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|5 days 12 hours 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.
|5 days 17 hours ago||They didn't pick MSU players||
They didn't pick MSU players for all 26 spots. INJUSTICE!
|6 days 18 hours 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.
|6 weeks 17 hours 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.
|6 weeks 21 hours 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.
|6 weeks 21 hours 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.
|6 weeks 22 hours 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.
|6 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 6 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.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 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.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Where is Peppers?||
Where is Peppers?
|11 weeks 6 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.
|12 weeks 1 day 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.
|12 weeks 5 days 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).
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Surprised you didn't include||
Surprised you didn't include JMFJ in your list, considering he went 3rd overall in 2005.
|14 weeks 4 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days 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.
|16 weeks 6 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.
|16 weeks 6 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.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||When did Dennis Franklin||
When did Dennis Franklin start coaching Penn State?
|19 weeks 1 day ago||As long as the Penguins lose||
As long as the Penguins lose early, and preferably in a spectacular fashion, I'll be happy.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||1. Greatest event every year?||
1. Greatest event every year? Eh, not sure I can agree, but it's definitely top 5. Just too much else to compete with it, especially if Michigan is in a NC game for football, basketball, or hockey.
2. Greatest ever Masters performance is Tiger in 1997, but Sunday was a formality with no drama. These past two years with the playoff drama have been great, with some incredible shots (Bubba's 40 yard hook with a lob wedge, Cabrera's cold-blooded approach on 18 last year to force the playoff).
3. I'd like to see either Dustin or Rory win - probably Dustin with all the heartbreaks he's had, to pull through and win the big one would be nice. And Rory to atone for the atrocity that was his last 10 holes in 2011; he could have pulled a Tiger on everyone and just threw it all away.
4. I do think Rory pulls through and wins this week. Aside from Tiger, he's probably the most naturally talented player on the tour, and should be contending week in and week out. With two majors already in his pocket, he joins Phil in the "3/4 of the Career Grand Slam" club. And ignites some talk of him catching Tiger in career majors in the process.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||That seems to usually||
That seems to usually indicate that he and London had an agreement of sorts. I'd be incredibly surprised if he doesn't end up in the OHL.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||To be fair, they have about||
To be fair, they have about as good a shot at Jackson as we do. Kid's almost assuredly leaving the state for college.
However, if you look at the other prospects with interest in MSU vs. those with interest in M, we better not get comfortable next year when they have a down year. Unless Izzo actually leaves (I'll believe he heads to the NBA the day after he coaches a game), they're not going anywhere because there's still a ton of interest from high-level basketball players in their program. And even if Izzo does leave? There will be plenty of interest in that job from some really solid coaches.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE||
WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE SEAT, BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED... THE EEEEEEDDDDDDGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEE!
|20 weeks 6 days ago||That Stauskas off the||
That Stauskas off the backboard one touch pass to Walton in the corner is just so remarkable. I can't stop watching it.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Complex does not imply that||
Complex does not imply that the plays were hard to guess. You can run 100% of the time and have a complex offense if it takes perfect execution and years of practice to run the play effectively. Unfortunately, at the college level, complex offenses don't tend to be successful because you rarely have the combination of talent and experience needed to run them.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Well, technically, Naz Long||
Well, technically, Naz Long was the difference as he didn't do anything, leading to his team losing...