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|2 days 20 hours ago||What a shit bunch||
That family turned out to be
|2 days 20 hours ago||LSU going out of their way||
To make Brian look like a daggum genius
|5 days 1 hour ago||Herman's not leaving Houston||
For anyone less than USC/Texas level now. They're paying him what a school like Miami/VTech/SC pays their head coach. I don't see that 2nd tier of schools paying him 4m+.
|1 week 1 day ago||There's a subset of Maryland fans||
Who always think there's some kind of magic bullet or One Weird Trick (TM) that's going to turn Maryland into a nationally elite football program. And, yanno, there just isn't. It doesn't work that way. It used to be OH THE STADIUMS NEED RENOVATING, OH WE NEED NEW RECRUITS, OH THE TOBACCO ROAD POWERS ARE BIASED, OH CLEMSON/FSU CHEAT! OH OH OH.
So they spent a ton of money on facilities, and those upgrades basically bankrupted the department because fans still didn't come (which gets to Maryland's real big problem: competing with all the DC/Baltimore pro teams for entertainment dollar). They switched conferences as if joining the Big 10 would magically make them better, and it didn't. And they traded a conference with two dominant powers for a conference with 4.
Now they've become obsessed with being Oregon East, but what they fail to realize is that Oregon took almost 20 years of consistenly good head coach hires before the Chip Kelly era Oregon Ducks became national title contenders.
But hey, this is a school that switched conferences specifically to make more money, and then ended up having to pay a 40m dollar exit fee that's going to keep them from seeing any Big 10 profits for years and years.
|1 week 3 days ago||Body clocks weren't used to||
Body clocks weren't used to playing football at 11am.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not defending pissiness||
Because pissiness is always bad, no matter what it's caused by. But I think I agree with people who push back at the sort of HEY WE COULD WIN IT THIS YEAR talk because it expectation control is real and vital in sports fandom.
Those goofy weirdos who show up in TWIS posts are always dudes who go into every season expecting a national title regardless of their favorite team's situation or context. If some confluence of events leads to Michigan in the playoff, that'd be literally the most insane/wonderful thing imaginable, not a thing to expect at this stage. It just seems people want to jump to the feeling of being the fan of a super power without enjoying the whole, "hey Michigan isn't shitty any more, this is a lot of fun!"
|1 week 4 days ago||"You wanna cry, you go ahead, I'll hold ya"||
|2 weeks 29 min ago||If I was running Minnesota||
If they look up in 2 years and things seem to be falling apart, make a move. It's not the same as firing a normal new coach after 2 years. Claeys' whole selling point is "I'm not going to have to blow everything up and start from scratch." If after 2 years it looks like things have been blown up, there's no obligation to keep him.
There's too many good jobs open this year to try to hire from the outside with no AD at a place like Minnesota.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I agree with all this||
Making gambling legal in any context, especially online, isn't some easy thing. You've got to make sure the consumer isn't getting cheated.
It's similar to prostitution. You can't just legalize it without setting up for a regulatory health and safety org to make sure you haven't just allowed legal AIDS factories to open up.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Annnnd it's regulated||
So consumers don't have to worry about being cheated.
You can't just legalize gambling without creating some sort of regulatory board that protects consumers. Nevada's gaming control board is no joke.
What these cowboy tech bros did was find a loophole that allowed them to start a gambling website without the country making gambling legal, thus they get to operate without regulation or oversight. It's a neat scam but obviously it's not going to last because it's really, really obvious that they're gambling sites AND that they don't give a shit about their consumers.
When this is all said and done, it's going to make all that weird Ashley Madison fraud look like a church pancake social.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Online gambling should be legal||
That said, it isn't. It's absurd for Daily Fantasy to be legal while every other form of onine gambling isn't.
Make online gambling legal. Don't give out nonsensical free passes, especially to cowboy companies that can't keep their employees from insider trading.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I dunno if I buy that Harbaugh has no ill will||
Harbaugh has a heart full of hate for most people, but an especially large amount of hate for certain folks. If you're the sort that sees Ideal Michigan as a band of Warrior Monks, I could see that bothering you. It doesn't bother me though.
Like 99% of the stuff about Harbaugh is positive with no qualifications. The other 1% is maybe negative if you're of a certain disposition, but it's just what you've got to accept to get that other 99% of awesome. He's a red assed crazy person who has insane feuds with people and tries to carve their hearts out.
As far as Flood goes, he's a cheater, and a clumsy one at that. His players he is in charge of mentoring have been out of control jerks and worse. His AD is a joke and an abusive bully. His university being in the Big 10 is a joke. Yeah, I think it's great that Jim Harbaugh wants to destroy that dude and run him out of coaching. Get him, Jim. Run his ass out of town.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Naturally antagonistic sure||
But public votes of no confidence?
And yes, students tend to be emotional, but a coaching staff supporting this kind of major protest? I can't remember any similar situation.
Like, the whole thing sounds like, "What if Dave Brandon was president of a school instead of just athletic director." Hamfisted responses to crises, unwillingness to engage with people perceived as outside the circle, general buffoonery.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The President seems like an obvious bad guy, no?||
This is a situation in which their coaches support them, and the English dept on campus has already given a vote of no confidence to the president.. This is all rather extraordinary and suggest to me, as an outsider, that this president is garbage and should be shot out of a cannon. This kind of stuff doesn't happen out of nowhere or frivolously.
