landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|4 weeks 5 days ago||High bar||
Wow, if it takes being top 10 or 20 all-time like Luck to get an A, you have high standards!
I'd say Luck is a clear A+, and Rudock a solid B+.
In my estimation, Michigan had a pretty long run with a lot of A/A- QB play.. Back in the day we had Leach and Harbaugh (and Denny Franklin and Johnny Wangs weren't too shabby); later Henne, Brady, Henson, Elvis, Collins, even Griese (maybe a B+). More recently, Denard, of course.
It kills me to think how good Devin would have been under JH.
I'm optimistic that JH can work his magic with one of our current guys. Remember, before last year Rudock was just a guy who'd lost his job at Iowa. Harbaugh!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||OL||
No question OL is still a question mark. I'm cautiously optimistic because we have a good number of experienced players who finally got some quality coaching last year. Pass blocking was miles better than '14.
Losing Drake last year definitely hurt our running game; without him we didn't have much speed other than the occasional Peppers rush, especially once Isaac got fumblitis and ended up in JH's doghouse.
This year we have a pretty deep backfield, with lots of experience. If Drake is fully healthy (big if) and Isaac finally lives up to his obvious potential, we could have a formidable three-headed beast at RB.
Will be fun and interesting to watch!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||WR etc.||
Lanknows, you've sold me on A for WR. I'm a little spooked by Chesson's injury; hopefully he's good as new by fall. Lots of fresh troops heading our way; hopefully someone can contribute as a frosh (and/or light comes on for Mo or Drake)
QB - if we didn't have JH, I'd agree with you. Dude turned ruined/demoralized Alex Smith into a very good NFL QB overnight. Speight and O'Korn are talented enough IMO to be successful with Harbaugh as sensei.
OL - 2nd year with system and better coaching > loss of Glasgow IMO. I think steady improvement continues.
Hope you're wrong about the line; if you're right, there's no way our O will be a B.
One final factor. Last year Harbaugh helped a whole bunch of guys make big leaps; no reason to believe we won't see strong contributions from unexpected guys this year too.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||LIB's?||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Grades||
DualThreat, I think you're a bit optimistic with some of your grades. Team looks pretty good, but still some improvement needed if we want to beat MSU/OSU:
QB - B/B-
While it's nice to have multiple guys battling, no one really stood out. Whoever wins will still be a first-time starter at Michigan. Yes, Harbaugh - but there's no way our QB situation is an A.
WR - A-
Maybe a quibble; it's great to have two quality, experienced starters, but we're still lacking a game-breaking deep ball threat, and we don't have much experienced depth. A- is more realistic, still very good.
Overall Offense - B+
Still lacking explosiveness, and O-line not the terrifying road-grading machine we look forward to seeing soon. TE's are elite.
LB - B-
Again, just a minor adjustment. Sill too many unknowns, and not enough depth. An injury would dramatically impact our LIB's.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||My west coast perspective||
Love noon games when I'm here. Hate them when I go to A2.
It's great to wake up, watch the Michigan game, then have most of a (usually beautiful) day to enjoy (assuming glorious Michigan victory).
On the other hand, it's torture to travel east, lose 3 hours, then try to suck it up for a pre-noon game tailgate.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||gbdub, that's not the reason||
There are a ton of good reasons to have taken Mizzou over Rutgers; that graph isn't one of them.
According to the graph, in the NYC/Pilly/DC corridor between 17.5%-28.2% of people are college football fans. The population in just those metro areas is well over 30 million.
The state of Missouri's % of fans ranges from 28.3%-39.5%, but MO's entire population is 6 million.
The big flaw in the graph is its failure to take population into account. 20% of NYC is way more eyeballs than 40% of St. Louis.
You can easily make the argument that Rutgers and Maryland are not the college football teams people in those areas are interested in watching, but the graph shows a huge advantage in taking MD and Rutgers from purely a demographic standpoint.
Now, if you take into account little things like competitiveness, geographic/cultural fit, scandals, quality of leadership, etc. there's a much stronger argument.
|5 weeks 10 hours ago||Even worse, bootlegger||
Hawaii plays the previous week in Australia!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||WolvHist||
Harbaugh is an A-list celebrity at a very high visibility school.
Leach is a B/C celebrity coaching in Pullman, Washington.
Maybe more importantly, Harbaugh was holding camps in SEC territory.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I was trying to figure out||
how/why the Pac voted against the camps. WSU, OR, UT and CO on record against the ban. Dykes at Cal is pro ban. Stanford probably voted for the ban (based on Shaw's comments).
It makes sense to me that USC and UCLA took the SEC approach (get off my lawn), and maybe AZ/Arizona State as well.
That leaves Washington and Oregon St. Can't imagine a school in BFE Corvallis would be against satellite camps, and it's probable Washington would want to camp down in California too.
If there was a split, it's not surprising that USC/UCLA have more power.
I find it hard to believe that the Pac would vote against the wishes of all but one coach. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if the California schools call the shots, however.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||True||
Though of course he also broke his own record with every 3-pointer. 400 was the milestone - thanks for the correction.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty incredible night||
Warriors break the win record, Steph breaks the 3-point record (season),
Kobe puts up 60 and Lakers actually win.
Pretty great night for the NBA, that's for sure.
Don't much care for/about Kobe, but man these Warriors are fun to watch!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Oh my lord - I'm an idiot||
Thanks for the correction Indy.
Wow, that was really dumb. I could probably be shot for that in Kansas.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||C'mon be real||
Kansas is a blue-blood basketball program and a real destination.
They've had recent success, and one of the greatest histories and traditions in college sports.
