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12/13/2018 - 5:32pm Is that Stu Douglass in…

Is that Stu Douglass in CARmel or Apple in carMEL.


12/08/2018 - 10:38am I'm with you.  A couple of…

I'm with you.  A couple of those shots at Northwestern looked really good and just didn't go in.  If he was missing badly, I'd be really concerned but in that game I remember only the last looked poor b/c it was short, perhaps due to some fatigue.  Think Beilein may have even mentioned that in post game.  If he can get to 30% - 35%, I think we're in business!   

12/07/2018 - 2:07pm I became a fan of Frank…

I became a fan of Frank Martin after watching this.  Required viewing for any parent with kids in youth sports, IMO.   

11/22/2018 - 11:09am Does "TG" mean Thanksgiving…

Does "TG" mean Thanksgiving or The Game?  Michigan feasting on some Buckeyes?  Yes, please, I'll have seconds.  

11/20/2018 - 2:34pm If it's not Scottish, it's…

If it's not Scottish, it's CRAP!!!

11/19/2018 - 10:16pm He could have said, "Hey Rob…

He could have said, "Hey Rob, that was some bush league shit out there."  But why waste the breath on Tom Allen, who'll be back to being an average to slightly above average DC somewhere for a team in the lower half of a Power 5 conference school in about two years.  

11/19/2018 - 9:48pm Scut Farkus goes down!


Scut Farkus goes down!

via Gfycat

11/19/2018 - 9:39pm Yeah, tempo is coming …

Yeah, tempo is coming ... but IU showed us the secret sauce ... we can just kick the ball when the ref is trying to spot and claim we didn't mean to.  Seconds tick away.  Guys get to rest.  Problem solved.  

08/27/2018 - 8:49pm From what I read, he…

From what I read, he actually was a fit for Frost's offense. Apparently Riley brought him in for his arm, but word is he can run. Ran a spread in HS.   His HS coaches didn't run him much, but he did score 20 rushing TDs in his career.  And word is that it was a pretty tight competition with Martinez.  Not sure if scheme was the issue here.      


08/26/2018 - 12:12pm Well, we know he'll "outhit"…

Well, we know he'll "outhit" the other two freshman QBs starting in the league.  .   

08/25/2018 - 4:53pm Yeah of the projected four…

Yeah of the projected four B10 East teams that are in the running for the division, PSU and MSU drew the best home schedules.  PSU did draw Wisconsin and Iowa, though, which I think will be two of the top 3 teams in the West with Northwestern.  

QB health is key for all, but particularly PSU and MSU.  If a backup had to fill in for a game or two, all would probably be fine.  But if any of Patterson, Haskins, Lewerke or McSorley are out for any extended period, I think PSU and MSU would suffer the most -- more dependent on their QB's legs to make their offenses work.  McSorley by design, and Lewerke by making a play when everything breaks down. 

McSorley has remained remarkably healthy for two years. Can he stay healthy again for 12+ games?  

08/17/2018 - 1:32pm thanks for posting.  Field…

thanks for posting.  Field level camera, urg.  The ol' showboating slow-up before the goal line unsportsmanlike penalty.  That's not going to fly, but he's young.  Im sure he'll learn. Actually on his second long run and just dropped the ball in the end zone.  So improvement! 


Edit: Hmmm.  Was in reply to the youtube link post.  not sure what happened. 

08/17/2018 - 12:25pm It's a top job for sure. …

It's a top job for sure.  But don't agree with this "they'll be fine" commentary, which I've heard here and there from media.  How many times have we seen a legendary coach leave and the next one in not keep it going.  Michigan felt it.  Alabama struggled post Bear Bryant, had some success with Gene Stallings, but clearly did not return to Bryant level Alabama until Saban arrived.  USC hasn't figured it out since Pete Caroll left..  ND has never been able to replicate from the Holtz era.  Arguably all of those schools have the resources, rabid fan bases (save USC ... a bit of bandwagon group there) and traditions of OSU, and all can get talent up the wazoo.  

Should he leave (unlikely, IMO) they probably will be fine. Meyer is a unique coaching talent, though, and the odds of anyone replicating his record is very low, I think. I do agree it's most likely they would continue to be pretty dang good. But USC/ND/Michigan territory is a possible outcome too.   


08/07/2018 - 1:32pm Very well played, indeed. 

