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06/16/2018 - 4:43pm It's funny how in this sport…

It's funny how in this sport a country of 4 million people (Croatia) can be the big favorite over a country of 180 million (Nigeria).

06/16/2018 - 2:56pm France will win the group,…

France will win the group, though I expect their next two matches to look like today's.  Ugly wins have been their M.O. in the Deschamps era.

 

 

06/16/2018 - 1:43pm The Danish goalie is having…

The Danish goalie is having himself a day.  I thought that was the equalizer.

06/16/2018 - 1:27pm He reminds me of the soccer…

He reminds me of the soccer announcer from the Simpsons.

"Halfback passes to center.  Holds it.  Holds it.  HOLDS IT!"

06/16/2018 - 11:11am I had no real issue with the…

I had no real issue with the design of the old site.  I just didn't like how it would crash whenever big news broke.

06/16/2018 - 11:08am I don't like that you can't…

I don't like that you can't easily find new posts in a thread.  That's really annoying.  I also miss the ability to edit posts.

06/16/2018 - 10:55am ICELAND!

ICELAND!

06/16/2018 - 10:45am It was a typical France game…

It was a typical France game under Deschamps.  His tactics make little sense and his team always seems to rely on out-talenting the opposition.  But they usually scrape out a win in the end.  His won-loss record is quite good.

Watching Deschamps-coached France is like watching Michigan football under Carr.

06/14/2018 - 6:02pm Not sure why we "should"…

Not sure why we "should" have an affinity for England.  They persecuted the Pilgrims, fought us in two wars, and still won't fix their awful spelling (or drive on the right side of the road)...

 

06/14/2018 - 12:36pm France in the final wouldn't…

France in the final wouldn't be a shock.  In fact, their draw is pretty favorable.  I expect them to reach the semis.

06/10/2018 - 4:17pm Yeah.  He's unquestionably…

Yeah.  He's unquestionably the greatest clay tennis player of all time but on the other three surfaces he's been more like a top 5 or 10 all-time guy.  An amazing career, regardless.

06/09/2018 - 3:06pm Agree with the OP.  To be…

Agree with the OP.  To be honest this feels like a step backwards.  We've lost the edit feature and the ability to identify new posts and have a lot more wasted space and have gained . . . collapsibility?  I'm hoping there are kinks that can be worked out and that we don't have to go through another major change to get those features back.

06/09/2018 - 2:55pm Well, it's a little…

Well, it's a little different for pro athletes because they are taxed for their income in every state they play in.

 

06/09/2018 - 11:41am What I'm wondering is how…

What I'm wondering is how long James can keep this up.  He's played 15 seasons plus well over 200 (!) career playoff games, plus a few Olympic tournaments and not only has stayed remarkably healthy (the most games he's ever missed in a season is 20) but has shown virtually no decline in his play. Odds are that his body can't go through too many more long seasons, at least not while allowing him to play at this level.  That's a risk to any team thinking of getting him.  It's a real interesting situation.

 

06/09/2018 - 10:01am Can't say I'm a fan of…

Can't say I'm a fan of Draymond Green.  Otherwise I've got nothing against Golden State.  They're fun to watch and if there's going to be a dynasty, I'm glad it's for a franchise that hadn't experienced much success before.

06/09/2018 - 10:00am Magic and Bird, yes.  Isiah?…

Magic and Bird, yes.  Isiah?  No.  The Pistons were terrible when he was drafted.

06/07/2018 - 10:10pm That's fair.  Making the…

That's fair.  Making the quarters in two straight tournaments ('14 WC, '16 Euro) on paper is respectable enough.  They had potential to go further though (especially in the Euro, when they lost to Wales) - but you could say this about a few countries.  I wouldn't mention them in the same breath as England when it comes to flopping on the big stage.

06/07/2018 - 4:55pm I wouldn't necessarily say…

I wouldn't necessarily say Belgium is a "consistent underachiever."  This is a country of 11 million people we're talking about here.  It punches above its weight if anything.   

06/07/2018 - 1:17pm That tends to be for…

That tends to be for athletes of a different pigmentation.

 

06/07/2018 - 1:15pm The transition to the new…

The transition to the new board has evidently taken its toll on our student-athletes.  

06/07/2018 - 1:11pm Don't know about Beilien,…

Don't know about Beilien, but pretty sure Beilein doesn't work that way.

06/07/2018 - 11:30am Same deal, posting to be…

Same deal, posting to be able to click on my name.

06/06/2018 - 1:07pm Yesterday I wasn't able to…

Yesterday I wasn't able to log in because of "too many invalid login attempts from this IP" which was odd because I hadn't had any unsuccessful login attempts.  No problems today though.

06/06/2018 - 1:05pm I think we could have…

I think we could have survived, but I'd like to do more than just survive.

06/03/2018 - 8:05pm It is the sport.  Other

It is the sport.  Other European sports, like rugby, don't experience fan behavior anything like this.  And soccer hooliganism is found across the world.  Latin American fans can be insane as well.

It's an odd sociological thing.  Soccer in most of the world is regarded as a working class, tough-guy sport, and fan behavior seems to reflect this.  The simplest explanation would be that it's just a byproduct of soccer being the world's most popular sport - it draws in more people in general, so it will draw in more sociopaths.  But in countries where other sports are king (hockey in Canada, baseball in Cuba, rugby in New Zealand), those sports don't seem to have anywhere near the same fan behavior issues.  Somehow the hooligans are drawn to soccer.

