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11/18/2018 - 8:23am According to this week’s…

According to this week’s recruiting roundup he’s only been playing organized football for two years.  This means he’s both raw and not very scouted, which both explain rankings that might not coincide with a 6’8 OT who’s getting major football offers.

11/14/2018 - 11:25pm Even beating a top 30-35…

Even beating a top 30-35 team by 25+ on the road is still incredibly impressive, and something done by s team that is more likely than not one of the elite teams in a season.

11/11/2018 - 6:39pm Not a professional opinion,…

Not a professional opinion, but he seems like the type of person who is more likely to hurt someone else than himself.  Which of course doesn’t make what you said any less serious, but I’d be more worried what he would do to other people than to himself.

11/11/2018 - 10:48am Related to this game, the…

Related to this game, the Hall of Fame Tip-off bracket is a joke.  Our next opponent is GW, in the featured bracket, despite their losing BOTH of the regional games, to Stony Brook and Siena.  Stony Brook also beat South Carolina.  

I know that’s how these regional brackets have tended to work in these tournaments, but if you go 0-2, at home, while a team you lost to goes 2-0, you should be relegated.

11/10/2018 - 9:25pm I wouldn’t.  Purdue was 9-39…

I wouldn’t.  Purdue was 9-39 the four seasons before Brohm.  Immediately turning that around into two .500 seasons, before any of your recruits can even be upper classmen, is not something to thumb one’s nose at.  Meanwhile, Louisville is not really a destination job in college football — it’s fine, but coaches tend to leave for better places if they’ve been successful.  For Brohm, on the other hand, it might be a place he’s willing to stay at for a long time.  They should absolutely want him.

11/07/2018 - 3:41pm Hopefully I get more points…

Hopefully I get more points in this thread than Rutgers gets yards on Saturday!

11/07/2018 - 2:51pm When I started looking for a…

When I started looking for a new job, I did in fact tell my boss right away.  She understood my reasons (lack of upward mobility in my current position — being buried on the depth chart so to speak), and was supportive, reaching out to her connections and giving me a reference as I found a new landing place.

So to continue your analogy, it can very much make sense to be open about it.  If you’ve got a good relationship with your coaches, it is not impossible they can help you find your new school.  Certainly that isn’t the case for every player, but if player and coach both feel the best option is a transfer, then it’s mutually beneficial to work together towards that outcome.

11/04/2018 - 10:12am Also to be fair he only…

Also to be fair he only started four of his six games, which pulled down his average, was injured in one of those four starts (also pulling down his average) and there was a game vs. Minny where we simply didn’t need to throw the ball (Higdon and Evans rushed for almost 400 yards combined).

He wasn’t great, but looking at his YPG stats is silly, especially with a small sample size.  Shea only averaged 134 YPG games in our wins over Wisky and PSU, which is Peters’ average from his four starts last year.

I’m fairly sure Peters could start for a number of major conference teams.  We’re lucky to have him as our third string.

10/31/2018 - 6:45pm As it now appears Durkin has…

As it now appears Durkin has been fired, I guess the Board if Regents couldn’t withstand the pressure for the week.  Right decision, definitely took way too long, and the wrong way, to get there.

10/31/2018 - 6:37pm I want to not stray into…

I want to not stray into politics, but there is an election next week and the Governor’s challenger immediately decried the Board of Regents’ decision, tying it to Governor Hogan as he appointed a majority of the Board.  Hogan initially did not have a strong position until it looked like it might gain traction in the final week before the election — it is not clear that pressure will be applied beyond next Tuesday.

(I guess this is mildly political, but frankly politics is inextricably tied to the issue, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

10/29/2018 - 9:49am Louisville is 2-6 and just…

Louisville is 2-6 and just gave up 56 points to Wake Forest in a 21 point loss at home.  Three of their final four opponents are currently ranked, and their other opponent is also better than them (NC State).  They could easily finish 2-10 and winless in the conference, and would be wise to get Brohm while he’s available.

10/28/2018 - 7:24pm No, how it works is it…

No, how it works is it reflects the irrational exuberance of Michigan fans, who are unlikely to bet against the spread.

10/27/2018 - 11:03am That said, if Louisville…

That said, if Louisville doesn’t win today, they might not win another game all year.  2-10 and winless in conference should cost Petrino his job regardless of buyouts.  Brohm needs to win a couple more games — a 7-5 record would be nice — but the bigger factor is Louisville continuing to go into the tank.

10/26/2018 - 10:25am Really?  Underwhelmed since…

Really?  Underwhelmed since Biakabutuka?  Anthony Thomas was a beast as the primary back (1500 yards with 5.4 per carry and 25 carries a game) his senior year, and went for over 4K in his career. He handed the torch to Chris Perry, who in his senior year went for nearly 1700 on 5 per carry, and also caught 44 passes on his way to being B10 Offensive POY, 1st-Team All-American, and a 1st round pick.

10/23/2018 - 2:58pm I always* like imagining…

I always* like imagining that UT-Martin was founded by former Vols quarterback Tee Martin.

 

*Always = one time every 1-2 years where I’m reminded that UT-Martin exists.

