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|1 week 3 days ago||Your thoughts on the Unsportsmanlike penalty on JH?||
Are there specific guidelines for that (in the case of reaction from sidelines)? I'm presuming that JH did not verbally abuse the official and that this was about his physical reaction of tossing his stuff (though I suppose we don't know with certainty that he was not verbally abusive).
And, how does it compare to Meyer's reaction after the failed fake punt (in which he was also physically demonstrative - shouting, punching the ground)? Is it apples-to-oranges since JH's reaction resulted from a perceived officiating mistake? Whereas Meyer's reaction resulted from poor execution by OSU team/individuals? Is it possible to call the Unsportsmanlike penalty for being unsportsmanlike to a teammate (e.g., Meyer's reaction or one of Brian Kelly's epic rants at one of his own players)?
In my mind, it should be based on the behavior alone (regardless of to whom it is directed). Even celebratory reactions could be considered as such - e.g., Pat Fitzgerald's demonstrative celebration of having a personal foul penalty flag thrown (to his team's benefit). That seems blatently unsportsmanlike to me.
|1 week 3 days ago||Metric System - Where Art Thou?||
If only we (USA) had transitioned to the metric system back in the '70's as had been planned. The line to gain would have been 10m from the 25m-line, and JT would have been clearly short of the 15m line.
|1 week 3 days ago||Perhaps not even incompetence||
Perhaps it's not so much incompetence as it is the case that the tools used for determining an answer to this question are simply of insufficient precision to determine the "correct" result. Even with video review.
So, what should be done in such a situation? They have to make a decision within a relatively short time window. They cannot go back and review different photos/videos days after the event. So how *did* they make their decision? Did it look "close enough" for the spotter to rule it a first down? (Probably). And, then, of course, unless there is "clear evidence to the contrary", it will not be reversed upon video review.
I don't like it, but that's probably the most likely sequence of events.
|1 week 5 days ago||Probably helps somewhat. But,||
Probably helps somewhat. But, not foolproof, because ...
1. It's not always either tip of the ball that achieves the greatest point of forward progress.
2. Perhaps the more difficult issue is that the forward progress of the ball is only material up to the point of the ball carrier being "down": either (i) contact with the ground by a part of the body that's neither hand nor foot; or (ii) contact with the ground at all beyond the sideline boundaries (or is it where the ball carrier "breaks the plane of the sideline boundary" not where the ball-carrier first touches ground out of bounds? - I'm not sure about that, but it's a problem either way), or (iii) forward progress being deemed stopped.
I'm bummed at the outcome, and certainly mistakes by (a) M, (b) OSU, and (c) the officials had significant impact on the final outcome. You certainly hope that (c) never occurs, but in close games, it almost always does. I realize the question posed by this thread is how to eliminate (or minimize) (c), but I'm not sure there is a clear way to do so.
Do I sound like a "suit" from the NCAA or B1G? Enumerating the reasons why change "could never work"? I hope not, that wasn't my intent, but in re-reading this, it sorta comes off as such.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ancient Proverb||
How does that ancient proverb go again ... ?
Oh yes. I remember now ...
"Bad fortune in Columbia on Wednesday shall lead to very good fortune in Columbus on Saturday"
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Wait ... isn't CoCo an NFL QB||
Wait ... isn't CoCo an NFL QB now?
Thus, CoCo's words/thoughts on competitive football will only carry weight/significance after he has (a) started at QB in 6 or more Superbowls, and (b) been the winning QB in 4 or more Superbowls, and (c) won 3 or more Superbowl MVP awards, and (d) won 2 or more NFL league MVP awards, and (e) won 13 or more NFL division titles, and (f) won more playoff games than any other NFL QB, and (g) appeared in more playoff games than any other NFL player at any position. You know, like his co-worker (who happens to have attended the University of Michigan to develop their common craft/profession).
Until then, he's not at all credible.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Hi Mike,OP (Andy S.) here. I||
OP (Andy S.) here. If you recall, I was in 4711 in '79-'80 and 4713 in '80-'81 (or maybe vice versa). Good to hear from you.
Thanks for the info.
So am I interpretting your post correctly that residents (many of whom were U21) just stayed up all night partying/drinking "in preparation for" the ToW? (I honestly don't remember that aspect of it - just the being roused very early, and the cold waters of the Huron the year we lost). And, thus, it was decided that the ToW was contributing to the drinking problem (U21 or otherwise), so better to do way with it?
Understandable, I suppose. And I certainly wouldn't have missed it were it not there during my two years in Taylor. But, it makes for good reminiscing (and a moderately good thread on MGoBlog).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||"hirsute". And, now I've||
"hirsute". And, now I've added to my vocabulary today, too. It's a good day indeed.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Hello to you, RGard!! I was||
Hello to you, RGard!!
