|02/28/2018 - 1:43pm||I know the locations are irrelevant||
I know the locations are irrelevant for Bracketology. As an LA guy, though, please send UM to San Diego. Put them in the West region, though, so they can win the Los Angeles regional, too.
|02/10/2018 - 1:21pm||Know his family||
Went to grade school with one of their endless array of sons. They are a stereotypical Italian Catholic family with an army of kids and an incredibly loving mom.
|12/15/2017 - 2:12pm||Very||
|12/15/2017 - 12:47pm||I think that’s fair.||
I don’t want to see the series devolve into only stories that have a relation with the original trilogy. The Last Jedi, after some time, may wane for me (its only been a few hours lol), but it at least feels like a fresh voice.
|12/15/2017 - 12:37pm||I love having a new movie||
Every year. It’s awesome to make Star Wars a yearly event. Chin up...um, I’m happy, just really disliked Rogue One.
Aside from CGI Tarkin and Leia looking like video game characters, it felt like every time they brought up Ballsack-chin guy from ANH cantina or C-3PO, it was the director shaking keys in front of our faces like we are babies.
Why watch the movie if there aren’t memorable characters that we care about when they die? Krennic is admittedly awesome, but what do we really know about Jyn, Cassian, or Chirrut (had to look up names...I only remember Cassian bc it sounded like Calrissian)? We have one scene for each character to say their background, and the rest is exposition, with no emotional arcs.
My basic requirements for enjoying a movie is does the plot mostly make sense and do I care about the characters? The plot is simple enough, but I was so glad everyone died at the end.
|12/15/2017 - 11:30am||The only one worse||
Than Rogue One is Attack of the Clones. I’d rather watch Phantom Menace. If forced to watch any of these three again, I’d probably ask for death, though.
It’s too early to rank Last Jedi, but it’s in the discussion with the originals.
|12/15/2017 - 10:45am||1999||
1999-2005: We hate Jar Jar. We hate the prequels!
2017: Not as good as the prequels! Those were great!
|12/15/2017 - 10:42am||I feel you||
I’m actually kind of shocked every time I see, “Not as good as Rogue One!”
I think I’m sick of Star Wars fans, even if I totally am one.
|12/15/2017 - 10:39am||Finally,||
The SW Universe is expanding. The Last Jedi is the best of the new films bc it’s actually trying to move Star Wars in a fresh direction, and have conversations about some of the series’ conventions that they subvert. No spoilers, but they cut off some dead weight from TFA is a satisfying, sometimes hilarious l, way.
Side note, Rogue One was boring garbage. No memorable characters, a fun premise wasted on a funeral dirge of a plot, masturbatory fan service, and embarrassing CGI Tarkin and Leia. I’ve seen some people here hail that one, and I will never understand the appreciation of that one.It felt like such a regression of the universe, relying on “things we know,” and, “remember that moment from the original?”
TFA, plot wise, is a mixture of New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, but it’s at least a fun, crisp adventure compared to slumber-inducing of Rogue One.
|12/14/2017 - 11:43pm||I don’t know.||
Mom insisted it’s pronounced that way.
|12/14/2017 - 6:48pm||Announced for Bosco this year||
1) It’s oo-ung-a-lay-lay. From Mrs. Uiageleilei herself.
2) He’s a Polynesian Ben Roethlisberger. He can throw 80 yards on a line from his knees, and he stepped in mid-season as a sophomore and threw for 25 TD’s and only two picks. This is in the best high school football division in California, as well. Absolute stud.
|12/03/2017 - 7:29pm||Not to be a dick||
De La Salle is not SoCal. Also, No mention of St. John Bosco in premier SoCal HS football?
Edit: Didn’t see it was OC, not just SoCal. Apologies.
|12/03/2017 - 3:22pm||Living in LA||
Would've loved to see M in the Holiday Bowl. Need to be the fake SC.
|11/14/2017 - 7:55pm||New C for Wisky||
As their starter is injured. Not so much a Gary comment, but Mo Hurst on a new center is a recipe for disaster. Hopefully, Hill returns, too, so our lockdown corners are on brand new WR's with Peavy and Rushing out.
|11/14/2017 - 7:50pm||Especially||
without Chris Orr. Without D'Cota Dixon, you have a brand new guy on the TE's. There's traction there.
|11/14/2017 - 7:47pm||Put DPJ||
On the non Derrick Tindal cornerback, and pray Peters can hit one deep pass to him.
|11/14/2017 - 7:41pm||IU has problems on O||
But there was no chance in hell at passing on them with O'Korn, so they loaded up the box. Michigan still paved them. I'm just pointing out that much worse run offenses found room to run on Wisconsin, which is why they aren't ranked super high in advanced stats on run defense.
|11/13/2017 - 9:30am||While IU didn't make the Holiday Bowl||
Minnesota did. It's just below a Florida bowl game.
|11/01/2017 - 9:43pm||Such an underrated movie.||
Devil's Rejects is brutally fun.
|11/01/2017 - 9:42pm||Please delete||
meant for comment above.
|10/31/2017 - 10:04pm||(No subject)||
|10/31/2017 - 9:56pm||So here's how we go lol||
Solely BIG Championship.
