Member for

8 years 1 month

Recent Comments

Date Title Body
01/19/2019 - 2:33pm Yeah, that's exactly what he…

Yeah, that's exactly what he said... 

01/11/2019 - 3:02am Love the reference, but the…

Love the reference, but the whole point to that speech is that with that "one lousy hit per week" you are no longer .250 hitter. 

12/12/2018 - 3:24am Danny, this isn't Russia. …

Danny, this isn't Russia.  Is this Russia?  This isn't Russia, is it?

12/09/2018 - 5:13pm Really?  Some random poster…

Really?  Some random poster on a blog has an impact on the state of the program?  Can you tell me more about how this works so I can do my part?

11/26/2018 - 6:11am I think they did this to a…

I think they did this to a certain extent already when Brown came in.  Brown's defense IS designed to beat the spread that we see across the country.  But as of just last year, OSU's version of the spread looked very different than what we saw yesterday.  Brown's D is perfect for beating the spread-to-run outfits that featured Barrett. Just look at how well they were shut down last year until he got hurt.  But this offense with Haskins is a different animal and set up perfectly to beat man heavy coverage. 

That said, I agree with the premise that the D needs to be a bit more multiple.  We did see more zone in the 2nd half but it looked bad.  Guys got out of position, didn't see routes breaking into or out of their zones, etc.  It was clear that they were not as comfortable there.  

I'm confident that they will go back to the drawing board and adjust again. 

11/04/2018 - 4:53am Agreed.  On the call, Herbie…

Agreed.  On the call, Herbie tried to put that on Shea for being impatient.  I think it was actually Higdon who was impatient.  He saw the ball up high an panicked a little.  If he had not jumped at all, or at least timed his jump better, that play hits. 

11/04/2018 - 4:50am How much less could you care?

How much less could you care?

10/22/2018 - 6:26am Even trying to take the most…

Even trying to take the most neutral position possible here, I don't see how you could look at this and say the M players could have avoided it by moving.  Where could they have gone?  Once confronted with the full line of spartans, what were they supposed to do, run 30 yards laterally to get to the edge of the stupid wall?  No.  The easy answer is for one person to move one yard, not ask the other to move 30.  

03/18/2018 - 3:34pm He did not. Burke's was all

He did not. Burke's was all net.

03/04/2018 - 5:22am And Michigan didn't even

And Michigan didn't even sniff a 1 seed that year. I havent looked closely enough to have an opinion on Kansas, but I'm not sure that comparison helps the case.

02/03/2018 - 3:57am In the early 2000s it was

In the early 2000s it was Thursdays and they had hiked the price all the way up to $1.  But maybe you taught them a lesson, because a don't recall it being cheaper earlier in the night. 

12/22/2017 - 8:02am This is an important point

This is an important point that seems to be glossed over in this debate.  Obviously, recruiting is a big part of success in college football.  OSU is doing that very well.  Urban is the one in charge.  So I'm not sure how you can say he's underacheiving "based on the talent level" when he's the one responsible for that talent level.  That's part of his job, and he's doing it really well. 

Also, fuck osu, of course. 

02/04/2017 - 11:16am No, OSU would have gone.  PSU

No, OSU would have gone.  PSU would have been knocked out of the 3-way tie with their additional loss, then it goes back to head-to-head between us and OSU.  If our 1 loss was Iowa and we beat OSU, that's where we would have won the 3-way tie.

10/31/2016 - 1:02pm I think the missing piece

I think the missing piece here is that the clock starts as soon as *anyone* touches the ball.  So you could argue that the time between the touch and the possession is less than a second but there would have to be some amount of elapsed time anytime a kickoff is fielded by any player in the field of play.

08/22/2016 - 4:10pm I didn't realize he was a

I didn't realize he was a baseball player.  If he's good enough to play at TCU, it seems strange to me that baseball wasn't his first choice. 

08/12/2016 - 9:57pm He didn't just step out.  He

He didn't just step out.  He ran a good couple yards out without even realizing it.  But yeah, that was him.

08/11/2016 - 1:53pm Bingo.  The no kids approach

Bingo.  The no kids approach comes in handy when you're still no where near paying off your own education from a decade ago.  

08/04/2016 - 11:23am And this remote control... 

And this remote control... 

07/29/2016 - 1:25pm There was definitely a lot of

There was definitely a lot of contact at the top of that route.  But keep in mind that in college contact (as long as it's not holding) is legal as long as the ball isn't in the air yet.  

07/29/2016 - 1:22pm Then add Gary and cackle some

Then add Gary and cackle some more. 

05/05/2016 - 9:57pm Into the Woods.  By a

Into the Woods.  By a longshot.  Had a bunch of time to kill before a flight home from somewhere and the wife wanted to see it.  Big mistake.

