- Member for
- 6 years 11 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|1 day 14 hours ago||I don't actually bet money on||
I don't actually bet money on sports, but if I did, here's what I'd take (B1G games only):
Missouri (-13) - Indiana still can't figure out how to play defense.
Utah (+5) - I just don't feel confident in this team yet, especially on offense.
Pitt (-6.5) - Iowa might not actually score any points this weekend.
Minnesota (-8.5) - Not that Minnesota is actually any good, but that SJSU might be really, really bad.
Penn State (-26.5) - I don't think Penn State is going to have fun when they play anybody with a pulse, but UMass is awful.
Nebraska (-7) - The McNeese game was an aberration, and not an accurate reflection of Nebraska's ability.
Maryland (-1) - Eventually Maryland's passing game is going to start working, and why not this weekend?
MSU (-45.5) - I don't believe Dantonio for a second about not running up the score.
Illinois (-14) - I don't know anything about Texas State, so this is a wild guess.
Navy (-6) - Oh come on Gary Nova, 5 INTs against Penn State?
Wisconsin (-27) - BG is riding high after beating Indiana, but Wisconsin is an entirely different animal.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Nobody should apologize to||
Nobody should apologize to Penn State for anything ever again.
|1 week 1 day ago||Why is there an apostrophe in||
Why is there an apostrophe in Dantonio's last name? Why is the 'g' in Fitzgerald capitalized?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa's schedule is||
Iowa's schedule is hilariously terrible. Depending on whether Wisconsin can find a passing game or not, Northern Iowa might be the third or fourth best team they'll face all season.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Ugh, the Outback would be||
Ugh, the Outback would be such a disappointing slot to end up in.
I actually would be surprised if one of MSU or OSU doesn't end up in the playoff. Oregon is a very flawed team, and I think MSU wins this weekend. OSU might struggle a bit against VT, since Bud Foster is great at toying with young QBs, but I don't see them losing to anyone in conference except maybe MSU. Really, in my opinion, the winner of the OSU-MSU game should be no worse than 11-1, and possibly 12-0, heading into the B1G title game against a weak West team.
Also, I can see Wisconsin dropping a few slots if McEvoy doesn't learn how to pass by the end of the season. As good as Gordon is, he'll be facing 9-man boxes quite a bit. Really opens up that division for Iowa and Nebraska to have shiny records, which only helps the perception of either OSU or MSU winning the championship game.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Lately, I've been using some||
Lately, I've been using some hard drugs so the seemingly inevitable depression doesn't hurt as much.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Alabama, Florida State,||
Alabama, Florida State, Baylor, Ohio State
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Ugh, I predicted 9-4 last||
Ugh, I predicted 9-4 last year, and comfortable wins over UConn and Akron. I did nail Gallon as 2nd in receiving in the conference behind Robinson (not that it was a difficult prognostication). Got reasonably close on Gardner going 3000 yards, 29 TDs, 13 INTs, 350 rushing, 8 TDs (he was 2960/21/11/483/11). Everything else was trash.
Nussmeier is good, certainly an upgrade over Borges, but not the godsend we are all hoping for. A simplified gameplan, and week-to-week consistency help everyone out, but the OL still has too many issues for this to be anything but an average-at-best offense.
Gardner is 2nd team All-B1G, finishing with 3100 yards passing and a 30/10 TD/INT split,and tacks on 400 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
Green and Smith split the vast majority of carries. Neither looks great, but both are serviceable. Green has 600 yards and 7 TDs (4.1 per carry), Smith has 500 yards and 5 TDs (4.2 per carry).
Funchess is a world beater. Despite drawing double (and occasionally triple) coverage on a routine basis, he is B1G WR of the year, bringing in 95 catches for 1450 yards and 13 TDs. Darboh uses those silly forearm muscles to take advantage of the single coverage offered by having Funchess opposite, making 45 catches for 700 yards and 6 TDs.
The OL is still bad, but they improve on a week-to-week basis, giving some hope for competency in 2015.