Very well played, indeed. 

07/21/2018 - 4:10pm Ah yes, remember taking…

Ah yes, remember taking study breaks and riding the 'ol Schwinn down to the Soo Locks, morning coffee in Traverse City on my way to class, and strolling out of the dorm for evening walks around Lake Superior.   

Too much snark?  Mayhaps ... 

07/06/2018 - 4:04pm Ha, living in Indiana and…

Ha, living in Indiana and hearing a lot about IU basketball from family (wife's side), seems like it would be insult to injury they way they talk about the Crean years and recruiting.  "We did what to get those guys."  He had good classes ... just couldn't keep state's top talent from going elsewhere. 

Side note, was listening to an IU radio show the other day while driving and question that came into the three hosting the show was "what B10 player currently not in the top #25 players in the league would you want IU to have" and they all three basically said Zavier Simpson, though the second two came up with three different players after the first guy said X.  "Since you went with Simpson, I'll go with ____"   It kind of irritated me as I thought "X isn't one of the 25 best players in the B10?" ... that didn't quite feel right.  But at that same time, these guys all said "Well you look for really well coached players and with that, you think John Beilein."  So in the heart of die hard college basketball fandom, they recognize the talent in JB.  And they know Z/X can play.  

07/06/2018 - 9:13am Plus hard to give up the…

Plus hard to give up the superior medical team and facilities at Purdue, amirite? 

Mom is the Purdue legacy, correct?  Father was a Greek national, as I recall, and went to Miami - at one point George was (is?) interested in the U too.  

06/29/2018 - 12:58pm He's a his school kid. From…

He's a his school kid. From the link, it doesn't sound like he offered his opinions up unsolicited. And like 99% of kids his age who are asked a question "why not?," he probably doesn't really have the maturity or awareness yet to answer a different way.  "I just felt most comfortable with MSU."  Big baby is a bit much, IMO. He sounds like a high school kid.  I think that's the worst we can accuse him of here.  

06/08/2018 - 7:09pm This one caught me at the…

This one caught me at the right moment for a chuckle.    

05/26/2018 - 4:31pm Respect the opinion. It's a really ambitious movie

and that big ambition may fall short to some or even many people. I can see that.  It's not without flaws, I agree, but in totality, I love the effort to on take Conrad's story, use the river metaphor and lay it over the top of this really complicated, crazy war in Vietnam. Use the river as vehicle to journey deeper and deeper toward some of man's primal instincts.

Duvall is great but I think Martin sheen is also great, from opening scene to end.  And IMO, excellent performances from Lawrence Fishburn, Dennis Hopper, Sam Bottoms, plus the actor that plays Chef, can't remember his name.  And Chief too.  Duvall's lines are the go to quotes you hear the most, but to me, there are other great characters too and great moments and scenes that don't involve Duval and the air cav. 

Brando falls a little short as Kurtz IMO but utlmately he's effective enough for me to believe in him. 

05/26/2018 - 10:47am Double post



05/26/2018 - 10:42am Love Apocalypse now.

Was the first movie I ever purchased on DVD back in like 1997 or 98.  And if anyone has seen "Hearts of Darkness" on the making of the film, that's pretty cool too. 

I'll throw in a vote for "Thin Red Line" for one of my favorite war movies.  Haven't seen it in a while but thought is was pretty great story telling. 

And for pure fun, outrageous entertaiment not quite in same category of war movie, I dig "Inglorious Basterds" 

05/26/2018 - 10:34am Yeah, I come back to Band of Brothers

every 3-4 years and rewatch.  My son is now 14 and I'm planning on watching it with him this summer, kicking off this weekend.  Think he's old enough to appreciate what that generation went through and how different his world is now, thanks in most part to some incredible hardship and sacrifice by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.  


05/13/2018 - 12:45pm I don't know if too many cooks in the

kitchen was a big issue.  Seems like that's the way he's been organizing game day play calling for years - now it's an issue?  3 major problems last year, IMO.  Inconsistent QB play, excacerbated by the injuries. OL play.  And the whole experiment with zone and Frey, which further hindered #2.   Did Pep calling passing game and Dreno calling run game hurt?  Maybe but I think way down the list, if it did.  

04/14/2018 - 4:40pm A big fan of Mo

and the liberal use of initial caps, I see.  

