I got about three sentences into it and got bored and closed it. Who cares with this guy anymore. I don't dislike him but I also don't feel sorry for him either. Just move on. I'm sure he just rationalizes everything throughout the piece...which, fine. I'm sure he's got all kinds of excuses that may or may not be valid...but fair or unfair with your millionth failed drug test, there's roughly 1500 other players in the league and you're the one that this keeps happening to. It's not an unfair coincidence at some point.
You know, surprisingly, I've really liked Carpenter at 97.1 so far. I was expecting the epitome of dumb jock, but I think he's insightful, witty, topical, quick on his feet and does a good job overall. Doesn't have a voice for radio by any means, but I can certainly get past that. I think he has been able to fit in well on any of these shows he's shown up on over the last year or however long it's been.
Hurts to see, but what a top notch guy. Hung out with Ty a few times in college prior to the injury via some mutual friends on the team...indeed a good dude all along.
They just don't have the line in place there yet. I think Jimmy's a couple years away from being seriously competitive if he recruits well. It took him a few years to turn it around at Stanford. He was sub-500 each of the first two years and 8-5 by year three. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he could potentially get there a year sooner at ttun as he'll probably be able to bring in better recruits due to his stature after his NFL gig and because it's easier to recruit at ttun than Stanford (although that might not even be 100% true at this point...ttun is in a hole right now and now he has OSU, ND and a legit program in MSU to compete with...not to mention James Franklin tirelessly trying to establish himself in the Big Ten footprint).
Their RBs haven't shown me anything and their line play on both sides of the ball has been mediocre at very best over the last two years. Jake Ryan's been the best player on their team and he's gone. Devin Funchess was their best offensive player and he's gone. I don't see much depth of talent at skill positions.
I just don't think they have the talent or depth to field a competitive squad. I can't be sold on unproven backs, shaky QBs (that Harbaugh may eventually be able to turn into serviceable/solid since they're young...there is no Andrew Luck on this roster), mediocre line play, bad overall WR corp and one good TE...I just don't think I'm buying. The only thing I could buy is that Hoke and his assistants were so bad last year that just by having him gone bumps the team up a notch and having Harbaugh bumps them up yet another notch...even then, I think they've got a team slightly above or at .500, optimistically...unless the Big Ten turns out to be a dumpster fire next year...which is always possible.
Wayne Woodrow Hayes. To hell with gender norms.
I've been a huge proponent of Braxton's and trying to get people to remember how damn good Braxton was...but I in no way support just giving the job to anyone. I think all 3 have really staked their own claim on the field that they're serious about it and have something to say about the competition. But it needs to be just that, a true open competition. The best man shall win the job.
That's certainly an optimistic view of ttun for next year. It'll be tough playing them, just because it's always tough playing them, regardless of record. But I have a hard time believing they'll be 9-2/8-3. They're losing key players and haven't shown they have the depth and/or talent behind them. Add to that a couple crap recruiting classes in a row and I think this team's a couple years away from being truly competitive week in and week out again. That's just my personal outlook for them.
This will be a nice accessory piece for all Canes fans everywhere. All 37 of them.
If they'd called the first hold it's defensive holding, it's a first down. If they call the second hold, in which the ball's in the air, it's pass interference, it's a first down. If we'd been able to replay this (or again, if the ref didn't blow the call), it'd been called a catch and a first down. His hands are under the ball, his knee is down inbounds. Miami would've never seen the ball again and the game would've never seen OT. No wonder their fans thought the CB could get away with holding Gamble in the endzone...they'd been doing it all game and getting away with it. I may agree with Miami fans on one thing though...it may not have been pass interference. But the CB had two arms around Gamble further than 5 yards down field. Sure, he released while the ball was in the air, but it was defensive holding. The same result...first and goal Ohio State.
If you consider Amir's play "bi-polar" I consider you "half full".
