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|12 hours 42 min ago||The food (pizza, subs, etc)||
The food (pizza, subs, etc) is the epitome of mediocre, but will provide a good base for a day of drinking and the setting is terrific.
|13 hours 38 min ago||Ashley's is terrific and has||
Ashley's is terrific and has an amazing beer selection, but from your description (drinking lots of beer outdoors) I'd go to Dominick's. More space. Pitchers (or at least giant mason jars) of various Bells beers. Outside.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Not to downplay a really well||
Not to downplay a really well played defensive game by UM, but Ohio State had one of the two most dynamic offenses in college football (along with Clemson). Florida's offensive coordinator was Doug Nussmeier.
The hope from the Florida game comes from the offense's performance against a strong Florida front. Particularly the progress in the running game.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Yeah, that's a real threat.||
Yeah, that's a real threat. We'd give up all TV revenue for the terms of the current contracts (the Big Ten has a grant of rights that covers all schools) and we would basically see our AD collapse.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Both important points. You're||
Both important points. You're seeing exactly the same thing going on in the Big 12 right now, with university presidents driving expansion and also driving it in potentially unexpected directions, like Tulane, as a means to bolster the conference's academic credentials (as opposed particularly to Memphis).
Also, what leverage does UM have to make the switch? Michigan fans are upset, but it's not like the schedule, as is, causes issues for the conference at large. About the only way I could see it happening is if UM gave State two more back to back home games, but that, of course, would be seen, by those inclined, as proof of Manuel's incompetence. But the fact is that UM's got no leverage.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I don't think it was a price||
I don't think it was a price paid to State to stay in the east. I think the Big Ten schedulers sat down and decided, "The three historic powers in the East are UM, OSU, and Penn State. Those teams should have one home and one away game against each other every season." With that the biggest priority, they just scheduled the rest. Obviously, MSU and PSU have swapped places the past few years, and I think it's likely to continue, given the coaching discrepancy. But I think that was the priority.
Brandon could have made it known that alternating OSU and MSU at home was essential to UM, but he didn't, and MSU was happy to accept back to back home games.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Wore out his welcome...||
Just to add to the questioning of the "he wears out his welcome" meme ... Stanford has unique conditions that could tend to lead a hyper-competitive coach to complain, namely, its admission standards that are above and beyond almost any other NCAA program, and yet there are no signs that there was any tension between Harbaugh and admissions or other aspects of the university. The only story that ever came out were complaints about his expensive toilet, and I'm not even sure those came from within Stanford.
And did any of his former players at SF actually complain that his style was wearing them down? I think it's likely the whole idea was cooked up within the toxic atmosphere of the 49er front office.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I doubt pro gamblers touch||
I doubt pro gamblers touch these kinds of bets, but, given the history of recent champions, experienced starting QB would be way down the line of key qualities.
Going back a decade, not even half of the teams that won had returning starters at QB.
|1 week 1 day ago||Mattison wasn't on that||
Mattison wasn't on that staff. He left in the offseason to go to ND. Herrmann was the DC.
|1 week 1 day ago||The o-line depth is the real||
The o-line depth is the real scary part. If the line sees any significan injuries, they're plugging in either players who have failed to impress (Kugler, Dawson) or redshirt or true freshmen.
|1 week 1 day ago||There were plenty of assholes||
There were plenty of assholes in the stadium during the Carr era. Ask John Navarre.
|1 week 1 day ago||Maybe the "they've won 7 of||
Maybe the "they've won 7 of 8" folks live outside of Michigan, where you run into a lot fewer MSU fans.
|1 week 1 day ago||Is Hinton writing anywhere||
Is Hinton writing anywhere now?
Grantland had just really started to cover college football extensively when it was killed. It's too bad. Michael Weinreb isn't missed, but both Hinton and Holly Anderson (who seems to be politics editor at MTV News) were good reads.
And UM would seem to get 3 clear checks (First-term coach, DL of Doom, and Elite Secondary). Don't think we'd clear the elite recruiting bar given the two down years under Hoke (players that will be sophomores and juniors this year... apart from Peppers). Might be mitigated, though, by the fact that Hoke's best classes are redshirt seniors and seniors this year.
|1 week 5 days ago||That actually maintains the||
That actually maintains the same number of TOs that currently exist in NCAA (4 fulls, 2 30-second), only separating them into two halves.
Given that NCAA bball already bakes time outs in every four minutes of game play, they could get away with three total.
|1 week 5 days ago||I wouldn't be surprised if||
I wouldn't be surprised if the night game actually depresses interest in single-game tickets slightly among Iowa fans. If you're an Iowa fan without season tix, chances are decent that you live somewhat far from Iowa City, a night game means getting a hotel (often for two nights) or requires a significant late night drive. You're probably not going to go with young kids. As the poster below suggests, there are a number of other attractive games, in division, to go to. And it's also late in the season with a likelihood to be cold.
|1 week 5 days ago||Why let coaches call time out||
Why let coaches call time out at all? They're not on the floor playing the game. Let the players make the decisions. If they're well coached, they'll know when to call time out. If they're not, they won't. (This should hold for football too).
|1 week 6 days ago||Logistics||
The real wrench in this plan is the Rose Bowl, which won't give up the 4:30 PM slot on New Years Day (and to a lesser extent the Sugar, which claims it has a right to the 8 PM slot, but that's a much more recent thing).
