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|36 weeks 5 days ago||I met Chris a few times and||
I met Chris a few times and I'm not surprised by this. He is a highly intelligent, thoughtful and serious kid. He made a mature decision and made it for the right reasons, but I'm sure it was also driven, in part, by the opportunities he will have outside of football. He sees himself as more than a football player and does not want to jeaopardize his life goals for 2-3 years of football. For that reason I can't see it having a domino effect among other players. It will trigger debate, but I doubt there are too many players with their entire careers ahead of them who are willing to give up the financial, ego and competitive rewards of the NFL for whatever plans they've made for after football (if any).
Also, the press may report he did this because he is already experiencing symptoms or cognitive deficiencies. Untrue. He did suffer a concussion at Wisconsin but at this point it was all about research and risk calculation.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Gasser and Koenig are both||
Gasser and Koenig are both 6'4". Wisconsin has great size. I don't think anyone matches up with Kentucky either, but Wisconsin's size is the reason some pundits think they'd have a chance.
Kentucky will absolutely overwhelm the field with their defense. They have length, athleticism, depth, and their ability to recover is as good as I've ever seen. Wisconsin is tough this year because they can score from every position on the floor and they pass the ball well, but Kentucky can defend a team with multiple offensive threats. They are good enough to hound a guy like Kaminsky but still quick and long enough to recover when he passes out of a double/triple team. Maybe a team with bigs who can shoot can draw WCS and Towns out of the paint but Kentucky is just so good. Now that their goal is in site, they will play with a consistent intensity they have only flashed when they've needed to this year. I think they are going to make some teams look downright silly on offense.
|1 year 1 week ago||The tournament Wisconsin is||
The tournament Wisconsin is in features North Carolina, UCLA, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Butler and UAB. They open with UAB, then should get Florida next and if they win that they'll see UNC, Oklahoma or UCLA (or Butler). They also play at Marquette, at Cal and Duke. I don't think Milwaukee makes the schedule any more difficult but the UW Green Bay team they beat last night went 24-7 last year and is the Horizon Conference favorite again.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||There are more Wisconsin fans||
There are more Wisconsin fans than Minnesota fans in the home zip code of Minnesota's stadium. That's a rough statistic for a Gopher fan.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||What does that even mean?||
What does that even mean? Your original premise was that Wisconsin plays painfully slow, low scoring games, was it not? Statistics show they score about the same number of points while playing at about the same (or an even faster) pace with very similar efficiency to Michigan. Now you are arguing who looks better doing it?
Your hypothetical street poll is as relevant as asking people whether they think one runner "looks" faster than the other even though both are running at the exact same speed. More exciting to me are meaningful results, measured objectively. On that count Beilein is now 2-12 at Michigan against the team coached by the leader of the Bug People of Rigel.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||There must be an awful lot of||
There must be an awful lot of pace and excitement wrapped up in the extra two tenths of a possession that Michigan ekes out over the course of a game. Michigan plays at the 331st fastest pace in the nation, with 65.1 possessions per game. Wisconsin is 335th, at a "horrendously slow" 64.9. Points per game is a worthless stat but probably meaningful to you. Michigan averages less than a basket more per game than Wisconsin, 74.9 to 73.4.
If anything is "funny", it's that Michigan's resurgence coincides with their emphasis on aspects of the game that are benchmarks of Wisconsin's philosophy. They are both in the top 10 in fewest turnovers (UW #1, UM #7), offensive efficiency (UM #4 at 1.15 ppp, UW #10 at 1.13 ppp) and very similar defensively (UW #31 at 63 points per game and UM #46 at 65 points per game).
These teams are nearly identical statistically.
Other than that, your thoughts were dead on.
|2 years 1 week ago||Hilariously delusional. All||
All three Rose Bowls were down to the wire losses to top 5 teams. If a season ending in a Rose Bowl loss is so worthless, you obviously don't think very highly of Bo's legacy. That also makes 6 Rose Bowls in the BCS era. Wisconsin has a better winning percentage than Michigan since conference expansion.
What major resource advantage do you think Michigsn has that Wisconsin does not? Both programs are in the top 10 nationally in football revenue and expenditures. Both have state of the art facilities. Camp Randall and Wisconsin's game day atmosphere do not exactly take a back seat to anyone, something everyone in the country is aware of unless you've never left Southfield. Academic support, a topic that came up here this week? Since 2009 Wisconsin has 86 academic all conference selections. Michigan? 45.