I was on the 4th floor. Our RA was Mike Burton - I'm connected to him on LinkedIn, but we've not really stayed in touch. I remember Gerry (at least, by name). Didn't he kinda look like a bear (burly, lots of hair)?
While walking north on State Street for the Oct 1980 ToW, someone had the bright idea (since there was a whole pack of us) to start lifting cars parked along State Street up onto the sidewalk. Mike and Gerry were vociferously opposed, and made us stop after 2 or 3 cars had been lifted and moved.
I did not watch the miracle on ice in the lounge, but remember my Yooper hallmates being very excited about it and piling into my room to tell me all about it.
Other of my hallmates of note included Anthony Carter and Paul Girgash.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I think someone could design||
Though, now that the seed has been planted, I think someone could design a great shoe logo using this image as a starting point - if someone artistically/technically gifted were so inclined.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I initially read the title of||
I initially read the title of this thread as ...
Official Jordan MORGAN basketball shoes
And I thought, wow, that's cool. Surprising, but definitely cool.
So, now, I'm a bit disappointed. Sigh.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||National Championship Game?||
So, this was their "National Championship Game"? How does that work? - Losing 58-0 in the "National Semifinals" and yet advancing to the Championship Game? Well, I suppose some level of suspension of disbelief is required to make their NC Game scenario work.
And, speaking of suspension of disbelief, are they the National Champions now?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||No, there are no answers. No||
No, there are no answers. No words.
The best I could come up with after going through this with our neighbors and my family this past week is that, while the universe is unfathomably immense, seemingly random & chaotic and we are - in a relative sense - nothing at all, the way to face (or pehaps, even defy) this randomness and chaos and nothingness is to be kind and loving to the other nothings while we have the very small time to do so.
Like Morty said to Summer (Rick and Morty, Episode 17): "Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, we're all going to die. Come watch TV."
And, "Go Blue".
|10 weeks 5 days ago||7:02 EDT at present. Woke at||
7:02 EDT at present. Woke at 5:20. Horrible day yesterday. Our next-door neighbor's son was killed in a car acident last Saturday (I learned of this during the Colorado game). He was close friends with my son (and our whole family) for 12 years. And, to make this doubly tragic, when the police came to his house to inform his parents of the accident/death, his grandfather and grandmother were there at that time. His grandfather - upon hearing the news - had a heart attack and died right there in their living room.
Their funeral/send-off was yesterday afternoon, evening, and on into the night.
Trying to make sense of it all.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||Jordan Brand? Is s/he Elton||
Jordan Brand? Is s/he Elton Brand's sibling? Is that the basketball connection here?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I'd be down for some flag||
I'd be down for some flag software architecture/design or some flag guitar/music-making or a flag half-marathon. But, for me, football is purely a spectator sport. We'd need to figure out how to incorporate the flag thing into my preferred activities, but I'm sure we could come up with something in that regard.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Will Jamar Adams be||
Will Jamar Adams be participating in the scouting? He would seem to have been graded highly in his Tebow scouting abilities based on the 2008 Capital One Bowl.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I blame Ed and Lisa (and, to||
I blame Ed and Lisa (and, to a lesser extent) Christian McCaffery.
As a parent, I know that - unless you constantly reinforce to your child (starting at a very young age) how important it is to *always* keep your stars in a safe place and never take them somewhere where they might be lost or stolen - they *will* lose one or more of them at some point in their life. It is inevitable.
Poor parenting (and big-brothering) - simple as that.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Hey bluesalt, we should meet||
Hey bluesalt, we should meet up @ Verizon Center for a Celtics - Wizards game this upcoming season! I was at the 2011 game when rookie Wall hit that ridiculous (translation: incredibly lucky, off-glass) 3-pointer to win the game. I went with my son - who is a C's fan - so, one of us was kinda bummed.
And, I was at the 1975 EC Finals game at the Capital Center. Game 6 (deciding game). Bullets vs. Celtics. Bullets won series 4-2. Hayes, Unseld, Chenier, Porter, Weatherspoon, et al. vs. Cowens, White, Havlicek, Silas, Nelson, et al. Good times. I was at that game with my Dad.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Sanders Sayers Dickerson Pete||
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Again, respectfully disagree||
Again, respectfully disagree with your statements here, as well.
Cap space will take another jump next year. The problem they had this FA signing period (and may have next year as well) is not lack of money, but pulling the top FA's to DC vs. the multiple other options available (everyone has $ in the current environment of increasing cap space).
As for where they will finish in the EC in 2016-17, IMHO, it's too early to predict (I'm not a fan of predictions in general - I see no point; I prefer to see how things actually play out). With Brooks & staff coming in this year, same core of players may result in significantly different results (for better or worse). Also of note is that they were 18-13 after acquiring Morris last season. So, that's really the benchmark that one should be using as the starting point for where they might be heading in the upcoming season (rather than the full 2015-16 record).
