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07/16/2011 - 12:39pm Nah, was a biomedical

Nah, was a biomedical engineer but now I teach math.

07/15/2011 - 1:30pm You also have to look at the

You also have to look at the in-state / out-of-state breakdown. Some schools preferentially admit in state students. I went to William and Mary, where it is substantially more difficult to be admitted from out of state (they are required to admit 80% instate students and only 20% out of state, IIRC). Your chances of getting in as a state resident could be substantially better than as an out of state student. Also, FWIW William and Mary admits about 32% of applicants - pretty close to UM.

03/30/2011 - 12:19pm I must be out of touch with

I must be out of touch with pop culture, because the title of this thread made me think "Why is the guy who writes Smartfootball the counsel for MSU? Don't they have their own lawyers?"

03/28/2011 - 6:12pm FWIW, that statement applies

FWIW, that statement applies to any college fanbase in the country. Daywalkers are the worst of the worst, always. Just ask the entire state of Alabama.

03/20/2011 - 9:16am Out of curiousity, what kind

Out of curiousity, what kind of work do you do? The purpose for the question is obvious.

03/19/2011 - 4:27pm It's not a hard test. Like

It's not a hard test. Like the GRE, it's no harder than the kind of questions you can answer with a reasonable high school education. Then again, having tutored college athletes before, it's not the least bit surprisng that people bomb it. America is, by and large, a pretty stupid country.

02/02/2011 - 10:18pm Turning around by 2pi is

Turning around by 2pi is still turning around, MIRITE?

02/02/2011 - 11:35am A liberal application of

A liberal application of snake oil often does the trick.

01/23/2011 - 12:06pm I'm more impressed that this

I'm more impressed that this hypothetical miracle team held OSU under 10 points twice. Michigan has held OSU under 20 only twice in the past decade, and lost both times. Michigan might beat OSU this year, maybe twice, but I think someone has spiked the Kool-Aid WRT the defensive performance.

01/20/2011 - 6:17am RR wasn't exactly

RR wasn't exactly barnstorming the midwest. I mean, under his watch OSU, MSU, ND and  Wisconsin all recruited exceptionally well in IL, IN, OH, MI, and PA.

01/19/2011 - 1:30pm Texas got screwed. Frank the

Texas got screwed. Frank the Tank estimates that each school in the Big Ten makes twice that, on top of having an equity position in the network (meaning that number isn't fixed and will climb with inflation, value growth, etc).

In short, let me express disingenuous, facetious surprise that Texas did something shortsighted and illogical with their athletic department. That's never happened before.

01/19/2011 - 12:16pm (No subject)

01/19/2011 - 11:54am JMHO, Denard's passing

JMHO, Denard's passing ability is entirely predicated on the run (right now). After watching him play this season, it became pretty obvious that having him drop back and try to read coverages was (more often than not) unsuccessful. He was most  successful off the PA - in particular, off of the PA QB Sweep (when the safety came down into the box, the slot ran a  post behind him for an easy TD - see the ND game).

Whatever offense  you run needs to have an element of the QB PA. Until  Denard shows the ability read and beat coverages, this is strictly necessary for  success.

01/16/2011 - 11:11am Next year will be

Next year will be interesting. Both Hawk and Barnett are true Mikes - neither of them effectively plays the strong side ILB in the 3-4 (too much pass coverage requirement). Hawk has shown that he's every bit as good as Barnett at who plays? No point in putting one or the other at SILB if that's not their true position, especially with Bishop and  Chillar playing so well  there.

01/03/2011 - 7:24am I'm pretty sure that he's an

I'm pretty sure that he's an ND lean, but I really don't have a good idea.

01/02/2011 - 9:43pm If he's a spread-only kind of

If he's a spread-only kind of guy, it makes one wonder why he's (reportedly) committed to Alabama.

01/01/2011 - 10:09pm And yet, when they needed 2

And yet, when they needed 2 yards, they didn't run. It's almost as if I were specifically referring to a time like this. Nah, probably not.

Beside that obvious facet, can you find anybody who thinks that Wisconsin needed to run less?

01/01/2011 - 9:25pm TCU proved that if you can

TCU proved that if you can convince Brett Bielema not to run the ball when his running backs are averaging 6.9 and 6.0 YPC (as Clay and Ball were), you can win. Bielema is also susceptible to ruses involving magic beans.

01/01/2011 - 11:43am OMG. This just came in over

OMG. This just came in over the wire: JAPS BOMB PEARL HARBOR. Sneaky devils!

