that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|9 hours 36 min ago||Giallorossi. Rossoneri cheer||
Rossoneri cheer for Milan and are, by and large, much nicer than Roma Ultras.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Your estimation of Lloyd||
Your estimation of Lloyd doesn't match my experience with him.
While his outward demeanor was very much in the C category, he was also strong parts A and D.
His day to day handling of the team was one of a taskmaster. He wouldn't dress anyone down on game day (outside of the refs), but he would let you have it in practice. Lloyd was a very fiery guy, but he used it as a tool. It wasn't his default mode. But when you were in his crosshairs, watch out. And it was really effective because it never became old.
And of course, he has elements of being a players coach. Not in the mold of Rex Ryan, who treats the team as a bunch of his buddies. But Lloyd's guys love him. And I've never been around a coach who was better at the motivational speech. There might be better motivators out there, but none of them can get as far with a speech as Lloyd.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Style is only important||
Style is only important insofar as it meshes or doesn't mesh with the nature of the players. Bo famously ran off half the team. The guys who stayed were receptive to the coaching, and they improved. Nowadays, you cant afford to run half of the team off because of scholarship limits.
That's why firey guys work in college more than the pros. You can recruit guys who want to have that kind of coach. In the NFL, roster management is much harder. You draft people out of college, they don't have a say. Same for trades. Free agency gives the players a say, but if guys refuse to sign somewhere, that coach isn't long for the league.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Right. But thus is akin to||
Right. But thus is akin to the Student Section (if it was a band of murderous thugs who think they owned something they didn't) leaving during the middle of a game because the AD is from Ohio. Despite the fact that the previous AD, a Michigan alum, couldn't pay the bills and the new guy is investing like crazy.
|2 days 11 hours ago||As a rabid AS Roma fan, let||
As a rabid AS Roma fan, let me say that the Ultras are part of the reason the club cannot advance to the Italian elite and are a huge nuisance that should be banned from the stadium at all costs.
They stab people every time an English team goes to Rome during the Champions League. They just forced the totally ineffectual Italian FA to order the close the Curva Sud because of hateful posters. They staged a protest because their team was bought by foreigners, even though the guy in charge has Italian ancestry. Roma Ultras are a blight on the organization. They are Ohio State fans, but nastier.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Also, heavier helmets would||
Also, heavier helmets would lead to more neck injuries.
The NFL has dealt with a more or less 'hidden' issue like concussions. But imagine a broken-neck/paralysis crisis. Its more out in the open, more cut and dry, and for the NFL, more immediate issue. Cant have players lying on the turf with no ability to move their extremities. Helmets will continue to get lighter, not heavier.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Only if your doesn't work as||
Only if your brain doesn't work as it was meant to.
|3 days 10 hours ago||David Foster Wallace's||
David Foster Wallace's "Authority and American Usage". Amazing.
I don't know where I fall on that. Non-literal literal really bothers me but I've never been a proscriptivist. I've got some cognitive dissonance going on here.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Best: Barcelona, Real Madrid,||
Best: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Yankees, Giants, Steelers, Patriots, Red Wings, Spurs.
|3 days 12 hours ago||No way. The Browns have been||
No way. The Browns have been great since they moved to Baltimore.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Hahaha. George Lucas doing a||
Hahaha. George Lucas doing a character study. Or subtext. Or any dialogue that doesn't advance the plot. Hahaha. You're too much.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Yeah, the point is just that||
Yeah, the point is just that a healthy running game should be able to do something even if the top guy is out. We're not talking about Barry Sanders missing time with injury. We're choosing between 3/4 players of similar levels of ability. That's why the expectation being for the position is particularly fitting here -- its not like Hart or A-Train is out and we're left with unknowns.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Well, he carried it 4 times||
Well, he carried it 4 times in the Ohio game, so sample size warnings. He also was better against NW and worse against IU than Drake. Extrapolate what you will, but sample size issues are key. Plus, they didn't necessarily get the same plays against the same looks in the same parts of the field. I say go with your eyes, not the numbers.
Also, Drake might be the best back we've got, but he's coming off ACL surgery, so let's keep our expectations low.
And there are other concerns. Some backs are better with some schemes or even particular plays. Drake seems a little better at finding smaller holes. Smith seems a little more patient, whereas Drake will just ram it up in there I there is no hole instead of pressing the line and giving the extra second foe the line to open a hole.
|4 days 11 hours ago||One thing that you also have||
One thing that you also have to consider is the guy lining up next to the replacement. I dont think any of our reserve linemen are ready for prime time yet, but if Dawson comes in at LG, his weaknesses can be mitigated by Cole and Glasgow to a large degree, as we are going to feature a ton of combo blocks.
