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10/22/2018 - 12:20pm I felt terrible for him. Not…

I felt terrible for him. Not sure what the state of practice is for Achilles rehabs, but I hope he gets his speed back and gets back on an NFL track.

10/20/2018 - 8:25pm I like the perspective, but…

I like the perspective, but it seems like it shouldn't be *that* hard to boost the resolution and stabilize the picture. Hopefully this is some sort of prototype and they actually invest in better camera tech at some point.

10/19/2018 - 1:17pm No offense, my man, but the…

No offense, my man, but the game you played was the way it was because you were playing it. The level of play in the NBA is astronomically higher than the NCAA or any other league that's ever existed, and the NBA game looks the way it does because of, not in spite of, that fact. Harden gets isos because he's the most skilled scorer on the planet and it's an efficient play for him. Teams spread the court and generate 3pt looks and rim runs because that's the best way to score more points than your opponent. The quality of play in the league right now -- the pure ability of teams to play basketball -- is better than it's ever been, and no other leagues are close.

10/19/2018 - 12:19pm Sorry, yeah, didn't mean to…

Sorry, yeah, didn't mean to imply that his injury listing is just a form of roster management. Was trying to say that whenever he gets healthy, I'd be surprised if he was fully ready to play against NBA bigs, but that there's good chance he'll log minutes anyway given how he fits with the Lakers' two glaring needs

10/19/2018 - 2:06am Listed as a bruised knee. I…

Listed as a bruised knee. I don't imagine he's quite ready for NBA play just yet, but Mo could still help Lakers fill two huge needs: 3pt shooting and a true big off the bench. He could definitely see rotation minutes at some point this year.

10/18/2018 - 1:27pm Doesn't have the same…

Doesn't have the same cultural barriers as playing overseas, and also doesn't have the same developmental pitfalls. Guys who go overseas get playing time to the extent that they're able to help a club of grown men win games against other grown men, and the result can be scant usage and stalled development. The NBA, on the other hand, would have a huge incentive to help develop prospects who go the G-League route, which is likely to translate to more generous minutes and more focused developmental coaching.

10/18/2018 - 1:22pm I think this is great. If it…

I think this is great. If it takes hold, it would allow elite players the ability to focus on their game and make money without the pretense of amateurism or scholarship (and I think we can all agree that both are a pretense for a large share of elite players). I'm less confident about what it would mean for bagmen, but my intuition is that it would take away a substantial portion of elite players who currently receive bagmen cash, drive up the price for the rest, and probably not have much direct effect on players the next level down. The end result, I think, would be a somewhat more balanced competitive landscape as far as pure talent goes.

10/14/2018 - 6:03pm If we do end up passing for …

If we do end up passing for ~124 yards, it's because either 1) MSU's pass defense shut us down, or 2) we ran at will during the second half of a blowout again. I don't think either scenario is at all likely, but I'd put better odds on (2) than (1). In other words: an extremely quiet passing day isn't likely, but it's not necessarily the harbinger of a loss.

10/14/2018 - 1:19pm Hear football, drink…

Hear football, drink toughness: manball as peyote-infused visionquest

10/14/2018 - 1:07pm Exactly this. When you run…

Exactly this. When you run for 200+ yards in the second half of a pull-away blowout win, you can't be that upset that your quarterback was conservatively efficient and maybe missed some big-play opportunities.

10/14/2018 - 12:56pm A Cheeseman direct snap to…

A Cheeseman direct snap to Wildgoose is the Platonic ideal of trick plays.

10/14/2018 - 12:53pm I get that it feels bad, and…

I get that it feels bad, and that there's no sense of just deserts for the benefiting team, but that's how penalties work: by penalizing. If you don't want to extend a drive, don't rough the snapper, don't jump offsides on 4th and 4, don't hold a tight end away from the play, etc. Boneheaded penalties are frustrating, but that's not an argument for giving them all mulligans.

