landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|8 hours 16 min ago||On this point I totally||
On this point I totally agree. Additionally, Baylor will probably want someone who can control players and coaches to keep things straight. This suggests to me that the Shane Morris situation would be as big of a red flag as the Gibbons issue.
|10 hours 34 min ago||Hoke declined to be||
Hoke declined to be forthright to the press, possibly under directive from his AD. The player's investigation was in no way interfered with by him or other officials, and in fact was pursued with a zeal that some found controversial.
Briles supervised a regime in which investigations were actively suppressed and victims were retaliated against on multiple occasions.
I don't think these things are on the same planet. You might not, either, but the wording of your post suggests that you think they're in the same category. I would agree that this might give Baylor pause, since publicity is an issue, but the way the thought comes out is an issue.
Recruiting is indeed a problem.
|10 hours 39 min ago||I think both Bama and LSU||
I think both Bama and LSU want to win, and will pursue the best candidate. Granted, Alabama can win with a "traditional" type guy, but they aren't going to hire a Hoke type just to line up under center. Granted, though, a guy like Kirby Smart, if he excels, will be an easy hire for them. And of course there is no sign that Saban is going to slow down yet.
LSU will also pursue the best guy, regardless of style. And Herman, following Meyer's lead, plays a style that is unique but is hardly soft; I think that he might be the best coaching candidate period next year, and that means a school like LSU will be looking for him.
Herman knows how to run a powerful spread offense; he was destroying Alabama with a pretty basic power/counter running package out of the gun a year ago with OSU. It's not basketball on grass, and it is not prone to big-game frustration the way Oregon's offense is. I think any major school would be delighted to get him.
|10 hours 44 min ago||I don't think that your||
I don't think that your scenario is actually on the table; this strikes me as a false choice. And, at any rate, OSU is not going to lose 8-10 guys early every year. Some years, yes, but that's when they have such incredible talent that they lose two games in two years and win a national title while beating us twice. Alabama, #1 in recruiting every year and the reigning champions, sent only 2 players. And Clemson, which hovers around #10 in recruiting every season (the ballpark you've suggested) lost 7 guys.
So I would rather recruit in the top 3 every season. Without question.
|10 hours 53 min ago||I think it's pretty clear||
I think it's pretty clear that Harbaugh goes after the big fish. And it's pretty clear that, for all the worrying we did last year about the volume of 3-stars last summer, Harbaugh finishes big and lands strong recruits.
It's hard to make any judgments beyond that. Michigan finished neck-and-neck with OSU in recruiting last season and landed the top recruit in the country. OSU's big lead this year was built before Michigan had snapped a ball in anger. The key now is to prove that Michigan merits the same standing as OSU in the eyes of recruits by winning on the field. This year.
Beyond that it is impossible to evaluate whether or not Harbaugh's recruiting approach is missing anything.
|11 hours 31 min ago||The chances of that happening||
The chances of that happening again are very, very small.
|11 hours 36 min ago||Interesting idea. Very||
Interesting idea. Very interesting. The only problem is that he's not a match with their roster at all--logically, they would want someone who can utilize the talent they have, playing like Briles did. Singletary is a Manball type.
But he would bring integrity to the program.
|11 hours 38 min ago||I've blasted teams like||
I've blasted teams like Purdue for not having any guts in their coaching hires, but this is a bridge too far, even next year.
If Briles works again (not implausible) it will be in some corner of a lesser conference, or for a run-down ethically questionable school that's in the dumps.
Or: Hey, look, Ole Miss might need a coach.
|11 hours 41 min ago||Herman already turned down||
Herman already turned down South Carolina, apparently with this in mind. He just signed a contract. He is staying at Houston on purpose.
He can afford to wait. He will win 10+ games a year until Texas or LSU open up (or Alabama by retirement, I guess). No reason to rewrite the program at Baylor when you can do it next year using a roster loaded with 5-stars.
|11 hours 46 min ago||I disagree with you about||
I disagree with you about Buck, but that will happen.
