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01/04/2019 - 5:01pm Defenses may not help a ton…

Defenses may not help a ton on Juwan Morgan because he's a phenomenal passer. He's second on the team in assists with 38. IU's offensive sets also make it difficult to double Morgan, and he gets the ball up pretty effectively whether he's doubled or not.

12/02/2018 - 2:31pm Its not the team coming home…

Its not the team coming home, but the alumni coming home, that makes it Homecoming.

12/02/2018 - 1:12pm Mount  Pleasant is even…

Mount  Pleasant is even farther from shark-infested waters than Ann Arbor.

11/26/2018 - 7:19pm Indiana has a ton of…

Indiana has a ton of injuries. Only 8 guys played against UC Davis last week. Mostly they don't seem like lingering things, but Duke will bury a very shorthanded Hoosier squad. They'd almost certainly beat a healthy one, to be sure.

11/21/2018 - 10:53pm I'm clear about my…

I'm clear about my connections to both programs in the post above. If you don't view actions by players for teams you support differently than players opposing your team, you are in a tiny minority of humans, and good for you. Most people are tribal and can't help but excuse behavior about their tribe that they condemn in others.

In this case I see Chase intentionally mashing #72s leg. Twice. The slow motion is really pretty clear. I'm not the only one in this thread who sees it either. 

Look, I don't think Chase is an evil bastard, I think that stuff happens a lot in football - it's a violent game. My point is that reality is not as simple as "IU dude's a devil, my dude's a sainted angel".

In response to the post below, its also clear #72 was getting beat on a lot of plays. Not disagreeing at all about that. That certainly could have led to the pancake, which was a gratuitous action. So could getting his calf stabbed with cleats.

It's worth noting that Harbaugh didn't raise this after the game. If he thought IU was an especially dirty team i imagine he wouldn't hesitate to say it. Look at his response to Purdue's facilities last season....

11/21/2018 - 3:47pm Stepping twice makes it seem…

Stepping twice makes it seem intentional. If the jerseys were swapped no one on this board would excuse that action. Chase is a huge, strong guy, and getting cleated on the back of the leg like that would really hurt. I didn't make this post to equate any actions, but simply to point out that there's a lot going on between players that we fans rarely see, and reality is not as simple as saying 'their guy' is a thug and 'our guy' is a saint. Because that isn't true.

Full disclosure: I'm an M fan from an early childhood in Ann Arbor and an IU alum. This was, as always, my least favorite game to watch all season. I hope Chase plays on Saturday.

11/21/2018 - 2:40pm Thuglington Whatshisface…

Thuglington Whatshisface also got his leg stomped by Chase Winovich. Twice on the same play, in fact, which looks pretty damn intentional on the part of the Warrior Poet. Seems like it was pretty chippy in there both ways.

11/18/2018 - 1:08pm Here's another cheap shot…

Here's another cheap shot from the game.

Nobody is a white knight. It's football.

11/12/2018 - 9:19pm The Quarry is not a very…

The Quarry is not a very serious site. IU football is not worth getting too wound up about. Sadly not many Purdue fans have gone for the bait....

11/12/2018 - 1:45pm Actually, College Park is…

Actually, College Park is just 8 miles as the crow flies northeast of downtown DC. It's about 13 by car. Heading out from DC that direction, BWI airport is about 33 miles...

11/10/2018 - 9:31am Actually, rutger managed…

Actually, rutger managed that feat this season. They did it twice. Even got one leg off as well against Kansas.

10/14/2018 - 1:40pm To be fair, rutger would…

To be fair, rutger would struggle with the MAC East Division.

10/07/2018 - 1:54pm Cody White is out - I think…

Cody White is out - I think he had more yards than Felton Davis until the Northwestern game, though Davis is a more frightening matchup.

10/07/2018 - 1:46pm IU alum here. We don't put…

IU alum here. We don't put the Penix in often enough. Word is he's outstanding at the deep ball.

10/04/2018 - 1:50pm As an Indiana alum, I was a…

As an Indiana alum, I was a sophomore the last time Indiana beat Michigan. That was followed by twenty years of near-complete Hoosier futility and lots of beatdowns. The past ten years have been absolutely excruciating. I appreciate that the close calls are annoying from the other sideline, but honestly I think all these "close but no cigar" games are tougher to bear than the dark years were.

08/12/2018 - 6:00pm There's a farm upstate for…

There's a farm upstate for dogs like that....

04/01/2018 - 3:30pm the 1981 IU team also blasted through the tournament

with no wins by less than 13 points. They had two wins, including the Elite 8 game, with 30+ point victories. It's not that rare for the NCAA champs to go through the bracket like Sherman through Georgia - UNC was the 12th to win all tournament games by double digits, but the majority of NCAA champions have average margin of victories in the double digits. Only about a quarter of champs don't. Here's an article about it:

However, many of those double-digit margin average teams did feature a game closer that finished within 2 possessions, so there's something to the OP. Interestingly, the 1963 Loyola Chicago team had the second highest margin of victory (at least as of 2012, when that article was published).

