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|2 days 9 hours ago||Man, watching that play with||
Man, watching that play with Gesicki trying to block someone in the hole looked like a Breaking Madden clip where the player's Awareness is turned down to 0. He didn't identify anyone, didn't touch anyone, and just kind of looked around for something to do.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Ahh, Dancing Kevin. As one of||
Ahh, Dancing Kevin. As one of the few MGoColumbusites, I know him well. Actually, literally. He's actually lost ~145 pounds since spring. Good dude.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I also don't think the "not||
I also don't think the "not making f-ups" level is equal between the two. I was led to believe that O'Korn is a bit more of a gunslinger than is Speight, and with that comes additional risk/reward.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Respectfully disagree about||
Respectfully disagree about the size of the goal. To show the side-by-side of goalie equipment then and now while NOT showing the differences in hockey sticks between then and now is a criminal oversight.
Or, go to a stick and puck and try the same wrist shot and slap shot with a wooden stick and then a composite stick. Or go to a hockey shop and pick up a wooden stick and the same size composite stick. The evolution of equipment has kept pace for both shooters and goalies.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||What "exposure" does he need?||
What "exposure" does he need? He was a first round pick. Winnipeg was no doubt keeping tabs on his season no matter where he was playing. It's not like he earned himself this huge extra amount of money. That's not how NHL ELCs work.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||"Played for a legendary coach||
"Played for a legendary coach and prominent program just long enough to get the exposure and publicity required to get the contract offer that was the sole goal to begin with."
I don't understand this belief. An NHL ELC has a ceiling on it no matter who signs it or when it's signed. You can't "earn more" by playing a great year in the NCAA. As a first round pick, he gets the same contract no matter when he signs.
For example, there isn't going to be an escalating bidding war for Jimmy Vesey because he's not signing with the Predators. He's going to get the same contract term/value, no matter where he signs. He simply gets to pick which organization he wants to sign with.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, I fixed the title. For||
Yes, I fixed the title. For some reason, without initially realizing that the expansion draft protection was the reason for the ATO, I wondered if he would maintain his eligibility. Now that it's clear he's not coming back, I changed it.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Updated now that I have more||
Updated now that I have more understanding of why they did an ATO and not an ELC.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, he's signed. He just||
Yeah, he's signed. He just didn't sign a full-on ELC to protect him from expansion draft eligibility should it happen in 2018. The rule there is that if a player is in his third "pro" season that summer, he has to be protected. By finishing the season on an "amateur" tryout contract with the AHL team, he can play the rest of the AHL slate without being considered "pro" this season at all, thus meaning Columbus doesn't have to use a "protection" spot on him in an expansion draft.
It's all semantic contract wrangling. He's done at UofM.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||True, and very fair points||
True, and very fair points taken. That said, there is still Nationwide Arena ice not more than 3 miles from OSU. OSU has played there (against UM earlier this month). It wouldn't be hard to "host" it there. I think the fact that Columbus inexplicably has two 18,000+ seat arenas within five miles of each other should make it doable.
(And yes, I realize I'm largely arguing a moot point...)
|27 weeks 4 days ago||"The holdup is that Wisconsin||
"The holdup is that Wisconsin and Ohio State don't want to reserve their buildings for three weeks because high school state championships use them."
If we're talking about HS hockey, Ohio State can't even use that as an excuse. The Ohio Frozen Four was last weekend, and it was played at Nationwide Arena (where the Blue Jackets play) and NOT at OSU's arena. The Columbus region of the whole tournament was also played at the Blue Jackets' practice rink (attached to Nationwide Arena).
OSU has no real *hockey* reason to block this; the only possible problem would be their own basketball schedule (since they share their building with basketball), though considering the time of year (B1G basketball tourney is already done) that shouldn't be a holdup.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||How did Ohio State survive||
How did Ohio State survive with Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, and Cardale Jones?
|31 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know, I think you're||
I don't know, I think you're all arguing a mute point.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||You're totally right. It||
You're totally right. It would be so much better if they tried to keep updating the site while the repeated server requests from all of us clicking "refresh" completely nerfed their server. Good call.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Somewhat OT of "baby poop"||
"During the Michigan game, forcing the change"
Reminds me of the VT Sugar Bowl game. My son was born on 12/14/2011, so you can math it up for how old he was the night of that game.
