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|4 days 6 hours ago||At least there is a weather emergency||
Indiana basically sold a home game in 2010 and played Penn State in the Washington Redskins home stadium. PSU fans outnumbered IU folks something like 10-1 and the Hoosiers just cashed a big check.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Hope you're right||
It would be great to have him as a high quality player down the line. We potentially have a pretty big hole in the safety depth chart coming down the road thanks to our recent small classes, especially if Peppers leaves early.
But you still seem to be judging a guy's ability based on his recruiting profile. Clark is a 4th year guy, he's 6'4" with decent speed (especially for his size) and had seen the field quite a bit before this season. It doesn't take any extra coaching to make guys like him, Kovacs or the Glasgow brothers into good players, and it doesn't take screw-ups to get less production from guys like Pipkins and Marvin Robinson. Some times the recruiting gurus are the ones who screw up.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I guess||
Except Gardner was a freshman who only played because Tate was a knucklehead and Denard got hurt, and the roster was set up in a way where it looked like he was definitely going to be the starting QB at some point in his career. Thomas is a junior and isn't getting on the field ahead of guys like Clark and Hill (guys who are also juniors) at the moment. And you still need a documented injury.
The idea that he is suddenly going to get really good with more time seems like wishful thinking based on his recruiting profile.
|4 days 7 hours ago||More of a numbers game||
Even if our DL whips their ass, they are going to play with more two-back and/or two-TE looks than BYU did. As a result, our linebackers will probably at least have to put on their equipment and trot on the field from time to time, something they really didn't have to bother with in this game (outside of Morgan).
|4 days 7 hours ago||No||
Thomas has already played this year. Unless he picks up a season ending injury right about now he will not be redshirting.
|1 week 14 min ago||When?||
You say he didn't perform well, but that just isn't the case. He never really played here at all. The last time he saw the field at UM was as a true sophomore backing up an incumbent 1,000 yard rusher. He had some good moments (90 yard game against Illinois) and decent if not great numbers (4.2 ypc and 4 TD). By midseason he was pretty much in a direct competition with Fitz for the starting job until Denard came back and put up multiple 100 yard games to close out the year at RB.
Then he didn't play at all a year later. Then he transferred.
You can argue he should have played more or that more should have been done to discourage his transfer. But you can't argue that he failed as a Michigan player because he really wasn't one for very long, at least in terms of getting a legit shot on the field. I don't get the people acting like he started for 2-3 years and played like shit. That just did not happen.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Not the issue||
Rawls left because in 2013 he was behind Fitz AND Green AND Smith. Fitz (who put up nearly 2,600 yards of offense and scored 30 TD at UM, despite battling injury and playing behind a horrendous offensive line as a senior, and is still on the Steelers practice squad in the NFL) isn't the guy to blame for anything that has ever been wrong with Michigan football.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Green and Smith||
I'll try to add some facts instead of making awful, dumbass statements like "he was trash at UM."
As a sophomore in 2012 Rawls got into the mix behind Fitz and produced 242 yards on 57 carries and scored 4 TD.
Then Hoke signed Green and Smith, and for whatever reason Rawls was buried on the depth chart in 2013 (he only got 3 carries against CMU all year while Green got 83 and Smith got 26 behind Fitz). He then transferred to CMU and went for 1,100+ yards and 10 TD in 2014.
Smith is starting to look like a player this year, so not sure if at the end of the day Rawls will look like the better option between those two. If there's an accusation to make, maybe it is buying the 5-star hype on Green and giving him every chance to fail rather than having faith in a guy like Rawls (or even Smith who is outperforming Green now), but even that assumes there were no other issues (behavior, grades, learning the playbook, etc.) that we don't know about.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not to mention||
One of their very few successful plays saw a ball go right through a DB's hands only to be caught by the receiver (who was promptly crushed). Also probably could have picked up one of those botched snaps with a little better luck.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Made creole shrimp||
Finished a jug of Bella Serra with the gal, now moving on to Tobaritch vodka and whatever mixers I can find lying around the house.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Fellow Hall of Famer||
I'm voting for him just so he can pardon Snuka.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Just make a reservation||
Kick time should be announced a week or two ahead of the game, so you would most likely have ample time to cancel if you end up not needing a hotel room.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||When this all went down||
I remember people defending Brandon when UM and OSU ended up in different divisions on the grounds that there were a lot of parties at the negotiating table and we couldn't just expect to get everything we wanted when entering into negotiations with Northwestern and Purdue.
