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|1 day 5 hours ago||Assuming no attrition, I||
Assuming no attrition, I don't think we have any spots left. Obviously, the coaches know about or are expecting some attrition and/or non-renewed 5th year scholarships (Don't speculate on who). If we don't fill the 2 spots or whatever it ends up being, we'll bank the scholarship and/or hand it out to walk-ons.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Ok, I misunderstood you then,||
Ok, I misunderstood you then, I thought you wanted to start Morris regardless to get him experience because the season is already lost
|1 day 8 hours ago||Lighten up Francis, it's the||
Lighten up Francis, it's the off-season. Soon we'll be innundated with threads about video games and basketweaving. Enjoy the football talk while it lasts.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Also, Indiana. I'm guessing||
I'm guessing 2, multiple overtime games didn't hurt either.
|1 day 9 hours ago||1. Whatever, been through||
1. Whatever, been through this way too many times to rehash
3. Most people outside the program get 12-13 chances a year to form an opinion about a program. It's not like baseball where they play a billion games. Every game has a big impact in forming that opinion. Just look at how much the Ohio game did to boost everyones outlook here. Hell, look at how winning against Florida in 2007 changed the way we remember for Carr's entire career. This bowl game, even if it's "just" the BWW bowl, is the last chance for this team (coaches and players) to make a statement about who they are to the fans and the recruits.
4. Agree with Morris not being auto loss, but a true freshman playing his first game isn't going to give you the best chances. If Gardner is cleared to play, he should play. He's earned it.
|1 day 19 hours ago||On the other hand, they have||
On the other hand, they have (comparatively) crappy facilities with ads all over their stadium. There's probably a happy medium somewhere, but at the same time Brandon's focus on maximizing cash flow does buy some nice things.
|1 day 23 hours ago||It might not matter for you,||
It might not matter for you, but I bet it matters a great deal to the players. Winning a bowl game would carry some positive momentum into the offseason and get some of the bad taste out of their mouths for the players, not the least of which Devin Gardner. Winning their last game in a winged helmet probably means a lot to the departing seniors. Lastly, winning a bowl game would be a strong closing statement to the recruits going into NSD that this program, while still rebuilding, is headed in the right direction.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Yeah 606 Packard, right by||
Yeah 606 Packard, right by Jimmy Johns.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Ha, yup, been to both a bunch||
Ha, yup, been to both a bunch of times. My roomate was Dan Reagan.
|5 days 8 hours ago||What year were you? I wasn't||
What year were you? I wasn't on the team, but my roomate was and I knew (and played flip-cup with) most of them around 2002-2003.
|5 days 8 hours ago||All the bitching about not||
All the bitching about not wanting to watch Michigan games anymore during the season that I did seem so stupid now that the season is over and I just want more football. *sigh* Don't know what you've got til it's gone, even if it's dong punching, soul crushing, miserable excuses for football games. Can't wait for the bowl game.... and then the long darkness of the offseason.
Are we doing a MGoBlog bowl pick 'em?
|5 days 23 hours ago||Not sure if serious||
There's even a tag and term describing the track record of developing underrated guys into productive contributors.
|6 days 5 hours ago||(No subject)||
|6 days 5 hours ago||LEEEEEROOOOY MMMM||
LEEEEEROOOOY MMMM JAAYNKINS!!!
|6 days 5 hours ago||The prerequisite for someone||
The prerequisite for someone questioning the sustainability of your success is to have success in the first place. :)
I wouldn't call a 4 year span (with one pretty miserable season) sustained quite yet, especially when it conicides with a down period for it's biggest rival (and to a lesser extent to Ohio) which probably gave them a boost in recruiting and weaker schedule. It'll be interesting to see where they are next year with (probably) Narduzzi gone and some of the key guys on defense leaving.
|6 days 5 hours ago||This is my feeling too, I||
This is my feeling too, I really like Reddit's system because the best comments get elevated above the noise and it's really useful because there may be tens of thousands of comments.
Here, it's pretty rare to get a topic over 200 comments and most of those are threaded replies to other comments so it really doesn't make too much sense to rank them. The other big threads are live game threads, which you want to be sorted by time so again, not worth the effort.