Michigan wins out, obviously.
OSU loses to Iowa, as well. Penn St loses to MSU.
MSU loses a third conference game to Maryland.
Michigan, PSU, OSU all tied at 7-2 in BIG, with Michigan wins over Wisconsin and OSU driving up ranking.
PSU's later losses drop them enough, and OSU three losses lets us past them. We get in based on highest CFP ranking.
None of this will happen. Cue "saying there's a chance" meme.
|10/17/2017 - 10:10pm||Silly exclusion||
of Quinn Nordin at kicker. He's been (almost) absolutely automatic.
|09/25/2017 - 12:21pm||I was told pre-broadcast||
To refrain from O'Doyle rules. I wanted to so badly.
|09/24/2017 - 7:20pm||I announced his game yesterday||
Against St. John Bosco of LA. He is incredibly smart, and hit some beautiful deep passes. Tucked and ran when given the opportunity. Reminded me a bit of Rudock. Got a little erratic at the end of the game, but Bosco's defense is elite and swarms to the QB. Naturally, Doyle lost footwork with immense pressure.
All in all, smart and safe. Hopefully, Milton is stellar, but Doyle is a safe pickup.
|09/18/2017 - 10:50am||Minor quibble||
You guys claim that Air Force is the best academy team by a wide margin. Navy has actually finished some recent years in the top 25, and has a 6-4 record against AF in the last decade. It might end up being true that AF is better this year, but I thought that was a bold claim. FWIW, I torture myself by watching USNA football, if only to see them beat ND on an increasingly frequent basis.
Is this claim an S&P thing? Just curious.
|08/13/2017 - 4:39pm||Calloway rumored||
earlier in the week due to some credit card fraud weirdness. We'll know soon. EDIT: Now we know! Didn't see updates until now.
|08/13/2017 - 4:34pm||BIG 10 Title||
Call me crazy, but Michigan and NW.
Wisconsin will lose two of the four between Iowa, Nebraska, NW, and Minnesota. My guess is NW and Minnesota, as the Cats have had some success in Camp Randall (most recently 2015) and Fleck will row the motivation boat and go all in for a home win in the finale. Also, losing the D-coordinator and several playmakers (Cichy, Watt, Shelton, Beigel) makes the defense solid, not great.
NW's defense was top 30 according to S&P, and is returning most of the secondary and defensive line. They have a chance to squeeze by Wisconsin with a competent offense, especially since the OL returns everyone, helping with Wisky's diminished pass rush.
Michigan will benefit from a log jam in the East, as PSU and OSU will both drop a game to the West (PSU to Iowa/NW, OSU to Neb/Iowa). They could lose two of three to PSU/Wisky/OSU, but still be tied at the top at 7-2. I believe tiebreaker goes to highest CFP ranking, which would assuredly be Michigan if they finished the year with an OSU win.
Michigan-NW in Indianapolis. This will probably be an embarassing pick in four months, but I'm feeling a weird year.
|08/13/2017 - 12:27pm||So close!!!||
Drake Johnson days left??
Ian Gold days left???
|08/11/2017 - 11:42am||I'm not expecting 12-0 predictions||
But I don't think I've seen one national prediction that has Michigan competing with PSU. I see a lot of 34-20, 35-21 type of picks. That's what baffles me. The only time a Harbaugh team has been blown out was against possibly the best OSU team (talent-wise) of the last 20 years. I doubt James Franklin has his team near that level.
It's not necessarily a disbelief at Michigan losing those games. If Michigan is 9-3, I won't be too surprised. However, it seems to be nationaly unanimous that Michigan will be overwhelmed by Florida's "experience", and has no chance in Happy Valley.
It's weird seeing two teams that Michigan dominated in recent years as not even being toss-ups to a host of people.
|08/11/2017 - 10:51am||10000m||
didn't go well. Our guy got 9th. For women, Infeld got 6th.
