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09/23/2018 - 1:00pm I am confident these…

I am confident these targeting suspensions will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. 

Hudson is a very good player but he does not display good fundamentals with his tackling.  When you try and blast a guy with your shoulder or helmet, not only are you asking for the flag, you are also putting yourself and your opponent at heightened risk of injury--and you are not wrapping up and so there's even an increased chance of missing the tackle.  Form up, strike the ballcarrier with your shoulders square, head up ("see what you're hitting”), and drive through the tackle. 

I've got to imagine the coaches will work with Hudson on this--and any other players displaying iffy tackling methods--this week and get this straightened out.  Yes, there do seem to be lots of questionable and inconsistent targeting calls and there's no guarantee another one won't happen.  But Hudson can do a better job and hopefully he approaches the issue with that attitude in mind rather than "these refs are idiots, I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing."

09/23/2018 - 12:36pm I don’t think the hit was…

I don’t think the hit was particularly dangerous to the Nebraska guy.  It was dangerous to Hudson because he lowered his head.  The targeting rule is intended to protect both ballcarriers and tacklers.  If the rule required a danger to the ballcarrier then I would agree with the people saying it was a BS penalty.

09/23/2018 - 12:27pm Which is exactly the problem…

Which is exactly the problem.  The top of the helmet would not have impacted the QB had Hudson not lowered his head.

09/23/2018 - 12:23pm He didn’t bury his facemask…

He didn’t bury his facemask into the QB’s sternum though—he lowered his head and struck with the crown.  That’s why he got tossed.  

09/23/2018 - 12:18pm He lowered his head and…

He lowered his head and struck with the crown of the helmet.  That’s why it’s a dangerous hit and a foul.  When a tackler lowers his head, he risks a spinal/neck injury to himself and makes the helmet a weapon that increases the concussion risk to the ballcarrier.  Hudson just needs to learn to keep his head up.

09/23/2018 - 9:06am Yes, there was a 3rd & long …

Yes, there was a 3rd & long (like14 yards or something close to that) early in the game on which Martinez scrambled and picked up the first.  He did not look like a guy playing hurt.

09/23/2018 - 8:58am Wow, there are some striking…

Wow, there are some striking comparisons with Hoke.  The broadcasters yesterday said Frost brought his entire UCF staff with him to Lincoln also.  I don't know the details but that struck me as a Hoke style move given Frost could likely have pulled some better assistants at Nebraska.

Ultimately though, Hoke's downfall was being stubborn and not too bright.  Frost seems smarter and not stubborn.  But we'll see.

 

09/22/2018 - 11:25pm Stanford and Oregon heading…

Stanford and Oregon heading to OT

09/22/2018 - 11:21pm Stanford in FG range

Stanford in FG range

09/22/2018 - 11:17pm Not sure I agree with Shaw’s…

Not sure I agree with Shaw’s decision here.  He declined an illegal shift penalty that would have given Oregon first & 15.  That brought up 2nd & 7.  I agree it saves time but it makes it tougher to get a stop—and Oregon just got a first to seal the game.

well, they would have if not for a fumble.  Insane.

09/22/2018 - 11:09pm Hornibrook’s arm seems…

Hornibrook’s arm seems stronger this season than it used to be.

09/22/2018 - 11:06pm And M won 56-10.  Perhaps…

And M won 56-10.  Perhaps order is slowly being restored to the universe.

09/22/2018 - 11:04pm I don’t think you’re in the…

I don’t think you’re in the minority.  Gus is pretty popular.

09/22/2018 - 10:59pm IU should have played to win…

IU should have played to win the game.

09/22/2018 - 10:56pm Oregon just scored a TD on a…

Oregon just scored a TD on a fourth down broken play.  Good game.

correction: runner down at 1-yd line

09/22/2018 - 10:48pm Stanford just got stoned on…

Stanford just got stoned on 4th & inches at the Oregon 30.

09/22/2018 - 10:39pm I’m pretty sure Mason does…

I’m pretty sure Mason does whip-its at most commercial breaks.  Explains the voice too.

09/22/2018 - 10:37pm Michigan should recruit all…

Michigan should recruit all safeties with the last name “Hooker.”

09/22/2018 - 10:31pm First Man looks pretty good…

First Man looks pretty good.  No lasers though.

09/22/2018 - 10:26pm Big stop by Bucky.

Big stop by Bucky.

09/22/2018 - 9:55pm Fair catch at the 2.  Oops.

Fair catch at the 2.  Oops.

09/22/2018 - 9:50pm They ruled the guy down on…

They ruled the guy down on the field?  When he was still running?  Big Ten refs.

09/22/2018 - 9:18pm These Oregon uniforms are…

These Oregon uniforms are just hideous.  Who designs these things?  

09/22/2018 - 7:17pm Wow.  Virginia Tech is going…

Wow.  Virginia Tech is going to lose to ODU and their starting QB could be out for weeks.  Tough day in Blacksburg.

09/22/2018 - 7:13pm First down ODU!

