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07/03/2018 - 7:05pm I grew up in Davis. I agree…

I grew up in Davis. I agree with your list. It's a great town to bike or run in. I think a lot of the developments were built with exercise in mind.

I like to joke that it has central valley scenery with Marin county attitude.

07/02/2018 - 6:16pm Sacramento, CA

Pros:

1…

Sacramento, CA

Pros:

1. excellent weather from October to May, and even from June to September the mornings and evenings are ok.

2. the coast and the mountains are both an easy day trip.

3. very diverse, and people are mostly pretty laid back

Cons:

1. flat

2. housing costs are high by national standards (but much lower than CA's coastal metros)

06/01/2018 - 12:47pm also

most teams will throw more when they're behind than when they're ahead. 

05/21/2018 - 6:03pm brutal stuff

I hope the worst is behind you now.

05/20/2018 - 10:59pm Blanco was a great all around player

Best hitter on the team this year, and a solid #2 starter.

05/20/2018 - 10:52pm disappointing end to a frustrating season

I think the program is still in fine shape, but if we aren't hosting a regional (or at least making a late run to Oklahoma City) we can't call it a great season.

05/20/2018 - 10:47pm nice hot take

On April 27 this team was 39-6, had won 33 of 34, and hadn't allowed more than four runs in a game all year. You'd fire a coach who's been a consistent winner because her team (which has just two seniors who play much) had 3 bad weeks?

05/18/2018 - 5:33pm this isn't clearly the worst team of the last 20 years...

...yet. If this team makes it out of the regional (which it still could if Beaubien gets back into the zone and stays there) it would probably rank ahead of last year's team, which failed to get through the regional.

05/10/2018 - 1:51pm interesting

This year, let us have lots of VUGUG on the defensive UFRs and very little on the offensive ones.

04/27/2018 - 5:38pm scary stuff

Hope he gets what he needs and recovers fully.

04/26/2018 - 11:32pm I like the one for Chevrolet

Cracks heads, eats valves, rolls over, loses every time.

04/23/2018 - 1:28pm M still has not allowed more than 4 runs in any game

Obviously the B1G isn't one of the top leagues, but it's still pretty amazing to make it through 45 games without getting wrecked even once.

04/21/2018 - 5:37pm coal is contracting

Even China is starting to phase it out. Oil may have a bit of a shaky future too. Almost everything else is exploding.

04/21/2018 - 5:25pm cybersecurity...

is going to be a hypergrowth industry what with so many more things being automated. Anything that can be programmed can be hacked.

04/21/2018 - 5:20pm heh

Haven't there been umpteen science fiction stories with this premise?

04/21/2018 - 5:18pm heh

My mom says that when I was 2 or 3 she would just give me the Sears catalog and I would thumb through it for hours at a time.

04/20/2018 - 12:12pm that's a bit harsh

I think Wenger was more like Frank Beamer. His teams were consistently good for a long, long period (20 straight top 4 finishes) despite having less money than Man U, Chelsea, or (later) City. 

04/19/2018 - 5:14pm I also lived there one year, 91-92

Nothing special about it, just cool to run into someone who lived in the same little building I did.

03/06/2018 - 3:44pm Game over, man

Game over!

03/01/2018 - 4:03pm M is up 4-0 on Charlotte in the 4th

Canfield is 3 for 3. Lou Allan got into the game as a pinch hitter and hit a 2-run single. Blanco has had little trouble so far. 

02/27/2018 - 12:35pm yeah, and the Spanish Armada

wiped out Queen Elizabeth's fleet...oh, wait a minute.

02/26/2018 - 12:31pm yeah

M has allowed a total of 15 runs in its 6 losses. You give up two and a half runs a game, you would expect to win a lot more than you lose.

02/24/2018 - 8:15pm the offense should snap out of its funk at some point

Katie Alexander and Tera Blanco are hitting as well as or better than they did last year. All the other returning regulars have gotten off to slow starts, but they've shown that they're capable of much more. Last year the offense had .413 OB and .496 slug. This year so far it's .331/.364.

The pitching/defense is actually improved over last year. Opponents hit .292/.272 last year and just .241/.227 so far this year.

02/23/2018 - 12:16pm huh

If Germany wins the gold it will be an even bigger underdog story than that low-rated Czech snowboarder winning the women's super G.

02/23/2018 - 12:16pm huh

If Germany wins the gold it will be an even bigger underdog story than that low-rated Czech snowboarder winning the women's super G.

02/21/2018 - 1:14pm small hill

Nonrevenue sports should do what they can to save money, short of cutting sports or reducing scholarships. Among other things, they should play more nonconference games against opponents from MI, OH, or IN and take fewer long trips. Any money saved in this way should go to academic programs, not to empire-building in the athletic department.

02/20/2018 - 2:27pm looks ok if they stick to maroon helmets

The chrome helmet is bad because you can barely read the M, and white isn't one of their colors.