I watched the second half with him in sleeping a bassonette not three feet from me. The amount of "silent yelling" that was done during the second half of that game... wow. That 4Q fake-punt-block thing that gave UM the ball in VT territory, I was up running circles in my living room mouthing all kinds of excited swearing with literally no sound. My wife still doesn't know how I did it without waking him up.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||For me, it was the revelation||
For me, it was the revelation that my son could actually defy gravity and poop UP his back that really got me.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I played Tecmo Bowl at all||
I played Tecmo Bowl at all hours of the night. Good times, those.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Glad I wasn't alone in||
Glad I wasn't alone in thinking that Werenski could have done a bit more on Gust's goal. I get that a "by the book" 2-on-1 defense is to cover the pass and let the goalie stay square to the puck/shooter, but the potential pass there is so far off that I would have liked to see Werenski hedge a bit more on Gust. Though, admittedly, the screen cap shows that the potential pass is clearly also beating his man, sooooo....
|36 weeks 1 day ago||As an MGoReader living in||
As an MGoReader living in Columbus, I have the sad misfortune of being a Blue Jackets fan. From what I've read here, I've been trying to keep the brakes on the Zach Werenski hype train that charged out of the station after World Juniors, mainly based on his defensive abilities.
Is he a guy that could play third-pairing, sheltered/offensive zone start minutes in the NHL next season? Or does he still need more work?
With the crap fest that has been the Blue Jackets' season, many fans are looking for Werenski as a potential sooner-rather-than-later bright spot. I'm wary.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||None of these examples you've||
None of these examples you've cited were teams that had just gone through a coaching change after having been mis-managed from a coaching standpoint the previous four years.
My gut is that if OSU had lost Braxton Miller in Urban's first year, they aren't going 12-0.
The very reason those top-tier teams are able to weather the injuries is because they've had solid programs built over 5-10 years, and had the depth to overcome those injuries. What this year told me is that Michigan had some good players being badly coached by the previous staff, but it also had a roster devoid of meaningful depth at almost EVERY positiion on the field save maybe DB or DL.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Quote from fan visiting Happy Valley||
"(They have this thing where they say "It's 10:02 AM (or any random time) and Michigan still sucks" which I found kind of funny. I wonder if this started in the Hoke years after the fake "resurgence" in 2011)"
As a Michigan fan living in Columbus, I can assure you that PSU isn't the only place that has this thing. People in Columbus will use this line just about any and every chance they can, even when it has no real bearing on any conversation. I've lived here for almost 20 years, and it's never *not* been a thing here.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||And, to assume that he "left"||
And, to assume that he "left" San Francisco rather than was pushed out by his idiot GM and owner isn't being true to history.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||I think what was best about||
I think what was best about the Toledo guy was that Harbuagh spun this yarn about being born and being proud of being born in Perrysburg, and then immediately drops a "is that good enough for your story?" on him. Har-bot has detailed files on folksiness.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Well, and at the spot on the||
Well, and at the spot on the field where it was, what did it cost them? Six inches?
|46 weeks 2 days ago||I'm probably wrong but I||
I'm probably wrong but I always thought "free kick" meant no tee (i.e., ball is "free") which is why teams punt. The other option would be a kickoff with a holder holding it (and thus removing a coverage unit member). Since most PKs don't kick much longer than 60 yards off the ground with a holder (think: all FGAs ever), it makes more sense to punt. The ball travels just as far, as good or better hang time, and 10 guys covering instead of nine plus a holder.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Clock was already stopped due||
Clock was already stopped due to UM calling a timeout. Why would it have started for a dead-ball penalty?
|46 weeks 5 days ago||As a Blue Jackets fan...||
...I'm finding a sense of dread about Werenski's defense. I know I have to remember that he *should* be a freshman, but reading these reviews it seems like his "defensive hockey sense" is somewhat lacking right now. Is that systemic, or does it appear that he just seems more offensively inclined?
|48 weeks 4 days ago||"Everything else screams||
"Everything else screams De'Veon Smith, Georgia Edition"
Except for all of the writers also noting that Taylor knows where to find the hole. Not hating on Smith so much as pointing out that's still his one big weakness.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Beach Balls||
When Brian gets hit by a beach ball, does he pop the ball and then scream: "DAMN YOU PEOPLE!! THIS IS FOOTBALL!! NOT A ROCK CONCERT!!"
|50 weeks 3 days ago||And it completely killed||
And it completely killed (what I presumed was) the joke: that this game was played on the edge of a Hurricane, and that the Wolverines also rocked Maryland like said hurricane.