OSU had Georgia scheduled in 2020-2021 but they agreed to cancel the series. Believe it had something to do with a bigger Pac-12 B1G 10 agreement and not being able to commit to dates that both could agree to.
Not to mention they (the SEC teams) love scheduling Sun Belt and CUSA teams that made the leap from FCS in the last decade. Teams like Western Kentucky, South Alabama, Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic Georgia State, Appalachian State.
You give LSU a mention for scheduling BYU, but not Michigan State? MSU plays BYU in 2016 as well as Notre Dame.
And who in the heck cares about scheduling Fresno St.? They're junk. 6-8 last year (5-4 in the Mountain West Conference) and were throttled 30-6 in the Hawaii Bowl by an 8-5 Rice team. If you're counting them, then UNLV and Hawaii should count for OSU too. Both are MWC teams and UNLV beat Fresno St last year
Also Alabama scheduled FSU and USC in "neutral" site, one time only games not home-and-home series like OSU did with Oklahoma, TCU, ND, Oregon and Texas through 2022-2023.
Janka brand Pierogi's from Krusinski's Finest Meat Products in Cleveland's Slavic Village. Put two of them together back-to-back and it's the size of a baseball. Boil them them, then fry them for a minute 'til they get a little crispy. Let some butter melt over the top...None better.
Maybe a little Bertman's Stadium Mustard, too.
He's from Oregon really. Born in Santa Monica but was raised for almost his entire life in Oregon.
Him and LeBron not getting along is conjuecture
If he never wanted to be there, he would have made that quite clear and the Cavs wouldn't have made the trade
Varejao is also going to be 33 and has played over 32 games in only ONE of the last five seasons. Guy can't be counted on.
The wildcard is he is one of LeBron's best buddies though and so is JR Smith. Keep that wildcard in mind when reading any media theorized "rational" roster moves the Cavs could or should make. Don't want to upset The King.
Everything as in...his entire team and the entire world, while watching the Cavs play without him in the Finals, getting a prime example of his value to the team?
No way LeBron takes a pay cut. One reason he left Miami is because of the frugality of their ownership. LeBron is no dummy and he knows what his presence on the team does for the franchise value and the income for the team owner's. If they have to go over the luxury tax and pay through the nose, well by God, LeBron doesn't care - DO IT! He expects them to pay the tax because he's putting butts in the seats and limitless amounts of cash into the owner's pockets while his own salary is capped by the league. LeBron saw Arison amnesty the contract of Mike Miller for no reason but to save on Luxury tax and that chapped his ass. It was a smart business move by Arison, but LeBron saw it as a billionaire weakening the team so he could pinch pennies (relatively speaking).
Like much of Pittsburgh's well-off in the 1970's, Duquesne Brewing abandoned Pittsburgh and headed to Cleveland where it died in the 1980's.
Lots of folks out there with legit handicapped tags that were for a relative who doesn't actually drive. I work in a building with a few a-holes who I see parking every morning in a handicapped zone that are perfectly able-bodied and just using granny's tag during the work week.
Varejao would be a 10 pt and 8 reb guy on this roster if he started. Probably 8 and 6 in 25 mins off the bench. That's perfect. Having his energy and TT's both coming in off the bench would be just exhausting to an opponent.
Plenty of MLE/Bi-annual range guys that would be a significant offensive upgrade to guys like Delly, Marion and Miller at backup PG/SG/SF. Examples are Aaron Brooks, Rodney Stuckey, Randy Foye, Norris Cole, Gary Neal, Gerald Green, Lou Williams
Haywood is a trade chip to get a guy they would otherwise not be allowed to with the salary cap. He has a $10.5 million contract that is completely non-guaranteed next year. The Cavs can trade for a player who's salary is up to 120% of that $10.5 million Haywood carries. So assuming some rebuilding team has a guy they know won't re-sign and they want to salvage something, the Cavs can pair Haywood and picks and possibly a player to trade for a guy making roughly $14 million (120% + draft pick cap value).
Guys that come to mind with soon to be expiring deals on likely rebuilding teams: Joe Johnson and Chandler Parsons
Cavs also have the MLE and bi-level exceptions. Tons of solid players that would fall into those contract categories are hitting free agency this year.
Guards like Aaron Brooks, Corey Brewer, Rodney Stuckey, Gary Neal, Norris Cole, Gerald Green... all could bolster the Cavs bench in place of guys like James Jones and Marion who are free agents.
F/C like Boozer, Brandon Bass, Tyson Chandler, Stoudemire, Josh Smith in place of Perkins and Haywood. Maybe even a goon like Reggie Evans.
He gets as much credit for developing Luck as Bob McKillop gets for developing Steph Curry.
He's a nice coach that benefited greatly from having the best player in college football for two years. It will be hard for him not to be better than Hoke so he's go that going for him.
GS did seem to have a very light on court and post game celebration. Even the fans at the watch party in Oakland (quit trying to church it up by calling it the Bay Area or San Fran) seemed subdued. Right after the game was over, you could see the fans at the watch party being queued up by a hype man working for the team to go wild when the camera panned to them. It's like they didn't feel that title was that special. Like it was in their head that their accomplishment was tainted somehow. Even Klay Thompson had that vibe of a kid trying to rub something in people's faces; on center stage during the trophy presentation seemingly mocking the crowd, jabbing at LeBron by calling Steph Curry the best player in the world in the presser.