Jenny Simpson got silver in the 1500m, and the 5k's are the next two nights. Same with the men's 1500m.
They're saving Mo for the last night to end the games on a high note for the Brits.
|08/11/2017 - 10:31am||The silence on WTRU||
is better than any noise from 97.1.
|08/11/2017 - 10:27am||The thing that frustrates me||
The thing that frustrates me about the Brits here is the hypocrisy of the Gatlin situation. Out of the 40 fastest 100m times, 31 are by accused dopers. The other nine are Usain Bolt's. Just look at him a year prior to his emergence and what he looked like in Beijing. It's a string bean turning into a beast in a year. I wouldn't definitively accuse him of doping without hard proof, but I'm suspicious.
The hypocrisy comes in when you hear nothing about how Dwain Chambers doped, and yet Gatlin is raked against the coals by the IAAF President (who allowed him to race?).
I think the press should be focusing on Coleman, who is now 2-0 against Bolt. But I'm not the one selling papers here, so what do I know?
|08/11/2017 - 9:27am||The donut I received for||
The donut I received for selling my soul.
|08/11/2017 - 9:24am||NOW I GET IT!||
As a journalist entering the field this year, I need moar hawt takes.
Harbaugh is leaving after this year. Fanbase is getting tired of him.
Can I get a radio show now?
|08/11/2017 - 9:20am||First Few Days||
Were amazing. The 100m heats and final were special. People here LOVE Bolt, and HATE Gatlin. Got to interview Christian Coleman, who got silver, and he's the next star in USATF.
Mo Farah is a celebrity, and the British press is pushing lots of athletes really hard to replace him as the next star. Fans are getting frustrated, bc GBR has really laid an egg so far.
The 400m women's final, where Allyson Felix got beat by a head nod, was racous.
The only complaint I would have is that the games are so spread out that some nights have only two must see events, and the rest is a really long field event (throws, vaults, etc. take 4 hours).
|08/11/2017 - 9:12am||I agree||
I guess I'm baffled at the dismissal of Michigan's chances in those games.
|08/11/2017 - 9:10am||I guess I give journalists too much credit||
It seems like a base, easy answer to not analyze the situation further.
|08/11/2017 - 9:06am||Sorry if tl:dr||
I'm here in London covering the IAAF championships. Taking a break, and needed to rant.
|08/11/2017 - 8:30am||Took awhile||
for my post to load. I have the controversial opinion that Cowhered is competent, so I needed to explain it.
|08/11/2017 - 8:29am||The first thing I remember him saying...||
was back in the pre-season leading up to 2006, saying that Michigan was in a downward spiral as a program. I remember hearing the word sclerotic. Outdated, slow defensively, couldn't innovate. I couldn't stand him.
In the years following 2006, as the program slowly descended into a black hole, I remembered that and had to admit he had a point. He's so obviously a troll a lot of the time, but when he gets out of that, Cowherd makes a lot of sense. Owning up to his shite Harbaugh interview showed a maturity that the Jim Rome's and Mike Valenti's have never possessed.
He's right in this clip. At worst, this is a supremely talented team in Harbaugh's image that has to adjust to youth. At best, it is cohesive from the get go and charges to the OSU with maybe one loss.
|08/09/2017 - 8:09am||With some all-time record arithmetic||
No assistance on other ones. I answered the bottom three first, I swear!
C) Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Tulane (originally SEC), Texas AM, Missouri, Georgia Tech (former SEC).
D) Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi St, Texas AM, Missouri, Tennessee
|06/16/2017 - 12:31pm||I would put Wisky over PSU||
Wisconsin loses key pieces, yes, but they will still excel on defense, and Chryst has been able to manufacture enough points to stay in games. More importantly, the road record with Harbaugh isn't that bad, but significantly worsens when venturing out West. Minnesota was as close a call as possible, Iowa was the worst prepared a Harbaugh team has been, and though not in the Big Ten, the Utah loss was to a team similar to a tough-minded BTW team.
With Penn State, people like Phil Steele and Bill Connoly point out how luck greatly boosted their success last year. They'll be a 9-3 type team, but they won't be the juggernaut people are expecting, particularly due to a defense that struggled at all points of the year (42 to Pitt, 49 to Michigan, 31 to Indiana, 31 to Wisconsin, 52 to USC).
I might put Maryland over Indiana simply due to the Debord factor, but that's just my nit-picky opinion. Love these pieces to tide us over.
|02/26/2017 - 7:00pm||There's a big difference||
Between the fire Beilein crowd and the fans calling for change after the team was 14-9 after OSU in a weak Big Ten. The trajectory was looking at a NIT berth a year after the team sputttered to a play in game, which was a year after no postseason at all. If the team finished like they were looking to after OSU, with three straight years of average to below average play, the consternation in the fan base was not unreasonable.
