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Maffro


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Comment 19 Dec 2014

I work with an Auburn grad who, for the last two weeks, has yelled "GO BUCKEYES!" literally every time I've seen him (multiple times a day) and has constantly let me know that we have his full support.

I imagine I'd be doing the same thing if Auburn were to ever play Michigan in the playoff.

Comment 05 Dec 2014

Born and raised in Maryland. No ties to Ohio outside of when I attended OSU. Now live in Raleigh, NC.

Comment 03 Dec 2014

Just posted this in another thread, but it looks like McElwain plans to try to retain Florida's defensive staff. So unless Durkin doesn't want to be DC there, I don't imagine he ends up here.

Comment 03 Dec 2014

Rumors are that Foley and McElwain are going to try to retain their defensive assistants (or at least Durkin and their DB coach at a minimum, according to what I've read).

Comment 26 Nov 2014

It's nice that Ohio State is prestigious enough to make kids like Richmond (in Tennessee) and Nate Craig (Florida?) lifelong fans, but sometimes it may not be the best fit for you personally.

I'm not an athlete, but eight years ago, I chose to attend Ohio State over the school that I was a lifelong fan of growing up (among others) because Ohio State was a better place for me to be, and I could not have been happier with my decision. I'm sure others have similar stories.

Comment 25 Nov 2014

IIRC he failed to convert on a fake against Northwestern last year.

Comment 19 Nov 2014

He's also the guy who said A&M definitely wasn't leaving for the SEC, and that they'd be keeping Mike Sherman as their coach, and that Texas was replacing A&M with Notre Dame as their Thanksgiving game, and tons of other crap that ended up not being true.

Even some of the Texas sites I've read admit that Chip Brown is a hack.

Comment 11 Nov 2014

Sports: where I can see simply a set of two numbers and instantly know exactly what it means and then I become depressed.

Comment 11 Nov 2014

I like F/+ quite a bit. I actually brought it up often last year when people talked about how bad our schedule was while ignoring that Florida State's was equally as bad (granted, FSU obliterated everyone and we didn't, but that wasn't what I was trying to argue). I looked up each conference's ranks without their top team (with the logic being that at the point in the season I actually did this, a few of the major conferences had a leader that was so far ahead of the rest of their conference -- specifically Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor) and it turned out that FSU brought up the ACC much more than Ohio State did for the Big Ten.

I meant to keep revisiting what I did throughout the season, but didn't. It wouldn't be as interesting this season since no conference appears to have a clear front-runner (OSU/Neb, MissSt/Bama,TCU/Baylor, etc.), and even those that do (like the ACC) don't have a clearly dominant team like last year -- Florida State isn't up to last year's standards, and I'm actually surprised by how close Miami is to them this year.

One last note: When this week's rankings came out yesterday, Bill Connelly (creator of S&P+, the "+" part of F/+), noted that our performance against MSU was so good that it actually raised VT's ranking to 28, despite the Hokies not even playing, and pushed MSU down to 25.

Comment 05 Nov 2014

What "fundamental reform" do you think MLB needs, and why?

Comment 03 Nov 2014

Current second favorite: I'll always pull for Kansas State for however long Bill Snyder is coaching there. I grew up cheering for North Carolina, but I don't pay much attention to them anymore (which is ironic considering I now live there).

New favorite: I'm inclined to say Michigan State for their style of play and the fact that Dantonio is Evil Jim Tressel, just like my answer to this question was Ohio State (under Tressel) before I made the decision to attend. I suppose I could also go with Maryland (home state school), but I've never particularly cared for them and certainly not in basketball. Always had a soft spot for UCLA too.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

Was a replay of the RTP call on Grant ever shown? I don't know whether or not that was a bad call because no one seemed to actually see it.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

I posted this a few weeks ago in another thread, but it's because some QBs didn't play under center in high school (or even before then) and are uncomfortable taking snaps from under center. It's very common in Texas high school ball, where Barrett is from, so it's not a stretch to infer that he's the same way.

Snapping the ball seems like something simple, but there's a world of difference between taking it from under center or catching it out of the air. Everything from how you see the defense pre-snap, to dropping back (whether for a pass or a handoff), or just even physically taking it from the center is different. If you're used to one way over the other, it definitely takes some getting used to, and it may not be worth spending time on it if it's not a staple of your offense.

I remember it wasn't all that long ago when a large criticism many NFL types cast upon college spread QBs was that they would have to learn to play from under center.

Comment 13 Oct 2014

What does that have to do with anything? We're also more talented than Virginia Tech and Michigan State, and that didn't seem to matter.

The SEC having an off-year (nevermind whether or not that's actually true) doesn't mean that Ole Miss and Mississippi State can't be individually good. You can't get up in arms about people discounting us because the Big Ten sucks then turn around and say something like this.

Comment 09 Oct 2014

Chad Morris addressed the OT call against FSU saying that Deshaun Watson wasn't comfortable taking snaps from under center.

Regardless of my opinion on the subject, the fact is that a lot of high school QBs line up in the gun and don't have a lot of experience under center -- this is especially true in Texas, where players run some form of a spread-based offense from like middle school, which I imagine is why Urban sort of echoed Morris's sentiment here. I don't know if it's as prevalent in GA high schools (I think that's where Watson's from?) but maybe Watson's particular school did it.

(An aside: this is part of the reason why I think younger QBs like Barrett, Watson, and Kenny Hill are having the early successes that they are -- they're already comfortable with the formations they're using so there's little adjustment needed from that standpoint.)

Comment 06 Oct 2014

I'm an Orioles fan. I went to Game 2 against the Tigers on Friday and it was the greatest sporting event and atmosphere I've ever experienced in my life, including The Game in 2006.

I'm not in complete shock at what's happening right now (disclaimer: that's probably a lie), but this is by far the most fun I've ever had as a sports fan. I've lived and died (mostly died) with this total trainwreck of a franchise for my entire life and two years ago they suddenly became good. I almost cried when they clinched the AL East, and I absolutely will cry if this team wins the World Series.