Given that, the best solution would be for the Rose and Sugar to always host the semis, giving up a right to host the championship game, which would rotate among the other 4. The second best solution, in the years when the Rose is not hosting, would be a NYD with a 1 PM semi-final, Rose Bowl, 8 PM semi-final.
|1 week 6 days ago||No kidding. What this plan||
No kidding. What this plan seems ideally suited to do is to create strife in those parties as people are checking their phones during dinner, sneaking away to watch the game and ignoring people who aren't interested in college football. It also sucks for the hosts who have to decide whether to have a tv on or not.
|1 week 6 days ago||Looking at Wisconsin's Big||
Looking at Wisconsin's Big Ten schedule, man, they're really getting paid back for all those old schedules in the late 1990s/early 2000s where they'd win the league while missing either OSU or Michigan.
Their first six league games... @MSU, @UM, bye, OSU, @ Iowa, Nebraska, @Northwestern. That's five 10+ win teams from last year plus Nebraska, with the two easiest games coming at the tail end.
|1 week 6 days ago||To be fair, I had that||
To be fair, I had that impression as well until I actually looked. And I've been to the Rutgers campus 4-5 times.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's all but guaranteed to be 3:30||
That week is a dumpster fire competitively in the league. Even if Wisconsin comes in with two losses (which is likely since they play LSU @ Lambeau and @ MSU before they play us), the next best game is Northwestern @ Iowa, and that's already scheduled for noon. In fact, it looks like the only other game that doesn't already have a time, according to ESPN, is Minnesota @ PSU. There's virtually no chance that ABC chooses that game for the 3:30 slot.
|1 week 6 days ago||On campus||
It's definitely sterile, but their stadium is right across the river from Rutgers main New Brunswick campus and in the middle of a secondary campus that houses the golf course, various athletic stuff, etc. It's really not much farther than the distance between central campus and the stadium at Michigan (or much different than the distinction between central campus and south campus).
|1 week 6 days ago||I've been down to Rutgers||
I've been down to Rutgers from the city fairly frequently for academic events. Really easy. It's about an hour on either Amtrak and NJ Transit out of Penn Station. Timing seems to be about the same. Obviously a lot more NJ transit trains and it's substantially cheaper. And I don't think all Amtrak trains stop there.
Stations very close to campus. Seems like the stadium's a bit further away. About 2 miles to the station. Obviously, with a night game, the train back is kind of a pain.
All the advice I've ever gotten for going to Rutgers is "don't drive" because the parking's such a pain, but that's on a weekday. Don't know what the gameday situations are like.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Jack's a great vet to have||
Jack's a great vet to have but he's coming off an ACL and there's a team option to void his contract for $500,000 vs paying him $6.2. Hard to see the Nets picking that up when they've got so much dead money
|4 weeks 4 days ago||They don't really have||
They don't really have anything to lose. They're a terrible team that's guaranteed to be terrible for the next few years, until they get out from under all the dumb trades they made when they were transitioning to Brooklyn. They have to take a gamble that a guy with lottery upside gets over his health issues, even if it's not likely. When you're a bad team picking in the 20s, you might as well go for the 7/1 shot at drafting a guy who can become an all star, because you've already got a whole roster of 1-2 tool journeymen.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously, Brooklyn has by||
Seriously, Brooklyn has by far the most boring roster in the NBA, just totally devoid of exciting players. It's probably the worst roster too. For all the problems of Philly, at least they've got an imagined plan for how they get better. For the Nets, they basically just have to sit and wait until they start to get their draft picks back at the end of the decade.
Caris is exactly the kind of move they have to make, ie, pick a guy with lottery potential but a bad injury history, probably too high, in the hopes that he hits.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Good in terms of playing||
Good in terms of playing time, but as we've seen with Nik in Philly, that's not always a good thing. Worry would be that the only guys on the roster that can occupy a leadership role and teach Caris, and the other young players, how to be a pro and to understand how the game is played in the NBA are Brook Lopez, who's on the training block, and Jarrett Jack, who's coming off an ACL, has a hefty contract ($6.3 milliion) and a $500,000 team option buy-out.
Jack is known to be a good, solid, team-oriented vet, so if he's there, it'll be good for Caris, but it's hard to see the Nets paying $5 million+ for leadership.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||They never held a referendum||
They never held a referendum of all tribal members but the tribal council apparantly passed several "sense of the tribe" resolutions opposing the mascot.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||nm||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The Sioux weren't even on the||
The Sioux weren't even on the territory west of the Missouri River until the 17th century at the earliest. They head out there from the area west of Ojibwe territory when the Comanche started trading horses up to the Mandan villages and the Ojibwe push west.
The idea that they enslaved and killed hundreds of thousands of other native people is a claim that I've never heard any scholar of American Indian history make, and lord knows, there's been a lot of scholarship on the Lakota.