I remember saying Brandon either sucked at his job or didn't actually want what we wanted (and what made sense for preserving the importance of the rivalry). Apparently both were true.
Fuck Dave Brandon.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Seen very little||
Never got into the masked stuff, really. Was always more of an NWA fan in the old days, started to dip my toe in the ECW waters through Terry Funk (his '89 feud with Flair is still probably my favorite thing as a fan) and around the same time bailed on WCW when they basically killed off the Horsemen and put everybody and his mother in the NWO (then had to split the NWO because it was too big, then had Russo bury the company).
So every once in a while I try to see if there is a viable alternative/rival to WWE. I've got my eggs in the NXT basket for now, and hopefully Vince is listening and can make it into a legit competitor. Can't imagine it would be bad for business if he could create something like the Monday Night Wars under one roof.
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||Doubt it would take much push||
I was mildly intrigued by the idea of Global Force but when they immediately partnered up with Dixie I knew that shit was going nowhere. Can't imagine it would take much to sign those guys. WWE could probably scoop up the Wolves pretty easily as well.
They just don't seem to prioritize the division at all anymore. They had to bring the New Age Outlaws back from the scrap heap just to hold a title match a while back. The Rhodes brothers thing was an okay pairing but Dustin is too old and I think basically retiring. They had a quiet Swiss dude posing as a xenophobic American just to create something approximating a team identity not long ago. Compare that to a time when you had The Rockers, British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation, Orient Express, Demolition, Nasty Boys, Bolsheviks, Bushwhackers, etc. all active at pretty much the same time. NWA had Road Warriors, Steiners, Midnight, Rock&Roll, Doom, etc. as well.
Now it just seems like the corny ethnic pairings division. No personality, no real storylines, and just one match per card for the title, often with 3 or 4 teams thrown together at once because nobody gives a shit about the outcome.
You could have teamed up, say, Neville and Balor, given them a persona or maybe a manager, and done something interesting. Instead one guy is down in NXT and the other is stuck in limbo as a mid-card stuntman who will eventually fade away like Kofi Kingston.
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||Cole ruins Ambrose for me||
The guy justs twists his face up a little and Michael Cole starts wetting himself talking about "the lunatic fringe". Just gives the guys entire persona a weak feeling to me, even though I know logically he's a quality performer. Fuck Michael Cole.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Agree on golden era||
First off, Michael Cole sucks balls. And it makes a huge difference in the product when compared to JR (especially in his NWA days) or Monsoon/Ventura.
Second, personality is lacking compared to the good old days. Wyatt has it. Rollins has it. Brock/Heyman have it in spades between the two of them. Most of the other guys come off as lame and scripted. Any mention of "the WWE universe" in a promo just fucking kills the tension.
I'd like to see NXT elevated to an actual rival/competitor. Replace the B-level stories/matches on Smackdown with their own show. Move some of the better workers who aren't getting a big push (Ziggler, Cesaro, and maybe the Miz if you are short on heels) and raid TNA's best guys to kill them off completely (Wolves, Magnus, EC3, maybe Bobby Roode). Add a harder edge since you don't have to appeal to the Cena/kids crowd as much and you might have something really big (two solid but distinct national promotions under one umbrella).
Also, they need to go back to using managers (look at the pop Heyman gets and he's the only one really on the roster) and seriously upgrade and use the tag team division. Sad when a couple of mustachioed douches on unicycles winning the NXT title is actually more compelling than a four team title match at SummerSlam (which is basically just two teams with zero personality, the Dancing Black Guys vs. the Masked Mexicans).
