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|5 days 14 hours ago||This is sound reasoning||
I like Mandel, generally, and it's hard to dispute what he wrote. Washington looks impressive, but they have not played anyone at all yet -- no one as good as Colorado, let alone Wisconsin; their non-conf was Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, for pete's sake.
That said, if someone ranks UM 4th or 5th, I don't really care. UM wins the rest of their games, they'll be in the CFP -- one game at a time, blah blah.
|5 days 17 hours ago||That's reason enough to root against them||
Way too many Cubs fans treated one of their own like complete shit, instead of properly blaiming people like Alou (for pitching a fit like a 3-year old), Alex Gonalez (for blowing Miggy's easy double play ball) and the Cubs' pitchers. Bartman didn't do anything differently than a good majority of fans would have done -- reached for a ball that went into the seats; hell, there were literally other people right next to him also going for the ball, but they just happened not to get it.
I don't really care about the Dodgers, one way or the other, but I hope they win this one.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Why? MAAR is our best finisher.||
MAAR should start at the 2. He was often the only one who could reliably take the ball to the hoop and get a 2 last year. Plus, he's a junior, who won't be jittery against anyone. I'm excited to see how MAAR continues to improve.
Start Walton and MAAR, and work in Simpson--for either of them--depending on matchups, foul trouble, etc.
|6 days 18 hours ago||A Michigan win, announced by Keith Jackson?||
I'll definitely take it.
|1 week 17 hours ago||That sounds right - anyone got a chart?||
I try not to follow recruiting too closely, as it has so many false hopes and weird stories, but what you say sounds right. I went to 24/7 to see if they listed when everyone committed, but for old classes, they just list one the "home page" when people signed -- you have to click on each person's name to see when they commited (e.g., Wormley was in August, to pick just one example).
In the off-season, that would be a great diary, if it hasn't already been done: see how team rankings for coaches (e.g., Carr, RichRod, Hoke, Harbaugh) changed over time (e.g., in August; in November, on signing day).
|1 week 18 hours ago||Or, maybe they just aren't as good as we thought||
Derrick Green left for TCU. He's averaging 3.7 yards a carry hasn't hit 100 yards yet, total, playing against MAC-level competition (TCU's early schedule is atrocious). His main problem was, as a big guy, going down way too easily; not sure how much coaching can help that.
Recruiting is (obviously) inexact and while an average 5-star is better than an average 4-start, etc, sometimes you just miss. Hoke did more than his share of missing, and his tremendous hits didn't make up for it (e.g., Peppers, who he never got a chance to coach more than a game or so).
|1 week 4 days ago||Where'd they print that?||
That's not real, is it?
|1 week 4 days ago||Exactly. Paul Stanley is KISS's front man.||
HOW YA DOING PEEE-PUL?!
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I don't get any eye-rolling, at all||
Harbaugh seems to genuinely appreciate how special Peppers is. He seems thrilled to coach him and excited about all the possibilities Peppers' skills presents. He was dead-on that this game was looking like a slog (two straight 3 & outs) and then Peppers comes in and, even though the play/fake handoff got mixed up, his sheer skill/speed allows him to rip off a 60-yard-plus run and the domination was on.
Regarding the players, they don't seem tired either -- in my reading of it, team mates do not mind, at all, talking about a player that is truly great. They recognize how great he is, and how rare that is, so they're just as thrilled as Harbaugh.
Now, this can backfire and/or cause dissension if you have someone like Tebow (in the pros) or Manziel who get way too much attention for their talent/production. But Peppers? The dude is an all-around wonder as a player.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I miss the Saturday game threads||
It was an excellent way to get a good sense of the fan bases around the country (or at least a selection of them) in one spot, along with some funny content. They used to have one for noon games, one for 3:30pm, and one for night -- all user-generated content, so I don't see why those went away. Seems like it would be cheap & easy. Do they not have a moderator, even a volunteer? Did something else happen (e.g., they are gun shy b/c of some incident)?
It's a real bummer there are so few posts now (no Hatin' Ass Spurrier; can't recall any LSU Freek gifs this year, etc). Not the end of the world, but it was my third favorite CFB site (after this and TTB), but now I just occasionally drive-by.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That's nice, but he's no||
That's nice, but he's no Weston Steelhammer (one of the 2013 recipients). That sounds a D&D character name.
Also past recipients: Drew Henson, Brandenton Englemon, Zoltan Mesko, Andrew Luck and Josh Rosen.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Whistles were blown; the hit was after that||
The Minn player should have heard the whistle; everyone else did. Instead, he went looking for payback (these two had tangled early in the game) and hit the kicker clearly after the whistle.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It really should not be confusing (at least in this case)||
As noted above, this is actually covered exactly in the rule book.