I don't think we have to debate whether Obama or the House GOP are the great Satan, do we? Like, it's pretty clear the Mizzou president is out of control and incapable of doing his job properly if the situation is this toxic with student groups and faculty.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That's not how randomness works||
In a small sample (ie, one game) random calls (which are the kinds of calls bad refs make) are as likely to be one sided as they are two sided.
In fact, if you're talking about a bad crew of officials "make up calls" are a sign that the game isn't just "one bad game" and a sign that you're dealing with people who should be fired because they're not ethical.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I believe it's a newer rule, within the last 10 years or so||
And I'm not sure the NFL has it, which might explain Millen and Harbaugh both being confused.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't think it was all that bad||
The Butt pass was very clearly against the (albeit rather obscure) rules. You can't do any kind of shenigans that make it appear you're substituting a player when you aren't. Variation of the play they ran are very explicitly banned. I reckon maybe they either didn't know it (maybe it's not against the rules in the NFL?) or they thought having Butt trail the other subbing players was enough.
But hey, it's no big deal. It's just one trick play they can't run.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There were football reasons to fire Bo Pelini||
But it's glaringly obvious that this dumbshit at Nebraska fired him because of his personality. They hired a mediocre coach who is old and whose system has been demonstratably proven to not work with who Nebraska can recruit.
Just blow this up and hire Troy Calhoun and be Nebraska.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||I'm sure diehard fans don't care||
Because they're die hard, they'll show up to East Alabama Tech in a storm and watch. But if you actually want to keep filling that big ol' stadium, you've got to schedule out of conference games that people want to see, especially when something called "Rutgers" and Maryland are on the home slate every other year with no way out of that.
Also the Big 10 is still a dumpster fire aside from the top 3 schools. Nebraska has set itself on fire because its fans don't realize that they made the biggest screw up ever leaving Texas and turning themselves into Uppity Iowa in the Big 10. Wisconsin seems to have finally screwed up a coach hire. Minnesota's preseason hype turned out to be a cruel joke on people with funny accents.
This is not a conference where the schools can afford to schedule the school of the blind OOC.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Targeting's not going anywhere||
Nor are they going to weaken the rule by giving refs a non-ejection option. The rule IS having the desired effect the rulemakers intended, and frankly, that effect is a good thing for the long term health of the participants and the sport itself.
We're just going to have to live with refs making mistakes with it from time to time. It sucks that it happened to Michigan.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Honestly||
Your proposal puts Michigan at a competitive disadvantage. They have to play Michigan State while Ohio State gets sorry ass Penn State and Wisconsin gets idiot Nebraska. You've not really solved anything.
The point of divisions is not to make sure that your championship game is the best possible matchup. Unless you're willing to change the divisions every 5 years, you are guaranteed that at some point, the divisions won't be equal.
All you want to do, as a conference, is 1. Preserve as many rivalries as possible 2. Make sure the two best teams will end up meeting at some point in the year, whoever ends up being those two and 3 Make sure teams don't have a built in divisional advantage due to a weak cross-div. game.
Anything else you try will probably end up being a lot of work for very little.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||He's the best Michigan has||
and he's not very good. It is what it is. The game wouldn't have been close if could complete a pass downfield farther than 8 yards. But he's all the team has.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Game never should have been that close||
Offense squandered numerous chances to put more points on the board. Defense gave up a 75 yard pass to a fullback.
Blake has been MVP caliber with the way he consistently pins teams deep in their own territory and flips the field. He made one screw up after a season of being the best punter in the sport.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's frankly gross||
To heap all this blame and contempt on one of the MVPs of the team. With the offense Michigan has, I shudder to think how that game and others would go if they didn't have a punter capable of flipping the field and pinning teams deep time after time.
Yeah, he made a really bad mistake, and he should have just fallen on the ground with the ball, but the team would be much worse off without him. It's wrong to say hurtful things about young folks playing football anyway, but especially when they've been so integral to success.
It never should have been that close in the first place.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Caveats||
Michigan's defense is sooooooo great, so it's not like I'm saying GRR THEY'RE BUMS FIRE EVERYONE TAKE THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS MAKE THEM EAT SPAM SOAKED IN POOP or anything TWIS worthy....
...BUT HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GIVE UP 75 YARDS TO A FULLBACK WHAT THE HELL GOD
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Rudock left a ton of points on the field||
He's not very good. I wish to God there was somebody better than him on the roster, but we all know there isn't because the last coaching staff had no idea what a good QB looked like and were even more incompetent at developing the ones they bungled their way into having.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I think that applies more to Florida||
Because that last recruiting class from the coaching change for them was a very very subpar class and the year before's "hot seat" class may end up not being as good as it's 9th overall composite ranking said it was. And right now, McIlwain is still this unproven comodity who is taking advantage of Muschamp's D and making the offense decent instead of garbage.
Will he keep that going in 3 years when all of Muschamp's upper classmen on D are gone? Will he get much production out of a blighted class? Will Florida fans turn on him harder now that they've got their expectations back up? That's all up in the air. Maybe it'd be better for McIllwain's employment security if Florida fans believed there was zero talent on the Gators and that Muschamp fucked everything up.
Don't think that applies to Harbaugh though, because he's Harbaugh.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||For a lot of coaches, this is just talk||
But I genuinely believed Spurrier when he used to say, "the day I think I can't do this any more, I'll step down. I'm not going to hang around and wait for someone to fire me."
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Sad day for college football||
Spurrier was a real innovator in his day, and also ended up proving an old dog can learn some new tricks. Really respect a guy who took three nothing programs to prominence. Hell, people think of Florida as a blue blood now, and that's all thanks to him.
Few people showed the motivational power of hatred like Spurrier.