"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|3 years 41 weeks ago||I also just got into the show||
I also just got into the show having watched Season 1 on Netflix (in the U.S.). Unfortunately S2 is not available on Netflix here, or at least wasn't a couple of weeks ago. You can either pay for S2 or if you're so inclined you might find a sharing / streaming site with it available. Last night's episode was S3E1.
I agree that S2 was not as good due to so much down time at the farm, but it's still a good show and watching the descent of Shane has been entertaining.
I think the best actor in the show is Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl. I can't wait to see if his brother shows up some where down the road.
As far as what was whispered to Rick at the CDC, it can't have been about Lori's pregnancy. My guess is that the virus was man-made and got loose from the CDC.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Win Probability||
Look at it like win probability in ball game. There are 2 options: team 1 wins or team 2 wins. So either team winning is a 50% proposition, right?
In the recruiting realm it's very common to use a percentage estimate of probability, indicating either that a recruit is leaning toward a school or that there are data suggesting that he might be.
Speaking of which, the 24/7 recruiting guy on XM College Sports about 30 minutes ago was asked about DOB. He offered up 55/45 in favor of Michigan, but said he wouldn't be surprised at all if Danny went to UT. But he didn't give much rationale for why he felt that way.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Nice Trailer||
Well done. Thanks for posting and I look forward to watching the series.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Interesting||
Great post. Thanks for doing this.
Right now Wisconsin appears to be by FAR the best team in the conference. Russell Wilson has been superb and gives them the double-threat on O they've often lacked. Now they can MANBALL you all day long with that huge line, then play-action or drop back and torch you through the air. The D looks good, if not great, as well. To my eyes, they have as good a chance as any team to be playing for the MNC.
Illinois might be the second best team in the conference, though it's unclear how good the competition has been. Personally, I think they'll stumble, but time will tell.
Nebraska is the other team that has been impressive. While the "black shirt" D hasn't appeared to be as good as expected, the offense has been efficient, if a bit one-sided towards running. Martinez has shown some flashes in the passing game, but, not unlike UM, they'll need to keep the running QB healthy. If they do, I think they'll show they're the true second best team in the B1G.
After that, questions. Was Sparty a pretender, or were they just undone by a road game against an ND that was much better than its first 2 games indicated (turnovers)? Can Michigan continue its rebound, despite the lack of running game and over-reliance on DRob, and will the D and ST's improve quickly enough to get them above .500 in conference? Is PSU as awful as they appear to be so far? Is karma real and is Ohio unravelling? Will Iowa improve on D enough to challenge for the division? How good can NU be with Persa back?
It will be fun to watch the season unfold to see how things play out.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Kick Coverage||
The ST's overall are much better, but as has been stated, Kick Coverage has been pretty awful. It's amazing to me that this can be so bad. It doesn't seem like an overly complex discipline (though I'm admittedly ignorant on the subject so school me up experts if I'm wrong).
Do we have a coach dedicated to this? We're losing the field position battle horribly on punts and KC. Punts should get better when Hagerup returns but KC has to be a matter of coaching, doesn't it? Surely we can find 11 athletes to stay in their lanes, run down there and make a tackle?
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Good Decisions||
Gallon has consistently made good decisions on special teams. Keep it up, young man.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Going into the season I||
Going into the season I figured we would drop 1 of the non-conference games. SDSU will be a challenge, but we have a good shot of starting the B1G undefeated. And we seem to be improving, slowly but surely. If we can just come out in the spread and use the threat of #16 running to open up the passing and RB game, I think we'll win it. If we come out and try to establish the Power game we'll likely start slow again and it will be more 4Q drama.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Except...||
Except that we seem to be pretty awful at said MANBALL.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Denard's Wrist Band||
On this picture of Denard:
You can just about make out the plays on his wrist band.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Coach Kovacs?||
Listening to / reading his answers, combined with the "great football IQ" that we've heard of so many times (evidenced by his uncanny ability to show up in the right place on the field) I can see this kid coming back some day as a football coach. What an inspiration he is and could continue to be.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||It did sound like they were||
It did sound like they were trying to stir up some controversy among the players. These kids are great, though, and nobody took the bait. I love the attitudes on this team.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Defensive Wheel of Fortune||
Mattison is not yet throwing the proverbial kitchen sink in his defensive alignments / plays but he's getting close. I suppose it would make us hard to scout. He has to be thinking that the talent is sub-par so he has to make up for it with schemes and unpredictability, banking on the likelihood that the average college QB can't adjust quickly enough. High risk? Of course, but thank goodness we have him. Just be glad we're not facing Wisconsin's offense this year. They've been IME the most impressive B1G team by far.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Blitz Adjustments||
I was thinking the same thing on the blitzes. Is Mattison setting something up here for the future? I sure hope so b/c we showed them so early and clearly that the audible adjustments not only negated them but turned at least a couple into big plays. Shouldn't our D leader (Kovacs?) be adjusting to the adjustment?
