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04/30/2018 - 8:35am Zach Gentry is actually quite

Zach Gentry is actually quite integral at moving the team down the field. 

04/03/2018 - 10:03am Is looking at chest film also

Is looking at chest film also a game-day hobby of yours?

03/23/2018 - 2:34pm Glad to see Terrance Mann

Glad to see Terrance Mann took time out from watching baseball in an Iowa cornfield to lace up his high-tops.

03/09/2018 - 8:44am OT Bang

OT, but just wanted to pass along that Zach Werenski has scored in three straight games for the Blue Jackets and has now set their franchise record for defenseman goals in a single season. And he's only 20.

Here's the record breaker from Tuesday...

...and a Power Play laser beam last night...

02/23/2018 - 12:48pm This

This is the feeling I get, too. Like when OSU "fired" Tim Beck, but didn't really "fire" him so much as kept him around until he quietly landed another job somewhere else.  

01/08/2018 - 11:38am As long as the lava swallows

As long as the lava swallows everything but the couches, which it summarily sets on fire instead...

01/08/2018 - 8:47am Would humbly request...

...the line of demarcation be moved to I-71 and points east. Live west of it, work east of it.

10/23/2017 - 12:58pm It's clear that Penn State

It's clear that Penn State had this game circled since the final whistle of last year's game.

So, if the "REVENGE!" game is the way this series will be played, I don't get why Franklin played with karma by having his team snap the ball with :01 showing in the fourth quarter is a game already won many times over. Sure he saw what happened to Chris Ash last year, right?

09/27/2017 - 10:01am Ugh, Prarie Fire. 
I turned

Ugh, Prarie Fire. 

I turned 21 on a Sunday, so like good citizens my fraternity brothers picked me up (literally, physically) and carried me to a bar at 11:59 Saturday night. They then told me that, as a member of the fraternity, it was a rite of passage to take a specific shot on your 21st birthday.

I took the shot.

Nothing at first.

Then, a complete, burning, implosion in the back of my mouth.

I chased it with a whole 12-ounce Miller Lite glass, and then ran to the bathroom expecting to throw up. Thankfully (maybe, maybe not) I kept it down.

I come out, they're all laughing maniacally. I ask them what *that* was, and they told me a Prairie Fire.

F that drink.

09/27/2017 - 8:51am (No subject)

09/21/2017 - 3:01pm What is this GIF from? I

What is this GIF from? I simultaneously need to know what happens next while also not wanting to see what happens next.

08/17/2017 - 10:37am Re: OSU

While one can't argue with Meyer's record and his recruiting,

"The good news for a program so clearly in need of good news is that they return pretty much everyone"

Not exactly. Their entire secondary, their best LB, their best OL, their best Percy Harvin impersonator, and their best WR are all gone.

03/11/2017 - 3:48pm Well, not only did he have UM

Well, not only did he have UM as a 7, but he had them in a region with Minnesota as the 6. The win would have to make that discussion that much tighter now, no? A win tomorrow? Fuhgeddaboutit.

01/26/2017 - 11:52am As one of the resident MGoColumbusites

You cannot have him!

I don't think he's ready to leave here, TBH. The team has finally started to bubble up some of the young talent he and Jarmo Kekalainen (mostly Jarmo) have found, and they've been starting to see dividends from the later rounds as well (which we hardly ever did under previous FOs). I think Davidson wants to stay and see this group mature a bit.

Honestly, us even getting him was a coup in and of itself. If the Blues' ownership wasn't pennywise, he'd probably still be there. I don't think ownership here is ready to cut him loose like they were in St. Louis.

12/16/2016 - 11:00am Have an upvote, and my

Have an upvote, and my condolences.

12/16/2016 - 9:10am Look at them sideburns...

...he looks like a girl. Now, Johnny Unitas... there's a haircut you can set your watch to.

12/12/2016 - 3:00pm In this scenario (getting

In this scenario (getting Harris), wouldn't we pass Bama by virtue of them decreasing from losing Harris?

12/09/2016 - 12:53pm Banks

I see him listed as the seventh-ranked guard in the country on one site, but also see him listed at 6'7" (!!) and around 340-350 and as a tackle elsewhere. Is that the reason there might be some hesitation on whether or not he's a "take" for Michigan? It would seem their need for space at tackle would block him considering better options on the board, but if he's a guard he would almost have to be a take, no?

12/05/2016 - 1:42pm I thought Beanie Wells would

I thought Beanie Wells would be a good player in that Whisenhunt system until his lower body fell apart like the Blues Mobile.

12/05/2016 - 1:19pm The first one that popped

The first one that popped into my head was actually John Cooper.

 

That just felt like someone trying to trick him into praising Washington in order to turn it into a "see, even Harbaugh thinks UW is better than UM!" But, then again, I'm cynical and largely distrustful of the media-at-large.

11/18/2016 - 12:02pm I know he'd only be a Jr if he was still at UM...

...but in case you haven't had a chance to keep up with Zach Werenski in the NHL...

