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|7 hours 50 min ago||Season is still early. We'll||
Season is still early. We'll know more after the next two weeks. I expect OSU to round into fine form by the time they come to visit; I am trying very hard, and mostly unsuccessfully, to suppress ecstatic visions of what we will do to MSU in two weeks.
|8 hours 36 min ago||This is no surprise at all.||
This is no surprise at all. It's a significant game, worthy of a good time slot, and it's not going to be at night. This is an easy no-brainier.
Almost certainly on ABC, too. If that's decided after the weekend, I would guess that both teams losing could thwart that.
|8 hours 52 min ago||Honestly, this is just "meh."||
Honestly, this is just "meh." It's not ugly, it's not cool, it's not crazy. The logo is fine, but it's something I'd expect to see designed by a tourism board. It doesn't bother me, but it has no hook to it either.
FWIW while the image appears to be a scope, consistent with the "exploration/vision" theme of the design, Lewis & Clark most certainly did carry a significant quantity of arms with them and made use of them with some frequency.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Yeah. If Northwestern players||
Yeah. If Northwestern players were wearing, say, Oklahoma jerseys, they would be a top five team right now. Our defense is great, but Northwestern beat a good Duke team and absolutely throttled a Stanford team that is suddenly lighting up the Pac 12. They're good and have one of the best wins in the country.
I think it's a tossup. No way this should be a big line.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Woodson's epic interview:||
Woodson's epic interview: "Same old Jay."
Yep, same old Jay. And same old Charles Woodson.
|1 day 20 hours ago||What's the precedent for||
What's the precedent for this? When has it happened? Strong is not the first African American to coach in college football, much less other sports. When has a furor erupted before?
Do you think that, if he should be fired, it is because of race?
|1 day 21 hours ago||There might be a furor at a||
There might be a furor at a place like Michigan. I'm not at all sure that would happen at Texas. Not everybody sees the everything through the prism of grievance. The culture in Texas and, surprisingly to us, large swaths of the south overall, is more harmonious than what we are accustomed to in the North.
At any rate, I would be more inclined to lend credence to your theory if there were any precedent for it. So far that has just not occurred; the only time I can even remember such an issue coming up was when Ty Willingham was fired from Notre Dame, and that dissolved almost as quickly as it began.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Fair points, but money and||
Fair points, but money and winning are, respectively, powerful motives to overlook old issues.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Honestly, why should this||
Honestly, why should this matter? Was he hired on merit, or was he hired to check a box? If RichRod had been a different color, would he/should he have gotten a fourth year? Hoke, were he a minority, received a fifth?
Little would be worse for the prospect of increasing the number of African American coaches in college and the NFL than allowing an unwritten pressure to prevent schools from firing such coaches when the teams underperform. If such a pressure existed, a team would be reluctant to hire an African American, for fear that they would not be able to deal with underperformance if it occurred.
Look, college football has some unpleasant racial history in its past. But the fact that Bear Bryant had to get trounced by "Bam" Cunningham's USC team to start fielding black players hasn't prevented Alabama from getting the best African American recruits. Ole Miss is recruiting just fine and they have both a history of segregation and a mascot who represents the Confederacy.
Maybe coaches are just judged on the content of their coaching.
|1 day 21 hours ago||To be fair, it will take||
To be fair, it will take Riley time to develop the team the way he wants it.
But I don't think anybody really believed in him when he was hired and it is hard to see him succeeding now. Nebraska needs a Dantonio type that is excellent at developing players, since they can no longer recruit the way they used to when they won big under Osborne. I think Herman would have been a great hire for them, but they wanted none of it.
For what it's worth, I thought Florida's hire of Mcelwain was pretty weak, too, but so far things look pretty good over there.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Hoke really wouldn't have||
Hoke really wouldn't have been ok if he had just flipped the Rutgers and Maryland games to wins, would he? Of course not. It was already over--fans had bailed and so had recruits. It would scarcely have been less intense if the Shane Morris incident hadn't occurred; that mostly served to wreck DB, Hoke's last hope of protection.
Same thing wrecked Gene Chizik at Auburn. He had barely finished brushing off the confetti from his national title before the fans stopped even showing up at games. Strong is looking at the same revolt here.
|1 day 21 hours ago||To be fair, OSU had a 13-year||
To be fair, OSU had a 13-year transition in which they endured John Cooper, the ultimate coaching Manchurian Candidate.
|1 day 21 hours ago||They should go after Art||
They should go after Art Briles or maaaaaybe Gary Patterson. Briles produces. Yeah, his teams aren't great on defense--back up the bank truck and hire a great DC (except ours, we like ours). Hasn't he shown enough?
Both he and Patterson have taken tiny football also-rans that could hope to be no better than 4th or 5th in their own state and turned them into perennial national championship contenders. It doesn't get recognized enough how astonishing that is. Neither of these teams have any business being better than Texas at any time, and they OWN them right now.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Dantonio is, alas, a very||
Dantonio is, alas, a very good coach, but is he well-suited for Texas? Michigan State allowed him the time to develop his program and does not demand much from a coach as the head of a program; at Texas you're expected to charm the donors as well as produce a football team. Further, while Dantonio has improved his recruiting, recruiting great players has never been his strength; he gets his guys and coaches them up. That has not, in the past, been the Texas profile.