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Not everything|
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Not true||
The other died of cancer in the snowy woods, but before he passed away we were treated to an extended revenge-fantasy dream sequence to appease the sentimentalists in the audience.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting||
If true, I would hope those rumors are coupled with ones about Dymonte Thomas getting a shot on offense. Would hate to see him go the way of guys like Marvin Robinson and Josh Furman, fantastic athletes that never got put in a spot to really succeed and stay on the field here at UM.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Still mad about that second one||
Was crushing an NCAA tourney pool that year through five rounds but the championship game was worth a ton of points. I had the Illini and the guy in (a very distant) second had UNC.
I was young and dumb at the time, so I would have wasted the cash prize on cocaine and strippers. I'm still pretty peeved about it.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||USC||
Went to law school there and love the Trojans. I'll be the drunk guy on the South Lawn in a Roddy Piper t-shirt in two weeks time, though I attend way more SC baseball games than anything else.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Answers||
1. Fiction. Rudock never hit that mark at UI and I think both QB will probably play whether via competition or injury
2. Fiction. Even if the running game is good I think carries will be split too much to reach 1,000 yards.
3. Fiction. Nobody that good, and even if the passing game is successful the ball will be spread around too much. Harbaugh never had a 1,000 yard receiver at Stanford and they haven't had one since he left either.
4. Fact. Not a lot of snaps and I think at least by mid-year we'll be looking for a spark from him.
5. Fiction. Cole is probably the best guy and it is hard to get there as a true sophomore and as a LT even if you are that good. If someone gets it I could see Glasgow at center.
6. Fact. Not sure we'll be top-2 in quality, but we'll play in more tight, low scoring games than OSU or MSU. Look for us and PSU to finish 1-2.
7. Fact. Taco had 3.5 last year and he should get more PT this year.
8. Fiction. Morgan and the reemergence of Ross will cut into his tackle numbers too much.
9. Fact. AA teams are slightly based on hype, and Peppers has it. He'll be the subject of discussion whenever the D takes the field and if he plays well he'll get votes. Making a play or ten in the return game will only help.
10. Hope so.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Short memory||
In Gardner's first 17 games starting at QB for Michigan he accounted for 50 TD and threw just 16 INT. Penn State in 2013 is the only game against a B1G opponent or ND or in a bowl game during that time period where he threw more than 1 INT (he threw 2 in that game).
He threw for 300+ yards against Iowa with 3 TD and 1 INT, and he ran for 3 TD. He threw for 294 with 4 TD and 1 INT against Notre Dame and rushed for 82 and a TD. He put up 240 in the air and 121 on the ground at Penn State. He threw for over 500 yards against Indiana while running for 81 and 3 TD. He threw for 451 against OSU with 4 TD and 0 INT, and added another TD on the ground.
The guy shouldn't be tarnished because he played on a terrible team as a senior and battled through injuries all year long.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Long time away||
He can't sign for another 18 months, and has flipped his commitment once already. There are guys who will end up better players than him who haven't even played a game of high school football yet. Recruiting has gotten to be fairly nuts.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||More important question||
Do they still bleach their hair like ladies, though?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Eagles suck!||
It's actually 3 in 4 years. Martell is in the 2017 class (just going into his junior year of high school) but Kyle Allen who won the job last year as a true freshman was a 5-star in the 2014 class.
But Kenny Hill is going to make them all pay because Carroll rules!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Town didn't decommit||
He bolted in the middle of camp (after enrolling early) because the other QB in his recruiting class (Sam Darnold) is significantly better so far and he didn't want to be on a depth chart behind him and a sophomore who was the #1 QB in his class (Max Browne).
No one at SC is upset about him leaving.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Tate Football||
Martell is a dual-threat QB under 6' tall. A&M successfully pitched him on being the rich man's Manziel.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Not accurate||
Harbaugh's 2010 team had Doug Baldwin (leading receiver for the Seahawks last year) and Chris Owusu (ran a 4.36 at the NFL combine, second fastest time that year) as its two best receivers, and TE Coby Fleener who ran a 4.5 at the combine and went early in the 2nd round.
That team had plenty of talented fast guys on it, they didn't just suddenly start tricking teams.