|4 years 11 weeks ago||41-21 Mich ---- Yes!||
|4 years 11 weeks ago||ND||
Ever since Spartan Bob and his shenanigans (is that an Irish word?) I always root against Sparty. I might forgive them on my death bed. We'll see.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||#1||
I was thinking about the AC versus Braylon issue for jersey #1. I agree with you, blueindy, that AC was the most deserving. But for generations that don't remember AC, they associate the jersey with Braylon. Braylon also endowed a scholarship linked to the #1 jersey, so it might be difficult not to include him as a Legend. I'd guess that #1 will end up representing both AC and Braylon.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Looked Great, But ...||
I thought they looked great. The players and recruits seemed to love them. The game, atmosphere and outcome (despite the many issues we clearly have) were all superb.
But, enough with the "throwback" jerseys. These things were never worn before. If they had just not pretended these were from another era it would not have bothered me.
/Get Off My Lawn
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Texts||
I just texted my ND friends this:
"We've stolen your lucky charms...."
For some reason that seemed to tick them off.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Pressure?||
I didn't follow him that closely, but I don't recall BK getting this worked up last year. Perhaps we're seeing signs of the strain and pressure in the position, and the expectations at ND. These jobs must be so stressful. Between the time commitment, lack of sleep, pressure from fans, alumni, etc., but especially due to the reality that you can't control the result. There's an element of randomness (injuries, bounces, etc.) that must drive these type-A personality types near to breaking when it goes against you in the pressure-cooker of nodern CFB.
Either that, or he's just an A-hole.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Not scoffing||
There's not a lot of scoffing here. RR makes a valid point. He just approaches the game from a different philosphy than the current staff (e.g., impact of the type of O you run on your own D, both in practice and in game). M tried his philosophy. It worked very well last year on O (albeit with a once-in-a-lifetime athlete at QB), but the other elements were horrific. Hence change. His comments are of interest but not very relevant.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Favors M||
I'm a lot more concerned with ND's passing offense than its rushing game. Rain should favor M.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Surely, THE KNOWLEDGE knew||
Surely, THE KNOWLEDGE knew that THE KNOWLEDGE would receive notes casting aspersions on THE KNOWLEDGE's predictions, being able to transcend the temporal dimension that restricts us lesser beings.
Similarly, THE KNOWLEDGE no doubt has already seen what weaker minds will perceive this coming Saturday night.
THE KNOWLEDGE thus already knows that I will predict this, but I will still proceed with my feeble attempt, absent the ability to bend time and space:
UM - 31
ND - 28
Fearless bonus prediction: game will be decided in the 4Q (no OT). Oh, and it will be night time.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Kalis||
That is a glowing endorsement of Kalis.
Come on Mr. Dunn, you want to run behind this line in the winged helmet.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Agreed||
Yeah I noticed that too and was going to post it. Also on that play, Molk pushes a defender almost through the back of the end zone. Not sure it impacted the play, but it was great to see those guys bashing donkeys.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I know I look real big on HD.||
Great line. Hoke has an amazing way of deflecting questions he doens't want to answer, and there's often some self-deprecating humor in there. I'm glad this guy's our coach.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Nice job||
Informative and entertaining. Barring derps and yacketysax on ND's part (please, please), this looks to be a very tough challenge on both sides of the ball.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Adaptation||
Solid game plans and adaptation to what happens on the field? Amazing.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Nicely done.||
Kudo's for giving some well-deserved attention to Kovacs. I know it took me, like many others I'm sure, a long time to realize that his contribution is hugely greater than what one could expect from his high school recruiting rankings.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Well Done||
Great choices for today, and a great job with the entire "There Are" series by Denarded and his Team.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Too Bad||
This kid would probably transfer back and play for Hoke tomorrow if he could. Too bad the NCAA doesn't allow kids to return to their original school without sitting out a year or any other penalty. I wish we had him right now and hope he has a good career.