For this, you win the Internet today. This should be published/read beyond the humble confines of 11W (though it most certainly belongs here.) Kudos.
I already walked away. The Decision was my Waterloo with pro hoops. Basketball, for me, was the last of the Big Three to fall, and, yeah, that's because I came from that area, and was indulging in a little front-running with LeBron leading the way....
It's pretty clear the whole of professional sports (PARTICULARLY basketball) is driven by money and ego. Why give in to that? Don't we see enough of that EVERY day in EVERY other aspect of our lives (work, politics, family)? Shouldn't sports--which, let's be honest, is a trivial endeavor meant to fill the times between when we're serious about ourselves--be an escape from that? Isn't it supposed to be fun?
Great stuff. Thanks.
And, yes, Gardener was amazing that day. When people play like that--with the pain obvious, but the will untamed--they usually win. People have been bleeding all over about how bad the OSU defense is--and they certainly weren't good, but when someone plays like the way Gardener did, you just have to tip your hat and congratulate them.
Only in this case, OSU got to keep the win.
So, we're going to the "little brother" realm with PSU?
I think the PSU fella is right--people need to loosen up about TTUN being OSU's "one and only". I don't care all that much for UW, and that makes it a game to look forward to. I think the same applies to PSU, only moreso: putting a beat-down on PSU is only slightly less satisfying than a victory over TTUN.
In other words, open your hearts for PSU. They're not UM, but they should still be forced to genuflect to OSU each year, and we should take great pleasure from that.
Slight correction: Clemson did NOT roll over BC. Indeed, the game was in doubt until the last 10 minutes (when a BC turnover-for-touchdown provided breathing room and the final margin.)
One could say they were looking ahead to FSU, but they still squeaked by an average BC team. At home.
About the women's volleyball team--did anyone else notice that there are SEVEN B1G teams in the top 15? That's getting into serious SEC territory.
I don't know if dozens of people chanting "B1G, B1G" will play as well on TV, though.
Great gift for the holiday, easily the best posting today. Well done.
I think what you missed in your analysis was a change in coaching philosophy between 2011 and 2012. On the one hand, that plays to your points about Miller carrying the ball more, with a decided emphasis on him being the featured player. On the other hand (Bollman troll alert), the SCHEME of last year was much more integrated, even when Miller was making mistakes, than before, virtually guaranteeing better over-all output.
The training wheels are off this year, with knowledgeable players working within a consistent scheme. Regardless of the "pro ratings" of the line (which, really, who cares? this is college, not pro, thank the deity), it is certainly reasonable to expect them to be better this year than last, with the possibility of ALL the failings you note being wiped away by shared experience and repetition.
And, yes, Miller has that going for him, as well. Combine the two, and I think questions of being "elite" won't really matter.