 

06/03/2018 - 7:00pm I love Woodson but I don't

I love Woodson but I don't know what he's getting at here.  Did OSU get a generous spot in '16 because we didn't emphasize the Game enough?  Did Kinnel drop the INT last year because of a lack of emphasis?

 

06/03/2018 - 6:53pm The word "hooligan" sounds so

The word "hooligan" sounds so quaint.  It doesn't quite capture just how violent these people are.  

I've never understood why soccer attracts these complete nutcases.  Even "normal" fanbases often get banned from traveling and regularly need police separation in stadiums.

 

06/02/2018 - 1:24pm I don't think it's too likely

I don't think it's too likely that a career college coach in his 60s is going to suddenly take an NBA job - though if you're Beilein, why not hear them out?  Getting an NBA sales pitch might be interesting.  

I think this is probably more about the Pistons picking his brain for thoughts on other coaching candidates.  Beilein's made a lot of contacts in his long career. 

05/31/2018 - 2:50pm I don't know; it seems like

I don't know; it seems like it's really difficult for anyone other than the Spanish big two to win the UCL.

05/31/2018 - 2:39pm France doesn't lack for

France doesn't lack for talent.  They could win it all this summer.

05/26/2018 - 12:11pm Bah

The new site is always "almost ready."    And we have always been at war with Eastasia.

 

 

 

 

05/26/2018 - 12:05pm Well, a #8 seed that is

Well, a #8 seed that is two-time defending champion and which obviously took it easy during the regular season.

05/24/2018 - 6:11pm While Izzo's best days as a

While Izzo's best days as a tactician are most likely behind him, he still has a lot of cachet on the recruiting trail.  I'd take my chances on his replacement being worse.  It's extremely doubtful that the next coach will go to as many Final Fours as he has.

05/23/2018 - 8:00pm The podcast often comes off

Too often, the podcast comes off as an unequal partnership, where Brian makes his opinions known and then Ace is compelled to agree with them.  I'd like them to debate things a little more.  

05/22/2018 - 8:14pm I don't like this.  It means

I don't like this.  It means we'll play just two of the seven teams in the West per year.  We'll have more long (4-6 year) stretches without playing a team in our own conference.

That said, if we can get the MSU/OSU issue resolved by doing this, I'll take that tradeoff.

05/17/2018 - 2:53pm I don't know if that's the

I don't know if that's the right conclusion to draw.  Most people aren't sex offenders or serial killers or various other awful things.  It's not that you can't trust anyone, but you can't trust everyone.

 

05/17/2018 - 12:39pm   I preferred our previous

 

I preferred our previous ignorance about Crisler's scorer, because back in those innocent days I could point out that Michigan's defensive renassaince

Is that the Appalachian pronunciation of renaissance?

05/15/2018 - 1:21pm So because of two incidents

So because of two incidents 31 years apart, "crime is nothing new to that area"?  

 

05/15/2018 - 1:10pm I just don't get why he won't

I just don't get why he won't play two big men and design his offense around the post-up game.  It worked for Houston in 1983.  

05/15/2018 - 12:39pm Heck  even the later Fisher

Heck  even the later Fisher years.  NCAA issues aside, we underperformed on the court his last few years, losing in the first round in '95 and '96 and missing the tourney altogether in '97.

 

05/15/2018 - 12:35pm While I certainly hope he can

While I certainly hope he can win a national title, let's not act like Big Ten titles and Final Four appearances are chopped liver.

 

05/14/2018 - 2:42pm If he'd be willing to take

If he'd be willing to take PED testing seriously, I'd agree.  The NBA's current practices are a joke.

 

05/14/2018 - 1:16pm Yes, what's basically

Yes, what's basically happened is that we've expanded our total enrollment by adding out-of-state students.  The number of in-state students is about the same.  (Which makes sense as while the U.S. population keeps growing, the state's population has been stagnant.)

05/14/2018 - 12:54pm Something like 8% of our

Something like 8% of our operating budget comes from the state, while over 50% of our undergrads are state residents.  I wouldn't say the state government is getting a bad deal, if that's what you're suggesting.

 

05/14/2018 - 12:40pm "Administration" refers to a

"Administration" refers to a lot more than just the president, provost and so forth.  There's a huge bureaucracy that runs an institution this large and for whatever reason it's grown tremendously over the past two decades.

05/14/2018 - 12:37pm That doesn't jibe with what

That doesn't jibe with what I've always heard - that the gender ratio at the most elite schools is pretty even (or even slightly in favor of men).  It's at the middle-of-the-road schools where there are way more female applicants/students.

05/13/2018 - 4:04pm I don’t think the

I don’t think the prognosticators expected us to play three different quarterbacks due to injury. Before the year I thought we’d go about 9-3, and that was assuming a healthy Speight.

05/10/2018 - 2:56pm I think the bigger issue is

I think the bigger issue is that OSU scored immediately after.  It was, above all, a missed opportunity at a defensive stop, which could have put some doubt in OSU's minds, down 14 on the road.

Nevertheless, despite it all we had multiple possessions in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead and did nothing.  

 

05/08/2018 - 5:34pm He officially passed the

He officially passed the torch to a SuperFan II, and the line continued for some time after that, but I think it may have been broken.

05/04/2018 - 4:53pm Interesting stuff as always. 

Interesting stuff as always.  One note - your link to "Unverified Voracity Seeks Novelty" actually goes to the Bryce McNeal article.