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11/18/2018 - 10:47am Yeah, I think that's usually…

Yeah, I think that's usually where the reporter already knows he or she is going to write and is looking for a HC quote to emphasize a particular point.  

At least there were no "how important is it?" questions this week.  Man, I hate that.  "How important is it that X player did Y thing on Z play?"  "How important is it that your team not suck at [football skill]?"  "How important is it that [miscellaneous good thing happen/bad thing not happen]?"  "How important is it that your team scored more points than the opponent?" "How important is it that football exists?"

As if any coach is ever going to answer, "yeah, that was cool and all, but we'd have won the game even if he'd missed that block/tackle/throw/catch/hole/whatever." 

11/18/2018 - 10:07am Coach, it’s been now 32…

Coach, it’s been now 32 straight years you guys have beaten Indiana. Record set back by Bo (Schembechler). It’s a big day, honoring Bo, 12 years ago. What’s that mean to you, going through your day, just, Bo set this record 31 years ago and now to continue it for 32 years going straight now. What’s that mean to you? Record set by Bo and now you’re continuing going through.

I feel sorry for that reporter's spouse.

"I made Kona Coffee this morning.  Made some coffee and it's Kona.  Kona is the brand of coffee, which is what I made this morning.  Yep.  This morning I brewed a drink and that drink is coffee and the brand of that coffee, which is a drink, is called Kona."

11/18/2018 - 9:53am Conversely, between the two…

Conversely, between the two teams the one position group that I have absolutely no confidence in would be OSU's linebackers.  Every time I have watched them play this season I have been reminded of two names: Obi Ezeh and Jonas Mouton.  Both were physically talented--especially Mouton, whose measurable got him drafted despite a pretty terrible college career.  But Ezeh had no clue what he was doing and Mouton seemed to blow his own assignment as often as he got it right.  It doesn't matter how big you are or what your 40 time is or how much you can bench press or whether you have the uncanny ability to make yourself believe the opposing running back murdered your child if you don't know where you are supposed to go and what you are supposed to do.

11/18/2018 - 9:38am You know, like, when you're…

You know, like, when you're a kid and you go over to grandma's house for Christmas Eve and there are presents piled under the tree but you can't open them until your redneck Uncle Randy arrives?  And then when he does arrive, you still can't open the presents because grandma bought him the regular Busch instead of Busch Light and he's pissed and now he's going to see if Meijer's is still open and he can still get a case?  And then your dad decides to go with him because he's out of smokes and anyway maybe Randy's not sure how to actually get to Meijer's and plus he needs to get gas?  And by the time they get back the turkey is done, even though you hate turkey and grandma--despite being a grandma--sucks at cooking it.  And they bring out the '70s electric knife to carve the f*king thing and suddenly the whole house smells like electrical tape burning.  But then finally Uncle Randy and your dad return and are cracking stupid jokes about there not being a new dent on the rear bumper, which results in everybody putting on their winter coats and going outside to look--all the while those presents are still just sitting there waiting to be opened.

So then you have to eat the shit turkey and the lumpy mashed potatoes and something your drunken Aunt Cathy brought over that she calls "Fisherman's Stew" and it all tastes like total ass despite Uncle Randy being all "this is delicious ma" and you're supposed to heartily agree.  And this is followed by the equally disappointing pies for dessert, the only palatable one being the "chocolate pie" which is basically Bill Cosby pudding thickened with corn starch and poured into a a store-bought pie shell.

So THEN you finally get the open the presents and you get, like, a factory-sealed complete set of Topps '86 baseball cards and the batteries to some unknown toy that your parents have bought you but that you won't get to open until tomorrow morning.  Fun!  But hey, you survived.  

And Santa is on the way.

 

11/18/2018 - 9:06am I'm not sure what counts as…

I'm not sure what counts as a "crazy" blitz but M did blitz a ton in this game.  I was actually wishing we would have not done that, as it was leaving space open in the middle of the field that IU was taking advantage of.  But M wasn't getting pressure with four, so Brown must have felt it was necessary.

11/18/2018 - 9:02am I think he's just…

I think he's just incompetent.  I've seen that crew botch plenty of calls in games between different Big Ten teams.  

11/18/2018 - 8:59am You can't just punch people…

You can't just punch people in the face when they do shitty things.  What do you think this is, hockey?

11/18/2018 - 8:55am It's essential for M to run…

It's essential for M to run some zone defense to defeat OSU.  The strength of OSU's offense is their speedy slot guys and H-backs: Campbell, Hill, and Dixon.  They like to run those guys on crossing routes so they can get YAC.  It's very difficult to cover crossing routes man-to-man, but OTOH zone is very effective against crossing routes.  OSU also likes to hand the ball off to those guys on jet sweeps and such.  Zone defense is better for stopping outside runs.  So M needs to at least play some underneath zone from time-to-time, either to stop those kinds of plays or to make OSU think twice about calling them.  

11/18/2018 - 8:42am Its like they have M's cell…

Its like they have M's cell phone number and make an annoying telemarketing call during dinner, and then M demands to have its number removed from IU's marketing list, and they have to talk to a supervisor, and they get put on hold, and they have to yell at some people, and it winds up taking 2 hours.  But eventually that shit gets deleted from the database.

11/18/2018 - 8:32am Black didn't catch it…

Black didn't catch it because he got hit before the ball arrived.  Brutal day for the officiating crew.

11/18/2018 - 8:27am I thought the same thing on…

I thought the same thing on that QB play.  How are you going to flag Michigan all season for basically "hitting the QB too hard," and then not blow that shit dead when Paye had him in the grasp and 99% down?  Frustrating.