03/17/2018 - 1:34pm 'bad loss'

I imagine a loss like that hurts UVAs tourney chances....

02/21/2018 - 4:56pm That's not all they'd like

And it's not close to the top of their want list.

01/31/2018 - 7:30pm I'm an MSU professor

Email ballots went out to all faculty this afternoon. Votes will be tallied this weekend.

12/15/2017 - 2:02pm "Arghhh! My pinkie!"

The nation should be grateful not to have lots of 'in the moment' shots of me, for that matter....

10/01/2017 - 1:18pm FYI, Indiana is picking up a third OOC game

IU's bye was to be October 7, but they have scheduled Charleston Southern.

04/29/2017 - 6:21pm Evidently the Lions know

not to pick your Butt when you're on camera.

01/31/2017 - 1:25pm Seems to be running a bit too upright

though I'm not a RB coach. Any expert opinions?

12/04/2016 - 6:32pm This wasn't your point, but

a NYD bowl in Marquette would be awesome.

12/04/2016 - 6:29pm If an SEC team (LSU, say)

that lost two out of its last three games and finished third in its division made the playoffs, it would be an outrage.

The Orange Bowl is fine. Good chance to play a big name team and hopefully end the season on an up note.

12/01/2016 - 3:14pm Are you saying...

we had subs, it was crazy?

11/10/2016 - 12:51pm If he's healthy, Spike could make a run for

B1G sixth man of the year - he'd be the second Michigan transfer to achieve that... in a row.

11/09/2016 - 8:54am Verdell Jones

As an IU fan, I watched (sometimes through my fingers) during the first couple of Crean years, when Verdell was IU's primary point guard and scoring threat. He was... an ok B1G player, and a nice (and starting) piece as a senior on IU's 2011 Sweet 16 team. But the dude wasn't cut out to be the go-to scorer and ballhandler, which was the situation his first couple of years. Lots of turnovers and many questionable decisions led to significant inefficiency.

Frankly, that seems to be where OSU was mired last season - a young team with some talent but little identity or experience playing together, with an underclassman guard trying to do it all. That almost never works out. So, Lyle may end up, like Jones did, as a critical cog on a team with multiple offensive threats - a guy who, when he didn't have to be the everything guy, could be quite solid, though not all-B1G level.

But that'll depend on Matta's ability to actually build a team. The massive roster churn OSU has been experiencing may make that difficult to accomplish. IU has had a pretty quiet year-plus now on that front, much to my relief. Can Matta bloom again, late in his career? Or are his best years behind him? I'm hoping for the latter.

10/18/2016 - 1:25pm One suggestion: how about App Programming?

MIT has a pretty slick programming environment to get non-programmers doing creative things with their Android smartphones. It interfaces with the phone's various sensors, and is pretty cool. You don't actually have to write code, and the videos and examples are pretty straightforward. I used this to get my then 7th grade daughter interested:

10/17/2016 - 7:55pm Warren Central was phenomenal that year

I was a HS senior that year, and my school had the misfortune of hosting Warren Central for our homecoming. They were a lot more than Jeff George. Big line, great RB, good, tall receivers, and an outstanding defense. #1 nationally all season long.

10/17/2016 - 2:04pm Here's why the line increased

Michigan was expected to be an improved team this year. Ohio State was ending nearly an entire class to the NFL. Consequently, the national betting scene was more uncertain about Ohio State's prospects in the summer than about Michigan's.

Evidently OSU reloaded just fine. Hence the line sliding down, even with Michigan having a good season. Other than the magnitude of the beatdowns, the Wolverines were expected to be undefeated at this point.

10/11/2016 - 8:06pm Good grief, it's not Mordor

It's a Michigan town full of Michiganders. There will be thousands of M fans there. Many families will have fans of both programs in attendance.The tailgating scene is a lot of fun. You probably don't want to sit too close to the student section. That would go for any B1G venue, though.

10/09/2016 - 3:51pm Maybe I spoke too soon

Lions recover the funble in Eagles territory. Over 2 to play, down 2.

10/09/2016 - 3:49pm It's what they do best

Same ol' Lions.

10/09/2016 - 3:23pm It's never good

when the cannon goes off prematurely.

10/05/2016 - 4:30pm Indiana under Bill Mallory

beat Earl Bruce twice. One of those was the origin of Bruce's "Darkest day in Ohio State football history" quote. That's the last time the Hoosiers have won against the Buckeyes.

10/02/2016 - 11:46am A water tower in Ypsi

in case you really weren't sure. It's right on Washtenaw Ave by EMU's campus. And yes, it's the world's most phallic erection.

09/15/2016 - 5:02pm Well, you have to pick your battles

And you have to know when to stop digging!

09/15/2016 - 4:49pm You can pick your threads

and you can pick your nose,

but can you pick your thread's nose? Wait. Let me try that again.

08/28/2016 - 11:24am Well, the poster a ways up

did say Rudock came out today. This board need to work on phrasing!

08/11/2016 - 6:10pm In-state U of M is on par with

really good private schools. Michigan was the most expensive option of my daughter's 4 choices by a substantial margin: Stanford, Carleton, and MSU were all thousands of dollars less per year. 

