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07/19/2018 - 12:19pm I, uh, do not like the…

I, uh, do not like the design of that helmet.

07/13/2018 - 10:46am When can we kick them out of…

When can we kick them out of the Big Ten?

07/13/2018 - 8:31am His great job at Vanderbilt…

His great job at Vanderbilt is winning 24 games in 3 years. That's good, yes, but it's not powerhouse status.

 

His great job at Penn State has been a trip to the Big Ten Championship game that was mostly predicated on high-variance arm punts to very tall receivers (who are gone) followed by last year, which was built around RPOs designed by a great OC (who is gone) around a top-5 NFL draft pick RB (who is gone).

 

Nobody thinks PSU is suddenly going to go 3-9 this year, but I think a lot of people here would be less surprised if they went 8-4 than if they went 10-2. 

07/11/2018 - 4:32pm You can't really ignore…

You can't really ignore political rallies where people are murdered by the driver of a car.

06/20/2018 - 1:11pm I wish I could upvote this…

I wish I could upvote this response a thousand times.

06/19/2018 - 5:47pm It's darn good to be a…

It's darn good to be a Michigan Wolverine.

06/15/2018 - 8:31am I don't think that's true. I…

I don't think that's true. I mean, have you ever had over-cooked asparagus?

05/10/2018 - 8:57am Personally, I don't think

Personally, I don't think it's the case that the Lions and APG colluded to keep this information secret. There's no indication that the Patriots knew this about Patricia, either.

 

I think it's probably far more likely that NFL teams request only enough information from their background searches so that they can avoid any kind of real legal or PR culpability if something comes out. I don't think it's an accident that the Lions only specifically search for convictions, because I'm guessing that just about everyone only searches for convictions. 

 

I'm guessing that most NFL teams do background searches looking only for things that can really hurt them. Which, regardless of how much noise this makes right now, it's likely that it won't have any lasting impact on the team; it'll get some conversation for a couple days and everyone will have forgotten by the time training camp opens.

04/19/2018 - 12:03pm I feel like Tom would have a

I feel like Tom would have a really difficult time winning President when he'd have a zero percent chance of winning New York.

03/23/2018 - 3:39pm Beating a mid-NCAA tournament

Beating a mid-NCAA tournament seed by 27 on a neutral court isn't aready a blowout?

03/08/2018 - 8:28am She doesn't have to get "most

She doesn't have to get "most high school boys" to play for her. It's CSU, not Duke, they're not recruiting five stars, and the expectations aren't national championships every year. She needs to get 3 or 4 decent basketball players per year to play for her.

 

I think you're pretty badly overestimating how much high school boys are going to care about being coached by a woman. Chances are, they've had a couple of women coaches before this point in their careers, and didn't care. And again, you don't need 40 players a year, she needs 3 or 4. I think she'd be fine.

03/02/2018 - 4:37pm Can't wait to see what Tim

Can't wait to see what Tim Miles thinks about KenPom game predictions, now.

01/22/2018 - 10:46am "Everyone does a thing that's

"Everyone does a thing that's against the rules" does not make it not cheating. Nearly everyone pays college football recruits under the table but that doesn't mean that Ole Miss wasn't cheating when they paid recruits, too. Ole Miss are not "cheaters," they are cheaters. The Patriots are not "cheaters," they're cheaters.

01/21/2018 - 6:43pm Spygate was unquestionably a

Spygate was unquestionably a long-term cheating operation by the Patriots.

01/21/2018 - 6:40pm I'm not sure why the quotes.

I'm not sure why the quotes. Say whatever you want about their stretch, but there's no question that the Patriots cheated for years by filming opponents signals. They didn't "cheat," they cheated.

12/22/2017 - 10:56am I'm just going off what I've

I'm just going off what I've seen people writing about the venture, I don't think a more-violent football league is going to be a good or particularly marketable idea.

 

McMahon is 72 - I don't think he wants to mess around with a second-rate football league for 20 years before anyone starts to care about it; I'm also not convinced that a second-rate football league can truly survive. Arena Football already exists in the offseason and nobody really cares to watch it because (a) they don't care about any of the teams and (b) the games aren't nearly as good as college or the NFL. I don't think you could legally pull off a regional draft in a national sporting venture these days (it would seem to run afoul of the same rules that prohibited free agency). 

 

The thing is, McMahon doesn't seem like a moron, he built the WWE basically from nothing. I'm just not sure what angle he sees that he really feels is going to get a sustainable league going, because the XFL wasn't, and Arena Football isn't (there are currently six total teams, and only three of them are older than 2 years old).

12/22/2017 - 8:53am I'm fairly certain that Jeff

I'm fairly certain that Jeff Brohm learned all he'll ever need to know about watching a team get destroyed, heart and soul, on a football field came from his time as the backup to the 1994 San Diego Chargers.

