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|1 day 14 hours ago||HA HA HA .... I just now saw video of the "out" Coke recorded||
(didn't see the game live) hey, Coke gets an assist on that too!
He's padding his stats ("assists", "holds") in all kinds of illegitimate ways!
|2 days 1 hour ago||The hold statistic may be the dumbest stat in sport ....||
Coke qualified for the hold because:
1. He entered the game in what was a save situation.
2. He recorded at least one out.
3. His team did not relinquish the lead while he was pitching.
So never mind that he STARTED the fire, he gets the hold because he wasn't around when the fire eventually consumed the Tigers' lead.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Pretty interesting, seems like it would "expand the sport"||
(1) Soccer sort of gets "lost" in the fall --- competing against the 100000 pound gorilla of college football. Only 2 SEC schools (South Carolina & Kentucky) even sponsor men's soccer. The Big XII doesn't sponsor Men's soccer either. Texas doesn't play it! There would still be the Title IX hurdles to clear, of course, but this would clearly give the sport more visiblity.
(2) I read that 15 of the 23 members of the US 2010 Men's National team played college soccer. Not sure on the 2014 numbers.
(3) The NCAA finals every December --- rarely are they well-attended (the exceptions tending to be when they're hosted in places like Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, where weather is not often a worry). A May final would clearly be more fan-friendly than a December final.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Question for those closer to the situation .....||
I'm old enough that I can remember Duderstadt's tenure at U-M ....... and I can faintly hear some whispers of Duderstadt's thoughts in Schlissel's comments. Any one agree/disagree on that?
|6 days 18 hours ago||LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that Sam Wyche clip .....||
Someone said this in the Youtube comments, but that almost looks like Les Nessman to Wyche's left! (I'm 99% sure that's Chuck Knox to Wyche's right).
This is probably the high point in Bengals histoy over the last 25 years (their Super Bowl was in January 1989).
|1 week 18 hours ago||And who's talking about Penn State here (besides you)?||
One downvote for you for going off on an unrelated tangent.
(1) I think Freeh covered up TWA 800's true cause (why was PETN found in the wreckage?).
(2) I do not believe Freeh was involved in any cover-up re: Penn State.
Those 2 events have nothing to do with each other.
|1 week 19 hours ago||TWA 800 was 18 years ago to the day ....||
I tend to not believe the official TWA 800 story. Traces of PETN were found among the plane wreckage.
Bill Clinton and Louis Freeh (and a few select others) likely take that secret to their graves.
|1 week 2 days ago||Oakland's the one NFL team that has gone the longest (2003)||
since visiting Ford Field. Every other NFL team has been in Detroit since.
Looking back at 2-November-2003, it was a rather memorable game (sarcasm):
Joey Harrington out-dueled the combination of Rick Mirer (!!!) and Marques Tuiasosopo as Detroit won 23-13.
Mirer and Tuiasosopo combined for 190 yards on 39 passes, with 0 TDs and 3 Interceptions.
Olandis Gary and Cory Schlesinger had the 2 Detroit touchdowns.
The Lions' victory moved them to 2-6 on the season, and was only their 2nd win in their last 16 games.
|1 week 2 days ago||Both Howell HS and Rochester Adams HS are the Highlanders||
And I know that both schools derived their nickname because the region "resembled the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands."
Now, as for NJIT --- I've been to both the Scottish Highlands and Newark, NJ. The latter most definitely does not remind me of the former.
|1 week 3 days ago||Re: Miami (OH) vs. Miami University||
No idea why you got so many downvotes.
But living here in Cincinnati and being surrounded by RedHawk alums ----- I can say they are all annoyed by the "Miami (OH)" moniker. It's "Miami" or "Miami University."
As they all like to say, when their school was founded the region where Miami is now was still controlled by the Spanish. So "the other Miami" should be the one with the 2 letter tag at the end!
