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07/23/2018 - 8:05am Ahmir,
Take some…

Ahmir,
Take some accountability.  You impact your life more than anyone else.  Turn it around.  Let all these dismissals be lessons to set you on a path towards any success in life.  Use football to get a degree.  Work hard and keep your nose clean.

07/16/2018 - 5:40pm Wet Burrito, if I was forced…

Wet Burrito, if I was forced to be more specific, I would probably choose the wet beef and bean burrito at Tip a Few in Grand Haven with the green spicy sauce.

07/14/2018 - 9:03am What about something in…

What about something in rural Michigan is that uniquely Michigan?  It would be a bit of a drive, but Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island, or Pictured Rocks would be a unique experience to Michigan.

07/13/2018 - 9:52am The football program never…

The football program never was a total dumpster fire in terms of on the field production.  They always had decent talent.  The 1st year after Paterno, O'Brien went 8-4 and then 7-5 before leaving for the NFL.  Franklin then went 7-6 and 7-6 before two nice seasons.  7-6 isn't good, but it is a "winning" season and it isn't 3-9 either.

All in all, PSU hasn't had a losing season since way back in 2004...they never hit rock bottom on the field as so many people say they did.

07/13/2018 - 9:41am Urban Meyer inherited a…

Urban Meyer inherited a Bowling Green team that was 2-9 and made them 8-3 in his 1st year there due to...great recruiting or X's and O's?

He then went to Utah where he inherited a 5-6 team and made them a 10-2 team in his 1st year and a 12-0 team in his 2nd year because of great recruiting or X's and O's?

He then went to Florida, which just had 3 straight 5 loss seasons and in his 2nd year won a national championship...and he won a national championship at OSU too.

You don't think the guy knows X's and O's?  

07/13/2018 - 8:37am The BigTen East is a weak…

The BigTen East is a weak division - it was last year? Both Sagarin's computer ranking and Massey's computer ranking had the BigTen East as the 3rd best division in all of college football last year.

If we finished 4th in a weak division then we have a lot more work to do than I think we do to catchup.

07/12/2018 - 2:01pm He is ranked 10th best RB.

He is ranked 10th best RB.

07/11/2018 - 2:50pm So I just signed up for…

So I just signed up for YouTube TV....Croatia is threatening inside the box as the final half is about to end and my screen goes out with a "playback error" and won't restart.

07/11/2018 - 1:22pm Come on England!

Come on England!

07/09/2018 - 3:00pm I love the UK and want…

I love the UK and want England to win.  Individual English fans I meet are great.  However, they do have a reputation for fans that riot...riot a lot.

07/09/2018 - 2:59pm You never know, but I think…

You never know, but I think England will create chances against Croatia and there is little chance it will be 0-0 heading into penalty kicks after 2 hours of soccer.

07/09/2018 - 2:57pm I want to see England beat…

I want to see England beat France.  I think Belgium will beat England.

07/08/2018 - 8:48am Zach, you know who has the…

Zach, you know who has the better Dline, better Defensive coaches, a higher ratio of its Dline getting drafted, and better academics.  Come here to your brighter future, Zach.

07/08/2018 - 12:05am I guess my point is tall…

I guess my point is tall height and lots of muscle doesn't necessarily make a good soccer player.

Koller is abnormal.  Peter Crouch was a bit of a liability as he lacked the ability to control the ball.

 

The tallest non-goalie in the entire world cup this year is 6'5''.

The heaviest player of any position in the entire world cup this year is a measly 218 pounds.

Why is that?  Certainly the rest of the world has some tall muscular athletes.  Certainly the rest of the world wouldn't discriminate unfairly against tall muscular athletes if it would bring championships and money.  I think the reason is there is a benefit to being nimble, flexible, spry, shifty, elite control and touch with your legs etc...and it is easier to be those if you aren't 6'8'' 245 pounds.

You mention Harry Maguire doing well in the air...he is tied for the 2nd heaviest player at the entire world cup at a mere 216 pounds and is one of the tallest non-goalie players at 6'4''.  Surely England with 55 million people could field a bigger athlete...surely the other 32 countries who made the world cup, almost all of which consider soccer their primary sport, could have fielded someone bigger than 6'5'' or bigger than 218 pounds if there was a massive advantage with those features.  Perhaps, soccer, a sport that requires great ball control finds it very rare to have tall people with great ball control.