They should stick with gold pants at home and gold or maroon pants on the road. That  asphalt-gray color is fine for a business suit but looks terrible on a football uniform. 

02/10/2018 - 8:55pm welp

The good: Beaubien and the defense held an elite offense to just 6 baserunners and 2 runs.

The bad: the offense had just 11 baserunners (including one who was hit by a pitch) in two games, and scored only on two solo HRs.

02/09/2018 - 7:04pm agree

Beaubien needs practice against elite offenses. Even if she gets schooled by the Gator hitters, she'll have a much better idea of what she's up against when the postseason starts.

02/09/2018 - 3:59pm Georgia St

Some context for Beaubien's dominant performance today: Georgia St wasn't a terrible team last year. They're in a weakish league but they went 36-25 and averaged more than 5 runs a game. They returned 3 of their 4 best hitters, and Beaubien got them to collectively go 0-7 with a walk and 4 strikeouts.

02/08/2018 - 12:57pm Rulon Gardner was awesome

The chunky guy from Wyoming taking down the Russian all-everything was a real Rocky story.

02/08/2018 - 12:53pm that's mine too

even though it involves my all-time favorite Olympian (Apolo Ohno) wiping out and then crawling across the line to get the silver. Short track is the most exciting Olympic sport.

02/07/2018 - 7:06pm thanks for putting this together

Looks like the offense and defense should be fine in any case. Beaubien (like anyone else) isn't going to do to elite teams what she did to the exhibition opponents, but if her fall performance wasn't a fluke she should be able to hold her own against anyone. In that case, who knows how far this team could get? 

02/01/2018 - 1:27pm great post

I'd be inclined to link to it under 'useful stuff'.

02/01/2018 - 1:25pm yep

Transparency, accountability, and ensuring that no individual or small, clubby group has too much power. 

02/01/2018 - 1:04pm yikes

It shouldn't have taken that long for someone at MSU to dig that up and take a pass on him. I assume they didn't know about this beforehand, and just failed to do their homework. MSU needs to get its collective act together in more ways than one.

01/29/2018 - 2:57pm Spiders!

That was the name of Cleveland's original National League team. In 1899 they set a record for losses!

01/29/2018 - 2:54pm heh

It's accurate, it's just missing the words 'at gunpoint'. 

01/26/2018 - 12:36pm good on them

MSU needs to clean house. There are probably a lot of other schools who need to take a hard look at their institutional culture and make some changes to reduce the chance of a scandal like this. I hope UM isn't in that group, but in any case we always need to promote transparency and accountability and ensure that no one person has too much power.

01/18/2018 - 7:24pm eh

Almost our whole defense is back too, and we stoned their offense a few months ago. If our offense can do anything against their defense (which should be good but not elite), I think we have the edge even in East Lansing. Even if our offense sucks again, I think that game's a push.

01/18/2018 - 6:15pm good

They need to clean house, and hopefully set up processes that will make a disaster like this less likely in the future.

01/18/2018 - 1:38pm they should not be MSU staffers after this

or anyone else's staffers.

01/05/2018 - 2:03pm disagree

Furbush is a proven player at a position where we don't have many proven players. We can't just kick veterans to the curb and assume that the new guys are going to be great. 

01/03/2018 - 4:14pm good

The front 7 should wreck again. If the safeties improve, this defense could be elite.

12/23/2017 - 8:06pm Chancellorsville was a failure at the top

Hooker lost his nerve after one of his corps got caught off guard and driven from its initial position by a flank attack. He just sat and defended for the rest of the battle with three of his corps occupying an exposed position and getting roughly handled, and the other three (including the one that got surprised, and didn't even lose that many men) just sitting around in a less exposed position.

The football equivalent of Chancellorsville was the 2015 OSU-MSU game, when Meyer inexplicably didn't challenge MSU's secondary at all or even use Elliott much.

11/30/2017 - 4:24pm mostly agree

But I would say the starting QB can't possibly be worse than O'Korn only if Peters stays healthy. If he gets hurt, his replacement could definitely be worse than O'Korn.

11/30/2017 - 12:54pm Graham

Maybe he got crosswise with the admins. Otherwise I don't understand this move.

11/28/2017 - 4:39pm if Gundy takes this

it's probably because he's a little bored and wants a challenge. He may make more $ in one year at Tennessee, but his expected tenure is far shorter there than at Okie State. Knoxville is turning into a coaches' graveyard.

11/21/2017 - 5:41pm agree

I think your offense is a better matchup for us than a hypothetical OSU offense that's not very efficient but hyper-explosive. I think your offense against our defense is about a push. I'm less sanguine about the other side of the ball.

11/18/2017 - 5:35pm ok, let's make a bet

If we lose 5 or more regular season games next year, I'll stop posting on this board. If we lose 4 or fewer games, you'll stop posting. Deal?