I'll give you the February recruiting title, though. Somehow we survive with our 3 star players.
Michigan is an elite program for sure. Might be a good idea to get out more, though. With a single shared national title since 1948 and mediocrity for the last 7 years, I have no idea why you think you have a right to expect more than 3 straight Rose Bowls.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||I've been stunned by MSU's||
I've been stunned by MSU's tone deafness this week but you guys should consider this almost like a gift. The negative implications to MSU will be so much deeper and far reaching than if they had handled this correctly by suspending him early and offering up the proper mea culpa. That program, and by extension, the university, is getting absolutely slaughtered over this. When MSU's scumbaggedry is a topic in New York Magazine, isn't that a type of win for Michigan?
We've been fighting with the occasional so-called "rational spartan" poster on our board, where outrage and negative sentiment toward MSU is virtually unanimous. It's pretty amazing that there isn't a single logical voice from the entire institution. At no point did anyone step up and recognize that the lack of accountability was not only troubling on an ethical level but also damaging from a PR standpoint. The official response to the suspensions is typically equivocal and full of lame justifications. I almost wonder who the hell is in charge there.
All MSU has done is give the rest of the country a reason to view them with disdain. It's almost like they set out to confirm their status as a second rate lowlife program. I don't know how an MSU fan will ever be able to argue equivalency again without being beaten back with this fiasco, and as someone with a few Sparty friends, that's a blessing indeed.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||The best offenses are||
The best offenses are balanced enough to punish a defense that sells out to take one thing away. If they take away the run can you pass and vice versa? Can you use the run to set up the pass and vice versa? Can you play ball control if the game is tight, the weather is bad or your defense needs a blow? Can you score points quickly if it turns into a shootout?
As good as Oregon can look I'm a firm believer that you have to be able to pound teams if necessary. They haven't fared too well against fast, athletic defenses. If the defense is fast enough to minimize their strategy of putting defenders alone in space, they don't have another way to beat you.
I liked Oklahoma's offense with Bradford and AP.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I think you guys just want to||
I think you guys just want to see some acknowledgement that what happened last Saturday wasn't right, and I don't blame you. Count me as dumbfounded that MSU hasn't announced a suspension yet or forced Narduzzi to read a "my comments were taken out of context/not the way we do things here/to the extent I offended anyone I'm sorry" statement.
I'm fully familiar with Dantonio's tactics after witnessing the Jim Sorgi choking and let's face it, there is an inherent conflict of interest in having the person who is paid to win football games also be the person responsible for doling out punishments to his football players. What really surprises me, however, is that no faction of alumni/adminstrators has come forward and said "this is embarrassing and not what we want to be known for." In other words, if Dantonio can't see what's right, where are the reasonable people to turn on the lights? This should have been taken out of his hands by the end of yesterday.
Although MSU has never been on the same plane as Michigan, I lose respect for that institution by the minute.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I must say I was beyond||
I must say I was beyond stunned by MSU's display of unabashed thuggery against Michigan. I haven't seen anything that bad on a football field since Reynolds choked Sorgi, which of course came while the OSU defense was being marshaled by the Dean of Discipline Mark Dantonio. How Gholston hasn't been suspended for trying to rip off Denard's head ina game he was also flagged for throwing a punch is beyond me. What's more, I can't believe Narduzzi actually came out with his comments, which are truly shocking from a coach. Isaiah Williams' idiocy and the absence of a suspension, let alone any acknowledgement of wrongdoing, are just more proof that Dantonio feels he has tapped into something with this team and is willing to sink to great depths in the interests of winning.
We've pointed out that Michigan handled it all pretty well, refusing to lay blame in the media. I'm sure they are all seething behind closed doors and it wouldn't surprise me if Delaney got a DVD from Brady Hoke's office, but he asked his team to take the high road and they did. If nothing else it shows the team has bought in to whatever Hoke is selling and they are squarely behind their new coach. I'm not being solicitous when I say that i was impressed by this.
I don't know how this will play out. MSU has a legitimate defense and will be playing in front of a very hyped nighttime crowd. The thing is, and I say this cautiously, Wisconsin as also had this game marked for a long time, and they are capable of punishing an undisciplined, hyper-aggressive defense. Nebraska chirped about Wisconsin "not playing a defense like ours" and did a fair amount of woofing at the beginning of the game. That only gets you so far. MSU's defense may be better than Nebraska's and the Spartans are good enough to win this game for sure, but I tend to not buy into teams that have to run their mouths and resort to cheapness to claim a psychological advantage. The quietly confident teams usually do best.
