Hey Game of Thrones, imma let you finish but Vikings is the best show on TV right now!
In all honesty though, I like GoT, but I think the fact that I've read all of the (published) GoT's books has taken away a bit of my interest in the TV show. Seems a bit lackluster in comparison. Whereas Vikings I'm experiencing fresh given that my Viking history is lacking (and the show does deviate a bit from the history).
Hey Game of Thrones, imma let you finish but Vikings is the best show on TV right now!
I envision an elaborate recruitment process ending once again with Bama tears at the Superdome as yet another Buckeye jukes past their extended arms to a bigger and better destiny.
He sounds like a lunatic.
But I'm gonna be honest...I don't hate it. He's the sort of guy you make friends/acquaintance with (but definitely not good friends with) just to see what bizarre stuff he's going to get up to next.
I thought he was going to apologize for being on the Ohio State team that lost to Michigan in 2011. #NeverForget ;(
Absolutely. I think it can go the other way, as well. At times over the last several years you've seen non-SEC teams walk onto the field against SEC teams feeling like they've already lost. Or tight and feeling like they have to play perfectly to win, which of course they don't. I think we can forget how much the psychological edge can mean to 18-19 year olds.
With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see how teams play against the SEC this upcoming season given that the uppercrust of the SEC took a shot to the bow last bowl season. You could tell teams like TCU, Wisconsin, GT, etc. fed off one another's wins against the SEC last bowl season.
He didn't have a lot of hype around him (it might have been because of an injury his senior year IIRC), but I remember when OSU landed him I thought, "this is exactly the kind of guy who typically leaves Ohio [because of a lack of an offer from OSU] who comes back to haunt OSU at Wisconsin, MSU, UM, etc." Really glad OSU got him! He had excellent field awareness for a HS kid playing his first (spring) game in front of 100k.
Looks like Doran Grant to me. I'm sure the fact that he's no longer on the team (i.e. about to get drafted) is why we see him doing that, and not Eze or any of the undergraduates giving someone the salmon motion in that picture haha.
I actually haven't watched the last season and a half (i.e. last season + what's aired of the current season), but I've heard in the show they skip the Shy Maid (the boat with Tyrion and "Aegon") section, and don't include "Aegon" (I put it in quotations because there's some skepticism as to whether he's actually Aegon) at all, is that true?
If so, have to assume that Aegon in the books is an imposter after all.
Edit: Whoops, you posted pretty much what I was asking while I was still writing haha. Yeah, my guess is that Martin told them to skip "Aegon" in the show because he ends up being inconsequential. I subscribe to the R + L = J theory as well.
Why couldn't they just have put a limit on the number of a particular item a person can buy from them per spot in line?
i.e. No more than two of each item per person (i.e. one person can purchase two jerseys, two helmets, two pairs of cleats, etc. but no more than that). If someone was emphatic about buying more, make them purchase their items then return to the end of the line for another shot. Would have easily rid them of the "this person bought out the jerseys!" riot. They could have finagled the system with hired placeholders, but at least it wouldn't have been so clear to the others in line that one person had bought out 30+ jerseys (as was supposedly the case).
Birm -- or anyone here who follows recruiting -- what happened with Auston Robertson? Seems like OSU fell off with him. Just not enough room with all the other DEs they're in on?
Direct messaging. A private conversation on Twitter, ala someone texting you directly but within Twitter.
I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but apparently his CB is based on this interview Loy did with Mack recently. According to the ND 247 posters' reaction, it must have been 90% OSU-favorable despite his asking a lot of ND questions. To the point where they're giving out a lot of those "well I didn't want him anyway" responses haha.
DEFINITELY a good sign. Loy is about as ND-homer as they get in my experience.
Austin Mack would be a great get. 6'2", top 150 WR, can't get enough guys like that. Not to mention that stealing Indiana's #2 player from ND would be nice karma. Indiana's #1 player (Auston Robertson) is predicted to MSU now as well. Kind of a bizarre recruiting cycle for ND, even though they've always been heavy on national recruiting anyway. But they're not considered the favorites for any of Indiana's top players. Makes you wonder what Kelly's relationship is like with the HS coaches there.
Not to be negative, but gives me the Rashad Roundtree vibe. Visited OSU and says he had a good time, Meyer has them headed in the right direction, the usual stuff; has visited Georgia multiple times, feels the hometown pull.
Despite the OSU visit, says they're not his leader (tie up top). I personally think the hometown connection wins out in the case of an early decision.