But you lost me with Michaels, one of the great announcers of all time. You could even argue that he's not your cup of tea, but the idea that he's "living off the Miracle" is beyond absurd.
|11 hours 48 min ago||There is simply no way that||
There is simply no way that all of the things that conspired to keep Les Miles from Michigan happened "by accident." There were people who didn't want him to come (perhaps there were some bad reasons, but given what I suspect goes on at LSU I remain grateful that he did not come here even knowing what happened instead) and they made sure that he did not. The process was a disaster from beginning to end, so the chaotic way Les didn't come wound up fitting right in.
Bill Martin is a smart guy. He has money. There is no way his sailing trip was not intentional. No way at all. And, believe it or not, I respect him for that.
|11 hours 53 min ago||I don't think Fowler is a bad||
I don't think Fowler is a bad PbP guy, but he's not great, which is a contrast from the peerless work he did behind the Gameday desk.
The thing is, play-by-play is both difficult work AND work which requires a certain level of born-and-nurtured gifts that just aren't universally available. You need both the right kind of voice and the right use of it. Some people just don't have it. There's no shame in not being gifted with that talent any more than there's any shame for a guy who can't be a center in the NBA because he's not 6'11.
|11 hours 57 min ago||It's possible. It's also||
It's possible. It's also possible that it's a combination of distance and age--Patrick is not a spring chicken anymore, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that he follows the trend of using binoculars to pick out numbers on the field (a lot of good guys have done this, especially late in careers, but surely it is more disorienting than watching with the naked eye). In his prime he was quite good, but this appears to just be a mental blip where he briefly mixed up who was home and who was away.
|12 hours 23 min ago||Really wanted to bash you for||
Really wanted to bash you for this thread but I respect mea culpas like this.
|12 hours 25 min ago||I have no idea if he is||
I have no idea if he is actually a jerk or not, because I don't know anyone who knows or is affected by him.
But purely on an objective, professional level, listening to him makes me want to drill out my eardrums with crochet hooks. The idea of him doing a daily radio show gives me the willies; perhaps he is a Manchurian Candidate planted by Sirius XM to persuade customers to pay for satellite radio.
|12 hours 25 min ago||Art Briles would leave this||
Art Briles would leave this thread up.
|12 hours 29 min ago||The plain fact is that as||
The plain fact is that as long as Urban Meyer is coach at Ohio State, the best we can hope for is parity in the rivalry. Urban Meyer is, by objective accomplishment and by the eye test, one of the two best coaches in college football. He and Saban are the only two active coaches to have won multiple national titles. Walking backward, the list of coaches to have achieved that is surprisingly small: Joe Paterno (last one in the 80s), Bobby Bowden, Pete Carroll, Tom Osborne, Dennis Erickson (those Miami teams...), and Barry Switzer dating back to the 80s. That's it.
A recruit knows that under Saban or Meyer: they will win big, they will play in the playoff, and they will have a great shot at the NFL. Nobody else, not even Harbaugh, can yet promise this to a recruit.
Hopefully JH gets to the same level. He has made a good start. This year is crucial to prove that he is on the way there.
|18 hours 41 min ago||Why on earth would either||
Why on earth would either conference do that? I could at least understand the B1G being miffed that ND spurned them for the ACC, but that's a pretty lousy reason to cut off your own members from playing them. The Pac 12 has no reason to do this at all--Notre Dame is not and never has been a prospective member, and they are an important opponent for the conference's teams.
Neither conference cares about Notre Dame's conference status if they're not a candidate to join, nor should they.
|18 hours 44 min ago||I'm on board with you guys.||
I'm on board with you guys. And if we played them every third year, or a home-and-home every five years, that would be... about as much as we play anyone in the B1G west. So they're a rival but we don't need to see each other every season. I think this idea makes a lot of sense.
|18 hours 46 min ago||Concur. Stuff like that is||
Concur. Stuff like that is always hard to tell, but in the moments of greatest hysteria the one or two key sources there seemed to have everything days or even weeks ahead of everyone else.
At any rate, they called us getting Harbaugh and they were right.