Oh and on another topic: when did Dreymond Green earn this type of respect where he gets to pull every cheap, wily veteran move to gain the advantage (holding down players on boards, setting illegal screens, putting all his weight into players when they get tangled and fall over, using his off hand to foul down low of guys going for lay ins and pleading and getting replays for potential flagrant fouls on him when he himself clearly flagrantly fouled several would be dunks/layins by Thompson, Mozgov and Lebron). When exactly in his short tenure in the league, did he build up the good will through actual good play to pull that stuff uncalled seemingly 90% of the time?
9-15 in FBS games without the best QB prospect in 15 years (Andrew Luck) starting at QB.
San Diego was 8-2 with the #1 offense in 1-AA the year before he took over and went 7-4 his first season .
It's relevant because he sacrificed his game, significantly. The comment was in reference to the down playing of just how good the caliber of talent was around MJ.
Harper was an afterthought with the Bulls as a starter but wasn't some talentless hack that would have averaged 6 points a game if he wasn't deferring to Jordan, Pippen etc. He had to be accounted for because he was capable of dropping 25 any night, not just a fluke once in a season, personal best game ever 25 points either.
He was a legit offensive threat and he would D up the best wing scorer on the floor. Guy scored over 30 pts dozens of times in his career with a career high of 40. That was the point. He wasn't an 4, 8 or 12 point point a game guy before the Bulls like Delly, Shump and JR were before playing with LeBron. Harper was an All-Star level stat stuffer and a great defender.
Just to highlight his worth to teams that acquired him - he was the 5th highest paid player in 1993-1994 with the Clippers and then signed a lucrative deal with the Bulls for 5 years $19.2 million. Not that it means he's better, but Harper was paid more than Pippen every season they played together in Chicago.
Smith absolutely soul-crushed Atlanta in Game 1. Basically ended the series right there and ripped away all their drive. The Hawks were up 28-20 in the 2nd qtr, riding high, smelling themselves then JR hit 3 threes, fired up his teammates and it was tied 2 mins later and the game stayed that way until about 3 mins left in the 3rd. Then JR just went absolutely off for 17 pts in 6 mins and took the game from deadlocked to an 18 point Cavs lead.
Missed open looks shouldn't be expected to happen at that rate again. Shumpert was missing wide open foul line jumpers and guys were struggling to hit 5 ft hooks and layups. It was rough all around. Probably the worst Cleveland could play and probably the best GSs role players (Green, Iggy, Livingston, Barnes) can be expected to perform on any given night.
It was a perfect storm of sorts in the Warriors favor. Not likely the GS starting unit goes for a combined 49% FG% and 41% 3 pt% and only 1 turnover at half time on most nights. They brought their A+ game when they absolutely had to and the Cavs brought their D game (Not an F because they still shut down Klay and held Curry to an average game).
Also, maybe it's time to think about putting JR Smith back in the starting lineup like he was all regular season and beginning of the playoffs before he was suspended. Let him try to get his confidence up early because he's so susceptible to getting down on himself. If he's in there with a fresh LBJ he'll get better looks early and it may snowball for his confidence later. Early in the game seems to be the only time LBJ really looks to purposely involve his teammates and JR isn't out there now. If it doesn't work, nothing is lost because he's providing nothing now anyway but if he gets hot he can take over a quarter all by himself and really crush an opponent mentally.
Start running Shumpert, JR and Delly off multiple, hard moving picks on Klay, Iggy and Curry. Let them feel it on D as well. Refs are letting a lot go so they should be able to bang 'em around like GS is doing with the Cavs.
GS ran with essentially a 7 man rotation last night with their key starters playing 41+ mins so tiredness will soon be a factor for them as well, especially if the wing players have to actually move around and bang off picks on D.
Bring in guys like Marion and Perkins for 3 mins in the 2nd and/or 3rd qtr and let them play a little goon ball to slow down the game while the starters get a few minutes of rest. Let them set hard picks and hard foul everyone driving to the bucket. Get back in the Warriors head like they were in games 1-3.
In reference to the talent around Jordan I'll say this. People seem to forget just how talented many of his teammates were.
In the 1st 3 pt he had an All-Star PF in Horace Grant and HOF Pippen. Also had Bill Cartwright who was an All-Star center with the Knicks and went to the Bulls at age 30 (same age as LeBron right now). Throw in BJ Armstrong, who also was a future All-Star (the year after Jordan went to play baseball) and was a 50% 3 pt shooter in the championship playoff runs. So to the point that MJ opponents were more talented, these teammates of his were All Stars in that era.
In the second 3pt, Jordan had the obvious Hall of Famers Pippen and Rodman along with Ron Harper who was a legit 20 ppg, 6 reb 5 ast 2 stl guard the season before he signed with the Bulls. Also had a sixth man in Kukoc who was a 19 pt and 7 reb 5 ast player the season after Jordan retired the 2nd time. Throw in a 7'2" 275 lbs Luc Longley who was averaging identical stats to what Mozgov was this year in Cleveland.
Throw in a couple dead eye's like Kerr and Hodges as well.
Droppin' a 'bow off the second rope for you Dusty
Class of '16 commit Messiah deWeaver is probably MSU's highest rated QB commit since Drew Stanton. Much higher rated than Connor Cook was coming out of HS.
Joe Montana and Bill Walsh being at the Stanford Camp was a big factor.
Luck's final 4 was Stanford, Rice, Purdue and Northwestern.
Imagine for a second if he had chosen Purdue. Harbaugh thanks God every day he didn't.