10/27/2015 - 5:04pm Completely agree with the

Completely agree with the "weird vibe" and ST3 above saying something just felt not right.  I have had a hard time artculating what my feelings were right before *that* happened.  It wasn't like I sensed the impending disaster, but I know that I didn't feel good either.  But I think this solves it for me.  It was some sort of feeling of "despite all of that, here we are..."  But the "all of that" was enough to give me some underlying uneasiness.  

10/23/2015 - 2:52pm That's sort of a straw man,

That's sort of a straw man, though, isn't it?  No one is saying (at least not in this thread) that Rudock should be benched.  He's just addressing one specific, and very real, deficiency in his game to this point in the season.  I think your points about Rudock's good qualities are true.  But that doesn't mean he's without flaws.  And it's bye week so why not discuss them?  

I agree with the OP that aversion to turnovers has played some role in Rudock missing guys deep.  But then he also missed two of those throws way short against MSU, which is the opposite of what you'd expect from someone trying to put it where it was a completion or nothing.  So, was he just overcorrecting?  Between that and how open some of the guys he's missed have been, it seems like there's more to it.  

10/15/2015 - 10:21pm I'll be back this weekend for

I'll be back this weekend for my second round of MGoTailgate!

10/08/2015 - 12:48pm I'm guessing that stat refers

I'm guessing that stat refers to NU's offense, since they scored a defensive TD against Minn.

10/08/2015 - 9:34am I was there with my wife and

I was there with my wife and a few friends from Chicago for BYU.  We'll be back for msu next weekend!

02/01/2014 - 11:19pm I have a bit of a issue with

I have a bit of a issue with that part as well.  The first part makes sense.  Getting drunk does not forfeit your right to make decisions.  But the next sentence must not have come out as intended.  Just because you regret a drunk decision once you sober up DOES NOT mean you did something against your will.  Now, if you were too drunk to make the decision at all, that's another story.  And that's what I thought the first sentence was getting at.  But a drunk decision is still a decision.  I think the buying a shirt/making a blog post analogy is a sound one. 


10/04/2013 - 8:10am I think you're missing the

I think you're missing the point(s)...

1) No one is saying other conferences don't have bottom feeders, too.  In fact, quite the opposite.  The point is that the SEC has bottom feeders just like the rest of the conferences.  They are currently the best, but not by the gaping margin that some want to believe.

2) Cool, the middle of the conference is good, for the middle of a conference.  What is that worth?  That doesn't give the middle of the conference the national bragging rights they seem to feel entitled to. 

08/22/2013 - 8:13am two different things

There are two distinct issues being muddled together, here.  There is the significance of a player's contribution to the team, and then there is the ability displayed by a player (in whatever capacity that may be, limited or not).  Thomas Rawls struggling as a freshman is not the same thing as Kenjon Barner being stuck behind a stud, but showing flashes of brilliance in limited duty.

My point is, lack of contribution, in itself, may not be cause for concern.  But all lack of contribution is not created equal, and lack of effectiveness still could very well be cause for concern.  I'm guessing this is similar to what stephenrjking was getting at. 

05/07/2013 - 8:51am But, like many others have

But, like many others have said above, the school/coach does get to just say, "whoopsie, changed my mind" without any consequences.  You can say it shouldn't be that way, or that you'd say the same about a coach even though he's technically allowed to do it.  But as long as this is a one-way street, I have a hard time dicussing "accountability" and "integrity" in these LOI situations.

04/10/2013 - 2:38pm To me, it's not so much about

To me, it's not so much about affiliation as it is having seen one team so many times before.  As someone mentioned briefly already, it seemed like they made a lot of anticipation calls that ended up being wrong. 

Deng is a shotblocker, and because they've seen him do it so many times, they assume a clean block when he goes up and miss a goaltend. 

Louisville forces a lot of mistakes with their pressure.  When they see that pressure applied to non-handlers like McGary, they're used to those guys making mistakes.  They're looking for the mistake (a travel) rather than the hack-a-thon happening first.

But, obviously affiliation might do something too...

03/25/2013 - 10:54am I sort of agree.  I don't

I sort of agree.  I don't think an offensive player needs to be out of control to necessitate an offensive foul.  I guess that depends on what we're defining as "out of control."  If a defensive player is in position, and the offensive player tries to go through him, that's an offensive foul.  But that doesn't necessarily mean the offensive player was out of control, the way I would define it.  But yeah, it's the late slide that really needs to be fixed.  And the rules are already written for that to be a block.  It's just missed a lot. 

03/25/2013 - 10:28am This is what so many people

This is what so many people miss when they complain about "flopping."  It has become necessary to fall down in order to get the call.  If you have position and absorb the contact without going down - no call.  

Also, many people above are complaining about help defenders taking charges like that shouldn't be allowed.  I don't get this.  So, once you beat the on ball defender, you just put your head down and go to the basket, and the defense can't do anything to stop it?  