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Agree w/ the "Florida became a bit mundane" sentiment||
It was bad. And it was bad before we contracted w/ the Tangerine (Russell Athletic) Bowl for a few years --- two bowl games in one city! From 2004-2009, Wisconsin went to Florida 6 straight years and went to Orlando 4 years out of 5!
I know the B1G's new contract with the Holiday Bowl says no individual school can go there more than twice in 6 years. That's a good provision.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I know the B1G is going to a "tiered" approach||
as opposed to a set order (Citrus 2nd choice, Outback 3rd choice, et cetera). The Bowls will be in three tiers and the conference/Bowls will work together on best placement.
The tiers (in 2014):
1. Champion automatically to the Playoffs or "New BCS" Bowl (rotation of Peach/Cotton/Rose/Fiesta/Orange/Sugar).
2. Potential for at-large teams to the above games.
3. 3 teams placed among the Citrus, Outback and Holiday.
4. 3 teams placed among the (Gator/Music City)*, San Francisco and Pinstripe.
5. 2 teams among the Detroit and Heart of Dallas
6. Any left over B1G teams can fill left-over open spots.
* - The B1G and ACC will work together -- a team from one conference goes to the Gator, a team from the other conference to the Music City. If a B1G team goes to the Gator in 2014, the B1G team will automatically go to the Music City in 2015 (and vice versa).
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||A (sort of) interesting research topic would be which Bowl game||
has had the most names over the least number of years. This Bowl has had quite a few different names:
1989 - 1996: Copper Bowl
1997 - 2001: Insight.Com Bowl
2002 - 2011: Insight Bowl (the dotcom bubble burst!)
2012 - 2013: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
2014 - ?: Cactus Bowl
It's not the winner, however. The one-time Blockbuster Bowl game is definitely ahead of the Cactus Bowl:
1990 - 1993: Blockbuster Bowl
1994 - 1997: Carquest Bowl
1998: MicronPC Bowl
1999 - 2000: MicronPC.com Bowl (there's that dotcom bubble again!)
2001 - 2003: Tangerine Bowl
2004 - 2011: Champs Sports Bowl
2012 - ?: Russell Athletic Bowl
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Very good assessment of the PSU Run D||
I know --- Michigan game and all --- but as a PSU fan I'm sort of stunned there are any metrics whereby Penn State qualified as having a "good" rush defense last year. Guess my perception wasn't really statistical reality.
DT depth will be a major problem in 2014. I do like Junior DT Austin Johnson quite a lot though. Expect him to really emerge in 2014.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't have the #s prior to 1993, but from 1993 to 2013||
there have been 17 U-M/ND games. The underdog won outright in 11 of them.
The 6 times the favorite won, they were favored by an average of 8.5 points. The 11 times the underdog won, they were the dog by an average of 5.55 points.
A 8.5 point favorite pays (about) -360 on the moneyline. Conversely, a 5.5 point underdog pays (about) +200.
Making things simpler and assuming a +200 payoff on the underdog for each game, if one started with $10,000 and bet half of the pot on the underdog on the moneyline starting in 1993 (the dogs covered in 1993, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011) --- you would now have $13,515.24.
You would have had $54,060.97 prior to the 2012 game, but of course the favorite has won outright 2 years running now.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Another ironic (well sort of ironic) thing ....||
there is a D-1 school in Utah named the Wolverines (Utah Valley, they are in the WAC).
Wonder how they got their nickname, given the relative lack of Wolverines within the state.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Re: PSU, there's a difference between students/other fans||
the students have, IMO, done a very good job supporting the team since July 2012. The Junior section, for instance, sold out within about 60 minutes --- that's the group of students which (if the sanctions continue) will never see a team with a chance to compete for a B1G championship and/or Bowl game.
The support in the rest of the stadium hasn't been so hot, though, over the last 2 years. The 2013 Michigan game was full throughout (as was Ohio State 2012) but that was the exception. Most of the other games have been running ~8-10K empty seats. And that's with the fact that Penn State has gotten kind of lucky with the weather the last couple years (it was somehow sunny and 65 for a mid-November noon game against Purdue).
