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|2 weeks 6 days ago||The MSU experience metric...||
Is an interesting one, albeit in the feelingsball department more than anything. If you lose a star upperclassman, that's bad. If said player picked your school (over his childhood favorite and the one he thought was a better football fit) primarily because he was told there would be no repurcussions for not bothering to go to his classes... there's an Ewing Theory On Steroids situation possible.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Benny's is on the overrated||
Benny's is on the overrated list for me (though I do like it - it's just not remotely special). Its reputation primarily comes from people geeking out over seeing athletes there because it's close to the area where many of them live.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Dissing Leopold's is||
Dissing Leopold's is capital-N capital-O (also capital-K) Not OK.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I would say especially NTs.||
I would say especially NTs. Less height can mean better leverage, and they don't need as much arm length as the guys on the edge do to fight with lengthier, more athletic liinemen.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||One should not drop bananas||
One should not drop bananas unless absolutely necessary (or you get the multi-banana box). One must hold it behind you to prevent being hit from behind by a shell.
This rule is of course no longer applicable when approaching a new set of mystery boxes, because you don't want to miss out on a new mystery box when the worst thing you can get from it is another solitary banana.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||And most importantly, Zaxby's||
And most importantly, Zaxby's is awesome. I maintain that their marketing campaign should be "zaxby's: actually as good as all the idiots say Chik fil a is."
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I cheated. It is.||
I cheated. It is.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Not going to look before I||
Not going to look before I ask because you can't make me...
FSU's is the same Marcus Lewis who decommitted from Florida to commit to Michigan, but then couldn't work things out academically to go to U-M, yeah? From DC Gonzaga.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Black didn't do the full day||
Black didn't do the full day of workouts at the New Jersey Opening camp (he skipped the testing, IIRC), but he did get picked to the elite group when they separated them out for the 7-on-7 portion of the day. He was solid there, but had a much more notable performance the day before at the New Jersey Rivals Camp.
A lot of kids who were great at one of those two were just OK at the other - the nature of camps on back-to-back days.
|14 weeks 57 min ago||Probably unfair to ask anyone||
Probably unfair to ask anyone to be as intelligent as Kovacs (intelligent though JKP is on the field). Probably not quite as physical as Kovacs, either.
A version of Jarrod Wilson that plays in the box has always been my comparison: always around the ball, rarely flashy doing it.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Awesome guy. I first got to||
Awesome guy. I first got to know him covering basketball for mgoblog, and even after I moved out of town and hadn't been to a home game in years (while still working for the Wolverine), he recognized me walking down the street on my way to a game as a fan this Fall.
Really sad he's gone.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I believe the proper||
I believe the proper diacritic marks are "Papier-mâché"
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't realize how bad the||
I didn't realize how bad the block in the back call was until seeing it described here. The broadcast commentary guessed it was on Lewis (which was certainly not the case, except inasmuch as it wasn't legitimately on anybody, so it could be illegitimately on everybody), but even assuming the Hill block is what was called, the force isn't enough to be why that dude fell down, and it was close enough to the side that a reasonable official doesn't call it.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||"Again, they aren’t getting||
"Again, they aren’t getting bled to death by paper cuts. It’s more like a video game, where they don’t notice the heinous alien lurking around the corner, get vaporized the second they cross its path, and then get to restart from the nearest checkpoint."
|23 weeks 1 day ago||It was at 3:15 in the third,||
It was at 3:15 in the third, but not as routine as I had remembered on a curl route. Pass was actually broken up by the defender (which I didn't notice live).
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Possible, but not the one I'm||
Possible, but not the one I'm thinking of. It was in the first half or early 3Q.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Haven't gone back to watch...||
but I thought there were four drops. The two from Butt, then one directly through Poggi's hands, and then either Darboh or Chesson (can't remember and have to go back to check) dropped a slant right through his hands, as well. Might not have been considered a routine one, though.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, that's what I'm saying.||
Yep, that's what I'm saying. If you're relying on that guy to cover a slot receiver, you'd better get home (obviously there's no way know if BC would have had this been a pass play, but it seems like a safe assumption) or have a linebacker-style guy who can carry slots downfield (fortunately, Michigan has one).
