I believe Alabama was overconfident, and I believe that overconfidence played a part in their downfall, but this ain't baseball. You don't play a "best of" series. You have one game to show what you've got. One. And you better be prepared for it. This is one of the reasons I hope to see a Buckeye-Tide rematch next year. They'll be ready, and so will we. No excuses and let the best team win, again.
As much as I like the books A Feast of Crows was a bit tedious at times, all the pointless wandering of Brienne, the peripheral negotiations of Jamie, the endless scheming of Cersei, the sudden introduction to a new host of characters in Dorne, and all that Kingsmoot crap from the Iron Islands. All the time I'm waiting for the next Arya chapter, or some mention of Tyrion. The show is tighter and more eager to keep the viewer engaged, creating new tandems that simply don't exist in the books. Tyrion and Varys on the road together should be great as should Jamie and Bronn going to Dorne (?!) together. Brienne and Little Finger have already provided a great scene that never occurred in the book, and hopefully we'll see more from them this season, and plenty of Arya who is one of my favorite characters. I love the books, but the show is making some good decisions so far.
I get what your saying, and I agree that Birm is better than Tom Loy, but the OP's point is a good one. If Tom Loy doesn't think ND has a chance, ND probably doesn't have a chance because Tom Loy ALWAYS thinks ND has a chance. Since they are the main competition for Mack, I take it as a good sign.
ND is the better school. There is no denying that, it is fact.
A fact? More like another listicle. Saying that one university is, say, 12 better than another university is about as factual as saying that Mila Kunis is 12 sexier than Jennifer Lawrence. As far as your alma mater goes, don't sell it short. You'll make better connections at Harvard, and you'll have more debt. Nothing else is guaranteed.
It is ranked 16th in the nation, OSU is 54th.
Imagine it's a sunny August day, and the AP has just released its preseason rankings for the upcoming football season, and then no games were ever played. That would just about as accurately reflect the strength of football teams as academic rankings reflect the quality of education one receives at a university.
Actually, the car isn't even football. There is no football argument for choosing ND over OSU, none. Kelly knows that and tries to sell kids on the whole magical leprechaun ND 4 for 40 bs. I'm not saying that ND isn't a good academic school, or that students shouldn't value their education. I'm objecting to the notion that Notre Dame is a "better" school than Ohio State --it isn't--. or that somehow ND takes better care of its graduates --it doesn't. Notre Dame is small, private Catholic and rural. Ohio State is large, public, secular and urban. Those are real differences between the schools and reason enough to choose one over the other. Any other reason is bs.
Incorrect. Kelly is not even selling a car. He's basically the car dealer who says "Well, I don't have it on the lot right now, but we can get it for you." He is selling the idea of a car, a car that you'll be able to drive one day, not today, mind you, nor for the next few years, but some day in the hazy golden future, a car that you can only buy in some magical leprechaun lot at the end of the rainbow.
As the inimitable Prince might say, Purple rage, purple rage . . .
Honestly, there are decent reasons a high school kid might choose to go to ND, but Kelly's "personality" is not one.
What's your gut telling you on Eichenberg?
Sorry, but if Urban is a used car salesman, Kelly is the guy spamming your email with penis enlargement advertisements.
Steve Wiltfong seems very confident that Eichenberg will end up at ND, and Birm seems to be moving in that direction. Good news is that Urban gets one last crack at him this weekend. Hope it's enough.
My dumbest mistake with recruiting is following it at all. Guys that the Buckeyes were supposed to have a huge lead for end up going someplace else. Someone else commits without visiting. This five star fizzles while that three star soars. Somebody flips and somebody else flops. I trust the staff to evaluate more than any writer or recruiting service, and certainly more than myself, yet even Urban Meyer concedes that a good part of recruiting is a crap shoot.
If you check in on signing day and see that your school has signed a top five class, it's a pretty good indication that your coaches will have enough raw material to put together a competitive team. If your team does that year after year, you have the potential to be among the elites in football, but even then there are no guarantees. There are teams like Stanford, TCU, MSU, Wisconsin, Oregon and others who have managed to assert themselves as reliable top 10 teams with recruiting classes far below what mediocre teams (and mediocre might be too kind a word) like Texas, Michigan, or Florida are bringing in.
Bottom line is I'm in it for the booms, but other than that there's no real point to following recruiting.
I realize you're just kidding, but that knowledge is growing increasingly irrelevant to what will happen on the show. By next season it is pretty clear that the show will have exhausted much of George Martin's material and will have to start blazing its own trail through Westeros.
Is Urban Meyer still gonna be our head coach? He is? Great. No further questions.
Can't stand either club, but happy to see all the new City "fans" take one on the chin.
... And Larry David from Curb.
A neighbor of mine is an ND alumnus, a good guy. We hang out together, take our kids to the zoo. If Eichenberg commits to ND, I will walk over to his house and stab him in the face. My neighbor, not Eichenberg, obviously.
The Buckeyes have had solid production from the H-back since Meyer installed his offense, but nothing spectacular, nothing --if I can use the phrase-- Harvinesque. Samuel could be the guy to change that this year.
As a kid growing up in Cleveland I was a much bigger Browns fan than a Buckeyes fan, so my apologies for the picture of the anti-christ, but pretty much every other player mentioned was my favorite. Red Right 88 still haunts my dreams!
Wiltfong has already cb'd Eichenberg to ND. My guess is that Lukusa is who Wiltfong thinks the Buckeyes go after once Eichenberg is off the board.
I get it. I can suspend disbelief, and I'm not asking to see Carl served up as zombie chow, but sometimes it's hard to forget that he's gone from this
in what is supposed to be about two years.
I half agree with you. Somebody needs to step up in place of Devin Smith as the deep threat for this team, and Corey Smith seems to be the leading candidate, but it doesn't have to be him. Any of Dixon, Clark, Campbell, McLaurin could emerge in that spot and we'll be fine. Do need somebody to step up though.
Laurie got pregnant in the first season, and Judith still can't walk. If we use her as a human chronometer, I'd say about two years have passed, three at the most. How Carl has aged five years in that period is a mystery.
We learn about other groups because they are introduced into the lives of our group.
I am aware of that and said as much in my original post on the subject. I'm not sure why you think I'm arguing anything different. I was asking the comic readers --who seem to be aware of many groups the TV show has yet to introduce-- if other groups were introduced differently in the comics, in a way that is not dependent on the knowledge of the group. It is a question about point of view and not intended as a criticism about the show.