Exactly. If Miss. St. beats LSU, it's because Miss. St. is just that good and the SEC is that deep. If Ohio State loses to Rutgers, it's because Ohio State is that bad and Rutgers is still that bad. Only fix for it is on the field performance, and (I can't believe I am saying this) Indiana has at least added one more to the short list of recent successes, though it takes more than one to make a trend.
The rest of the season will tell us what type of staff we have. Do we have one that can come around from deficiencies and have a great rest of the year (see Sparty last year after losing to Notre Dame), or do they refuse to adapt and have us continue to struggle down the road? Here's hoping for the former, but I am not 100% optimistic in it.
Going into this game and year, I felt like mid-to-high teens would be an accurate ranking given all of the question marks. After last night, I'm not sure if we deserve to be ranked at all until we prove something on the field, and I sure as hell feel like VT could be ranked higher than that (at the very least higher than us).
That's the key, I think. As has been mentioned, this is currently largely a battle of mind and heart. If Kentucky has a solid year, they can creep into the "mind" section and become less of a strategically stupid decision. Similarly, we have the opportunity to creep into the "heart" section by really appealing to him beyond just our play on the field, but overall atmosphere and support.
I would add to that that Birm (I believe?) mentioned that if Kentucky has even a decent year, it could mean bad things for us. Obviously, it's too early to tell, but their last showing certainly doesn't help our cause. I definitely thinks that unless Kentucky gets railed throughout the year and we dominate, this could end on the wrong side for us. Only time will tell, and there's plenty of it left.
I was in first grade and don't remember much of those dark times north of the border (and I don't mean Canada).
I honestly think it is very similar to the linebacker corps losing Shazier. Once the other linebackers knew he wasn't there, each of them understood that they had to step up and play that much harder to make up for him. I think the offense, as you stated, will do the same. All of our numerous weapons understand that this is just a chance for them to get that many more touches and be responsible for that many more yards. Given the level of motivation and competition this team seems to have, I expect very little problems in that area.
Just saw it on Twitter and was going to come here to post it, but you beat me to it. Surprisingly really good and refreshing read from all the doomsayers.
I don't know if there really is a set time for when it happens, but if there is I would imagine it to be the start of the week leading up to Navy (i.e. next week, after the brutal camp and before the season starts). As for whom, I think this is a no-brainer:
Sean Nuernberger, Cameron Johnston, Bryce Haynes
I hate to pick on such details, but I completely agree. It was relieved when they finally cut away from him at the beginning because all I could do was stare at his hand; I had no clue what he said those first few seconds.
Excited for JT/Cardale/The entire team and all, but I'd be lying if I said seeing Brax in there with pads on and throwing the ball doesn't get to me a little.
Would love to see his skill set on our
sideline field in Scarlet and Gray.
Was disappointed to see him not commit after FNL, but being so young you can't blame him. Hope he sticks with the good guys; would love to see his skill set on our sideline (not to mention he goes to my mom's HS, which is always kind of exciting).
NSFW definitely applies here. It had me cracking up, at least, since I know just how far from the truth it is. Thanks for the share!
As someone mentioned in a different topic, I believe you dress him every game but plan to redshirt him this year. If you plan for next year, and he doesn't get any relevant playing time this year, then what is the difference? Dress him every game so that he is available if needed, but don't play him unless necessary that way he can redshirt should we not have other injury problems this year.
EDIT: Poison basically beat me to it.. so what he said!
Even only being around for the past three years, it is awesome to see the growth and commitment to excellence that this website offers! I check back here probably a dozen times a day and have it open on at least one of my devices 24/7! You guys are amazing! Enjoy your birthday, you deserve it!
Between JT and the monster that is Cardale (6' 5" 250lbs), if we need to burn Stephen's redshirt, then IMO we will have larger issues. Mop-up is possible, but not sure if it is worth it. Then again, given our possible future success with QB recruiting, maybe they will decide it can't hurt. Depends on the other two guys and how ready Collier is.
Or offensive line, they seem to like someone who can throw a good punch here and there.
The new Razorback Rooftop will provide University of Arkansas students an opportunity to sit together, socialize and mingle with friends while watching the best college football in the country.
Wait, I'm confused.. Are they building this in Columbus?
I'm not gonna lie, when I saw the title cut off at "If YOU were tasked with replacing North...," my first thought was "If YOU were tasked with replacing North Korea's Government, how would YOU do it?"
Is that bad?
I agree. As I mentioned, the publicity of this does get carried away, IMO, but that doesn't take away from the significance of such announcements initially. The bologna that follows it oftentimes just annoys me to no end, but that's the "news" and ESPN for ya! Good discussion!
Although I agree with you on some points, there is some reason to them coming out.
First, let me see I am in the same boat in that the only way to be close to equality is for race/sexual orientation/whatever to be so insignificant that there is no reason to differentiate at any point in time (surveys, tests, politics, "coming out," etc.)
That said, I believe the stance here is that these young men recognize that, despite recent sucesses on the legal front, there are still a very large number of homosexual children out there that feel abnormal and distant from society. They feel like they can't be a normal part of human society based on the fact that they may like a different gender than is "usual." As such, these young men can serve as examples to prove them wrong, to show them that they can do whatever they want despite what others may say.
You can see this same sentiment when a woman does something for the first time (e.g., complete a certain course on the show American Ninja Warrior for the first time, be elected the first woman president, etc.), or when an African American does the same thing (Obama, Barack), or just when a poor kid becomes a millionaire. Although I do not like all of the media and attention they receive after the fact because of it, the simple act of showing to kids/others that just because you're different doesn't mean you can't do things is in and of itself quite powerful and necessary for today's society.
Sorry for the long post!
Congrats to Damon Webb on getting his stripe off today. Had a great practice this afternoon.— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 13, 2014
Congrats to the young man; I can't wait to see what he is capable of!
Gotta go for the c-c-c-c-combo!!
Hurdle + Stiff arm = EPIC