Anyway, PSU does have a different dynamic vs. other schools. Students are energized: from my experience virtually none of them care about the Paterno issue (by this fall, ~75% of undergrads wouldn't have even been on-campus in November 2011). But there is a significant portion of pissed-off alums re: Paterno. So I'm not sure a comparison to Michigan (or any other school) is really that valid.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||That is VERY true ... good understanding of the situation||
The BOT vote on 11-November-2011 was unanimous. I've always felt that firing Joe was a tough and sure-to-be unpopular decision, but also an absolutely necessary decision. A lot of the haters just cannot got beyond the fact that the decision was "absolutely necessary." (could you imagine Paterno coaching that game vs. Nebraska?!?!?!)
The new PSU BOT dynamic is very interesting. The "very vocal segment" now has all their people on the board --- including a couple fellas who aren't lightweights and also have rather "interesting" backgrounds (e.g., former Sallie Mae CEO Al Lord). Going to be a big-time civil war on the BOT over the next few years. Because those folks agendas/interests are still completey opposite the agendas/interests of the rest of the BOT.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Couple thoughts re: Joyner (from a PSU fan)||
(1) Joyner was on the PSU BOT in November 2011. PSU of course needed an AD in November 2011 because of Curley's involvement in the Sandusky affair. That's basically how Joyner got the job --- an "emergency stop gap hire" of sorts. "Stop gap" are the two important words. Much like previous PSU President Dr. Erickson, Joyner was always meant as a "couple-year bridge" AD to get beyond the worst of the Sandusky mess. Once Erickson retired (he left last month, Dr. Barron is already installed as new PSU President), Joyner's depature was merely a matter of time.
(2) Joyner fired the fencing coach a few months ago, and the fencing coach (Kaidanov) has come back and sued, with both Penn State and David Joyner specifically listed as the defendants. This was a highly successful fencing coach (12 NCAA team Championships),
Rumor (everything that follows in this paragraph is rumor, PSU officially has no word on this) is that in summer 2013 an athletic secretary saw a fencer doing drugs. That secretary reported the incident up the chain per PSU athletic policy (some of it in place as a direct result of the Freeh Report). "Up the chain per PSU athletic policy" however did NOT mean telling Kaidanov. The fencer passed all drug tests and was cleared of any wrong-doing. But in the meantime, Kaidanov berated the secretary for not telling him first. When Joyner found out about this, Kaidanov was eventually fired.
Anyway, that's a long story. But the dynamic (university policy ensuring that a coach isn't the first to "gain knowledge" of an incident, that coach getting angry when he learns he was bypassed) is definitely interesting in the wake of November 2011. I am intrigued as to where that story will go.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||One instance of the "playoff committee"||
shutting out a Big XII team while explaining "their strength of schedule wasn't as high as teams from other conferences because of the lack of a conference Title game."
If that EVER happens, the Big XII will add two teams in about 10 minutes. And BYU would probably be high on the list to get a call.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Take these #s for what they are worth ...||
From 1993 through 2013 per my records, the % of time teams win when favored by X points (all D-1A vs D-1A games, there have been at least 165 games for each pointspread, pre-1996 tie games thrown out, there is no accounting for whether home/road/neutral in the numbers below):
3: 55% (ND favored over U-M, U-M favored over NW)
7: 69% (U-M favored over PSU)
7.5: 74% (MSU favored over U-M)
8: 75% (OSU favored over U-M)
12: 82% (U-M favored over Minnesota)
If I did the math right, the expected record for Michigan in these 6 games, would be 3.02-2.98. Darn near exactly .500.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The state of Ohio raising a militia ...||
declaring war on Michigan, occupying Ann Arbor, annexing it and closing the University.
That' would be the "end" of U-M football.
Conversely, Michigan could do the opposite. Although Columbus is helped in a war situation since they are further from the border. Regardless, I'd be in favor of this!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||These camps seem to be the "talk of the summer", BUT ...||
is there any actual empirical evidence Iowa/Penn State (or any other school that will be/has been doing these satelitte camps) are getting "a positive ROI" out of it?