Ronaldo of Portugal is considered a "tall player" and having amazing control for a taller player...he is 6'1''.  Perhaps there is truth to the link in my previous post that studies show shorter lightweight people tend to have better control of their legs for soccer skills and can shift their directions quicker.

 

A list of the 10 best soccer players in WORLD HISTORY - surely very tall athletes the world over and through history have played soccer - surely very muscular athletes the world over and through history have played soccer - and yet this is the top 10 list....

#1 Pele 5'8''
#2 Messi 5'7''
#3 Maradona 5'5''
#4 Cruyff 5'10''
#5 Beckenbauer 5'11''
#6 Ronaldo 6'1''
#7 Platini 5'10''
#8 Di Stefabo 5'10''
#9 Puskas 5'8''
#10 Eusebio 5'9''


None of them are "tall" and none of them are "very" muscular.  The average height of the greatest soccer players of all time the world over is only 5'9'' and none are very muscular.  Ronaldo is only 176 pounds and for 6'1'' that is not "very" muscular.

07/07/2018 - 9:51pm Are you saying that the rest…

Are you saying that the rest of planet earth doesn't have elite athletes that ever come around - only the US?

How do you know that Michael Jordan could be an elite soccer player?  Jordan is an elite athlete, but he didn't cut it in baseball - Tim Tebow has better stats at the same level of baseball as Michael Jordan.

07/07/2018 - 8:12pm Your hypothetical Lebron…

Your hypothetical Lebron minus 40 pounds of muscle would look like a lot different of an athlete...

Soccer is the most popular sport on earth it is the primary sport in the vast majority of countries and it is a multi-billion dollar industry with elite players routinely signing 9 figure contracts. 

If being 6'8'' is such a huge advantage in soccer (outside of goal keeper) then why hasn't a single country developed an elite 6'8'' player and sent him to the world cup to win it? 

The 4 tallest world cup players (that aren't goal keepers) are all between 197cm and 199cm...or about 6'4.5'' to 6'5.3''...why haven't any 6'6'' or taller players been developed in the 32 world cup countries with all of the money it?  Surely these countries aren't stupid about their primary sport, surely they have tall players that have taken up the sport in their youth, surely there is an incentive to win...

I had cited a guy with a PhD who said that tall guys can't change direction and control the ball as well as shorter guys.  If true...why would you want a 6'8'' guy who could only do headers....but then underperform at the rest of the sport?

07/07/2018 - 4:39pm I am not convinced that…

I am not convinced that Lebron James would be an elite soccer player automatically.

James weighs more than 40 pounds than Lukaku and has him by 8 inches.

Other countries have large strong people - how come so few large and strong excel at soccer?

Only 8 players at the entire world cup weighed in at more than 210 pounds with the heaviest at 218 pounds.  Harry Kane of England was shockingly tied for 2nd heaviest player in the entire world cup of all teams - was he wearing training weights?!?!  Kane doesn't look like 216 pounds to me.

Is the rest of the world entirely diminutive, stupid to not play bigger players...or is there a disadvantage in being heavy/overly muscular in soccer? 

There are several reasons for the rise of soccer's little big stars, but the main one is that being close to the ground is a major advantage for midfielders and forwards. Shorter people have a "quicker stepping pattern," Stasinos Stavrianeas, a professor of exercise science at Willamette University, told me. Essentially, they're spry: They can change directions much faster than tall folks, and they have better control over their limbs.

If you are large and muscular you might not be able to change directions as quickly as someone who is shorter and lighter.  Lebron James is an elite athlete, but that doesn't guarantee that he has elite leg flexibility, foot-eye coordination, and as nimble on his feet as someone like Messi.

A study showed that players shorter than average were more likely to get picked first.  Spain won a world cup with a noticeably shorter than average team.  If large athletes are automatically better, not one country on earth could figure it out an field a large team as one of the shortest teams won?

Tall players can be great too, but look at a lot of all time elite players - many are short...Pele 5'8'', Maradona 5'5'', Messi 5'7'', etc...

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/in-soccer-being-short-can-help/372617/

With that said I do think our best athletes do play other sports and Lebron could potentially be an elite soccer player, I just don't think it is a given because he is 6'8'' and 245 pounds.  Basketball and soccer are simply different sports.

