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06/01/2018 - 1:49pm Straight to the Profound Statements Board

"Thousands of years in the future scientists will be able to mark the [Drevno-Warriner] transition by the line of finely powdered, aerosolized quarterback that settled in rock strata worldwide after the 2017 season."

05/31/2018 - 8:17am And from Journal of the Way-Back-Machine

Let's also consider Troy Aikman from Oklahoma to UCLA.

That seemed to work out OK.

05/30/2018 - 8:10am Spoiler alert

No.  Dude should have been working out at OT from the moment it was clear he would not be the featured TE.

Now Mr. Wheatley, if you're reading this, please Please PLEASE, prove me wrong!  I'd be delighted to eat crow with a side of humble pie.  Win the Mackey Award, and I will happily walk into Schembechler Hall with my face painted maize and blue to offer you my apologies and congratulations.

05/30/2018 - 8:03am Except, you know,

In the first half, before the rains came down.  But, I suppose our excellent game plan that called for establishing the inside zone, so that later in the game (with the clouds threatening to burst from the opening kick-off) play action would bust our receivers wide open, was the right way to go. /s/

Did Tom Izzo draw up Michigan's game plan?

05/30/2018 - 7:54am To be fair,

DPJ really did get his foot down against Wisconsin.

05/30/2018 - 7:43am Dollar

Dollay bill, y'all.  Plus all the coeds you can sexually assault.

05/28/2018 - 5:54am These are all good answers

But, the correct answer is the 1990 Rose Bowl. Bo's last game; a win makes their record 11-1, same as National Champion Miami. Given the tendency to give retiring coaching legends a big, sloppy goodbye kiss (a la Tom Osborne), who knows?
Best of all, it would eliminate one of the worst ever bad calls by the officials--the phantom holding call on the fake punt. I could not believe the disrespect shown towards Bo. Dude finally calls a trick play, and the zebras call it back FOR THAT?! Even the TV announcers couldn't believe it.

05/26/2018 - 7:04pm Several categories

Most fun - drama based: Where Eagles Dare (although the buffoonery of the SS officer is pretty hilarious)
Most fun - comedy: Kelly's Heroes tied with Which Way to the Front
As an act of remembrance: Flags of our Fathers paired with Letters from Iwo Jima
Leadership case study: Gettysburg, followed by 12 O'clock High and Ike: Countdown to D-DAY
Historical education: Tora Tora Tora, followed by The Longest Day
Silent film: Wings
John Wayne (the Duke was his own category): The Horse Soldiers and In Harm's Way
Emotional verisimilitude: Fury and The Deer Hunter
Ancient world: Spartacus (the Kirk Douglas version)
Shakespeare: Henry V (the Kenneth Branaugh version)

05/25/2018 - 1:34pm Very Close to Being Political

But, I still upvoted you.  Your prior, extended post was a factor.

05/25/2018 - 7:41am And

Replay officials notice that the receiver actually touched his first foot down in the end zone.

05/24/2018 - 8:25pm Very Solid Analysis

Excellent insights relying on data.  This would hold up well during the season, and it is pure ambrosia in the dull days of the off season.

05/16/2018 - 7:22pm Wow, there are a crap-ton of heretical opinions.

Here's mine: Urban Meyer is not such a bad dude. For example:
https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/05/01/urban-meyer-ohio-state-b…

05/10/2018 - 2:50pm The only remaining question

Is whether MSU went with a live studio audience, or was a laugh track provided.

05/07/2018 - 11:59am Safety First

I've coached swimming (which I know well) and soccer (which I know very little) in youth programs.  Focus on tamping down dangerous play.

I think most people can keep a sense of humor about "blown calls."  It's just a game; we're here to have fun, etc.  (Especially if the official keeps a sense of humor about him/herself.)

When I've seen people get really fired up is when they think the officials are letting dangerous play go. One hour after the game, I don't give a rip about the score, but if I think you let my kid get a preventable concussion, that's a different matter.

My one season of coaching youth soccer I only got mad once.  I thought the other team's tackling technique was dangerous and illegal.  My much more soccer-wise co-coach assured me that what they were doing was a well coached, legal technique.  I was reassured.

05/02/2018 - 1:40pm Consider yourself lucky.

My son hasn't even graduated from college yet, and his school still hits us up for donations, frequently.  Gee guys, could I perhaps focus on paying his tuition bills as they come due?  Maybe he could graduate first?