12/22/2017 - 8:51am Based on initial reports,

Based on initial reports, McMahon believes that the market for the XFL is people who believe the NFL isn't violent enough, and also believe that it's bad that they don't force players to stand for the national anthem (EXPLICIT NOTE: I am NOT trying to start a national anthem conversation).

 

I'm not sure how well that's going to work (I think the market is quite a bit smaller than he thinks) and I think there's a really high barrier to taking fans from the NFL that they're going to have a seriously difficult time getting over, but it sounds like that's what they're going for.

12/01/2017 - 8:38am None whatsoever.

None whatsoever.

11/30/2017 - 9:58am Not only will companies not

Not only will companies not have loytalty to employees, but they will actively work to destroy incentives for keeping people around. Fifty years ago, someone might stick around a company because they had a pension and escalating vacation time and a prospect of promotion.

 

None of that exists any more. It's clear companies don't want people to stick around for 20 years. Why stay somewhere when it's clear you're not wanted?

11/16/2017 - 8:45am Bill Parcels!? I barely know

Bill Parcels!? I barely know Parcels!

 

Boom. Still got it.

11/13/2017 - 3:49pm Reasonably, one could also

Reasonably, one could also answer that the Big Ten East at the moment is significantly more difficult than the Big Ten West during Pelini's tenure.

 

Also, Jim Harbaugh has never brought a cat on the field during a Spring Game.

10/30/2017 - 3:24pm The one thing I haven't seen

The one thing I haven't seen with all the talk of Peters vs. O'Korn is that it's a lot more reasonable if Peters is bad to still be playing him, because he's an investment in the future. JOK is a fifth-year senior. Every snap with him in both practice and game time is lost going into next season; that's not true for Peters, who'll be back on campus barring something going spectacularly wrong. I don't expect Brandon Peters to turn into senior Tom Brady for the rest of the season, but I do expect him to be at least marginally better than Steven Threet level, which Peters was only occasionally (and not since Purdue). Additionally, when he makes a mistake, you hope he learns from it and grows, alongside the rest of this very young team.

 

In other words, if Peters gets worse, that's OK. We know he's not going to be a world-beater, yet. We hope that he can learn and grow from it and that next year, we're going to be better for it. John O'Korn wasn't ever going to make us better last year, and the point at which it was clear that this season wasn't likely to amount to silverware, replacing him with a guy who's got as good a chance to start next year as anyone made all the sense in the world.

10/24/2017 - 4:24pm Lovie might be putting the

Lovie might be putting the cart before the horse, here.

10/17/2017 - 1:04pm If Michigan has a 15% chance

If Michigan has a 15% chance to win each of the games you posted there (and with this defense, arguing that they have less than that to win any game is a real reach), then they have a 39% chance to win one of the three. That's much better than "effectively zero" chance to win 9 games (and in fact, S&P+ has them at a 31% chance to go 9-3, so I'm probably a bit optimistic).

10/16/2017 - 4:15pm It can be two things!

It can be two things!

10/16/2017 - 1:58pm I said to a friend after

I said to a friend after Higdon scored in OT that I hope we don't all remember this as "That one Karan Higdon game" ten years from now.

10/13/2017 - 10:22am Nice to know that amateurism

Nice to know that amateurism is entirely pointless, now.

10/09/2017 - 12:55pm I mean, they're not that far

I mean, they're not that far off. Structurally, they're different, but conceptually they attack gaps, squeeze the line and put guys on the outside in one-on-one matchups where you challenge the other team to beat you over the top in the limited time you have before the pass rush gets there. 

09/28/2017 - 11:26am I'm not an expert on business

I'm not an expert on business channels, but in my experience, the #1 thing you can count on there is for them to be apologists for rich people running scams. It seems like it's their primary reason for existing.

09/26/2017 - 4:31pm Maybe it's just me, but I

Maybe it's just me, but I don't find the FBI arresting people for transferring large sums of money tax-free then immediately turning around and scamming American taxpayers out of Pell Grant money which the student very obviously does not need (because they just got 100K tax-free) to be a waste of taxpayer money.

09/24/2017 - 5:31pm Anything is fair game behind

Anything is fair game behind the line of scrimmage, but defensive holding and pass interference can still be called less than five yards downfield - you can't tackle a guy two yards downfield; if you could that would be the best defense against any pass play.

09/24/2017 - 4:48pm I'm sure they probably will

I'm sure they probably will adjust that rule...after this season, when it can't do us any good. Just like the Calvin Johnson rule, just like the illegal batting call by the Seahawks on Monday night, just like the pass interference no call on Ebron against the Cowboys in the playoffs, just like the Arian Foster "You can't throw a challenge flag on a play that would be automatically reviewed, therefore the touchdown stands" call. Just like the consecutive OPI calls against Eric Ebron last year when it was clear he didn't touch the defender that wound up being the difference between the Lions and Packers in the NFC North.