By the way, the way reddit does it is really ingenious, they actually weight by score AND time, so that new comments always get a brief chance on top and even high scoring comments eventually fall if the voting isn't sustained. The formula is:
Where n is the score and t is the time stamp of the post, in seconds from an arbitrary date. Newer posts have a bigger t and will therefore rank higher, but older comments effectively move forward in time and become "newer" according to the log of the upvotes.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I wouldn't be surprised if||
I wouldn't be surprised if the BIG gets blanked this year in bowls. I have a nagging suspicion we, as a conference, are extremely weak this year. Michigan State seems to be the only consistently legit team, but then again their offense still seems like it's a few steps away from moving the ball on a quality defense like Stanford's.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I'm not entirely convinced||
I'm not entirely convinced their success is sustainable year in and year out just quite yet. There's no question Dantonio has brought an identity and a competency to their program. They'll continue to be a thorn in our side, as they've always been, but I just don't see them maintaining an elite defense like they have this year, especially with Narduzzi with one foot out the door. Most years, if we're good enough to beat Ohio, we'll be good enough to beat everyone else.
|6 days 9 hours ago||The way I think about the||
The way I think about the 2012 and 2013 class is that these are guys that should have been signed in previous classes, We banked a lot of schollies and had a roster full of holes. As such, it's not too surprising so many ended up playing.
Burning Da'Mario Jones's redshirt doesn't seem too bad to me, not really much different than all the others that only saw special teams time. If anything, Dymonte Thomas seemed like a worse choice given his supposed up-side (no offense to Jones and others). I think you're right that many of these guys missed out on playing time because there were no blow outs.
Bosch... *sigh*. That one hurts, but if you go back to the situation at the time, it's kinda hard to be too upset. The OL was in absolute free fall, we started Burzinyski and Magnuson for Indiana. When Burzinyski got hurt, Kalis was probably the only option left. I guess you could have put Bryant or Kalis back in, but it's tough to bench a guy and then have him right back in there. I'm also not so sure both those guys were healthy since they seemed to have a dramatic drop-off against Penn State. Long term, I think that does hurt us pretty bad since we probably really wanted to space out the huge OL classes in 2012 and 2013 as much as possible, with smaller classes in '14 and '15.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Yeah, that would work too. I||
Yeah, that would work too. I have no idea how much work mod pre-approving posts is, so mods should definitely decide that.
One other quibble. Looks like you can up-vote your own posts, which somewhat negates the "cost" of the downvotes.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Sure, but that doesn't mean||
Sure, but that doesn't mean having an engineering major available to him wasn't a big factor in picking between two top football programs though.
|1 week 2 hours ago||I mostly agree with this, but||
I mostly agree with this, but his comments in 2011 about how unfair it was that Michigan got to play in the sugar bowl despite watching from the couch during the BIG championship game struck me as prototypical Sparty sour grapes. Not saying he's not a good guy, but he did lose a lot of my respect after those comments.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I like the part that it costs||
I like the part that it costs something to downvote.
Another idea I've been thinking of pitching is having a new user's first 10 posts or so be moderator approved before posting to the board. It'll cut down on repeat offenders that make new accounts and help set a standard for conduct for legitimate new users. The downside is it adds work load to mods.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I know this is going to sound||
I know this is going to sound hopelessly naive and idealistic, but hopefully a culture of people who value quality dissenting opinions over crappy ones, even if they agree with them can take root here. It's not without precedent, Reddit (more so in the earlier days) has a lot of sub-reddit communities that are very good about using the voting system in that way, so it can happen if everyone buys in.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Wait, how do you know about||
Wait, how do you know about the old system with a '13 join date? BUSTED!
|1 week 3 hours ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 3 hours ago||Looks to be affecting point||
Looks to be affecting point totals, just not "live." If you refresh, the points update.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Done. ;)||
|1 week 3 hours ago||Well, deserved: :)||
Well, deserved: :)
|1 week 3 hours ago||Also, it doesn't seem to be||
Also, it doesn't seem to be hiding negged comments below any threshold, which was one of the stated goals of the system. Hmm.. a work in progress I guess.