Regarding the OP: I think getting North Dakota on the Hockey schedule is a great idea, let's do it, perhaps with an associate conference membership.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Nice try WD||
Nice try WD
|1 day 12 hours ago||What the table actually says,||
What the table actually says, using PFR's approximate value stat (that treats the OL pretty brutally FWIW), is that of the 100 best post-merger seasons registered by rookies, 13 were by wide receivers. That's decent, not great.
Most of the guys that did well were average players that fit into perfect niches, like Terry Glenn in New England in 1996. Even Randy Moss, dominant though he was (by far the best WR rookie season by this metric) benefited from playing on one of the all-time great offenses.
Mostly experience and statistics tell me that expecting prime-level performance from rookie receivers is foolish. A guy like OBJ will occasionally come along, but more frequently you will see future greats turning in decidely average rookie years. Terrell Owens getting 35 catches, Julio Jones catching 54, Michael Irvin 32, Larry Fitzgerald 58. Or worse, as in Herman Moore and Steve Smith; 11 and 10 catches, respectively.
Breaking into the NFL is hard.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I will grant that the Florida||
I will grant that the Florida game does give some pause, but there were two factors working in our favor: First, Florida's offense was abominable for the last half of the season and they could barely score against anybody. Second, there was some behavior trouble on Florida and my best guess is that the bowl game was a classic motivational mismatch, where one team is fragile and/or half-hearted while the other is ready to tear walls down. Think the RichRod Gator Bowl for another example.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Actually, this is wrong.||
Actually, this is wrong. Rookie receivers traditionally have a hard time performing at elite levels in their rookie years. Only Randy Moss and Odell Beckham Jr. have really bucked that trend. Virtually every other great receiver that you can think of had a rookie season that was statistically unimpressive relative to the bulk of their careers. Neither Jerry Rice nor Calvin Johnson, for example, caught 50 passes in their rookie seasons.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I said in the thread that my||
I said in the thread that my thought was Peppers. Not just for his immense talent, or even for all of the different things he can do, but because (at least, in last year's scheme) he's the lynchpin that allows the defense to play the way it does everywhere on the field. Without him you not only have someone with far less talent, but also someone else playing in a role that is suboptimal.
I feel bad for how Deveon has to be deprecated in this "irreplaceable" concept, but the idea is just absurd. Except for the very best RBs (and there are two, maybe three guys like that in the country, and perhaps two or three total on the NFL level) the position just doesn't provide much difference between the starter and an "average" player. It would stink big time if Smith weren't able to play, but there are at least a couple of guys who can be 80-90% of what he is ready to go.
There are several players we expect to start for whom that is not the case.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I think your first idea is||
I think your first idea is worth a shot, though I do actually enjoy a goalie who can play the puck. There's also the adrenaline of a goalie firing the puck along the boards with an opponent in the neighborhood; goalie misplays do occasionally result in goals. But yeah, try it. The quadrilateral is pretty dumb anyway.
The second idea isn't going to change anything. Goal differential, a close cousin of scoring, has long been the key tie-breaker in European Soccer Leagues. It is nice to reward offense with something, but a tie-breaker is simply not enough of a reward to influence teams to alter what they believe is otherwise a winning strategy. A team whose roster makeup suggests that their best strategy is to force tight, low-scoring games is still going to do this and hope to avoid a tie.
And a tie really doesn't matter much when there are 16 playoff spots anyway. It is the difference in seeding, or the difference between missing the playoffs and getting swept in the first round. Nobody is going to add a forechecker for it.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I freely admit that as a||
I freely admit that as a non-player I do not have the insight into this issue that others do.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Olympic hockey is great, of||
Olympic hockey is great, of course. Which is why Gary Bettman flirts with killing it every year. But it is great for far more reasons than wide ice.
For starters, the top level of the sport features all of the best players. Instead of 30 teams sharing the best players, you have four or five.
And the national team nature allows for both the best parts of team-work (guys who grew up together in the same system, reuniting) and the elimination of the most frustrating aspects of team-building (sophisticated defensive systems installed by coaches over the course of multiple seasons at a pro franchise). It thus allows for both good team play and a good showcase of individual skill.
