i think osu, wisconsin, scum, state, and depending on their draw, iowa, all have greater than a 50% chance of a sweet 16 run. the only other conference that has a claim on being the best is the ACC. florida is a fraud because the SEC is so so terrible (feels great to say that) - Georgia in 3rd place? in basketball?
i always try to hit mac's for burgers and hounddogs for pizza. neither is much for people watching but the food at both is fantastic.
fantastic jason! wunderbar
i was negative four years old when caddyshack came out and it is my favorite movie of all time.
here's hoping he's achieving total consciousness. he's got that going for him, which is nice.
RIP to one of the greatest.
for me, the only absolutely inexcusable losses this season are penn state and nebrasketball, both when we were at rock bottom. crazy to think that if we pull those two out, we're 11-4 in conference and a half game out of first.
or for having an undisclosed injury
Loved Crystal Pepsi.
I agree with the above sentiments. The "most commented" does seem a bit pointless, as the top thread now is still the open thread from the scUM hoops game Tuesday, which I'm not sure many of us care to further discuss at this point. Due to the rapid-fire nature of the open threads, I feel like those will always be at the top in perpetuity since they always get the most posts. I do find myself posting and chiming in much less since the new site went live just due to the lack of the recent comments on the front page.
Aesthetically much more pleasing, just in need of a few tweaks which is commonplace with a new design. Still the best buckeye site out there.
thanks for making me laugh out loud in the middle of my office...
Also no Brax on there
Any relation to JR Giddens formerly of Kansas?
I think if the family is viewed as being overbearing or a potential problem (see the Davonte Neal saga a couple years back) Urban wouldn't hesitate to pull the plug. I'm just happy we will have some nothing-to-lose (McDowell) suspense and not just an "I hope we don't lose anybody" (Jones) signing day.
i think the coaches have to (and will) hit the reset button in the secondary, at LB, and at WR. in the secondary, i agree that bell and powell will probably be the safeties, with burrows getting the first nickel crack (deservedly so). corner really depends on how the incoming freshmen look. i thought d grant was better than a lot of people gave him credit for (without him there is a good chance we don't pull out the northwestern game), and reeves came on stronger (mind you i didnt say "strong") at the end of the season. that said, the ceiling is much higher on guys like webb, apple, and lattimore - with them it's just how quickly they can grasp things.
as for LB, i could honestly see there being zero returning starters. with raekwon enrolling early, i think he will pass c grant by opening day. there is less of a chance of someone passing perry, but the ceiling comment about the CB's also applies for johnson, mitchell, booker, etc at LB. they will start out well behind perry but their ceilings are considerably higher.
i don't know what to think about WR. smith absolutely disappeared late in the season, and i remember spencer making one significant catch all year (the TD vs wisconsin). i get that they are both great blockers, but if a couple of the young guys can learn early that blocking is how you see the field in this offense as a WR, i don't think meyer hesitates to make the switch there either. thomas (who is already a great blocker by all accounts), clark, corey smith are the names that come to mind, not to mention the incoming burners.
Agree to disagree on points 1-4. Point 5, however, I take issue with. Costs will absolutely skyrocket if schools begin paying kids. Say each football player gets an extra grand a month, which I think is a fairly low number. That's $12k per player per year, for 85 players. That's over a million bucks a year. I don't know what to call that other than skyrocketing. Not only that, but we have to consider title IX here as well. An extra million spent on the (male) football program also has to be spent proportionally on women's sports - so now we've gone from $1 million to proportionally more. The smaller-name, smaller revenue schools would get demolished.
Do you really think a school like OSU would spend less on coaches, recruiters, compliance, facilities, etc. if they paid players? Not a chance. Smaller schools without the extensive booster networks of the big guns would be forced to cut this stuff, further widening the gap between the haves and the have nots. This gap widening can't help but impact the players at the smaller schools.
The real problem here is the NCAA. You have to let these kids benefit from their likenesses without the schools being the ones paying them. That way, they are compensated proportionally to their popularity and ability, and the smaller schools maintain the ability to give full rides.
Who would have believed a month ago that this would be a poll question?
I agree on the surface, but once you get union organizers in there, it always becomes about money because that is their job and they want to get paid. This is going to cost somebody some money, so if they go the way of unionization, then money has to come from somewhere.
Unionization here is completely misplaced and frankly I don't think these guys understand the consequences of going down this road.
1) They are not employees.
2) College is not required to get to the NFL. If you think it's a better option and you are being exploited by your university, train by yourself for three years after HS then go pro. It's a choice to go to college.
3) Yep, the universities make money off the kids. The partners at my accounting firm make money off me. They own a business. I don't.
4) The kids aren't uncompensated. Free education at top institutions. More gear than they know what to do with. Free training facilities with personal training from top instructors. When you put all that together I bet the price exceeds $100k per year. Show me a non-sports job for non-college graduates that pays $100k per year.
5) All they are going to accomplish with this is either a) wasting a bunch of peoples' time, or b) completely ruining a system that has given a ton of kids free education for years just so the kids at big time schools can be paid. Once we start paying kids, all the institutions that can't afford to do so go down to second-tier status. The money they get from playing big schools goes away, therefore the full rides they give to their athletes go away. So, all this talk of protecting the "little man" is, in the end, going to end up hurting way more "little men" than it helps.
I've got them 4th behind the two obvious teams (OSU, MSU), and a surprise (thinking Penn St or Rutgers)
Going 12-0 in your first season using largely the same squad that had a losing record in the prior season, with a fullback at MLB? Pulling a top 5 recruiting class in your first season after starting the process helplessly behind?
Urban has proven nothing.
I know Berger tore up his knee. Hubbard wasn't hurt that I know of, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't.
Also, no McLaurin, another northerner
ESPN's rankings are so far skewed to the south it's ridiculous. Booker and Campbell way underranked, as is Hubbard. Smith at 183 is a joke. Curtis Samuel at 153?? All northerners.
My goodness could michigan state be the best team in the country?
marcus hall agrees.