01/01/2011 - 8:42am Hell, at this point a loss

Hell, at this point a loss wouldn't be the end of the world. A little variety spices things up from time to time.

01/01/2011 - 8:38am I also heard that 5 Buckeyes

I also heard that 5 Buckeyes are suspended to start next year. Has anybody else heard this?

Curse your speedy edit.

12/30/2010 - 6:57pm Tell me about it.

12/30/2010 - 3:27pm (No subject)

12/30/2010 - 1:35pm I see your point of view, and

I see your point of view, and I think I understand where you're coming from. This is my point of view:

Jim Tressel has one of two options: he can play the guys or he can sit them. Now, if he decides to sit the guys then, in effect, they are serving a one game suspension because most of them will just go pro, completely circumventing the NCAA's ruling. There are obviously pros and cons to this; as you say, it shows the players that the coach will take steps to punish players. However, it also shows that the NCAA has, esentially, no power to punish players who break the rules. Now, there is also the matter of whose rules were broken here. Certainly any NCAA rule should be considered a team rule - that essentially goes without saying. On the other hand, it's a steep argument to make that the players did something that hurt themselves or the team or...well, anybody. Personally, I'm don't think that the players should be allowed to play in the bowl game, but it's my opinion that the NCAA should suspend them for the game - not the team. Why? Well, because they haven't done anything to hurt the team. They broke an NCAA rule. The NCAA should have the spine to enforce their own rules. It's not Jim Tressel's responsibility to enforce the NCAA's rules in lieu of the NCAA doing their job.

That's why I think that this is the best compromise that he can make. Assuming that the players keep their promise (big assumption, of course) then he's doing a couple of things. He's telling the players that they have to pay the price for breaking the rules (by forcing them to take their NCAA medicine) and he's not usurping (or supplanting, whichever you prefer) the NCAA's authority to enforce their own rules. Now, I totally understand that some people would see this as a circuitous, self serving route to getting the guys to play in the game. I would, however, point of that I'm actually in favor of the NCAA suspending the guys. I do not, however, think that the team has any duty to do what the NCAA refuses to do - especially when this rule is arguably unethical and illogical (although that's another discussion). So I think that Tressel is making a reasonable compromise (again, assuming the guys actually honor their promise).

So I'm not going to argue that you're wrong or anything. Opinions are inherently subjective. I do, however, think that there are good arguments to be made on both sides.

12/30/2010 - 1:23pm So, if I understand you

So, if I understand you correctly, you are not actually responding to my question about why asking the guys to return and, you know, actually serve the suspension reflects poorly on Jim Tressel. You're just reiterating the talking point that you've been trying to bait me with for the past week. Well, I guess everybody needs a hobby.

12/30/2010 - 1:21pm CURSE YOU EMBEDDED VIDEO

5th game was for waiting so long to tell anyone, not for lying. Maybe you can spin this into a lie of omission, if that makes you feel better.

12/30/2010 - 1:20pm Oh, I misinterpreted what you

Oh, I misinterpreted what you said. I thought you meant that OSU had known about the sale for over a year (and that doesn't appear to be the case). The players knew about the violation - and that was already out there in the public domain. I mean, that's the reason why they got a 5 game rather than just a 4 game suspension. Maybe Mark May reported that wrong, I dunno. It wouldn't surprise me, since he's basically a worthless asshole.

12/30/2010 - 1:14pm Just out of curiousity, if he

Just out of curiousity, if he had sat the guys for the bowl would you say anything different? Bear in mind that I already know the answer to this question. 

12/30/2010 - 1:08pm Well, but isn't that the

Well, but isn't that the point? Teams don't "reload" for long periods of time. It's just too damn hard. Sooner or later it's going to stop (and it will stop at OSU sooner or later - this is essentially the golden age here). That's all I was saying: very, very few teams do it and to claim that Michigan just needs to get back to prior form is a bit misleading. Also, the bowl argument is a little spurious, considering that OSU has only lost to top 5 teams in major bowls (and still has a winning record in bowls over that span, anyway).

12/30/2010 - 1:04pm I'm actually curious. I

I'm actually curious. I totally understand if you just want to go with blind derision of a rival - that's cool. But don't pretend that you have an argument and try to skirt explaining it if you don't.

12/30/2010 - 1:03pm Link? I skeptical, since Mark

Link? I skeptical, since Mark May has never reported anything about anything in his entire life. He's not a journalist or reporter, he's an "analyst" - which apparently means that it is his job to go on TV and stir up shit with his "expert" opinion.

12/30/2010 - 12:58pm I'm curious about why you

I'm curious about why you think this reflects poorly on Jim Tressel. Care to explain?

