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|17 hours 1 min ago||that's silly||
We can't control how good MSU is or how well they play against us. You seem to be saying that if MSU turns out to be as good as they were last year or better, we lose to them by 1 point but sweep the rest of our schedule and win our bowl to finish 12-1, that would be a bad season.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I really like your tables||
Nice, compact way to display a team's experience and recruiting rankings.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I don't think the interior can get worse||
With everyone back and apparently a more rational scheme, it should get better. Of course the tackles project to be significantly worse, so the collective could easily be worse. My best guess is that it won't be quite as bad, assuming that Nussmeier indeed sticks to one scheme instead of changing it up every other week like Borges did.
|1 week 2 days ago||OSU without Miller||
I'd be surprised if there are only 7 teams that project to be better than OSU at this point. OSU has an imposing DL and a lot of question marks almost everywhere else. Collectively the new guys could be very good or pretty poor. They could end up anywhere from 6-6 to 11-1, but my best guess for them now would be about 9-3. I think they should still be favored to beat us with our shaky OL, but only because they're at home.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't think their OL situation is quite that bad||
Decker did well enough as a starter, and Elflein played well when forced into action. Beyond that, they have guys who didn't have to play and may or may not be ready for B1G competition. In contrast, we have guys who either struggled (except for arguably Glasgow) or couldn't beat out the guys who struggled.
That said, I agree with your basic take. Their DL should be formidable, but they have a lot of question marks almost everywhere else.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||heh||
You recommended the same EPL teams I would have picked, except I wouldn't recommend Stoke unless you're willing to tolerate more risk. The other four are rich enough to compete for places in Europe, but not so rich that you feel guilty rooting for them. I started following the EPL after the 2010 World Cup and went with Liverpool because Pink Floyd's "Fearless" ends with Liverpool fans singing "You'll Never Walk Alone".
|5 weeks 2 days ago||that's weird||
I went to the 2004 Rose Bowl alone in M gear. Almost all the USC fans I encountered were polite, and none of them were threatening.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||midmajors||
For the midmajors we should be playing the locals: Eastern's there this year, but let's see more of Central, Western, Oakland U, Detroit, Toledo, and Bowling Green. Better teams, and more fan interest.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||expectations||
I think 8 or 9 regular season wins, no losses by more than two scores, and an offensive line that is at least mediocre by the end of the season would be a reasonable expectation. Because of the OL, I think this offense has a pretty low ceiling.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||nice work||
I think you're putting too much weight on recruiting rankings, though. They represent the experts' best guess about how a high school player will develop, but ultimately they're still guesses about high school players. I would only mention them for the freshmen, with the notation something like FR(3*) for a 3 star.
I might set the columns up like this: returning standout (say, 2nd team all-conference or better), returning starter, returning contributor (as you've already defined it), others. You could still denote multi-year starters or contributors with JR2 or SR2.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||goalies can play a loooong time||
Brad Friedel was still the regular goalie for Tottenham at age 40, and still the backup last year at age 42.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||baller!||
"Swagtruck baller" has to become a tag for this site.
Seriously, I like the Stanford offer. It suggests low academic risk.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think they'll park the bus||
I think they'll play like Argentina did against Iran: the attackers will attack, but they won't throw everyone forward. As dangerous as Germany is, they don't have great speed at the back and they don't want to get burned on the counter.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||upvoted||
For being funny and for Zappa.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||Bacon nailed it||
Brandon thinks too much like a short-sighted CEO (pump up the profits this quarter) and not enough like the head of a nonprofit (stick to your stated mission as closely as possible without losing money).
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I thought the same thing||
Brabbs lived in my apartment building that year. After I got home, I put a note saying "you da man" on his door.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||that was mine too||
even though I wasn't there. That was the first game I went into thinking that we were totally screwed, and then we came out and won impressively.
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||ok, moving on||
Wagner is fresh for this game, Waldrop isn't although it would have been nice if M could have made her throw more than 95 pitches.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||M wins by two feet!||
Good enough for me. Bring on the Noles.
|15 weeks 11 hours ago||Phx||
I played 9 holes of golf in Phoenix one day when it was about 110.
|15 weeks 21 hours ago||I had OSU as the Lannisters||
...they wear red, and still in charge but looking a bit shaky. Like the article I had MSU as the Tyrells (upstarts, wear green) and Neb as the Martells (geographically isolated, last to join up) but PSU as the Starks (once strong, now picking up the pieces), Illinois as the Tullys (screwed), and M as the Night's Watch (up north, not as strong as we used to be).
|15 weeks 21 hours ago||and||
the Tyrells wear green, just like Sparty!
|15 weeks 1 day ago||warped minds think alike||
I did the same thing, before reading this thread.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||he's more like Cersei||
He looks after his own family to some extent, but treats everyone else like crap.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||agree||
It wasn't just that we lost those 3 games. If we had salvaged 2 of those 4 losses against Minnesota and Wisconsin, we would be hosting a regional.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||just wait||
Delany has seen the future and in the future the only thing that matters is basic cable packages in the biggest possible media markets. So the next phase of expansion is Miami (the U!) and Georgia Tech. Then the B1G will become the B16 because it's easy enough to convert a G into a 6.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||yeah||
Indy is a doable day trip for half the conference. DC is close to just 3 teams, 2 of which have a history of doing absolutely nothing in basketball.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||fumbles||
A fumble recovery is usually less impressive than a forced fumble or interception, but I can see why the coaches would try to get players to just pounce on the loose ball for a near-sure recovery instead of trying to scoop it up and run with it. A lot of times a defensive guy will try to pick it up in stride and just bobble it out of bounds or back to an offensive player.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||recommendations||
If you're looking for an EPL team to follow I recommend Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, or Everton. They have enough money (or in Everton's case, almost enough) to compete for Champions League spots, but not so much money that you feel like you're rooting for the Yankees.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Washington unis||
Gold helmet/purple jersey/gold pants looks good except I'm not sure about that triangle in the upper left corner of the number. It looks like a pull tab. White helmet/white pants doesn't have enough gold, it looks like something Northwestern could wear. Black anything is stupid because it isn't one of their colors.