I'd love to hear either of our Andrews weigh in on the Oats situation. He had a very early offer from the Buckeyes, but is his offer "commitable"? If so, why no commitment yet? Are the Buckeyes fighting with other schools for Oats, or is Oats fighting with other prospects for a spot in this class?
In the Buckeyes 2014 championship season, Michigan went 3-9. We don't need them to do anything but lose to us, which, it turns out, they've become remarkably good at doing.
If you're visiting this thread, you're probably a Prince fan. And if you're a Prince fan, you need to drop what you're doing right now, and watch this. Thanks for the music, you dirty-minded, little genius.
Tier One: @ Michigan: Because it's the rivalry, it's at their place, and despite his overall creepiness, Harbaugh has assembled a top notch coaching staff. Oklahoma: Good, overall talent, top QB going against a very green secondary. They've been looking toward this game for a year now.
Tier Two: PSU: They might be the best team on the schedule, and the style of offense they broke out toward the end of the season will test our secondary. Only reason they're on tier two is because they're coming to our place after we have a bye this year.
Tier Three: MSU: Because they're MSU. Their team was lousy last year and they still nearly beat us. Watching OSU play Sparty reminds me of the way Cooper teams used to play Michigan. It just seems to matter more to them. Nebraska: because, I guess, they maybe, might could, beat us at their place? Probably not. Iowa: As pointed out earlier in this thread, it's a perfect trap game.
Give the guys who committed to day their moment in the sun. Get their own moment in a day or two.
Not all “offers” are committable.
Which is a nice way of saying that not all offers are actually offers. Fact is that sometimes "offers" are used to help generate interest with prospects who are unlikely to commit any time soon. It's a way for the staff to throw its hat in the ring while determining their own level of interest in the prospect and seeing what progress can be made with other prospects who might be higher on their board.
Here to second Weimerad's question. Just wondering if there's new, concrete information circling about Wray, or if the parade of CBs for him to OSU is just a question of follow the leader, the leader in this case being Barton Simmons.
What happens to the program is that it deals with the consequences of failing to fill a position of critical need with top tier talent. Urban Meyer spoke just yesterday about how the program is struggling with the consequences of recruiting misses on the OL right now. That's Urban Meyer, not me.
I started following recruiting when JT was in a dogfight to get TP on board. Since then, and including then, I have never used these words, but Jackson Carman is a Must Get. He is the top-rated OT in the country, and we are dangerously thin at the position. Oh, and he's from Ohio. I'll say it again, Must Get.
Kelly said. "I'm going to support him and his decision by trashing him on a nationally broadcast radio show."
I believe the technical term for that is a "total d*ck move."
Oh, just one additional thought/question: are tigers bulletproof?
Two things, one about the season finale, the other about the season as a whole.
First, let's talk about those Sasha flashbacks. As I mentioned in this same thread after an earlier episode, the engine of TWD runs on blood, and this season's finale was going to have to give us a significant sacrifice. That person turned about to be Sasha, but she had never been a central character, so the hasty task of the last three episodes was to build her up. The flashbacks were intended to give poignancy to a death that the viewers were not invested in. Based on the reactions in this tread, and my own, I'd say they failed to achieve that poignancy. Sasha's death simply wasn't moving. It was obvious, inevitable, and in no way impacted the further development of TWD, either on the micro-level of individual characters, or the macro-level of overall plot and story.
The second, and longer point, is about the arc of this past season. The era of "prestige" TV has most significantly separated itself from traditional episodic TV by moving away from the weekly problem-resolution narrative. Theoretically, this gives the shows the time and space for more complex character development. Actors, when they discuss their characters, often talk about the "journey" of their characters. The way this plays out on a weekly basis is that certain episodes are dedicated to illustrating "states", particular points along the journey, whereas others are dedicated to transition points, moments where a character makes decisions or performs actions that move that character from one state toward the next. The great arcs of this past season were subjugation and uprising. On the character level this manifested itself by moving from a state on inaction to one of action.
There were two particular challenges involved here, and I think they were ultimately challenges the show failed to meet. The first was how to make particular states of inaction interesting. For example, Carol doesn't want to fight again. Let's watch Carol not fight. Let's watch someone talk to Carol about not fighting. Let's watch Carol mull it over. The second was how to make what we all knew was an inevitable uprising suspenseful and surprising. Was there ever a doubt that Carol would fight? Will mopey, defeated Rick rise up against Negan? Well, duh. Will the Hillside join the battle, how about the Kingdom? Double duhs. Everything we saw in the conclusion was guaranteed and obvious. I'm not saying a season finale has to be packed with surprises, but if what happens is predictable, it should also, at least, be enlightening.My guess is that anything people found annoying, tedious, or just plain old boring about this past season was a consequence of the show-runners failure to meet those challenges.
Yup. Guessing "Combray" was the giveaway.
On the other side her bed was bounded by the window: she had the street in full view, and would while away the time by reading in it from morning to night, like the Persian princes of old, the daily but immemorial chronicles of Combray, which she would discuss in detail later with Francoise.
Pulisic's passes always mean something. He's not passing scared, not passing simply to hold possession, but passing to open up the defense. Love the "cheeky" little chip into Dempsey, but that through ball was a thing of absolute beauty, perfect placement, perfect weight, and an anticipation and understanding of what Dempsey could do with the ball if he got it in that spot. Pulisic's technical skill is evident, but his attacking mentality and understanding of the game is what marks him as a truly special player. In all the Pulisic praise, let's remember that Dempsey was just lethal in his finishing with those passes. Hope Arena can keep finding players to pair with him.
Bicycle has been my primary transportation for getting around Chicago for 20 years now. I love it. Bikes would be a totally practical way for getting around in the zombie apocalypse. They just don't look cool on screen. That's about it.
Bicycles, great for getting around a crowded city, terrible for looking like a post-apocalyptic badass!
The engine of The Walking Dead runs on blood, and we haven't lost a major character since the opening episode. The producers are facing a choice: either kill off another major character, which I don't think they're eager to do right now, or try to elevate a minor character, or two, to major status, maybe by --oh, I don't know-- building an hour long episode around a couple minor characters on a suicide mission.
Well, that's . . . surprising. Hope our old buddy Alex knows something nobody else seems to.
I think Fleck is in a perfect place to make a real impact. High-energy guy, seems to relate well to recruits, and the B1G West is wide open.
Seems like pretty harmless smack-talk to me, but if it gets Martell a little hot, so be it. If it drives either Martell or JT to raise their game even a little, so much the better. If you can't stand the heat, the Buckeye quarterback room is definitely not gonna be the place for you for the next few years.
Can's speak to Spain or Argentina, but I spent six months teaching in Italy a few years back, and basketball was indeed very popular. The idea that it was more popular than soccer, however, is just plain nuts.
The two first-team cornerbacks were Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette. It looked like Wade, Okudah, Josh Norwood and Rodjay Burns were all rotating with the second team at cornerback.
I would have said that the first big test for our corners would be 9/9 against the Sooners, but who knows if Baker Mayfield is even playing, and losing Dede Westbrook leaves them without an established threat at receiver. Penn State, however, is another story. They started slinging the ball around pretty well after our game last year, and they're bringing back everybody. Hope our guys are set and playing well by 10/28.