I think the key is to start fast and not give up the turnover/special teams plays that further energize the crowd and the team. Match Sparty's intensity but not their emotion. Stay even-keeled, do what they do and let it play out over 4 quarters.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||In fairness to Kill, and I||
In fairness to Kill, and I agree his comments came off poorly, he was probably irked by Tim Brewster's constant bullshitting about the condition the program he left to Kill and some of the other things Brewster did that made Kill's job tougher. Apparently 25 players were academically ineligible when Kill took over. Brewster has also made some stunning statements:
“This is the same group of kids that beat Illinois and Iowa. Same group of kids that played well to start the season at USC.”
“That’s a very talented football team that’s at the University of Minnesota right now. Coach Kill is very fortunate and he knows that,” Brewster told the Daily at Big Ten football media days in Chicago in July
Brewster told the Daily in July that his greatest disappointment was that the Gophers would be going to the Rose Bowl and he would not be there to lead them. Brewster denied making those comments when reached by phone Tuesday.
Patrick Reusse, a longtime Minneapolis journalist, also just came out with some damning accusations of Brewster's conduct on the recruiting trail. I'll bet Kill is dealing with plenty of other very ugly remnants of Tim Brewster's disastrous reign, and while Kill was wrong to downgrade his kids like that, I at least have an idea of where it came from.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||I don't know about better||
I don't know about better talent. Wisconsin's O-Line looks pretty good right now, but when you consider that each of the 3 offensive linemen they lost from last year's team is now starting in the NFL (including a starter for the Cowboys who didn't start for Wisconsin last year), the talent level there is pretty high.
At the skill positions they rotate 2 very talented backs, and Ball is only a junior and White a sophomore. WR Toon is a potential late first round, more likely second round pick. They say the TE Pederson has a chance to be the best to ever play the position at a school that has 3 tight ends starting in the NFL, and Brady Ewing is the #2 fullback on the draft boards I've seen.
The second WR, Abbrederis, is a very good college player and a rising talent as a sophomore but probably lacks the measurables to play in the NFL. Interestingly, Nebraska assigned their top corner Dennard to cover Abbrederis, not Toon, and Abbrederis pretty much torched him anyway.
All in all it's not unreasonable to say that 10 of 11 starters will play in the NFL. In fact the second biggest question mark may be Russell Wilson. He's shorter than the prototypical NFL QB.
So, while Michigan could probably recruit a more explosive player as the #2 receiver, depth at QB and is more than capable of bringing in NFL caliber players across the board it'd be almost unrealistic to expect more talent than Wisconsin has on that offense. It's easy to see why people were so excited to get Wilson. He truly was the one missing piece to the puzzle.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Embarrassing themselves?||
Embarrassing themselves? Against a team that was physically inferior? That's an interesting take. You realize TCU was actually favored right? And the game was pretty close? And TCU's strength all year was its defense?
Do actually watch college football?
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Yes, their fans will be in||
Yes, their fans will be in black.
Nebraska received over 20,000 official ticket requests for an allotment of 3,000 tickets. That's official requests, which obviously doesn't include fans who go the Stubhub route and was also this summer, before fans knew both teams would be in the top 10, the game would be on ABC in prime time, Gameday, etc. I read that UW is preparing for as many as 25,000 Nebraska fans and will set up the Fieldhouse as a viewing center for those who could not get tickets
I manage to get into town from NYC for most of the big games and will be there Saturday. This is the toughest ticket in school history. I've never seen the market like this. Obviously there is significant demand from both sides, but I'll be very interested to see how many Husker fans make it into Camp Randall. So far they are not afraid to spend and are driving the market up pretty high.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||At this point who deserves to||
At this point who deserves to be #3 more than Michigan? It doesn't matter if there are question marks. Everyone has question marks. This ranking isn't a forecast of how the standings will look in December. It's based on what has happened to date, and Michigan is 4-0. OSU is not. Penn State is not. MSU is not. Iowa is not. The conference has been really, really weak so far.
So, while I'm not terribly surprised Michigan is 4-0, I am somewhat surprised they are deservedly the third best team in the conference at this point in the season. But they are deservedly third.