I think the rotation should be as follows: Dawson is our 6th guy and should come in no matter who goes down. If it's a T, kick Braden out there and have Dawson play his LG position. If the C goes down, move Cole in there, kick Braden out to replace Cole, and put Dawson at LG. If a G goes down, make a straight replacement.
|4 days 12 hours ago||The problem is that injuries||
The problem is that injuries are a fundamental part of football. Someone will be hurt, and it could be someone very important. If our running game relies on one guy, we are in trouble. Isaac might be our best option, but we will need to get production from whoever is taking reps. The expectation is for the position.
|1 week 1 day ago||Personal interactions.I'm||
I'm not saying he can't or shouldn't be able to coach again. I'm saying I never thought he would want to.
|1 week 1 day ago||I would still be really||
I would still be really surprised if he ever coached again. But a guy has to pay his bills, I guess.
|1 week 1 day ago||He has run spread offenses||
He has run spread offenses before at Ball State and San Diego State.
His Borges-designed Michigan offenses were heavily spread-oriented, particularly with Denard at QB.
The problem is that they weren't good, not that they weren't sufficiently spread. Unless you're angling for one particular variant of the spread. Oregon's is different than TCU's, and both are different than Tennessee's.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm buying Morris, who looked||
I'm buying Morris, who looked like he had control of the offense and looked comfortable. That's about all wr can ask for this season, I believe.
Down on LTT. Not that I ever actually believed he was ready, but a guy is entitled to some spring hype from time to time. Even though he looked about what I expected him to look (still looks week in the midsection, body control not there yet), I was disappointed that the hype seems a little early.
Higher on Braden than I have been. I think he might just be a better guard than a tackle. He's got help to both sides, so his leaning and balance issues can be mitigated a bit because the defender doesn't have a free shoulder to run around.
|1 week 3 days ago||The kind that will beat Ohio||
The kind that will beat Ohio in November.
|1 week 3 days ago||RJS has to work across TE's||
RJS has to work across TE's face to constrict the inside lane. Because he doesn't, the back has two lanes to pick from and Morgan has to deal with both.
The other LB also has to not get sealed in there by the LT. Part of it is his fault, the other part is on the DL getting doubled. He has to fight through the double, delaying the LT in getting to the 2nd level. Think UM OL in 2013 - they often failed to secure the first level defender and never got to the second level. If we are going to have a good DL, and I think we will, they will have to take on doubles better.
|1 week 4 days ago||Last year's OL was better||
Last year's OL was better than the previous year's. And the line even improved during the season.
This OL will be good. Not solid, not decent, but good. The kids just weren't ready until now. For the first time in a while, there is only 1 underclass starter and even he has played a whole season.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Right, but we're not talking||
Right, but we're not talking about who 'is' better, but who had a better career. The answer is Favre over Rodgers (so far) and Emmitt over Barry.
Mind you, Barry is probably my favorite player ever, and I absolutely hate Favre. But give the devil his due. He was a great QB who played at a high level for a long time and never missed a game. I think Jim Brown is the 2nd greatest football player who ever lived, behind only Jerry Rice, but many RBs have had better careers.
To the poster above, my running game would be better than yours in a few years when Bo is out forever, and that's the point.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not to mention the fact that||
Not to mention the fact that language is political. I have years of education, including graduate school. I think I'm a smart guy. I write well. But depending on which group of friends I find myself in, I speak a different dialect. Most do. At work, I use a lot of jargon and choose every word very precisely. With my friends, I'm far more casual. With my family, I sound like an idiot.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Rodgers is nowhere near Favre||
Rodgers is nowhere near Favre because of the longevity. You cant just shrug that off, particularly in a sport like football where being available to play is far from a given.
That's like saying Bo Jackson was better than Emmitt Smith. He may have had more talent, he may have had better peak seasons, but he didn't play long enough.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The NCAA does deal with||
The NCAA does deal with sports only and it cannot force schools to stay on the up and up.
What they can do is give out the death penalty or even kick member institutions like UNC out of the association.
It wouldn't be directly involved in any academic decision-making, which is certainly out of its jurisdiction. It just should not allow such schools to field NCAA sporting events.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Don't have the film to back||
Don't have the film to back me up, but I remember Suh being trapped to hell by pulling guards when the 49ers played the Lions a few years back. Maybe that was a one-off game plan against an aggressive, pass rushing 3 technique, but I can swear I saw it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The linemen are in low-tops.||
The linemen are in low-tops. Looks weird to me.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So, am I the only one who||
So, am I the only one who thinks Drevno looks a lot like the MILF Hunter in that photo?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is so untrue. Hoke||
This is so untrue. Hoke played more freshmen than any Michigan coach ever has and probably ever will. There is virtually no evidence for your claim.
People that have that suspicion seem to base it largely on his choosing of which QBs to play. Denard over Gardner upset some and Gardner over Morris upset even more. Unfortunately for the backup-is-better crowd, he seems to have made the right decisions even in hindsight. Morris has never looked as good as Gardner, even during Gardner's poor senior year. And Gardner never won as much as Denard.
Can we give this one a rest? We can claim Hoke didn't play the right guys if we want, but we cant claim he played upperclassmen to the detriment of younger guys. We just can't.