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Comment 3 hours ago

I think it's fair to criticize the results. Prince was frequently overmatched, and Baugh missed some blocks.

I'm less enthusiastic about fans criticizing a player's effort. First of all, we don't know if a guy is playing hurt. Secondly, a guy may be struggling with his confidence; that can make him hesitant, and slowness to react may be misinterpreted as laziness.

I don't perceive Meyer, Warriner, or Studrawa as the kind of guys who would tolerate a lack of effort if they saw it occur; and they're in a much better position, than we are, to know if that's the case.

Comment 3 hours ago

I don't recall ever seeing a defensive lineman called for "holding", but I have seen a few "illegal use of the hands" calls, which might be the term for this sort of infraction. In any case, on any given play, between the two teams, there are probably somewhere between 2 and 10 infractions, that go unflagged; games would take 12 hours if the zebras called them all.

I'd guess that PSU's #52 is coached to commit that foul if it's 4th and >5; you probably get away with it, and if you get caught, it's still 4th down.

Comment 22 Oct 2016

Understood, but the glass half full version of this is, Milano has some skill.

I suspect that BJORKSTRAND! will get it together, return to Columbus, and play well. Not "Connor McDavid" well, but "89th pick in the draft" well. If, in the interim, Milano proves that he's NHL ready, then that's all the better.

Comment 19 Oct 2016

In hindsight, the Browns should have drafted offensive linemen, and plenty of them. I'm surprised that OSHA doesn't require Browns QBs to wear one of those sumo-wrestler padded suits.

Comment 19 Oct 2016

Goff hasn't even been able to out duel Case Keenum at this point in LA. 

The Rams' coach, Jeff Fisher, isn't exactly known as a QB whisperer. In Fisher's career, his teams' scoring has placed them in the 49th percentile, and a Fisher-led team hasn't finished better than 14th in the league in scoring since 2003. Maybe Goff is good, or at least better than Keenum, and Fisher just doesn't recognize that.

Comment 16 Oct 2016

ND still has to play Miami, #24 Navy, a solid Virginia Tech team, and an improving USC. 3-9 is not out of the question, which saddens me; I wish Brian Kelly could coach there until he's 90.

Comment 14 Oct 2016

But complaining about Duke and Kansas coming in and taking the top talent? That's like Pitt and Penn State complaining about Malik Hooker and TP going to Ohio State. Or Minnestoa complaining about Jashon Cornell coming to Ohio State.

^^^ This.

Comment 13 Oct 2016

Urban really wants to win aanother recruiting national championship.


You could be right, to the extent that UFM believes that winning a recruiting national championship helps with future recruiting, and winning future national championships. But, in general, I think UFM cares more about the talent than about the rating.

Comment 11 Oct 2016

The referee signaled "blocking below the waist", which is not allowed during a kick or after a change of possession. The announcers called it a chop block, probably because there had been a penalty called for a chop block previously, and the referee had given the same signal. (A chop block involves a block below the waist, against a defensive player who is already being blocked above the waist by a different blocker.)

Comment 10 Oct 2016

OSU should be able to get anyone they want.

Because, ... why, exactly?

Nobody gets anyone they want; not Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Arizona, UCLA, Indiana, etc. They get their share, but kids choose schools for a variety reasons.

I guess you feel that the 1960 NCAA championship banner should be enough to persuade any kid born in the last 18 years that OSU is a perennial basketball power, and that Matta must somehow be responsible for a player choosing some other school. Interesting concept.

Comment 10 Oct 2016


You can sing that, to the tune of Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks"...

... although the people sitting next to you might not appreciate it.

Comment 05 Oct 2016

It's just that in this particular case, the protest is in regard to the shootings of young black men by local police.  I don't think you have to be of a specific race to see how these demonstrations may be missing the target. 

Shortly after the riots in Ferguson, I read an article that described a national component to the problem: poor cities receive less federal aid than they used to, experience severe budget constraints, and begin to view the police force as an income source. Traffic stop fines become a form of regressive taxation, and become a source of antagonism between police and the (disproportionately black) poor. There is a "bad apple" local cop component to the issue, but there is a national, systemic component, also, and that needs to be addressed.

I don't think that players who kneel during the national anthem intend to discredit the service of the military. (For one thing, blacks comprise 17.8% of the U.S. Military.) I think they just recognize the anthem as the forum during which they can make their protest known. A protest requires a public venue; if someone protested by kneeling in front of his locker before the game, what good would it do?

Comment 04 Oct 2016

Watching Mike Weber run I am seeing am resemblance to Carlos Snow. His stride and size are similar.

I had the same thought; maybe it's partly because Snow wore #25, also. Snow was listed as 5'9", 200lbs, so the size comparison is right on. Snow may have had a little more straight-line speed: he ran 100m in 11.13 in the 1987 Ohio state track meet

I feel like Snow could have put up some monster numbers if he had stayed healthy, and played for a better team. Cooper had yet to assemble the sort of juggernaut squad that went 62-12-1 from 1993-99.

Comment 04 Oct 2016

Put aside, for a moment, whether a computer or a committee is better able to choose the 4 best teams, or the 4 teams likely to produce the most lucrative matchups...

A committee like this is a wonderful tool for the NCAA, who can use appointments to the committee to reward conferences, institutions, and individuals who advance the brand. There are probably some nice benefits for committee members, too; I don't know how often they get together, but I'll bet their travel is compensated, and they're not staying at Holiday Inn Express and dining at Applebee's. 

Comment 04 Oct 2016

At the time, Club President John Schuerholz said that Turner Field needed "hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades. 

Kind of interesting that Illinois plans to spend $132M to renovate their 60,000 seat stadium, but it would apparently cost much more than that to upgrade a 20-year old baseball stadium.

Unfortunately, that massive investment would not do anything to improve access or the fan experience.

Sticking a stadium in a suburb, that lacks sufficient road capacity to handle a decent sized crowd, may not improve access much, either. But, no matter, as long as the taxpayers foot the bill; if things don't work out, you can always get another stadium built somewhere else in 15 or 20 years.