I could be wrong.

 

07/06/2018 - 6:24pm It gets worse.  His sister…

It gets worse.  His sister Gem Stone is also linked to this scandal.

07/06/2018 - 11:25am 538 Blog is live and changes…

538 Blog is live and changes with the ongoing results.

BEFORE kick off today their rankings of the last 8 teams are as follows: (1) Brazil, (2) Belgium, (3) France, (4) England, (5T) Croatia, (5T) Uruguay, (7) Sweden, (8) Russia.

BEFORE kick off today - odds of winning it all: (1) Brazil, (2T) England, (2T) France, (4) Croatia, (5) Belgium, (6) Uruguay, (7) Sweden, (8) Russia.

England and Croatia appear to benefit from a weaker side of the bracket. 

07/03/2018 - 4:13pm I generally agree, but…

I generally agree, but sometimes politics and sports cross.  This is a reasonable story to post and it is reasonable to point out that one of the key figures is in congress.  We shouldn't go overboard with the politics therein.

Sort of like how it was mentioned that Bill Scheutte the Michigan AG running for governor that is investigating everything MSU is BFFs with Dantonio...it is fair to wonder if he would do a thorough job due to the friendship.

07/02/2018 - 8:43pm Tip a Few is still there and…

Tip a Few is still there and thriving.  My wife said they just bought the building next door.  I love their wet burritos with that super acidic green spicy sauce that stains the cheese!

06/29/2018 - 11:58am Michigan is "uppity?" …

Michigan is "uppity?"  Sounds like he will have a chip on his shoulder and fit right in.

06/28/2018 - 1:00pm Isn't that soccer?  One team…

Isn't that soccer?  One team can totally control the game and yet it is close to the wire?

 

Against Tunisia:

England: controlled the ball 60% of the time, had 7 shots on target and Tunisia just 1, which was a penalty kick.

Belgium: controlled the ball 52% of the time, had 12 shots on target and Tunisia 5.

Did England not control and dictate that game?

06/28/2018 - 12:13pm England and Belgium have…

England and Belgium have played the exact same two opponents and scored the exact same amount of goals and let in the exact same amount of goals so far in group play.

Belgium has controlled the ball 56% of the time, taken 38 (18 on target) shots and allowed 21 (7 on target) shots, so far in group play.

England has controlled the ball 58.5% of the time, taken 29 (14 on target) shots and allowed 14 (3 on target) shots, so far in group play.

I don't see how you think that Belgium has looked good, but not England too.

06/28/2018 - 9:50am It isn't World Cup, but…

It isn't World Cup, but there is a story of a team needing to score a goal on itself to advance.

Barbados needed to win the game by two clear goals in order to progress to the next round. Now the trouble was caused by a daft rule in the competition which stated that in the event of a game going to penalty kicks, the winner of the penalty kicks would be awarded a 2-0 victory.

With 5 minutes to go, Barbados were leading 2-1, and going out of the tournament (because they needed to win by 2 clear goals). Then, when they realized they were probably not going to score against Grenada’s massed defence, they turned round, and deliberately scored on their own goal to level the scores and take the game into penalties. Grenada, themselves not being stupid, realized what was going on, and then attempted to score an own goal themselves. However, the Barbados players started defending their opponents goal to prevent this.

In the last five minutes, spectators were treated to the incredible sight of both team’s defending their opponents goal against attackers desperately trying to score an own goal and goalkeepers trying to throw the ball into their own net. The game went to penalties, which Barbados won and so were awarded a 2-0 victory and progressed to the next round.

 

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/football-follies/

06/28/2018 - 9:46am Kind of...

In the 1982…

Kind of...

In the 1982 World Cup they didn't play the last 2 games of Group Play at the same time.  West Germany was playing Austria and if West Germany won by 1 or 2 goals both teams would advance.  If there was any other score it would result in just 1 of the teams advancing.

So basically, Austria let West Germany score and then they just piddled around taking turns passing the ball around without anyone really trying to score or play defense.

After that they started making the final 2 group games kickoff at the same time so you are less likely to do this.

Link

06/28/2018 - 8:16am My bad!

My bad!

06/28/2018 - 8:15am That is fair.  I was just…

That is fair.  I was just think a hypothetical Japan-Sweden-Spain route to get to the finals looks a lot more enticing than a hypothetical Columbia-Brazil-France route to the finals.