Let's just say, it's started off well.

10/31/2016 - 3:31pm Lost in...
Sure he did, buddy. This was right after Khalid Hill got his ass kicked by Montae Nicholson.

...is Smith just absolutely truck-sticking Bullough at the goal line. Seeing his withered carcass hit the turf while Smith's feet dance by into the end zone... 

10/28/2016 - 12:59pm I just wanted to say thanks

I just wanted to say thanks to Adam for taking the time to really crack open the reasoning behind Lewis's "protest" (that's not the right word, I know, but bear with me), since so much of the national (*cough*racist*cough*) narrative always ends up in one of two (or both) places:

1. These spoiled athletes don't know how good they have it and should shut up and be grateful, and/or

2. Why don't these whiny babies actually do something in their communities if they're so pissed?

Lewis shows through this writing that he is addressing both of these "concerns" head on, and that there is tremendous thought and conviction behind what he does. If more people took the time to, ya know, actually TALK to the athletes making their statements during the anthem, perhaps we could actually move toward what Lewis himself so eloquently states:

He posits relationship building as a potential salve, adding that he just wants everyone to see each other in a positive light.

That's God damn right.

10/04/2016 - 3:23pm Yeah, to me it looks almost

Yeah, to me it looks almost exactly like the call that got Joey Bosa kicked out of the Fiesta Bowl. And that was the right call, too, by the letter of the rulebook.

09/22/2016 - 9:43am Man, watching that play with

Man, watching that play with Gesicki trying to block someone in the hole looked like a Breaking Madden clip where the player's Awareness is turned down to 0. He didn't identify anyone, didn't touch anyone, and just kind of looked around for something to do.

08/25/2016 - 1:22pm I also don't think the "not

I also don't think the "not making f-ups" level is equal between the two. I was led to believe that O'Korn is a bit more of a gunslinger than is Speight, and with that comes additional risk/reward.

05/25/2016 - 3:01pm Respectfully disagree about

Respectfully disagree about the size of the goal. To show the side-by-side of goalie equipment then and now while NOT showing the differences in hockey sticks between then and now is a criminal oversight.

Or, go to a stick and puck and try the same wrist shot and slap shot with a wooden stick and then a composite stick. Or go to a hockey shop and pick up a wooden stick and the same size composite stick. The evolution of equipment has kept pace for both shooters and goalies.

04/12/2016 - 8:21am What "exposure" does he need?

What "exposure" does he need? He was a first round pick. Winnipeg was no doubt keeping tabs on his season no matter where he was playing. It's not like he earned himself this huge extra amount of money. That's not how NHL ELCs work.

04/12/2016 - 8:20am "Played for a legendary coach

"Played for a legendary coach and prominent program just long enough to get the exposure and publicity required to get the contract offer that was the sole goal to begin with."

I don't understand this belief. An NHL ELC has a ceiling on it no matter who signs it or when it's signed. You can't "earn more" by playing a great year in the NCAA. As a first round pick, he gets the same contract no matter when he signs.

For example, there isn't going to be an escalating bidding war for Jimmy Vesey because he's not signing with the Predators. He's going to get the same contract term/value, no matter where he signs. He simply gets to pick which organization he wants to sign with.

03/29/2016 - 10:11am Yes, I fixed the title. For

Yes, I fixed the title. For some reason, without initially realizing that the expansion draft protection was the reason for the ATO, I wondered if he would maintain his eligibility. Now that it's clear he's not coming back, I changed it.

03/29/2016 - 10:10am Updated now that I have more

Updated now that I have more understanding of why they did an ATO and not an ELC.

03/29/2016 - 9:51am Yeah, he's signed. He just

Yeah, he's signed. He just didn't sign a full-on ELC to protect him from expansion draft eligibility should it happen in 2018. The rule there is that if a player is in his third "pro" season that summer, he has to be protected. By finishing the season on an "amateur" tryout contract with the AHL team, he can play the rest of the AHL slate without being considered "pro" this season at all, thus meaning Columbus doesn't have to use a "protection" spot on him in an expansion draft.

It's all semantic contract wrangling. He's done at UofM.

03/15/2016 - 12:49pm True, and very fair points

True, and very fair points taken. That said, there is still Nationwide Arena ice not more than 3 miles from OSU. OSU has played there (against UM earlier this month). It wouldn't be hard to "host" it there. I think the fact that Columbus inexplicably has two 18,000+ seat arenas within five miles of each other should make it doable.

(And yes, I realize I'm largely arguing a moot point...)

03/15/2016 - 8:54am "The holdup is that Wisconsin

"The holdup is that Wisconsin and Ohio State don't want to reserve their buildings for three weeks because high school state championships use them."

If we're talking about HS hockey, Ohio State can't even use that as an excuse. The Ohio Frozen Four was last weekend, and it was played at Nationwide Arena (where the Blue Jackets play) and NOT at OSU's arena. The Columbus region of the whole tournament was also played at the Blue Jackets' practice rink (attached to Nationwide Arena).

