STW P. Brabbs
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|1 day 4 hours ago||I dunno||
For now I don't really Brian's NCAA bitching, as it might be keeping the inches devoted to football bitchiness down to a minimum.
Careful what you wish for and all that.
|1 day 5 hours ago||EDIT: Shit, just realized --||
EDIT: Shit, just realized -- this is satire, right?
|1 day 5 hours ago||Agreed: acting like most||
Agreed: acting like most teams in the country do not also have coaches who did not play the position they are coaching seems to be an example of the pervasive bitchiness Brian's luxuriating in recently.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Well||
Like I say, Everton these days are a pretty likeable club from a neutral perspective.
As for Suarez, I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I think he's villified more than he deserves. The 'racist abuse' incident with Patrice Evra was somewhat manufactured and not even close to as sinister as shorthand references to the incident make it appear.*
He plays like a recently uncaged animal on the pitch at times, though, and will not hesitate to lie, cheat and steal in athletic terms in order to score and win. As a Liverpool fan, I get frustrated most of all with the diving, especially because for every dive there's a play where he gets the shit kicked out of him, stays up, and doesn't get the whistle. He contributes to a unvirtuous cycle wherein referees don't give him the benefit of the doubt sometimes because of his diving, which leads him to get frustrated with the lack of calls, which leads him to dive and exaggerate contact to get those calls.
I sometimes put the gloss on it that he's from the very poor streets of Montevideo and has learned to play football with the passion of someone whose had to kick and scrap for everything's he's ever received. And, by all accounts, he's a very quiet, low-key figure off the pitch who's devoted to his family. He's also arguably the best player in the league right now (other than Toure, I don't know who's even in the conversation.)
*Evra's claim(s), for example, that Suarez yelled out 'negro' five times in a row- wait, no, ten times in a row in the midst of a group of players while a corner kick was being taken are dubious and devoid of any substantiating evidence.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Ah, right||
Not trying to be an asshole here, but I'd sort of forgotten that City were still in the race, even though their chances have become pretty slim.* Glad there's a rational explanation!
*/knocks on wood furiously
|1 day 8 hours ago||It's not really analogous,||
It's not really analogous, though, is it?
There are precious few actors referred to only as the name of their characters when they die. No one, that is, will say 'RIP, Indiana Jones,' when Harrison Ford dies, unless they're just trying to be cute.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Also||
Listing Rooney as an asset is completely mistaken, if you ask me. Rooney has the distinct look of 2011 Fernando Torres about him ... only he's getting paid 300k/week and no club is going to come even close to offering a big transfer fee to take him off United's fans.
Long term, United fans are absolutely going to rue the day they didn't take a huge load of cash for Rooney in the last transfer window when they had a chance.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Fun to watch teams||
I'd certainly add Southampton to the list -- and they've got even more hipster cred than Everton -- but I'm pretty sure that their two best players, Shaw and Lallana, are guaranteed to be moving to bigger clubs next year. Which is both a shame and utterly systemic in European soccer.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Wow||
You are honest to god the first neutral I've ever heard say 'I will be pulling for Chelsea.'
This is akin to, 'I will be pulling for the Riley Knicks' ... if the Knicks were owned by a Russian oligarch and Pat Riley nicknamed himself The Special One and gouged the eyes of opposing coaches.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Portsmouth||
Hey, they still won more trophies in that time than Arsenal have.
Or Moyes, for that matter.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Eh||
You can follow Everton if you can see yourself as a transatlantic Sparty -- their nickname courtesy of crosstown giants Liverpool is 'our wee neighbors' (or, more succinctly, the Bitters).
In fairness to Everton, though, they generally are impressively respectful when it comes to commemorating the Hillsborough tragedy, in which 96 Liverpool fans died. And they are playing some really exciting stuff under their new manager (Roberto Martinez), who, maybe not entirely coincidentally, was one of two finalists for the Liverpool job. In other words, Martinez is definitely no Dantonio and their style of play is a far cry from 60 minutes of unnecessary roughness. Jesus -- come to think of it, they really resembled MSU under the Moyes, the master of dour, ugly, someone-peed-in-my-cheerios-and-I'm-a-grumpy-fucker dross.