The defense plays well, but disappoints due to the sky-high expectations of the fan base. Clark leads the DL by registering 6.5 sacks. Ryan is back to his sophomore doom-bringing days, and brings nothing but chaos from the MLB spot, ending with 110 tackles, 15 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
The secondary is the disappointment. Peppers plays well, but people cool down a bit on the Woodson comparisons for the time being. Countess ends up being the true #1 corner this year, with Lewis and Taylor splitting duties on the other side as neither separates himself. Wilson is fine at the free spot, but hopes of having an impact from the strong spot are dashed as both Thomas and Clark play, but are liabilities.
Wile and Hagerup are both solid; both contend for All-B1G honors at their positions. Norfleet and Peppers split the KR duties, but neither break one. Peppers has the higher return average. Norfleet returns punts, and does get a return TD there.
Schedule wise - Michigan takes advantage of a fairly weak schedule, and starts 6-0. Though the record is good, there are obvious red flags on the team, especially off uncomfortable wins over Minnesota and Rutgers to start the conference season. Penn State, emotionally charged in their first big test of the Franklin regime, spoil the night for the 105k Michigan fans in attendance. The bye week comes at a good time, as a number of guys are dinged up. Unfortunately this doesn't help in East Lansing, as the Spartans continue their run of success in the series.
Without Tre Roberson to threaten the defense with his legs, the Indiana game gets easier, especially since they still do not possess a defense. Northwestern struggles to replace Colter's production, and doesn't find a true replacement for Mark. Both games are reasonably comfortable wins for the good guys. Maryland's array of receivers is a struggle to contain, and Michigan gets caught looking ahead to Columbus. Diggs pulls his best Lockett impression to get the upset. Barrett has struggles early on in the season, but by the middle of November he's comfortable with the playbook and reminds viewers of the junior version of Troy Smith. The OSU DL abuses the still middling OL, and though the rest of the OSU defense is still full of issues, Columbus celebrates yet another victory. Michigan ends up 8-4 in the regular season, and ends up in the Gator Bowl. They play Texas A&M, and win the game as Gardner refuses to go out on a bad note. Final record of 9-4, Hoke gets another year, and we all prep for life after dual-threat QBs.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||They didn't pick MSU players||
They didn't pick MSU players for all 26 spots. INJUSTICE!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'll be missing the Utah and||
I'll be missing the Utah and Rutgers games this year due to weddings. I missed the Iowa and Delaware State games in 2009 due to them. Fall weddings are the worst.
I almost missed the North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth Frozen Four games in 2011 when I was working/living in Sweden, until I realized that I could use my work laptop to VPN to one of our US servers to trick ESPN3 into letting me stream it.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Not all sites, obviously, but||
Not all sites, obviously, but I just googled "2015 NBA Mock Draft" and it seems pretty split between Okafor and Mudiay. Granted, it's normally difficult for a guard to go first since everyone wants giant and athletic forwards more than anything, so we'll see. Either way, he needs to find a team where he can play and not be some benchwarmer who's still trying to learn the game.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Mudiay is projected to be the||
Mudiay is projected to be the #1 pick currently. So really it's whether you think him going to Europe for a year would drop him out of the #1 spot.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Short's certainly is good,||
Short's certainly is good, but the only ones above it I'd consider inferior would be Revolution (good selection, but nothing really jumped off the page at me when I was there a few weeks ago), and maybe Goose Island (though their Bourbon County stuff is astounding). New Glarus is much like Short's, in that they don't distribute outside Wisconsin, but I would highly recommend picking up some of their stuff if you make it to Cheeseland.
Also, Three Floyds is an experience. Drove back from Milwaukee with my wife last Sunday from vacation, and we decided to grab lunch there since it's on our way. Death metal blaring out of the speakers, we got to watch a subtitled Planet of the Apes on the TV. But holy hell are their beers great. Apocalypse Cow is pretty much the best DIPA I've ever had.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh, went to Right Brain last||
Ugh, went to Right Brain last year with a few friends while on vacation in TC, and it was one of the worst breweries we've ever been to. A lot of their stuff was bad, as I think they're trying too hard to make really creative beers without having good base recipes to work with. Not only that, but some of their beers had that 'buttered popcorn' taste that tends to be indicative of an infection via not thoroughly cleansing their brewing equipment.
