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09/08/2018 - 8:55am I'd tenfold that number to…

I'd tenfold that number to 100x

08/23/2018 - 1:51pm I have said this before but…

I have said this before but it's worth repeating here. In a subculture (like major college and pro athletics) with high egos, a lot of money, and a clear "winner" you are going to attract a lot of very driven, but morally "challenged" people. Wall Street is a great comparison to this and many of those guys make Urban Meyer look like a saint. National and maybe even state politics is similar.

 

 

08/19/2018 - 6:44pm He won at fucking Vanderbilt…

He won at fucking Vanderbilt!!! Vanderbilt!!! And I'm pretty sure the sanctions weren't over at Penn State when he got there from a recruiting standpoint.

Jesus Christ, context fucking matters.

Jim Harbaugh is 57-32 at Stanford and Michigan and less conference titles. I guess Franklin is better than him. 

One of the dumbest comments on this board in a long, long time.

08/15/2018 - 11:55am Again, it wasn't just the…

Again, it wasn't just the losing. The guy just got fired due to a sexual harassment suit in Arizona. Does anyone really think he was clean as a whistle when he was the head coach here for 3 years?

And while I agree the "Michigan Man" shit was off-putting, the guy wasn't cut out to be a good ambassador for the school. For a fanbase that prides itself on not being Michigan State / Ohio State, the RichRod was exactly the kind of hire those schools would make. 

08/15/2018 - 12:15am The Rich Rod hire is an…

The Rich Rod hire is an underrated low point, particularly in light of events of the last year. It's not just because of the losing. I'm guessing he didn't just start becoming a scumbag when he went to Arizona.

08/14/2018 - 11:55am I do not recall the details…

I do not recall the details of the Sullivan's death, but EVERY D-1 and almost every college coach in America is familiar with a lift, how high it can go, and how stable it would be in heavy wind. Maybe Kelly has a decent excuse, but his lack of familiarity with a lift is not one of them.

08/09/2018 - 1:25pm 100% this. It isn't 1995…

100% this. It isn't 1995 anymore. Nebraska's recruiting outside of the state and their development of their in-state line is no longer cutting edge. They were 5+ years ahead of EVERYONE in strength and development in the Osborne era. They aren't anymore. Combine that with a more difficult league and the days of going 10-2 or better every year are over. Add to that fact is that Frost won at the best non-Power 5 job in college football. It's not like Central Florida had sucked for a decade and he turned it around. 5th year seniors in that program went to TWO New Years Six bowl games in their careers (O'Leary and Frost) sandwiched around an 0-12 shitburger.

The other team like this is Tennessee. That job might not rank in the top half of SEC jobs right now and they were a top 5-8 program in the 1990s.

08/04/2018 - 7:15pm I couldn't disagree with…

I couldn't disagree with this more. This is the seminal moment of Urban Meyer's career. If he stays and wins a few more titles, this is simply a blip in a storied career. If he's canned, he becomes a more successful version of Tressel.

How many people mention Tom Osborne and Lawrence Phillips in the same story these days? Unless it's a story about Lawrence Phillips, it rarely comes up. If Meyer stays, this is out of the news cycle within a few weeks and probably out of the news period in a year.

08/03/2018 - 11:02pm As a coach he certainly has…

As a coach he certainly has. I don't believe he has as a person.

08/03/2018 - 4:08pm "At Miami they don't."

They…

"At Miami they don't."

They don't at Michigan either! Tommy Amaker is consistently denigrated on this board. Why? Because he didn't win enough basketball games. 

"thanks, but we'd like to win now."

Thanks for proving my point. Coaches know this and they know if they don't win they will not be coaches anymore. Division I athletics is a cesspool because of this. It's similar to any ultra-competitive business in which it is easy to keep score--Wall Street, for example, certainly comes to mind.

 

08/03/2018 - 10:24am Because you get paid to win!…

Because you get paid to win! Period. Not graduate players, not development men, not be a "good, ethical, moral" etc. guy. You get paid to win football games.

Randy Shannon was charged with cleaning up the Miami football program after the Davis and Coker era. By all accounts he did a fantastic job with that. He was fired because, at the end of the day, nobody gives a fuck about that.