And in that state it never will be. Now, perhaps a coach can adapt--Urban Meyer's offense certainly handled top recruits just fine--but Texas is a place that demands success right away. Strong is practically gone, and he hasn't even coached a season and a half yet.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Never thought I'd feel||
Never thought I'd feel sympathy for Texas fans, and it's not like they don't have some pretty serious recent success to look back to, but I'm getting close here. What a trainwreck. We, of course, know how that feels.
It's easy to pile onto programs that are falling apart, popcorn in hand, but I genuinely think Strong has been dealt a bad hand here, even if he has played it poorly. What's most startling about this, if true, is that the player in question is a freshman--that's supposed to be one of "his" guys.
Really, Texas looked like things were improving after the Cal comeback, but they still haven't notched that W. The Saban/Chip talks will begin to accelerate now.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Remember how Colin Kaepernick||
Remember how Colin Kaepernick carved up the Packers under Harbaugh a couple of years ago?
It really is a tragedy that Gardner never got to play for Harbaugh. I believe he would've been great.
|2 days 21 hours ago||BYU has already significantly||
BYU has already significantly exceeded their offensive totals from last week, less than ten minutes in.
That it's after two drives and a mere seven points? Oh, yeah.
|2 days 21 hours ago||"Right now UConn just does||
"Right now UConn just does not have an answer for this BYU offense..."
Music, sweet music.
|3 days 3 hours ago||He did go on th record,||
He did go on th record, though, in the interview with Heiko. Heiko asked, he answered.
|3 days 8 hours ago||They won't skyrocket until||
They won't skyrocket until the game sells out, and right now they're not even close. Huge swaths of unsold tickets carpet the corners of the upper deck. It is far, far likelier that the game does not sell out at all and that prices begin dropping as anxious sellers look to unload tickets that will not move at face value.
When I travel somewhere distant I want to have tickets already arranged, since I'm banking a trip on attending the game, so I will buy ahead of time. But buying now, with thousands of tickets for sale at $60, is unwise. Especially since Minnie can barely beat MAC teams right now.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Yeah, I think this is a||
Yeah, I think this is a "rising tide lifts all boats" situation. Seth is helping create a larger market for tickets, because more people will think, "this is something I can do" and give it a shot. It was a revelation for me after high school that I had disposable income, a car, and time... And that an easy combination of those would allow me to watch UM-OSU in Columbus. "I can actually DO this," is the idea.
And this feature, which I love even though I'm not really the market for it, tells people that they can do that. People who rarely consider attending home games, or regular attenders who have never before considered a road trip to Happy Valley (one of the ones that got away for me, alas).
Tiqiq will benefit.
|5 days 7 hours ago||My guess is that it is an||
My guess is that it is an intermittent feature. The market really didn't have much reason to move after UNLV, for example, so why invest time and energy in it? Games that are pretty far out take time to have market corrections.
I'm hopeful for a post this week.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Worth noting that Joaquin is||
Worth noting that Joaquin is occurring in a relatively unpredictable timeframe. Some weather patterns are easier to predict than others.
This info courtesy of @RyanMaue, who is a meteorologist who specializes in long-term forecasts and focuses a lot on storms like these. He is a bit wonky, but he's a worthy follow if you like following severe weather. And he's a Michigan Grad and mitten ex-pat that I worked with at Meijer for a year before he did his grad work at FSU, so he will occasionally look at Michigan's weather.
|1 week 7 hours ago||I will say this: the||
I will say this: the double-fake screen was a fun and effective play, but a strange play with a fake look that doesn't match any other look the team presents for the whole game is the one thing Al Borges was pretty good at in his time at Michigan. He loved to cook up unusual plays and install them every week. Some of them worked pretty well.
The critical difference is that Michigan executes everything else well and has a coherent offense apart from the funny stuff.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Yes. It is great to be||
Yes. It is great to be excited about football again.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Brady Hoke declined to wear a||
Brady Hoke declined to wear a set at Michigan because if he wore one Dave Brandon would use it to send in playcalls.
|1 week 8 hours ago||It's possible, but there are||
It's possible, but there are too many narrow conditions to be met here. This is shooting the moon--if this happens AND that happens AND this team is upset AND that team exceeds expectations, etc. This, to me, is just a symptom of B1G teams not choking in very many should-win non-conference games. Nice, but should be unremarkable.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Not likely. I checked on||
Not likely. I checked on Saturday, there are plenty of tickets available from the ticket office. Big swaths of the upper deck corners are unsold; this almost certainly won't sell out.
Dressing warm is good advice. The game is at night, and the temperature won't be mild. I was at the same game you were; the stadium itself is unspectacular but pleasant, and I really enjoyed it.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Wolverine Pride also||
Wolverine Pride also mentioned this. It's a good suggestion; it neglects to mention that the fairgrounds are the only real tailgate location available. The tailgate scene near the Stadium is extremely scarce, and the few lots that even exist are limited to pass holders. This is an issue of some debate amongst the fanbase, but there just isn't the space for it nearby.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Not true, actually. 94 takes||
Not true, actually. 94 takes you quite a bit out of your way to Milwaukee. One must take 90 for significant portions of the trip.