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Comment 05 Mar 2014

I agree with Saban.  We must reduce the number of plays per game.  We cannot have 40+ point games at the expense of these exploited athletes.  Saban should advocate the following to injury to student athletes.    

1.  Let the game clock keep running (stop only for scores).  No stoppage for incomplete passes, 1st downs, or out of bounds.  Make it like the other football.

2.  Overtime should be eliminated.

3.  QB's and offensive linemen should sit at least 1 offensive drive per half.

4.  No spring practice.

5.  Cheerleaders should only be tossed in the air twice per game.  

6.  NCAA should forbid athletes from smoking more than 1 cigarette per day.

7.  Incorporate more streakers to interrupt play (keep clock running).  

8.  Extend the play clock.  

9.  Play 8 v 8.  After all, fewer players on the field = fewer injuries.

10.  Forbid 85 limit scholarship teams to play 65 limit scholarship teams.    


Comment 20 Feb 2014

I do not agree with May's logic and expectations for freshmen.  Let's be honest, how can we evaluate a coach on whether they "coached up"  or poorly assessed talent?  It is easy to choose one of these labels from our hindsight assessment from our couch.  May is giving a false dilemma, meaning he is not even taken into account the many other factors that coaches use to decide who plays and when they play.  

Comment 13 Feb 2014

This is true in Techmo Super Bowl (yeah, I am showing my age).  I always have the highest season average score, but not the top offense (yds per game).  My defense is off the charts because I intentionally run off the clock on offense and don't give the other team any time.

Are there any statistics on the type of offense teams run?  For example, it seems that quick striking (short amount of time to score) teams score a lot of points, but also give up a lot of points on defense.  I might take a pro-style team averaging 30 pts than a spread team averaging 40.  

Also, it is a generalization, not a hard rule.  There will always be outliers.   


Comment 11 Feb 2014

It seems like his lifestyle is throwing around iron and pounding protein shakes.  If that is the homosexual lifestyle, then people must not agree with the lifestyle of half of the boys at my high school.

 If this is true, then why is this a story?  And how do you know he pounds protein shakes?

Comment 10 Feb 2014

We may not agree on our stance toward the homosexual lifestyle/agenda, but we can all agree on two things.

1)  There will be a gay football player next year; and

2) _ichigan still sucks.

Comment 10 Feb 2014
I agree, but with flipped results for the past two years. Meaning, I believe Tress would have gone 10-2 in 2012 and 14-0 in 2013 with a NC.
Comment 27 Jan 2014

When is it appropriate to stop blaming the media and starting blaming ourselves?  The media is only giving us what most of the population wants.  

Comment 17 Jan 2014

Yes, I don't like the booster problem that will sure follow.  But the whole idea of paying players is a result of student-athletes getting in trouble for signing autographs or seeking out favors from boosters.  However, universities paying players more will not cause any of these problems to go away.

Also, if I tell my boss that I am missing work/training/practice because I am trying to profit for myself, then I don't have a job any longer.  


Comment 17 Jan 2014

I don't have the necessary economics degree to follow most of the posts here.  But as I see it, it seems simple.  Students should not be paid by universities beyond what they are already compensated and universities/video games/media should not profit directly from the likeness/name of the players without paying individual players.  Media should pay royalty every time they use a photo of a player to advertise their millions of $$$ generating games.  Sports Illustrated should pay Braxton to appear on its cover.  If the 3rd string DE or 1st string fencer appears on the cover, they should pay him too.  To me, it's not about whether universities should add more money to the players pot, but whether to allow/deny individual players to profit in the private sector for their likeness.  I chose my profession and accepted the compensation offered to me.  But if I do my work well enough to earn paid speaking engagements, etc, then I should be able to profit from it.  Just my $.02

Comment 05 Jan 2014

I might be moving to the fire Fickel wagon soon, but Meyer summed up the defensive philosophy in his halftime interview.  "Just keep the play in front of you" meant that they are going to play soft coverage and zone (and had no problem giving up a zillion bubble screens). I wonder if the defensive problems actually go higher up the ladder?   

Comment 02 Dec 2013

Thanks for your perspective.  I tend to agree.  I love that it was a nail biter to the end.  

Also, according to this, the 2-pt conversion was 44.7% at best (in 1959 the first year of 2-pt conversions and much closer to 40% than 50% today), which is still considerably better than matching Hyde/Braxton's red zone TD conversions.    


Comment 22 Nov 2013

I am currently playing a season of TECMO Super Bowl with Detroit and Spielman is tearing it up.  And I am not even controlling him.  Proof right there that Shazier will be fine in NFL.