teams that reach the NBA Finals typically only face one or two excellent teams during the conference playoffs. Thats just the nature of how the league is set up. Oftentimes the 8 seed has a losing record.
The Cavs' postseason schedule hasnt been historically daunting like OKC's but it has still included some solid teams that are no worse than what most top seeds have typically faced in previous years.
And I realize that snark was what you were aiming for in the skull session but it falls flat when the evidence points to the contrary
Speaking of the Cavs, I see their fans are froggy after a 9-0 run against bad playoff teams
Cleveland's opponents have had a better record than all of Golden State's opponents during the playoffs
It's very chilling that this article would come on a day when Denzel Ward's father would also die suddenly while being physically active
Meyer was hired at Bowling Green the same year that Tressel was hired at OSU. So unless you thought he was ready to go straight from WR coach at Notre Dame to HC at OSU I don't believe you're being honest
The Library Bar still has one
It's the NIT and he's rooting for his coach and hometown, and the school is anything but a powerhouse. Anybody getting pissed about this probably hates him no matter what he does
He was outstanding. I think learned a new word on almost every page I read from his enormous books. The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini both had profound effects on me when I read them. His upbringing and family was both fascinating and turbulent. I encourage people to read his final book, The Death of Santini, which ties his life and all his novels together.
2011 for obvious reasons. But I also contend that 2011 was the worst college football season since the teddy roosevelt administration. The sanctions against miami, the downfall of paterno, and the abysmal title game that ended the bcs all contributed to that toxic season.
2000 started great but spiraled out of control. 99 just plain sucked. 2001 was also bad until a certain afternoon in Ann Arbor
Most of the national champions during the last 15 years have relied heavily on players from different states. An example would be the University of Miami, which, despite being in talent-rich Florida, picked almost half of the starters from the 01-03 teams from other states. Alabama has also had to go outside of the state lines to compete at the elite level. Southern Cal did in the early 00s as well.
At the same time, I think Urban has a tendency to underestimate some of the talent in Ohio. He sometimes gets too wrapped up in the star rankings or high school scouting combines (see Mike Mitchell) and will miss out on someone like Jake Butt
I encourage people who are skeptical about the firing to listen to Brendan Haywood's interview on siriusxm from earlier today. Haywood states that the Cavs are a better team with Lue as the coach. One example he cites was that Blatt tried to put Tristan Thompson back on the floor with five minutes left in game four of the East Finals against ATL while the Cavs led by 30 pts before the players and coaches essentially blocked the substitution.
Lue should've been the HC all along and Blatt should've started his NBA career as an assistant. Blatt did a solid job but I highly doubt he had the chops to outsmart the elite coaches in the game. And I absolutely believe that this firing is more about his inability to properly use Kevin Love than it is about his relationship with LeBron. LeBron can, and has, been coaching himself since the team fired Paul Silas. The funky rotations and the inability to fit Love into the offense were a huge part in Blatt's undoing
taking helmets away would be a huge step in the right direction. You would see a drastic decline in both head AND leg injuries. Nobody would want to dive at legs with nothing more than a leather strap protecting their heads.
Unfortunately the group think mentality that runs the sport will probably never even consider the idea. Riddell and the other helmet makers will keep coming out with expensive new headgear that won't actually stop players from using their heads
-Hiring a HC before the GM is idiotic. They tried that with Mangini and ended up canning the GM during the season.
-Having the HC provide input into the GM search is even more stupefying. In real organizations, the GM HIRES THE COACH!!!
-Personnel moves will now be made by a guy with an attorney background
-Don't fret! Jimmy's wife will also be involved with the search. Thank god Mrs. Haslam and her accomplished background as a football mind will be there to right the ship
Fuck Jimmy Haslam. I hope an oil tanker drives into Browns HQ while he's there and explodes ala any Mad Max movie
Brian Hoyer should send Haslam a box of feces. However, I doubt he has time to run to the post office, seeing as how he needs to prepare for the playoffs
When Michigan and OSU are both good, OSU (and Michigan) tend to get squashed in their bowl games. From 1969-1980, in what is considered the golden age of The Game, OSU and UM were the only teams to earn rose bowl bids, but only combined for two wins in the Rose Bowl game. The game more or less became the season for those teams, leaving little energy and focus to complete the rest of the season, and it cost OSU a few National titles. This repeated itself in the 1980s, the 1990s and most especially in 2006.
The hype around THE GAME when both teams are good tends to be suffocating to the point where nothing that comes after it seems to matter. If there is too much emphasis on the UM game it very likely will hurt OSU in the following game
I hate it when people say that they want michigan to be good to make the rivalry interesting again. They talk about another "Ten Year War." That's a rubbish opinion. Both OSU and Michigan got smacked in most of the bowl games throughout the 70s, and that repeated itself in 2006. When both teams are good there is too much focus on The Game and the teams usually fizzle out in the following games.
I say if a change is to be made then we move the jump to the Olentangy River near Drake and the towers
Tim Beck = Elliot Uzelac
Seriously, Ramzy? I'm a huge fan of his and will continue to be, regardless of how different his views on the second amendment or anything else are from mine. But he done fucked up with that tweet. He's a good guy, though, and that lapse of judgement on twitter doesn't change who he is as a person.
The Mike Riley hire has to be the worst decision made in the entire country. The University should absolutely cut their losses fire the AD AND Riley as soon as possible.
The thing i hate most about college football is that everybody in the media (not including phil steele) is a troll to at least one school
he already has Urban's B1G COY award. How much more charity does he need?
I'd definitely be in favor of giving hin a standing ovation before the game or some mention of epilepsy treatment programs/charity.
Al Golden is the only person I can think of that actually looks worse in dress clothes. I don't understand why he refuses to visit a tailor. He's clearly chosen his attire in an effort to look smart and commanding, but watching him scramble around in loose-fitting clothes while begging for help from his players and the officials just makes him look like a desperate salesman whose about to get screamed at by Alec Baldwin for his poor real estate sales numbers.