08/02/2018 - 2:37pm I get last year shouldn't…

I get last year shouldn't matter as much as this year, but Penn State was probably the best team in the Big Ten last year. Lost two games by a combined 4 points. Destroyed everyone else except at Iowa (in which they gained over 500 yards of offense and only scored 21 points).

They've recruited exceptionally well and have the best QB in the league.

07/31/2018 - 6:09pm I read the whole thing and…

I read the whole thing and they don't really bash anyone except for Illinois and Lovie Smith.

Even Rutgers gets some hype!

07/31/2018 - 6:08pm Minus Evashevski and Fry,…

Minus Evashevski and Fry, Iowa has NEVER had good football success. Nebraska won 5 national titles in 30 years! Big difference of comparison.

07/31/2018 - 6:05pm Rewatch that damn bowl game…

Rewatch that damn bowl game. It was the QB. Period. 

You want to argue the injury issue. Fine. I, nor you, have any idea if that was still playing a role. But injuries don't make you freeze up in basic 3-step route patterns. He looked like he had never been coached.

And don't recite the stats from irrelevant games. Anybody on this board could have led Michigan to victory by handing the ball off every time against the likes of Rutgers, Minnesota, and Maryland--team ran for nearly 900 yards in those 3 games.

Two questions: A) why didn't they air it out more in those games to see what Peters could do and B) why did it take so long to bench O'Korn? The clear answers are A) they knew what he could do and didn't want to push it and B) the staff believed O'Korn was the better player.

07/29/2018 - 9:26pm ". . . finally one last no…

". . . finally one last no contact practice in full pads."

Is this new? I was pretty sure once you got into full pads on Day 5, the hitting could be full go.

07/28/2018 - 4:12pm He's also had some fortunate…

He's also had some fortunate wins. He's not that far away from being 1-2 versus Indiana! And how Minnesota lost that game 3 years ago, I'll never know.

 

07/28/2018 - 4:02pm So I guess nobody was…

So I guess nobody was actually cheating and exploiting young men when Bo and Bear and Woody were making low 5 figure salaries some 50 odd years ago?

Ambitious, egotistical, and paranoid people are driven to coach. The cheating and exploitation (not all coaches) comes with that territory.

07/22/2018 - 10:58pm Rewatch the 2nd half of that…

Rewatch the 2nd half of that football game. Georgia lost that game a lot more than Bama won it. To his credit, he made some plays but a LOT of good things happened for him in that football game that aren't very replicable. 

In any case, a) he's not the guaranteed starter, and b) not going to have great QB stats even if he is the starter because that's not what Bama does. Jalen Hurts threw for 2000 yards and 17 TDs last year. Even with his 800 or so yards rushing, that doesn't win the Heisman.

07/22/2018 - 5:42pm Can you bet AGAINST guys? I…

Can you bet AGAINST guys? I'd take a lot of guys over Tua.

07/21/2018 - 4:25pm So Ohio State isn't a good…

So Ohio State isn't a good team after being drubbed on the road by an average, at best, Iowa team?

Shit happens in football. One game doesn't define a season, team, or program. 

07/21/2018 - 4:23pm I think they'll upset a team…

I think they'll upset a team in that top 4 group (OSU, UM, MSU, PSU), but I think they are a year or two away from getting in the mix where they have a chance when the calendar turns to mid-November.

07/20/2018 - 2:11pm Friendlies are exhibitions…

Friendlies are exhibitions. A chance to tinker with lineups and such. I put very very little credence into those results as team motivations can be vastly different.

We won't know much more until the middle of 2019, but this new Nations League event should provide more opportunities for matches that count (albeit against mostly weak CONCACAF teams) than the typical friendly schedule would.

 

07/19/2018 - 11:26pm "There is very little that…

"There is very little that Croatia did technically that our pool could not replicate."

Huh?

Watching a veteran Croatian team control the ball against an incredibly talented French team was remarkable. In comparison watching the USMNT, at least this past cycle and frankly in general, has been like watching a bull in a china shop. Sloppy first and second touches, poor clearances by defenders, poor movement and spacing, etc. And this was against teams like Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, much less France and Belgium.

If you're making the argument that all these young guys are all going to be much more technically proficient with the ball at their feet, I'm very skeptical. I hope I'm wrong as I think that's the key to actually improving the results of US soccer.