With that said, the future is bright as this team recovered, and key replacements for next year are rapidly improving (Simpson, Robinson on D). Wagner and Wilson could be the best 1-2 front court in the conference, and the defense should only get better. I think this season, unless we crash and burn the next few weeks, nails the coffin on ousting Beilein until he's done.
|09/04/2016 - 2:37pm||Wisconsin reminds me of NW 2015||
They're breaking in a new QB that is turnover prone (2 picks that almost caved the big win), a decent running game, but mostly by volume (3.2 yards a carry), pedestrian WR's, and a decent OL (although NW didn't have the injuries this one is starting to buildup). They also, weirdly enough, scored 16 points in the opening game at home (LSU had to make a trip to a weird place, and Stanford let NW score 16 in essentially a 9am game).
Lastly, that defense is rock solid, but do they have the athletes? Michigan torched NW last year due to scheme and athleticism, and the question is, will Wisconsin fare any better against a better Michigan offense? I'm not saying it'll be 38-0, but Michigan matches up really well.
|09/03/2016 - 10:23am||CU is a good matchup||
for Michigan. Much like BYU last year, they are a up-tempo, spread passing team with a somewhat mobile QB. Our CB's are game to shut down some plus athletic WR's. They can run, but fully confident this DL can shut down the COLORADO running game. Also, fans were worried about BYU before that game, as they were surprisignly impressive (sound familiar to another Rocky Mountain team we are all starting to talk about?). As we've seen with Jim Harbaugh, we've eliminated the dumb losses on our schedule, and Colorado would constitute that.
With that said, this Colorado team has slowly made progress year after year. They were a team with players consistently in the right position to make plays the last few years, but just lacking the athletes to finish those plays (especially defensively). They were a touchdown from beating Utah, Arizona, USC, and UCLA (also, Hawaii). Win two of those five, and they make a bowl last year. Incremental progress probably sees them do that, and significant progress sees them go 8-4. Definitely not a slouch (just enough of one to not make me lose sleep over the next two weeks).
|09/02/2016 - 1:04pm||Bredeson at LT is such a good development||
For the future. As stated above, he should be able to tread water given pedigree and the trial by fire of facing this line all summer. As for 2017 (if I may think ahead for a moment), getting Bredeson that experience, and giving Newsome a whole year of Drevno seasoning portends to a stablized set of tackles. Before, when we just thought it would be Newsome, the worry would have been replacing Magnuson next year, but now, you possibly have a completely solved problem before we even hit spring ball.
In essence, Harbaugh and friends solving future problems early. Love it.
|08/14/2016 - 5:34pm||Non-snark Response||
Honestly, we need to see how some people develop in 2016. It's fair to think some people develop in the same way guys like Channing Stribling, Jeremy Clark, Dymonte Thomas, Chris Wormley, Jehu Chesson, Amare Darboh, Jake Rudock (the list goes on and on...). Harbaugh and his staff have earned the benefit of the doubt in player development, so it's fair to call 9 wins up front.
With that said, WR's have to make that leap. Mo Ways or Drake Harris have to complement Grant Perry. It's possible a freshman WR has to play early (crossing fingers for the two 5 stars). OL has to replace a lot of experience, which is somewhat troubling since nobody could unseat mediocre Kyle Kalis last year. David Dawson? Juwann Bushell-Beatty?
DL should be killer once again, albeit not as deep. Who will be the terror off the edge at WDE? Chase Winovich? Again, people need to show progress this year.
LB's will have a year under their belt, and upgrades in athleticism with Devin Bush. Jabrill Peppers is obviously irreplaceable (assuming he goes to the NFL this year), but Khaleke Hudson/Noah Furbush will probably be solid if unspectacular in that role early on, with Hudson becoming a beast in time.
DB's is where I sweat bullets. R-FR or True Sophomores in David Long and Lavert Hill at CB, and probably Tyree Kinnel and Branden Watson at the safeties. It looks like all new guys in the back.
2017 might be the last year Harbaugh has to poop platinum for the team to succeed.
|07/07/2016 - 5:04am||Krasnoo and Sarkar||
were drinking buddies at Michigan. We all worked together at the Big Ten Network (I'm currently a Naval Officer), and this is a big break for them. Congrats and Go Blue to some recent alums!
|07/02/2016 - 12:42pm||500 Days of Summer, no?||
500 Days of Summer, no?