At first I thought maybe it'd be a good idea, since other teams could expose us inside by pulling Amir away from the basket with a big man capable of shooting or going right at him in pick and roll. Essentially, as a way to "hide" Amir and his slowness and keep him planted in front of the basket. Thought we'd have all kinds of length to really cover a lot of ground and make offenses have a tough time against the zone. All of that turned out to be crap. Especially after reverting back to man. It took away this team's strengths, which is versatile, athletic perimeter defenders capable of guarding 1-4 and even more importantly, Shannon Scott running around wreaking havoc.
I think preparation had more to do with it. They didn't prepare for a bear front and it was obvious. With so much turnover and fresh blood, they didn't have the luxury of preparing for multiple gameplans, rather just to get everyone on the same page enough to try and functionally "do what you do" let alone put these guys in position to react to different defenses. You can't just start ad-libbing and running plays with a brand new QB, RB and O-line that they've never even prepared for. We were very limited in what we could reasonably do on the field in a game at the time. They probably had to just make a commitment to their gameplan and trust that our athletes could just outplay them and come out on top in the end. I did spot some quick patch adjustments here and there when watching in real time (I haven't watched that wretched game since) that weren't major...but the result was the same. I remember commenting to a friend that the feeble attempts to patch up the blocking schemes against a front they were ill-prepared for seemed reactionary and ineffective.
I knew that was a rough game for us (and Knarcisi, this isn't geared toward you, because I don't lump you in with irrational, you've got very valid points and always good insight)...but for the complainers in this thread all I can do is laugh. It's not even hindsight 20/20. We've seen our offense be one of the best and most efficient in the nation 3 years now with Herman calling plays. VT was one anomaly game and people were so frustrated they were calling our offense mediocre and saying Herman needed to leave. It's not hindsight 20/20...it's being a reasonable and rational adult and not emotionally flying off the handle at one of our own.
I actually don't really dislike MSU. Most of the reason being is their distaste for ttun as well as MSU's coaches. I respect Tom Izzo about as much or more than any basketball coach in America and I still have a soft spot for Dino all the time.
D'Angelo's keeping this team afloat. We just really really struggle on offense. If it wasn't for him we'd probably be as bad or worse on offense than we were last year. He's what we were all on here creating threads about and praying LQR would be for us last season (and never turned out to be).
What, is he supposed to play worse so other players can feel they're needed more and consequently improve their games?
LeBron James claimed to have been using this tactic early in the season with the Cavs, lol. We saw how well that went.
It really comes anywhere and everywhere. We just have a larger volume since we have such a large fanbase. Some people just aren't going to be happy unless they're unhappy. Their "default mode" that they're most comfortable with is to bitch and complain and look at the negative side of life. I'm sure people love being around them every day in life as well.
If Braxton doesn't win the job this year, I don't see him going to the NFL and getting drafted as a QB prospect. I see him possibly as a late round project as a RB/WR. Braxton would have to win the job and play QB (not just RB playing the QB position) at a very high level to be considered a legit pro QB prospect, IMO. Which, he could do. Not saying he will or won't. But if he doesn't win the starting job and therefore the opportunity to prove he can be a QB...there's no chance.
Personally, I think Chris Jent was the missing link. Our offense has been in slow decline ever since he took off back to the NBA. He's the same guy that was LeBron's personal offensive coach in Cleveland during Bron's first stint there. Jent is a very good teacher of offense and shooting. Exactly what we have not consistently had since the day he left.
Zeke had 273 carries this year. Eddie had 328. Both yardage totals are extremely impressive, but if Zeke had gotten 328 carries at 6.9 ypc this year he would have run for 2263 yards.
....although, someone feel free to correct me on my math.
I see they've strategically decided to omit the poop stain from those trousers.
The only reason that should matter is whether or not people actually pay attention or care. He could've just stood up in front of his old high school and announced to them (the students and faculty) that he's going back to earn his degree....it's the media's fault for showing up in droves and making a big deal for a guy who only started 3 games, not Cardale's.
I'm totally being serious right now...
Wow, congrats big man. Happy to have you back.