We revere our history here, right? Well, they have:
Jo Jo White
And dozens more.
They also have a fan base that's crazy about basketball and a great atmosphere at the Fogg.
Personally, I can't stand them, but in many ways their basketball program isn't too different from our football program. They're in the very top group of programs with NC, Duke, Ky, and UCLA (recent years notwithstanding).
|6 weeks 2 days ago||sadly, i agree winterblue||
This seems to be the strategy that's being formulated.
The NCAA and coaches/conferences that voted against satellite camps can pretend they care about student-athletes, and still keep BIG schools out of their backyard - and make sure Harbaugh doesn't get his way.
We'll be fine either way. I just hate the hypocrisy.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||*repairing||
geez, I gotta work on my proofreading.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I've lived here 15 years||
You're of course entitled to your opinion, but it's a fact that every night - every night - I see many unaccompanied women walking around.
Whether they "should" is up to those women to decide, not me or you. My gf often works nights, and safely takes the bus and walks home alone past midnight.
I don't have kids, but I sincerely hope my niece has the freedom, confidence, awareness and peace of mind to experience life to the fullest, including walking the streets on her own.
It's also a fact that according to the FBI, in 2013 there were 7,064 violent crimes in SF, out of a population of 833,863. That's 8 for every 1,000 people, and includes assault and robbery. There were 48 murders (compared to 27 pedestrians killed by cars).
It's very likely a substantial number of those violent crimes (and murders) were committed in drug/gang related incidents, where both perpetrator and victim were involved in criminal or violent behavior.
Going out in the world involves risk, and bad things happen to good people.
That doesn't change my belief that SF is quite safe in general, and especially for a large American city.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I mean this sincerely||
I'm terribly sorry you experienced abuse.
I can see how that could impact your worldview, and even your day-to-day interactions.
That doesn't invalidate my statement. It's just not rational to believe that 1/2 the people in this country are "crazy", or violent, or out to cause you harm.
According to FBI stats, just 3/10 of 1% of people - that's 3 out of 1,000 were victims of violent crimes in 2013 (most recent stats listed). Their definition includes simple assault and robbery, so we're not talking only about rape and murder.
Fortunately, violent crime in the US has decreased pretty dramatically.
Don't get me wrong, I know there are bad people out there, and life can be cruel and ugly. That said, the vast, vast majority of people are basically law abiding and have nothing against you or me.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I will totally watch this on "the Ocho"||
and read about it in "Obscure Sports Quarterly"
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Truckist?||
or is it "Anti-Truckite?"
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Politics?||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||This is great||
I'm very happy to see coaches, administrators, and now student-athletes speaking up.
Probably better that the backlash against what's become known as the "Harbaugh rule" isn't initiated by its namesake.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||OT?||
This seems very much on topic to me. Would be great if he ends up in A2.
Thanks for posting.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Not to be judgy, but||
when you start to feel everyone else is crazy, maybe it's you.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||dr jaws||
Not sure what you mean by "insane shit", but I live in SF, and it's incredibly safe.
Lived in Detroit, Chicago, DC and here, and there's no comparison; SF is easily the safest big city I've lived in.
Single women regularly walk around at night alone, and apart from one sketchy public housing development on Potrero, there's not a single part of SF I feel in any way unsafe, even late at night (and yes, that includes the Tenderloin; compared to rough neighborhoods in DC, Chi, NYC, Baltimore, NO, Detroit, Atl, it's nothing).
Oakland and Richmond/Vallejo can be sketchy, but the rest of the entire bay area is remarkably safe. San Jose is probably the safest big city in the US (maybe the most boring too).
Don't get me wrong, there's a TON of stupid petty crime here. My old convertible top was slashed so many times I stopped reparing it. If that's what you meant by "insane shit" I'm on board.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||First letter of their||
First letter of their name.
Entertainment and Sports Network
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I watched it, bossmania||
They sure can press buttons quickly and accurately.
I wouldn't watch a court stenographer on TV either.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I waste a lot of time - a lot||
I waste a lot of time - a lot - but I still can't imagine watching some kids playing a video game on TV.
ESPN = "Entertainment and Sports Network."
Like poker, "E-sports" is entertainment, not sports.
You guys both watched that video soccer game in the morning? So presumably you weren't baked?
I'm clearly too old to understand.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Agree with most....not all||
Totally agree the Hobey was a farce. Seems clear they didn't want a frosh. Not a big conspiracy, just a poor choice.
100% agree on the Frozen Four. I cannot believe they hold the biggest event in college hockey in Florida, where there are no teams. 1,000 miles or more away from almost all participating schools! Ridiculous.
Agree early rounds should be at the higher seeds' arenas. Neutral sites are stupid. College hockey is similar to the NIT in fan support. They're smart enough to let competing teams host.
Don't agree about eastern bias. Half the teams in college hockey are from New England. If they have 4 regional sites, it makes total sense for 2 of them to be there. NY and tiny Massachusetts have more hockey schools than any other states.
The other half of the teams are geographically spread out, with concentrations in Michigan and Minnesota. Many of the hockey schools in the midwest and west are in really remote areas, far from population centers.
Minneapolis and Detroit are logical regional sites, but it makes sense to hold them occasionally in Colorado or Ohio or Pennsylvania too. What makes no sense is hosting any games in places where there are no division 1 teams and no fans.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I think the Pac 12 commish||
Larry Scott, contributed to this. They had an agreement all worked out for Pac and BIG teams to play each other on a regular basis, then the Pac 12 pulled out at the 11th hour.
I don't think either of them recognize the value of working together. They could be a balance against the power of the SEC if they partnered.