- Can't use the crown (top) of your helmet (McDowell did)
The problem is football culture (particularly commentators) has internalized that "targeting" just means a hit to the head, and they haven't read the actual rule book.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The play was over; it was definitely late||
You can't "block" someone like that when the play is over.
Watch here -- you can hear the whistles being blown (it was a touchback), the other players slowing down and the Minnesota player was still at least 5 yards from the Penn State kicker. A second after the whistles were being blown, the Minn player levels him.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Brian needs to quit linking to that SB Nation article||
It tries, but by not quoting the entire rule book, it doesn't clarify much.
The rule is confusing in spots, but it's simpler to read the actual rule book -- it makes McDowell's case easy (at least to me).
It simple -- don't hit a player with the top of your helmet when they are defenseless (as defined by the rule book).
I don't think that's even questionable in this case -- McDowell rams the top of his helmet into the midsection of the QB who has just thrown the ball. The rule specifically mentions that you can't use the crown of your helmet and one of the "indicators" specifically states that a defenseless player is "A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass."
That commentary (by Glen Mason?) in the gif is way off base and if the NCAA were smart (which it isn't), they'd educate these folks. Targeting involves far more than just helmet (or shoulder) to helmet hits.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Bowling Green is terrible||
Their previous game was against Memphis. The score was 77-3.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You defected from||
You defected from Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia for the freedom to post this nonsense?
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Mo Wagner's chance to dominate||
Just another reason why Michigan's season will, in large part, depend on whether Mo Wagner makes a big leap -- his size, energy level and (hopefully) skill are not in big supply around the country.
Throw it down, big man!
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||It seems it is unproven, and left up to the player (or coach)||
I googled a story I remembered from last year about the Lions, "Lions offensive lineman switching to knee braces following injuries in 2014" and in it, there's this nugget.
"A 2010 study by the National Institute of Health showed no significant difference in ACL and MCL injuries among players who wore braces and those who didn't."
I'm not sure what Newsome's injury is, but my guess (from Harbaugh's description) is that at least the ACL is involved, and likely more. Hopefully, since knees injuries are likely (I assume) to become more prevalent as people start to go low (as the head/upper body is increasingly not an option), a more up-to-date study could be done.
Of course, then you have football-obsessives like Belichick who swear by them. Obviously, he's not a doctor and this isn't a controlled study, but it again goes to people's preferences.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Knowing this, how are OL coached to prepare for this?||
When they see a DB in front of them on long-developing play like this, are they taught to "block down" (e.g., lean forward) so they are more ready for the DB going low? Or would that take the OL off-balance? Or is there another technique?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||They're huge in Michigan||
I'm not sure if all the commenters are from the Mitten State, but BNL regularly plays Pine Knob (a 14,000 seat facility), while other parts of the country are about 2,000 seaters.
I'm a moderate fan, but I will say their Christmas/Holiday album is one of the best of all-time.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The freakish athletic ability and football IQ||
Sean Taylor is really an excellent comparison -- both had great instincts, violent hitters, superior strength, explosive speed.
Taylor had better ball skills (e.g., he was leading the NFL in INTs when he was tragically murdered; he also had 10 INTs his junior year) but that is, in part, b/c he played S instead of LB.
Peppers plays more on offense and special teams (though Taylor did that a bit early in his career) so Peppers may be a better with the ball in hands. But Taylor had enough long INT returns to show he blow by / juke at a high level.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He's not like Peppers||
While "Vai Sikahema" is one of my all-time favorite football names, and an excellent special teams player, he was much shorter and smaller than Peppers. Sikahema also didn't play defense.
He could punch a goal-post, though.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Was it because he looked too much like a pirate?||
Who had also went way overboard on using "Just for Men" coloring on his goatee?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I've got some bad news...||
I've got some bad news...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Dump Rutgers, get Pitt||
Pitt is a better school (academically), better sports program, doesn't constantly have its administration do embarassing things, and "Rutgers give the B1G New York City" is BS anyway.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, why don't we let Georgia have him||
Who wants a guy who (if reports are accurate) punches his head coach?
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||It's also incorrect||
In 1992, we were undefeated heading into conference play: we were 2-0-1 and ranked #4.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Basically, the team is who we thought they were||
<says in Dennis Green voice, RIP>
- Peppers: From outer space, via New Jersey
- QB: Growing pains, but definitely enough to win with
- K/P: More than a bit disappointed here. Hopefully a short term glitch
- Coaching: Seriously prepared, ready to adjust
On to Penn State.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||"Targeting" does not require helmet to helmet||
"Crown of the helmet" is only one of the possiblities.
If you instead do "Contact to the head or neck area—not only with the helmet, but also with the forearm, fist, elbow, or shoulder—these can all lead to a foul."