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|3 days 7 hours ago||I should have said RS||
I should have said RS junior/senior, but that doesn't make the rest of what I said irrelevant. The team and the talent that Hoke has brought in remains young. I'm not blaming anyone that's just the way it worked out with the transition.
|3 days 7 hours ago||So Hoke should be held||
So Hoke should be held accountable because he has two seniors that he recruited from the 2011 class on his squad of 85+ players? The rest of those seniors were brought in by RR. That's not Hoke's class. That's from a hybrid class where Hoke was given something approximating 10 days to put together the rest of the recruiting class after "the process." Hoke's first class that was all his own is pretty much all juniors now. This is the first time that his guys are upper classmen.
|3 days 9 hours ago||No, it means his first||
No, it means his first recruiting class (which was actually a hybrid of RR/Hoke) is hitting Junior year. Look at the depth chart by class, http://mgoblog.com/content/michigan-depth-chart-class-0 , and notice that gigantic hole at junior/senior OT/OG. The first full recruiting class for Hoke are either true juniors or red shirt sophomores. That is why people continue to say his players are young. This is the last year for that excuse but there are still deficiencies on the roster that are/were out of Hoke and Co.'s control.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Price seems pretty steep for||
Price seems pretty steep for the average consumer. However, this seems like a great option for families of Big Ten athletes that are not necessarily in the type of revenue sports that are usually televised.
|5 days 4 hours ago||For pro sports: Oakland||
For pro sports:
Oakland coliseum is a crap hole. It's terrible for both baseball and football.
Probably Qualcomm. It's actually pretty bad for NFL games too but when SDSU plays it is a wasteland. Martin Stadium in Pullman is also extremely bad. Not only is the stadium tiny and soulless there is nothing, nothing to do after the game.
|1 week 1 day ago||Considering Devin started at||
Considering Devin started at Michigan under Rodriguez that would mean that two offensive coaching staffs failed him in this particular area of development. How likely is that?
|1 week 1 day ago||Hell yes! Now I have even||
Hell yes! Now I have even more ammo to use to convince my wife to buy a boat. I'll host the sailgate if you all bring the Bell's.
|1 week 6 days ago||All this means is that Urban||
All this means is that Urban Meyer will be trying to pick Notre Dame's bones clean instead of some other school this year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Sooooooo, do we get Crawford||
Sooooooo, do we get Crawford back if true?
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||To add specifics to my snark||
To add specifics to my snark here are results (MSU yards allowed to Michigan / (%) over/under season average
2011: 250 total yards allowed / -9.9%
2012: 326 total yards allowed / +18.8%
2013: 168 (ugh) total yards allowed / -33.4%
Borges slightly bolstered defensive numbers for MSU in '11, significantly hurt defensive numbers for MSU in '12, and heavily bolstered defensive numbers for MSU in '13. These are not sack adjusted so slight grain of salt (very slight).
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Just a random spitball but||
Just a random spitball but I'd imagine the game against Michigan contributed approximately 1/14 to MSU's total season stats in 2011, 1/13 in 2012, and 1/14 in 2013.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||None of the back seven's||
None of the back seven's problems are related to talent. They're a year smarter and another year stronger with arguably the best recruit in the nation joining for nickel packages.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Am I the only one that thinks||
Am I the only one that thinks Dantonio is the reason MSU has such a great defense and not Narduzzi?
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Texas is a binary state. You||
Texas is a binary state. You either love or hate UT. The hate that longhorns fans have for the Sooners is not enough to overcome the hate that A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, and other fans in the state generate for the longhorns.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You've had an easy life then||
You've had an easy life then
|6 weeks 6 days ago||They do still have to live in||
They do still have to live in Ohio.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe not by us but they'll||
Maybe not by us but they'll definitely get their heads caved in the playoff semifinal
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Brazil is OSU football.||
Brazil is OSU football.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||According to fangraphs||
According to fangraphs PitchF/X his average fastballs velocities in a given season are thus:
He can still run it up there but he has lost some velocity since his best years in '09-'12. This is probably a combo of everything people have cited so far: age, innings load, injury, motivation and work ethic. If he wants to be one of the best again he's gonna have to learn to pitch smarter not harder because his best stuff is probably behind him now.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||People are gonna hate me for||
People are gonna hate me for this but I love Pete Carroll. He is the perfect example of how winning can affect your perception of a person. I was at USC during his reign. I'm from the Pacific Northwest so am a huge Seahawks fan. I'm 95% positive Pete is dirty, or at least keeps himself willfully ignorant of the dirty aspects of his profession. I know that, and it's tough for me to care because I've been watching his (my) teams win so much and had to endure them being awful when he wasn't there. That's a fault of my own, but dang if he doesn't make it difficult for me. Plus he is super charismatic and entertaining as hell. Once you've met him it's really difficult to dislike him.
It's very easy to understand how some fans can rationalize how dirty their programs are when you've experienced it first-hand.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||If he's already there doing||
If he's already there doing his thing I may as well get something out of it.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||That's kind of the point||
That's kind of the point though isn't it? Unless you win it all is your season a success compared to a team that won the league outright by 3 games? Would you trade another final four appearance for the Big Ten title? In other words, would you trade M's results this season with Wisconsin's results?
I don't think there are right or wrong answers to these questions. Each of the three top teams in the B1G can hang their hats on something. Gun to my head though I'd rather have the B1G title than a final four appearance.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Best season-Michigan Best||
Best tourney run-Wisconsin
Best heart grit and determination-clearly MSU
Best flameout-Indiana by a country mile
|21 weeks 4 days ago||So now Sparty can shut up||
So now Sparty can shut up about Izzo never having a class that hasn't reached the Final Four.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I wanted the game more last||
I wanted the game more last year. Mainly because it had been so long since they were in a final four and they were loaded with talent playing at a high level I thought it was their best chance to make it for a long time. This year I'm so amazed at how they have performed despite all the personnel losses that everything they get at this point is gravy to me. It also reinforces that Beilein can get these guys here even when on the face it's not his best team so a loss here doesn't convince me that they can't make a run to the title again in the future.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||All that and they can't even||
All that and they can't even get a shot off.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||That's as much Arizona ball||
That's as much Arizona ball today as it was Michigan's yesterday. So clearly it's gonna stay with Wisconsin.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||That was fucking terrible||
That was fucking terrible
|21 weeks 5 days ago||There is nothing, NOTHING to||
There is nothing, NOTHING to dislike about an 8-year old girl fighting cancer and her relationship with MSU basketball players.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||So cathartic to see||
So cathartic to see Louisville lose despite the refs trying to gift-wrap it for them in the final two minutes.