I'm also not sure I see things changing much. You won't have to be very good to do well in this conference. I suspect OSU will find its stride and get a lot better than they showed vs. Miami. Other than that, who is there? MSU has serious issues along both lines. Iowa looks like a team that still has talent in spots but lost too many key players to be a reliable contender (although they may be right there). Penn State is just not a good football team. Illinois is terribly inconsistent. Northwestern will be decent but not great even when they get Persa back. Purdue, Indiana and Minnesota are pretty weak.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Wisconsin got a $1,000,000||
Wisconsin got a $1,000,000 payment from NIU and the opportunity to play in front of the sizable number of UW alumni in Chicago. It was a pretty good deal for a road game.
I suspect we'll start to see more of these arrangements as non-BCS programs try to expand their reach into larger markets. The smaller program gets to showcase itself in a major market against a bigger name opponent that will bring its own fans, and the bigger name opponent gets a nice alumni event in a big city, as well as a little cash.
I've heard UW is close to a similar deal with Boston University at Gillette Stadium. That's obviously not in downtown Boston but it will give UW's alumni in the Boston/CT area a chance to see the Badgers play.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Do you really want the||
Do you really want the Michigan Stadium crowd to be like they are in the SEC? There are some college atmospheres that are loud and still collegiate, largely as a result of well organized, clever student sections (Penn State) or acoustics (Autzen) but the brand of hysteria they boast of in the SEC is not for me.
I'm actually proud that my school doesn't draw 80,000 to a spring game, like they do at Alabama. Sorry, but at least try to pretend there's an academic institution attached to the football program.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||How does the fact that their||
How does the fact that their punter didn't see the field until well ino the 3rd quarter with almost 50 points on the board fit into your little summary? You know what I found exciting? Rich Rodriguez's spread averaging about 5 points in the first half of every game against a bowl team last year. What fun!!
You're embarrassing yourself.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||The US News and World Report||
The US News and World Report rankings are not respected at all in academic circles, certainly not by those in a position to consider conference expansion. They are more interested in a university's research profile given that conference members (together with the University of Chicago) comprise the CIC. Big Ten schools share a huge research fund through the CIC, collaborate on research and use joint purchasing power to lower costs. Research prowess is the main factor member schools would look to when considering a new addition. The US News and World Report ranking is a marketing gimmick.
I believe Nebraska was an AAU member when they were voted in to the conference but they lost it just after the effective date of admission. I also heard Texas was the main proponent of their expulsion. Nebraska's medical school is structured in a way that makes it a separate entity from the rest of the institution, which has a significant negative impact on its AAU standing. I'd never argue that it's a great academic school but its ouster from AAU is maybe a little flukey.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Love him, but if his good||
Love him, but if his good friend Roman couldn't persuade him to come to Chelsea because he wanted to see through his commitment to the Turkish team (and to Russia before that), I don't think he'll come here.
I want to say it's encouraging that they appear to have the replacement lined up, but I'm not sure they could put a deal together with Klinsmann so quickly and quietly
I truly wonder if the poor performances by MLS in these recent friendlies had anything to do with the timing of this. The US soccer people can't be happy about all these European teams coming here and running roughshod over what was thought to be an improving league. Not saying it contributed to the decision, just the timing.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Why did you put "letting up"||
Why did you put "letting up" in quotes? That phrase doesn't appear anywhere in what I wrote and it's not at all what I was arguing. I never claimed Wisconsin "let up" or didn't want to score there. I have no doubt they were trying and wanted points, otherwise they would have taken a knee. Their general tendency in that situation, however, would have been to go to their strength and run the ball, which was working rather well, and at the very worst come away with 3 points. Instead they did something uncharacteristically riskier and came away with none. I guarantee you their OC was angry at himself for getting sloppy with a big lead and would have freely admitted to making a call he would not have made in a closer game.
What about a basketball player who throws a behind the back pass or tries for a reverse dunk with a big lead. Is he letting up? No. But his willingness to try something he wouldn't feel comfortable trying in a closer game is indicative that his mental approach with a huge lead is different than it was at 0-0. And that might be relevant in a debate about the defensive ability of the player guarding him at that point in the game.
All of this by the way, was just one of several examples I offered from the perspective of a fan of the opposing team in question to show that I thought UW's approach to the game might have changed. Does that mean it was easier for Michigan to score? Who knows. It's all just good natured speculation among people who follow this stuff more closely than we should but will never know what really goes on in the heads of those who play the game.