 

The Lions are the team that NFL refs learn to call a game on so that the NFL can figure out what not to do for teams they give a shit about.

09/20/2017 - 3:29pm Assuming it takes Ross 10

Assuming it takes Ross 10 minutes to pee in the morning, that would mean he makes about 18 million/hour, or about 432 million dollars every day.

 

He has a lot of money. He does not make 3 billion dollars per week. 

09/20/2017 - 12:33pm Leaked photo from practice:
 

Leaked photo from practice:

 

09/12/2017 - 1:22pm The thing that you appear to

The thing that you appear to be confused about is that "Everyone involved with this endeavor is making eye-popping amounts of money, but the people who actually make it happen are contractually forbidden from earning even one penny from the endeavor" already is a good argument. 

09/11/2017 - 12:45pm Eh, almost all of that first

Eh, almost all of that first drive of the second half was one really big blown coverage on a zone read keeper (young defense, but fair to ding them) and a bunch of pick plays in the passing game. It's not so much a bad drive as just a really weird one.

09/11/2017 - 12:43pm If you take away Barrett's

If you take away Barrett's one 74 yarder against IU (which was a short throw and a long run), he's 36-69 for 413 yards, 2 TDs and a pick through two games. That's 5.7 YPA - that would have ranked 12th out of 12 qualifying starters in the Big Ten last year - worse than even Wes Lunt. 

 

You can say OSU fans are being irrational all they want, but they're getting bottom-of-the-barrell play out of their QB. That'll go back up some as they face less impressive defenses, but even last year he was only 8th in the Big Ten in YPA and it's not like he's going to get a ton better as a Senior. 

09/08/2017 - 8:51am Nothing worse than Small

Nothing worse than Small Hurricane Syndrome.

09/06/2017 - 10:20am I feel pretty confident that

I feel pretty confident that my seven year old daughter could be the starting NT for UM on Saturday and we'd still win by 4 TDs.

 

She holds up to double teams pretty well.

09/02/2017 - 10:06pm I take you bet the over?

I take you bet the over?

09/01/2017 - 4:21pm I feel like this entire

I feel like this entire subthread is basically an advertisement for why you send your kids to Michigan and not an SEC school.

08/30/2017 - 2:11pm I'll take another Chris

I'll take another Chris Evans.

08/29/2017 - 1:22pm For what it's worth, I don't

For what it's worth, I don't think we're going to have head-scratching losses this year. That's one of the great things about Harbaugh - dude does not take anybody for granted, and neither do his teams. The closest things we've had to "I can't believe we didn't beat that team" losses since he's shown up were Utah on opening weekend in 2015 and Iowa last year. Those were both one-score losses in the other teams' stadiums at night. 

 

The dude's teams just don't take weeks off. I think we'll lose some games, but I don't think they come out of anything but the four games that we've all got circled on the calendar as the biggest games of the year.

08/29/2017 - 9:11am Chip Kelly's issue wasn't

Chip Kelly's issue wasn't that his system didn't work in the NFL, it's that he was sufficiently arrogant to believe that his system was athlete-independent and that he could just plug anyone anywhere and it'd work like magic. The Eagles were 3rd in offensive DVOA in 2013 with Kelly at the helm, but he consistently eroded the talent on that team through his time there.

 

Dude would be a fine OC for an NFL team if anyone would let him have control of the offense, but you can't give him control of personnel, too.

08/28/2017 - 3:46pm Matthew Stafford would be

Matthew Stafford would be trivially franchise tagged in both 2018 and 2019 (the average deal they're looking at pays him in the neighborhood of the second-year franchise tag, anyway). The only way he doesn't play in Detroit the next two years are if he pulls a Calvin Johnson and flat out retires or pulls a Carson Palmer and half-retires so he can go somewhere else. Matt Stafford's contract in 2020 is a question mark, but so's the contract of everyone on the team (and in the front office) by that point.

08/28/2017 - 8:52am Not getting into politics

Not getting into politics here at all, but unfortunately FEMA is likely to be pretty understaffed because the current administration hasn't made replacing Federal employees they didn't retain a priority. It's very possible that we're only just beginning the most painful parts of Hurricane Harvey's destruction.

08/14/2017 - 1:10pm I'm active over there too -

I'm active over there too - also under the same name.

08/07/2017 - 8:37am Thankfully, I'm not the first

Thankfully, I'm not the first person in this thread to mention The Leftovers, but it's the best TV at least since Mad Men ended, and possibly since Season 3 of The Wire. 

08/07/2017 - 8:32am Hi there. I'd like to

Hi there. I'd like to introduce you to The Leftovers, which is both more brilliant and far, far more fucked up than Westworld.