05/02/2018 - 1:30pm But then,

They had extra time to prepare for a bowl game and let their preferred QB heal up.  The result was another laid egg were the offense looked completely lost.  This was comparable to the last game when they had extra time to prepare, MSU, an epic saga of failed offensive game planning.

All carping aside, I think you are right about things getting better and the reason why.  The early lead over Ohio State did happen, and shows this team's potential on offense, especially if you add in a minimally competent passing game.

It just seems to me that we are being too glib when we think we have discovered the reasons for all the WTF?! moments of offensive coaching ineptitude last season. The rational part of my mind agrees with you.  The PTSD afflicted part of my mind notices the holes in your explanation.

05/01/2018 - 7:27am What if

Eleanor Roosevelt could fly?

05/01/2018 - 7:23am No you wouldn't.

I'm a Pirate fan.  In 2014 they won 88 games in the regular season, and got Madison Bumgarner in the wildcard.  Season over.  In 2015 they won 98 (!) games, but the Cardinals won 100.  So they got Jake Arrieta in the wildcard.  That would be Jake "0.75 ERA since the All Star break, lowest ever recorded" Arrieta.  Season over.

04/27/2018 - 9:19am Dude

Extramelanin is trying to help you by telling you that good comments from rival fans are welcome on this site, and giving some info on what that content should be.

Please, you are welcome here, and we want you to know how rival fans stay welcome here.

04/21/2018 - 4:24pm From your lips to God's ear.

The B1G needs Nebraska to be Nebraska! again. No more cake walks to the Championship Game for Wisconsin. No more strength of schedules deranged by who from the Western Division is on your cross-over schedule (or at least reduced substantially). No more questions about whether winning the Conference Championship Game is a quality win.

04/18/2018 - 1:50pm Sparta delenda est

Close the University

Demolish the campus

Summarily execute the administration leaders

Sell the trademarks and the mascots into slavery

Plough salt into the playing fields

04/18/2018 - 1:42pm Actually,

Napoleon Bonaparte

04/10/2018 - 8:06am Actually, I think it may be the opposite.

Just the two of us spit-balling, er... speculating, but I think the NCAA is being super careful with this case because they DON'T want to establish the precedent that everyone is immediately eligible on transfer.

Consider all the indicators. The evidence that the Ole Miss players were mislead is strong, and they have sympathetic circumstances.  For one, they already sat out one post-season ban in their last year at Ole Miss.  However, there are six of them all at once, and whatever happens with them will have significant precedential value.  This case feels like it is taking an awfully long time to decide on facts that look pretty clear cut (usually a bad sign).  However, the hearing officer is making every effort to let Ole' Miss have its say (an ambiguous sign), while at the same time showing interest in the precise issues Shea's attorney would like them to examine closely (a very good sign).

I'm thinking the NCAA knows it has to let all 6 players play this season, and no horsing around.  However, it's worried about turning every investigation into a free for all to recruit players at the program under investigation.  Therefore, it is being careful to thoroughly document this case so that in the future it can point to all the things that make this an exceptional situation, and not be bound to let everyone else play immediately.

That's my optimistic take.  I could be wrong, and frequently am; just ask my wife.

04/03/2018 - 10:48am Just wonderin'

Did it seems to anyone else that players had problems with the basket to the right of the TV camera?  In the Loyola game we were on offense on that side of the court first, and cold as ice in the first half.  Then we switched, and Loyola had a much harder time hitting shots in the second half.  In the Villanova game, they started on offense on that side, and missed a lot of shots in the first ten minutes.  Obviously, they got better.  Our three point drought started in the first half when we were shooting at the good basket, but it kept right on in the second half when it seemed to me we were shooting more threes out of necessity (and we missed every one).  I didn't watch much of the Villanova-Kansas game, and obviously NOTHING bothered Villanova's shooting in that game.

I'm not saying that is whjy Villanova won.  Clearly they adapted better than anyone to the same conditions for all.  But, I wonder if there was something about that basket that made the optics/depth perception more challenging, or a slight cross breeze at just the wrong angle.

04/02/2018 - 10:08pm We might need

To set some REALLY HARD screens on DiVincenzo to break his rhythm. Where's McGary when you need him?

03/31/2018 - 8:05pm ?

?!