First down ODU!

09/22/2018 - 7:13pm VT just gave up six yards on…

VT just gave up six yards on first down.  An ODU first down wins.

09/22/2018 - 7:09pm VT turnover on downs with 2…

VT turnover on downs with 2:33 left.  ODU in the driver’s seat.

09/22/2018 - 7:03pm Holy moly you’re right.  Ha!

Holy moly you’re right.  Ha!

09/22/2018 - 7:01pm ODU!!!!!!

ODU!!!!!!

09/22/2018 - 6:52pm VT has scored to tie Old…

VT has scored to tie Old Dominion.  7:15 to go.

09/22/2018 - 6:50pm If Brandon had been here…

If Brandon had been here long enough, the Big House would probably be called “Two Cokes Field.”

09/22/2018 - 6:44pm Old Dominion leads!  34-28…

Old Dominion leads!  34-28 with PAT upcoming.  9:57 to go.  

09/22/2018 - 6:43pm ODU in the red zone!

ODU in the red zone!

09/22/2018 - 6:41pm Looks like Jackson is…

Looks like Jackson is seriously hurt.  

09/22/2018 - 6:34pm The helmets don’t match the…

The helmets don’t match the jerseys.  I hate that.

09/22/2018 - 6:33pm It’s like there’s two of us.

It’s like there’s two of us.

09/22/2018 - 6:32pm Josh Jackson injured.  That…

Josh Jackson injured.  That sucks, hope he’s not out for long.

09/22/2018 - 6:27pm ODU ties VaTech at 28-28, 12…

ODU ties VaTech at 28-28, 12 minutes & change remaining 4Q

09/22/2018 - 6:25pm Right.  He needs to keep his…

Right.  He needs to keep his head up.  Fundamentals, man.

09/22/2018 - 6:14pm Yes, M did run some pistol.

Yes, M did run some pistol.

09/22/2018 - 6:06pm Old Dominion scores to tie…

Old Dominion scores to tie Virginia Tech at 21-21 with under 4:00 remaining 3Q.  Monarchs have a shot now.

09/22/2018 - 5:15pm ODU scores to tie VT going…

ODU scores to tie VT going into the half.  14-13 with PAT pending

09/22/2018 - 4:07pm Old Dominion is hanging with…

Old Dominion is hanging with Virginia Tech.  7-7 late 1Q, with ODU having just sacked Justin Jackson on consecutive plays.

09/22/2018 - 3:41pm There were some plays on…

There were some plays on which M did not score TDs.  Need to clean that up.

09/22/2018 - 1:43pm I may need that stream too. …

I may need that stream too.  I put on FS1 but they seem to showing porn today instead of the game.

09/21/2018 - 2:23pm What a relief to see all…

What a relief to see all these highly-rated WRs with mutual interest.  As great as the 2017 WR class was, it was almost "too good" in that I don't know how many of those guys will still be around for 2020, let alone 2021.  Unless we get a surprise WR to close out 2019, we'll already need Ronnie Bell and Oliver Martin to work out, plus hang onto at least one of DPJ, Black, or Collins for 2020 in order to not need a true freshman that season.  That seems likely enough.  But we absolutely need some big-time WRs in 2020 so that we can reload in 2021. 

09/20/2018 - 5:38pm Always reminds me of The…

Always reminds me of The Crying Game.

09/20/2018 - 11:40am I am glad you pointed this…

I am glad you pointed this out.  I noticed this as well and have been slightly annoyed by some of the people (the play-by-play announcer from the BTN broadcast crew in particular) who have suggested that time expired much earlier. 

I'm not sure why it bothers me. I think it carries a little hint of concern trolling (ballsy play going for the TD, maybe he should have just gotten into FG range and stepped out like a responsible player would have done...).

Or maybe I am just getting old and crochety.  

09/19/2018 - 10:42am Yes, power does work against…

Yes, power does work against good defenses.  You just have to be, you know, good at it.

If you never watched Harbaugh's Stanford teams, please do so ASAP.  Bud Foster's VT defense that Stanford destroyed in the 2011 Orange Bowl was at least comparable to anything MSU or Ohio State generally puts on the field.  Granted, that was a bowl game situation where JH and his staff had weeks to scheme and prepare. So here's a link to Stanford's game against USC earlier that season, in which the Cardinal put up 37 points against on Ed Orgreron defense.  There's plenty more.  What this shows is that a team that fully understands its power-based running game and has repped it enough to commit the key footwork and techniques to muscle memory can run it effectively even under adverse conditions (like facing superior athletic talent or a numbers disadvantage).  Vince Lombardi is a legendary coach because of these same methods.  

 

09/19/2018 - 10:16am Yeah, but you could only…

Yeah, but you could only multi-class if you were a demi-human, and in order to dual-class you had to basically start over at first level in your new class and could only use your original class abilities after you reached a higher level in the new class than you had been in the first class (e.g., if you started as a cleric and dual-classed to a fighter at third level you couldn't use your cleric skills until you reached fourth level as a fighter).