12/30/2010 - 12:28pm Or they just decided they

Or they just decided they wanted another pair of gold pants to sell.

12/30/2010 - 12:22pm I'm not sure you can really

I'm not sure you can really argue that Michigan is a "reload" kind of team. That is to say, they're an elite team, but they haven't  a string of seasons (in recent memory) like OSU has had over the past decade. Ohio State has 6 straight years with 10+ wins (and 10+ wins in 9 of the last 10 seasons). In the heyday of the Bo years they did it (8 such seasons in 10 years, '71-'80). That's the closest thing. The point being that Michigan really hasn't been a team that you just assume is going to win the conference and whatnot. They compete and they're elite, but how many teams, in recent memory, can you say "just reload"? USC, Ohio State, maybe LSU or Texas (this season notwithstanding). Some teams put together 3-5 year runs of being truly elite, monstrously talented teams. Very few have ever been dominant or supremely talented over an entire decade.

So I'm just being pedantic while watching SMU-Army, but I think "reload" is an overused word. In a set theoretical sense, the teams that reload are not bijectible with the teams that are elite; the former is a proper subset of the latter. Michigan is an elite team and could be a "reload" type of team in the future. I don't think, however, that they have been that kind of team for about 30 years.

12/29/2010 - 7:56pm Not entirely convinced that

Not entirely convinced that Miller will lose us many games; he's played his best football in big games, and most of Wayne's problems came from having a really crummy OL. Beside that, not many people realize that behind Herron and Saine is a lineup of about 4 really good RBs (Hall, Berry, Hyde, and Smith). I'd go on record saying that losing OL will hurt us more than losing Pryor; Pryor is a huge asset, but he also tends to make the team 1 dimensional (the team winds up relying on him).

12/29/2010 - 6:14pm I'm not sure I agree with

I'm not sure I agree with that. There's a strong case to be made that there is no connection between intelligence (and prima facie assume that there is a link between intelligence and linguistic ability) and football ability. Anecdotal evidence being what it is, one can still point to the success of, say, Terry Bradshaw and the failure of Joey Harrington. Perhaps there is a putative link between quarterbacking and oratory ability, but if there is then it couldn't be very strong.

In any event, nobody is going to argue that Terrelle Pryor is a well spoken young man.

12/29/2010 - 5:22pm There's no excuse for poor

There's no excuse for poor grammar, but frankly it's becoming less of a faux pas. For example, we had a two term president who couldn't do the linguistic equivalent of tying his own shoes. Also, "fuck lion".

12/29/2010 - 5:19pm (No subject)

12/29/2010 - 4:55pm Cognitive dissonance is an

Cognitive dissonance is an NCAA violation, as it should be.

12/29/2010 - 2:54pm Remind me of precisely what

Remind me of precisely what OSU did wrong with Maurice Clarett. Please, give me the exact information about what the university did that was wrong. Maurice has problems and in general was not a nice guy - but those problems were all Maurice's.

12/29/2010 - 11:28am Read an article that said

Read an article that said that UM was flatly not interested in UGA, and State Penn was less interested than OSU. I'm really surprised that UM wasn't interested.

12/28/2010 - 6:32pm Says you.

Says you.

12/28/2010 - 6:25pm I have no idea what they

I have no idea what they thought. My mind reading abilities are limited to geese, squirrels, and Sparty fans. You know, lower primates.

12/28/2010 - 6:24pm Well, I think it was an IRS

Well, I think it was an IRS thing. I don't have all the details, but I imagine that determining why this guy had this stuff is why the USDA contacted the university. Who knows?

12/28/2010 - 6:02pm Apparently (AFAIK)

Apparently (AFAIK) prosecuting someone who had this memoriabilia (the tattoo guy?).

12/28/2010 - 4:30pm Point of information: this

Point of information: this occured in November of 2009. AJ Green sold his jersey around the same time (IIRC) and was suspended in August. The chronology of your argument is a bit backward.

12/28/2010 - 4:28pm OSU brought it to light and

OSU brought it to light and suspended the players for the Sugar Bowl. The NCAA, in their wisdom, ruled the players eligible and ruled the players ineligible for the first 5 games of next year. Yes, the NCAA is really that stupid.

12/28/2010 - 1:55pm your face.

I would never call you guys bitches.

12/28/2010 - 1:43pm "You might feel a slight

"You might feel a slight stabbing sensation in the area of your eye. Repeatedly."

12/28/2010 - 1:41pm SEE IF YOU CAN LOCATE THE JOKE

You know what they say about hunches: they make an ass out of you and me.