07/19/2018 - 11:10pm He didn't have the team on…

He didn't have the team on the doorway of going up 23-3. The special teams and defense had the team on the doorway of going up 23-3. Michigan kicked 3 FGs in the first half despite great field position because of poor QB play. He was god-awful in that football game.

And you are really going to give him credit for his first 3 starts when he threw 14, 13, and 18 passes respectively while the team ran for nearly 900 yards!! Any QB on the Michigan depth chart could have won those games.

07/17/2018 - 10:37pm While hindsight is 20-20,…

While hindsight is 20-20, qualifying was hardly in the bag at that point and that was the ultimate goal. For this particular group it was a down cycle to say the least. Hell it was a down cycle for CONCACAF outside of maybe Mexico. Panama was awful and Costa Rica was a shell of its 2014 self.

You hire somebody for 18 months to steer you to qualification because a) he had done it before, b) putting someone without national team experience in that spot isn't fair to either the new coach or the players on the team. Arena knew that team and those players. 

07/17/2018 - 1:56pm Our defense has stunk for…

Our defense has stunk for decades now. It's been masked by mostly excellent goalkeeping.

Guess the number of shutouts the USMNT has had in their World Cup matches since 1990?

07/17/2018 - 1:51pm So would you have fired…

So would you have fired Klinsmann after the first two "Hex" games and if so, who would you have hired instead?

07/17/2018 - 1:48pm Actually we wouldn't be…

Actually we wouldn't be dominant at all because the rest of the world cares about soccer as well.

The problem which has been touched upon in the main post and by some commenters is that the US system of sports (most of them anyway) runs through our university system. If you want to develop great soccer players, taking arguably their prime development years to play 25 college games in a span of 3 months with a concern only on winning games, is a TERRIBLE way to do it.

We are incredibly successful in the sporting world (outside of soccer) because we have a good sporting culture, have more resources and money than anyone, and have a huge population base. You can add Title IX for women's sports success as well. And yet, in my opinion, our nation underachieves, because our development system dates back to a time when a few Ivy Leaguers started to play football against each other back in the 1800s. 

07/16/2018 - 10:43pm You also fire guys in mid…

You also fire guys in mid-season or towards the end so that they don't have a chance to turn it around. I don't know how KU's schedule aligns but if he were to win 2 of his last 3 after starting 1-8 there might be momentum for him to buy another year.

There isn't one scholarship I-AA conference Kansas could win. Not one.

07/16/2018 - 10:39pm Lovie is a very bright guy,…

Lovie is a very bright guy, but at the heart of it he's a pro coach and just not cut out for the various non-coaching hats the college coach has to deal with--mainly recruiting and dealing with boosters/alumni.

Illinois hasn't been able to land consistent Chicago talent for nearly 50 years. It's like their white whale. And one of the main reasons is that Illinois south of I-80 is a completely different world than Chicagoland. You might as well be going from south Chicago straight to rural Tennessee.

07/15/2018 - 9:08pm Usually a few other (non…

Usually a few other (non-playoff) bowl games pop onto this list: Alamo Bowl (TCU-Stanford), the no defense bowl (Wake-A&M) would seem to be good enough to get into the top 10.

07/15/2018 - 7:15pm The Griezmann foul was harsh…

The Griezmann foul was harsh, but you know what? Croatia could actually learn how to defend set pieces. They've sucked the entire tournament at them and today it finally cost them. 

The PK is preventable if the defender puts his fucking hand on his fucking nutsack and doesn't let it hang out away from his body. It's a harsh call (as almost any penalty is), but it's also the right one.

07/15/2018 - 7:11pm And other than Nigeria they…

And other than Nigeria they are also the youngest squad in the entire tournament. 

Their "potential" is just that right now--potential. They have moments of greatness, but young players also make mistakes. Deschamps got this French team to buy into a defensive posture and knew he had enough individual offensive brilliance to get the scoring he needed for the French team to win games. 

That's how you win soccer games. Hell, it's Italy's entire soccer philosophy which seems to have treated them well over the years.

07/15/2018 - 7:02pm That half is Italian…

That half is Italian football since Mussolini was running the country. The Italians get lauded for it and the French crucified for it.