*Note that, while I follow Liverpool, I decided to do so for personal reasons -- long story -- in 2006, without even knowing about their Champions League victory in 2005 at the time. For those who follow closely, this is telling: the first Liverpool shirt I bought was Momo Sissokho's ... not that I'd go that route again, of course.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Arsenal||
Part of me agrees with you, as I harbor no animosity for Arsenal, and they usually play some attractive, attacking soccer.
But holy shit, I don't know if you want to advise someone to become attached to that team -- every single year, they look teriffic just long enough for their fans to finally let their guard down and think that this might be the year, only to collapse in a nightmarishly familiar way each and every time. (And still end up in fourth, of course ... a perfect spot from which to promise bigger and better things the following year.)
|1 day 9 hours ago||Well ...||
United have the players to beat Real on a given day like Northwestern has the players to beat OSU on a given day.
That squad needs some serious rebuilding. As a Liverpool fan, I'm glad they have a £300k/week weight around their necks as they attempt to do so. But I'm actually looking forward to a real rivalry now that Liverpool have found their magic and United have jettisoned Fergie's narcissistic folly.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Like so many men of his generation ...||
I really liked the Warrior as a kid, but when he and his wackadoo website came across my radar as an adult a few years back, it became clear that he was some combination of not very bright, mentally unstable, or just an asshole. It's strange to see everyone here talk in reverential tones about what is essentially the passing of a fictional character from their childhood.
For those who are actually interested in berating me for ignoring the real man behind the face paint, I'll say this: while I'm sure it was a scintillating speech, nothing says 'I really care about my family' quite like abusing drugs to the point of fatal overdose.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||LB depth chart||
Am I the only one who thinks Gedeon might be the second-best LB we have, and would seem to fit the bill quite nicely at SAM?
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||I don't know||
First thing I thought of when I saw that was: that poor bastard. Stadium steps at 6 am is one thing, but three hours at a time with Brandon?
This doesn't even sound plausible, if you ask me.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||JUST LOOK AT HOW HE'S WASTED CHRIS FOX AND||
JUST LOOK AT HOW HE'S WASTED CHRIS FOX AND LTT.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yup.||
Also, the obvious answer with regard to Fox - even aside from the 'is freshman' one - is: injury.
Fox was very highly regarded, and I remember seeing some Buckeye fans saying he was the OL they were most upset about losing to us. He ballooned to about 350 after the injury, if I'm not mistaken, but if he continues to get back into shape he may be a big part of the story for the OL this year, I think.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Fuck you||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||EDIT||
Jesus, nevermind. Should have Googled first.
Apparently Ashley Schaeffer is an entity who existed before this post.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Ha||
This was the perfect response. I laughed.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
The WLA schtick got pretty tiresome for me back in the days when dex was still posting here ... but reading that post makes me wonder what I was missing.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||If you really mean that||
If you honestly think the coaches should take the no. 98 back from Gardner, you're really just kind of a dumbass. There's really no way around it.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Jesus man||
That was an incredible pass by Levert - the fact that it didn't get picked off, period, required something close to perfection.
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||Exactly what I was thinking||
The most important fact here is that PeeWee did not blow back up to planetoid status. There is hope yet.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Facts||
Are for pussies.
These changes just feel wrong, and if there's one thing I know about Brian, it's that he likes to approach things by checking his gut feeling, not with all kinds of stats and objective analysis.
If there's a second thing I know about him, it's that he treasures consistency.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Mmm hmm||
I prefer to place my faith in anyone who can rack up an average of two conference wins per year.
But that's just me. YMMV.
Also, is this post evidence of you edging back to your White Goodman persona where you become obsessed with fat jokes? Dark times indeed.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||This is silly.||
Yes, yes. And I'm sure that if Hoke and co. were aiming for 'head of department' by stocking the team with gritty three-stars, you and everyone else would be applauding his pragmatism, not retching at his acceptance of mediocrity.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Fuck. I'll bite.||
How does one get forced into poor recruiting choices?
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||E.G.||
To my knowledge, you literally just named the only two JUCOs at Michigan in the last 20 years.