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Comment 27 May 2015

I was with this article until playoff guy made an appearance.  Why is everyone so desperate to ruin the drama of the regular season to include teams who have no business being in the playoffs?  This year's # 8 was MSU.  Someone please explain: 1) why they deserved to be in--they lost to two top 4 teams already and their only quality win arguably was Nebraska; 2) how letting them in and putting them on equal footing as OSU and Oregon doesn't diminish the value of those regular season wins?  I know playoff guy is never going to get it, but if he could start by answering why MSU should have been in (and they were number 8, spare me the only conference champs because that will never happen), maybe we can go from there...

Comment 20 Apr 2015

I don't know if this has been discussed/posted here, but I got this link from a UM fan/friend.   Disclaimer, this is an internet link and I have no idea if it is true, but it fits Jim Harbaugh:

http://brianfobi.com/i-have-a-jim-harbaugh-story/

Apparently, he was at a AA bar with his brother and he saw three coeds at a table and asked them if they wanted to go play catch.  After a few light tosses, he started to put NFL type zip on his passes.  Several times he hit the girls in the head and knocked them down.  The article noted that JH continued to show frustration as the girls just didn't perform like five star recruits.

My friend of course loves this story as this somehow underscores Jim's passion, or whatever.  To me, this is funny as a SNL skit, but not as a real life story.  This just demonstrates that the man has lost a few tiles upon reentry (to borrow a Letterman phrase).  I was never worried about him in Ann Arbor.  The clock is already ticking until he has completely worn out his welcome OR his enormous ego decides he needs to be back in the NFL.  The image of Boone kicking his ass though, now that is something that puts a smile on my face on a Monday morning.

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Comment 15 Apr 2015

I thought we agreed we were going to stop doing this?  Please tell me why it is illegitimate to look at depth chart and consider that as part of the equation?  Guys commit for all kinds of reasons and guys value some things more than others.  The problem for someone like JG is that an established QB might already have the job with eligibility left before he even gets here.  Maybe what we should do is congratulate the guys that are here and stop complaining about those that choose one of the many other great schools that are out there.

Congrats Tristen, look forward to watching you play with the Scarlet and Gray.  And best of luck to JG wherever he ends up.

Comment 09 Apr 2015

So you climb down into the mud and sling insults, upping the ante with what could be construed as racial slurs?  Your behavior and sense of what one should or should not do should not be guided by what others do.

Don't need to address this "straw man" argument?  You are the one that logged on did just that, but you are correct, you did not need to.  Perhaps I am misinterpreting your comment, but many have suggested that this "clown" speaks for at least a segment (admittedly a small percentage) of UC fans who feel that exact same way.  Not sure that is a straw man argument.


 

Comment 09 Apr 2015

I am not going to comment on the race stuff extensively, because I don't come here for that.  I specifically did not address that part of your post for that reason.  Generally speaking, though, when discussing internet topics with people, rule no. 1 should ALWAYS be to avoid ad hominen attacks and name calling.  When someone resorts to personal attacks, either against the poster or some other group of people who aren't even part of the discussion, that generally means they are unable to respond to the argument directly (a man who is out of ideas).  It's what makes political discourse these days so ugly.  Just don't go there.

You posted the following which I would like to discuss:

"Also, I realize some people can watch games and root for both teams.  Many more do not.  I was simply weighing in that I respect people who have one allegience more than those who have several.  A better example might be all of the Steelers fans I would see in Cincinnati when the Bengals were more Browns-like.  I used to hate people who were from Cincinnati, and rooted for the Bengals most of the time, but conveniently had an uncle/grandpa/fling/etc. from Pittsburgh.  Sure it would've been a lot more fun to root for a successful team, but my idea of sports is rooting for my team, explicitly."

You are entitled to your opinion, just appreciate that life circumstances are often more complicated than that.  If one grows up in Cincinnati, lives their whole life there, attends UC, there is probably little reason they would root for other teams under most circumstances.  For me, I was a Buckeye fan as a kid, thought I would one day go to OSU, but because of life circumstances, it didn't work out.  Your model seems to suggest that I now have to give up rooting for OSU so I can root for one team "expllcitly?"  I think that is silly and we will agree to disagree (which is why I don't buy that UC guy has to not root for OSU, which doesn't even begin to address the haters).  And oh, after two years at Akron, life circumstances forced me to transfer from Akron to Arizona State where I earned my degrees.  Who would I root for under those circumstances in your model?

The problem I have with UC is the whole hate of OSU, don't care that they don't root for us.  I understand your explanation, but Cincinnati is a city in Ohio.  There are players from Cincinnati on that team, and one coach.  The hate that comes from admittedly a narrow segment of their fan base, where a simple thing like honoring a championship team from the State they play in is absurd and borderline offensive to them, smacks of petty jealousy, is ugly, and I am calling those people out...

Comment 09 Apr 2015

After reading these comments, I decided to torture myself and go over to MGO Blog and see what they were saying about the Dean thing.  I know it has been a rough decade for them, and they are sick of us and believe that Urban Meyer is the devil, but some of them are beyond delusional (a lot of them are also firmly in the "Savior Jimmy Camp"--"We're back").  I was the first to say that the Weber stuff looked bad because of timing, and I know that sometimes unsavory things are done in big boy CFB recruiting.  Doesn't justify it by any means, but it's just a reality.  But suggesting that OSU screwed Dean makes zero sense if you have any objectivity: 1) we aren't particularly deep at CB, so getting rid of a high 4 star kid who could add depth there and play on ST makes ZERO sense; 2) It risks the commitment with Judson and any other kid we might try and recruit from that school, and the information could generally be used to negatively recruit against OSU; 3) OSU both let him out of his scholarship AND offered to honor it anyway, which suggests they weren't just cutting bait.  