07/15/2018 - 9:47am So if he had asked on July 3…

So if he had asked on July 3, it really would have been too late?

I don't get the deadline thing. You could have just asked him.

07/08/2018 - 3:24pm An offense that runs the…

An offense that runs the ball for 7 yards a chunk SHOULD ONLY throw deep balls. LBs and safeties cheat up and you have 1-on-1 matchups (and maybe 1 on none with some well designed play action passes). 

What they should NOT do is throw 3-step hitches for 5 yards a pop or complicated 5-step patterns.

07/08/2018 - 3:21pm I agree with you 100%…

I agree with you 100% although what is often forgotten is that to often throw a 30+ yard a team has to protect the QB for more than a nanosecond. 

The pros definitely don't throw it downfield enough although the protection issue is even more acute.

 

07/01/2018 - 5:07pm I get that, at that point,…

I get that, at that point, it's just survival for the players. But at least the game was won or lost by playing actual hockey as opposed to a shoot out.

 

07/01/2018 - 2:27pm The issue is the structure…

The issue is the structure of soccer in and of itself. It's not a game that is remotely suited to a knock out format. The chance of a tie match, even after extra time, is too high. The Champions League solves this by having teams play home and home after the group stage (until the final). That's not an option in the World Cup. The World Cup used to solve this problem by having replays and then in 74, 78, and 82 a second group stage. Since 1986 however, we've had this 16 team knock out format. And it's going to move to a 32 team knock out format in 2026 at the latest.

So while I believe one should minimize the amount of knockout games in any given tournament, your idea of taking players off the field to make the end result fairer in any given knockout game is an interesting one.

07/01/2018 - 2:07pm I don't disagree with your…

I don't disagree with your opinion about the punitive nature of a PK, but Russia wasn't given a free goal. It was a clear hand ball in the box.

Was Russia fortunate that a defensive strategy ended up paying off? Absolutely. And the better team certainly didn't win the game. But it's not like Spain got a bunch of great shots off and they just couldn't find the net (a la Germany). They just held the ball forever and didn't do much with it. To paraphrase the BBC commentator I was listening to, "they tiki-taka'd there way out of the World Cup."

07/01/2018 - 11:06am I don't know how we go 80+…

I don't know how we go 80+ comments before someone mentions Napoleon Bonaparte. he completely changed the political geography, economic framework, and legal framework of most of Europe which eventually spread through much of the world. 

06/28/2018 - 10:47am Just wait for the 48 team…

Just wait for the 48 team World Cup with 16 groups of 3. That format is just begging for shenanigans.

06/28/2018 - 10:45am I'm not sure Austria let…

I'm not sure Austria let West Germany score, but once they did the game effectively ended.

06/28/2018 - 10:41am They have looked good but…

They have looked good but Tunisia and Panama have looked just completely outmatched. It's one of the most lopsided groups I can remember in World Cup history.

I was hoping to see more quality from Panama, but alas no.

06/28/2018 - 10:36am Sweden is most underrated…

Sweden is most underrated team in this tournament. They're the only team that beat France in qualification, they helped eliminate the Dutch, they beat Italy to qualify, and they just won a very difficult group! They are going to be a very difficult out.

Agreed about the names. Argentina isn't very good. They were quite lucky just to be in Russia with their poor qualification campaign. France has 1 goal in open play in 270 minutes. Mexico's win over Germany looks a lot more mediocre a week later (and they can't finish good chances). Portugal is one guy. Uruguay won the easiest group in history. Brazil at least seems to be rounding into form.

I wouldn't be excited about playing Brazil in the quarters, but there is none of those teams at the top of the bracket that would scare me if I was Belgium or England.

06/28/2018 - 10:27am France has scored one goal…

France has scored one goal in open play in 270 minutes in a very, very easy group. I have not been impressed by them and neither has the French media.

06/27/2018 - 9:24pm Germany in transition is…

Germany in transition is still traditionally one of the 8 best teams in the world. They've finished in the top 4 in 12 of the last 16 World Cups. 

They didn't defend well and their finishing was un-German like.

06/27/2018 - 9:17pm The old Yugoslav countries…

The old Yugoslav countries have some of the tallest people in Europe. Serbia, Croatia, and particularly Montenegro.

06/15/2018 - 6:32pm Thank you.

Thank you.