I agree that there is a problem with letting defenders slide in too late to take charges, but on the whole, I think the block/charge call is missed pretty equally both ways.  The real fix is 1) call it the right way (don't let someone slide in too late), and 2) don't require the defender to go down to get the call.  

02/15/2013 - 7:36am Webber went to Country Day.

Webber went to Country Day.

On second thought, you're probably just saying you saw DCD play at Saginaw Nouvel, since Macon also didn't plat "at Heritage."  In that case, nothing to see here...

12/02/2012 - 11:13am Kind of...

We're eligible over Northwestern, but because we're not eligible over Nebraska and Northwestern is, that makes Northwestern eligible for a game that we are not eligible for. 

11/02/2012 - 10:02pm I've actually had the surgery

I've actually had the surgery in both my elbows.  Mine was more of a structural issue (cubital tunnel syndrome) than injury related, although tendonitis in my left elbow from pitching did make it even worse.  Based on my understanding, it makes sense that Denard would not have surgery.  With cubital tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, the ulnar nerve is constantly under pressure from the tendon and the bone and the only way to stop it and give the nerve a break is to move the nerve.  If it's a one-time injury, the nerve doesn't necessarily have to be moved to heal.  It's more protected in the bone groove of the elbow than it is on the inside of the elbow where they move it to, anyway, so that's a better place for it to heal.  I think this is why they transportation is more for cronic issues and severe compressions that can't stay in the bone groove.

Just my guess.  I'm not a doctor, just a guy with two bad ulnar nerves.

06/07/2012 - 6:18pm But if a case by case

But if a case by case analysis of the facts is needed (not necessarily in this suit, but in the case of suing specific doctors, as mentioned above), you can't sustain a class action.   

06/07/2012 - 11:18am Maybe, but these sort of

Maybe, but these sort of differing facts would make the class action approach pointless.  

02/12/2012 - 4:48pm Yes, but...

With 11 teams, there were 5 byes last year.  With the addition of Nebraska, only the top 4 get a bye. 

02/08/2012 - 9:42am You're assuming that the

You're assuming that the current ticket price matches "the hype" that exists now.  If no one buys tickets for $400, the ticket prices will come down, even as people get more excited. 

02/05/2012 - 12:37pm This depends 100% on the

This depends 100% on the player and his mentality/personality.  A good coach knows that you can't handle every player the same way.  For some guys, a quick hooks sends the message and the problem is solved.  For others, this may just cause more frustration.  Maybe this is part of it with THJ, maybe it isn't.  Just saying it's probabaly more complicated than "if Beilein didn't like it, we'd see him pull THJ."

02/03/2012 - 8:03am Haha.  Will, I think you'd

Haha.  Will, I think you'd need a little more time in the weight room to get up to 230!

01/16/2012 - 4:16pm Not anymore, but it certainly

Not anymore, but it certainly was one of the most talent-rich states for the majority of Izzo's tenure.  I think that was the point. 

01/13/2012 - 5:20pm If you think Youngstown State

If you think Youngstown State and SDSU are "interchangeable creampuffs", I think you have that delusional finger pointed in the wrong direction. 

01/08/2012 - 4:49pm False

The basketball semi-finals and finals have long been held at the Breslin Center, and still are.  And some of the quarter-final games are often held at CMU or U of D, as well.  Maybe there is a rule like that for regular season events, I don't know.

01/05/2012 - 6:47pm After 1st down...

I think they may have made the decision to be cautious on 2nd and 3rd down after they took a shot on 1st down and didn't connect.  If you recall, Denard took a shot down the sideline to what looked like no one.  Though it went ignored, the replay showed Junior running a double move, only to get leg-whipped by the corner who was about to get torched.  Junior came off limping and we were left in 2nd and 10.  They way our offense was going, being conservative from there may not have been a bad move.

01/01/2012 - 1:04pm Fact?

Really, "the fact is"...?  With this kind of certainty, someone alert the NCAA and BCS that it's easier than we thought.  We can just wait for coldnjl to give us the FACTS, and there's our national championship game.  

12/26/2011 - 12:13am Yeah... no.

That's just not true.  The Hill is full of freshmen, and there are plenty scattered throughout East/West/South Quad as well. 

12/25/2011 - 1:34pm Same play

I immediately thought of the same catch by Gallon as soon as I read the title of this thread.  Obviously the next play to Roundtree was great, too, but the Gallon catch was bigger to me because of the emotional lift.  We were backed up with very little time left and everyone in the staium was nervous, then the place EXPLODED.  On the next play, everyone was already up and then it just got better. 

12/03/2011 - 3:34pm Shaun Rogers

It didn't start with Raji, either.  Plenty of people have been doing this for quite a while.  I have no idea where it started, but Shaun Rogers was doing it back when he played for the Lions.