08/11/2016 - 6:03pm I'll chip in on elite private schools bit

My daughter will be a freshman this fall. She got into Michigan (in-state), but despite being awesome, received basically no support. Cost of attendance would be about 27K. Again, that's in-state.

She was also accepted to Stanford. Cost of attendance there would have been 19K. Stanford and most other top private schools carve deep discounts. I make just over 6 figures and don't consider myself low-income at all, but by the standards of Stanford and the Ivies I guess I am.

That said, my kid did exceptionally well in HS, and I was very fortunate financially as a result. With two more coming along, though, we may have to move to plan B or C.

08/10/2016 - 4:38pm Plenty of people in the South make cider and graff

I assume using bottom-shelf apple juice from the grocery, so it's still drinkable! And you'll have a really interesting wort to include - the graff recipe seems pretty basic on this. Your strategy of concentrating your runnings down seems like an excellent idea..

08/10/2016 - 1:58pm Probably a graff would be most welcome on this thread

I've never brewed a beer (I've helped others from time to time); however, I'm in my third year of cidermaking. One of my recipes is for a malted cider commonly called graff. The foundational recipe and megathread at HomebrewTalk has plenty of info if you are interested in trying this once cider season really gets going in a few months.

Some modest suggestions from my personal experience, if you are interested in trying this out:

1. If you can, use good, late season unfiltered cider from an orchard. Most grocery store apple juice comes from China and won't add anything interesting. Here in Michigan, October and November juice makes better cider than September juice. More sugar, and more complex flavor. I've used cider yeast and S-04 yeast, and have been happy with both.

2. Cider making is a lot like winemaking, I gather. Throw yeast in a carboy with juice and wait a couple of months before bottling or kegging - there's no boil. Once I sanitize, brew day lasts about 5 minutes for straight cider - the basics are much simpler than beer. Someone getting into this from beer will really have no problem - sanitation, fermentation, and bottling methods are all about the same.

3. Graff is a bit trickier than straight hard cider only because you will boil a gallon of wort (I do 3-gallon batches, so my personal recipe is about 2.5 gallons of juice and a bit over half a gallon of wort. Handling that on the stovetop is pretty straightforward). But it takes time for this stuff to condition nicely. Give it at least two months in the carboy. You won't be sorry.

4. So what is the result like? My favorite graff (I've made 5 separate batches now) is amber and clear with a modest head. Dry (it will ferment dry, down close to 1), but with a thicker mouthfeel than straight cider due to the malt, and tart/acidic cidery flavor - if you've had craft dry cider, like that! The finish is a bit herbal/hoppy, and I imagine would depend a lot on the choice of hops. Personally, I think it's easy to over-hop cider - just a quarter-ounce of Tettnang in a 3 gallon batch is enough, IMO. If aged less than two months it will be a little rougher to drink, but mine gets very smooth by 3 months - I have a batch on tap that I started back in November, and it is tremendous. Graff seems more like a beery cider than a cidery beer, if that makes any sense. Alcohol content will be around 6-8%, so I don't exactly drain multiple pints of it at a sitting.



08/08/2016 - 4:22pm Far more than the Browns


Check this link out (aplogies for bleacher report, but I found this one pretty informative). The bigger question is, how  devenfise backfield get pragnent?


08/05/2016 - 9:15pm Washing down a sandwich

with a rhubarb cider I put together last summer. Dry, fizzy, solid rhubarb finish on top of a good apple base. Mmm.

08/03/2016 - 2:22pm My limited experience

suggests that we have tremendous flexibility in integrating beer concepts with cider. There's a whole gradient of possibilities.I'm excited to experiment some more this fall.

08/03/2016 - 2:16pm So you're saying

that Jacksonville is your sleeper pick? 

08/03/2016 - 1:59pm Something I know about!

I did 24 gallons of cider this year. Living in Michigan I find myself surrounded by great apples and sweet cider, and figured I'd try it out.

Of course this means I don't need to boil, though there is a nice malted, lightly hopped cider called graff. I made 9 gallons of the stuff this year. Beer people seem to prefer it over my straight cider, and I like it just fine. That requires under a gallon of wort for a three gallon batch. It is pretty straightforward to make using the usual pots and pans.

All this means I don't have really cool equipment, since basically I need to ferment and let the stuff sit around for months before kegging/bottling. Since I haul carboys from the basement to the kitchen and back, I only brew in 3-gallon batches. I have one 5-gallon glass carboy for primary and three three-gallon glass carboys. Unlike most beer brewing, I have to condition cider for months. That means filling those 3-gallon carboys nearly to the brim to avoid oxygen issues.

I brew straight-up dry cider, I also do add-ins (cranberry, rhubarb) to dry cider. I have a semi-dry that I serve from kegs (the ladies love that stuff), and I also make graff.

I do have a chest freezer in the basement with three three-gallon corny kegs, but I also bottle. So I have the usual autosiphons, funnels, and tubes.

Anyone in the Ann Arbor area (or elsewhere, since they have a significant online presence) should check out Adventures in Homebrewing in Dexter.