10/12/2018 - 1:53pm This is the bright side of…

This is the bright side of geographic self-selection. Scott Paterno can enjoy himself at East Lansing Rick's or wherever, we can enjoy not bumping into Scott Paterno, and everyone sort of wins. The shit talking is maybe a little annoying, but I'd be surprised if Paterno isn't deeply aware of how fragile his house's glass is.

10/11/2018 - 1:35pm Interesting point about the…

Interesting point about the absence of MAC-type schools. It really is just all DII-DIII schools in Wisconsin and the UP and Minnesota, and I think you're right about that having a real impact on walk-on/greyshirt recruiting.

A slight note of correction, though: the Watts are from Waukesha, which is in the south (western suburb of Milwaukee). There is a northern Wisconsin football culture, though. Part of it might be tied to Polish population, as you say, but I think there's also some vestigial non-lumbersexual lumberjack culture stuff going on -- northern Wisconsin/UP was the country's/world's leading lumber producer at the end of the 19th century, there's been little population flux since,  and there's a certain residual gruffness that leads young men toward, for instance, concussive sports.

10/11/2018 - 1:15pm Looking ahead to the tail…

Looking ahead to the tail end of the season, though, I'd be more worried about injuries and depth at offensive tackle than defensive tackle. Assuming that Kemp, Dwumfour, and Solomon are all on the road to recovery, our d-tackle depth should be at its nadir right now, and we should be fine going forward. But if JBB were to get hurt, and we were to shift Hudson back to defense, right tackle depth would be pretty scary. 

10/08/2018 - 3:48pm Yeah, I'd go along with a…

Yeah, I'd go along with a complete removal of limits. Among other things, it'd be good for player welfare, as teams would have way less incentive to medical guys or otherwise railroad them off teams.

That said, if one is wedded to the idea of a scholarship cap (as I imagine a bunch of administration types are), it seems pretty clear to me that a higher cap with 3-/4-year commitments is better than a lower cap with 1-year commitments.

10/08/2018 - 3:27pm Maybe if you implement it…

Maybe if you implement it via something I've seen endorsed by Brian et al. here, with maybe a 100 scholarship limit, but each scholarship slot locked in for 4 years at signing. Give teams a bit more capacity to deal with injuries, but only if they're otherwise good at player retainment.

10/06/2018 - 4:57pm I saw Jeter out there today,…

I saw Jeter out there today, and I imagine he'll continue to get some snaps.

10/02/2018 - 12:56pm Possibly an unpopular…

Possibly an unpopular opinion, but I kinda like the grayscale field with colored endzone. I feel like it adds an element of schadenfreude if you can shut out a team and make them feel like they played the entire game in the retrograde '50s portion of a movie about suburban awakening

09/26/2018 - 4:44pm Self-directed pedantry:…

Self-directed pedantry: should be "_profit_ neutral"

09/26/2018 - 4:05pm It's interesting to think…

It's interesting to think about how Gilbert's ownership of a bunch of downtown property might change his incentive structures as Tigers owner. Positive gloss: he might be incented to do stuff that's revenue neutral or even negative for the franchise but good for the city (spending $$$ to field a great team is an obvious example, but there could also be smaller stuff like, say, tweaking parking policy, ticket prices, event scheduling, etc.)

09/26/2018 - 1:09pm Hutchinson looks like a…

Hutchinson looks like a strong kid -- huge and lean for a freshman. Not to draw any unsavory comparisons, but he looks like a Bosa brother in that pic of Metellus's return.

09/23/2018 - 4:54pm Agree about McCaffrey. I was…

Agree about McCaffrey. I was hoping to see a clip of the called back 75-yd TD to confirm my memory of Dylan not losing a step on a DB in pursuit. I've always just kind of assumed he's pretty fast because of his dad & brother, but he seems to be legit pretty fast.

09/22/2018 - 4:43pm Ben Mason is an ideal mix of…

Ben Mason is an ideal mix of Mike Alstott and Travis Bickle.