10/23/2018 - 12:36pm Top-50ish 2020 guard in…

Top-50ish 2020 guard in basketball.  Definitely should be a bigger deal on these boards.

10/22/2018 - 8:13am Luckily it’s Senior Day,…

Luckily it’s Senior Day, which should help with being focused that week.

10/16/2018 - 5:42pm His withdrawing from school…

His withdrawing from school was covered in the other thread.

10/14/2018 - 4:42pm Seems likely.  From the…

Seems likely.  From the sound of it his father has done very well professionally (lawyer-turned-CEO of a bank), so he should be able to afford out of state tuition while getting a great education and playing football. 

Welcome aboard!

10/14/2018 - 9:23am To be fair to Nordin, only…

To be fair to Nordin, only the first miss is really leaving points on the field.  A 54-yarder on the last play of the half is bonus points if it goes in, not points you should expect to have.

10/11/2018 - 8:59am Does he need plenty of snaps…

Does he need plenty of snaps this weekend tho?  Wisconsin is something around 115th in sack rate if I recall — I would think this is a week to not weight the pass-blocking abilities of a running back all that high. 

10/10/2018 - 8:01am Also not a lawyer and haven…

Also not a lawyer and haven’t read the ruling, but I don’t get what angle you’re coming in here from — isn’t USC a private institution, so he wouldn’t have been a state employee?  Did he have a job offer at another UC institution that was pulled because of the show cause, or had he moved to one after USC but before the penalty was placed on him?

09/25/2018 - 2:20pm Only if you win the lawsuit.

Only if you win the lawsuit.

09/25/2018 - 1:44pm It’s a lot cheaper…

It’s a lot cheaper financially if Meyer gets mad and leaves.

09/10/2018 - 1:35pm I don’t think it’s…

I don’t think it’s undeniably good, as there just isn’t that perfect camera angle but it was a good deal better than 50/50 from what I saw.  The three angles they showed were “probably good”, “looks good”, and “can’t tell.”  Nothing looked “probably not good.”

09/07/2018 - 9:26am I’m not seeing the same…

I’m not seeing the same payout structure you advertise.  $1 million total, but on DraftKings I see:

15 correct — split $300k

14 correct — split $200k

13 correct — split $150k

11-12 correct — split $200k

8-10 correct — split $150k

 

(Sorry in advance for what looks like it will be a lot of white space in this post.  Haven’t figured out the text box in mobile yet.)

 

09/01/2018 - 4:21pm If we’ve replaced two…

If we’ve replaced two starting tackles by Week 5, inserting a true freshman and a redshirt freshman who switched positions, there is no way we go 10-2.  Certainly we’ve already lost to Notre Dame in this scenario.  That’s how we get to 8-4.

08/30/2018 - 1:25pm Huh, the games are won on…

Huh, the games are won on the field?  Well, I’ll be!

08/30/2018 - 1:20pm Crazy to think Chase could…

Crazy to think Chase could be as low as the 3rd to 5th best defensive player on this team.  Can’t wait for this defense.

08/15/2018 - 4:24pm You have the wrong composite…

You have the wrong composite score for him — I think you just reused Haskiins’.

08/13/2018 - 5:27pm Didn’t we flip Samuelson…

Didn’t we flip Samuelson from Nebraska? It didn’t work it with him, but it’s not like he was seen as a MAC-caliber talent at the time.  (Also, I think it was Funk who recruited him, not Mattison.)

08/13/2018 - 2:50pm You understand incorrectly. …

You understand incorrectly.  Contracts can be fully, partially, or non-guaranteed.

08/13/2018 - 2:29pm “Standard” probably means it…

“Standard” probably means it’s not guaranteed, meaning he could be cut and be owed only the pro-rated portion of his salary until January 10th.  (But the Bulls would be foolish to cut him).

08/13/2018 - 6:01am Not necessarily.  Given the…

Not necessarily.  Given the DL depth, the fact that he needs to add some weight to play DT, and the new rules, it seems like a redshirt is highly likely.  So if he moved to FB, it’d either be with Mason as a senior, or after Mason graduates if Woods found that the path playing time blocked.  I’d be surprised if Woods was a FB from Day 1 — seems more like a fallback option if he can’t get to the size requirements of a 3-Tech.

08/12/2018 - 7:45pm Didn’t win, but I’d say your…

Didn’t win, but I’d say your assessment of the situation was off.

08/12/2018 - 10:45am As a Maryland resident and…

As a Maryland resident and taxpayer, having read the report of the player’s death, I hope someone involved faces criminal charges.  Merely losing a job over this isn’t enough.

08/08/2018 - 2:41pm My understanding is that the…

My understanding is that the ability to return to school will only apply to undrafted players who were invited to the combine, so this would not have applied to Matthews (and would apply to very few players in a given year, as most underclass combine invitees who remain in the draft are drafted).

