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10/16/2018 - 2:48pm The BG search would seem to…

The BG search would seem to be the ultimate argument for why you hire a search firm.

10/10/2018 - 8:22pm You’ll have an opening on…

You’ll have an opening on the other side, though that would seem spoken for. Maybe go into it with an open competition in the spring with the knowledge he could play elsewhere if it’s clear it’s Mayfield’s job.

09/04/2018 - 5:17pm I think it’s a reasonable…

I think it’s a reasonable reaction to the other conference games and the level of opponents. 

For me, this season turns on the Northwestern game. It’s on the road. By that time, both teams will be ranked. If that streak was going to be broken this year, that would be the optimal opportunity, given the level of crowd hostility and the likelihood that UM will have superior talent at most positions. A win, and you’re potentially set up for a decent October run through the gauntlet. A loss, and serious questions need to be answered.

08/17/2018 - 1:55pm Last year they still won…

Last year they still won despite all that. That was the year to get them

08/16/2018 - 6:24pm Transcription is difficult,…

Transcription is difficult, time consuming work. It’s not pleasant. But if someone has time on their hands and wants to do it to hop the site, that’s fine.

As to your opinions of Brian’s hiring and firing priorities, kindly F off.

07/02/2018 - 5:31pm Bagel City?

Bagel City?

07/02/2018 - 5:00pm I live in Vegas, and have…

I live in Vegas, and have for about theee years.

Pros: cost of living is pretty low, as are home prices. Restaurants are good, both at the high end and in terms of affordable quality for date nights. You have cheap flights in from everywhere. The existence of air conditioning.

con: Losing the ability to walk outside comfortably for four to five months. As a resident and an introvert, the Strip, especially in weekends, and especially on fight/UFC weekends, is a nightmare.

06/14/2018 - 3:46pm Essentially it's a weight…

Essentially it's a weight loss thing. My sister-in-law has said she allows herself to cheat, especially since she started ketosis. We do do dessert a lot, so I think it will help both of us to cut that out.

05/31/2018 - 3:43pm FWIW

The night game on ABC is the Orlando one (Bama/Louisville), but since the other game is in Atlanta, I suppose both are in play.

05/26/2018 - 5:04pm Since living in Vegas

I’ve only placed, and won, one bet on CFB. That was Bama over A&M, which was the same day as the thing which shall not be spoken of against State.

05/23/2018 - 3:10pm The league tolerated

Actual evil-doer Donald Sterling for decades, and seems fine with Fredo adjacent jazzman James Dolan owning a team in its largest market. It ain’t happening.

05/17/2018 - 11:43pm One point on the 4-8 year

Bill C has regularly noted that the advanced stats indicated Norte Dame’s record should have been closer to 8-4 that year, as they pretty much lost every close game they played, including one in a literal hurricane.

05/14/2018 - 7:31pm Not most

Just two, though those guys were both top 10 picks

04/26/2018 - 12:56pm Also, which Martin family?

Is it the Bill Martin family? The Mike Martin family? Some other prominent Martin family?

04/20/2018 - 1:36pm There's only one protected crossover

in the conference, the Old Oaken Bucket game between the Indiana schools. For whatever reason, Wisconsin is simply on our schedule a lot in this immediate scheduling period after missing the entire Hoke era and Michigan in 2015. 

04/20/2018 - 1:32pm That list includes the #Karma game

Where Wisconsin lost in dubious circumstances in 2012 and Jen Beilema posted #Karma right after.

04/19/2018 - 3:21pm One potential one

MSU only gets Wisconsin once, at the Trohl Center

04/16/2018 - 1:21pm 2015

You get the cultural shift in the spring and fall camp, the Utah game, followed by the upswing of the home games, including the shut out streak. Then you get the thing that happend, and the recovery/close game against Minnesota where Speight had to come in and save the game. You get the Indiana and PSU games and then the recovery after OSU/the Mattison transition taking over from Durkin and sending the team out on a high note. 

04/15/2018 - 8:31pm He’s underrated in Se7en

He plus against type as the put-upon lieutenant type, no big speeches or anger, really.

04/14/2018 - 1:59pm He’s probably never going to be drafted higher

A lot of his limitations defensively are simply issues of athleticism which aren’t going to change at the collegiate level.

04/06/2018 - 7:58pm Feel like

It'll be AJ-Nakamura and Asuka-Flair that get remembered. 

04/06/2018 - 7:43pm You're right about the on-paper situation

My concern would be they go with Brock-Reigns last, and that they're booed out of the building because it's clear Brock's heading for the exit and Reigns is, well, Reigns. They were able to save Wrestlemania 20 because they had the feel-good ending in the bag. Maybe they go with a Styles-Nakamura main to offset that. 

04/06/2018 - 5:03pm I kind of figure where this might go but anyways...

Is there any possibility, should he be cleared, that Newsome finds his way to RT? Might be a way to mitigate loss of mobility to put him at the more traditional masher position.

04/05/2018 - 7:32pm I've covered HS football in Vegas the last couple of years

And, until they adjusted the league structure after this season, Bishop Gorman, with multiple D-1 players and multi-million dollar facilities, has played teams that don't win a game all year, or trade off wins annually with other awful teams. I've heard administrators talk about playing Gorman in the press box as simply something to endure for a week. 

04/05/2018 - 5:43pm It's possible

But there's plenty of fields to practice on in Southern California where spring practice isn't going on. 

04/05/2018 - 5:37pm Threet was also a Sophomore

Speight has one year, and his likely successor (should he go there) is already on the roster. Hell, he might just start the season, with DTR coming on later, similar to what SC did with Max Browne/San Darnold (they have Oklahoma in Norman on the schedule in week 2).

