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BigBuck623


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  • SPORTS MOMENT: My first game at the Shoe was the last time the goalposts were torn down - after OSU/Iowa in 1985. Even though I tore up [and preserved] part of the field after stomping Michigan in 2001, the 1985 game was the coolest thing I've ever seen!

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Comment 22 Jan 2015

The NFL should impose the same penalty that they did the last time this rule was violated..

Nothing.

Also, here's the actual rule.. from the source, NFL.com.  Choose "ball" from the dropdown.

"The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications."  The referee decided the balls were OK.. therefore the Pats didn't cheat.

Did they break unwritten codes of conduct? Probably. I don't know that the competition committee wants to bother creating a better measurement system, though.. I'll believe it when they change the rules to show it.

Until the rules are changed, this is called gamesmanship... which is what you want your coach to do.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

It's the Patriots, but this time I think they're getting judged erroneously.

1: Define Truth

NFL.com Rules - and choose "Ball" from the dropdown.

Key phrase: "The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications." The referee always agreed.. therefore, the Pats didn't cheat.

2: Everything Else is Gamesmanship

Everything else on the interwebs is someone's unchallenged interpretation of the linked rules.  Granted, I hate the rules: they're a disgrace to measurement systems. But they're what the owners agreed on, and it's all we can measure the Pats against.  And because the rules are written so inexactly, there's nothing that they can be accused of violating.

DId the Pats violate an unwritten rule? Probably! There's lots of things I don't know about football. But if it's not a written rule, violating it certainly isn't cheating.

Will the competition committee add more specifics to the rules this offseason? Probably.  But until they do, we have what's at that link. 

The Patriots are really only guilty of finding a loophole big enough for LeGarrette Blount to run through.

Comment 16 Jan 2015

There's no way Cardale isn't the starter next year. Arm howitzer >> JT's ability to throw the 5-yard slant.  And both of them are better than BM.  Even last spring, the comment was: Cardale's best moments far exceeded both JT/BM. But Cardale's lows were ridiculous INT's/bad decisions.  So once Cardale eliminated the negative thru maturity and repetition, he is far and away the better player.

Brax will want to start at H-back anyway: He's not a QB at the next level.. he's the 2015 Antwaan Randle El.

Comment 15 Jan 2015

I don't think Cardale has a decision. He will win the starting job next year.

BM should play the H role - it's his only position for the pros anyway.

In 2015, we could be the first team to call the double pass 2,3 times a game.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

Zeke knew they would break.. he just didn't know it would be on the first OSU drive of the first quarter.

Next year, Cardale will start over JT and Brax... he's got the highest ceiling.  He didn't start this year because he had too much variability: His highs were higher than anything JT/BM could do, but his lows were really bad.  This year he's worked out the lows... His arm howitzer is the fastest [and tightest spiral] I've seen from any QB OSU's ever had.

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Oregon plays Pac12 opponents who simply aren't that good.  Yes, they beat Sparty - by less of a margin than OSU did. Who else have they beaten? Arizona, who layed an egg in their bowl game? USC, who lost to someone named Boston College?

OSU D has faced and shut down offenses that are as good if not better than Oregon.

OSU O has performed better against defenses that are better than any Oregon has faced.

Comment 06 Jan 2015

Comparing total rushing yards gained during the season, OSU is 7th and Oregon is 12th.

The top3 teams faced by Oregon are ranked 20[msu], 33, and 38.  The top3 teams OSU has faced and shut down are 3, 18, and 19.

The top rushing team Oregon has faced is the 4th best that OSU has faced.

Comparing total rushing yards allowed during the season, OSU is 45th and OU is 66th.

The top 3 defenses faced by OSU are 1, 4, and 6[msu]. The top 3 faced by OU are 6, 12, 26.

It's fair to say OU has never seen a defense as talented as OSU.  MSU gave up the final 28 points, but at the midpoint of the 3rd, MSU was winning.  And not that it mattered, but Cook did throw for 350 on Oregon.. so Oregon will give up plenty of yards.

Comment 05 Jan 2015

Auburn's rush offense finished 15th in the country in overall yardage and went 43/219 on Wisky in their bowl game.  OSU finished 7th in rush yds and went 38/301 on them.

Wisky's rush D finished 24th in yardage.  Alabama's was 4th.

I'm not sure Wisky's D is/was all that stellar.. Great effort by the good guys but Wisky wasn't a powerhouse.

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Oregon's DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu tore his ACL in practice prior to the game vs FSU.. and those terrible OU pass D statistics were compiled while they had his first-round skills.

Oregon does have 3-star CB's behind him, and they did a decent job against the FSU receivers, but FSU is no OSU.

OSU's WR's face better competition trying to get open during practice every day than they will see against OU on 1/12.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

TBDBITL is a band. Cursing and ridiculous amounts of pride are band culture - everywhere.  As is the turf war, because the sanctimonious mouth-breathers who play the violin assume based on zero data that they should have equal say in anything.  I'll listen to those morons when they get 100,000 people to cheer for one violin performance.

This is pure BS, and Ohio State is worse for it.  Yes, worse.  Waters did not deserve to go - period.

A culture of sexuality?  What is that, precisely?   A live cam at a frat house? Playing MTV's Jock Jams Volume 9 on a loop? If the worst thing he did is force freshmen to run around the campus in the cold with underwear on, that's less hazing than the initiation for OSU's non-varsity club sports and third-tier frats that throw terrible parties.

Everything successful has haters. That doesn't mean it's right to bring it down. Now what, 1940's morality administrators? The point isn't that Waters "was bad" - they now need to provide a solution.  And I don't think they have it.

Comment 09 Jun 2013

If the refs in college football wore 3-piece white tuxedos like the refs do in Aussie Rules football.. I have no idea how to finish that sentence, but it would be awesome.

Comment 09 May 2013

I'd like to see a comparison of Saban's teams at LSU/Bama when the lines he's played have been equal in talent.  Manziel had almost an unfair twosome at OT this year on the line, and Damontre Moore on defense.