04/14/2018 - 4:20pm Ah therein lies the issue ...

an incompetent, tone deaf, feckless Board.    

03/28/2018 - 6:38pm True but tough to

prepare for Michigan in short time frame too, no?  Works both ways.  

03/27/2018 - 11:05pm He rounded up.

It happens. 

03/25/2018 - 1:24pm Damn right. Plenty of thunder to

go around!  Great coaches and teams create their own thunder.  

03/19/2018 - 8:43pm Still waiting for the post game

Izzo comment on the Miles Bridges banked  3-pointer against 'Cuse.  Seems to be a point of emphasis when talking about other teams' good fortune.  A little consistency, please, Coach?  Coach?    [Insert Michael Irivin's "Same intensity ... Don't lose that intensity, now" classic here]  

03/16/2018 - 7:45am I was in a hotel room watching ...

My neighbors in 2553 and 2557 were probably pissed becuase I was screaming at the TV at least a couple of times.  After like the 3rd or forth fast break "throwaway," I f'ing lost it ... and after the never-ending scoreboard fiasco going into a media time out, I was ready to punch a kitten. (Not really but I'm just glad there were no kittens in my hotel room). Thinking of going to see a surgeon about removing all memories of that game from my brain ... as some said above, that was a Bill Frieder tourney game ... but we won! So all good.  Also, suck it, Arizona.  You busted my bracket but somehow that early ouster feels good.  

03/08/2018 - 3:37pm For all my mediocrity of the BTN in most things, they

do get some great footage of B10 events with the Journey series.  . 

03/04/2018 - 8:12pm I think you're in the minority on this take.

Almost everyone I know who's attended in Indy and almost everything you read is generally positive.  I wasn't at the Garden to compare to this B10 tourney, but Indy will be on the rotation for years to come for a lot of good reasons.  

03/04/2018 - 11:09am As I recall, he was someone

Beilein recruited.

02/28/2018 - 10:18pm UT El Paso and UT East Plano ...

often confused

02/12/2018 - 6:01pm Is it official Happ's not coming back?

Haven't really paid much attention to MBB other than UM stuff.  

02/09/2018 - 2:43pm Don't know in this case

by there are examples of some coaches being well suited as coordinators (or at least happy as coordinators) and may not aspire to be HCs.  Mattison and Don Brown are two on this staff. Bud Foster.  Brent Venables, though I think he's been assoicated with potential gigs in the past. 

02/04/2018 - 10:57pm Thought Coach Beilein's comments

in press conference on the difficulty of post entry feeds in college game vs. NBA was pretty interesting.  

12/31/2017 - 12:30pm So we want a

conference with great coaches and national respect but we don't want all that comes with that position? -- e.g., not have to compete against non-blue bloods in the conference for kids who want to play in a strong conference and for successful teams?   

That has a very Hugh Freeze-ian feel to it.  

12/27/2017 - 9:53pm What the other dudes said.

Plus not from the South.  Unless Chicago is south.  

12/22/2017 - 1:49pm New Zealand's

greatest export!  

12/10/2017 - 6:40pm I think the Deeee-lux

apartments in the sky are on the west side, IIRC. 

12/09/2017 - 5:53pm Yes, a very Monty Burns-ish

quality to the comment above you.  Thanks for the wit.  

12/08/2017 - 9:30pm They're handing out law

degrees in high school now?  Holy crap. Where have I been?  Do they get some kind of "scale of justice" patch for their varsity jackets to sew on next to their cross country patch and their Class of '19 patch?  Because that would be kind of cool.  

12/07/2017 - 7:15pm Anyone watch The Leftovers?

... most of the cast of Perfect Strangers save for for Mark Linn Baker departed.  Loved that.    

12/07/2017 - 7:08pm Petit-Frere .... good greif,

there's a whole Huddle House of pancakes in that guy's highlights.  First clip, gets on a guy at 00:12 and finishes him off on far sideline, nearly off camera, at 00:22.  Uh ... wow.  Maybe crap compeition but that's something you don't see every day.   

12/07/2017 - 6:58pm ... and about 7 inches taller

but other than that ... 

12/06/2017 - 6:37pm 19th century hat production

and etymology humor.  I dig it.  

11/28/2017 - 10:16am Suspect

there may be a couple of options at a non-Power 5 school where he could be in the running and where he has a chance to play.   

11/22/2017 - 2:10pm Not too subtle