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06/04/2018 - 12:30am Wisconsin

I was part of that great Wisconsin upset. The odds were long but we pulled it out.

05/29/2018 - 4:56pm Exactly

I’ve been proposing this for a number of days. I’ve just gone rogue with my votes in an attempt to go West. I figure the worst case there is red sees their territories getting hit by a few votes and decides to defend in order to play it safe.

05/28/2018 - 5:11pm They are in the red alliance

Stanford is in the red alliance, so they get a pass from Nebraska and others for now.

05/28/2018 - 4:09pm We Need to go West

Red is letting Wisconsin and Ohio State set up safe spots on the west coast so they all can focus on attacking the east with no real need to defend. We need to threaten their safe zones. Ideally we can wipe out Wisconsin on our side while we head west.

05/26/2018 - 12:41pm The Red Alliance is Pushing South

I think you are right. My opinion is that red is focusing their forces south in an attempt to knock out Florida. From there it is easier pickings to take out our other allies. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing some of our team start pushing out west to get the red alliance to start to have to spread their forces out.

02/25/2018 - 10:04pm I Second This

I second the Balvenie Caribbean Cask. This is one of my favorites. I mostly go for anything with a sherry cask finish. I also enjoy Tamdhu 10. It has a fancy bottle that looks good on the shelf and tends to catch everyone’s eye.

10/31/2016 - 11:37pm More like Helmet to side of Facemask

My opinion is it is borderline, but probably 99% of the time gets called targeting. It wasn't a direct helmet to helmet hit though. You can tell Bush was trying to go cross body and his helmet caught the side of Frey's facemask causing it to spin on his head.

Regardless, I think putting somebody back in a game when they may have a concussion is more egregious than what at one time used to be considered a good football play. It isn't like the intent of the hit is to play dirty whereas there is clear intent in risking future health issues for putting somebody back in the game.

10/02/2016 - 1:34pm Woodson's, No Contest

Woodson's pick required him to one hand high point the ball against the sideline for a throw the quarterback was trying to make unreachable because he was throwing it away. The degree of difficulty is off the charts here based on just the play. While JD's was impressive, it has been done before and he added to the degree of difficulty by jumping too early.

So in my opinion, the play that tested the defender to his limits should win out. That has to be Woodson's pick because had he made a mistake at any point (jump to early, doesn't get a foot in bounds) he doesn't make that play.

12/04/2012 - 3:20pm Arkansas To Be 15th Member of The B1G

I'm making my prediction now.  The B1G is in negotiations to add Arkansas as its 15th member.  As part of the agreement to join, Arkansas gets Bielema and assistant coaches to be named later from the B1G.  In return, the B1G gets to again expand it's footprint.

10/25/2012 - 5:22pm Michigan Is No Longer An Option

I commented on this above and will try to paraphrase it here.

Michigan's policy appears to be the following concerning a verbal commit visiting other schools.

1.  The commit's spot is no longer held in the class and his scholarship offer gets pulled.

2.  Michigan will no longer recruit the former commit.  No second chance.

Whether number 2 above is concrete or not, I don't know.  It is just speculation based on the precedence of Phaoroh Brown and Dawson's high school coach's comments about Dawson's decommitment scenario with Michigan.  "Michigan is no longer recruiting him".

So when Dawson says his rushed decision to commit to Michigan was bad, I think what that means is he burned that bridge and they are no longer an option.  I don't think it has anything to do with MSU or Ohio having more to offer, only that they are still options to be close to home and Michigan is not (current lack of an offer).

It does make me wonder though.  If Dawson now has come to the conclusion that he wants to stay close to home, is there anything he can do to open that door to Michigan again?  Could he get them to reoffer if he was now 100% sure in that choice? (not saying that he is) 

10/25/2012 - 5:09pm It Makes Sense for Dawson

massblue,

Michigan's policy appears to be the following concerning a verbal commit visiting other schools.

1.  The commit's spot is no longer held in the class and his scholarship offer gets pulled.

2.  Michigan will no longer recruit the former commit.  No second chance.

Whether number 2 above is concrete or not, I don't know.  It is just speculation based on the precedence of Phaoroh Brown and Dawson's high school coach's comments about Dawson's decommitment scenario with Michigan.  "Michigan is no longer recruiting him".

So Dawson wants to explore his options and check out schools like Florida and LSU.  I get that.  I also get that he may want to stay closer to home given the loss of his father and wanting to be close to his support system in Michigan.   He probably may want to stay close to home to help support his mom.  Given Michigan's policy above, Michigan is no longer an option if he wants to stay close to home.  This only really leaves Ohio, MSU, and Notre Dame as his best options to stay close to home.