My favorite brewery we stopped at in TC was The Filling Station. They may not have the best array (at least as of last July), but each of what they had was very good. Of course, we stopped at Short's, which was fantastic, but not exactly TC.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||As good as Eichel is, I'd be||
As good as Eichel is, I'd be hesitant to call him the likely Hobey winner. BU is a fairly weak team, so he will end up being the centerpiece of their offense, which can be a lot of pressure for even the best freshmen. Teams will play to shut him down as a result.
I remember when Phil Kessel was entering college with similar hype, but in a much better situation at Minnesota, with a lot of predictions of him winning the Hobey. He ended up with 51 points in 39 games, which was very good, but he wasn't even a finalist for the Hobey. I'd predict one of the Miami guys (Czarnik or Barber) will end up with the award, though there's always an outside chance a goalie, such as Wilcox or Hellebuyck, has a great season and swipes it.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||This. I mean, the||
This. I mean, the Stanford-USC major upset from the same year comes up regularly, and now Stanford is better than USC and has won four of the last 5. Nobody cares that we were a win over OSU away from being in the Rose Bowl that year. Nobody cares that we beat Golden God Timothy Tebow in the Capital One Bowl.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||the 20+ rule||
That rule only applies to players coming out of the Canadian major junior leagues. NCAA players, US juniors, or Canadian juniors outside of the CHL are not protected by that rule.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm going out on a limb and||
I'm going out on a limb and assuming it's a heterosexual marriage, so he's probably not that kind of friend.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Based on the crystal ball||
Based on the crystal ball thing at 24/7, it's looking like a UK/KU battle. Pretty sure he's stated that he's 100% leaving the state for college.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Where is Peppers?||
Where is Peppers?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||He only did it for one game||
He only did it for one game at a time, but I'm pretty sure this was part of his Breaking Madden series.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Pure coaching ability, he's||
Pure coaching ability, he's top 5. But he hasn't won a NC yet, so they'll hit him on that. What I'm wondering is how many NC-winning coaches does ESPN put above him? I could see them putting K, Izzo, Calipari, Donovan, Pitino, Self, Williams, and Boeheim ahead. Ollie might be too new to the scene, Brown and Fisher are too far removed from their titles, and Tubby Smith has been terrible since he left UK.
I can't see many coaches without a title to their name being ahead of Beilein. Possibly someone like Ryan or Matta, since they've had a lot of success recently. So I'll say they put a few of the non-NC coaches in as well, and Beilein slots in around the 10-15 range.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Agree, even down to the||
Agree, even down to the strong ties to a feminine color (Marie's love of everything purple vs. Iowa's pink visitor's locker room).
|18 weeks 7 hours ago||Surprised you didn't include||
Surprised you didn't include JMFJ in your list, considering he went 3rd overall in 2005.
|18 weeks 8 hours ago||I'm sitting here, laughing my||
I'm sitting here, laughing my ass off at all the Penguins media and fans, thinking that they're just gonna swoop into Detroit and haul Babcock back to Pittsburgh as if he's been dying to coach the Penguins his entire life.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I have a projector setup||
I have a projector setup (108") in my basement, and you absolutely want to get a high quality projector - 1080p or bust if you plan to watch movies or sports (I splurged for the Epson 8350 about 2.5 years ago when I bought my house, but there are cheaper options that would work reasonably well). And you need to not have ambient light, especially if you're looking at going cheap on the projector - I have blackout curtains for the lone set of windows that work really well.
I highly recommend projectors, since my entire setup (projector, screen, surround sound) was about $2k for what is effectively a very high quality 108" HDTV, and good luck finding one of those for that price. Plus it's great for hosting parties to watch sports/movies/shows, if you're into that kind of thing. You just need to take everything into consideration if you want to have something usable that's worth what the money.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||High school highlights are||
High school highlights are nice and all, but they're still just highlights. The college game is faster and has bigger players.
Also, I'm just trying to reign in my expectations.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Yes to Peppers playing||
Yes to Peppers playing safety. I've always thought that, if you can have an elite player anywhere in the back seven, a safety is the most dangerous. Maximize his impact in both the run and pass. I'd love to see him used similar to the way the Steelers use Polamalu (when he's not hurt) if his instincts pan out anywhere near his ceiling.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||When did Dennis Franklin||
When did Dennis Franklin start coaching Penn State?
|22 weeks 4 days ago||As long as the Penguins lose||
As long as the Penguins lose early, and preferably in a spectacular fashion, I'll be happy.