OSU has no real *hockey* reason to block this; the only possible problem would be their own basketball schedule (since they share their building with basketball), though considering the time of year (B1G basketball tourney is already done) that shouldn't be a holdup.

02/16/2016 - 11:41am How did Ohio State survive

How did Ohio State survive with Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, and Cardale Jones?

02/16/2016 - 11:40am I don't know, I think you're

I don't know, I think you're all arguing a mute point.

02/03/2016 - 8:53am You're totally right. It

You're totally right. It would be so much better if they tried to keep updating the site while the repeated server requests from all of us clicking "refresh" completely nerfed their server. Good call.

01/29/2016 - 9:38am Somewhat OT of "baby poop"

"During the Michigan game, forcing the change"

Reminds me of the VT Sugar Bowl game. My son was born on 12/14/2011, so you can math it up for how old he was the night of that game.

I watched the second half with him in sleeping a bassonette not three feet from me. The amount of "silent yelling" that was done during the second half of that game... wow. That 4Q fake-punt-block thing that gave UM the ball in VT territory, I was up running circles in my living room mouthing all kinds of excited swearing with literally no sound. My wife still doesn't know how I did it without waking him up.

01/28/2016 - 2:30pm For me, it was the revelation

For me, it was the revelation that my son could actually defy gravity and poop UP his back that really got me.

01/28/2016 - 2:27pm I played Tecmo Bowl at all

I played Tecmo Bowl at all hours of the night. Good times, those.

01/19/2016 - 11:38am Glad I wasn't alone in

Glad I wasn't alone in thinking that Werenski could have done a bit more on Gust's goal. I get that a "by the book" 2-on-1 defense is to cover the pass and let the goalie stay square to the puck/shooter, but the potential pass there is so far off that I would have liked to see Werenski hedge a bit more on Gust. Though, admittedly, the screen cap shows that the potential pass is clearly also beating his man, sooooo....

01/15/2016 - 12:52pm As an MGoReader living in

As an MGoReader living in Columbus, I have the sad misfortune of being a Blue Jackets fan. From what I've read here, I've been trying to keep the brakes on the Zach Werenski hype train that charged out of the station after World Juniors, mainly based on his defensive abilities.

Is he a guy that could play third-pairing, sheltered/offensive zone start minutes in the NHL next season? Or does he still need more work?

With the crap fest that has been the Blue Jackets' season, many fans are looking for Werenski as a potential sooner-rather-than-later bright spot. I'm wary.

12/08/2015 - 12:22pm None of these examples you've

None of these examples you've cited were teams that had just gone through a coaching change after having been mis-managed from a coaching standpoint the previous four years. 

My gut is that if OSU had lost Braxton Miller in Urban's first year, they aren't going 12-0.

 

The very reason those top-tier teams are able to weather the injuries is because they've had solid programs built over 5-10 years, and had the depth to overcome those injuries. What this year told me is that Michigan had some good players being badly coached by the previous staff, but it also had a roster devoid of meaningful depth at almost EVERY positiion on the field save maybe DB or DL.

11/23/2015 - 1:24pm Quote from fan visiting Happy Valley

"(They have this thing where they say "It's 10:02 AM (or any random time) and Michigan still sucks" which I found kind of funny. I wonder if this started in the Hoke years after the fake "resurgence" in 2011)"

As a Michigan fan living in Columbus, I can assure you that PSU isn't the only place that has this thing. People in Columbus will use this line just about any and every chance they can, even when it has no real bearing on any conversation. I've lived here for almost 20 years, and it's never *not* been a thing here.

11/23/2015 - 10:33am And, to assume that he "left"

And, to assume that he "left" San Francisco rather than was pushed out by his idiot GM and owner isn't being true to history. 

11/17/2015 - 8:48am I think what was best about

I think what was best about the Toledo guy was that Harbuagh spun this yarn about being born and being proud of being born in Perrysburg, and then immediately drops a "is that good enough for your story?" on him. Har-bot has detailed files on folksiness.

11/17/2015 - 8:44am Well, and at the spot on the

Well, and at the spot on the field where it was, what did it cost them? Six inches?

11/05/2015 - 12:22pm I'm probably wrong but I

I'm probably wrong but I always thought "free kick" meant no tee (i.e., ball is "free") which is why teams punt. The other option would be a kickoff with a holder holding it (and thus removing a coverage unit member). Since most PKs don't kick much longer than 60 yards off the ground with a holder (think: all FGAs ever), it makes more sense to punt. The ball travels just as far, as good or better hang time, and 10 guys covering instead of nine plus a holder.

11/05/2015 - 12:18pm Clock was already stopped due

Clock was already stopped due to UM calling a timeout. Why would it have started for a dead-ball penalty?

11/02/2015 - 10:12am As a Blue Jackets fan...

...I'm finding a sense of dread about Werenski's defense. I know I have to remember that he *should* be a freshman, but reading these reviews it seems like his "defensive hockey sense" is somewhat lacking right now. Is that systemic, or does it appear that he just seems more offensively inclined?