06/26/2018 - 4:09pm Well, I heard your Aeneas is…

Well, I heard your Aeneas is as big as DiCosmo-s.

06/25/2018 - 11:59pm I remember his one handed TD…

I remember his one handed TD grab on the road at Northwestern.  He was a real talent.

06/24/2018 - 11:07pm This looks to be an…

This looks to be an outstanding haul on the Dline...and that is what you want to do foremost...control the line of scrimmage.

06/24/2018 - 11:05pm Yes, but does he have SEC…

Yes, but does he have SEC speed?

 

/s

06/24/2018 - 12:18pm Was Bill Greene at the camp…

Was Bill Greene at the camp trailing this kid and watching his every drill?

06/17/2018 - 9:30am Wisconsin has always had…

Wisconsin has always had great line play on offense and defense.  Their linebackers excelled in part due to the Dline controlling the line of scrimmage.  This might hurt them a lot if both are out for an extended time.  Open the door for Northwestern and Frosty.

06/15/2018 - 8:27pm Thanks for the ethernet tip…

Thanks for the ethernet tip.  I just ordered a FireStick ethernet adapter and keep Direct TV Now for awhile and see if it helps with my problems.  That would be a bit cheaper than switching to satellite.  If the ethernet adapter doesn't work this summer than I will switch before Notre Dame.

06/15/2018 - 10:30am Fire Engler - save MSU from…

Fire Engler - save MSU from themselves.

06/14/2018 - 6:46pm *position coach* as in they…

*position coach* as in they didn't have one before.

06/14/2018 - 6:45pm It must be nice to have a…

It must be nice to have a position group - it also doesn't hurt to have likely improved QB play.

06/13/2018 - 8:45pm Thanks for the tip.  I was…

Thanks for the tip.  I was thinking of keeping Comcast for internet and then satellite for my football watching!

06/13/2018 - 6:31pm I had Direct TV Now and…

I had Direct TV Now and there was constant problems from buffering, to the ESPN act not working right, to getting logged out, to only HD quality when the camera is zoomed in on the action.  I am planning on switching to satellite.  I pay extra for quality internet speed, so I doubt that is the issue.

06/13/2018 - 4:37pm I know, my history degree…

I know, my history degree has had value too.

Although I was mostly making a joke, the person was asking for the most marketable degree in LSA without much intensity.  I don't think a BA in history fits that description.

06/13/2018 - 4:33pm My streaming service was…

My streaming service was Direct TV Now and my internet was Comcast/Xfinity.  It had poor quality - constant freezes and blurry quality when zoomed out.

I am thinking of switching to satellite - because I am not a Comcast fan.

06/13/2018 - 4:11pm I was just making a joke - …

I was just making a joke - "no future with a history degree" - I know I am not very funny.

I actually have my BA in history from UofM and I am happy using it to teach.

06/13/2018 - 1:40pm Not history, there is no…

Not history, there is no future with that degree literally or figuratively. 

06/13/2018 - 7:46am Is Peters likely to leave…

Is Peters likely to leave the team at this late juncture?

06/13/2018 - 7:44am Even then, Peters is here…

Even then, Peters is here this year and we also have McCaffrey backing up Shea.  Milton is probably best served with a red shirt.  Is Harbaugh friends with his dad from his NFL days?

Perhaps this is injury insurance?

06/13/2018 - 7:42am Can UofM grant him an…

Can UofM grant him an honorary degree making him immediately eligible?

 

/s

06/13/2018 - 7:40am Insurance?

We had Speight,…

Insurance?

We had Speight, O'Korn, and Peters get injured last year...O'Korn got better before the end of the season, but that is a lot of injuries.

06/12/2018 - 7:47am On the radio there was an ad…

On the radio there was an ad for a company that joked about being "as good as an all-pro defensive lineman in a contract year."

Rashan Gary is an all-pro defensive lineman and this is a contract year as he has the NFL Draft after this season.  He will be a beast and require regular double teams throughout the season.

06/07/2018 - 5:56am Not to threadjack, but…

Not to threadjack, but Michigan State University just inked a deal with Amazon for a new docuseries that will be called "The Dog Days of Summer: Disrespect so Sick."