03/31/2018 - 8:02pm I'm telling you

That rim ain't regulation.

03/31/2018 - 7:52pm Seriously!

How the check was that traveling on Simmons, but not in the Loyola center the play before? Or 3 seconds for that matter?

03/31/2018 - 7:11pm Don't.

Those gumbas are so lame, I switched back to the national telecast.

03/31/2018 - 7:03pm Somebody measure that rim on the left.

No way it's regulation diameter.

03/31/2018 - 5:48pm DOOMED!

Barkley picked us over the Ramblers. Please God let this be the twice per day event when the stopped clock shows the correct time!

03/31/2018 - 8:27am I don't mind people who stand and cheer

For big moments, or heck, for game related moments.
What I mind are the two douche bags who show up 15 minutes after kick off, stand the whole effing time, including the TV time outs, and turn to talk to each other the whole time while remaining oblivious to the game. Those people can GTFO.

03/28/2018 - 7:46am And if this was on his work computer...

Imagine what they might find on his home computer.  My understanding is that all they have found so far is that Dr. Stampel was a perv who was into college students.  There is no clear indication he shared Dr. Nassar's enthusiasm for minors.  But if he did, boy howdy!  I've acted as a preliminary hearing officer in several child pornography cases (that'll make you want to take a hot shower afterwards...)  In the cases I saw, it was never just a couple or a dozen images; it was hundreds or thousands.

03/25/2018 - 8:09pm Chuckie B is now 0-2 in his Elite 8 predictions.

He had FSU and Duke. Can anyone out there convince him to take Loyola?

03/24/2018 - 11:08pm That,

Was one annoying team.

03/24/2018 - 10:56pm Double bonus?

How is a team as aggressive as FSU already in the double bonus, and we're not even in the bonus?

03/24/2018 - 9:49pm C'mon guys.

SHOOT BETTER!!

03/22/2018 - 7:54pm Now, now my children!

No pity. No prisoners.
I'll shoot the man who shows any pity.

03/22/2018 - 7:46pm Wagner uber alles!

Wagner uber alles!

03/22/2018 - 2:45pm Bold Prediction

TJ Wheatley, at OT.  Let's review, shall we?  (1) He's the best blocking TE on the team because, (2) he's big enough to play OT already (duh). (3) He has freaky speed and athletic skills, that (4) somehow don't translate to him being much of a receiving threat.  And finally, (5) we have precisely ZERO returning OTs in whom we have any confidence whatsoever, while the TE depth chart is more crowed than the Tokyo subway.

Yeah, if he ever figures out all the components of being a TE, he is potentially Gronk v2.0 in the NFL.  It's getting a little late for that.  I'm guessing he really wants to be TE, and the coaches are humoring him.  Once it becomes obvious he's not seeing the field in any passing situation, I expect Coach Warriner (and hopefully Ty Senior too) will siddle up to him and say, "Son, you do realize that top end LTs make some serious money for a longer than average career in the NFL."

03/22/2018 - 2:30pm "No idea why a lottery pick would ever go to Michigan State"

Let me help you out, dough-re-me.  Why do Michigan State's NBA prospects by and large STAY for all 4 years, even when it's obvious they will get drafted if they come out early?  Why do Michigan's players by and large turn pro when it looks like they might get drafted?  Opportunity co$t$.

03/20/2018 - 11:53am Classic

Absence of evidence is evidence of absence fallacy.

03/19/2018 - 2:23pm Scott Frost says,

"It's OK, man.  You out-hit them."

03/18/2018 - 3:48pm Geez!

Izzo is shorter than the sideline reporter. How can his players even see him when they stand close?

03/18/2018 - 3:42pm Mercifully,

We're done with both UH and that crappy schedule at that crappy arena. The Shockers are welcome to it.

03/18/2018 - 3:34pm Ugh!

Four minutes to play in the first half, 32 points COMBINED between the two teams! And we thought our game was a rock fight.

03/18/2018 - 10:24am Don't care.

At this point everyone left is really good and/or playing their best basketball.

03/18/2018 - 12:22am YES!

No other words.

03/18/2018 - 12:15am AAAUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

AAAUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!##

03/18/2018 - 12:11am ÷=#÷=\*÷×=;\*&:!#,,,÷=:%!!!!!

Couldn't we get a friendly roll ONCE this God forsaken game?!