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Abe's been dead for several||
Abe's been dead for several years. So, if you want to "take it up with him", you'll need a medium.
I'm not a big fan of the Wizards name either. Definitely preferred "Bullets". I think one of the reasons they went with a "W" name was to continue the alliteration theme: *B*altimore *B*ullets, *W*ashington *W*izards. But, plenty of other "W"'s they could have chosen which would have been preferable (though, I would have preferred no name change).
|22 weeks 4 days ago||UPDATE: Satoransky agrees to||
UPDATE: Satoransky agrees to a 3-year/$9M contract to join Wizards starting in 2016-17 season. Though Satoransky is 6'7", he plays point guard for Barcelona. He can probably also be used alongside Wall and Burke at the SG spot as well. It'll be interesting to see how things develop for backcourt minutes.
UPDATE 2: Temple has joined the Kings. Still may see Anderson re-sign, though.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||I respectfully disagree with||
I respectfully disagree with your statement that their biggest need is/was small forward. After watching them struggle mightily with (a) regularly giving up waaaaaay too many 2nd/3rd/... chance possesions; and (b) team defense defending the 3 point shot and against long, athletic, teams who also have multiple 3-point threats (prior to acquiring Markeif Morris, that is; Dudley was rather unathletic and consequently a big defensive and rebounding liability), I would assert that their biggest need was adding youth and athletiscm to their rotation of bigs. As of today, they've basically swapped Nene and Dudley for Mahinmi and Andrew Nicholson. While Nene brings some unique skills for a big (specifically, his passing and vision), his injuries have limited his contributions overthe past two seasons (and, it's likely this will continue). So, I see their free agency activity as (a) a significant net positive, and (b) addressing their area of greatest need.
With regard to SF, Porter and Oubre are under contract. They will likely re-sign Anderson as well. I'm also hearing that they have interest in Harkless(free agent with Trailblazers). To write off Porter and Oubre would be short-sighted. Particularly with the coaching staff that they have had. I kinda think of Wittman as the NBA analogue of Hoke: great guy, players like him, but really poor at player development. With Scott Brooks and staff coming in this season, I am optimistic that the young core (Wall, Beal, Porter, Oubre, Morris, Nicholson, and sort-of still young Mahinmi) will make significant strides in their games over the next couple of seasons.
As for Burke, we shall see. It seems they are still trying to pry their Euro-phenom draft pick from 2012 - Tomas Satoransky - from Barcelona over the summer. If they indeed do convince him (and his agent) to sign with the Wizards, I expect their primary 3-guard rotation will be Wall, Beal, and Satoransky. If not, then, Trey could be a significant contributor.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Now we know the real reason behind the Brexit referendum ...||
... they want the Three Lions to leave UEFA and join Concacaf.
|24 weeks 15 hours ago||While, I would cetainly||
While I would cetainly prefer Holden or Feilhaber to Kljestan, I do believe that Kljestan would be a better choice than anyone that Klinsmann selected for the 2016 Copa America roster to be the primary playmaker - i.e., the player who has the inate ability (gift?) to see things developing slightly before anyone else does and then delivering the ball precisely where it needs to be based on such early vision/diagnosis.
While I've not watched a lot of Red Bulls' matches of late, this recent Sports Nation article by Joshua Hargett is relevant here: LINK
|24 weeks 18 hours ago||Benny Feilhaber||
If Klinsmann is out, I certainly applaud this decision.
I simply don't understand why he has shut Feilhaber out of the USMNT pool. From Feilhaber's early years at the national level, he was a player who stood out to me as someone who had the vision & technical skill that seems so rare on the USMNT. Did he have some deficiencies in his performances in those early appearences? Yes, of course, all young players do. But, it seems like he's become a much more well-rounded player (i.e., able to play well defensively and stand up to rough, physical play) since then. And, yet, Klinsmann opts for Beckerman and Bradley over Feilhaber (and Kljestan). I repeat myself, but I simply don't understand.
A couple of interesting articles on this topic:
And, then there's Stuart Holden. Another of the rare USMNT players with superb vision & technical skills - a potential star for the USMNT.<<Sad story>>. Though, I do wonder, even if he had not had his career cut short due to injuries, would Klinsmann have ignored him too?
|26 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Wait, Grobe read the report||
Wait, Grobe read the report ... which doesn't exist? How exactly did that work?
"This should put interim Head Football Coach Jim Grobe in an interesting position to defend his decision to keep the entire coaching staff intact. He said his decision was based on reading part of the Pepper Hamilton report."
|28 weeks 2 days ago||For me, it's not even close -||
For me, it's not even close - definitely Willie Hen...