11/18/2018 - 8:24am High school kickers can use…

High school kickers can use a tee though, so no necessarily indicative.

Still, if Moody can consistently make the shorter kicks--as he showed last night--that's huge.  Even if his distance is limited we can still bring in Nordin if we need to attempt a 55-yarder or something.

11/18/2018 - 7:44am OSU was blowing their run…

OSU was blowing their run fits all game.  They adjusted by putting seven guys on the LOS and forcing Piggy to throw—which he generally did, two-point play notwithstanding.  That adjustment didn’t really work against MD and doesn’t stand a chance against M.

I thought Wannstedt had a good point about the OSU defense.  He said that if OSU’s defensive players know what to do and give great effort, the results would be better.  So either they don’t know what they’re doing or they’re not giving great effort.  It’s looked to me all season that OSU’s back seven isn’t sure what they’re doing.  So unless they suddenly learn how to fit the run this week, it’s a pretty good bet Harbaugh will find ways to confuse them too.

11/18/2018 - 7:17am You’re pretty much the only…

You’re pretty much the only person who thinks that play was okay.  Joel Klatt immediately called it a cheap shot during the broadcast, and he’s a neutral observer.

11/18/2018 - 6:52am That was a pass to Black. …

That was a pass to Black.  It looked early to me live and then the replay showed the hit was WAY early. I was surprised the broadcast crew didn’t say anything about it.

11/17/2018 - 9:34pm The Missouri basketball…

The Missouri basketball pipeline continues to deliver.

11/17/2018 - 9:32pm “There are football games. …

“There are football games.  And there are: Football.  Fucking. Games.”

—Don Brown

Go Blue, Beat Ohio State.

11/17/2018 - 9:13pm Except the winner of the…

Except the winner of the 2006 game did not win the national title. 

11/17/2018 - 9:06pm I mean, if he only went to…

I mean, if he only went to the hospital for tests and the tests were negative...

11/17/2018 - 8:14pm Boiler up.  Let those dirty…

Boiler up.  Let those dirty fucks rot in Bloomington all winter.  To hell with Indiana.

11/17/2018 - 4:05pm Jeez.  The guy was wide open.

Jeez.  The guy was wide open.

11/17/2018 - 4:01pm Well, that didn’t take long…

Well, that didn’t take long.  Go for two maybe?

11/17/2018 - 3:48pm What burns me is that…

What burns me is that timeout Maryland wasted on defense.  Otherwise they could have tried to run the ball and get into FG range.

11/17/2018 - 3:45pm Only need 10 yards.  Come on…

Only need 10 yards.  Come on Terps.

11/17/2018 - 3:43pm Piggy needs to do it again…

Piggy needs to do it again now.  OT = death.

11/17/2018 - 3:42pm No holding on OSU’s right…

No holding on OSU’s right tackle there?

11/17/2018 - 3:40pm Maryland wastes a timeout…

Maryland wastes a timeout they could have used to try and get into FG range after OSU inevitably scores here.

11/17/2018 - 3:38pm Their regular defense doesn…

Their regular defense doesn’t work either though.

11/17/2018 - 3:35pm I think he deserves it just…

I think he deserves it just for the having the RB fumble into the end zone for the WR to recover it play alone.

11/17/2018 - 3:33pm There’s still a lot of time…

There’s still a lot of time left though.

11/17/2018 - 3:32pm He didn’t get in you idiot…

He didn’t get in you idiot. He fumbled and it was recovered by the offense for the TD.

11/17/2018 - 3:31pm 90 seconds is an eternity in…

90 seconds is an eternity in college.  Maryland needs to go for the TD.

11/17/2018 - 3:28pm The officials come through…

The officials come through for Maryland! The cyst burns like fire!

11/17/2018 - 3:22pm Holy moly!!!!!!

Holy moly!!!!!!

11/17/2018 - 3:18pm All of the above?

All of the above?

11/17/2018 - 3:18pm McLaurin has a cyst too

McLaurin has a cyst too

11/17/2018 - 3:13pm Come on Terps.  Turtle up or…

Come on Terps.  Turtle up or whatever you say.

11/17/2018 - 3:12pm Bear down, Terps

Bear down, Terps

11/17/2018 - 3:09pm Canada must be trolling…

Canada must be trolling Little Blue.

11/17/2018 - 3:07pm The cyst is throbbing.

The cyst is throbbing.

11/17/2018 - 3:05pm Piggy hits it!!!!!

Piggy hits it!!!!!  And it should be a TD!

11/17/2018 - 3:01pm MacFarland going to locker…

MacFarland going to locker room.  Luck ass OSU.

11/17/2018 - 3:00pm Riddle me this, announcer…

Riddle me this, announcer man: If Schiano is such a great coach, why does his defense suck so hard?

11/17/2018 - 2:54pm Come on Terps!

Come on Terps!

11/17/2018 - 2:53pm Piggy almost trips over his…

Piggy almost trips over his own feet...

11/17/2018 - 2:50pm How long has it been since…

How long has it been since MSU has scored a touchdown?

11/17/2018 - 2:47pm Mike Weber is hurt? I think…

Mike Weber is hurt? I think that actually makes OSU better.

11/17/2018 - 2:34pm Dixon was out before the…

Dixon was out before the catch.

Edit: was going to agree with your comment and say Canada needs to adjust to OSU overplaying the run when the Dixon catch happened.

11/17/2018 - 2:32pm Massive hold on the TE

Massive hold on the TE

11/17/2018 - 2:28pm Did Urban just throw up in…

Did Urban just throw up in his mouth?