|23 weeks 5 days ago||What's the move if it's a||
What's the move if it's a pass and #1 and #2 both go vertical? Safety covers #1, #2 should be free up the seam. I guess the concept is that the pressure comes quickly enough that #2 can't get enough space over the PUP's zone?
|24 weeks 4 days ago||thx.||
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Oklahoma faces Tom Herman two||
Oklahoma faces Tom Herman two weeks before Ohio State. A little information-sharing to work in favor of the Buckeyes?
|39 weeks 23 hours ago||For those down on Michigan's||
For those down on Michigan's program after a disappointing year, it's worth noting that three of the four teams making championship weekend (all except Loyola) were U-M opponents. UNC and Brown pasted Michigan early in the year, but the Wolverines almost upset Maryland late in the season.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||It is what it's going to be||
It is what it's going to be (in basically every sport - not just lacrosse). Schools aren't going to stop recruiting early. A couple years ago, the lacrosse pundits were saying, "it'll stop when a school gets burned by it," but that's happened a few times now, and it hasn't slowed things down in the least.
Sicne lacrosse is so skill-oriented, as opposed to being strictly about athleticism - it's closer to basketball than football, for example, in that regard (but even well past basketball in the skill/athleticism balance) - so teams will never really be bad by missing out on late bloomers, they just won't reach heights they could have otherwise. Really, it has helped and will continue to help parity in the sport.
A wise coach is wrapping up attackmen and goalies relatively early, and waiting a bit longer on midfielders to see if some develop athletically and skill-wise to be better than those they would have wrapped up early.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh probably makes more||
Harbaugh probably makes more in a year than the entire Hawaii athletic department (and won almost as many games last year as Hawaii has in four years running). I'm sure he's not losing sleep over that one.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||They were a D-1 program for||
They were a D-1 program for barely a decade (and despite making two NCAA tournaments, had never won a game in the tournament) before Tierney arrived. They certainly weren't Eastern Michigan, but the level they're on now was not only unprecedented, but not a realistic prediction, either.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||And BIG TENNNNNN||
And BIG TENNNNNN
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Quint's onto something with||
Quint's onto something with his disappointment in Michigan, but I think it's overstated to a degree. U-M didn't choose to build the way Marquette, et al did (for better and for worse). Other new programs take a ton of transfers, get late recruits (in a sport where plenty of kids are now committing before they even play high school ball(!!!)), and sort of paper over gaps.
Michigan 1) immediately promoted a club team instead of having 2-3 years to recruit before ever picking up a stick, 1a) didn't cut any of those club kids (for reasons of both loyalty and pragmatism), and b) recruited like a top-ten program, since that's the goal.
The recruiting hurt them to a degree, both because of the late start and also because a lot of the kids they pursued had made commitments as 9th, 10th, 11th graders before U-M even had a program. They had some pretty good recruits in a couple of those classes (outgoing middie/attack Kyle Jackson and goalie Gerald Logan among them), but this year's sophomores were really the first class where they were on even footing timeline-wise with the programs they want to recruit against - and of course they were way behind in "product on the field to show for it" terms, so they only got a few of those recruits.
The way they've built the program sacrificed short-term success for a hope of more long-term success. That Marquette doesn't seem to he going anywhere indicates that maybe they went too far in that direction, harming both long- and short-term, but they'll be headed in the right direction.
As for going backwards this year... A team wth so little depth (again, only full recruiting classes of the talent they expect in the sophomore and freshman groups, despite some good players in the upper classes) can't sustain long-term injuries to the program's two all-time leading scorers - and certainly not at the same time.
They probably should have gotten 2-3 more wins this season, but they're another year or two from panic time (and the 2016 class is good enough to likely be on solid footing going forward).
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Well "Great Lacrosse State"||
Well "Great Lacrosse State" doesn't quite have the same punnability as "Great Lax State" ...
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Your representation of the||
Your representation of the lacrosse conference affiliations is wrong. All four (soon to be five, with the additions of Notre Dame and Penn State and the loss of Maryland) were in the ACC.
However, the league didn't have an automatic bid, so they were functionally independents. Still, their conference affiliation was ACC, nothing else.
Also, it's called "lacrosse" (or "lax" if you're 14). "LAX" is an airport.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||I love the way Loyola plays,||
I love the way Loyola plays, not so much Notre Dame. Add in the rivalry factor, and that Michigan played Loyola, not Notre this year...