So given the scenario, do you really expect his list not to have Ohio and MSU on it?

At this juncture, since Dawson committed before he was 100% sure of his decision that led to his decommitment and Michigan no longer being an option (probably not his choice), and he just has to do what he thinks is best for him at this point.  There will be no hate or anger from me.  I wish him luck and hope he finds what he is seeking.  I only wish he hadn't committed until he was 100% sure.

09/03/2012 - 1:54am Use of Hands or Arms by Defense

I am going to agree that this play in no way affected the outcome of the game, but in my opinion, based on the rule book and the intent of the rules, this was a penalty.  It may not have been PI, but there appears to be a contact interference penalty that governs this.  It can be found in the Rule 9 - Conduct of Players and Others Subject to the Rules.  Specifically, the section that outlines what a defensive player can and can not do with his hands or arms is governed by Section 9.4 of the rule book, amazingly called Use of Hands or Arms by the Defense.  Please see below.  I am only including the parts that seem to apply to this case.

Use of Hands or Arms by Defense

ARTICLE 4.

b. Defensive players may not use hands and arms to tackle, hold or otherwise
illegally obstruct an opponent other than a runner.

Seeing as Roundtree did not have the ball, he therefore could not be construed as the runner.  Clearly the contact made by the corner was meant to obstruct Roundtree's path, making it questionable if not illegal contact.

c. Defensive players may use hands and arms to push, pull, ward off or lift
offensive players obviously attempting to block them. Defensive players
may ward off or legally block an eligible pass receiver until that player
occupies the same yard line as the defender or until the opponent could not
possibly block him. Continuous contact is illegal (A.R. 9-3-4-I and II).

The intent of this section is meant to recognize that an eligible pass receiver may be used as a blocker and that a defensive player may treat them as a potential blocker until such a time they are no longer a threat to block the defensive player.  Since Roundtree occupied the same yard line as the defender and was attempting to get around said defender, he was in no way a threat to block him.  This also appears to indicate that the contact was questionable and illegal contact.

e. When a legal forward pass crosses the neutral zone during a forward-pass
play and a contact foul that is not pass interference is committed beyond the
neutral zone, the enforcement spot is the previous spot. This includes Rule
9-3-4-c (A.R. 7-3-9-I and A.R. 9-3-4-I and II)
.

This portion clearly defines that there are potential contact violations a defender may make beyond the neutral zone that are not pass interference, but still considered illegal contact.  Based on this, the ball does not need to be in the air to make an illegal contact ruling.

Conclusion

Based on video evidence, it is clear that Roundtree's route was obstructed by the defender at a time when the rules seem to indicate it is not permitted.  Roundtree had established himself at the same yard line as the defender, the defender is not allowed to obstruct an opponent other than a runner unless they are a threat as a blocker, and the rules seem to indicate that a defensive illegal contact foul may occur without the need for a pass interference call.

It was a penalty.

*Please keep in mind that I am in no way an expert on this topic.  Just a man with a couple beers in him that thought it would be interesting to read the NCAA rule book and offer his two cents.  Since two cents is not worth that much these days, this write-up probably is'nt either.

07/27/2012 - 1:00am Baton Rouge - 16th Most Dangerous City in the U.S. per FBI

I unfortunately live in Baton Rouge now and am always left wondering why LSU would be a huge draw for out of state recruits.  It must be to play in the SEC and a perceived guaranteed path to the NFL (Which is never guaranteed anywere).  The campus is actually pretty and the game atmosphere is insane, but check out some of these beautiful statistics BR has for incoming recruits.

1.  Ranked the 16th most dangerous city in the U.S. per the FBI.  See link for a local article about crime.  Important because the campus is pretty much part of the city, similar to Michigan.

http://theadvocate.com/news/1446948-123/high-homicide-rate-plagues-baton.html

2.  The other nearest city to hang out, New Orleans is ranked the 13th most dangerous U.S. city per the FBI.

3.  Louisiana U.S. STD rankings.  #1 for syphillis, #3 for Chlamydia, #2 for Gonorrhea, and #1 rate of new AIDS cases.  Nothing says come sew your oates young men like these numbers.

http://theadvocate.com/home/2323950-125/br-areas-aids-rate-tops

4.  As a topper, the area along the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is nicknamed CANCER ALLEY.

Yes people, there is a hell on earth, and it is called Baton Rouge.  Please come play football here!

*I'm sorry if I have offended anyone.  Just reporting statistics.  In all fairness, they do have some of the best food in the country.  So there is that.