But this is all "flamebating" and "extremely irrational."
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Good lord. How whiny.||
Good lord. How whiny.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I've been reading this debate||
I've been reading this debate and am actually a little surprised it even exists. Wisconsin played a certain game to get a 28-0 first half lead. All the evidence I need to know they changed their philosophy at that point was their drive at the end of the first half, in where they had the ball in the red zone with under a minute left and did something they would never, ever do at that spot on the field if they were really putting a premium on points: they threw the ball into the endzone for an interception. As effective as their passing game was last year, they would normally just pound it in from that spot, especially against a defense that wasn't really able to stop the ground game at all. That's exhibit A that they let their guard down a bit and lost discipline.
it is also 100% accurate to say they were content to trade scores in the second half. It's precisely what they did against OSU as well. They got a big lead and were fine giving up points as long as (1) the drives took time and (2) they could answer with scores when they needed to. This happened all year long. Because of the cushion, teams did not have time to catch up so long as they didn't turn it over, the defense kept everything underneath and the offense could answer with scores of its own. Remember, one of Michigan's second half scores came on a very short field after a Wisconsin WR fumbled after making a catch for a first down. Bielema saw that and realized he could only lose by playing as aggressively as he did in the first half. He shut it down. I can think of a great throw and catch that got behind our defense, other than that they gave Denard exactly what they gave Pryor: 5-7 yard runs that took time off the clock.
This is also why we ran the ball every single play, save one (the fumble), in the second half. The strategy was to just take time off the clock while maintaining a cushion on offense and make Michigan work for their scores so there was no time to mount a comeback. Wisconsin's offense was actually pretty balanced last year. They were good at throwing it out of play action. The fact that they never did this in an entire half should tell you they had focused on sewing up the win in the second half, both offensively and defensively.
Put it this way: I have a vested interest in beating Michigan. In a few recent Wisconsin wins (and one disastrous loss) that got close in the second half I threw things and behaved in such a way that on one such occasion my wife took my daughter and her playdate shopping because I was scaring them. At no point during last year's game was I nervous. The way they were playing fit a blueprint I had seen before and I knew the game was totally in control. That's not statistical evidence, but the "look test" can't be dismissed altogether either.
None of this is to say that Michigan's offense wasn't good last year. It was. With all due respect, however, I don't think it was great. When you average fewer than 7 points in the first half of every game against a decent opponent (PSU, MSU, Iowa, WIS, OSU and MSU), only to come back with points once the game was out of reach, that is a statistical trend. You can't discount the notion that your second half points were the product of a changed mentality by the opposing defense.
As an opposing fan, Michigan scares me a lot more with a talented running back running counters behind a bruising offensive line, a drop back NFL caliber QB throwing to tall speedy receivers and a good tight end, and a 4-3 defense with 300 lb pluggers at tackle and 220 lb safeties. Denard carrying the ball every play and a "light and quick" defense? Not so much. That's nothing against Denard. He's a rare talent. It's like Drew Brees, arguably one of the 5 greatest QBs to play in our conference in the last 20 years. I realize his version of the spread was different than what Rodriguez did, but I still remember them moving the ball up and down the field at will against us, only to run a half back option pass from inside the 5 that was promptly picked off. Those teams never did much against Michigan's physical, athletic corners. The spread relies on maximizing space. When you get close to the goal line the amount of space shrinks. You can beat the spread. On the other hand it's difficult to beat a team that can pound the ball, throw it out of play action, play defense and control the clock, especially a team that can recruit kids like Michigan can. Mixing in other elements is fine, but I do not think you can have sustained success without that physical element as part of your game.
In sum, without having seen what Brady Hoke can do I'd say getting back to Michigan's traditional principles and tweaking them is the right idea. It was never really broken, was it? Maybe in need of some paint but not a down to the studs renovation. I know that has been debated ad nauseam here but that's an outsider's take.