I am not sure what the school is supposed to do when the medical staff doesn't clear the kid, knowing that schools are hypersensitive these days with regards to potential lawsuits.  I don't know if it was any of the same posters, but many over there made excuses when Morris was put back in the game with an obvious concussion ("how was Hoke supposed to know, he isn't a doctor?) while others showed seemingly less concern for the kid's well being, instead using the episode as fodder for their "Fire Brandon, Fire Hoke Campaigns."  I was gonna post the link here, but my advice to this board (and to myself) is to stay away from those delusional people.  More grist to support my argument that it isn't good if Michigan is back.  I want them to go 0-12 every year, because I don't want even one of those people on that board to crack a half smile during the CFB season.  Here's to pummeling them in Ann Arbor in 6 months!!

Comment 09 Apr 2015

After reading these comments, I decided to torture myself and go over to MGO Blog and see what they were saying about the Dean thing.  I know it has been a rough decade for them, and they are sick of us and believe that Urban Meyer is the devil, but some of them are beyond delusional (a lot of them are also firmly in the "Savior Jimmy Camp"--"We're back").  I was the first to say that the Weber stuff looked bad because of timing, and I know that sometimes unsavory things are done in big boy CFB recruiting.  Doesn't justify it by any means, but it's just a reality.  But suggesting that OSU screwed Dean makes zero sense if you have any objectivity: 1) we aren't particularly deep at CB, so getting rid of a high 4 star kid who could add depth there and play on ST makes ZERO sense; 2) It risks the commitment with Judson and any other kid we might try and recruit from that school, and the information could generally be used to negatively recruit against OSU; 3) OSU both let him out of his scholarship AND offered to honor it anyway, which suggests they weren't just cutting bait.  

I am not sure what the school is supposed to do when the medical staff doesn't clear the kid, knowing that schools are hypersensitive these days with regards to potential lawsuits.  I don't know if it was any of the same posters, but many over there made excuses when Morris was put back in the game with an obvious concussion ("how was Hoke supposed to know, he isn't a doctor?) while others showed seemingly less concern for the kid's well being, instead using the episode as fodder for their "Fire Brandon, Fire Hoke Campaigns."  I was gonna post the link here, but my advice to this board (and to myself) is to stay away from those delusional people.  More grist to support my argument that it isn't good if Michigan is back.  I want them to go 0-12 every year, because I don't want even one of those people on that board to crack a half smile during the CFB season.  Here's to pummeling them in Ann Arbor in 6 months!!

Comment 08 Apr 2015

Some reasonable takes on your part.  This line got my attention:

Not everyone is willing to give up their allegience to a school they have ties to just because there is a more successful team to root for.

Why would they have to?  We all have different backgrounds, so I will share a bit of mine relevant to this point.  Though I wanted to go to Ohio State, for various personal reasons, I was unable to and ended up at the University of Akron for two years.  I had all kinds of friends at Bowling Green, Kent, etc., and my experience was that a lot of people rooted for their school AND Ohio State.  And this is maybe what I don't get about UC fan--why can't you root for both (and even root for UC first)?  You might be right about the jealousy thing, but I don't recognize that as legit (and guarantee you would never get a UC fan/Buckeye hater to admit it anyway).  If I am right, it would be interesting to hear the UC fan/OSU hater explain this in some sensible way.  Ridiculous statements like the one made by this guy "(e.g. "they duck us and won't come play here") don't hold water.  Since I think you said you did or do live in Cincy, and assuming they won't admit they are jealous, what do they actually say as a basis for their hate of OSU?. 

Comment 08 Apr 2015

As an Ohio State alum, it's embarrassing how butt-hurt OSU-country gets that there aren't more Ohio State fans in Cincy

To me, this is a sleight of hand just a bit.  If people from Cincinnati don't want to root for OSU, no problem with that.  The outspoken hate that comes from them is something altogether different.  I can live with ambivalence, but don't get the hate.

Comment 08 Apr 2015

First, this is rank speculation, and you will never make a point resorting to it.

Second, and apparently this is a little known fact, but the largest Ohio State alumni base in the world is in Cleveland (and not Columbus believe it or not).

So while I am only guessing here, I think your rank speculation is also probably wrong.

Comment 08 Apr 2015

I know this man does not speak for all the people who live in Cincinnati, but I have encountered this opinion from Cincinnatians too many times.  Ohio State is the biggest University in the state, and the only school in one of the Power 5 conferences.  Last time I checked, the city of Cincinnati was indeed within the borders of the state of Ohio.  There are players and coaches from the Cincinnati area on the Buckeyes roster that won the championship. 

Sounds to me like some from that city are jealous and still bruised from the beatdown OSU handed UC this year.  If you don't like being a part of the State of Ohio, leave, you won't be missed.

Comment 30 Mar 2015

Yeah, I agree with you on this one too.  I know everyone thinks we should have run Hyde on those key third and fourth down players (and I would have liked to have seen it too since I know the plays called didn't work), but I remember MSU really selling out on the run by bringing guys up.  I think the fourth down play might have worked but Fragel didn't hold his block.  Point is, that run was in response to what MSU was doing defensively--we were basically a two trick pony (as you described above), and MSU schemed to take those away.  By the end of 2013, the down field passing was erratic and it left Herman & Meyer few options on key plays.  Just the way I see it now.

Comment 30 Mar 2015

Honest question here, but does one learn to like Skyline chilli maybe say, after a college night out partying?  I remember thinking taco bell was awesome.  Now that I act (more) like an adult and can actually afford decent fare, I can't remember the last time I ate at Taco Bell (and my digestive system is grateful for this)?