It’s an improvement to the system, but the NCAA is relying on the NBA’s combine evaluation process to make sure it only applies to a very small number of kids who are right on the edge of being draftable.  It wouldn’t be surprising for some of those players to stay pro anyway.  They’re unlikely to suddenly become first round picks with another year in school, and the difference between a late-2nd and an UDFA is marginal in terms of contracts (late 2nds sign 2-way deals or deal with low guarantees, the same as UDFAs.)

08/02/2018 - 10:33am Yeah, O’Keefe getting…

Yeah, O’Keefe getting involved bums me out, because now I’m less likely to believe any information coming out of OSU hasn’t been edited to suit a narrative.

07/26/2018 - 10:05pm Last year they seemed to go…

Last year they seemed to go 7-deep, with two freshman, two sophomores, two juniors, and one senior (who was the 7th in the 7-man rotation).  The only other two players who seemed to get some amount of meaningful playing tome were also freshman.  So while they weren’t good, they could definitely improve this year based on having a more experienced team and not losing much production (assuming there were no transfers).  Still shouldn’t be any kind of threat, but it’s readonanly likely they won’t be in the 300s this year.  Last year was also the first year of a new coach, so hopefully year 2 of his system helps bring growth as well.

07/25/2018 - 10:57am Nest Protect Smoke/CO Alarms…

Nest Protect Smoke/CO Alarms were my first foray into smart technology.  Mere weeks after my daughter was born, a smoke alarm went off in my house for about 3 seconds at 4 am.  I had no idea which one or why, and after searching the house for 15 minutes making sure there was no fire, my exhausted new dad brain promptly bought 6 of them at 4:30 am, and a Nest Cam for a baby monitor since I was lacking impulse control at that hour.

I really like them, and recently added a Nest x Yale lock.  I am a little less enthused, but I think I’ll grow to like it as my daughter gets older and we don’t have to worry about her locking herself out of the house/have more random people who need keys (babysitters, etc.)

We also have a smart thermostat provided by our utility, which lets them control the A/C on especially hot days when they need negawatts, and theoretically will allow us to set our thermostat based on real-time energy pricing, if they ever move to that price regime from the Day/Evening seasonal prices they have set up.

We’re looking to do a kitchen remodel in 2-3 years, so I’m hopeful 17-year old refrigerator and range can make it a couple more years so that there are more and better smart versions on the market.

I have never heard of PumpSpy, and am quite curious.  I can’t imagine we’ll redo our home’s lighting — we have LEDs everywhere and that seems to be the correct balance for efficiency vs. cost.

07/25/2018 - 8:34am Yeah, Comcast is my only…

Yeah, Comcast is my only high-speed data option.  On top of that, their service in my area is not reliable enough for streaming (my neighborhood complains all the time but we can’t get any competitors to move in, which is sad since most of us would switch).

I’m very jealous of all you cord-cutters.

07/25/2018 - 12:32am When did Haskins sign?  Was…

When did Haskins sign?  Was it the early or late signing period?

If it was the early signing date, and he seemingly committed out of nowhere not much before signing, then I can buy it.  If he signed in February, then I don't.  If you really like the kid, then you should want to make certain you've got his LOI locked down as soon as possible.

07/24/2018 - 4:17pm Comcast has been dropping a…

Comcast has been dropping a lot of mid-level networks lately.  Tru TV is gone, which has the potential to annoy me in March.

07/17/2018 - 5:28pm Yes, although it’s tough for…

Yes, although it’s tough for me to tell if it’s because it’s the summer and thus less coverage of things I care about.

07/06/2018 - 1:53pm If memory serves, Stone was…

If memory serves, Stone was a Michigan target at one point.

06/07/2018 - 12:47pm I forget — is he class of…

I forget — is he class of 2019 or 2020?

06/04/2018 - 11:40am IBL

In before launch!

06/03/2018 - 11:06pm Didn’t realize Tark went to the NBA

But as he lasted all of 20 games, he certainly isn’t a datapoint in support of the Pistons’ pursuit of Beilein.

06/03/2018 - 7:42pm I’m sure the Pistons could turn over their entire roster

But that doesn’t mean they get to replace said roster with any players they wish. The likelihood that they could get substantially better players any time soon is quite low.

06/03/2018 - 7:37pm The reason this would be surprising is on the Pistons’ end

Beilein is 65. He’s never coached in the NBA. I’m not sure there’s ever been a late career college to NBA jump like this, especially when the coach has never been involved at the NBA in any level (as an assistant, player, or anything else). Beilein is a terrific coach, but there will be a learning curve. He’ll have about 1/3 the number of practices. He’ll have 29 new opponents to figure out, often with no time between games to digest film. There are a substantially different number of rules between the two levels, and certainly a difference in how things are called even where the letter of the rule is the same.

I’m sure he could eventually figure it out, but again, he’s 65. He could cost your team games relative to another potential hire in year 1, and maybe year 2. This is fine if he’s younger and you’re rebuilding and you hope that he’s the right hire for a decade or more, like Stevens in Boston or Snyder in Utah. This neither describes Beilein, who probably doesn’t have a decade left, nor the Pistons, who are a fringe playoff team with a high payroll hoping to take the next step forward.

If this happens, it would be a mistake for the Pistons. 5 years ago it may have made sense.