Sorry for the length . . .
|4 years 23 weeks ago||I would argue the obscurity||
I would argue the obscurity factor makes European soccer jerseys that much more acceptable. My kids and I are avid followers, and they are big time soccer jersey collectors. I started to notice the jerseys are really comfortable for lounging or as workout gear. The team branded adidas clima cool shorts are also great for playing basketball or running. I'm not above wearing an Argentina, Holland, Chelsea or Barca shirt out and around. The white collared jersey England wore in the 2010 World Cup is actually a pretty nice shirt and I love my long sleeved red version as well. This spread to Rugby and I wear my All Blacks jersey with jeans all the time.
i would not feel right about wearing the jersey of a domestic team, though a Red Wings jersey is tempting. That most people don't know anything about the European soccer shirt I'm wearing somehow makes it more palatable for me. Having said that, I don't judge. It's just my personal taste and I can't logically justify it.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Wisconsin picked up its 5th||
Wisconsin picked up its 5th commitment yesterday in Kyle Dodson, a 4* offensive lineman out of Ohio. 24/7 has him as the #9 ranked prospect in the state and he had an OSU offer. I understand he was also considering Michigan and had an offer there as well.
I don't know if this is proof of the scandal having a negative impact on recruiting but it is certainly interesting that a lifelong OSU fan who was said to be waiting for an OSU offer finally got it, and then promptly committed to UW. While I happen to think Wisconsin can recruit offensive linemen with anyone and our most talented recruiter covers Ohio, pulling a kid like this out from under OSU can't be a great sign for them.
On the other hand, I think it's wise to wait until signing day to see what happens with kids like this. He verballed during the height of the scandal. Things may settle down and stabilize for OSU, in which case I wouldn't be surprised to see some Ohio prospects change their minds and turn back to the Buckeyes (assuming they have spots left). Either way, UW is off to a very nice start.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Everyone knew Bielema was||
Everyone knew Bielema was brought in to succeed Alvarez but they were smart in not announcing it as a formal arrangement. Bielema was a talented defensive coordinator in his own right. The idea was to let him run the defense while he learned how to run the program under Alvarez, all while Alvarez could train him and assess whether he was the right guy.
It worked out well overall but the process was not without its snags. There was a lot of resentment among older assistants who spent considerable time working under Alvarez, especially when Bielema indicated he would take a look at the staff from scratch rather than automatically retain Alvarez's people or elevate them to the coordinator positions. This led to some shakiness in 2008, but Bielema has gotten things together since then and maintained a good staff/program identity.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||I'm not sure he has to carry||
I'm not sure he has to carry the offense or even be the focal point. They have a lot of pieces in place. They just needed an experienced game manager type who can be efficient in the passing game. That he has the ability to make plays and extend drives with his feet is a great bonus but not really crucial to the success of the offense.
Wisconsin has another talented offensive line in place. They lose two great players there but are still pretty loaded. 6 UW OL earned All Big Ten recognition last year, which shows the depth considering there are only 5 spots on the OL. They get back their top two running backs in White and Ball and have some great talent behind them, including a very talented incoming freshman in Melvin Gordon, who will get to develop slowly behind Ball and White. They have pretty good talent at WR, led by a returning Toon. And, the defense was expected to be the real strength of the team. The missing piece, a huge one at that, was a capable QB. Looks like they have added it. Who knows what happens on the field, but I feel a lot better now than I did two months ago.
The real key to our offense last year was balance. The running game was great, largely because Tolzien and the passing game were too good for teams to sell out to stop the run. The QB in our system does not have to be Tom Brady. He simply needs to protect the ball and be good enough to prevent defenses from keying on the running back all the time. If Russell can fill that role the team could be decent again. I know most Badger fans were thinking this year could see 9-10 wins, possibly 8 due to the QB, with 2012 shaping up to be a special, BCS type season. Maybe Russell moves up that timetable, maybe he doesn't. I just can't see us being worse with him on the field than we were with the QBs who played in the spring game.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||What is the methodology for||
What is the methodology for this ranking? Wisconsin is higher than Michigan in Rivals average, Scout average, 24/7 average and has a higher percentage of recruits on the ESPN watchlist, yet UW is ranked 5th and Michigan 1st.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Believe it or not this is a||
Believe it or not this is a fairly crowded space in the LA food market. Despite its reputation for being obsessed with health and glitz, LA is almost peerless when it comes to junk food dives. Pink's, Tommy's, Carney's, Tail O' the Pup, Cassell's, The Apple Pan, even chains like In N' Out and Fatburger. Then there are the countless roadside taco/burrito stands that quietly serve up a top shelf burger (the one I used to go to near Koreatown, just east of Vermont, made one of the best burgers I've ever had).
Glad to see they are bringing this Detroit staple to LA. I'm quite familiar with Lafayette and we've always said a coney would do well here in New York. As alluded to in this thread it's not a business I'd ever get into. Especially in this town.