04/05/2018 - 5:33pm DTR

Started for one season at Gorman, on an absurdly loaded team, and spent half the year playing Nevada schools who were just trying to not get hurt (the Gaels weren't scored on by a Nevada team until the playoffs). It's not crazy to think that you might want to give him time to adjust to the college game. 

04/05/2018 - 5:19pm Maybe ask DJ Durkin

But there's a difference between moving around in the pocket (which he seemed to do pretty well in 2016) and running for yardage. Again, Kelly traded for Sam Bradford, so he's obviously got a version of his offense that can be utilized by less mobile QBs. 

04/05/2018 - 5:01pm The Rams

There were rumors he’d get the Mizzou OC job, but they opted for Derek Dooley.

04/05/2018 - 4:56pm Maybe a transition guy

UCLA's recruiting has been geared toward pro-style under Mora, so maybe this is a way of bridging those recruits for a year or so unitl you have more of your own guys. Wilton could move a little bit (though he obviously wasn't Rudock) and Kelly was also the guy who traded for Sam Bradford, so he might not be averse to a purer-pocket type. 

04/05/2018 - 1:11pm I can appreciate all that

But any time I see a player whose main issue is that they seem too smart or are asking why things should be a certain way, I have a problem. Kind of how I feel about the Josh Rosen-bashing (at least on that subject). 

04/04/2018 - 2:04pm I'd be interested to see

if there's a bit more zone (like a box and one) next year, assuming Teske is the starting 5, which might allow for more weaker defenders on the floor at any given moment

04/04/2018 - 1:35pm I really think this is closer to being true than not

I don't think he realizes that he doesn't actually need to cut anyone, and that there's not the football equivalent of a street free agent out there. I'm sure the ASU campus has a few would-be walkons who are capable of playing, even if they have to stumble out of the frat house, but the chances they'd be effective starters or depth guys is pretty minimal. 

03/30/2018 - 3:02pm I think it was the lack of tournament success

After the four-guard teams. There were either a lot of one win and out, or, with the 09 Final Four run, being run out of the building in the first game.

03/22/2018 - 3:28pm For whatever reason

I feel like Livers is due for a show out game. Obviously the minutes have gone to Duncan for a reason, but I feel like he'll have open looks (provided of course, he gets the ball in a reasonable position). Seems that there's been a different guy playing a step-up role in a lot of these games during the streak, a la Teske vs. Purdue, and that tonight may be his time.

03/20/2018 - 7:47pm Point to remember

Feldman is as close to Leach as anyone. Also, given the circumstances as to why the job is open in the first place (the would-be starter after Falk's graduation committed suicide) it's newsworthy. And fromt eh Alabama perspective, this was originally seen as hedging in case of a transfer after spring. 

03/19/2018 - 8:04pm Sure

But that’s why Boeheim has success, because he recruits the Michael Carter-Williams, Hakim Warricks and Fab Melos it takes to run it.

03/16/2018 - 4:42pm On the start time

I'm quite surprised that the Witchita pod has produced the final game Thursday and will produce the final game on Saturday, just from a time zone perspective. I would have thought Boise would get the late starts, but I suppose the needs of broadcast might outweigh that, as CBS was there, I suppose, for Kentucky-Arizona.

03/16/2018 - 12:05pm Vegas isn’t in the prediction business

They’re in the get as much action on both sides business, which is why lines move.

03/16/2018 - 1:52am For example

Penn State playing Temple and Boise playing Washington in round one.

03/14/2018 - 10:38pm I wouldn’t count on LaVall

He’s at his alma mater, in a power basketball conference.

03/02/2018 - 2:36pm During peak Going to Work era Pistons

I always felt the same was true of Rasheed’s first three, only the opposite; if he made it they’d struggle because he’d fall in love with shooting from outside.

02/23/2018 - 2:49pm I'm wondering if there won't be a secret scrimmage type event

Maybe against a team from the Valley, since their tourney ends the same weekend. 

02/16/2018 - 4:46pm The phenomenon Brian described on the podcast yesterday

Seems relevant here, where all positives will be attributed to Harbaugh and the negatives to McElwain. I think people look back in hidsight and attribute all positives from the Michigan offense in 2015 and 16 to Harbaugh and Jedd Fisch and all negatives to Drevno. Perhaps it is reasonable to think that he's not cut out to be an OC, but the track record is there as an OL coach. 

02/16/2018 - 4:06pm GERG was the DC for two super bowl winners

He was a terrible HC, but he shouldn’t have been hired as a HC. And, FWIW, they did manage a major turnaround, in season, in his second stint at Texas. To say he was unaccomplished is simply inaccurate

02/15/2018 - 12:05pm The number of parallels to late Hoke has been fairly disturbing

Which includes the hiring of a former Alabama offensive coordinator. There's also the issue of, well, Florida's offense being less than inspiring over the last three seasons, especially this year. In year one and two, you could conceivably have blamed Muschamp, at least in part, but the fecklessness of the offense this year doesn't make this inspiring. 

02/09/2018 - 3:22pm McKeon

Went from fairly lightly regarded recruit from an area without much talent to one of our leading receivers in a year. Bunting was passed, perhaps in part due to injury, but also because McKeon and Gentry developed. 

01/22/2018 - 11:55am Not great circumstances

But he at least has to consider Washington State, right?

01/19/2018 - 2:10pm Thanks

So far so good. He came home after a month and is currently sleeping on my chest after taking down a bottle in no time at all.

01/18/2018 - 8:36pm As the father of a preemie born in October

I can confirm that it is a mighty shock to the system and totally reorders your priorities.