Both schools have large recrutiing budgets, of course, but they're still finite recruiting budgets and PSU/Iowa participating in these camps comes at the "opportunity cost" of NOT doing somethine else.
My gut is telling me this story is getting pretty over blown --- that it's not some tectonic shift in the college football world. Guess we'll see.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Agree - the crazy thing is, let's say Ballmer WILDLY overpaid||
for the Clippers. Suppose in 10 years, they're only worth $400MM versus the $2,000MM he paid for them.
Big deal! That's still less than 10% of his current net worth lost, and he gets the fun of being an NBA owner in Los Angeles in the meantime.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Funny thing about the Cramton Bowl||
is that it is the second best stadium in Montgomery, Alabama. D-1AA Alabama State built a pretty nice 27K stadium with luxury boxes that opened in 2012.
But ESPN, which owns the Camellia Bowl, had the final call on the facility - and decided to go w/ the Cramton Bowl because the logistics would evidentally be easier (according to them).
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Talking with Xavier people, they aren't presently considering||
lacrosse. Which makes NO sense to me. (1) They already have the facilities, (2) they can add both men's and women's for Title IX issues, (3) it would give Xavier more press in the Cincinnati market, nobody here follows college baseball so UC and Xavier are pretty "invisible" after March ends, (4) the sport is growing in Ohio (OHSAA began to sanction the sport a few years ago), (5) the only in-state school to compete with is in Columbus, and (6) they could slot right into a Big East Lacrosse Conference.
But the chatter is that if Xavier adds any one sport, it would be rifle (?!?). Unfortunate.
Dayton & Miami are other Ohio schools where it seems like it could work. But Miami doesn't even have men's soccer, which is pretty strange, and I don't think they're considering lacrosse either.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Yep --- the 2003 game vs. OSU has me put 2003 as the #1 season||
That OSU team was pretty top-notch, very stout on defense. Michigan shredded them and should have won by much more than 14. (maybe it's more than 14 if Lloyd Carr tried to score at the end of the 1st half --- that led to the whole "that's a stupid question" sequence with the sideline guy!)
Also the 31-3 whooping of Purdue. Purdue was a legit Top 10 team in 2003 - the 2003 outfit was probably Purdue's best team when they were good from 1997 to 2006.
The loss to USC in the Rose Bowl was just Michigan running up against the nation's #1 team. It happens. But I think 2003 Michigan was honestly the nation's second best team, better than Oklahoma or LSU too. Those losses to Oregon & Iowa were truly bizarre.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The SEC does the same 4 games in 1 day nonsense||
The SEC tournament is a bigger deal than the B1G tournament, of course, but 9 AM (and 9 PM) local starts are kind of crazy. God forbid any game goes into extra innings, it could really screw up the schedule!
I think the ACC tournament format is the best. 10 teams, 7/10 and 8/9 play in play-in games. Then the teams are split into two 4-team round robins --- those 12 games are played across 4 days (3 games each day). Championship game among pool-winners after that.
The drawback to that, of course, is that there are inevitably games that are absolutely meaningless in determining the conference champion. But I think that's still a better format versus 4 games on a single day.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Eh, have fun with it. Let's google search, 2 out of 3 ...||
"shady" "Urban Meyer" returns 196,000 hits vs. "shady" "James Franklin" returning 289,000 hits. Advantage Franklin.
"slimy" "Urban Meyer" returns 129,000 hits vs "slimy" "James Franklin" returning 14,900 hits. Advantage Urban.
"sleazy" "Urban Meyer" returns 61,700 hits vs. "sleazy" "James Franklin" returning 143,000 hits. Advantage Franklin.
Franklin wins! Although he is less slimy than Urban, he is shadier and sleazier.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||It's a pretty major change --- IF the NCAA allows it||
I would guess that 12 months from now, the NCAA will have closed this loophole.
As Brian said: "Clever idea ... for now."