemnation. Maybe he could have executed it better, but I can believe that was his intent. I think he would have been canned if cooler heads honestly felt it was truly racist. Comedians make a living playing off stereotypes. Beckmann was doing so to make his point, which can come off "flagrantly racist" on its surface.
We live in an age where you're a "racist" for disagreeing with the policies of a minority president. The term is thrown about way too loosely these days. Apply the intellectual filter before doing so.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Downvoting a non-political||
Downvoting a non-political post because you don't like the OP's political slant in other posts? What kind of hitler-youth bullshit is that?
|29 weeks 6 min ago||Cabbage. Gap.||
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Wrong! it's Brandin'||
Wrong! it's Brandin'
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Agree||
The point is, it's the same story too often. Play-calling to date = embarrassing offense. How many times would the crowd run power up the midde? Right there is improvement. But then we non-professionals would not be setting up the PA, and all the success it has garnered. Damn, we're so short-sighted.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||No, they are not.||
At this point in this season, there's nothing to play for except pride. All the "that should be enough!" arguments aside, the wind really left the sails after the state game. I think that when the team really has brought the passion, and pathetic coaching neutralizes that, it is truly demoralizing.
I think you'll see some initial fire from the player's in The Game, but if the coaches bring the same play-calling, that leads to the same problems, that "passion" won't last past the first quarter.
If they bring the same basic game-plan, then they aren't trying. Do something - spread the field with wideouts and pass out of the 'gun all day - anything but what we've been doing. Could that be any less effective?
Wouldn't you love to hear someone like Lewan's honest thought's on this and other topics, such as the competency of Borges and Funk?
|34 weeks 3 days ago||If you want to take that||
If you want to take that angle...shitty team = not as much money.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Whatever you think of DB, I||
Whatever you think of DB, I think he cares enough about the product that he doesn't need empty seats to alert him to the weekly embarrassment. Do you think he's content to field a .500 team as long as sales don't drop off? I think the guy's got more pride than that.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke has to let Borges go.||
Hoke has to let Borges go. If I'm DB and Hoke is not coming to this conclusion on his own, then I've got to seriously question his competency. Regardless of whose call it is, I think that call is made - I just wish they'd do it now. You gotta send a message that this is not acceptable, we recognize the problem, and are acting upon it. Consider - strongly - how the handling of this problem is perceived by our current commits/leans - quick, decisive corrective action, or a bumbling stumbling through the rest of the year.
Hoke is a delegator, and has his strengths. I'd see how things go next year with a new OC, whom I would let have some degree of input, if not final say, on his staff. While the jury's still out on Funk, I think this thread reinforces the sentiment that it's tough to block against an oft-stacked front that knows what's coming,
To keep Borges is to believe he has the potential to reverse his ineptitude. If he does, and he hasn't...enough said. For the rest of the year, anybody on that staff (including GAs) would be no less imaginative a play-caller, and I don't think his QB coaching would be missed. I would put more trust in a random play-call generator (weighted slightly toward passing) - I couldn't be more serious.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||I contend - with complete||
I contend - with complete confidence - that you are an arrogant alumni douchebag.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||We need to show credentials||
We need to show credentials with differing opinions? What are yours to say he wrong? I should hope UM would hire no less that an "expert" as OC - how's that been working out?
We all recognize Mattison's 2011 turnaround of the "same" defense as a testament to his coaching prowess - a textbook example of what good coaching can achieve. And yet it's crazy to think that a different OC could achieve more?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Hire Kugler's dad.||
Hire Kugler's dad.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Good for Nebraska. I'm||
Good for Nebraska. I'm envious. I wish we would take it a step further. Schedule two top-tier (top 1-3 in their conference) opponents, and top-half (at least) teams for the rest. You want to be the best? Then play the best. It's good for exposure - recruits want to play in big games. Fan perspective - you want to face a MAC, or an SEC team? Which would you rather attend?
Lots of talk this wek about playing to win. Scheduling tough teams is like going for it on 4th down - you may not always make it, but at least you tried! And when you make it, it pays big dividends. Scheduling weak teams to "ensure" wins, is playing not to lose. Which team would you rather be? I want us to be "that team" that is fearless and takes all comers.
A tough OOC schedule doesn't affect the B1G race, and isn't the tournament selection committee going to reward SOS? If we suck against these top teams, then we need to get a coaching staff that will rise to the occasion - kick our program up a notch - not maintain the status quo and revert to scheduling cupcakes.
Scheduling wimps to have all, or almost all OOC games at home is lame. Ultimately it waters down the quality of the program for a buck. Such a blatant money grab, and shiity games. I don't care if everybody else does it. Michigan difference, right?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||+10 Correct answer. Borges||
Correct answer. Borges can try this, or something (he should know) will not work. He chooses the latter, and he did it throughout the game. Enough said.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Peter:||
Don't be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Blast:||
Your "don't be an ass" reply started this lengthy diversion. What's funny about that is, I don't think the guy was ripping Brian in saying "if Brian said it, it must be true", I think he was ripping on all of the Dear Leader worshippers that jump to his defense - and there you were - right on cue!
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Hate this.||
I'm an avid reader of the site, and often get a good laugh from some genuinely witty, off-the-cuff posts. But I too am incrfeasingly annoyed with the number of embarrassingly obvious and "clever' sophomoric posts. Middle-schoolers? I hope so for their sake.
What also sucks is the frequency with which good healthy threads quickly digress into off-topic bitch-fests over the stupidest things. Seinfeld threads...but not funny.
I also frequent 11W. While not a douche-free site (none are), the threads stay refreshingly on-topic.
BTW, bitching about thread content is never off-topic.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||This.||
I hate it when we benefit from questionable calls - I don't want a tainted win, and I don't think this one was - but I'll make an exception for ND with all the breaks they've gotten over the years against us and others. I actually enjoy it.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Well said||
And the away uni maize piping and number trim is like putting aftermarket gold pinstripes all over either of those cars.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Excellent idea||
I'm in the "don't care for it" camp. I'd like to see them shelve this, and I think it becomes more difficult to do so the longer it continues. A "legends game" would be a convenient, face-saving event that this current legends tradition-in-the-making could morph into. Keep it to a one week thing. This lets our future legends establish their own identity (number) and still honors the legends - which I have nothing against.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Solid assessment||
O'Brien is excellent. If he stays, PSU will be at UM/OSU level, and that will be one tough division. Rutgers could be significant as the local B1G school for northeast talent, already showing some recruiting ability.
I agree about the West. The B1G was smart in how they comprised the divisions, because a few of those West teams will step up and fill the power void in that division. I think Northwestern is one of those teams. This is the perfect storm for them, with what should be a good season coming up, which will continue to bolster their recruiting. I don't know what their facilities are like, but if they ever decide to spend some of that endowment money to make them top-notch, they have a very attractive package to offer - academics, location, recent success, and legit shot at CCG every year.
Wisconsin will be intriguing - and I think successful.
Nebraska won't stomach many more good but not great seasons under Pelini, and I think that's exactly what he'll continue. If they bring in the right guy, then watch out for them.
I tend to be an optimist, but really do think the B1G will have 6 (give or take) excellent to very good programs (2-3 in each division) by the time PSU clears their sanctions (I realize it will be a few years after their penalties end to reach full strength).
Won't happen overnight, but it's going to happen.