2002 was one of my great hockey years ever. The Olympics, the Yost Regional, the Wings. But I also remember, with sickening clarity, watching an NHL game shortly after the Olympics ended. Between Washington and someone like Boston or Philly. It was slow. Ugly. Horrifying. And all the worse in comparison to the brilliance we had just seen the week before.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Hey I'm just going to take||
Hey I'm just going to take every point of this because it's Wednesday afternoon and how better to procrastinate than this?
10. I don't think flipping the puck out is exactly the same as icing because icing can sometimes be in doubt depending upon other players and can also be the result of a missed home-run pass. Flipping the puck out stops play, full stop.
But I also hate how frequently a gigantic power play is awarded to a team late in a game or even in overtime because refs have no choice but to call this penalty, even when it is obviously an attempted carom pass that just missed.
So I think treating this like icing is worth a try. If it breaks the game, change back.
9. I've hated the NHL's weird multi-point system since it was established, so I am on board with this. It entered the theatre of the absurd when the Blackhawks (I think it was them) went on that big "unbeaten" streak several years ago that the NHL was, as it often does, trying to push as some big deal that transcended many sports, even though they had left the ice with a loss a few times.
Honestly, as much as don't like calling shootouts full wins and as much as I'd rather avoid ties, I think we need to just plain go to wins and losses. You should not have to look at four columns when you look at the standings.
8. I think Brian has kicked the wider blue line idea around before; perhaps Alton has. I like it, it should be tried.
7. I'm not sure about this. On the one hand it would be nice to keep play moving if a team crosses into the zone offside; on the other hand touch-up offsides already exists and the net effect of this could end up allowing teams in the lead to play fast and loose with the line and stall for time, when the trailing team could really use that whistle.
6. Passive offsides would be impossible to enforce. Soccer is a slower game using far more space; it's a lot easier to address there. In hockey, it's much tougher to make the right call the moment the infraction occurs and would be even tougher if players aren't sure who is offside when the call is made. I think this would be unworkable, with or without the implementation of #7.
5. That ship has sailed. There was a lot of talk about the possibility of moving the NHL to Olympic Ice 15 years ago. The NCAA recommended it, and new facilities popped up with wider rinks. The 2002 Olympic Hockey competition, still the best hockey I've ever seen in my life, was entrancing.
But no move was made by the NHL and since then an entire crop of arenas has been built with the old ice size. The last couple of dinosaur arenas are being phased out. The new stadium bubble has burst. There simply aren't going to be many new arenas.
And so a team would be foolish to install an Olympic-sized sheet now, playing half of their games on the "comfortable" sheet but then shoehorning their offense and their defensive angles into smaller rinks the rest of the time. It is telling that recent NCAA rink builds have gone back to the NHL size--as long as major conference and NCAA tournament games continue to be played on NHL ice, there is no reason for a team to invest millions in a new arena and play on a different size.
It would have been a nice idea. It didn't happen; it probably never will.
4. I like this idea, but a friend of mine who played goalie in lower-level college hockey years ago and still plays adult league quite a bit thinks this isn't the way to go. He believes the pads should be smaller. I don't know that this could be done, but he wants the top of the leg pads lowered, because right now it is too easy to cover the five-hole and the bottom of the goal.
He might be right. He has, at least, actually played. I tend to think widening the goals will help, though.
(About invalidating records: watch film of the games played in the 80s when every record was set. The game was completely different. And goaltending was a big part of it--your average Gretzky highlight package will include a nice pass, a nice breakaway, and a goal shot from outside the faceoff circle that gets in that would get stopped 99 times out of 100 today but scored regularly then).
3. I feel like this would be too imbalanced. A couple of bad shifts could basically turn the tide of a game that would otherwise remain competitive.
2 & 1: Who among us hasn't set out to write a list of a certain length and run out of things to say before we ran out of numbers?
|1 day 17 hours ago||I'm already living the dream.||
I'm already living the dream. I would love to be doing the same thing in ten years that I am doing now. Plus ten years of growth, maturity, children growing up, etc.
It's not a sure thing or anything, but I love serving where I am.