Another positive: #1 OT in the country in 2017 Josh Meyers (also an Ohioan) is already locked in as a Buckeye commit.
In all seriousness, I'm guessing the Oklahoma (Trevor Knight) and Ohio State (Ezekiel Elliott) butt-whoopins have just kind of started to blend together into one gigantic, non-SEC migraine for him.
*Lost two good OL to the Domers.
*Dear infant baby Jesus (to quote our generation's Citizen Kane, Talladega Nights), was the Isaiah Prince pickup HUGE last year given this year's OL recruiting thus far. Obviously it's still early, though.
*If anything could make Urban Meyer angry, losing two top in-state recruits to ND will -- and the rest of the country? You wouldn't like UFM when he's angry.
*Alabama lost a 5* commit this past week. Even the biggest ships take the occasional hit.
I know where you're coming from. FWIW though, I think MSU would have been a national championship threat last year had the playoffs been in effect. I believe they were ranked around #4 after the B1G CG, and we playing arguably the best ball in that top 4 (outside of perhaps FSU).
I'd also take Dantonio over Kelly seven days a week. He has a better winning percentage than Kelly has at ND, at a school with half the public consciousness/recognition.
they were in the national championship back in 2012/3 that does buy you a few years.
That's true, although as someone who watched most of their games that season, they got bailed out against Purdue, Stanford, BYU and Pitt. It was close to a national championship season (outside of the backyard beating Bama gave them), and I give them credit for that -- but it also could have VERY easily been a 4-loss season.
Kelly's average season is much closer to 8-5 (he's been 8-5, 8-5, 12-1, 9-4, and 8-5 there). Which personally I think begins to wear on the fans there if he puts in yet another average season this year -- which is very possible given their tough schedule. I personally don't think Kelly has much to do with Eichenberg though, at least beyond his connection to their current OL coach, whom is the person Eichenberg (and Kraemer) seems to love.
Yikes. Catholic or not, missing on two elite in-state OL in the same class to the same team would have to make you rethink your OL recruiting strategy a little.
If it's true that Fickell was his main recruiter (according to Bucknuts), you have to wonder why it wasn't Warinner. Location-based recruiting or not. I thought the same thing when Kraemer said once prior to his ND-commitment that he didn't know Warinner. Not sure why you wouldn't have your OL coach and OC as his first point of contact, but maybe Bucknuts was mistaken. I'm happy with OSU recruiting, but OL recruiting has always been a bit of a head scratcher to me (even in the last two years of successful recruiting).
HUGE get. Gotta love when you steal those Florida kids from the programs down there! Building up that DT depth!
Supposedly everyone is in love with ND's OL coach. I'm not knocking it as it's worked for the last several years (top 10 classes every year), but OSU's OL recruiting strategy has always been interesting to me; for example, in this case, from what I've read Eichenberg's primarily been recruited by Luke Fickell. Defensive Coordinator, doesn't coach the OL, Luke Fickell. I get that OSU's recruiting strategy is largely based on specific coaches focusing on particular geographic locations, but I don't personally understand why his closest relationship isn't with Ed Warinner as that would be the guy coaching him for the next several years -- not Coach Fickell (who is a fantastic recruiter, but wouldn't have all that much to do with his development). It seems like it comes back to bite them in situations where a guy has a closer relationship with an OL coach elsewhere.
Hopefully this is all irrelevant and he chooses OSU at the end of the day, though haha.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well unfortunately. Usually one of the staffs have heard something from the recruit about his decision.
Bama had 4 top70 RBs in their 2013 class alone, it's not completely unlikely. Especially for teams in the middle of title runs. Of that group I believe only Kamara ended up leaving (and that was a year after getting on campus and realizing he was burried on the depth chart).
Whether we like it or not, it's going to take time to undue that narrative that has been running since UF stomped our Buckeyes on national television. One year of Buckeye domination, and SEC bowl game mediocrity, isn't going to do it. You could even call it two years if you extend it to FSU's championship and Oklahoma's thrashing of Alabama in their bowl game. But it needs to become a trend, and not just by the non-SEC blue bloods of college football, but also by those teams who did it last year (Wisconsin, GT, TCU, etc).
I do think you also have to consider where the recruit is from. Damon is from SEC country, of course he feels that way. But I do think you are seeing a lot of top Midwestern kids starting to buck that trend. I do agree with the sentiment of the OP in the sense that, I think we need to see a return of B1G pride. This is a conference that has arguably the strongest football heritage in the country (especially with the addition of Nebraska a few years ago). There should be more pride in that.